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Excerpt #4 - August 8

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Avalie lowered her sunglasses and looked at Roo, “are you serious?”
He kneeled down and started splashing the fountain water towards her. His eyes glistened up at her, just like the first time they had met.

She had met 20 year old Mr. Aruiso at a special conference a few months ago and it had been quite a while since she last saw him. Avalie smiled to herself when she thought about their last encounter. Surprisingly she had been able to trust him with everything about her, including everything she was feeling about James’ departure. Soon enough, Aruiso turned into Roo, a nickname only Avalie used for him. For some reason, Roo liked to mysteriously keep his first name a secret.

Now here they were, ditching the picnic, and taking a nature walk through Toronto’s High Park. He had walked her past the Adventure Playground, smiling at the little children running around; he speedily brought her through the zoo, laughing at each other’s scrunched up faces due to the smell of the animals; he strolled her alongside Grenadier Pond and they watched the geese take off in flight, their wings lightly gliding against the water; and he led her up the wooden staircase towards the Hillside Gardens. There, Avalie stood in awe at what looked like the most beautiful arrangement of flowers she had ever seen. As she turned around, she saw Roo standing near a large area of sculpted hedges lined up near the edge of three enormous pool-shaped fountains.

“C’mon Ava, it’s so hot out. It’ll make you feel better.”
Avalie wiped off the water he had splashed onto her face. She had to admit the cool water felt pleasant against her heated skin.
“But what if we get into trouble? We’re not supposed...”.
Too late. Roo grabbed her hand and pulled her into the fountain. Avalie squealed as she fell in. She sat there, mouth open, water spilling from the fountain and on to her head. Roo was standing next to her laughing.
“Oh, you’re going to get it!”
Roo laughed into her face, “haha yeah, we’ll see”.

Avalie got up and started chasing Roo through the fountains, him occasionally stopping to tickle her to slow her down. She chased him to the last fountain and back onto the garden. She grabbed his t-shirt and he fell back, taking her down with him. Soaking wet, they lay on the grass laughing, looking up towards the clouds in the sky. Avalie breathed in deeply. This was the most fun she had all day.

By the time they got back to the picnic site the sun was starting to set. All of a sudden someone tugged Avalie’s shirt.
Axel had a smirk on her face, “so, what was that all about?”
“What are you talking about?”, Avalie said with a smile on her face.
Suddenly Avalie’s parents called out that it was time to head home.
“Haha okay, I get it, we’ll talk when you’re not too busy”, Axel winked.
Avalie turned back towards Roo. He was walking ahead, clothes still damp and hair softly spiked up from the water.
“Ava!!”, her parents called.

She quickly ran to catch up to Roo and pulled on his shoulder from behind. As he swerved around, she looked cheerfully at his silhouette against the sunset. She tip-toed and kissed him on the cheek. “Thanks.”
With that, she happily fleeted away towards her parents with the biggest smile on her face. And for the first time in a long while, Avalie had someone else other than just James on her mind.
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6 lives . 3 promises . 1 risk & 1 story . It's going to be AMAZING .
James Calvin . Derek Night . Tyson Skye .
Avalie Lavista . Axel Chase . Mallorie Adams .
(C) Ariana Rae Limas

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