Becoming a Legend

By: B. Kristin McMichael

ONE



Arianna Grace stepped on the brake much harder than she expected, and the occupants of the car all jolted against their seat belts. Arianna blushed as she put the car into park. She had officially been driving with her permit for three months now, but she still couldn’t step softly enough on the brake to keep everyone from jerking forward each time.

“Sorry about that,” she said with a giggle.

Thomas Collins scowled in the back seat, being shaken out of the book from which he was studying. Thomas’ one year stint as Arianna’s personal guard was coming to an end in less than two weeks, and he was anxious to get on with his life. Part of ‘getting on with life’ included getting his grades back up so that he could get into a good college.

“Stop apologizing,” Andrew Lucan said, flipping his dark curls out of his face. Andrew was a constant puzzle to Arianna. His rocker image, with ripped jeans and a t-shirt, was at odds with his soft-spoken manner around Arianna. “Everyone is a bit choppy when just learning to drive.” Arianna nodded, not completely reassured. Legally, Andrew was old enough, at eighteen, to be teaching her how to drive, but he was really only a year older than Arianna.

“Do you have a date for your birthday party at Gabriel’s yet?” Andrew asked as nonchalantly as he could, stretching his arms to the ceiling of the car and flexing his nicely-shaped arms. Arianna tried not to look. After the birthday party her uncle threw year ago, she already knew that there was some sort of physical attraction between her and Andrew. Since last year, she had tried her best to keep everything in the realm of friendship, because everyone she was surrounded by tended to view Andrew as the enemy.

“No, are you asking?” Arianna teased, wondering if he knew how good he looked. Arianna tried to stifle her sigh. The physical attraction was still there. Now after a year of meeting up with him, always with a guard present and thankfully never alone, she actually considered Andrew her friend as well.

“Only if you’d say yes,” he replied. Andrew looked across the movie theater parking lot that they were now sitting in. After concentrating for only a few seconds, Andrew looked back to Arianna, who refused to look in the same direction.

“You didn’t tell him that you were out with me?” Andrew asked.

“Um, no,” Arianna replied. Thomas’ head snapped up from the back seat.

“Not again,” Thomas complained quietly to himself.

“Ari, how is he ever going to trust me if you keep running around behind his back to see me?” Andrew scolded. Technically, there was no running involved, since they were driving, but Arianna didn’t think it was appropriate to add that.

“He’s never going to trust you.” Arianna wanted to elaborate as to why but had promised Devin she wouldn’t. Devin and Andrew were exact opposites in every way possible. Everything about them was at odds, the bold Andrew to the clean-cut, all-American Devin. They were two sides to a war that Arianna hoped she could end by being the head of both sides.

Arianna quickly glanced over to Devin Alexander. He looked perfectly relaxed, leaning against his car, staring down the road they drove in on. His sandy blond hair drifted perfectly over his sky blue eyes. To the outside world, he was just a teen waiting for someone, probably to meet up with at the theater. A cool, collected teen standing around on a brisk spring day in just a t-shirt and jeans—his normal attire. But Arianna knew otherwise. His arms crossed over his chest loosely, but his hands were slightly too tightly pressed against his biceps. His thoughtful, aloof look was actually masking his worried, and angry, thoughts. He seemed to be leaning against the car, but he was actually very tense, ready to spring across the parking lot in an instant.

Andrew raised an eyebrow to question Arianna, but chose to not vocalize his opinion. “You’ll be back next week for the Grace party?” Andrew asked, avoiding the subject of Devin.

“Yep, as soon as I can get away from the Randolph estate and their planned birthday party.” Arianna turned the car off.

“That will give you one more day to practice before your test?” Andrew already knew the test date, but was trying to stall her from leaving. He really did want to be her date for the Grace party, and wished she would finally take him seriously.

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