I woke up extra early so I can ask Sally to make Riley's favorite breakfast. The castle maids and butlers are still on summer vacation which is good since they needed a well deserved break. I sat on the table fidgeting with my hands as Sally cooked.
"So, may I asked why you wanted me to cook this?"
"Well um, the girls plus my two friends, made up this plan... And I'm gonna win Riley back." I said feeling a flush of pink form on my cheeks.
"Aw, I never met a boy other than Issac who was so nice to my daughter. You know I was beginning to wonder about you before you came to us that day."
"What do you mean?"
"Well, I was thinking about you like how you were and such. I knew all the trouble you've been in being a pop star and all. I've spoken with your mom a few times." She smiled.
"Why didn't she tell me that? I would have met Riley sooner than I did."
"I felt like if I did tell her about you, it would bring her stress and the fact that you've become the way you were will make her question you... If that makes any sense. So I kept my mouth shut." She turned on the stove. "Since her guard/driver Cameron died, she's been different. She's more quiet, isolated and a lot of people in school don't like her. I tell her that it's because they're jealous that she's royalty and they're not but truthfully, I don't know why they don't like her."
"Well it's a good thing I met her again at the right time." I smiled.
She laughed. "Yeah, I remember the smile on her face when she saw you everyday back when you lived close by." She poured pancake batter into the pan and on a different pan, she's frying eggs with a side of bacon. "Which reminds me, are you planning on moving back here?"
"Um, I guess I am. I mean I have to stay here for the rest of the time that I'm here. My managers orders."
"You're welcome to have the room you're in now. May as well you know?" She smirked.
"Yeah, you're right." Sally was always so kind and understanding, I considered her my 2nd mom when I was growing up.
"Okay, it's ready. If you need anything else, do not be afraid to let me know." She smiled and went back up to her room.
This plan is now in play. I asked Esther to come over early for.... Support? Maybe because SHES the one who made this plan up.
"I'm nervous." I admitted.
"It'll be okay. As long as you don't raise your voice, and be a perfect gentleman-"
"I am a gentleman."
"Gentlemen don't yell at who they love. Now go get your girlfriend back."
"She's not my girlfriend!..... Yet!" I blushed.
"You know what I mean."
"What about Issac? He'll kill me if he finds out I was anywhere near Riley."
"If I see him then I'll explain to him what's going on. I'm sure he'll understand."
"GO!" Esther pushed me up the stairs and I got quickly changed into something nicer than my pajamas and I grabbed this... White Teddy bear from flipping Cosco that Esther made me buy. that's the size of the castle window and says 'I love you' on it. ....why. I could barely fit it in my room let alone OUT THE DOOR. I made my way into Riley's room, I didn't knock. I knew she was still sleeping but I mean it gives me a good opportunity to slip the bear in her room without her seeing it. I placed it on the floor next to her bed and kissed her forehead.
"Wake up Riley." I whispered shaking her slightly.
She groaned and turned over. "No. Five more minutes..."
"Alright, five more minutes."
She nodded and went back to sleep. I walked over to the window and looked out. The sun was already high up in the sky, I'm sure if I drew the blinds away she would kill me. Five minutes passed and I tried again.
"Riley... It's been five minutes. Wake up.." I whispered again.
"Eeeh... I don't wanna..." She pulled the covers over her head.
She sighed and sat up rubbing her eyes. "What's so important that I have to get up on Saturday?" She looked at me. "Oh it's you. What do you want?"
"To make it up to you."
"Because you deserve it." I said sincerely.
She looked at me oddly and rubbed her eyes again then stared at me.
"Are you drunk?"
"....no." I chuckled. "I don't drink and never will. I'm not like my dad."
She gave me a look again. "Can I just take you out for the day? Prove myself to you and if I mess up again then I'll stop trying and won't bother you ever again."
She sighed and buried her face into a pillow for a while. "....fine... But one mistake and I'm leaving."
