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Of Fire And Ice - A Young Adult Romance

krishenry;1576915 said:
Hey, everybody! Been working on this story the last couple of days. My very first YA Romance story which I hope to one day publish and sell. Inspired after reading "Easy" by Tammera Webber. A MUST READ/AUDIO LISTEN.

My story is still in the development stages, but I plan to have it be about 15 chapters long and I have 3 written so far with chapter 4 in the works. I hope you will enjoy this :) Just let me know if you want more and I'll do my best to get it up. Wish me luck and happy reading!
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[FONT=&amp]Of Fire And Ice[/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]By Kristen Crawford[/FONT]
[FONT=&amp]Chapter One[/FONT]
[FONT=&amp]I made my way down the quiet streets, pulling my jacket closer to me as a chilly autumn breeze blew through, hitting my face dead on. Winter was right around the corner and Mother Nature let everyone know it. My college classmate, Lindsay, had invited me for coffee at Starbucks that morning. Being the caffeine addicts we are, I couldn’t say no. And it was just down the street from campus, so it wouldn’t take long at all for either of us to get there. Or any other coffee-loving students like us for that matter. I told her I’d meet her there as soon as I double-checked my morning homework and freshened up. So here I was…[/FONT]

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Entering the shop warmed me immediately as the door closed behind me and I scanned the room slowly, searching for my friend.[/FONT]

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“Becky!”[/FONT]

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I looked towards the voice, a slim, bubbly blue-eyed blonde waving her arm to grab my attention. Lindsay wasn’t just a roommate, she’d also become my best friend. Funny, considering we were nearly ying and yang. I was quiet, somewhat laid back, while she was energetic and a bit silly. Her cheerleader looks giving her that innocent yet kick-butt-as-needed appeal. And as the weeks passed, she sort of grew on me. [/FONT]

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I smiled and headed towards her, taking my place in the opposite side of the booth from which she sat.[/FONT]

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“Hey, Lindsay. You haven’t gotten your coffee yet?”[/FONT]

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“I didn’t want to seem impolite.” she said. “Thought it would be more fun to stand in the line together.”[/FONT]

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“I hope I didn’t keep you waiting too long. You know how it is in this weather. So hard to know what to wear.”[/FONT]

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“This weather? Girl, I’d say that’s an everyday thing!”[/FONT]

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“That’s for sure.” I agreed, a slight chuckle in my voice.[/FONT]

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I shrugged off my coat, setting it aside to reveal the yellow sweater underneath, resting my hands on my blue jeaned lap, the fabric still cool under my fingers from the chill outdoors. I gave them a few brisk rubs with my hands to warm them, hoping I wouldn’t accidentally shock myself in the process afterwards.[/FONT]

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Moments later, we both stood in line, about three or four people - most likely students - in front of us, a couple more behind.[/FONT]

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“So what are you doing after exams?”[/FONT]

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“Ugh…don’t even say that word!” I hated exams. Tests in general. Sure, I had a 4.0 GPA, and I liked my teachers and most of my classes. But that doesn’t mean I liked everything about them.[/FONT]

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Lindsay smiled. “You know I had to. Being so close to vacation time.” I roll my eyes at her. “So? What will you be doing?”[/FONT]

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“I dunno. My parents are always working so I’ll probably just be spending it alone.”[/FONT]

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“That’s no fun! Maybe you can do a bit of guy hunting to pass the time.”[/FONT]

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I rolled my eyes again at her smirk. I’d had many boyfriends through the years, but they never stuck. And I wasn’t about to try again anytime soon. Not that I wasn’t a looker myself. I too had that slim build, with chocolate brown hair that fell past my shoulders, a bit of natural wave included, and bright green eyes. And I was certainly nice enough…I tried to tell Lindsay the ‘Maybe I’m just too boring’ line, which earned me a jab to the ribs and a peptalk. [/FONT]

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After placing our orders and given our drinks, we prepared them to our tastes and head back to our booth in silence.[/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]But once seated again, I threw her question back at her. “What about you? What are your plans for break?”[/FONT]

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She took a sip of her coffee, glancing up at me midsip before swallowing, cradling her cup in both hands. “We’re hoping to fly down to Florida this year. A bit of a change from the snow and ice. But I’m worried my mom may get too spoiled and not want to come back.”[/FONT]

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I held in a laugh, imagining Lindsay’s father dragging her mom back to the plane, tied like a classic damsel-in-distress while kicking her legs and screaming like some little kid.[/FONT]

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“My parents are always traveling. Dad gets called who-knows-where and Mom tags along, practically by instinct. It’s not a boring life, but it’s not always fun either. But at least I’m here and we do still have holidays.”[/FONT]

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“At least this year we’ll have something in common.”[/FONT]

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“Just don’t get eaten by alligators.” I teased with a smile, tilting my own coffee to my lips.[/FONT]

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She laughed and I laughed with her, the subject of exams and boyfriends briefly forgotten. Briefly.[/FONT]

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