[ Come On Get Higher ]
Matt Nathanson - Come On Get Higher
Cassie’s whole body was instantly exposed to the cold air in the Shadows where they resided. Although she wore a leather jacket, that helped prevent the cold to fully chill her to the bones. Is still didn’t prevent her body to let lose a few shivers. Her whole body went from the heat between Jake and Cassie to the cold air that surrended around them. The wind chilled her flustered skin as she kept her blue gaze upon the blonde before her. Cassie still could not believe that he was back, and yet she had just physically experienced that he was in fact back. It still didn’t prevent her thoughts from trailing to the empty driveway in front of his house. Or not seeing him driving past her house. To not even see a glimpse of him through the windows that were aligned between the two rooms. But now that he was standing before her, Cassie didn’t want to miss any moment that she had with him. Cassie still had to voice the question of how long he will be here. But she was afraid that the answer would be something she did not want to hear. Being oblivious at this point of time was a bliss to her. They were in a bubble of their own reality. Cassie didn’t want to destroy it just yet.
Cassie held her breath, as Jake let his hands grip her face. The fingers resting against her cheek. As his thumbs wiped away her tears that fell from her glazed eyes. As Jake spoke, Cassie’s breath pushed forward as her heart constricted in her throat. She had never known Jake to be so forward with his feelings. To voice anything other then the words that were either about the Circles life or even anything to allow himself to be with a woman for the night. Cassie in the past was given the luck of hearing those rare times about his brother or something that was past the exterior that Jake loved to keep propped up where ever he went. Even now she felt like the most luckiest girl on the planet. To hear something like that from Jake himself. It took her moments before she could actually stutter a reply. A few sarcastic remarks filtered through her mind, but she held them back. Cassie didn’t want to ruin anything with her big mouth. Her mind buzzed with all the things she could reply. Finally opening her mouth, Cassie reached out and grabbed his hand. Letting her fingers fit into his. Her eyes dropped down cast as she looked at their enclosed hand. Moving the hands up until they rested against her chest, where her heart rested.
Cassie pushed backwards, letting the enclosed hand to move downwards. Before she twisted around and pulled Jake along with her. Her heels clipped onto the hard ground, echoing in the now silent space.
A couple steps forward brought them to the old wooden plank. Allowing herself to be seated on top of the wooden surface. Cassie let go of Jakes hand. Sliding them into her lap as she brought out her jean clad legs out before her. Crossing her heeled boots at the ankle. Her bottom lip twisted and moved inwards as she trapped her lip in her teeth. Chewing down, before letting her eyes run across the little corner of the school. Before flicking up to Jake.
“I never stopped waiting. I knew one day you would come back. I didn’t know if texting you was okay, or calling you. I didn’t want to see you hurt because of me. I still don’t.” Was she going to tell him about her strength at fighting the Dark Magic wasn’t working nearly as well when Jake was around? Cassie was about to. But decided against it. “Was everything okay? They didn’t hurt you did they?”
Cassie’s reaction took him off guard, just as his sincerity had done to himself. He almost regretted saying it, knowing she might have some snarky comment to retort with. His heartbeat picked up as she blinked up at him, and perhaps it was a wave of vulnerability that flowed over him, but he didn’t like the feeling, except the fact that it was for the blonde that stood before him.
A small sigh escaped his lips when he felt her fingers fit perfectly through his, his hand willingly being drawn to the warmth of her chest. It was hard to distinguish her heartbeat from the blood pumping through his hand. His mouth hung slightly open as his eyes bore into Cassie’s, waiting for her response. Always, the word hung in the air as Jake attempted to wrap his head around it. There was no hesitation in her voice, no trace of a lie. His eyes danced as he watched her glowing face, a small smile tugging at his lips before dropping his free hand from her face. His lips yearned to be pressed to hers again, yet the thought was pushed to the back of his mind temporarily as he felt himself being pulled away. He willingly followed her, unsure of where she was taking him until they were alone again.
