Chapter 23 A Love Story

Maeve and Hunter meet

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Meeting

Alexander arrived at school. He has just moved into his dorm when he looked around campus. Alex had just transferred to the university after spending 2 years at a community college. Law school would be expensive, so he hoped he would save money by attending a community college.

Maeve had attended the university for the past 2 years. She was walking around campus reading her syllabus for her classes. She had just left the library where she printed all the syllabi for her classes.

Maeve wasn’t paying attention. She was reading all her assignments for class as she walked. Before she knew it Maeve was lying on the ground. Her feet came right out from under her as he head collided with Alexander’s. She laid on the ground feeling dizzy.

Alexander rubbed his head and then saw Maeve on the ground. He ran over to her and bent down to see if she was ok.

Maeve looked up at him but she was at a loss for words. She stared at him for a moment.

Maeve was beautiful. Hunter felt something weird, something strange that he never felt before. His heart was pounding so fast he felt it would pop out of his chest. Alex saw himself as a cartoon character. His eyes looking like hearts and the heart in his chest ready to rip out of his chest. He put his hand out towards her. “Please let me help you.”

“I’m sorry, I wasn’t… Looking.” She couldn’t take her eyes off him.

He couldn’t stop smiling. The campus didn’t seem so big or important any longer. “It’s my mistake. I should have been. Looking where I was going.” He didn’t know what else to say. He kept getting tongue tied. The weird feelings came back as he held her hand and helped her up. It was as if he had just found the one he had been waiting for his entire life. “You’re so beautiful.” Then his eyes become big as he realized that he had just said out loud. “I’m sorry.”

Maeve sat up rubbing her head. She didn’t even hear Alexander. “Are you okay?” She looks up realizing that he hit his head too. “I’m Maeve. What’s your name?”

“Alexander, and I’m okay Maeve.”

She smiles, “Good, you must have a hard head.” She says as she holds her head. “This may sound weird, but do we know each other? I feel like we’ve met before.” She felt such a strange connection to him. She thought it could have been magic. “It’s nice to meet you. Well, would have been nicer if my head didn’t hurt so bad.”

Alexander helped her up. “Let me take you to see the nurse or something.”

“I think just some ice would do us both some good.” She smiles as she still held his hand.

Alexander helped her walk over to the cafeteria. He helped her to a chair and go a bag of ice for us.

Alexander returned and sat across from her. He took the bag of ice and placed it on the lump on her head and held it there. “Well I guess I can say it was nice bumping into you.”

Maeve laughed but winced in pain.

“I’m sorry.” He said. He couldn’t believe how beautiful she was.

“It’s fine. I should have been looking.” She looked at the clock. “I’m sorry Alexander. I was supposed to meet with my adviser and I’m late.”

“Oh, yeah.” He rubbed his hands together and looked at the clock himself. “Well yeah I should go to. I haven’t moved in yet.”

Maeve smiled as she stood with the ice. “I’ll see you around Maybe we’ll have class together.”

Hunter looked up and blushed. “Yeah maybe.”

“Good luck, moving in. Let me know if you need help with anything.”

Alexander wanted to ask for a tour or anything that could get her to spend more time with him, but he didn’t. He was too nervous. “Thank you. I will.”

Maeve and Hunter at the tree

It was a crisp Autumn day. Maeve sat under a tree reading as the leaves fell around her. Hunter sat under a nearby tree pretending to read. He wanted to be close to her but not too close. Hunter didn’t want her to see him staring at her. He wished he had the courage to talk to her. Each time he was near her his words became tangled and his face turned red. He could only imagine what she must have thought of him. She was so beautiful he thought. Why would she ever talk to him? Each time she moved her hands through her hair he lost track of what he was doing. He walked behind her one day and almost tripped over his own feet because he was too preoccupied in watching her walk.

Maeve looked up from reading and saw Hunter staring at her. He looked away. Maeve, who was self conscious, herself felt odd. She turned red thinking there was something wrong with her. Was it her clothes? Did she have something in her teeth? She put her books in her bag and looked over at Hunter who was staring at her again.

Alexander once again looked away. Maeve sighs and walks over to to him and sits next to him. “Hi, aren’t you in my English class?”

Alexander was shocked that she came over to talk to him. “Um” He was as at a loss for words. He didn’t know what to say to her. He wanted to impress her.

Maeve looked down. She had been impressed by his insights in class. She felt perhaps he was too smart for her. Perhaps he didn’t find her remarks in class up to his standards. Her face turned red.

Hunter looked up as his heart was racing, “Yeah, I’m in that class.”

She smiles thinking he was talking to her. “I love your insight you make in class. You seem to see things I don’t.”

Alexander was delighted. She thinks I’m insightful. If he could have floated off the ground, he would have. “Thank you. No one has ever said before.

