Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Started on Forever Yours

I was going to take a break from writing my Forever Series but my mind didn't seem to agree. So last night I wrote the first chapter of Forever Yours. I'm excited to continue and see where the characters will take me even though I know where they will wind up in the end. Here's a peek at my first chapter:

Forever Yours
Part 1 The Aftermath
Chapter 1

What if? A simple question but one that has no definite answer. The constant thoughts of what if can drive a person crazy and make them live in the past instead of looking towards the future. It can be the demise of something that could have been great or it could force a person to revisit their past in search of closure.
After Thanksgiving Lisa was left wondering if she had made the right decision. Steve, her first true love was out of her life and it was her choosing. So why did she spend the last six months thinking about the guy she denied and debating if she made the right choice? She kept her feelings to herself. Her friends had their own lives, their own what if’s and she didn’t want to be the one who dragged everybody down with her melodrama.
She spent two months after the breakup drowning herself in alcohol and after her last encounter with Steve she didn’t need to turn to the bottle to ease the pain. She realized the pain was what made it real. The pain helped her remember how amazing their relationship once was and as hard as it was to remember it gave her the hope that maybe one day she could find that same joy.
Six months without as much as a single word from Steve and she was finally starting to move on from him. She had a million what if’s but she couldn’t live in the past and she knew that. It was time for her to start living in the now.
While the summer before she skipped the beach house to spend as much time as she possibly could with Steve before he left for college, this summer she did not. She spent her days laying on the hot surface of the sand, reading any book she could get her hands on and she even began taking pictures again. Steve had taken so much from her when he ended their relationship but she wouldn’t let him take her photography too.
It was months after the breakup before she was finally able to pick up her camera again. After all it was the camera Steve had worked hours of overtime in order to buy it for her for her sixteenth birthday. The camera captured so many of her and Steve’s memories that it was a struggle to take it out of her drawer. It documented her sixteenth birthday, their trip to the city and even their lazy summer days on the beach. It also took the black and white photograph that she had loved from the moment it came out of the printer. The photograph that was next to her bed before she had shattered the frame it was in against her bedroom wall in a fit of emotional distress.
So there on the beach six months later Lisa was in her favorite black bikini with her favorite possession in hand, her camera. She had wandered off from her towel and was taking pictures of anything that caught her eye; the seagulls swooping down into the oceans waves, the children who were building a sand castle and the shells that were sporadically spread out along the beaches shore.
Shells took the place of beach glass for her. She avoided searching for beach glass. Even though it was one of her favorite pastimes from her childhood it just had too much relevance to Steve. So instead of combing the beach for beach glass she would collect shells. On occasion she couldn’t avoid a bright green piece sitting on the sands surface but she still wouldn’t pick it up. Instead she would use her foot to cover it with a mound of sand in hopes that she would never see it again.
She could feel the heat of the sun beaming down on her face and she couldn’t help but to close her eyes and bask in the moment. There was something about summer that seemed to bring out the happy go lucky Lisa that those closest to her knew best and who had been missing for quite some time. A smile formed on her face and right when she was about to open her eyes she was swept off of her feet. She could feel the hands and their tight hold on her waist and she knew exactly who it was.
“Hey gorgeous.” The voice filled her ears and she let out a playful giggle. She was doing that much more lately, giggling. She felt the air glide across her skin as her legs flew around in a circle. Her feet were back down on the sand when she opened her eyes and kissed the luscious and familiar lips of Cameron.
Cameron looked as if he was plucked out of an ad for California. He had blonde beach wavy hair, a tan that couldn’t be faked and he was built like a Roman warrior. However, he wasn’t from California he was from New York City. His family owned a beach house on the island unlike Lisa’s family who rented one every year.
Cameron caught her attention one day on the beach when she was writing in her journal and a piece of loose paper was taken away by a coastal breeze. He chased it down the beach and returned it without reading a single word from the page. They began talking and before she knew it she had agreed to have dinner with him at the Casino, the only restaurant on the island.
Going into the date she thought the most that would come out of it was a summer fling. However, the more days she spent with Cameron she couldn’t help but recall Sara one of her best friend’s last summer fling. It was a fling she was still dealing with. A fling that brought more complications in her life than she ever thought possible. A fling that was still very much a part of Sara’s life and no more a fling but a complicated relationship with more ups and downs then a roller coaster. Lisa was all too aware of the relationship because if she wasn’t hearing about it through Sara she was hearing about it from the guy who the fling was centered around her cousin Colton.
Even though the fear of beginning a drawn out never ending fling was lingering over her head because of her best friend and her cousin she didn’t let it stop her. Being with Cameron gave her a new start. He didn’t know about Steve and the life she left behind she had a clean slate with him and that’s all she really wanted, a clean slate. A way to start her life over and not have to think of what happened to bring her to where she currently was.
Lisa took each day with Cameron as a blessing. Her personal guide to a new her, to a new life, a life without the unwanted memories of the past. Take the good ones along and forget about the bad that was her intention all along.
However, all good things must come to an end. Her time at the beach house came and went just as Cameron did. It was exactly what she thought, a summer fling, a way for her to fill her time and forget about her past. Unfortunately when Cameron was gone her past started to creep slowly back into her life.

I've been going back and forth with this and my book The Hallways of Hell. It can be confusing at times since one is in the past tense the other the present and one is third person while the other first. I have to be careful not to mix the two up.

I didn't go to my first three classes today and I am feeling so guilty about it. I didn't get to bed till late since my mind was on overdrive and I wanted to make sure to get all of my thoughts on paper. I'm still going to one class today though. My digital photography class, I have an assignment due. So right now I am watching a recorded episode of Vampire Diaries. I love that show. I just bought the first two books so I'm curious to see how much the show differs from the book. Okay I'm going to try and write before I have to head out to class.

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