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Thursday, September 3

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    I can't believe it. Tomorrow is the first day of school. The summer flew by so fast!!!!Sorry, I know I haven't updated in a while. School just started three days ago and I've been busy with homework and stuff. My new teachers are awesome, but nobody could ever possibly beat last year's!!
    Quote/Poem of the Day
    Sparkling
    blue
    crystals
    are her eyes
    Raven
    black
    feathers
    are her hair
    Her voice
    sails sweetly,
    soft
    as the air
    Purely gold-hearted,
    always watchful
    Never
    a moment
    when she isn't
    thoughtful
    Harsh
    winter winds,
    light
    summer breeze
    They all
    float around her,
    surrounding
    with ease
    Her element
    Air
    Her name
    Nikki
    -And finally, there's Nikki
    Ok I really need to write a new poem, huh? I'll work on it.....
    Current Fave Song
    I still love "The
    About Me
    Hi, I'm Dawna. This page is about me and what I like to do.
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Monday, August 31

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    believe it. School starts in one week from today. That's crazy!Tomorrow is the first day of school. The summer
    Quote/Poem of the Day
    Sparkling
    ...
    -And finally, there's Nikki
    Current Fave Song
    I love "Love Drunk""The Great Escape" and "Thunder""Holiday" by my
    About Me
    Hi, I'm Dawna. This page is about me and what I like to do.
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Tuesday, August 25

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    School's isI can't believe it. School starts in 13 days and I am pumped!!!! Mrs. Murray, here we come.... again!one week from today. That's crazy! The summer flew by so fast!!!!
    Quote/Poem of the Day
    Sparkling
    ...
    -And finally, there's Nikki
    Current Fave Song
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    current fave bacdband Boys Like
    About Me
    Hi, I'm Dawna. This page is about me and what I like to do.
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    -The Last Adventure
    -Our Daughters
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    Last Adventure and Our Daughters from Nikki's
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    Last Adventure and Our Daughters from Brooke's
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    Last Adventure and Our Daughters from Kristi's
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    read book series.Of course, I love the whole Twilight series. Alice Cullen and Jasper Hale are my two favorite vampires in the whole series. My favorite book in the series is Breaking Dawn.too.
    HERE ARE SOME OF MY FAVES (and/or obbsessions, whichever you prefer)
    food:Food: mac and cheese
    bands+singers:

    Bands+Singers:
    Fall Out
    ...
    Maine, 3OH3, and like everyone, I LOVE The Beatles!!!!Beatles
    CD: I can't wait for Love Drunk by BLG- it comes out Sep. 8th
    Movie:The Notebook (makes me cry, but it's just so good)
    Books: Uglies series, Clique series, Private series, the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, TWILGHT!, The Night World Series, and right now I'm reading Alphas by Lisi Harrison, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, and I'm rereading Twilight.
    subject:Subject: English!!!!!
    Ambission:
    ...
    State and get a career change to become a
    The whole environmental engineering thing brings me to my obsession with saving the earth from global warming. If you think that global warming is fake or "a myth" you have to read An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore. There's also a movie that goes with the book. It really opened my eyes to the serious problem of global warming. I always try to do whatever I can to help our planet and you should too. And remember: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!
    I would just like to say that Gemini is the best house ever, and blue/gold HOWL is awesome! Go Blue Believers and never, ever stop believing!
    Stuff About My Books
    This is the epilogue to my first book in the Element Series, called The Sisters of the Elements. It's Dylan's 15th birthday and she goes on a date with Brian, where he gives her a very special gift that is very important in the next book in the series, called The Last Adventure. I just edited this peice and I want your opinions.Tell me if you like it! (post a discussion comment or email me with comments or questions) Enjoy!!!!
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Tuesday, August 18

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    School's is in 13 days
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    Oh my gosh, this summer has gone by so fast!School's is 13 days and I actually thought that this summer was going to last forever. I can't believe that it's already August!! I'm super excited for school to start, so I can see all my friends again!!! Can't wait!am pumped!!!! Mrs. Murray, here we come.... again!
    Quote/Poem of the Day
    Sparkling
    ...
    -And finally, there's Nikki
    Current Fave Song
    Right now I'm really loving Brooke White's cover of "Use Somebody".I love "Love Drunk" and "Thunder" by my current fave bacd Boys Like Girls.
    About Me
    Hi, I'm Dawna. This page is about me and what I like to do.
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    -Kristi's Diary (The Last Adventure from Kristi's point of view)
    Some other things that I like to do are sing, act, play bass guitar, and read. I write songs and record them with my bass guitar teacher. I sing and play the bass on the recordings. I love to record my own songs and I love doing covers! I love to read book series.Of course, I love the whole Twilight series. Alice Cullen and Jasper Hale are my two favorite vampires in the whole series. My favorite book in the series is Breaking Dawn.
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    OF MY FAVSFAVES (and/or obbsessions,
    food: mac and cheese
    song: I love Don't Stop Believin' by Journey (GO GEMINI BLUE BELIEVERS!!!!!), Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by The Beatles (who doesn't), and tons more
    bands+singers:
    bands+singers: Fall Out
    ...
    Celtic Woman, Boys Like Girls, The Maine, 3OH3, and like
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    Beatles!!!!
