Smalltown Romance--2nd half of Chapte...
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|Wed, 10-31-2001 - 3:13pm|
Smalltown Romance--2nd half of Chapter 3...revision
Sassnfrass mentioned on the last board that Aaron over reacted a bit to the 'noodle' incident(as she put it *L*) and I decided that she was right. So I revised that half. I'm gonna save that other stuff for later on when they eventually make up from Chapter 4. Tell me if this works any better?
Aaron had been avoiding Annie for two days now and she no idea what to do about it. Being an introverted and somewhat moody person herself, she liked to be alone when things went wrong. She just figured that it was the same with Aaron.
Annie had gone over to his house the night before looking for him, but his mother had confided in her that Aaron had told her what happened and that he was too embarrassed to see her. His mother had told her that since the accident, Aaron tended to be really sensitive about anything that pertained to his shortcomings.
Annie found that she really liked his mother. Mrs. Haroldson was a large, round woman whose passion seemed to be cooking because every time Annie had been over there she was always baking or cooking something. She was forever offering Annie something to eat, telling her how thin she thought she was. The woman could also talk your ear off. Aaron’s mother was one of those people where you had to just leave or be stuck forever listening to her. She was so sweet and friendly though that you couldn’t help but love her.
Annie was sitting at her computer, typing. She was in a chat room with Missy, discussing the recent events.
M-He’s been avoiding you for how long now? Missy’s message popped up onto her screen.
M-And you just let him get away with that?
A-Well…. Annie shrugged her shoulders even though she knew Missy couldn’t see her.
M-Girl, you need to get over and pull that boy out of his funk. Annie could almost see Missy standing in front of her, her hands on her hips, eyebrows furrowed in a stern, motherly look. The thought made Annie giggle.
A-That was really embarrassing though, Miss. Especially for a guy. Even Annie knew that she was just making excuses. The subject of sex made her extremely nervous and she really didn’t want to have that conversation with Aaron. ‘Especially when you’re talking body parts’, she thought to herself.
M-Oh tell him to get over it already. Came Missy’s rebuttal.
Annie heard a sound behind her then and swiveled her chair around to see what it was. To her pleasant surprise, it was Aaron. She smiled at him and told him to ‘hang on’ by holding up her index finger. He returned her smile and nodded in understanding. Annie had to bite her lip to keep her mouth from dropping open when she saw him. Aaron was wearing a white, ribbed tank top, showing off every beautiful muscle he had. His hair was tousled and his tan skin glistened with perspiration under the soft basement light.
A-I gotta go. He’s here! I’ll e-mail you later! Annie hit the ‘send’ button and turned her computer off. She turned around to face him and smiled at him again.
“Hi.” She greeted him.
“Hey,” He replied. Aaron paused then and seemed to be mulling over his words as he stared at his lap. The air was thick with the nervous tension each of them felt.
“Ummm, aren’t you cold?” She asked him, pointing at his shirt. Being the middle of October, it was starting to get chilly outside already.
“Huh?” Aaron glanced down at himself and then back up at Annie. “Oh, no. I just got back from playing ‘ball with the guys,” he explained, flashing her an apologetic look and shrugging.
“Oh.” He was all hot and sweaty and Annie couldn’t take her eyes off of him. She didn’t mind a bit that he hadn’t bothered to shower before coming down there. She smiled in spite of herself and chewed on her lower lip.
“I’m sorry,” His apology broke Annie’s concentration.
“For what?” She asked, drawing a blank. Her mind was entirely too preoccupied at that moment.
“For the last couple of days. I just needed to be by myself. I’ve had to deal with that before… after the accident. Everyone looking at me like I was half a person now. People treat you different when you’re in a wheel chair,” He paused for a moment, taking a deep breath before going on. “I didn’t mean to shut you out.” He looked back up at her, his eyes pleading with her.
“I’m just glad you came to your senses,” She teased him, trying to break the tension.
“Can I ask you something?” He asked her, gazing down and twiddling his fingers in his lap.
“You can ask me anything,” she told him, smiling sweetly at him.
“Do you ever think those things?” He was almost ashamed to ask her that question because he knew in his heart that she didn’t. But he had to ask… if only to appease his mind.
“Are you serious? Of course I don’t!” She gazed at him, a bit unsettled by his question.
“Yeah, but would you date a person like me? Would you… or could you… hug him, kiss him?” He hadn’t planned on asking her the last question, but his mind was dying to know.
“Sure I could,” She answered. “It just depends on the person. A jerk’s a jerk, Aaron, wheel chair or not.”
“Come on, you don’t have say that just to avoid hurting my feelings, Annie. I saw your face the first time you saw my chair.” Aaron knew his comment was unfair, but he wanted the truth, not a half-truth she told him to avoid hurting him.
“That’s not fair Aaron and you know it. I just wasn’t prepared for it, that’s all.” She told him, defending herself.
“Yeah, but I have limitations Annie,” He told her. “There are certain…things…I’ll never be able to do.” He paused then, thinking. “So you see…in a way, they were right.”
“Do you really think that I care about all that stuff?” She asked him, getting up and kneeling down in front of him. He still wouldn’t look at her though.
“Look at me Aaron,” She told him. When he finally glanced up at her, she continued. “I don’t care about all that stuff. Only someone really shallow would care about that.” Annie watched him as he sat there, thinking.
“Prove it,” He dared.
Annie gazed at him, a little confused at first, and then realized that he was grinning at her. He was playing with her. Two could play at that game, she thought. Without saying another word, Annie leaned forward, leaning on the armrests of his chair for support and flashed him her own wicked grin. Neither one blinked. So they stared at each other, daring the other to withdraw. Just before their lips would have touched, Annie withdrew and laughed teasingly at him.
“You lout! Did you really think I was going to fall for that?” Annie grinned at him and cuffed him playfully in the arm.
Before she could get away, Aaron grabbed her by the shoulders and lifted her onto his lap. Playing the part of the helpless girl, Annie did her best to try and struggle away from him, giggling the whole time. That only served to cause Aaron to wrap his arms around her waist, holding her tightly to him.
“You’re not getting away,” he warned her. “My legs may be weak, but arms are exceptionally strong.” He lifted one arm and flexed a muscle for her.
“Oh yeah,” she asked, teasing him, “Just what are you gonna do with me now?”
“You owe me a kiss, if I recall correctly. Or did you chicken out?” He teased back. As if out of the blue, both realized their position and stopped completely, staring at each other uncertainly. Ever so slowly, keeping his eyes locked with hers, Aaron began to lean forward. Just at the right moment, Annie closed her eyes and Aaron touched his lips gently to hers. When she didn’t open her eyes, he leaned in again, all the while watching her face for any sign that she wanted him to stop. The next time, however, it was Annie who leaned in. Only this time, she completely covered his mouth with her own and kissed him with all the fervor she felt for him. Aaron tightened his arms around her, pulling her up against his chest.
Finally after what seemed like forever, they broke the kiss and came up for air. They stared at each other in astonishment for a moment and then Annie grinned at him.
“You satisfied now?” She teased.
“Nope.” He teased back. “You might have to prove it to me again.”