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Unavailable Love - Chapter 5

I believe in hope.
-Charlotte-

The bass made my skin vibrate every time it hit. The warm bodies packed so tightly together in the club as we slipped our way through. Marco was leading the pack while I was right behind him. Felix, Diego, and Dia followed. I'd never been to a club before but I felt high just being under the roof. Felix quickly grabbed Dia when we were far enough in to dance with her. I just stood there for a second, not wanting this adrenaline to leave my bones.

"You're going to dance, chica?" Marco said over the music. I just smile at him, taking on his challenge. The night continued in a blur. I draped my arm over Marco's shoulder as we shared secrets on the dance floor all night long. It didn't take Diego very long to find a girl to flirt with at the bar. Felix and Dia ended up spending most of their time by themselves, as if the world revolved around them.

"Does this beat Mozart and caviar?" Marco whispered in my ear at one point.

I froze.

My thoughts shot to Mother, Izzy and Father. The look on Mother's face if she knew who I was with and what I was doing right now. That is if she ever stopped having one-night stands with random guys. Izzy's advice she might give if she answered any of my calls. Then there was Dad, if I could talk to him without breaking down into tears because I missed him so much.

I didn't realize that Marco's arms had gotten tighter and his eyes were examining my face cautiously.

"You're alright?" His words nervous and soft.

"Yeah, just thought about something that's all," I shrug.

"Why don't we go to the beach," He smiled making me nod. Gathering the gang, we headed out, piling into the car. With all the windows rolled down, Dia and I let our hands run through the blowing wind as we drove down the coast. We found a deserted part of the beach, sprinting through the sand.

"Come on chica?" Diego challenged as they stood waist deep in the sea that was dark and unpredictable. I shook my head.

"Scared of getting your million dollar dress dirty?" Felix, pulled Dia deeper into the ocean with him.

"Come on, Charlotte!" She yelled at me. Kicking off my shoes, I followed them into the freezing water. Jumping into Marco's arms that awaited me. I laughed as the ice-cold waters surprised me, making Marco amused.

"Ready?" He asked.

"For what?" I tilt my head to the side. He doesn't reply but pulls me into the water with him summering my body with piercing ice. I gasp for air, breaking the surface as the guys chuckle at my reaction. Splashing around, I was unable to keep myself stable.

"Where's Marco?" I breathe heavily, searching the dark waters surrounding me.

"I don't know?" Dia turns, voice turns serious as I could not see her face, only the silhouette of her attached to Felix, by holding his arm. Hyperventilation came to me quickly as I thought of the horrible things that could happen in the ocean.

"Bah!" Marco tackled me back into the water, approaching me from behind. When I finally came up for air, everyone was laughing, even Marco who ran his fingers through his hair.

"Hardy har har, so funny. Let's scare the white girl." I roll my eyes. When I started walking out of the water, Marco followed.

"We're only joking." He explained.

"I know," I smiled, letting him know we were all good. He noticed my shivering arms and ran to grab his coat that was still warm and dry.

"Here," he placed it on my shoulders. I thank him and take a seat on the warm sand where he followed. "Lay down." He commanded, my palms grew sweaty and nervous.

"Excuse me?"

"Just do it." He told me, laying down and looking up at me. So I let my head hit the soft sand and gaze upward. Stars consumed the sky, like someone blew small pieces of glass all over a black blanket. I smile, knowing he respects the little things in life.

"My dad used to take me out to the beach and let me watch the skies. He saved up a bunch of money and bought a telescope, setting it up for me and my siblings to go stargazing." Marco sighs. "It's weird to think it goes on forever, that the sun is just over the horizon and these are the same stars that they see in India, Egypt and the United Kingdom. Yet, they are so far away."

"Do you want to be a part of NASA or something when you grow up?" I ask him, watching him as if he were a kid in a candy store.

"Nah, that was just a fun hobby." He shrugs, however now I'm curious.

"Marco?" I sit up.

"Yeah?" His eyes twinkle in the moonlight.

"What do you want to be when you're older?" I let my elbow hold my weight as my hand rests on my chin.

"A doctor." His answer surprises me.

"And why is that?"

"I believe in hope," his eyes gloss over as if he's thinking of something else, so I left it at that.

However the answer echoes in the back of my head.

I believe in hope.

I believe in hope.

I believe in hope.

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Published: 10/3/2012
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