    CD: Right now, my fave is Razia's Shadow. It's amazing! You should listen to it! (it's a musical, butI can't wait for Love Drunk by BLG- it has singers from cool bands, such as Brenden Urie from Panic at the Disco, and it's not like a bunch of show tunes. I promise, it's good)comes out Sep. 8th
    Movie:The Notebook (makes me cry, but it's just so good)
    ...
    I'm reading Night World 3Alphas by L.J. SmithLisi Harrison, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, and I'm rereading Twilight.
    subject: English! (Go T-REZ)English!!!!!
    Ambission: I
    ...
    go to Northeastern or MIT when
    ...
    become a seventh grademiddle school English teacher.
    The whole environmental engineering thing brings me to my obsession with saving the earth from global warming. If you think that global warming is fake or "a myth" you have to read An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore. There's also a movie that goes with the book. It really opened my eyes to the serious problem of global warming. I always try to do whatever I can to help our planet and you should too. And remember: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!
    I would just like to say that Gemini is the best house ever, and blue/gold HOWL is awesome! Go Blue Believers and never, ever stop believing!
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Monday, August 3

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    I wentOh my gosh, this summer has gone by so fast! I actually thought that this summer was going to last forever. I can't believe that it's already August!! I'm super excited for school to an amazing A Loss For Words show the other day.start, so I LOVE A Loss For Words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!can see all my friends again!!! Can't wait!
    Quote/Poem of the Day
    Sparkling
    ...
    I would just like to say that Gemini is the best house ever, and blue/gold HOWL is awesome! Go Blue Believers and never, ever stop believing!
    Stuff About My Books
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    The Last Adventure.TellAdventure. I just edited this peice and I want your opinions.Tell me if
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    it’s Brooke!
    “Hey, you do know that her date isn’t for, like, two hours,” Brooke pointed out from behind the magazine as she flipped a page. Oh Brooke and her hyperboles. Brian would be here a lot sooner than two hours!
    “We need to make her look gorgeous!” I heard Kristi’s muffled voice from my closet. Kristi popped her head out for a second. “Not that you look ugly, just that, well…”
    ...
    Next was Nikki’s turn. I sat down at my oak vanity while she twisted and pinned my chocolate locks to my head. Soon, I looked about ready to be in a wedding. Nikki reached into my drawer and took out my favorite green lotus hair clip. She gracefully slid it into my neat up do.
    “You look wonderful, Dylan,” Nikki said, her voice as soft as the wind. She grabbed my hand and gently pulled me back to my mirror. Swiftly, she slipped her lucky bracelet from her wrist and wrapped it around a piece of my hair. It was unnoticeable, carefully tucked in behind my lotus. Then, she leaned forward and lightly rested her chin on my shoulder, looking at me through the mirror.
    ...
    sisters’ fashion wisdom.wisdom
    .

    Kristi appeared out of nowhere and placed a pair of chocolate brown sandals in front of me. I slipped them on. With the slight heel on them, I was as tall as Kristi. Slowly, I glanced back into the mirror to see my shoes. Then, I realized that their color mimicked Brian’s eyes exactly.
    “They look just like-” I began, turning around to face my sisters. For once, I was not expecting Brooke to be the one to interrupt.
    ...
    I leaned forward and pulled Brooke into a hug. She had thought of me and my thoughts. But best of all, she had listened, which wasn’t exactly Brooke’s style. That was amazingly kind of her!
    “They look just like his eyes!” I exclaimed. “Thank you so much!”
    ...
    them anyways.”
    I would bet a million dollars that my smile right then was even bigger and brighter than any smile I’d ever flashed. My sisters had helped me so much with getting ready. And they had each given me “gifts”. Nikki never took off her lucky bracelet! She was willing to go the whole night without it, for me. Kristi and Nikki had both shared their style advice. Then Brooke and the sandals…. I loved my sisters more than anything in the world! They were absolutely wonderful!
    After that, we all went downstairs to wait for Brian. He would be there any minute now. Pretty soon, I started pacing around the front room, anxious with pent up excitement. Eventually, Kristi made me sit down and “chill out”. Nikki, Brooke, Kristi, and I all sat on one of the many various couches in the front room. I stared down at my shoes the rest of the time, pretending I was staring into Brian’s eyes. Who cares if I’m lame, right? Nobody knew… well, except for Brooke…
    ...
    “Ugh!” I complained. I pulled away from him and continued walking down the street, leaving him behind. “I know that!”
    “Oh, Dylan,” Brian said, grabbing my arm and pulling me back to him. He sounded like Nikki; scolding me as if I was a mere child. “Patience.”
    ...
    beautiful, home.
    Pretty soon, I could see his crimson and brown brick house nearby. Brian and I stepped over his grey slate walkway to the red wooden door. He pushed it open and ushered me into the autumn-themed living room. Much to my disappointment, Brian let go of my hand as we walked into the dining room. He pulled out one of the cherry wood chairs for me to sit in. I smoothed out my skirt and sat down. Brian pushed in my chair.
    “I’ll be right back, Dyl,” he assured me. “I’ve just got to go help bring out the food.”
    ...
    “Happy fifteenth birthday, sweetie,” Mrs. Johnson said cheerily. Mrs. Johnson was such a sweet person! I always felt as if she were my own mother.
    “Why thank you, Mrs. Johnson,” I replied with a genuine smile.
    ...
    her hand.
    Brian and I laughed lightly. Brian reached over and grabbed my hand underneath the table. I smiled brightly and started to serve myself with my right hand, which was free.
