#Lovecanwithstanditall #Epiclove #Mustread
I walk to the couch and sit down beside him. He just sits there, staring at me. I begin blushing almost immediately. “What?” I ask.
He continues staring at me like I am the only girl in the entire world. “Nothing,” he replies simply.
“Then why are you staring at me like that?” I ask, averting his gaze.
“Like what?” he presses.
I shift my eyes back to his and his gaze is captivating. “Like that,” I say breathlessly.
He chuckles lightly. “I’m sorry…am I making you uncomfortable?”
“Yeah, kind of,” I reply honestly.
“I just…can’t get enough of you.” He pauses, putting his wine glass on the coffee table. “You are so beautiful.”
I can feel the heat traveling up my neck and into my cheeks. I fight back a smile.
“Why do you always react like that when I call you beautiful?” he asks.
“Like whatever I am saying is so hard to believe. Do you really not see your beauty?”
My heart dips into my stomach. I don’t know how to reply so I get up and put some distance between us. “I don’t know,” I say softly, my back turned to him. “I guess I just don’t see it.”
I swear I hear him choke from behind me. “What did they do to you?” he asks gently, concern ringing out in his voice. I hear movement behind me and then feel his hand on my lower back. He begins leading me toward the bathroom.
“Where are we going?” I ask.
He takes my wine glass out of my hand and puts it on the bathroom counter. Then he flips on the switch quickly and stands behind me facing the mirror.
“What are we doing?” I ask his reflection.
His arms quickly encircle my body and I feel his chin rest on my shoulder. “What do you see?”
I swallow before speaking. “I see a handsome man with his arms around me.”
He shakes his head no. “What do you see when you look in the mirror?”
I stare at my reflection. I have short brown hair, hazel eyes, and arched eyebrows. I am wearing a t-shirt and jeans. Nothing fancy to see here. “I see me.”
He sighs loudly, spinning me away from the mirror so we are now facing each other.
“Do you want to know what I see when I look at you?”
I nod curiously.
“I see a girl who was broken by assholes and who doesn’t know how incredible she is. I see an amazing friend, a loving daughter, and a genuine girlfriend. I see how big your heart is, how knowledgeable you are, and how much you deserve out of this life. You are a beautiful person, Austyn. You are selfless and funny, caring and passionate. You can have anything your heart desires—you just have to believe in yourself.” It’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me. My lips are on his before I even know he’s finished. I can’t help it.
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