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~Chapter 62~

As the days slowly went by there were many different rumors going around about Lincoln and Lisa. Neither of them had done as much as acknowledged that the other person existed and the once spoiled rich loud mouth Lisa Rix didn’t seem like herself at all these days. The only one who didn’t seem to know anything was going on was Veronica and that was because she was away in Washington DC for a class field trip for Law, which was in Lincoln’s opinion that best thing until he figured this whole thing out.

At lunch Sara and Jill were making their way thought the cafeteria line while listening to the whispers of the other student as they pasted them.

“I hear Linc and Lisa are still sleeping together even when he is trying to get back into Veronica’s pants”

“Someone told me that Linc wants something more serious with Lisa but she is still wants to play the field”

“Linc’s playing both girls and Lisa just learn he is still screwing that Veronica chick”

Listening to the other kids talk was really starting to get on Jill’s nerves, although she didn’t have a clue as to what was going on with Linc she couldn’t believe some of the outrageous stories students were coming up with. “Honestly this school is like a freaking tabloid when it comes to relationships” Jill said quietly to Sara as she slid her lunch tray down the counter.

Sara just nodded her head following behind Jill silently since unlike all of these people making up creative versions as to what was going, knew they real story. “It’s definitely crazy, some of the stories people have come up with” Sara answered placing a small carton of chocolate milk of her tray and then followed Jill over to the table where the others were sitting. Sucre, Katie and James were playing cards on one side of the table while Kristine sat on the other side of the table studying science.

Jill started to giggle as she slipped into a seat beside Kristine and peaked over at her notes with a smirk, “thank god I had science last term and I don’t have to memorize that periodic table again” she laughed and nudged Kristine in the shoulder.

“Oh shut up” Kristine scoffed as she rolled her eyes and then looked down at her notes again.

“Oh so now it’s not funny because you’re the one who has the class. I believe I remember someone acting all happy and rubbing it in our faces back in January” Sara pointed out with a smile before taking a bite of her pizza.

Sara couldn’t help but laugh as Kristine started to mumble something under her breath about them. She wasn’t paying much attention and felt herself jump out of her seat a little, out of surprise when someone’s fingers ran across her back and then Michael leaned in and kissed her ear just before he took his seat. “Hey!”

Turning to look at him Sara’s smile grew when she saw him take his seat next to her. “Hey where were you? I thought you were going to meet me at my locker? You never showed up” she asked him.

Biting his lip Michael looked down at his lap before he made eye contact with Sara, “I had to talk to Linc” he mentioned quietly and silently Sara nodded fully understanding.

“Yeah about Linc, what’s going on with him and Lisa” Sucre asked curiously after having heard a bunch of gossip about the two throughout the week.

“It’s nothing” Michael assured him.

“It doesn’t sound like nothing, I mean Lisa seems to be hiding something and isn’t her loud self lately” Katie spoke up before she looked over at Lisa’s table and saw the once queen bee of the school sitting in her seat looking so small and very antisocial with the girls around her.

“It’s nothing,” Michael repeated and this time it was a little more firmly then the last. He hadn’t mean to come off so harsh but when he looked up to see everyone at the table looking at his suspiciously he knew his tone caught all of them off guard. With a sigh Michael scratched his cropped hair and then got to his feet, “I’m not that hungry I’ll see you guys later” he said and then gently touched Sara’s shoulder before making his way out of the cafeteria.

“Okay that was a little strange?” Jill said as she watched him leave and now she couldn’t help but worry about what was going on with Linc.

Looking down at the crust on her pizza Sara pushed her tray forward no longer hungry and started to fidget in her seat as she watched Michael leave the cafeteria looking so troubled.

“Okay now I’m sure there is something going on,” Kristine said after witnessing Michael’s odd behavior and quick escape.

“I should go make sure he’s okay,” Sara said softly as she got up from the table where her friends were sitting and quickly followed Michael out. Gently pushing her way through the crowd she slipped out the door and came face to face with another group of student hanging round the door. There was no sign of Michael in the entrance way so Sara sneaked around the rowdy bunch of girls and headed down the hall and there leaning against the wall at the other end was Michael looking exhausted and completely stressed out. She couldn’t help but feel worried about him as he seemed to be joggling so much on his plate and some of the stuff is totally his problems to begin with. He hadn’t seemed to hear or notice Sara approaching him until she reached out to touch his shoulder. She felt him flinch for a quick second before he realized it was her and then he seemed to calm himself down and let out a tired sigh as his head fell back to rest against the old stone wall of the hallway.