Maeve felt good thinking she made him feel good about himself. But she didn’t believe in him “Are you serious? You’re brilliant!”

“Well Maeve so are you.” He said with a smile.

She blushed, “Thank you.”

Maeve didn’t want to ask him why he has been staring at her, but she wanted to know. She didn’t know how to ask or if she should ask.

Alexander was nervous. He didn’t know what to say to her. He was fumbling over his words but unbeknownst to him Maeve found that to be cute.

Maeve blush as she got up to leave. “See you in class” She said as she walked away. Her heart was pounding thinking she has just made a fool of herself.

She glances back at Alexander who was still sitting under the tree. As they made eye contact, they both looked away rather quickly.

“He’s still looking at me.” She thought. She thought for a moment but only a moment. “What if he likes me” But she thought he couldn’t like her. Alexander was so smart and well spoken. She wished that her liked her. She would love to talk to him about classes, the books they read of anything. Maeve sighed. “And he’s so cute.” Get it our of your head Maeve. He never speaks to you. She looked down and sighed.

Maeve and Hunter in class

A both Maeve and Hunter sat in class, Maeve glanced over to him from time to time. In class, Maeve twirled her hair whenever he was around. She wanted to show him that should could be just as insightful as he. She worked hard for that class wanting to impress him.

Alexander was no longer paying attention I class. He kept watching Maeve. Each time she twirled her hair, he smiled. He thought about how her hair would smell and feel in his hands. Hunter thought of holding her and running his hands through her hair. As Maeve spoke, he got lost listening to her voice. He couldn’t take his eyes off of her.

The professor looked over at Alexander. “Mr. Marks are you going to join us today?”

Alexander jumped up, “Sir.”

The professor could tell that Hunter had been preoccupied by Maeve. “Mr. Marks maybe I need to move Miss Wintergreen to another room so you would pay attention in class.

Both Maeve and Hunter looked up. His faced turned red. Maeve looked back at him but she could feel her face turning red. It was almost as red as her hair.

“Now can we begin Mr. Marks and have you paying attention.” The professor said.

Hunter nodded. He kept his head down for the rest of the class. He felt awful for getting Maeve into trouble.

At the end of class, Maeve packed up her things and left rather class without making eye contact with anyone.

Alexander sat at his desk and watched her leave. He sighed.

His professor came up to him, “If I were you I would get her.” He smiles, “But you still have to pay attention in my class.”

Hunter stared back at him not knowing what to say.

“Get her then. Kids today, you make everything so complicated.” He said as he walked out the door.

A rose

Alexander didn’t go after her that day. He was too embarrassed. One of his friends came up to him while he was walking back to class. “Hey Alex, how’s Maeve?” Barry laughed.

“Hilarious, I suppose everyone has heard about it by now.” Alexander said feeling his heart sinking.

“Heard what that you two couldn’t stop looking at each other in class.”

Alexander stopped and turned, “No that was me who the professor called out not her. He made me feel like an idiot.”

Barry slapped him on the back. “For someone who is so smart you are awfully dense. You didn’t see Maeve, but I sure did.”

Alexander said nothing, he figured he was just trying to make him feel better.

“Come one bro are you that dumb. She likes you. Couldn’t you tell that? She kept looking over at you with the silly smile. Everyone sees that.”

Maeve felt so embarrassed. She felt like everyone was staring at her while in reality no one was. She had never been called out in class before. She didn’t know what to think of Alexander now. Could he have been looking at her?

She was walking back from class when she stopped at the college post office to check and see if she had any mail. She sighed as she walked in again thinking people were staring at her. H

When she opened her mailbox a single red rose laid on top of her mail. She pulled it out and looked around to see if anyone was there who could have left it for her. She brought the rose to her nose and breathed in the fragrance and smiled. Then she saw the note was under the rose.

From the corner Alexander was watching her. He smiles as she smelled the rose.

Maeve looked over and saw him. She blushed and walked over to him.

“Maeve, I am so sorry. I never wanted to get you into trouble.”

Maeve smiled as she read the note. She smiled as look at him and then the rose. “Thank you.”

He blushed, “Well, I felt bad.”

“Were you staring at me?” She realized she shouldn’t have have said this as soon as she did.

“Um well.” He didn’t know how to respond. He wanted to melt away.

Maeve took his hand. “I’m sorry, sometimes I say things without thinking.”

He pulls his hand away as he felt it becoming clammy. He rubbed his hands in his hair as he spoke. “You can do this.” He told himself.

“Maeve,” he smiled “Would you like to…” He took a deep breath.

Maeve saw how he was struggling. “Hey, why don’t we get coffee. There’s this neat little shop in town.”

Hunter smiled. He was relieved. “I would love to.”

He was feeling more confident now. “I would love to talk you about well anything. You have such wonderful insights in class.”

Maeve was beaming. She couldn’t wait to go. “When do you want to go?”

