Aided by an Angel
Chapter Eleven; Part One
Graduating isn't as exciting as I thought
it would be. Yeah, there was that initial rush of adrenaline you
get where you feel like nothing and no one can touch you. But
once you see your family, and Momma wants pictures of you
standing with every person you know, the feeling starts to die
down. I stood tall in my gown and posed with my parents and my
brother for a nice family picture, and even though my smile
radiated on my face, I was dying inside; this was an incomplete
picture without Lilli.
Momma, Auntie El, Aunt Bri, and
Kristen, Autumn's Mum, took pictures of us kids
with our fathers and siblings and friends. Auntie El wanted a
nice picture of me and Zac together. "Every picture I have
of you two, yous are either goofing off or you look
miserable." She waved her hands in the air while we both
laughed at her; she was so beautiful and I loved how Zac had her
"My Mum's crazy." Zac whispered in my
ear, his nose pushing my hair aside. I rolled my eyes in
response, and leaned into him a little more as his Mum took the
picture. She begged for one more and I knew Zac wouldn't let
her get what she wanted. He was a mischevious boy, and that I
knew he got from his father.
He lifted me up, bridal style, and quickly pressed
his lips to mine. It all happened so fast that I barely had time
to react; my lips just naturally moved with his when they
touched. I could hear Auntie El getting frustrated and Momma
laughing; I wondered what our fathers were thinking right now? He
gently set me down as I thought to myself, "That was it?
The night played out nicely afterwards. We
finished up with our pictures and then headed to casa de Styles
for a graduation party. Aunt Bri and Uncle Harry were letting
Darcy and Parker have a proper party while they got a head start
on their vacation to Spain. Darcy had asked Autumn and I to help
set up a little before the rest of the guest arrived
"So I'm going out to California for
college." Darcy stated as she sliced cheese across from
me; Autumn and I stared at her in suprise; we'd never of
thought she'd leave her parents. "Well Rocco's going
out there, so I found it only natural to follow him."
She smiled down at the island, letting the blade of the knief cut
evenly through the snack.
"Darc, I am so happy for you! You guys
will be together forever!" Autumn ran over to her from the
kitchen table and wrapped her arms around her, tightly. I
just rolled my eyes and continued to blow up the balloons. What
is she crazy? Why would she choose to follow Rocco out to
California? We all knew she wanted to go to a local school;
she valued her family and friends way too much. I was honestly
shocked at her decision, but who am I to tell her how
to live her life. All I did was smile at her.
"Thanks, Autumn." Darcy and I just stared
at Autumn, as she twirled the pink fringe of her dress. Her face
was more cheerful than usual and we both knew something was up.
"Alright, out with it, Dopey." Darcy playfully hit her
in the shoulder, laughing as she did so.
"Well I could tell you, but I'd rather just
show you." She snapped her left hand out in front of her so
both Darcy and I could see. On her ring finger sat a lovely,
small diamond ring. "Charlie proposed and he wants to get
married before he's deployed in September." Her body was
shaking with excitement; was she nuts? She was eighteen years old
and she was diving into marriage so quickly?
What about being a kid still?
"Well congratulations to the both of you
guys!" I knew it was a lie, but I said it anyway. We
all huddled together tightly in the kitchen one last time before
going back to setting up. My mind was spinning at the news from
my friends; was I the only one with a head on my
shoulders? Oh wait, I was crazy too. My dreams were far
from being in reach so why should I judge them?
It was now almost nine and the party was going
strong. I danced with Zac for a little bit, but someone got
alcohol into the red cup in his hand and I lost him.
Parker was sitting alone on the sofa and I invited him to dance
with me. "I don't dance, Mir." His dark
eyes stared up at me; his arms were crossed over his chest
as he leaned on his knees with his elbows.
"You're going to dance with me,"
I pulled at his plaid top, attempting to get him on his feet.
I tugged with a little too much force which led his nose
straight into mine as our bodies stood real close to each others.
"And you're going to like it." I whispered in his
ear with a little too much seduction in my voice, but who cared?
It was Parker we were talking about. He chuckled at me as
I draggd his unwilling body out onto the dance floor that
was in the middle of his living room.
He didn't do much dancing, but once I grabbed
hold of his hands, he started to, at least, sway back and forth
with me. Song after song was played and nothing was on my mind
except having a good time. I didn't think about Zac drinking,
I didn't think about Niall drinking, or Lilli or singing; I
enjoyed it actually. Being absent minded was nice. "So
where's Darcy been all night?" Parker's words
spilled down my now exposed neck; I pulled my hair up into a
ponytail since it was starting to grow