"You know we all go to the same school, right?"
"Yeah," she sighs, "Well kind of... I don't really remember seeing you until Andrew's party."
We've been in the same class for about 7 years.
"While you were pushing people around in the hallway, I was by one of the lockers you missed during your tirades," I say flatly.
She stutters, "We-Well, it's all part of high school. Sometimes people need a little push every now and then."
She's looking a little annoyed. I need to seem more into her for this to look legit. Then, I need to make it clear that I would rather never see her again.
"You look really nice."
I'm reaching the end of my patience.
He shifts in his seat, "I want you to know that I did love you."
I scoff. Please.
"Is that all?" my patience is running thin.
Kara's POV:He opens the door shirtless again, arousing a primal reaction in me. After this agonizing evening, I just want him.So the only reasonable response was to press my lips on his."Mmmph" he groans, grabbing the small of my back, and closing the door behind me.He places his hands on my neck while massaging our tongues together. Jeez.He pulls back for a breath, "What's gotten into you?""Are you really asking questions, or are you going to take me up to your bedroom?""You do not have to tell me twice... ever."He promptly picks me up and we head to his room, just like that first night.He closes the door softly and places me on his bed. His room is surprisingly clean."A clean room? How uncharactaristic of you," I whisper lowly, breathless from our earlier activity."Hey! I like organization, too... sometimes."I roll my eyes."Anyway, back to something more interes
I'm laying in his arms as he massages the back of my hand with his thumb. I could stay in this cuddling position forever. Secretly, he's such a softy. "One of those people", he called me when we went back in time. He is, too. I put my underwear and bra back on because I felt a little awkward. No matter how open we are, I still think I'll be self conscious about my body. Society says we're not supposed to be. "Be confident", my mom reminds me. But it's not that easy. Even before Andrew's party, I questioned wearing that yellow two piece... I was so relieved when Shawn offered me his flannel.Some candles flicker on the bedside table. "You lit candles," I smile.He frowns, rolling his eyes, "What?""You're so romantic," I coo."No," he affirms, "I just happen to like candles."I giggle. "Leave me alone," he hits me on the head with a pillow."Don't be embarrassed to admit that you have a soft side, Shawn. I won't tell anyone," I zip acro
December 31st, 2020Lacey's POV:It's a cold, crisp morning: a pleasant time for change. The majority of citizens is ready for it, and the rest need to get on board. We are trailblazing today.We started with private loans and donations from supporters for the cause, and now we have government funding. I moved out of that messy dorm and into a modern themed condo in northwest D.C.Terra moved in downstairs with Harry. I can't believe that relationship lasted this long. I thought one would have cut the other loose by now. Instead, everyone has to watch their toxic relationship from the sidelines. One moment, they're in love, talking about their kids' names. The next moment, they hate each other, and he comes running back to me. I wonder if Terra knows where he goes in the middle of the night during their fights. After 3 years, it's still upstairs, in my apartment, where he escapes to. Every time it's: "I'm fucking done with her";
2024"AAHHH!" I scream.Why the fuck didn't anyone tell me this would be so painful? I grab onto one of the nurses. "Help me!"She stammers, "Ma'am, as I've told you, there's nothing more I can do. You already took an epidural. If I give you any more medicine, your life will be at risk," she says matter of factly.Fuck her. Fuck this. I'm in a random building in the middle of nowhere, pushing a baby through a keyhole. Fuck Harry.Fuck this country. Tears are streaming through my ears and the only support I have is from my assistant--and that's because I threatened his job. I have to give birth in this remote location so that no one knows I've gotten pregnant. Even though technically we've reformed, getting knocked up is not a good look for me as president--the first female president of the United States. No one will know about this--no one."AAHH!" I let out a short shriek."He's coming down," that bitch nurse says lowly.
Shawn gives me a worried expression. "Everything okay?" he whispers.I nod yes.Clearing my throat, I hold out my hand to shake hers, "Hello, we were here yesterday. We've come back to talk to Terra Thompson again," I smile at my young mother. She hasn't even met dad yet. What if I did something to alter her life, and she doesn't meet him? Then I wouldn't have been born... I would cease to exist..."Are you okay? You're looking a bit sick," she says warmly. If only she knew."Fine. Can you point us into her direction?" I respond curtly.She smiles and points to Jack's mom-to-be. "Thank you."We enter and she recognizes us immediately. As she's approaching us, Shawn pulls me aside, "I hope I'm not overwhelming you or anything," he says."Huh?""I mean, we've started this thing a little early. I hope it doesn't seem like I just want to serve myself with all of this. It's still a while before we planned to do this, but if we talk
July 2040~Next Week Friday~Kara's POV:Tonight is the night. We will finally go through with our plans, and I don't feel an ounce of guilt.Just because Shawn and I were the only ones to figure out how fucked up this all is, it doesn't mean it's any less fucked.We've been talking a lot this past week--going on little food dates, shopping, any situation where we could hang out together really. I would go grocery shopping with this guy if it meant we could walk around in each other's arms, occasionally staring into the other's eyes and thinking about how much we like each other. I'd seen the sides of him that he usually concealed, and I love being that special person that he could confide in at times.Maybe he was right... I am one of those people? I try not to get too mushy around him, but it's all still going on in my head.To my parents, he's my "friend." They don't know exactly what I do
And they lived happily ever after... not. After finding out some screwed up things about their pasts, themselves, and the state of the country, Kara, Shawn, and the gang have more to go through. Kara and Shawn's New New World won't go as easily as planned, and they need to find their way out of a global mess.Will Kara and Shawn's relationship survive in the world where equality reigns?What new obstacles and people will they meet on their journey?What do the new realizations they've made mean for them in the world they've created?Find out in the 2nd book: Chasing Time -- chapters will likely be out on November 27th.Thanks for reading. Please leave a review.