“Now!” He said without thinking which made Maeve giggle.

“I could go for some coffee.”

Alexander was shocked by her answer.

Maeve took his hand again. “Then let’s go. Oh unless you have something else to do.”

“No Maeve. I’m all yours.”

Exams

Maeve studied all night. She might have gotten a few hours of sleep. When she woke, she felt like she was in a daze. The cafeteria didn’t have the best coffee but Maeve was exhausted so she didn’t care. She was so tired she felt like she was still sleeping, maybe she was dreaming. She watched Alexander whom if possible looked more tired than she was.

Hunter smiled when he saw Maeve, he came over with his breakfast and sat next to her. He kissed her on the head and handed her an extra cup of coffee. “You look like you could use this.”

Maeve smiled sleepy and put her head in his shoulder. “You always know how to make me feel better.”

He kissed her on the forehead again “Because it’s my job.”

Friends Wedding

Maeve sat in a pew with Alexander watching as one of their friends exchanged vows. She thought about how happy her friends looked as she watched them. She seemed to beam as she looked at Alexander, thinking if they would ever get married.

Alexander held her hand and squeezed it. He was thinking about how beautiful she would be when she stood at the altar with him. He was thinking about winter break. It was the first time he would spend the holidays with Maeve and her dad. He had planned on asking Maeve’s dad for her hand in marriage. What if he said no.

He looked over at Maeve. She was so beautiful. He imagined growing old with her. He imagined them sitting on a large porch with a swing watching as their grandchildren played in the yard.

Dreams of sitting next to her as he reads to her. Her bright hair now faded and her smooth skin now covered with wrinkles and she still looked as beautiful as when he first saw her.

As he woke from his daydream, he has tears in his eyes. Maeve looked over and smiled wondering if he was crying. He kissed her on the cheek and whispered, “I love you.”

Reception

Alexander never dances but he had taken lessons. He wanted to dance with Maeve at their wedding. “Care to dance miss?” He looked at Maeve and smirked. “I promise I won’t step on your feet.”

Maeve laughed, “Well in that case.” She takes his hand. “I would love to.”

He leads her to the dance floor and wraps her hands around her waists and pulls her close. He kissed her neck as he held her close.

Maeve was surprised by him. “Alex not here.”

“Shh don’t worry.” He says as he twirls her.

“Where did you learn to dance like this.” She asks

“Oh a little here, little there.” he laughs as he glides her across the dance floor.

Maeve laughs, “I like it.” She kisses him.

“Hey, people will stare.” He laughs

“Come on, they’re not looking at us.”

They continued to dance as he twirled her around the dance floor.

Christmas Break

Maeve was excited to be spending the holidays with Alex. They did all the things her family did. It was as if he was already a part of the family. Still she worried. She knew she needed to tell him things, things she wasn’t ready to tell anyone.

They picked out their Christmas tree, decorated it, made Christmas cookies. He even helped them clean their house to prepare for family to come.

It happened as if it was planned. It snowed on the day of Christmas eve. Maeve loved snow. She made everyone hot chocolate and sat on the couch and watched the snowfall. “I love watching it fall. Everything slows down. As if God told us we needed to slow down. He drops a blanket of snow on us and makes us slow down.

Alexander sat with Maeve and placed a warm blanket around them. She put her head on his shoulder and held him close.

“You’re so warm.” She snuggled next to him and whisper in his ear. “I love you.”

Alexander kissed her as he wrapped his arms around her.

Later that day, Maeve’s dad wanted to talk with her. Maeve grabbed her coat, “Dad you know it’s cold out.”

“Yeah but you love the snow. Come on, a nice walk in the snow with your old man.”

She was nervous about why he wanted to talk. She had an inkling that Alex had already asked her dad about the wedding. “Dad?” She looked at him.

“I know it’s cold but you and I need to talk. Where no one can hear us.”

“You mean Alex?” She asked

“Maeve, if you go through with this you will give up so much and you need to know and understand this. Does he know?”

Maeve looked down. She knew Alex knew there was something special about her but she never showed him. “No. I haven’t said anything yet.”

“Maeve,” He says as he turns to her. “If you want to marry him, then he needs to know what you are giving up for him. Honey, your magic, your wand, your wings all of it. Well you might able to still perform magic, but without a wand it’s almost impossible. The point is are you ready to give it all up.”

Maeve was amazed by having magic without her wand. “I could still have magic? Without my wand?”

“Well that will take you some time to learn. Your mother did it as you know. I wish she was her now to help you.”

“I thought she was powerful. She never told me about her wings.” Maeve looked down. “I miss her. I wish Alex had met her.”

“She would have helped you more than I am. I’m sure she would have loved him.” He lied. He didn’t want her to know what her mother was really ike.

“Dad, you’re doing fine.” She wraps her arms around him.

