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"I love you."

September 20, 2009
By unwrittenlove DIAMOND, Mount Berry, Georgia
unwrittenlove DIAMOND, Mount Berry, Georgia
61 articles 11 photos 153 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you love something, let it go. If it comes back to you, its yours forever. If it dosent, then it was never meant to be" -anonymous

“Just trust me.” Cody kept his voice low. I laughed again and walked in the direction he told me to. When my toes finally touched sand, Cody took his hands away. We took our shoes off and left them by the road. I walked up to the water and closed my eyes as the water lapped at my feet. Cody walked up and stood beside me.

“What are you thinking about?” he murmured. A tingle ran up my spine as I answered.

“I’m thinking about the time we first met,” I whispered back.

“Do you remember that long back?”

“Yeah,” I admitted. “Didn’t it go like…?”


I set out my peanut butter and jelly sandwich on the napkin beside my chocolate pudding. I was just about to take a bite when I heard footsteps come up behind me.

“Move. I want that seat.” I turned to see the boy who just spoke to me. He was tall for his age and had shaggy black hair that hung down in front of eyes. He flipped the hair out of his eyes so I could see his eyes. They were a dark green. I glared at him.

“No,” I commented. I went back to eating my sandwich. Suddenly, I felt a shove and I fell on the ground. My mom always said I was a strong, independent girl; so I pushed myself up and swung around to face him. “Get. Out. Of. My. Seat.”

“No,” he repeated, so I pushed him back. He fell on his face and I slid back into my seat. As he pulled himself up and glanced at him. He stared at me for a moment and then smiled. “You’re okay kid. I’m Cody.”

“I’m Jennifer but you can call me Jen.” I grinned at him as he sat down beside me. I handed him half of my sandwich.

“I think we are going to be best friends Jen,” he laughed and bit into his sandwich.


“I still can’t believe that was first grade,” Cody sat down beside me as I pulled my knees up to my chest.

“I know right?” I took a glance at him. He was staring out at the sea with a thoughtful look on his face. “What are you thinking about?” He smiled at me; his eyes were gleaming.

“Do you really want to know?” when I nodded he looked back at the ocean. “I was remembering our first kiss.” I giggled remembering too.

“Wasn’t it in sixth grade?” I turned to him.

“Yeah,” he said. “We were…”


We were still best friends. Even though Jen and I had a lot of fights, we never stopped being friends. Everyone in our class was kissing but us. Katie came to me one day at lunch.

“Everyone is giving me crap about having virgin lips,” she complained sitting down on the lawn beside me.

“Virgin lips?” I chuckled. She glared at me and I stopped, looking back at my friends on the playground.

“It gets so annoying,” She wailed and buried her face in her arms. I sighed dramatically and put my hand on her shoulder.

“Jen,” I poked her but she didn’t budge. “Jen,” I said even louder. She looked up and I could see tears streaming down her face. Her mascara was ruined; she had just begun to use a little makeup-her mom only allowed lip gloss and mascara- so she looked like a raccoon.

“What?” her voice broke and I put my hand on her cheek. She froze in place. I hesitated in the way a man hesitates before a kiss. Then I leaned in and pressed my lips to her frozen ones. As I slowly pulled back I could feel the eyes of the entire sixth grade on us. Jen stared at me wide-eyed and I took my hand away. I stood up and got ready to go play basketball when I heard her whisper, “Thanks.”


“Let’s go; it’s getting late.” My voice broke on the last word. I wiped my tears on my arm but they kept coming down.

“Jen, are you crying?” I could hear Cody’s voice, frantic as he reached out to me. I pulled back, scared.

“No, I’m fine,” I quickly answered but a sob escaped me, giving me away. I crumpled to the ground and cried. “I’m sorry.”

“It’s okay,” Cody’s voice was right beside me now. “Sit up Jen.” I obeyed and he sat up beside me.

“It’s just been so long.” I leaned against his strong shoulder fitting into him like I always belonged.

“I know,” he whispered and I looked out onto the horizon. The colors of the sunset popped out at me. The vibrant oranges, purples, yellows, and reds didn’t seem to fit my mood. Suddenly, I sat up alarmed. “What’s wrong?”

“I have to go,” I felt a rush of déjà-vu as I seized my purse and ran away. I ran away from him, the memories, and the love I used to have.


I watched her run away with graceful movements, some that I cannot even manage. Her dark brown hair flew out from behind her as she rounded the corner and moved towards the boat. I felt broken inside. It felt just like the day I left her at the airport. I realized that she had taken half of me with her. But I couldn’t love her; I love Emily. I stalked off in concentration towards the boat.

On my way there I was seized by small arms that wrapped around my waist. I turned to look at Emily who had a huge smile on her face. I contrasted her with Jen. Emily was short in everything; her height was five foot even, her blonde hair hung straight, cut at her chin, every day, and her hands can barely touch my hair. Jen was totally different. She was a tall 5’9”, she had long lithe arms and legs, and her eyes shined with excitement every time I laugh or smile at her. I leaned down to Emily’s level to hear her voice.

“I love you,” her wind chime voice declared.

“I love you too,” I said back before I kissed her. But there was something in the back of my mind telling me that I didn’t.

