Long Time, No See
I cuddled against Alexis, enjoying the warmth she was giving me as Natalie drove down the highway, a stern frown on her face.
“Why am I driving? Why aren’t I being cuddled?” she complained, glancing over at me in the backseat.
“Because you didn’t break out into tears when I tried to get you in the car. She finally fell asleep,” I replied, slowly pulling away from her.
“She’s been crying since the weekend began,” Natalie sighed. I crawled into the passenger seat and put my seatbelt back on. “She’s been holding it in for so long. It’s about time that she let it all out,” I said, taking her hand, placing a chaste kiss on.
She smiled at me but kept her eyes on the road. “Thank you for letting me drive, Beck. I know how you feel about your car,” she said smirking.
I shrugged, leaning back in my seat. “That’s because we all know what happened last time I drove a car like this” I mumbled. She slapped my arm and shoved me away from her.
“That’s not funny! I hate when you do that,” she yelled, pulling her hand away from me. My expression softened as I realized she was genuinely upset.
“Natalie, I’m sorry. I really am. I know that you don’t like talking about that,” I whispered, leaning over to face her. Her eyes were watering and her lips quivered.
“What happened that night was horrible. I promise I won’t bring it up again,” I said, sincerely. “On that night, I realized I was in love with you, Beck. I love you so much and when I thought I was going to lose you, I barely wanted to leave your side that night” she whimpered, wiping angrily at her cheeks.
"I love you too. I’m sorry, Natalie. I won’t bring it up again."
I took Natalie’s hand in mine as she glanced over at me when I began pouting.
“It’s not going to work, Beck” she smiled, trying her best not to. “It looks like it is to me,” I teased. Natalie stuck her tongue out at me and I couldn’t help myself.
I pulled her lips against mine, kissing her gentle. Her eyes widened before she slowly pulled away from me. “Beck! I'm driving. I could have hit something,” she sighed, a crimson blush forming on her cheeks. I smiled to myself as she tried to ignore me.
“I love you,” I voiced. She smiled out the windows and focused on the road ahead of us. "I love you too," she eventually replied.
I looked in the rearview mirror at Alexis. Noticing her cuddling with my jacket, stretching out her small frame. Natalie followed my gaze and frowned.
“That’s my jacket,” she said, in slight jealously. I chuckled at her response, leaning over to kiss her cheek.
“Wake me up, before you go go,” I whispered in her ear. She giggled and kissed me back.
“Beck, stop” she squealed between her laughter, hiding behind a smile. I kissed her neck.
“Beck, you’re going to make me crash” she whined. “No, but we might crash if I did this” I replied sneakily, ducking my hand between her legs.
Her cheeks turned bright red and she bit her lower lip. “Beck, don’t” she panted, inhaling sharply. I wanted nothing more than to pull this car over, drag Natalie out and have my way with her but I knew I couldn’t.
We had a mission to accomplish.
I groaned to myself as I pulled my hand away from her. “Sorry,” I mumbled. She nodded before taking my hand in hers.
“Soon. You know I want to give myself to you as much as you want to take me” she said, stroking my hand. I played with her fingers; comparing her thumb to mine and counting ever freckle on her hand.
“You get so cutesy when it’s just us” she giggled. I shrugged in embarrassment and turned to face her. “You bring it out of me,” I replied honestly.
She smiled before speeding up the car and taking the next exit.
“Is she ok?”
“Yeah. I’m surprised, you know? This is the first time that someone important has left her and she hasn’t started flipping out.”
“She seems normal to me.”
“She is normal. That’s the weird part? Melody left yesterday and she’s just…chill.”
“Doesn’t sound like Charlie to me.”
“Me neither, Gloria. Now, come kiss me.”
Gloria smiled at her boyfriend before leaning over and pecking him on the lips, twice. “I’m glad you’re taking good care of her, Dylan,” she whispered against his mouth.
“She’s my sister. I’m the only person she’s got left,” he whispered back. “Besides your grandparents” Gloria reminded him.
He rolled his eyes before stealing another kiss from her. “Either way, it’s a brother’s job to watch over his sister; plus I’m the oldest” he said, proudly.