Pausing for a moment, Jake seated himself in the empty spot beside Cassie on the wooden surface, his thighs brushing hers as he pulled his knees up to rest comfortably in front of him. His hands ran up and down his upper thighs idly, almost nervously, becoming numb off the rugged denim texture. Tilting his head to the side to look at Cassie, he examined her movements before she spoke again. It actually amazed him how she had hope of his return, especially when Jake himself didn’t. His eyes fell as he remembered how his phone sat silent and powered off for the past month, no phone call to grant him the hope he needed. “Yeah, a text message from Cassie Blake probably wouldn’t have really pleased Iben and his little minions,” Jake verified bitterly, Eric’s name lingering on his tongue like acid in his mouth. A smile appeared on his lips at her concern. “No,” he shook his head. “A few bruises, but nothing serious.” The more the hunters began to follow Iben, the more they pissed him off, and a few fist fights may have occurred. The witch-hunters he had spent his last couple of weeks along side didn’t seem to enjoy his bitterness toward his forced employment.
Biting his lip, Jake looked down at his hands, beginning to twiddle his thumbs. “There is something I should probably tell you, though,” he began, furrowing his eyebrows as his jaw clenched, the haunting thought making his chest tighten under the pressure.
Cassie fingertips knotted together at the small of Jakes back. Cassie felt the content sigh slip past his lips. It brought a small smile to her very own. It had been a constant worry of hers to know that one-day, like always. Jake would come back to Mystic Falls. Whether he was going to be the complete same, or really different. Deep down, she always hoped that he would be the same, a little different in appearance as that was a given. But she thought, and never really voiced it to anyone. Not even to Odelia whom she had entrusted many of her secrets with. That Jake would be so different; that the guy she had fallen for would come back as the guy walking around with the mask of Jake’s face, but is completely not him. Being here with him right now, Cassie knew that her worries were for naught. He was still the same guy that had left her and disappeared of the face of the planet. Cassie lower lip slid into her mouth, capturing under her top teeth. Jakes head moved downwards to bury in her hair. His grip tightened around her for a moment before becoming loose as Cassie moved her head backwards to stare at him properly since first meeting him. Her blue desired eyes roamed the planes of his cheekbones, to the prominent jaw line and resting on those plush lips. Holding her gaze for a second more before flittering them up south to the blue piercing eyes. Cassie breath caught in her throat. His eyes were the one place that Cassie could really tell everything about Jake. It was like his open book. The emotions behind them were so strong and powerful that it took Cassie by surprise. Being this close, she could see the desire, the need, the want in the front. But she could also see his past feelings that have been affecting him. It was all to much for her, to be so close to the guy she had fell for after a month of complete disappearance.
Cassie eyelids fluttered as electric shots shot through her skin when Jake’s finger grazed her skin. His finger pushed back a trendail of golden lock, to be captured by her small ears. Her breath came out uneven, as she remained entrapped in his gaze. Her hand placed itself in the outline of his cheek. Softly and nestled, as Jakes head fell into her hand. Her heart fluttered in her chest as she tried to contain the smile from watching his eyelids closing shut. His chest moving up and down slowly as if he was asleep. This is what she had missed. The magic that she felt - the connection - whenever skin on skin was in contact. Everything about Jake she had missed.
Moving forward, her height cursed for a moment before Jake too was slowly descending towards her. Cassie sucked in a gasp as his lips hungrily meet hers. It built up the need inside of her to push forward and let her hands guide to the back of his neck to play with the blonde hair that was slightly longer then that night. The night he escorted her to the ever so faithful and disappointing night called Prom.
Wanting nothing more then to bring him closer to her, Cassie pushed hard against his lips. Pressing them against him, trying to get as close as she could. Her resounding heartbeat doubled as his lips moved easily and effortless with hers. Cassie’s lips pulled back into a smile for a moment as his tongue pushed past her lips and moved into her mouth. Her whole insides exploded as the taste of him fully entered her mouth. While their tongues dance together, Cassie’s moan that she tried to hold back pushed forward and mixed in with Jakes. Tangling together just like their tongues.