    We were having my favorite meal, salad, with lasagna. We kept up a light conversation throughout dinner and before I knew it, we were all finished. Brian and I stood up to say goodbye. After that, he led me outside. He stopped me when we got to the front of his lawn.
    “Okay,” Brian began. “First thing’s first, how was dinner?”
    ...
    my favorites!”
    “And you always know how to make a guy happy: by reassuring him that he did a good job.” Brian chuckled adorably.
    “So…” I muttered quietly, not wanting to rush him too much. “What about the next part of the night?”
    ...
    I laughed at his childish behaviors. Of course, I shouldn’t be talking, considering that I was even worse around twenty minutes ago. I carefully tore off the paper and crumpled it into a small clump, which I placed next to me. It was a small, black box. Etched onto the top was my name in shiny gold lettering. I couldn’t believe how amazing this boy was. I mean come on, what fifteen-year-old boy gets his girlfriend’s name in gold on the box of her birthday present? Seriously, that’s amazing!
    I slowly started to pull the cover off of the box, not wanting this moment to end. How many times did you get a birthday like this? It was absolutely perfect and I could never want anything more than this. I grazed my fingers over the smooth gold lettering that dented the box’s cover. I could tell that I was torturing Brian by making him wait. He just couldn’t wait to see my reaction. I pulled off the cover, not only for Brian, but also because I couldn’t wait either. Inside, floating atop a square of snowy white fluff was a shimmering silver bracelet. Hanging off of the silver loops was a sparkling diamond heart. I took in my breath suddenly in a gasp of pure awe at this beautiful piece of jewelry.
    ...
    than him.
    I leaned over and kissed him with all of the passion that I had in me. In that kiss, I poured out all of my feelings; joy, love, friendship, and true passion. When I finally let go, we just sat there and stared lovingly at each other for a while. Eventually, Brian cupped my chin in his hands and kissed me softly, quickly, but not urgently. He brushed a stray piece of my hair behind my ear, and just admired me, staring into my eyes.
    “Dylan,” he said softly, his voice carried to my ears by the wind. His eyes bored into mine with complete seriousness. “Promise me one thing.”
    ...
    “Promise me that no matter what, you’ll never take that bracelet off. I hate to say this, but if we ever go our separate ways and we aren’t, well, together anymore, then you still have to keep it on. It will always be there to remind you that no matter what ever happens to us or between us or what ever, that I’ll always love you forever.”
    “I promise,” I muttered, trying to hide the shakiness of my voice, trying to fight back another round of warm tears. I was successful in doing that, luckily. I yawned absentmindedly, suddenly realizing how tired I was. I hadn’t been able to sleep very well the night before because I was so excited for my big date with Brian the next day. But, could you blame me?
    ...
    got home, like Brian thought I would, but my
    Brian grasped my hand in his and pulled me up from the bench. I started to walk, with him by my side, to the southern gate. But Brian wouldn’t have that! He whisked me up into his arms and carried me all the way home…
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    The whole environmental engineering thing brings me to my obsession with saving the earth from global warming. If you think that global warming is fake or "a myth" you have to read An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore. There's also a movie that goes with the book. It really opened my eyes to the serious problem of global warming. I always try to do whatever I can to help our planet and you should too. And remember: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!
    I would just like to say that Gemini is the best house ever, and blue/gold HOWL is awesome! Go Blue Believers and never, ever stop believing!
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    About My Book
    Here
    Books
    This
    is a picethe epilogue to my first book in the Element Series, called The Sisters of the book Aspen, when Josh reveals to Aspen that he knows whoElements. It's Dylan's 15th birthday and she really is, as she was ingoes on a disguise. I haddate with Brian, where he gives her a dreamvery special gift that gave meis very important in the idea of this story. It'snext book in the future, so it may not seem like the way our country is now.Tellseries, called The Last Adventure.Tell me if
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    or email me) Again I had the same problems: It won't let me indent the paragraphs, so sorry!with comments or questions) Enjoy!!!!
    The rain pounded down in sheets now, making it impossible to see but a few feet

    I stood
    in front of me. My only usable sense, then,the full length mirror in my bedroom, eyeing my reflection. Kristi was buried somewhere in my hearing; therefore, I’d make good usecloset, mixing and matching different articles of it.clothing, deciding what I strainedwould wear for my fifteenth birthday date with Brian. Nikki was experimenting with my ears,hair, trying to pick outfind a sound, any sound, over the rain. What I finally heard caused more rainstyle that suited me perfectly. Brooke was lounging on my bed, reading one of Kristi’s gossip magazines, occasionally scoffing at whatever she read. And Brooke hated gossip magazines, but, obviously, she had nothing better to obscure what visibility I had. But this rain wasn’t icy and relentless,do. She was the only warm and desperate;one who was not fallingparticipating in the preparation for my birthday date with Brian. But come on… it’s Brooke!
    “Hey, you do know that her date isn’t for, like, two hours,” Brooke pointed out
    from behind the gray sky, butmagazine as she flipped a page. Oh Brooke and her hyperboles. Brian would be here a lot sooner than two hours!