“Thank you. She would have done a better job. Now it’s up to you. You need to decide What you want to do? Do you want to open his eyes? Do you think he will accept you? Are you willing to give up your wings and risk the possibility of never being able to control your magic again? Are you going gamble all of that for him? Please consider all of these things.” he pleaded with her.

“I guess I have a lot to think about.” She said.

“I want you to be aware. Think about it. Talk to Alex. You know he asked for your hand.”

Maeve blushed, “Did he? And what did you say?” She smirked.

He laughed, “He was nervous. I told him I would be okay with it.”

“Now I need to decide what to do.” She said, but she had already decided.

“I remember when you were little and you first learned magic.” He chuckled.

Maeve in her dad’s office

Maeve was nervous. Alex could ask her to marry him at any moment and what would she say. She paced in her father’s office. Should she risk everything? But could she risk losing him too?

“Honey, are you ok?” Alex walked in and seemed confused. He was worried that she was having second thoughts on marrying him. Alex moved his hand in his pants pocket where he kept the ring fumbling it in his hands. He has been thinking about when and where to ask her.It needed to be special. His heart was pounding as he walked in.

“Maeve?”

Maeve jumped up not knowing Alexander was in the room.

“I’m sorry, I mean to scare you.”

Maeve smiles, “I didn’t see you come in.” She sat on the couch but her hands were shaking. Alexander sat next to her and took her hand. “Dear you’re shaking. Tell me what’s wrong.” He took his hand to her cheek and moved his other hand along her face. “Maeve, look at me. Tell me what has you so worried. I know you know I asked your father to marry you. Is that it? Please, let me help you. I love you.”

Tears ran down Maeve’s face. “Alex I love you.” She smiles. “I love you.”

Hunter looked down fearing what she was about to say. “But you don’t want to marry me.”

“Oh Alexander that’s not it. I love you. I want to be with you for the rest of my life.” She thought about how she would tell him. “There are things about my life you need to know before you marry me. Well and then you may not want to marry me.”

He thought was ridiculous. What could it be? “Maeve, nothing will ever change the way I feel about you. Nothing will ever make me stop loving you. I have loved you since the day I saw you.”

“Promise me, promise me that if you see what I am about to show you you won’t tell anyone. Even if you decide that you no longer want to be with me. Promise me you will keep my secret.”

Alexander was hurt she thought he would leave her. “Maeve don’t you trust me. Why would I betray you?”

Maeve got on her knees in front of him as he sat on the couch. “I love you. I would do anything for you but Alex this is a lot to ask anyone. Please.”

He could tell that she was upset. He needed to help her, to comfort her, to show her see that he would always be there for her. “Maeve whatever it is. Anything, please let me in.”

Maeve nodded. She wiped her eyes. “Okay.” She stood up and moved back so she had room. “I’m a fairy Alex.”

He was not expecting that. He was shocked and couldn’t speak. Was she joking?

Maeve took a deep breath. “Ready?” She asked.

“Ready for what?”

Maeve stood and raised her arms as the most amazing thing Alexander has ever seen took place. A pair of red wings seemed to sprout out of Maeve ‘s back. Alexander jumped as he was not expecting it.

Maeve was uncomfortable by his reaction. She stood in front of him. She felt so vulnerable as if she was standing there naked. Maeve closed her eyes as she prayed gripping her wand as she prayed.

What did you expect? With her eyes closed she prayed so she could only hear, “Please still love me. Accept me for what I am.” Tears ran down her face as her eyes remained closed.

Alexander calmed himself as he walked around her. He examined her wings and her wand. At first he couldn’t believe what he was seeing. As he took it all in he was amazed by her. “My god how could you be more beautiful than you already were.” It was the first thing he said since her wings appeared.

He put his hands on her cheeks. “Open your eyes please.”

Maeve opened her eyes. They were red from crying. Her face had some blotchy red marks that always seemed to happen when she cried.

“Maeve.” He took his hand and wiped her tears away. “You are so beautiful dear. My little fairy.” He kissed her.

Maeve’s lip quivered as he kissed her. She gasped for air as if she had been holding her breath waiting for him to speak. As he kissed her almost a sigh of relief came over her as she wrapped her arms around him and pulled him close. “Oh Alex.” She said as she kissed him back.

“Honey, were you worried that I wouldn’t love you?”

“It’s a lot to take in. Magic, magical beings you know this entire world.”

“Maeve,” He takes her hands in his, “I have seen many things I could not explain. Many of those things I have seen you do.”

Maeve was worried, “But I tried to be careful. How did you know? Who else knows?”

“Maeve, I know there were things you did. I watched you once taking a dying tree and heal it. I thought you didn’t want anyone to know. The way you looked around. I guessed you made sure no one was around. So I hide so I could watch you. He said as he smiled while still holding her hands.

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