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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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on Mar. 20 2010 at 11:17 pm
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its a really nice story. i really want to see

on Mar. 20 2010 at 7:25 pm
Invaild_Kt BRONZE, Wattsburg, Pennsylvania
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aww that was such a sveet story cant wait to read the rest!

on Mar. 20 2010 at 2:56 pm
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awww i cant ait to see what happens next

on Mar. 20 2010 at 1:36 am
xoxoLissieM SILVER, Manila, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"Stop acting dumb cause your usually the smart one and I'm the dumb one!"

da story is interesting...kinda confusing though:) but i luv....wish i could read the novel:)

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on Mar. 5 2010 at 12:13 pm
KellyR GOLD, Richmond, Virginia
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We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.

how is he cheating on e is emily? he is at the beach with is best friend jen who and they may love each other but they are not doing anything about it.

on Mar. 2 2010 at 10:36 am
unwrittenlove DIAMOND, Mount Berry, Georgia
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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

see below... haha. jk! yes it is a misprint. When i saw it after it was printed. i was like "OMG! i wrote Katie instead on Jen!" haha

on Mar. 1 2010 at 7:17 pm
thewritingclarinetist, Port Orange, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
Those who try, are those who plan on failing.

love the story but it was a little confusing. and at the first kiss part....why does it say something about a katie? was that a misprint? great story and AWESOME WRITING!

on Feb. 27 2010 at 6:45 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

oh no, I forgive you completely. haha. I can understand why you don't like the story, but I am still working on this novel and the ending is real sweet and happy

on Feb. 27 2010 at 6:43 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

haha. I understand about the name. I looked back right after I posted it and was like, "OMG! I put in the wrong name!" haha. I fixed it in the real story. sorry about the typo!

on Feb. 26 2010 at 7:44 pm
redhotfox BRONZE, Bensalem, Pennsylvania
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wait.....could someone explain the novel part to a retard like me?!! im confuzzled: are u writing a novel and this is a part?

on Feb. 26 2010 at 3:47 pm
biggerinfinities SILVER, Superior, Colorado
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― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

ummm has anyone noticed that he is cheating on Emily??? and that cheating is BAD???? sorry, i love your writing style, just not the story~ hope you can forgive me:)

on Feb. 26 2010 at 3:11 pm
fyreflies BRONZE, Randolph, Wisconsin
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"Stay with me here now/And never surrender" Skillet

This reminds me of when the guy I really like/love/something like that was going out with a different girl.

on Feb. 26 2010 at 3:06 pm
sasssgirrrl22 PLATINUM, Pearl River, New York
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aww this is so cute! so sad @ the end though. awesome job

on Feb. 26 2010 at 12:20 pm
sidneynicole BRONZE, McKinney, Texas
4 articles 0 photos 48 comments

Favorite Quote:
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i loved it it got confusing at times but it was AMAZING! i wanna read more haha well keep on writing

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on Feb. 26 2010 at 12:19 pm
BECKYwww, 75070, Texas
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This story is amazing. It's really cute and I loved how you changed the perspective around a couple of times.

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on Feb. 26 2010 at 12:16 pm
that was really good that started to get me thinking about what it will be like when i get my first kiss or when i find that special person out there made for me and me only. good job keep up the good work

on Feb. 26 2010 at 10:52 am
SoulSurvivor92 BRONZE, Park Ridge, Illinois
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I like your story so far.....I believe that you should persue with it. But, I also think that you need to watch your typos. You switched the name from Jen, to Katie, then back to Jen. But overall as I said before, I enjoyed your clicher from your book.

on Feb. 26 2010 at 10:03 am
--LoveHappens--, Fairfield, Connecticut
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Favorite Quote:
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That was really good. I love the ending and if you could I would love it if you read some of my pieces and gave me some advice to. The only advice I have to you is to make names a little clearer. Like you said Katie then Jen and I got confused. Other than that great job!!!

on Feb. 26 2010 at 9:46 am
PoetLaureate07 PLATINUM, Aberdeen, Mississippi
32 articles 0 photos 246 comments

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AWWW!!!! That is so sweet!!!!! I can't believe the Emily part!! OMG!!!! That is amazing!!!! If you wanna check out some of my stuff, I have prolly 5 poems and 6 or 7 waiting to be approved (which I'm sure they will be) it would be greatly appreciated..... Anywho... I wish Jen and Cody would be together!!! That would be a perfect ending!!! =)

on Feb. 22 2010 at 8:52 pm
nicdal85 SILVER, Charlotte, North Carolina
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-im not sure, i'll find out=)

omygosh this amazing , let me know when you finish?