    “We need to make her look gorgeous!” I heard Kristi’s muffled voice
    from my velvety brown eyes. For whatcloset. Kristi popped her head out for a second. “Not that you look ugly, just that, well…”
    “I know,
    I heard were painful cries of anguish.know,” I couldn’t tell which boymumbled, shooing her away as she popped back into the cries came from, butcloset. Amazingly, I prayed that they didn’t come from Josh, my Josh, my true love.was actually on Brooke’s side this time. And I hoped,thought I wished,looked just fine, but I begged…. Oh, please God, please let him be okay. Eddie,couldn’t get away with that greedy, unworthy…. Didn’t he know what hestatement as long as Kristi was doing to me, his “love”? Didn’t he know thatmy sister. Just then, proving my point, she ran out of my closet with a huge grin on her face. She was holding two hangers out in front of her, as if asking my opinion. On one hanger, she had my favorite flowing chocolate brown skirt. The other hanger had a short sleeved green shirt with elegant ruffles along the bottom and the sleeves. For every punchspecial occasion, she forced me to Josh, hewear my colors, emerald green and chocolate brown. Of course, I liked those colors, which was punchingdefinitely a good thing, but it was possible to overdo it…
    “It’s nice,” I said, hoping to finally satisfy Kristi. Kristi had been indecisively changing her mind from outfit to outfit for the past hour. She looked at
    me too? Didn’t he knowwith her pout that was designed to make you feel bad.
    “I absolutely love it!”
    I would never love someone as evilsaid sincerely, wishing that she wouldn’t get yet another outfit. The grin spread back across her face and condescending as him, no matter what?
    Poor Josh…. He didn’t even know why Eddie Burke wanted me, a “typical girl from
    she placed the Apartments”. Josh didn’t even know who I really was,outfit carefully on my bed, behind me. She bounded back into my closet and because of thisquickly came back out with the cropped brown jacket that I felt bad. I wantedhad worn to tell him butthe eighth grade dance, which surprisingly still fit me.
    “We’ll find shoes after Nikki does your hair,” Kristi announced before sitting in my light pink beanbag chair and snatching her magazine from Brooke. She said “we” like
    I was afraid that he wouldn’t thinkwould actually have some kind of say in what shoes I’d wear.
    Nikki stepped back from
    me the same way. His kind, friendly eyes would become dazzled and amazed,went over to my vanity to organize her hair supplies. I spun around and maybe he’d even be angry thatgently picked up my outfit. Then, I hadn’t told him. At that moment, whenwent into my green-themed bathroom and quickly changed into the outfit. When I walked out, Kristi gasped with joy and exclaimed, “Brian is going to love that!”
    Next
    was wrapped up inNikki’s turn. I sat down at my own personal dilemmas,oak vanity while she twisted and pinned my chocolate locks to my head. Soon, I heard another cry of pain. A high pitched squeal escaped fromlooked about ready to be in a wedding. Nikki reached into my own lipsdrawer and took out my favorite green lotus hair clip. She gracefully slid it into my neat up do.
    “You look wonderful, Dylan,” Nikki said, her voice
    as soft as the wind. She grabbed my hand and gently pulled me back to my mirror. Swiftly, she slipped her lucky bracelet from her wrist and wrapped it around a sob heavedpiece of my hair. It was unnoticeable, carefully tucked in behind my chest.
    “Josh!” I screamed, as I ran forward, stumbling blindly
    lotus. Then, she leaned forward and lightly rested her chin on my shoulder, looking at me through the unforgiving mist.
    Finally, after an eternity
    mirror.
    “Good luck,” she whispered. She gently kissed me on the cheek as if she were my mother, then stepped back to let me look at myself. I had to admit, I did look pretty nice. Nikki had turned my hair into a perfect prom-ready up do. It shined with auburn highlights beaming light
    of shoving water; rain and tears; from my lineroom. The lotus added a great touch to my spring worthy outfit. I smiled, admiring my sisters’ fashion wisdom.
    Kristi appeared out
    of vision,nowhere and placed a pair of chocolate brown sandals in front of me. I spied two gray, water-drenched silhouettes grappling uponslipped them on. With the sand.
    “Josh, stop!”
    slight heel on them, I yelled, trying to be heard overwas as tall as Kristi. Slowly, I glanced back into the storm. The two bodies turned what must have beenmirror to see my shoes. Then, I realized that their facescolor mimicked Brian’s eyes exactly.
    “They look just like-” I began, turning around
    to me.
    “So, you’ve finally come
    face my sisters. For once, I was not expecting Brooke to your senses, you unruly girl,” sneered Eddie.
    Both boys stood up. The
    be the one thatto interrupt.
    “I know,” Brooke said, standing up from my bed. “I found them earlier today in my closet.
    I knew was Josh walked closer tolooking for my old red Etnies, and, well, the color of them just struck me. Just as he was about to say something, he stopped,And I know how much you love the color of his face twisted with alarm and fear.
    “Aspen look out!” he yelled desperately.
    eyes. I mean, I see them enough when I…”
    I gaspedleaned forward and pulled Brooke into a lockhug. She had thought of me and my “hair” out in frontthoughts. But best of my face. Sure enough, the lock was blonde; my wigall, she had stayed on.
    “How…?” I began when I
    listened, which wasn’t exactly Brooke’s style. That was suddenly pulled offamazingly kind of my feet.her!
    “They look just like his eyes!”
    I heard Eddie’s wicked cackleexclaimed. “Thank you so much!”
    “Yeah, yeah,” muttered Brooke
    as heshe awkwardly pulled me away from Josh. Hemy hug. “You can keep them if you want. I’d never wear them anyways.”
