HI! IT’S ME! LILY!
As with last time, there is a subscriber-only content in this post which has a little more detail geared towards teenagers and young adults. This one is for younger readers. As always, though, parents please do read first!
Such a confused Lily.
So last night after I wrote my post, I did my nightly stuff, got into my pajamas, and went to bed Liz was already in bed and snoring in the other bed. She’s even pretty when she sleeps! It’s not fair! It wasn’t too late, but it was a long day.
I was just settling in when my phone buzzed. I looked at it, and there was a message.
It was Jack! OMG!!! I forgot that we exchanged contact info that morning!
It’s me, I typed back.
There was a long pause.
Can we talk?
In the morning, I replied.
There was another pause. Okay. Goodnight.
Goodnight, I replied. I put the phone down, turned out the light. and was asleep within seconds.
That morning, before my run, I texted Jack.
I’m in the lobby. Come see me if you want to talk.
There was no reply, but five minutes later I felt someone sit down next to me.
“Hi,” he said, quietly.
“Hi,” I said. My hands fidgeted in my lap.
“My father had a long talk with me last night.”
“Liz’s mother had a talk with me, too.”
He was quiet.
I couldn’t stand it anymore and the words just started gushing. “I’m sorry Jack I know we just met but I’m so attracted to you and I don’t know why and I know it’s not love but I loved our time last night and I don’t want it to end and Sabby warned me and…” a tear leaked out of my eye. “I didn’t mean for this to happen.” I wiped the tear away with the back of my hand and sniffled.
There appeared to be a war going on in Jack’s face. So many different expressions were battling with each other. Finally he turned his head and looked at me. He looked just as uncomfortable as I felt.
“I didn’t either, Lily. I’ve thought you were amazing since the first time I laid eyes on you. There’s… just something about you.” He sighed. “This is so awkward.”
I giggled. “Why would we think it’d be anything but? Would it be like one of those books my sister is always reading, where the boy and the girl just see each other and it’s love at first sight and a year later they’re getting married?” I scoffed. “I don’t think it works like that.”
He took my hand and rubbed the back of it with his thumb. If he did that much more I was going to just melt.
“There’s something here,” he said. “Maybe nothing, maybe something, maybe everything.” He looked at me, his eyes boring into mine. “I’d like to find out.”
OMG. His eyes. His… EEP! He put his finger under my chin, lifted it, and pecked me on the lips. Nothing deep, just a peck… and it was everything. He pulled his face back, and let go of my hand. “I’d like to find out,” he repeated, then he stood up and went off to the exercise room.
I don’t think I moved for like five minutes, my mind was whirling and everything was spinning around all topsy-turvy, and you could have hit me with a feather and I’d have fallen over. Finally I shook my head and ran off to the exercise room. I had to get my exercise for the day.
Somehow I pulled myself together in time for breakfast. Grace was a wonderful distraction anyway, she had another waffle that her mother had cut into little bites and put some fruit and syrup on it, and she was shoveling it down like an excavator on a construction site (how’s that for an analogy?). Between bites she was chattering on and on about all of the characters she met the day before. Apparently she ran into Gaston and gave him a piece of her mind! All the adults were laughing but she defended Belle’s honor like you wouldn’t believe! Belle even came over and thanked her, but promised she had Gaston well in hand. There’s no fury like an angry four year old!
After breakfast we went back to Disney World. This would be our last day there, but everyone agreed that one day wasn’t enough to see the whole thing. This time Grace’s parents wanted a little time to themselves, so she was put in the care of me, Liz, and Jack. As we walked around the park, she was chattering and bouncing around everywhere. Every time she saw a character she liked she insisted on going to talk to it. We got her some ice cream (choc’late, of course) and she ate her ice cream and chattered and was just having a grand time. A part of me was jealous, actually. To her, the park was magic, it was real, and I didn’t remember any of that magic in my own life.
Jack could tell something was bothering me. He didn’t know what, but he squeezed my hand anyway. I gave him a grateful look.
This time we just had whatever lunch we felt like having. So the four of us found a little fast food place and had some (honestly pretty good) burgers. Grace got a kid’s meal, and was bubbling and burbling with happiness as she munched.
As we walked the park, I could tell Grace was getting tired, so I picked her up. She fell asleep in my arms! How adorable! I had Jack call his parents and find a place to meet them so we could hand her off. That accomplished, the sun was setting and it was time for the fireworks again. Yet again, Liz had to use the bathroom, and I was seriously starting to think she was doing it on purpose. Spoiler: She absolutely was.
As the fireworks were popping off, he looked at me. “Lily, do you remember this morning?”
“How could I forget? You kissed me! I couldn’t concentrate after that! I… mmmmmmm.” He kissed me again.
This time it wasn’t a peck. It was a real, honest to goodness kiss.
It was soooo nice. Finally, I laid my head on his shoulder and he stroked my hair. It felt soooooo good.
“Lily?,” he said, quietly.
“Hmm?,” I said, my power of speech quite handily taken away from me.
“That was my first kiss.”
“Was it good?”
I chuckled and disentangled myself from him. “Jack, I know for a fact I will remember that kiss for the rest of my life.”
He reached up and moved a stray wisp of hair out of my eye. “So will I.”
The fireworks had just ended and Liz came running up. “Hey! Are you – YOU KISSED, DIDN’T YOU?”
We both blushed mightily.
“YOU DID!!!!! OMG!!! Was it good? Lily, you have to tell me all about it!!!”
I looked helplessly at Jack. “It’s a girl thing,” I said apologetically. He just waved his hand.
“Girls gonna girl,” he said sagely. All of us cracked up.
Before we stood up, I whispered in Jack’s ear, “It was a wonderful kiss. If you want to kiss me again… I think I’d like that.”
He squeezed my hand and we both stood up. We found the adults and took the shuttle back to the hotel. We had a nice dinner, and then Liz went to practice violin. Jack and I just sat in the lobby. He held my hand but we didn’t dare kiss there. We just talked. We talked about everything. I told him about what happened after I was found, and how Dave and Sabby adopted me, how Liz became my friend, and how Beth became my sister. He told me how he was bullied in school, and had a few girls he liked but none of them like him, and how sad and lonely he was sometimes. At one point during his story I gave him a hug. He looked genuinely uncomfortable.
Turns out he doesn’t get many hugs.
I resolved to help him make up for lost time, at least for the next few days. And I was going to talk to Liz’s parents about that too.
I showed him where to find this site. That was a gamble on my part. But I’m going to make it available to the public, at least I can make it available to my first crush.
Finally, it was time for us to go back to our rooms. He walked me to mine. He took my hand and gave me a very brief, gentle, but meaningful kiss. Then he went off to his room.
I felt like I was floating. Floating on air. It was such a wonderful feeling. He kissed me! And we talked, and got to know each other, and… it was soooo wonderful! Why do I not want a boyfriend again? I don’t remember! Something about wanting to know who I am? I still feel that way, but… but… it’s so amazing!
Liz came in a little while later and demanded to know everything. So we talked and giggled and I felt so much like a girl. Like a real bona fide normal loved girl.
I called Sabby before bedtime and we chatted. I told her everything. She was a little concerned but told me that she knew I’d make the right decisions and that she trusts me. She also told me that she was happy for me. Every girl needs to have at least one vacation romance in her life, and she thinks I picked a good one.
So do I.
Goodnight! Tomorrow we’re doing something different!!!