"Alright, fair enough."
"I'm surprised Issac approved of this."
"He didn't. He doesn't know.... Yet. Esther is gonna talk to him and get him to understand."
"Hah! Good luck."
"Yeah, that's what I said." I smiled at her and gave her a hug. "Get dressed. I made breakfast."
She gave a look again and crossed her arms.
"Okay, I asked your mom for a little help."
She stared at me. "Okay! A lot of help!" I admitted.
"Now that I believe."
"You get dressed, and I'll be downstairs."
She nodded and I left the room. I made sure everything was in place and waited for Riley to come down.
"Hey." I heard a voice that made a chill go down my spine. I turned around to see Issac with his arms crossed.
"Oh hey." I said.
"What's this about? I thought you told you to stay away from her."
"I was, but then Esther came up with this pl-"
"I know what she did, but you're suppose to act on your own."
"I know but I guess I was a bit pressured into it. Plus... I love Riley, a whole lot."
"You seem to be lacking that kind of emotion considering you just went and kissed another girl. Is that what you call love?"
"I made a mistake and I regret it. Just give me a chance to prove myself."
"Is she giving you a chance?"
"Yes, she is."
"If she is, then I am too. But one more fuck up and I'll make sure you never speak to Riley ever again."
"Yeah, you've said that like three times." I chuckled, he showed no expression.
"We'll see how this goes." He walked away from me right when Riley came down the stairs.
"Okay, I'm read-" she eyed the huge breakfast laid out for her. "Did you really get my mom to make all this?"
I nodded. "That's so sweet..." She smiled.
"Go ahead and eat, we can leave once you're done." I sat on the chair across from her and folded my hands like a business man.
"So how is your life?" I asked seriously.
"Shitty. I lost my best friend, I lost my second dad, pretty much everything as of now."
Oh how badly I wanted to tell her that I was right here but Issac told me a long time ago to wait.
"Well.. You still have me." I whispered. She looked up from her plate and whispered back.
"I know." We talked through the time she was eating, I got her to laugh at times which was nice.
"You ready to go?" I asked smiling.
She nodded. I grabbed the keys to the car and took her hand, heading out the front door. She got into the car and off we went.
"So where are we going?"
"It's a surprise."
She crossed her arms and pouted. "That's not gonna work this timeee." I grinned.
"What if I kissed you?"
"Tempting, but I'm still not telling you where we're going."
"Fine. Are we gonna be out all day?"
I nodded. "Can I least know ONE of the locations?"
One of her favorite songs.. Um.. Love somebody! Came on the radio and she start singing. Her voice is so beautiful... I could listen to her sing all day if I could. When the song was over, she reverted back to her pouty self.
I chuckled. "Oh calm down, we're almost there anyways."
"Just wait 5 more minutes." Her being impatient was actually adorable.
She stared out the window when the amusement park called 'Rye play land park.' Came into view.
"The amusement park?!" She gasped.
"Yeah. I never said it was gonna be all romantic stuff, let's have some fun too." I smirked and go out then quickly ran to the other side and opened the door for me.
She squealed and jumped up and down. Why is she so excited like oh my god.
"I never been to an amusement park before!"
"What about that carnival on the boardwalk?"
"That's a carnival. It doesn't count." She grabbed my hand. "Come on! Let's go!" She started running towards the entrance but then stopped. "Um.."
"Are you sure you wanna come here? You're not wearing a disguise and it might be packed."
"Positive, it'll be okay." I smiled.
We stood in line for what seems like a long time was only 2 minutes. She yawned as she leaned on my shoulder.
"I know, sorry for waking you up so early."
"It's okay. I have to start getting used to it again." We finally got our wristbands for the day and charged straight inside.
First thing we did, was the worst mistake in the world. An illusion house/mirror maze. I swear my face turned red from the many times I bumped into a fake wall and the mirrors in there were super clear so you could barely tell if it's an opening way or a mirror.
