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chapter 8Chapter 8
It seemed to me, that the more I stayed with Vaughn, the more encouraged he became. Before I knew it, he had taken me out on two more dates. One to the city amusement park, where I had fun. It was only after I got back did I realize that we didn't do anything couple-like. No hugging, no kissing. Nothing. It was more like Vaughn was baby-sitting me for a day. But he wasn't discouraged, for he asked me out again, but to the city aquarium this time. There were plenty of couples there, and compared to them, we didn't look like a couple at all. So I started to wonder. What was I doing wrong here? Is it because I didn't have any real feelings towards Vaughn and still considered him a friend?
One day, Vaughn offered to help out on the farm. I hadn't thought that Gray was much help, but ever since he stopped coming, the speed had slowed down significantly. But with Vaughn there, it might speed up again. Although he could only be here only on the weekends since he was working every ot
chapter 7Chapter 7
RECAP: An unexpected confession from Vaughn? How will Claire react?
"I like you Claire. Will you go out with me?" There was no trace of a joke in Vaughn's face or voice. He was completely serious and he was asking if I would go out with him.
"Umm " I searched my brain for something to say, but nothing would come out.
Vaughn waited patiently, as if he has all the time in the world.
"B-But you'll be leaving me soon," I stammered. "I know you have to work "
"I'll come back to Mineral Town as soon as possible."
"But " I tried to think, but my mind wouldn't respond.
He stepped forward and embraced me gently. His body was warm as it shielded me from the roaring wind of the beach. "I can make you happy, Claire. I promise," he whispered in my ear.
I swallowed nervously and felt my heart thumping in my chest. Gray didn't even like me, and Vaughn's also a good friend of mine. It wouldn't hurt to go out with him, right?
Listening to our rhythmic breathing, and the w
chapter 6chapter 6
It wasn't long before I started to realise that I was running out of money, and that I wouldn't be able to keep depending on my animals. I needed food and shelter from the Inn. Plus I had to pay Gotz. I was going to have to find another way of earning money.
After I was finished with my farm work, I grabbed my hammer and hoe and made my way to the mine. I used to come here all the time, but then I bought animals and didn't need to spend my time mining as much. Taking a deep breath, I unleashed my wrath upon the defenceless rocks.
"Stupid Gray," I muttered after the eighth blow, sitting down on the dirt to rest.
"Who's stupid?" a familiar voice came from behind me, followed by a gentle hit on my head.
"Ow!" I recoiled away from the hand and looked up at the person who it belonged to. Gray was standing there, but he didn't meet my eyes.
"It's been a while since you've mined," he noted, looking around at the tools lying around.
I glared up at him. "So?"
"You're so weak. I'll bet
chapter 5Chapter 5
"Claire?" Ann was sitting on the edge of my bed, gently shaking me. "Wake up. It's noon already."
"Leave me alone," I moaned from under the thick layer of the blanket.
Despite my request, Ann was persistent. "What happened between you and Gray?"
Why would she jump to that conclusion so fast? I could be sulking simply over the loss of my farm. Maybe it finally sunk in for me.
"Nothing happened," I lied.
"You're lying," she accused. "Gray was acting weird too."
"Weird how?" Admittedly, I was a little curious. Last night, Gray was certainly acting different, and colder than usual. I thought we were on a good basis maybe I was wrong. I moved my hand to touch my lips, where Gray had kissed, and almost started crying again.
Ann hadn't noticed it. "I don't know. He was standing outside your door, being all hesitant."
I pushed the blanket out of my face and stared up at Ann, astounded. "What? When?"
She blinked, surprised. It was safe to say that she was not expecting my reacti
chapter 4Chapter 4
Wow, it's been so long! I even forgot what I was writing about! Whatever storyline I had in my head back then, it's totally gone. -_-" But I'll try my best at finishing this story. I think that in the end it'll be a short story though. Unless I want to try a twist to the story or something. Anyway, sorry I'm writing too much. Let's get on with the story!
Disclaimer: I Do Not Own anything in this story.
RECAP: After Gray and Claire had spent one day together in the snow, Gray suddenly kisses Claire and runs off without explanation.
My legs started working before my conscious mind did. Before I knew it, I took off and was running back to the Inn.
The words, Why did Gray kiss me? was running in my head.
I liked Gray, and since he kissed me first, there was a chance that he might return my feelings.
I banged on Gray's door with my fists. Since Cliff and Kai weren't there, then didn't need to hold back in case they were sleeping.
"Gray? I know you're in there!" I shouted.
CHAPTER 3CHAPTER 3
This time, I woke up at dawn, like usual. I sat up, stretching and yawning. The whole Inn was quiet. Nobody was arguing outside, in the hallway. Nobody was awake yet.
I wondered what I was going to eat. Normally, I would've just gotten something to eat from the fridge beside my kitchen. But now, I had nothing to eat, and I was pretty sure that the supermarket wasn't open yet either.
I got changed into my usual farm clothes, but since it was still winter, I decided to put on a sweater and a jacket on top of it. Now that I was warm enough, I left the Inn quietly.
Gotz was down at the farm by the time I arrived again. Did he even sleep? I laughed quietly, wondering what Gray would say to that. The sound of my laugh alarmed him. Gotz looked up to see me, standing over at the gate. He greeted me with a grunt and I greeted him much more cheerfully. In a way, Gotz was a happy person. He could be rude sometimes, but that was more of a habit than mood. What made him the happy person h
CHAPTER 2Starts of with a Tornado
The loud, banging noise was the sound that woke me up. It was incredibly annoying and I tried to figure out where it was coming from.
"Claire! Are you awake yet?" I recognized Ann's voice, but it sounded far away.
"Leave her alone, Ann," This was Gray's voice. It surprised me. Did they come to my farm? What time was it?
"But doesn't she usually wake up at dawn? She should've been up hours ago!" Ann protested.
"Just let her sleep. She'll wake up when she's ready."
"Claire?" The banging noise started again. "Can you open the door?"
I forced my eyes to open and found myself in the room of the Inn. The voices were coming out from outside the door. I think I had locked it yesterday.
I threw the heavy quilt off me and shuffled to the door, rubbing my eyes. When I pulled the door open, Gray and Ann were standing there, already dressed for the day. Ann was a plate of salad. I recognized it as the salad that Doug serves for lunch.
"Good morning Claire!" Ann gr
CHAPTER 1Starts of with a Tornado
I had collapsed and was at the doctor's when it struck. And I didn't even know about until the next morning, when I woke up from my brief coma.
I opened my eyes and looked around, confused. The scene that greeted me was not my farm home, but a white hospital room. The dark-haired doctor was at the foot of the bed, Elli at his side.
"You're awake," Elli said, obviously relieved.
I tried to sit up on the lumpy hospital bed. "What happened?"
"Zach found you collapsed on your farm when he came to pick up your shipments," Doctor informed me. "You must've been pushing yourself."
"It's almost Winter," I explained. "I wanted to do as much as I could." That reminded me. "What day is it today? How long was I unconscious?"
"It's the second of Winter. You've been out for three days now."
"Three days?" I repeated, baffled. Wow, that was long.
"How are you feeling?"
"I feel great. Thanks. Um, can I go home now?" I really need to check on my crops.
"I'll just run some examina
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