    I would bet a million dollars that my smile right then was even bigger and brighter than any smile I’d ever flashed. My sisters
    had attackedhelped me from behind!so much with getting ready. And they had each given me “gifts”. Nikki never took off her lucky bracelet! She was willing to go the whole night without it, for me. Kristi and Nikki had both shared their style advice. Then Brooke and the sandals…. I kickedloved my sisters more than anything in the world! They were absolutely wonderful!
    After that, we all went downstairs to wait for Brian. He would be there any minute now. Pretty soon, I started pacing around the front room, anxious with pent up excitement. Eventually, Kristi made me sit down
    and struggled, clawing“chill out”. Nikki, Brooke, Kristi, and I all sat on one of the many various couches in the front room. I stared down at Eddie’s arms with my sharp, manicured nails. Joshshoes the rest of the time, pretending I was staring into Brian’s eyes. Who cares if I’m lame, right? Nobody knew… well, except for Brooke…
    Soon, the doorbell rang, sending a bright song throughout the house. I jumped up from the creamy white couch and headed for the door. Kristi
    ran toahead of me, blocking my way.
    “Go back there!” she commanded her hand on the golden doorknob.
    “Just let
    me and triedanswer the door,” I urged impatiently, trying to pullreach past her for the doorknob.
    “You need to make an entrance,” Kristi countered, waving
    me awayback to the couch, which was out of view from Eddie,the doorway.
    I huffed out an annoyed breath,
    but Eddie just turned and tightened his grasp.
    Eddie
    did as I was holding me tighttold. I stood by the couch and tapped my air supply was slowly diminishing.foot angrily, waiting for my “cue”.
    Kristi pulled the snow white door open and flashed her brilliant smile.
    “Hey Kris, is Dylan there?”
    I shookheard Brian ask. She’d better let me come over soon or else I might explode with excitement.
    “Of course!” Kristi answered, then turned to me and yelled, “Dylan!” very loudly, as if I wasn’t standing ten feet away
    from her.
    I power-walked back to
    the colddoor. Kristi stepped away politely. I smiled shyly at Brian and rain. And oh, how tiredhe just stared at me.
    “What?”
    I was.asked, paranoid. Had my sisters made me too formal? Was I was going to passnot formal enough?
    “You look beautiful, that’s all,” he said, holding
    out his hand. I placed my hand in his and Eddie would easily draghe led me away.out the door.
    “Thank you,”
    I lifted my head to look at Eddie’s angry face.
    “I hate you, you wretched monster,”
    said blushing a bit. I growled. “I hate you with all ofheard my heart!”
    My mind swayed with dizziness.
    front door close softly and I rapidly turned to Josh. There wassee Nikki smiling through the small window. I smiled back but nodded with a good chancegesture that said “go away”. And being Nikki, even though I may be trapped onwas being rude, “go away” was exactly what she did. She’d just save the hillsscolding for the rest of my life, andwhen I might never see Josh again.
    “I love you, Josh,”
    got home…
    “So, where exactly are we going?”
    I whispered wearily, though I knew he’d heard me. “No matter what, Josh, rememberasked Brian. He had told me that I’ll… always… love… you…”
    And then,
    I fell beneath the surfacewould love it, but he had refused to tell me where it was. Brian laughed, let go of an ocean of roiling, pitch black waves…
    * * *
    My head bobbed in
    my hand, and output his arm around my waist. He pulled me around to face him.
    “Like I’m going to tell you,” he joked. “Well, I can tell you part
    of the sea, but every time it came up, I saw Josh.actually. My Josh, with his gentle blue-green eyes, staring at me with worrymom made dinner for the two of us. We’ll go to my place and fear.
    “I’m okay, I’m fine,”
    eat, then we’ll go to a secret location and you’ll get your present.”
    That sounded good to me.
    I urged,loved surprises and I guess I could wait a little while. I was just super excited.
    “Wow, fifteen,” Brian said. Brian was a little over one month older than me, so he was already fifteen. “Next year we’ll be getting our driver’s licenses. Can you believe it?”
    I shook
    my soft whisper hidden by the roaring waves.
    But
    head. It seemed like just yesterday I wasn’t fine.found out I had magical powers. Now, three years later, we were on the trail of our mother. That was stuck inour new goal: to find our mother. She had to be alive! Well, at least we hoped so…
    But that’s another story, for another time. Back to
    this black seastory, though, I stood there, in Brian’s arms, and stared into Brian’s hypnotizing brown eyes. I couldn’t seem to swimsmiled dreamily up at him. His expression changed slightly to the shore where Josh stood, waiting forlook that said that he could barely keep this secret from me. Nevertheless,
    “Well
    I tried with all of my might to reach him, forcan tell you something, I had to ask him howguess, about your present,” he had figured out my perfectly planned secret.
    After hour upon hour upon hour of fighting the oily waves,
    said. I smiled in anticipation, happy that I was breaking through his tough barrier. After a long pause, he finally got close enough for Joshsaid, much to pull me ontomy dismay, “You’ll like it!”
    “Ugh!” I complained. I pulled away from him and continued walking down
    the beach.street, leaving him behind. “I know that!”
    “Oh, Dylan,” Brian said, grabbing my arm and pulling me back to him.
    He cradledsounded like Nikki; scolding me in his strong arms as I buried my face in his shoulder…
    Suddenly,
    if I was lying in a slight blue bed in a clean white room. Joshmere child. “Patience.”