“By four minutes” Gloria shot back smugly. “Geez, Gloria. You wanna ruin everything today” he replied, smacking her on the ass. Gloria jumped before walking out of the house, heading toward the beach.
Charlie was sitting on the sand, her blue jacket zipped up to her neck and her shoes lying against a stone. She was eating licorice as Gloria ran over to her, wrapping her arms around her waist.
“How are you?” she whispered, stealing one from her grasp. Charlie sighed, leaning back against the sand.
"Fine, I guess," she answered.
Gloria placed her head on Charlie's shoulder, biting into the licorice as she gazed at her friend's frame. "You don't seem fine. You can always talk to me, Charlie," she said in concern.
Charlie nodded her head as Dylan approached them from the pier. He sighed before taking a seat next to them. “I hate when you guys do that. You two look so comfortable together” he pouted. Gloria laughed as Charlie blushed before quickly shaking her head.
“You didn’t know? Charlie is my girlfriend on the side,” Gloria said seductively, running her hands over Charlie’s stomach. She blushed and looked over at her.
“Now, you tell him,” she teased, wiggling her eyebrows at her twin. Gloria laughed while Dylan scoffed. Gloria pecked Charlie on her forehead. “Why let him live in denial” she retored, smiling at her.
Dylan rolled his eyes as he pulled Gloria into his lap. “Do you wanna go surfing?” he asked Charlie. She shook her head and pulled the collar of her jacket closer around her neck.
“It’s too cold lately. Winter is upon us,” she mumbled. Gloria pouted and crawled over to Charlie, pushing her on the sand as she laid on top of her.
“I’m sure Melody will be back sooner than you think, Danielle” she whispered, pushing the hair out of her face.
The only person Charlie allowed to call her Danielle were Gloria and Alexis. She didn’t let anyone else in beside these two. Charlie had a feeling that would change. She would willingly allow Melody to call her whatever she desired.
“Are you sure you’re not gonna leave me for Charlie?” Dylan asked, arching his eyebrows at Gloria.
She rolled her eyes at his antics and stuck her tongue out at him. The truth was two years ago, Charlie and Gloria used to sleep together, long before Dylan and Gloria began dating.
Things started moving too fast for Charlie and the entire relationship was based on sex. Charlie knew in her heart, she didn’t want Gloria and she would be a lot happier with Dylan.
They didn’t talk about their past together. Although, Gloria still felt a very strong connection to the other Charles twin.
Charlie wrapped her arm around Gloria’s waist as they listened to the waves hit the shore.
“I think I’m going ti be a surfer when I graduate this year,” she announced bluntly. Dylan sat up quickly and looked at her.
“Seriously? No way! You know grandma and grandpa wouldn’t let you ‘throw their fortune away’ on surfing,” he shot back. Charlie shrugged absentmindedly.
“I’ll be eighteen by then. What are they going to do?” she replied to no one in particular. Dylan opened his mouth to protest but stopped when Gloria put her finger against his lips.
“Don’t talk, baby. If Charlie wants to surf, let her surf. You can’t protect her forever” she whispered, smiling at him. She crawled next to him, pulling him into a kiss.
Charlie stared away from them as her mind wandered. chuckling. Dylan and Gloria both looked down at her before Dylan tossed sand on her.
“What?” Charlie groaned, dusting sand off of herself. "Feel better already," he sighed.
“Dylan, don’t be a dick,” Gloria scolded. He turned to face her. “Whatever, you're thinking the same thing I am” he chuckled, kissing her neck.
Gloria reached back and ran her fingers through his short black hair. Charlie decided not to ruin the couple’s moment. She stood up, walking down the beach.
Charlie didn’t know what to expect these next few months. Would she fall out of love with Melody? Would Melody meet somebody else at school? Would she forget all about her? Would they stay in touch after the amazing week they had together?
She sighed, kicking at the sand around her shoes. For once, she was wondering what Alexis was doing. “Stop. You shouldn’t be thinking about her! It will only cause you more pain,” she thought, scolding herself for even bringing up the girl’s name.
“Besides, I bet she’s forgotten all about me” she mumbled sorrowfully, planting her feet into the ground. She stared out at the ocean.
Her eyes widened but she dared not turn around. It couldn’t be! She would never come back here! Not after everything she put her through. Not after the way she treated her. Not after she broke her heart.