Cassie could feel her lungs burning as her breathing become even more harder to complete. Her head became light headed from the lack of regular breathing, overwhelming desire and Jakes intoxicating scent. Cassie was only a second relieved when Jake pulled back, it gave her the opportunity to allow her lungs to breath in the air that was deprived from her. As soon as Cassie was breathing all right again, she felt the loss of having Jake so close. They remained embraced. Jakes strong welt built arms wrapped around her, while Cassie’s hands rested flat against Jakes chest. Her whole body remained against his body, still as a statue despite the rise and fall of her chest against his. She felt his fingers against her cheek, moving the hair away from her sight. Leaving a trail of Goosebumps in their wake. Cassie’s eyelids drooped as she felt his fingers move all the hair away. Giving her flushed face the chance to feel the cool air, and to wipe her red cheeks away. Her breath sliced onto his thumb as it ran across her swollen lip. The corners curving as Jakes moved into a small smile. Her heart leapt against her rib cage as he spoke once again.
I missed you. Those three simple words meant so much more then what they intended. It was heavily with so much emotion, that Cassie eyes filled with tears as she let out a huff of laughter. Her emotions were running so high that she couldn’t maintain a single thought, a single emotion. Cassie’s hand slapped across his chest, being so smushed up against his body prevented her to do anything other then playfully let her hand move an inch above his skin before softly landing back down.
“That is for leaving me and ignoring me. And not even sending a goddamn message or something.” She lifted her body up again and gave him a soft kiss on his lips. Softer and more tentative then the hungry kisses from only moments ago. “And that is for finally coming back and the necklace.” Cassie smiled as another couple of tears spilled from her eyes, down her cheek and over her curved lips.
Jake ran his tongue over his lips, now cold from the missing warmth of Cassie’s plush lips on his. His deep breaths expand his lungs, causing his chest to press closer to Cassie’s already close body in slow, steady rhythms as he tried to regain full use of his breathing. A smirk appeared on his lips as he examined the affect his thumb running across her cheek had on her, growing warmer and redder at the touch. Her crystal blue eyes shone back at him as Jake knew she could feel the same magical surge he did whenever their skin came into intimate contact. The feeling that, no matter how much Jake had tried to deny it before, his efforts only became rendered useless. The hairs on the back of his neck stood as the traces of Cassie’s fingertips trailed his hairline, her fingers playing with the grown out hair that Jake hadn’t tried very hard to tame. Cassie’s blue eyes pierced into every vulnerable opening on Jake’s face, and he knew she could see past just the exterior expression he held. She was seeing things he wasn’t able to say aloud. Jake’s eyes darkened significantly as he couldn’t do the same, as everything beyond her current expression, the one that reciprocated his, was a mystery. She must have taken pride in being able to internalize so much, when with Cassie, Jake might as well have been an open book. It may have been his inexperience in this area. Before Cassie, the extent of his prior relationships had been purely physical, nothing where he had to read any deeper than the words that came out of a girl’s mouth. But as much as Jake hated to sound corny, she was the first person Jake had genuinely shown care for, a desire to be with, and he knew she felt the same, or she wouldn’t be comfortable embraced in his long arms.
A sharp attack on his chest jolted Jake out of his thoughts, eyes flickering from the affected area to scan over Cassie’s face. The hit didn’t hurt, seeing as her current position didn’t give her much room to throw any hard blows, but there was a moment of worry the ignited inside Jake as it seemed like every range of anger flowed across her face, before it softened, her hand laying gently on his chest. A frown pulled on Jake’s lips as he heard the explanation for the unexpected slap, though he knew he deserved a lot more than a smack on the chest. Slowly exhaling, relief spreading through his body as he felt Cassie’s lips on his again. His eyes slowly shut as he let that feeling linger for as long as possible before she pulled away. Looking back down at her as she spoke again, the frown lifted into a small smile as the gravity of her words struck him. Loosening his hold around her waist, he released her gently so her full weight was supported by the ground beneath her. Carefully cupping her cheeks with his hands that were a little too large for her face, he gently used his thumbs to wipe away the tears that were beginning to fall from her eyes. He had never been the best with crying, but tears of joy wasn’t something Jake had seen very often.