    He leaned down and kissed me softly. He twirled me around so that he
    was sitting faithfully by my side in a smallstanding next to me again, his hand grasping mine. He led me, once again, down the road towards his humble, but beautiful, home.
    Pretty soon, I could see his crimson and brown brick house nearby. Brian and I stepped over his grey slate walkway to the red
    wooden chair.door. He was watchingpushed it open and ushered me with that same lookinto the autumn-themed living room. Much to my disappointment, Brian let go of worrymy hand as we walked into the dining room. He pulled out one of the cherry wood chairs for me to sit in. I smoothed out my skirt and sat down. Brian pushed in those big, dazzling eyes.
    The first thing
    my chair.
    “I’ll be right back, Dyl,” he assured me. “I’ve just got to go help bring out the food.”
    “Why don’t
    I did ascome and help you?” I awakened wasasked politely, starting to touchget up from my hair. On my palm,chair. I always felt awkward when I had to sit alone while someone else did all the course tangles ofwork, especially when it was Brian. I did not like having people wait on me; even on my cheep blonde wig.birthday!
    “No,” Brian said firmly, letting me know that he would not be swayed. “Not on your birthday!”
    I sighed, feeling useless, and sat back down.
    I breathedwatched Brian come in and out a sigh of relief. Maybe I hadn’t heard right, whatthe room with plates, napkins, silverware, and dishes of food. Each time he came back into the rain poundingdining room, he smiled at me. It was a smile that said “I am so in love with you that you couldn’t even get it if you tried!” Nothing could warm my heart like Brian’s loving smiles. Eventually, he finished his work and sat down aroundnext to me. The whole fight on the beachHis parents followed behind him and sat down across from us.
    I
    had been a mere nightmare. Anyways, Joshmet Mr. and Mrs. Johnson many times before. Last summer, Brian and I had hung out at each other’s houses a lot! The Johnsons were all very nice to me, and Brian said Caitlyn, not Aspen, though it didn’t matter, as itthey thought I was only a dream.“nice, independent, and intelligent young lady”. Brian’s older sister, Cara, was in college. I’d never met her before, as she was always at school or work. But then again, whyBrian had said she was really nice and a great big sister. I in this strange room,couldn’t wait to meet her!
    “Happy fifteenth birthday, sweetie,” Mrs. Johnson said cheerily. Mrs. Johnson was such a sweet person! I always felt as if she were my own mother.
    “Why thank you, Mrs. Johnson,” I replied
    with Josh peering ata genuine smile.
    “Oh please, call
    me Rebecca,” she said with worrya wave of her hand.
    Brian
    and care? Concluding that this was reality, I started shooting questions atlaughed lightly. Brian reached over and grabbed my hand underneath the unsuspecting Josh…
    “How?”
    table. I asked weakly, turningsmiled brightly and started to serve myself with my head towards Josh. “How did you know?”
    “Aspen!” Josh looked up, relieved at
    right hand, which was free.
    We were having
    my awakening. “Oh, Aspen,favorite meal, salad, with lasagna. We kept up a light conversation throughout dinner and before I thought…. Oh, ifknew it, we were all finished. Brian and I would have returned youstood up to your parents like this….”
    “Eddie told you, didn’t he?” I pushed on defiantly, begging for answers.
    “The Burke boy told
    say goodbye. After that, he led me nothing,” muttered Josh, defeated byoutside. He stopped me when we got to the front of his lawn.
    “Okay,” Brian began. “First thing’s first, how was dinner?”
    “Very good!” I replied. “You always know
    my persistence. “I knew, Aspen.favorites!”
    “And you always know how to make a guy happy: by reassuring him that he did a good job.” Brian chuckled adorably.
    “So…”
    I knewmuttered quietly, not wanting to rush him too much. “What about the day you came overnext part of the wallnight?”
    “I was getting there,” Brian said. “Now, close your eyes
    and fell intohold my arms. Why didn’t I act star struck? Because,hand. I’m going to me,take you were always normal. Every time I saw you on TV, I said, ‘Oh, she’s just like me,to a normal person.’special place. And when I saw you that day,once we’re there, you’ll get your present.”
    I was just about shaking with excitement and anticipation by then. But
    I knew you’d snuck down here because you didn’t wantthat, no matter what excuse I came up with, good or just lame, that life. You wanted tothere would be free.”
    My jaw dropped in awe
    no talking Brian out of his understanding. Hethis one. I would just continued on, onlyhave to amaze me even more!
    “I saw you sitting in
    deal with the corner hiding behindsuspense for a book at onelittle longer.
    Brian’s smile was huge. As a matter
    of your parents’ parties on TV,” he continued. “You were well disguised, don’t get me wrong, butfact, I just knew. Aspen, to me this world isn’t moving forward. It’s moving back to awas sure it could light the whole world! I gave in, not even thinking about my over-excitement anymore. The more time when slaves were around. This whole separating classes thing? It’s crap! It’s stupid and idiotic. God, pretty soon those jerks inI spent with Brian, the Mansions will have us Shackies brought up in chains to serve them. And it’ll take another Lincoln to fix this one up, and who knowsmore I realized how long it’ll takelethal he was to find one? But,me. With a mere flash of his smile, I know you’re notwas melted away. I would agree to anything when I was like those jerks. Aspen, you’re different. You’re a better person than all of them put together and we both know that. I understand, Aspen, thoughreally hoped he wasn’t going to turn on me when I haven’t ever been in your situation,was like this. But, I guess I understand.”