The author's comments:
I am writnign a love novel and this is an exerpt from it. Hope you like it

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ferosa45 said...
on Feb. 13 2011 at 7:45 pm
the errancy of emotions. sometimes a swing. here today and there tomorrow. a little doubt now and a pall of nucertainty next. feelings!!!!! how fickle

on Feb. 13 2011 at 1:03 pm
yasmina.tabbal GOLD, Beirut, Other
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Favorite Quote:
You can get arrested for wearing those colors - Zach, A Chorus Line

Tainted Love. You should make a novel out of this; rewrite it as a book and expand the ending. It will bring you millions.

on Feb. 3 2011 at 3:38 pm
WontLetYouFall, Alvarado, Texas
0 articles 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they'd make up their minds.
Wilt Chamberlain

The beginning reminds me of the iCarly when Sam and Carly meet. It's unbelievably cute.

on Dec. 31 2010 at 2:29 pm
Cuppie.Cake DIAMOND,
80 articles 0 photos 41 comments

Favorite Quote:
\"I\'m Not Afraid To Take A Stand, Everybody Come Take My Hand.\"
\"I Just Want You To Know, That You Deserve The Best, You\'re Beautiful.\"
~Lil\' Wayne~
\"Just keep swimming, just keep swimming. What do we do...we swim swim swim.\"
~Finding No~

This is really good. Dont stop writing!

on Dec. 9 2010 at 9:26 pm
OriginalCarbonation GOLD, Naperville, Illinois
11 articles 0 photos 102 comments

Favorite Quote:
dream as if you'll live forever
live as if you'll die tomorrow

yeah! this is really good but now im confused!! and i want and NEED more!! :)

StayInfinite said...
on Dec. 9 2010 at 5:17 pm
StayInfinite, Pompton Plains, New Jersey
0 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You've got to believe. Belive in yourself. Because if you don't, no one else will."
"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."

this was really good; i loved itt :)

shedevil said...
on Nov. 30 2010 at 7:37 am
shedevil, Spotsylvania, Virginia
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This is really cute, i need more!

on Nov. 26 2010 at 11:34 pm
snowanngel BRONZE, Branson, Missouri
2 articles 0 photos 30 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Your I will is more important than your IQ."
"You learn more from your failures than you do your accomplishments."

Same here lol

on Nov. 26 2010 at 11:33 pm
snowanngel BRONZE, Branson, Missouri
2 articles 0 photos 30 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Your I will is more important than your IQ."
"You learn more from your failures than you do your accomplishments."

I totally agree, lol... What happens next.?

asofnow GOLD said...
on Nov. 17 2010 at 5:09 pm
asofnow GOLD, Troy, Michigan
18 articles 0 photos 208 comments

Favorite Quote:
Nothing gold can stay ~ Robert Frost

This is not fair! You hav gotta make a pt 2!! pleaz!

Leann14 GOLD said...
on Oct. 26 2010 at 4:06 pm
Leann14 GOLD, DeGraff, Ohio
16 articles 4 photos 110 comments
plz make a part two where they get back together. haha they are tooo cute.

on Oct. 4 2010 at 10:06 pm
Brook_Dlin SILVER, Joplin, Missouri
6 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship him, then a mad man can put out the sun by writing the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell"---C.S. Lewis

WOW. I LOVED this. Gimme more! LOL.

on Oct. 4 2010 at 7:22 pm
sleepinginthegarden BRONZE, Kingston, Massachusetts
2 articles 0 photos 66 comments
okay awesome my work is just like yours check out does he love me by panda 500

on Oct. 4 2010 at 12:39 am
EmmyGrangerDC BRONZE, Houston, Texas
4 articles 0 photos 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.

Why is it that the one who made you cry is the only one that can keep you from crying? - Anonymous

Lol me too

on Sep. 12 2010 at 8:01 am
love2love17 GOLD, Springfield, Missouri
13 articles 0 photos 26 comments

Favorite Quote:
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. -Mae West

I LOVE IT! I can't wait to see the whole novel!

Runner242 GOLD said...
on Sep. 11 2010 at 1:25 pm
Runner242 GOLD, Rochester, New York
16 articles 0 photos 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live." - Dumbledore

i really like this! its cute, loving, and sad. hope to read more from you!

& can anyone check out my work?

iamAPHRODITE said...
on Sep. 10 2010 at 6:45 pm
This story is good I'm just confused... you introduced three female characters: Katie, Jen, and Emily. I just wanted to know which one is (a) the one the guy loves (b) the girlfriend (c) who is the third?

on Jul. 10 2010 at 9:16 am
unwrittenlove DIAMOND, Mount Berry, Georgia
61 articles 11 photos 153 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you love something, let it go. If it comes back to you, its yours forever. If it dosent, then it was never meant to be" -anonymous

:/ sorry. I was thinking of my friend as I wrote this and I accidentally put her name in there instead of Jen's. sorry again.

And jen and cody are friends. Emily is Cody's girlfriend. But Cody is in love with Jen(he just doesn't know it yet)

on Jul. 10 2010 at 12:56 am
MyLifeAsCupid BRONZE, Janesville, Wisconsin
3 articles 0 photos 34 comments

Favorite Quote:
"How could an Alice girl like me,
Love a Hatter as mad as you?"

where did katie come from when cody was remembering jen's and his first kiss, i'm guessing it was cody's first kiss or the author got katie and jen confused.

god now i'm confused @.#

on Jul. 8 2010 at 10:50 am
autumntate2015 SILVER, Albertville, Alabama
9 articles 20 photos 45 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Success is a journey, not a destination." -Ben Sweetland

I agree...very confusing.