Nibbling on the inside of his cheek, it took Jake a minute to gather his thoughts. He felt unbelievably guilty about his past, especially the most recent events. But Cassie didn’t seem to preoccupy her thoughts with them. “Thank you for waiting for me,” he spoke softly after taking a deep breath. Another smile pulled at his lips as he looked down at the necklace that hung around her neck. It was probably the only thing that gave her hope of his return —with the screened phone calls and ignored messages— even when Jake didn’t have any for himself. Unknowingly, he had tempted Cassie into waiting for his return.
It was defiantly him. Cassie voice screamed at her to believe otherwise. How could he be back now? Why today? Why was she questioning it? Jake was here, leaning casually against her car looking like he owned the vechile. And here she was standing watching him.
Of course she couldn’t exactly say that the view wasn’t that bad, actually it was great. The blonde golden hair was a lot longer then the last time she has seen him. The time that she had tried so many times to forget but held tight onto because it was the most recent memory she had of him. Although it was of him ignoring her calls and acting in a way that she never thought he would. Then disappearing off the face of the planet. Leaving Cassie to stay in Mystic Falls with nothing more to do then to find out all about her siblings by herself, deal with her best friend becoming a ripper and the dark magic becoming so much more harder to stop using. And yet when she let her eyes roam across those piercing blue eyes, that straight strong jaw and those plush lips. It was like she instantly forgave him. But in the deep back of her mind, she still remembered the feeling of everything. Not leaving him so completely of the hook. But anger can happen later, she was happy just refreshing her memory of him.
Instantly, her hand moved towards the necklace that he had given her not to long ago for her birthday. The tips of her fingers rotating the necklace, twisting it and moving it up and down the chain. Without a thought. Every part of her brain was focused on the guy still leaning against her car.
The blue-eyed witch followed the movements of the other. She could practically hear the sigh that pushed past the light pink lips. His well formed and muscled arms dropped from his broad chest. His hands dropping to his side as his head tilted to on an angle. Inviting her to follow him. Another gesture and Jake pushed himself of her car and placed his hands into his jacket pockets as he walked away. Not bothering to check if Cassie was still standing where she was or if she was even following him.
Cassie lips cracked a smile for the first time in weeks. Her blues rolled around; before she let her heeled boots step forward. She could breath again, for some reason. When she stood back there, under his assessing eyes. It felt like she was in a bubble all of there own and she couldn’t breath properly. Walking on the trail, following Jake. Her breathing began to get back to normal, as she tightened her bag towards her. Cassie moved quickly and silently through the parking lot. Her short height and shorter legs. Unabled Cassie to match his paces, to catch up to him. Leaving Cassie to become a bit far behind and only able to see the back of his body.
Cassie eyes roamed across the leather jacket Jake favoured, the tight form fitting jeans. Giving his backside something to look at. Cassie blushed slightly, as she moved her gaze towards her bag and towards her phone. Knowing that either her siblings or circle members could and would call her. She wanted to talk to Jake without an interruption. Switching the phone onto vibrate, knowing it would be a bad idea to turn it off completely. She let the phone slide back into her bag as Cassie turned towards where Jake was. The end of the School Building was one of the places Cassie had spent a lot of time. Reading on the ground or simply looking for her friends hiding out back here. Not a lot of people used the area, but it was quiet, private and hardly any interruptions. It took Cassie a second to come around the corner to take in the scene before her. Jake was behind the shadow parts of the corner. Nobody was around, and the sound of the school around the corner disappeared from the world. It was like a little bubble of there own reality was formed.
Cassie tensed slightly as she felt big arms wrap around her waist. The feeling was so foreign and yet so familiar it didn’t take long for the witch to melt into the embrace. Cassie eyelids fluttered shut as the musky scent that could only be found from Jake Armstrong filled her senses. The forest, the night rain and Jake himself intoxicated her as much as the Dark Magic did. She breathed it in, as her hold around Jake tightened. The leather rubbing against her leather jacket. The sound of both materials rubbing was the only sound aside from the deep breathing that was coming from both their chests.