“Hey, you okay?” she asked his softly as her hands came up to cup his face to caress his cheek and get him to look at her. He looked so exhausted and lost, he appeared to be not sleeping and this worried Sara considering he was also pushing himself with his studies since exams were less then a week away.

He gave a weak smile and his hand came up to touch her hand that was caressing his face. He gently guided her hand to his mouth and gave her a tender kiss to thank her. “I’m okay, things have just been very hectic these days at home. Linc’s picking fights with everyone, and my mom spends her nights crunching numbers to see how we can handle this financially and every night I can hear her crying… god everything is spiraling out of control” Michael complained and covered his face with his hands as he leaned forward.

“It’ll be okay” Sara assured him as she knelt down and wrapped her arms around him. He let out a shaky breath as he brought his one arm around her waist and pulled close. With her chin resting on his shoulder Sara thought about the plans they had made about a week ago all before the whole thing with Linc and Lisa’s pregnancy came up. “You know we can cancel tonight if you want?” she told him as she caressed his face.

Looking up at her with wide eyes he quickly shook his head and ran his fingers through her hair as she leaned against his body and her arms around his waist. “No, no” he told her again and again while shaking his head. “If anything I need this right now. Things are so out of control with Linc that I need to get away from it all even if it’s just for a few hours. Plus we had a bet that I could spend less then ten bucks on a romantic date and there is no way I’m going to let you win”

Sara smiled and leaned forward to capture his lips in a quick kiss before pulling back and with a smirk she let out a giggled. With his hands on her waist and pulling her closer, Michael couldn’t help but smile at her questioningly her mischievous smirk. “What?”

“Well I was just wondering if your mom will even let you out of the house with me especially considering Lincoln’s current situation?”

Michael couldn’t help but laugh as he intertwined his fingers with hers and playfully pushed her away and then quickly pulled her back in to pressed a tender kiss to her forehead. “I’m consider the good son so I think we’ll be okay.”

“Well you may be the good son but that don’t mean that I’m the good girl” Sara said flirtatiously before leaning in for another kiss.

“Oh really?” Michael said with a laugh as he pushed his body away from the wall. Finally forgetting about all the problems his family had to deal with a the moment he wrapped his arm around Sara shoulders as they walk down the hall, pressing her body against his and as Sara wrapped her arms around his waist he leaned his down to capture her lips while giggling and walking down the hall.

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Around 7:30 o’clock Michael walked up to Sara’s house holding a picnic basket and made his way up the steps of Sara’s house dressed in a pair of black dress pants and a button-up collared burgundy shirt. After taking a deep breath Michael reach forward and rang the doorbell. Once he could hear the doorbell chimes in the house go off he took a step back and patiently waited for the door t open.

When the door opened Sara’s mother; who seemed to be in great spirits now days after discovering she was cancer free welcomed him in. She quickly greeted him and stepped back so that he could enter the front foyer as they waited for Sara to come down stairs.

“Sara, Michael’s here!” her mother called up the stairs. She was answered by Sara’s voice calling back to let them know she was on her way down. Michael bit his lip as he waited patiently for Sara to join them. It didn’t take long as they soon heard her footsteps as she descended down the stairs. Looking up at her Michael couldn’t help but feel his heart start to race as she smiled at him. She had on black capris with a dark purple palm-printed halter-top with a small black-jeweled bust to complete the top.

“Wow you look…” was all Michael could stutter out as he got lost in her beauty before her eyes.

Sara felt herself begin to blush and quickly looked away from him and ran her fingers through her long straight auburn hair that seem to have a lot of red coming out of it tonight. “Thanks” she managed to say.

“Well we should get going to we don’t miss dinner and the show” Michael said quickly as he put his hand out to hold hers as they made their way out the front door.

“Not too late,” Sara’s mom called out to them. “Your not on summer break yet, there are still exams to write!” she told them as she waved goodbye to the two teenagers as they ran down the driveway and waved back to her.

Once they were no longer had parental eyes on them Michael turned to face Sara and gently cupped her face before leaning in for a passionate hot kiss. “You have no idea how long I’ve been waiting to do that,” Michael told her once the two finally came up for air and rested their foreheads together.

“Things still hectic with Linc?”

“Yea but I don’t want to talk about it, not tonight because tonight is about you and me” Michael told her and Sara couldn’t help but feel the chills running up her spine as she leaned in for another kiss.

Making the their way through the park hand in hand Michael was holding on to a small picnic basket and leading them up a small hill that had a great view of the sunset. Setting the basket down by the big willow tree Michael turned around to see Sara standing their looking up at the sky. “I told you it was a going to be a beautiful show,” he whispered as he strolled up behind her and wrapped his arms protectively around her.