"That was fun wasn't it?" She smiled.
"Yeah it was! Not for my face though."
Next was these spinning teacups you see at Disney world; oh no...
I gulped from being nervous. "What's wrong?" Riley asked me. "Austin can't handle the spins?" She nudged me.
"I can too!" I was wrong. Very very wrong.... When that ride was over, I threw up. Really bad.
Riley rubbed my back until I was done. "You okay? We can go home if you still don't feel good."
"Nah, I can tough it out." I smiled. "What's next?"
She thought for a minute and then pointed up towards the Ferris wheel. We got on line and I began to have second thoughts. I wasn't scared was I? I'm not nervous either. What's wrong with me? I've been to amusement parks before, but that's only because I was with friends; I'm with a girl that I'm in love with. We boarded on the wheel and it started to spin and stop, boarding new passengers and then finally spin non stop for a while. I looked out to the beautiful view of the park. The beach was right next to it with a nice Boardwalk. I looked at Riley and smiled, pulling her close to me. Now's the perfect time to kiss her like I did before. I found myself leaning in without me telling my body to do so, and surprisingly, Riley did too. It wasn't long until her lips touched mine and we kissed passionately for a few minutes. I cracked my eyes open to see tears form on her eyes; I cupped her face, and wiped them away with my thumb. She pulled away, I stumbled forward and landed on her lap. Too caught up in the moment?
She giggled and played with my hair. Usually, I would be the one to play with her hair as she laid her head on my lap. Her doing it instead is nice for a change. I looked straight into her eyes.
"Remember the first time we kissed?" I whispered.
She nodded. "How could I forget? I replay it in my mind all the time."
"Oh do you?" I smirked.
She blushed. "Y-yeah... Well not ALL the time but just sometimes."
"That's cute." I reached a hand up and stroked her cheek. The sun was starting to go down, meaning it's the afternoon. We left the park around 4:30pm and I drove her to the mall so that she can get whatever she wanted.
After I parked the car, we headed inside. Just like the park, it was packed.
"Where do you want to go first? Whatever you want, I'll buy it for you."
"Before I forget, let's go make a bear at build a bear."
"My little cousins birthday is coming up, well not really cousin; she's a family friend. But she wanted a bear and I've been meaning to make one for her."
I watched her as she made a bear. She's good at this, it came out to be the most perfect bear I've seen. A sudden thought came to me when my eyes fell upon a bear with a star print on its chest. Riley's austy-star pretty much got ruined in the rain, it looked terrible when I took it out of the dryer. I smiled and took it to the person that stuffs it with fluff.
"Oh my god! It's you! U-uh.. Uh... Austin!" The girl said.
"Hi there." I said. "If it isn't too much to ask but can you please not a big deal out of the fact that I'm here? It's a personal day for me."
"O-oh! Yes sir, I'm sorry about that." She took the bear from me. "Who's this for?"
"My little sister." I lied to keep it a secret. "Her original bear got ruined in the rain."
"That's nice of you."
"Austin?" I heard a voice say. I turned around to see Evelyn behind me.
"Oh hey, what's up?"
"Nothing, just here with my little sister. What are you doing here?"
"I'm taking Riley out for the day."
"I thought we were going out."
I rolled my eyes. "Didn't I say that it was a fake relationship? The whole thing is off, I'm not making her jealous anymore; I'm winning her heart back."
She stares at me with a creepy/scary look and then leaves with her sister. I paid for the best and waiting for Riley to finish. She walked up to me and smiled.
"Hey. You ready?"
"Who's that for?"
"Oh. It's for you." I smiled and held it out towards her.
"Aww!" She looked at me. "Why did you get it?"
"Well, your original Austy-star was ruined and looked terrible, so may as well get something that has a similar meaning to it."
She took it and hugged it. "Thank you Austin." Then she hugged me.
"You're welcome." I said kissing her forehead. We spend at least two hours at the mall, by the time we were done; I didn't have enough room on my arms to carry bags.