Cassie ears piqued when she finally heard his deep voice. His breath sliced down her body as he spoke her name. He whole body dissolved into a shiver. Not from the cold but from the longing and the warmth that was seeping inside her.
Cassie let her head fall back from his chest. Her damp, stinging blue eyes for the second time that afternoon locked onto his. Her hand moved out from around Jake and towards his Jaw line. Letting her fingers strike the side of his face for a moment before cupping his jaw. Her eyes twinkled with unshed tears as she smiled slightly.
“Jake.” She whispered as she let her heeled shoes slide upwards until she was on the tops of her very toes. Like a ballerina. Using Jake as a prop up. All her weight fell onto him. As the need that built up in her over came her. Her glossy lips touched his, and Cassie let out a sigh. A contented sigh. Cassie wanted nothing more then to wrap her jean-clad thighs across his hips, and just let herself get lost into Jake. Not even caring if she was at School. But she didn’t, she didn’t know how long Jake was back for and she didn’t think Jake wanted to the same thing.
As much as Jake loved the sight of Cassie, the look of her scared him. She had changed, and he wasn’t quite sure if it was for the better or not. As her fingers moved around the small necklace that hung from her neck, he could see that all of her features had grown darker. Of course… As much as he wouldn’t like to admit it, Jake was probably the only person who could have efficiently helped her through with her dark magic, pull her into the light. She trusted him, a lot more than she had planned. And it wasn’t something Jake wanted to loose either. But the effects of her dark magic were really starting to dawn upon her figure, face… every part of her screamed it. It worried the blonde witch to no end, because with dark magic came even worse predators than just witch hunters.
But Jake could see past the dark magic that haunted her, the bright blue eyes staring deep into his as both tried to figure out just what was going on. And Jake was determined to keep her safe, from every threatening force that happened to include the dark magic the flowed through her veins. As his expression softened, he tore his gaze away from her. In the parking lot wasn’t the best place to talk about this.
Jake didn’t know what to expect when Cassie came bursting around the corner. He hadn’t dared look back to see her reaction when he walked toward his destination, hoping pulling her into a hug before she could get a word out would soften her up. Plus, it was the first ting he had wanted to do since he had earned himself a bit of freedom. His entire body relaxed into hers as Cassie returned the embrace, a content sigh escaping from his chest. Jake’s long arms wrapped around her, pulling her even closer as he buried his face into the hair that flowed past her neck. His grip on her tightened as he felt her reaction to his voice; it made him want her all the more. Involuntarily loosening his arms as she pulled her head back to look at him, Jake drank in the vision of her face, just how smooth her cheeks looked, her tempting pink lips, and the glazed over crystal blue eyes that bore into his skin. He gently moved his hand to push a strand of hair away from her face to hook behind her ear, before returning to it’s place on the small of her back. The look she was giving him was one his had missed greatly, heating up his entire body as he dared not look away.
Almost flinching at her touch, Jake let his head fall into her hand, his eyes closing slowly as he drew in a deep breath. Her magic flowed across his skin, stimulating every sense as he opened his eyes once again as her voice rung out. Hearing her voice for the first time, in such a soft voice, since that dreaded night was so foreign, yet nothing he had forgotten. Bending over slightly, Jake let her entire weight fall into his arms as he lifted up her toward him, her face drawing closer to him as he waited, eyes scanning over her entire face before landing hungrily on her lips. His want —need— for her in that moment was greater than he had imagined.
Her lips pressing to his caused Jake’s heartbeat to pick up quickly in his chest, almost beating out of his chest. Her warm lips puckered against his, and Jake pushed his to move quickly with hers, meeting together in a hungry kiss. It had been much too long since he had been so intimate with her, and there wasn’t a moment he wanted to loose where he would miss this feeling. Pushing his tongue forward, he forcefully parted her lips. Tasting the sweetness of her lip gloss with the taste of her tongue, a new feeling of want flooded over his entire body. Letting out a small moan, he wasn’t sure he ever wanted to let her go even as his breaths became shorter and harder to draw back in.