She felt his lips brush up across her cheek and her eyes closed as she relaxed in his arms. Everything felt so perfect right now, nothing could ruin this moment for them no matter what everyone else in the world was going through at the time. “It’s beautiful Michael” Sara told him in a hushed whisper before turning her head slightly towards his face and leaning in for a kiss while her arms wrapped around herself and holding his arms tighter.

When they broke Michael couldn’t wipe the smirk off his face as he released his hold on her much to Sara dislike and moved over to the basket to unpack their dinner. Taking off the lid he pulled off the blue blanket that had been neatly folded up inside the basket and threw it up in the air while still holding on to one side and letting it spread out over the grass.

Turning around to watch him Sara was in aw, as Michael seemed to have thought of everything while still remaining under their deal budget. Taking out some battery-operated candles that he had found in his basement storage closet he switched them on and set them out on the four corners of the blanket.

“Well it’s this romantic!” Sara said cheerfully as she kneeled down on the blanket and admired the candles.

“Yeah I figured we would use the ambiance,” Michael said with a chuckle.

“It’s perfect,” she told him and then eagerly waited to see what else he would pull out of that basket.

“Ah sandwich de sous-marin” Michael said in the best attempt at a french accent as he pulled out two six inches sub sandwiches, one with turkey being Sara’s favorite and the other being a BLT, his favorite. “Sorry my french isn’t up to par like yours” Michael said with a smile knowing Sara was quite fluent in spanish and french since she was home schooled.

“I’m actually impressed,” Sara said with a smile as she accepted the sandwich.

“Gee thanks” Michael mumbled teasingly.

“I didn’t mean it like that, I’m just saying you’ve got the accent down pretty well” Sara offered as she leaned over the picnic basket and pressed a slow and romantic kiss against his very eager lips to deepen the kiss.

After their dinner they got settled in the middle of blanket facing the sunset, Michael was leaning back on his elbows and one of his legs stretched out while the other was bent. Reaching his hand out for Sara he pulled her down onto the blanket close to him with her back resting against his chest as they both stared up at the sky that was a mixture of pink, orange and blue colors in the sky surrounding the sun. “I can’t believe summer is almost here,” Sara whispered.

“Yeah it’s been quite a year,” Michael said softly with his lips close to Sara’s ear and he felt her fidget in his arms a bit from his breath tickling her ear. When he heard her giggle and he couldn’t help but smile. He loved her laugh; he would listen to it all day if he could. “What does that tickle?” he asked her as he whisper to let his hot breath against her ear.

“Stop it!” Sara giggled as she pulled herself out of his arms and stood up.

“Hey where do you think your going?” Michael said with his eyebrow arched and scrambled to his feet to chase after her.

When she saw him coming at her Sara felt her body get all excited and ran behind the tree with Michael hot on her tail. Spinning around in the field Michael would wrap his arms around her and then quickly let her go again so that she could run away. With a devilish smile on his face Michael watched as Sara kicked off her dress shoe and started to climb the tree. “What are you doing?” Michael laughed.

“What does it look like?” Sara laughed as she climbed onto a branch one at a time higher and higher up the tree. “What, are you afraid of heights or something?” she teased with a flirtatious smile.

Quickly Michael ran back over to the tree and started to climb up it with Sara giggling above him. When he reached to the point where Sara was he leaned against the tree trunk facing Sara and the branch she was sitting on. “I haven’t climbed a tree in like forever,” Michael said with a chuckle.

Sara smiled and looked over at the sunset, “It’s beautiful isn’t it?”

“Yeah” she heard Michael answer and when she turned to look at him leaning against the large trunk she saw he wasn’t looking at the sunset at all. Instead he was looking right her as the glow of the sun shone down at her auburn hair and gave off a golden glow on her skin. When she realized he wasn’t talking about the sunset Sara couldn’t help but blush as she looked down for a moment. A smile crept up across her face and as Sara raised her head to look at him again her heart was pounding faster and faster. How was she so lucky to have a guy like this in her life?

She bit her lip as she notice Michael leaning in towards her while his one arm stayed wrapped around the tree trunk and after a brief hesitation their lips touched in a slow tender kiss. Soon Michael made the kiss more demanding and his tongue brushed over Sara’s bottom lip. Without much thought she parted her lips and welcomed his tongue into her warm sweet tasting mouth to touch and dance with her own tongue. The moment was so perfect and she never wanted the night to end.

When the kiss finally broke with both of them in desperate need for air Michael’s forehead rested against Sara’s and neither of them said anything. Instead they let their eyes do the talking as they stared into the others eyes of love while the sun went down behind them and the sky filled with darkness.