"Where to next?"
"Um... Wherever you wanna go."
"Nuh-uh. Today's only for you, so you decide."
"Fine fine... I'm kind of in the mood for ice cream."
"Alright, let's go."
We got into the car and drove to the nearest ice place. Coincidentally... It was the one Riley and I went to as kids. I can't believe it's still here.
"Do you remember this place?" I asked her.
"Yeah.. Me and my best friend used to come here all the time." She whispered to herself.
"Still want to go in?"
"Yeah, I'll be okay."
This place hasn't changed at all. I sat down in the same booth that me and Austin would sit in. I had a projective flashback happen in front of me. Austin and I chasing each other around the place with ice cream, we were both covered in chocolate ice cream. I smiled and wiped a few tears from my eyes.
"You okay?" Austin asked me.
"Mhm, I'm okay."
"What kind of ice cream do you want?"
"Um... I'll have world class chocolate."
He nodded and left to order. I looked around, everything was the same. I sighed and remembered all the fun times I've had with Austin. From having mini birthday parties here, to just coming here to hang out with our friends from school. I miss those times... Where are you in this world Austin?
"I'm right here." I heard a voice say in my head, I looked up to see Austin standing in front of me.
"Nothing." I smiled. That was weird...
He put the ice cream in front of me and began eating. I stared off into space as I ate, Austin raised an eyebrow and waved a hand in front of me.
"Somethings definitely wrong."
I sighed. "I just miss my best friend, that's all."
"Huh? Oh nothing never Mind. Just... Sorry that you're getting sad about this place and all."
"Oh no, don't worry about it." I placed my hand on top of his.
"So, where do you want to go for dinner?"
"I don't know, I kind of have a craving for Applebee's."
"Then Applebee's it is!" He smiled.
I think my ears burst from the amount of girls screaming my name when Riley and I entered Applebee's. Then again, I've said that like a million times.
"Girls please... It's a personal day for me." I sighed getting really annoyed.
"Austin, we can always go somewhere else if you like."
"Hey, who's this?" One of the girls said.
"That's that girl who's been with Austin since the beginning of summer."
"Yeah, you've been hogging Austin all summer! It's no wonder he hasn't out in town for the past months."
"Excuse me but he was with his cousin who happened to join my family and I at our vacation home." Riley said. This isn't gonna be good.
"Austin, wouldn't you rather spend time with your fans than a princess? I mean, we matter most to you, don't we?" Another girl said.
"My fans do matter to me." I began to speak. "But Riley and I have been through a lot, she's my first priority." The girls stood there with their mouths hanging open. "For that's what love is." I blushed while looking at Riley. She blushed and looked down at her hands that was on the table.
The girls on the other hand weren't too pleased. They started yelling rude comments and saying how I'm theirs and yadda yadda yadda. The waiters called security and they were kicked out of the restaurant. I sat back down and sighed.
"Sorry about that." I rubbed the back of my neck.
"That was entertaining but also rude and annoying. It isn't your fault, so there's no need to be sorry." She smiled and scooted over closer to me. "You know my heart skipped a beat when you said that me being your first priority is an act of love."
I chuckled. "Did it really?" She nodded and sighed.
"Austin, what are we?" Riley asked me.
"Well... I mean you know I'm in love with you but you don't really like me in that way. I understand that..."
"You say you love me but you went and kissed another girl..."
"I know I did and I'm sorry. It was a stupid thing for me to do. I was letting my anger get the best of me." I held her hand and tangled my fingers with hers. "I know that you'll probably need more time to think about this but I just want you to know that I do in fact love you, and I always will."
Riley nodded and rested her head on my shoulder. "Hey, don't fall asleep just yet. After dinner, I'd like to take you to a special place."
"What is it? Oh wait lemme guess..." She cleared her throat. "It's a surprise." She mocked me.
"Damn right, it's a surprise." I grinned.