Keeping the weight of Cassie still in his arm that wrapped around her, Jake drew up his other arm, letting his fingers run across the back of her neck as he finally pulled his lips away, biting down on his lower lip. His fingers gently caressed her cheek after moving the excess hair away from her face, eyes locking on hers. Jake moved his thumb to run across the bottom of her swelling lip, the corners of his own tugging into a small smile. “I missed you,” he breathed, the thoughts flowing through his mind impossible to verbalize in anything else besides those three words though he was sure it was all evident in the tone.
• //sorry for the laaatee reply. im on vacation with my parents sigh • para • Para: Cassie Blake
Cassie hands slid into her pocket. Her book of Shadows laid rested inside her bag, she wanted to pull it out and lose herself into the book. Let the pages of the magic to soothe her and her worries. But she didn’t dare. Her free hand rested on his pendent he had given her for her birthday. Her fingers playing with the heart, twisting it, flipping it and even moving it up and down the chain. It had become a habit of hers to do so. Most of the time she hadn’t realized she was doing it. But it soothed her as much as the magic in her book of shadows and the other books she had gotten from Odelia’s library.
Cassie shook her head, her thoughts were heading down a road she had taken so many times. She didn’t want to start thinking about those things while she was at school. It will do her no good. Ever since she had gotten the necklace from him. She hadn’t worried so much as she did before. He was still alive, and that was all that matter at the moment. Moving her hand from her pocket, she moved it back through her golden locks as she brought her thoughts once again out into the present. The golden hair was pushed back, just in time for her to stop herself from stepping across the road where an oncoming car was heading. Her widen blue eyes watched the car full of teenagers drive to fast in the schools boundaries. Before moving to glance up and down the road. Like she should have done in the first.
Just as she took a step onto the road. Her hand stilled in her hair as her throat closed up.
He was walking across the road, his back towards her, with his pockets in his jacket. She wanted to call out to him, and ask him why he was at the school, why he hadn’t called her. To thank him, to do something. But she didn’t. Moving on the balls of her feet, she waited for the cars to fully drive by, before she could run across the road. The break presented itself and Cassie jogged, her eyes trained onto the muscled back of the retreating Jake.
Cassie quickened her pace to try and reach him, to match the strides that always caused her to double her steps. His body turned on an angle, moving behind the big thick tree. Cassie repeated his movements and came to a standstill. The guy she was trailing turned around and gave her a smile. His brown eyes met her blue eyes and his smile was too soft to be Jakes.
“Sorry, I thought you were someone else.” Cassie mumbled as her whole mood plummeted. Walking backwards, away from him. Her stomach twisting as her thoughts could not be contained anymore.
It had been to long, to long for him not to be in contact, since her birthday present. She was to scared to ring him. What if he had her number saved and they saw who it was. What if he is out sneaking and his phone gave him away. Or the worst, what if he was in trouble and needed help.
Chewing her lip to the point of bleeding again, she frowned as her eyes trained on the floor beneath her. She could already feel the stress coming on again. Sighing, she knew she wouldn’t be able to concentrate at school. And with that in mind, Cassie turned away from the school and back to the car.
Cassie brought her eyes up towards the parking lot, her eyes rested on a guy standing mere feet from her. Her eyelashes blinked a few times for Cassie to finally see who was standing before her. All her emotions from before hand slammed into her, causing her breathing to become laboured and light-headed.
How could she think that the other guy was anything like him. The broad shoulder, the muscles, the chisled jaw. The startling piercing blue eyes, the golden hair that always looked like bed hair, that she adored. Cassie couldn’t move. She knew if he so much as moved a hand to wave. She would ran and jump on him, to just hold him. With his reputation and hers, doing so in school would cause for a lot of gossip. But she did not care; she had finally stopped running away from her feelings. She liked him, really liked him. And seeing him made her heart beat faster, her whole body tense and her stomach fluttering so hard that she felt like she was going to be sick.
