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He took me into the backyard, and I jumped on the swing. He jumped on with me and we twisted and twirled until we both fell off laughing, with our heads spinning. After a few minutes he stood up, grabbed my hand, and pulled me up. Next, he grabbed my other hand, walked me up against the tree, raised our hands above our heads, and he kissed me, openmouthed. It was an incredible feeling and I found myself kissing him back. My body felt like it was being lifted off the ground. Then reality hit me on the head like a brick, and I dropped back down to earth.
She played the clarinet. I enjoyed listening to her play. She had such talent, and her music made me embrace the day. In the summer her music was like the sun cradling me in its golden arms. In the fall it was like the leaves changing colors, gently falling down to the earth, and resting. In the winter it seemed to echo through the empty trees, and in the spring it brought back life. It forced the trees to bud, the flowers to bloom, and me to venture outside to inhale spring’s sweetness.Sometimes her music would touch my soul and bring Nathan back into my life. If I closed my eyes I could feel Nathan beside me. I could smell his body and touch his hand as we walked along the river’s edge. I would freeze these images in my mind. I didn't want them to go away, but somehow the harder I held on, the faster they would vanish. I’d find myself alone again with the enchanting sounds of her clarinet and tears softly rolling down my cheeks.
He had a crush on her as well. He wasn't shy around girls at all, and when they flirted with him he flirted back. Anyway, Nikki found him and the girl kissing in the backyard one Saturday afternoon. As Reese tells it, Nikki went white as a sheet, her eyes rolled up into her head, and she almost fainted. He had to catch her to keep her from hitting the ground. He thought it was hilarious, but Nikki kept a very close eye on Jacob after that. I don’t think she let him out of her sight for more than thirty seconds at a time.
Natalie took my hand and we went out on the beach to the ocean. We kicked off our shoes and let the water wash over our feet and ankles. Then we walked along the beach at the edge of the water. The tide rolled in and covered our feet, and then it went back out. Finally we walked back to my spot and sat down in the sand. We sat with our legs in front of us and our toes pointed toward the water. We wiggled our toes in the sand, and then we waited for the tide to roll in over us. As the tide rolled in higher and higher the sun began to set. I looked behind us, and I could see Cobie sitting with a drink in his hand and a smile on his face. He had a perfect view of me from where he sat.