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I awoke to the sound of something clinking into my window. I closed my eyes thinking
it was a dream but a few seconds later, it started again. Tap tap.
Ugh, I groaned. If a burglar thought that this was a good way to break in, then he
seriously had some issues.
“Chloe,” I heard a faint, hoarse voice whisper into my window. I was definitely up now.
My heart was beating fast as I glanced at my clock. It was a little past midnight. Well, at
least I survived another day.
“Chloe,” it hissed again. It was time to be brave as I hopped onto my bed. My chest felt
like it was caving in as I braced myself for what came next. I couldn’t prepare myself
properly when I stared into the eyes of my intruder. It was Ryan.
“Hey,” he said in his usual adorable way.
“What are you doing here?” I hissed, outside the moon was gleaming down into my
window, illuminating us.
“Come out, I have a surprise.” he said as he leaned into my window.
“You, Ryan Holmes, are completely insane.” I whispered.
Ryan smiled once more, “I’m glad somebody noticed.”
Now, we sat by the lake with our feet dipped into the water.
“So why did you bring me here?” I asked suddenly, breaking the comfortable silence.
“You mentioned it the other day, and this is only part one of your surprise.”
I bit my lip. “Wow, you actually remembered that?”
“I remember everything you say.” He said silently, then turned to look at me. For a
moment, I couldn’t look away. It was as if his eyes were looking so deep inside of me.
Into something that I didn’t even know existed.
“What’s the second part of my surprise?” I turned away, taking in a long shaky breath.
Ryan smiled as he reached into his coat pocket. “You know the other day when you
mentioned that love doesn’t exist for you?”
I nodded, unsure of where he was getting with this.
“You also said that trying to find love is like trying to chase butterflies. Completely
pointless, right?” Suddenly, he pulled out a jar from his coat. I gasped instantly.
Inside the jar was a beautiful lilac coloured butterfly. My mouth was still in awe as
Ryan leaned forward and kissed me.
“I love you Chloe,” he whispered in my ear when he pulled away. No words could
escape me as I tried to take it all in. A few moments passed before I turned to him and
smiled. I undid the jar lid and let the butterfly spread its wings into the dark night.
“I love you too,” I smiled, “and I was right. Trying to find love is completely pointless.
Especially when I have it right here.” I said as I leaned in to kiss him again, taking not
only him, but his heart with me.
Round Lake, Illinois
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