    I sat up and locked my eyes with his. He really did understand!
    “It’s
    just always knew he would never do that I’m, well, not a good little rich girl,” I said, starting to explainme.
    I willingly held out
    my mindhand for Brian to this strangetake. He grasped it warmly in his. My eyes fluttered shut. I would obey and beautiful boy. “My parents have toI decided then that I would keep my eyes shut until he instructed me busy, soto open them. Even though I don’t cause trouble.was pretty sure that Brian wouldn’t notice if I don’t wantdid in the dark. But anyways, surprises were always better when they were actually a surprise.
    I let Brian guide me
    to be an obedient little mistress.his “secret location”. I want todidn’t even have a brain for myself!”
    “And you will, you do!” Josh exclaimed with true passion and feeling. “I know you will! You’ve got to see that, right? You’re gonna change this world for the better. I’m sure
    guess of it. Andwhere he could be taking me. All I know how you feel. Tellknew, was that I’d be happy wherever it was, as Brian’s eternal goal, it seemed, was to make and keep me happy. Well, if I’m right. You’re rich, perfect, smart, beautiful, and everyone wants you. But you don’t want anyit was, he was doing an awesome job of that at all. You live init.
    Brian didn’t say
    a huge mansion,word to me the biggest in Boston, but it’s not big enoughentire walk. The only sound was the soft wind that whispered to keep you in. Aspen, believe me, I know, this world isn’t even big enough for youme and those ideas that are brewingthe occasional airplane humming quietly, high above us in your head. But you’ll make due. You’ll change this world, these people…. Maybe you’ll even be the Lincoln we’re waiting for!”
    I agreed completely.
    midnight blue sky. The walk was short and pretty soon, Brian stopped. He had taken allstill held on to my scattered thoughts and feelingshand, though.
    “You can open your eyes now,” Brian said, excitement spilling over in his voice.
    I opened my eyes
    and put them into words.glanced around. We were standing in the park, right by my bench. Brian’s smile mirrored a little kid’s, filled with joy, eager to please. I had found myself,raised my eyebrows in confusion, as if to ask why we were at the park, of all because Joshplaces. Brian’s smile didn’t falter, not even for a second. It was as if he had foundexpected me first. Josh and I were truly meant to be.be utterly confused.
    “Well, the park is kind of like our place, right?” he asked. He stared into my eyes, urging me to understand. And, fortunately for him,
    I knewdid understand. Completely. “It’s where we would change this world greatly, makespend most of our time together and it means a better place for our children.lot to me. Every time I just didn’tsee this place or think about it, I was capable of freeing my country all over againsee you. Your gorgeous brown hair and making three classes become one. It would happen though,how it flutters in the wind. Your beautiful green eyes and sooner rather than later. Some brave citizen would behow they mirror the next Lincoln. History did have a way of repeating itself,soft grass and maybe this time around, we’d be more prepared for it…
    “You know something?” I asked Josh. “You just took
    sparkle like emeralds. The way your smile looks when you see me walking towards you. The way you laugh, the way you talk, just… everything about you. Then I think, ‘Wow, I’m so lucky to have a girl like Dylan. She’s the most wonderful person I’ve ever feltmet and put it into words. I’ve always heard of people ‘trying to find themselves’, but I never understood. And youdon’t know what else?I’d do without her.’ Seeing you here, like I do when I think you just saved meof the taskpark, it’s like a dream to me. Then I come here in real life and I wonder how I ever deserved someone like you, and…”
    I leaned in and kissed him with all
    of finding myself. You foundmy heart. No one had ever said anything like that to me for me.”
    I smiled, feeling
    in my dull brown eyes brighten. Josh smiled a soft smileentire life. I couldn’t even grasp how that didn’t reach his sad, worried eyes.made me feel. I reached outfelt happy, I felt beautiful, I felt totally and grabbed his hand ascompletely loved. I swung my legs outfelt totally and putcompletely in love. I loved Brian like I could never love anyone else. Of course, that didn’t include my feet on the floor.sisters, but that was different. I staredloved him with all of my heart and right then, at him whilethat moment, I flipped his hand over soknew that his palm faced up. His face looked back at me with curiosity.
    “I have a goal,”
    I murmured lightly, drawing invisible lines on the palm of his hand.
    “And
    always would. No matter what wouldhappened to us, I knew that be, my brave Ms. Oliver?” he asked, gently urging meuntil the day I died I would truly love Brian Johnson.
    “Brian, that’s the sweetest, most wonderful thing… I, I just, I don’t even know what
    to reveal my mindsay, Brian. I love you, Brian.”
    Tears started
    to him. And thatstream down my face. That was definitely an easy task for me!
    “Before
    the only possible reaction I die,”could have to this. I began, lookingburied my face in Brian’s shoulder. Brian pulled his arms around me and held me tight.
    “I love you too, Dylan,” he murmured. “I really do.”
    After a while, Brian sat me
    down with embarrassment, “even if we’re ninety years old whenon my, no our, bench and he sat down next to me. Once I was somewhat normal again, though it happens, I’ll do it.was impossible for me to completely recover from that, Brian and I wantstarted talking again.
    “You know,” he said, “you still have
    to seeopen your eyes smile.”
    “My eyes?”
    “Yeah. See, when someone’s really, truly happy, they smile so genuinely
    birthday present.”
