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she misses colin the most at night, when, waking from nightmares, her hand reaches out into the darkness for someone who is no longer there.

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an unexpected message flares briefly on her screen, long enough for her heart to drop into her stomach in surprise—her ex-boyfriend's little sister's ex-boyfriend? sighing, she types a hello and strains her memory to recall what she knows of this boy from their one brief meeting. his name is aaron. tall. shaggy bed-head hair. sleepy hazel eyes. she lightly touches the keyboard, entertaining the notion that other people might feel as lonely at night as she does.

"tell me a secret," she types to him.

"why should I put my trust in you?" he asks, surprised.

"who better to trust than a stranger?"

so he does.

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a five minute secret turns into an hour long story, then a night-long conversation.

the next morning, after telling this boy how colin broke her, she wakes to a message in her inbox:

The world is yours. 
Boys are stupid.
Forget their nonsense.

it hurts a little less, that day.

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a few weeks later colin finally agrees to see her. she is quiet and hopeful and sick with wanting, but when he unexpectedly grabs her and kisses her she can't bring herself to feel anything but nauseated. in a fit of helplessness she messages aaron.

"he kissed me. ever since he broke up with me i've waited for this, and now that it's happened i don't know what to do. i need a hug."

she's only half surprised when aaron shows up in her driveway.
she doesn't even have time to doubt herself before he pulls her into a hug. it's too painfully familiar and she feels herself shying away from the contact but he pulls her tight against him. his arms are longer than colin's and his warm shoulders are higher, but these differences make him safe.

she cries into this stranger's chest and lets him kiss the top of her head as he tells her he will take her away from everything that hurts.

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it's almost midnight now. he swings her up and into his arms in the middle of the parking lot, twirling her around and laughing. a truck idles nearby, and a man peers at them curiously from the half-opened window. they giggle and slide into aaron's car, cold-cheeked and tangled by their need for this strange companionship.

"you can take me home whenever you want," she tells him, afraid to let it go on too long. she keeps reminding herself that he is a stranger, that this is the first time she has ever touched him in person. she doesn't know him at all.

"is that what you want?" he asks her. his smile is sad.

"i want whatever you want, i suppose."

'is that a fact?" he says quietly, and she is confused. it's late and the stars make her giddy.

"yes."

"good," he says, and leans over and kisses her. the moon shines through the mist on the windshield, casts stream shadows across his face. like tears. .

he punches the car into drive and tears out of the parking lot, neither of them speaking. at the light she offers no direction, so he veers to the left and drives for miles, finally pulling off the road in the middle of a strange yard. they don't say anything, don't look at each other, just exist together.

"look," he says, and pauses, obviously stumped for what to say. "don't be afraid."

"i'm not," she mumbles.

"good," he says, and leans over to kiss her again. "because i am."

-

she loses track of time and lets herself be warmed for weeks by aaron's love despite knowing she will break his heart. "i am in love with colin," she reminds herself as she traces aaron's eyebrows with a fingertip. "i have to get colin back."

but colin never sang in the car as unselfconsciously as aaron. he never smiled as readily.

this boy is too beautiful for his own good. she cannot let herself have him. colin has proved to her that men are sharp, broken things, so why should aaron be any different? he doesn't even know that her favourite colour is green. he probably couldn't even guess it if he tried.

"i love you."

"no you don't."

"i love you."

"stop."

"i love you."

"...i can't."

she could.

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in the dark, secret recesses of her heart's ventricles, a dam breaks.

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she writes "i love aaron" on her hand, almost without thinking. when she notices she panics and tries to smudge the ink with her thumb to make the evidence illegible. it won't budge.

that night as she sleeps, sweaty and unsettled, the words transfer to her neck. they are blurry and blue and perfect.

she finally tells him the next night, in the arms of a fig tree. although she doesn't believe in god, this boy, her own personal adam, clothed and glorious, tucks her hair behind the curve of her ear and takes her back into paradise.

-

the sunlight inside aaron's car is heavy with dust motes and his eyelashes are the most entrancing thing she has ever seen.

real life has written her a boy better than any poem.

he is lost in thought as he drives and she is afraid to speak in case she breaks his concentration. she settles for stealing glances at him, bursting with love and other unnameable feelings.

"what's your favourite colour?" he asks offhandedly, and she thinks of colin and the colour red and of letting go.

"green," she finally tells him. his smile is so wide it spans the length of the sky.