There was no possible way anyone could feel the gravity of the weight that had been lifted off his shoulders, or so Jake thought. It felt so much better than the first time the witch had been through this. So much better. He could finally smile, and actually feel good about it. Almost a month after being forced back into the life of a witch-hunter, Jake couldn’t remember how great it felt to just sit outside, on a park bench without thinking at any given moment someone unwanted would recognize him. Not that it still wasn’t an issue, it was just something Jake was more apt to handle now. No longer would he be forced onto the side of the hunters, he had his chance, and his second chance. Now the only time him and the True Believers would meet again would either be his own death or theirs. Preferably theirs. His loyalties were elsewhere, to the circle witches. Not necessarily all of them, but one in particular, which reminded him why he was actually outside in the first place.
Taking a leisurely walk down to the local high school was what Jake needed to get his thoughts together. He had no idea how he was supposed to approach Cassie, whether she was going to slap him across the face and walk away or greet him with open arms…the possibilities were endless. As he approached the high school, his nerves began to kick in. The last time he had been here was a dreadful one, a night he still had a lot more time of focusing to even try to repress.
The golden hair that flowed past Cassie’s shoulders were the least bit mistakable. He could notice her from across parking lot. Biting his lip, he resisted the urge to call out her name, but she was walking away from him. His eyebrows furrowed into a tight knit as he quickened his pace, trying to reach her, but she was currently preoccupied with following someone else. Spotting her car toward the front of the lot, Jake leaned his weight against it, crossing his arms tightly over his chest. But then it came to him, the blonde figure Cassie was following… His black jacket was very similar to his own, though as he looked down at his favorite jacket, he concluded that his own was a lot better looking. It almost humored him, the whole situation, until he realized the severity of it all. Sure, the guy was similar to Jake, but not by much. Even he could see it from the parking lot. She wanted to see Jake, and pretty badly if she even followed a random guy. It only made him wonder how many times it had happened before.
He could have almost chuckled at the look of disappointment that flooded across her face when she turned back around, coming toward the school from the other side of the tree. A smirk tugged at his lips, but he resisted the urge, keeping his face emotionless as his eyes narrowed slightly at Cassie. Look at me. He mentally yelled, though his lips remained silent. She was so close. He couldn’t yell at her from across the parking lot; he didn’t even like the attention he was getting now from random passerbys. Watching as he movements turned toward the parking lot, Jake’s heartbeat picked up in his chest. He was leaning up against her own car for Christ’s sake, just fucking look at me.
And when she did, his breath caught as he could verbally point out every emotion that flooded across her face. She stopped and just stood there, not daring to move another inch. It was like she needed a minute to figure out if it was really him this time. But honestly, he wouldn’t have minded just standing there, staring at each other, for much longer. The last visual memory he had of the blonde witch’s face wasn’t one he particularly felt good about, and this one was much better, one he didn’t want to forget. And the necklace, he could vaguely see the sparkle of the late birthday gift he had given to her. There was a ghost of a smile evident on his face as he stared straight back at her, not willing to break eye contact just yet.
Jake carefully blew out a sigh, dropping his arms that were across his chest before tilting his head slowly to the side, a gesture to follow him, still keeping his expression neutral. Pushing his hands into the warm pockets of his jacket, he squinted as he look toward the beaming sun, finally finding the strength to look away from Cassie’s face. He turned on his heels, moving around Cassie’s car toward the far end of the parking lot, knowing she was going to follow. He wanted to finally hold him in his arms, after a dark time that seemed like forever, but the audience of public affection he wasn’t so keen on. Jake’s long legs bringing him toward the empty parking spaces a lot quicker than Cassie’s could, he turned toward the end of the school building, a place the school kids rarely went unless they wanted a quick get away from a skipped class. Finding cover behind the shaded wall of Robert E. Lee High, Jake spun around, finding time to catch his breath before Cassie was bound to come around the corner. The flash of blonde that appeared before him was unmistakable and Jake, almost instinctively, took her arm into his hand, pulling her into him before wrapping his arms tightly around her petite waist. His eyes quickly closed as he drew in a deep breath, inhaling her familiar scent. “Cassie,” he breathed, finally being able to take her in his arms freely.