Charlie could feel her blood boiling and she closed her eyes tightly. Wishing for enough courage to face her.
She heard her voice call again. She clenched her hand into a fist. Her mind kept bellowing to her how Alexis would not come back!
“Charlie, please turn around.”
And yet here she is.
Charlie spun around on her toes, practically tackling Alexis into a hug, grabbing onto her jacket. She heard Alexis inhale deeply as she grasped on to her.
“How dare you come back here! How fucking dare you!” Charlie hissed, partly in anger but mostly in fear. Fear of getting hurt once more.
She didn’t care what Alexis had to say. She didn’t care what she was here to do. She needed answers.
“Uhn unh. You’re not breaking away this time,” she crashed her lips against her own, caressing her cheeks. Alexis’s legs felt weak and she couldn’t help but fall against her.
Charlie deepened the kiss and grabbed her waist when Alexis’s arm pulled at her collar, pressing their lips into each other passionately.
“Charlie…I…don’t…” she moaned, against her lip. She ran her hand up and down the girl’s back, pulling tightly at her shirt.
Alexis groaned out in pleasure but quickly pulled away, her lips swollen and breathing hard. Charlie stared at her, wondering what she would say to her.
Alexis placed her hand on her lips, gazing into Charlie's eyes.
“I'm so sorry, Charlie. I just wanted you to know that. I made a mistake. I was scared. I still kind of am but I want to see where this could go. If there is anyway you could forgive me, I just want to get to know you again. I want to be in your life,” she said softly. Charlie moved closer to her. "Is that why you came here? To apologize?" she questioned.
Alexis nodded her head, "yes. That and to tell you that...I think I'm in love with you, Charlie."
Charlie looked at her feet, a war of words on her mind. "Why don't we start over? I can forget the past if you can. I just need to know one thing?" she asked.
"What? Anything," Alexis replied in desperation, standing before her.
"Did you miss me the way I've been missing you?" Charlie whispered, placing her hand on her cheek.
“I missed you. I missed you so much,” Alexis replied, pulling Charlie into her arms. Charlie held her tight, kissing her several times, whispering sweet words to her.
“I love you, Alexis,” she finally said, cupping her face in her hands as she gave her a gentle kiss.
Beck walked through the sand with Natalie right behind her. She stopped in her tracks at the scene in front of her, smiling.“It's about time!” Beck yelled out to them. Natalie smacked her playfully, smirking at her.
Charlie pulled away from Alexis before smiling sheepishly. Alexis ran her hand down her arm, resting in her own as she interlaced their fingers.
“Hey, Beck. Long Time, no see” she announced, nervously. Natalie began laughing as Beck pointed back at the pier.
“Hey, Charlie. I think Natalie and I are going to head to the boardwalk. I'll give you both some privacy,” she teased, walking towards the boardwalk, hand in hand with Natalie.
Alexis faced Charlie, a small smile resting on her lips."I think we have a lot of catching up to do” she said, gripping her hand tighter.
Charlie leaned down toward her lips, claiming them against hers. “I think you're right,” she replied, contently. Alexis gently reached up to caress her neck.
“Thank you” she whispered. Charlie gazed at her in confusion. “For what exactly?” she whispered back. "For allowing me to make this right."
Charlie’s stomach did flips as she swallowed the lump in her throat. Charlie’s heartbeat elevated as she placed her hands on Alexis's hips. She knew it was wrong. Melody crossed her mind the second her lips touched Alexis' but she couldn't stop herself. Their bond was stronger than she remembered. Charlie couldn't keep lying to herself anymore. She was still in love with Alexis. That would never change.
"So, what now?" she cleared her throat as Alexis stared at her. She shrugged. "I didn't plan that far ahead," she replied.
Charlie leaned her head on Alexis's shoulder, inhaling her scent before gently embracing her.
"I want you, Alexis. That's what I want to happen next," she whispered. Alexis closed her eyes, picking Charlie's head off of her shoulder.
"So do I," She voiced. For the first time, Charlie felt a weight lift off of her. A weight that was placed years ago. A weight that only Alexis could truly carry. She knew it was wrong; as she once more claimed her lips against her own.