"green is my favourite colour, too."
i am getting married tomorrow.

here is the story i wrote for aaron. it is from my book, and it is a sequel to "you can lower your standards, or your pants, but you can't make them love you," which can be found here: [link]

so there is that.
thanks for sticking around, guys. <3
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Bros-Key Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gotta love a good love story

Heart Love KFC Chicken Epic Dance Heart Love 
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BegginerMay Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student Artist
THIS IS PERFECT. ohgod. <3<3<3
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i-lie Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Oh thank you for sharing your love story! I'm so glad it had such a happy ending and that you found him. I'm honestly happy for you, stranger. :)
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estallidos Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Writer
this comment means a lot. thank you <3
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DreamsLive Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student Writer
It made me smile
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Tedd92 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It made me smile too
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stormclouds-gather Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
I LOVE THIS SO MUCH.
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RosieNovember Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
is this a true story?
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:iconestallidos:
estallidos Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Writer
Yes.
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InfinityOnAString Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
While reading this, long after knowing you guys were getting married, reading the name "aaron" almost brought me to tears because I knew how this was ending and I know this is exactly the kind of love story I hope life decides to grant me. Well, life and myself.

Thank you for being such a wonderful writer, inspiration, and for reminding us dreamers that we still can dream (:
Hope you guys live a long, happy life together.
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estallidos Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Writer
thank you so much!
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InfinityOnAString Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
my pleasure <3
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SylviaVeir Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know this is a bit late, but congratulations! I hope you will live long and happily together :)

And I love this piece of writing :love:
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estallidos Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional Writer
thank you!
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Sharzela Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student Artist
<3 Its been so wonderful to stick around
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estallidos Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional Writer
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minaduncan Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
One of my favorite parts of your book. I'm so very late, but congratulations on becoming a married lady. Green is a wonderful color
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estallidos Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional Writer
thank you!
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mazhi Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congratulations! Beautiful work as always!
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DEVILgreen Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always wanted to read this story. Congratulations, my dear.
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Kaeldra-1 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
This is beautiful :)
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moonlitwarrior95 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I cant get over how much I love this. It tears at my heart
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zembelle Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You have a flair for capturing incredibly esoteric feelings in what you write. It's incredible.
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estallidos Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Writer
wow, thank you so much. seriously.
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zembelle Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :hug: Actually, when I read this, I was reminded of a song, if you'd care to listen to it: [link] I connect a lot of things to music, though.
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estallidos Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional Writer
thank you for linking to this song. i love it. seriously.
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zembelle Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
O.o You're welcome! :)
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GivenDawn-tillDeath Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student General Artist
crying. Your writing is gorgeous.
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estallidos Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Writer
thank you <3
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losingmyfaith Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student Writer
Congrats! This is an adorable piece. I hope your wedding went well!
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estallidos Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Writer
it was...interesting. well, the night before was, due to the weather destroying everything. but the ceremony itself was nice :)
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losingmyfaith Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Writer
Aw, well I'm glad the ceremony went well!
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SolangeFoxheart Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Lovely :) So happy for you! I really like the progression of the story and how it is in small bite-sized chunks.
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estallidos Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Writer
if there must be chunks, then bite-sized are the best.
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BlueSteelEyes Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student General Artist
OHMYGOSH. congrats!! So happy for you! Honestly :) all the best
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estallidos Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Writer
thankyoudfjgsdlkgh!
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nessah1986 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
I'm so happy for you! My wish for you is this: May you always know love, safety, happiness, warmth, and contentment. May the road rise to meet you, and may the sun always be at your back and never in your eyes. May you always have the strength to carry your burdens, and may they always be light. Be happy. Be loved. Be wonderful. I could write so much more on how you've inspired me, but I'll spare you the sappiness- just know that you have. Keep it up, sweetheart- you've got spunk and spirit and soul- that's a hard combo to pull off! Rock it!
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estallidos Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Writer
this was such a truly sweet and excellent comment. i teared up a bit at the end--never been called spunky before. i will take it!
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nessah1986 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
I wouldn't write it unless it was true!
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sAlright Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012   Traditional Artist
You write beautifully and honestly..
you make me speechless
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estallidos Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Writer
<3
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birdsonqs Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Writer
You're an amazing poet. I'm so happy for you. c:
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estallidos Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Writer
thank you, dahlin' <3
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precipitously Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
congratulations (:

and this is really beautiful ;____;
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estallidos Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Writer
grazie!
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Ardariel Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012   Digital Artist
This is beautiful. Thank you for the story.

You know what, I actually just used up my before-sleep time reading "The perfect stranger" instead of finishing S. King's "The wizard and the glass". It was worth it. Don't know if this rambling sounds like a compliment, but it was meant as one.
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estallidos Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Writer
i should read that series someday. i hear it is excellent.

<3
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nessisaurus Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
i think im going to cry im so happy for you
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estallidos Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Writer
;djfakjf;ljs;d thank you!
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leadawaychaos Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student Writer
this little story is way better than any love story i've ever read.
i'm happy for you, you deserve this. :) and i wish you the best of luck!
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