    “Are you serious?” I exclaimed with shock. “You tell me all
    that their eyes smile too. It’ll happen when our world’sand you get me a better place, once we’ve fixed it. I’ve just never seen your smile reach your eyes. Don’t try to do it now, just causebirthday present. I mean, I said it. You’ll do it whenwould have been perfectly fine with that alone, and you least expect it.”
    “Wow, that’s
    know that. I’m a very intense goal,” Josh murmured, taking both ofsimple person, Brian and…”
    Brian covered
    my handsmouth with his hand and my voice stopped rambling on. He placed a small package in his.my lap. I nodded backpeered down at him, proudit. It was small, only about the size of my ambition.
    “Now,”
    hand. The package was wrapped in light green paper with a sparkling brown bow on the top. I started, once more being rational, “Are you going to tell me wheresmiled as I am and what happened?”
    Josh
    noticed that he had purposefully chosen my colors.
    “Go on, open it,” Brian urged gently. “I don’t think I can wait any longer!”
    I
    laughed at my commenthis childish behaviors. Of course, I shouldn’t be talking, considering that I was even worse around twenty minutes ago. I carefully tore off the paper and nodded, getting ready to explain.
    “Well, after you fainted,
    crumpled it into a small clump, which I wrestled with Eddieplaced next to get you.me. It was a small, black box. Etched onto the top was my name in shiny gold lettering. I beat him senseless… well, sort of. But somehowcouldn’t believe how amazing this boy was. I got you and he ran allmean come on, what fifteen-year-old boy gets his girlfriend’s name in gold on the way upbox of her birthday present? Seriously, that’s amazing!
    I slowly started to pull
    the steps, throughcover off of the Apartments, and up the hills. I’m sure he wentbox, not wanting this moment to tell your parentsend. How many times did you get a birthday like this? It was absolutely perfect and his aboutI could never want anything more than this. I grazed my fingers over the scenesmooth gold lettering that just occurred. Regardless, I took you and carried you alldented the way to my house, where my parents gave me strange looks, whichbox’s cover. I ignored. Then,could tell that I carried youwas torturing Brian by making him wait. He just couldn’t wait to see my room where you sleptreaction. I pulled off the cover, not only for a few hours.Brian, but also because I couldn’t wait either. Inside, floating atop a square of snowy white fluff was worried sick about you, and you’re lucky that I didn’t wake you up myself. And now, here we are.”
    “How far away is your house from
    a shimmering silver bracelet. Hanging off of the beach?”silver loops was a sparkling diamond heart. I asked, wondering how far he had carried me.took in my breath suddenly in a gasp of pure awe at this beautiful piece of jewelry.
    “Oh, about two andBrian,” I whispered, my voice filled with adoration. There was most definitely, without a half miles, maybe three.” Josh shrugged it off asdoubt, no big deal, though Iguy out there as wonderful as Brian. And there was amazed.
    “You carried me here,
    no one out there that I’d rather spend the rest of my life with than him.
    I leaned over and kissed him with
    all by yourself?”of the passion that I askedhad in astonishment.
    “Well yeah,
    me. In that kiss, I had to. And its not like your weighpoured out all of my feelings; joy, love, friendship, and true passion. When I finally let go, we just sat there and stared lovingly at each other for a ton. You’re very light actually, and…”
    I silenced him by gently placing
    while. Eventually, Brian cupped my mouth over his. He wrappedchin in his arms around my waisthands and pulledkissed me to him. I broke awaysoftly, quickly, but not urgently. He brushed a stray piece of my hair behind my ear, and leanedjust admired me, staring into my head oneyes.
    “Dylan,” he said softly,
    his shoulder.
    “I
    voice carried to my ears by the wind. His eyes bored into mine with complete seriousness. “Promise me one thing.”
    “Brian, I’d promise you anything,” I said willingly, waiting for his request.
    “Promise me that no matter what, you’ll never take that bracelet off. I hate to say this, but if we ever go our separate ways and we aren’t, well, together anymore, then you still have to keep it on. It will always be there to remind you that no matter what ever happens to us or between us or what ever, that I’ll always
    love you,”you forever.”
    “I promise,”
    I whispered lovinglymuttered, trying to him. Oh,hide the shakiness of my voice, trying to fight back another round of warm tears. I was successful in doing that, luckily. I yawned absentmindedly, suddenly realizing how tired I loved Josh.was. I loved himhadn’t been able to sleep very well the night before because I was so muchexcited for my big date with Brian the next day. But, could you blame me?
    “We should get you home,” Brian said, brushing my cheek with his soft hand. He took the bracelet from the box I was holding. Then, he lifted my hand and clasped the bracelet on my right wrist. I wished
    that wordsI could just go to bed when I got home, but my sisters would not let me off that easy, not even beginkind Nikki.
    Brian grasped my hand in his and pulled me up from the bench. I started
    to describe it. But, hey, maybe he’d put itwalk, with him by my side, to the southern gate. But Brian wouldn’t have that! He whisked me up into words for me, as he was so very good at it.his arms and carried me all the way home…
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    I silenced him by gently placing my mouth over his. He wrapped his arms around my waist and pulled me to him. I broke away and leaned my head on his shoulder.
    “I love you,” I whispered lovingly to him. Oh, how I loved Josh. I loved him so much that words could not even begin to describe it. But, hey, maybe he’d put it into words for me, as he was so very good at it.

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