It was a hot summer day, about three in the afternoon. I was sitting on the train with Faith next to me, our hands intertwined.
He was pretty exhausted because we left at five in the morning, and had fallen asleep.
Why did he have to be so damn cute.
It's been about two months since we've been together, and every single day he kept getting more beautiful, growing in so many different ways.
He'd played me so many new songs, shared so many stories of how things were going well at home, done so much.
I was so happy for him. He was a good student, an athletic kid, and a content soul. You don't ever find a better guy than this.
Our destination was announced over the speaker. I took one last look at Faith sleeping before nudging him awake.
"Hey, sleepyhead. We're reaching soon." I said, tucking his braid behind his ear.
He still had it, and it had come undone a few times but everytime he ran straight to me to fix it. He didn't want to fix it himself or my anyone else other than me.
"Huh?" Faith groaned. He looked out the window lazily.
I looked out the window after he did and the sight was astonishing. It was the ocean! It looked so inviting, and enchanting, like there were thousands of secrets hidden under the surface.
Like the waves had thoughts deep inside.
I quickly fumbled for my phone and took a picture before the window turned black and we spread through a tunnel.
I could see the platform approaching and gathered my bags. Faith got his as well and we left the train. I stared in awe at the station.
I never got out of the city much so this was a new type of experience for me.
"You hungry or anything?" I asked as we exited the station.
"Not really, let's just find our hotel." Faith shrugged. "Look, there are the taxis!"
We got in one and told the driver the name of our hotel.
Eli swiped in the key card for our room across the handle. A small light blinked green and he opened the door.
"Woah!" I said in amazement.
"You've never been to a hotel?" Eli asked.
"Nope." I shook my head. "Not like I could."
Eli nodded his head understandingly. "Well then, welcome to our home for the next two days."
I walked inside, and took a good look around. In the beginning there was a small corridor with a closet as well as some space for shoes next to it.
On the other side of the wall there was a door. I stared at it cautiously. I turned the handle carefully, and opened it.
Oh. It was just a bathroom. The floor was made of white tiles and the necessary things were all there, like a toilet, shower and sink.
There was also soap and lotion as well as basic hygiene kits in the drawers.
I laughed at how dumb I was.
I took off my shoes and flew into the rest of the room. There were two single-sized beds with blue bedcovers and a television opposite them.
There was a desk as well as a lounging chair as well as two bedside tables. The curtains were yellow and the floor was carpeted with a faded light green.
"This is just like a house but smaller!" I said, sitting in front of the window. The window stretched from floor to ceiling. The view was exquisite.
We were on the eighth floor and I could see a road and the beach, the ocean shimmering under the sun and people enjoying themselves. "Except it doesn't really have a kitchen."
"Look to your left." Eli told me.
I did, and behind the desk there was a coffee machine and...a fridge? I hurried over to it and yanked the door open.
There was...food! Water, soft drinks, chips, packaged food basically.
"Whatever we eat we pay for though." Eli said.
"You seem to know a lot." I said, and sat down by the window again, looking at the ocean intently.
Eli crouched down next to me. "Yeah, I had to go on a few trips with my mom when I was younger."
I looked back at the room and I already saw that the closet had been arranged.
Before we came Eli suggested that we packed in these little packets. I thought it looked dumb at first but then I realised they were actually amazing and useful.
"Say, want to go to the beach?" Eli asked. "It's going to be sunny for a while."
We found a quiet spot a bit farther away from the people, and set down our things. We were already in our swimsuits so we were ready to go in the ocean.
"I know how to swim but I haven't ever been swimming in the ocean." Faith said.
"I'll help you." I offered.
He nodded but his eyes were darting around. I held my hand out to him and he took it, and I led him forward towards the water.
The waves came about as high as our knees on this side of the beach so I wasn't particularly worried.
"Come on," I beckoned.
We advanced into the water until we were about as far in as our waists. Without warning I yanked Faith into the water.
I swam a little farther away, laughing yet terrified at what Faith would do to me next.
He resurfaced after a second, flipping his hair right in my face.
"What the hell?" He exclaimed, but I could see a smile forming.
He splashed me with water and I splashed him right back. We swam, fought, rode on the waves, and had the time of our lives in the water for a while.
Without realising it we'd gone over to a slightly deeper, up till our necks.
I was holding hands with Faith and we were riding on a wave on our backs, just chilling. The wave came over and the warmth of Faith's hand disappeared.
"Faith?!" I called out, standing upright immediately. I looked around but couldn't see him.
I went underwater to look for him but I couldn't see anything because of the salt.
How did I lose a person? "Faith!" I called out again.
I went underwater to look for him again but I couldn't still see anything. Why did I have to be so useless.
"Faith!" I cried at the top of my lungs.
Someone yelled, but it wasn't Faith.
I don't know what happened exactly. All I know was that I suddenly was broken free of Eli's grip and sucked underwater. I bashed my back into a rock but I managed to get to the surface.
"Eli?" I called out.
"Sorry, there's no one else around who could hear you." A voice said behind me.
I spun around and saw a girl, about a little older than me, on a paddleboard and was wearing a black one-piece swimsuit.
She had long black hair that flowed behind her but the front two sides were dyed soft pink. She had dark olive-coloured skin and deep brown eyes.
"Are you ok?" She asked.
"I think. I'm looking for someone, we got separated." I explained.
"Want me to help?" She offered.
"Can you?" I asked.
She pointed to the board and sat down. "Stand behind me so you can get a better look."
"Thank you so much!" I exclaimed and climbed onto the board.
"What does this person look like?" She asked.
"He's nearly 15, auburn hair and deep blue eyes. His name is Eli." I told her.
I stood up, trying to keep my balance. My back still kind of ached but I shook it off.
"Which direction did you see him last?" The girl readied her paddle.
I told her which beach we came from and we started going in that direction.
I spotted a boy who looked a lot like Eli, swimming around frantically. "That could be him."
"Hey!" The girl called.
The boy turned around and I sighed in relief. Definitely Eli. He started swimming as fast as he could towards me.
"You got me so scared where the hell did you go?" Eli yelled as soon as he was close.
"I think I got dragged by the current." I said sheepishly. I turned to the girl. "Thank you so much."
"No problem!" She smiled. "I'm kind of bored anyway."
I got off and looked back at her to thank her once more.
"Hey, wait a minute." She said. I froze and found footing.
Wait...after meeting Eli I didn't give much thought to my eyes anymore but was she going to mention it?
"Are those your real eye colours?" She asked. I nodded. "That's so cool, oh my gosh!"
I couldn't believe it! So they weren't that weird huh...
"Thank you!" I said.
"You're welcome." She said and waved, turning around.
When she left Eli hugged me close, so I tight I almost couldn't breathe.
"You seriously had me worried, you know?" He whispered.
He relaxed his grip and I hugged him right back. "I was worried for you too."
I could see the sky turning slightly darker. Wow, we must have been here for hours. I challenged Eli to a race of who could reach the shore first and we swam back, together.