Authors: Delisa Lynn
2014 Delisa Lynn
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Table of Contents
This book is dedicated in memory of my uncle.
James “Kelly” Endicott
Not a day goes by that I don’t miss you.
You were always so proud of my accomplishments, so this one is for you.
I loved Evan Martin. I wanted be Mrs. Evan Martin one day. Evan is Zander’s, my older brother, friend. I’ve been in love with him as long as I can remember but I won’t say it out loud. He used to live here in Birmingham, but he moved away when I was seven I loved it when he visited the Martin’s farm, they are his grandparents. Zander, Evan, and I hung out during the summer, fed the cows, and went horseback riding.
I’ve always liked being around Evan, but that year, my feelings for him were different. He was a year older than me, but he had never treated me like I was younger than him. I always went swimming with them at the swim hole, but every time I look at him I get butterflies in my stomach. My friend, Audrey, said it’s because I’m in love with him. I think he is cute, but I have never thought of him like that before, until now. Things were different, the way he looked at me made my heart melt.
I walked down the farm, I reached the swimming hole I could see Evan and Zander standing there. I decided to wear my yellow swimsuit with a bow on the back today. When the boys noticed me, I ran and jumped in. They both laughed and followed me in. Evan had changed since last time I seen him, his voice was deeper, he had a little hair on his chest and, his eyes were dark as night. I’m positive he had a girlfriend back home, he talked about a girl named Brynlea sometimes.
“Ta, where are you going?” Evan asked. I needed to dry off, I couldn’t help but stare at him as he walked toward me. I hurried to cover my body with a beach towel. He had on royal blue swim shorts, the way the sunlight shinned on his handsome face made me gasp once he got closer. I licked my lips, I wanted to kiss him badly. I’d never kissed anyone, well no one other than Boney Tony on a bet when I was ten and, Audrey wouldn’t let me live it down if I hadn’t followed through.
“Hey Evan. I got a little chilly and wanted to dry off. I think I’m going to grab Pudgy and go riding. Would you like to join me?” I hoped he declined my invitation, not that I didn’t want to spend time with him, but I was afraid that I would say something stupid or just keep staring at him.
“I would love to go riding, Ta, it has been a while. I will go change and meet you back at the stables in about an hour? I think Zander has plans anyways so it will probably just be the two of us.” He said as he winked at me, and flashed those dimples that I hadn’t noticed before now. I shook my head and walked the other way. I needed to go home and take another shower, the swimming whole always smelled awful.
I showered and pulled my hair back in a low ponytail, I wanted to look nice for Evan. I pulled out a purple V-neck Tee, and wore and pair of white shorts with my black and purple cowgirl boots. I sprayed myself down with my favorite lavender body spray. I added a little bit of makeup, I rarely wore make up but today was a different day. I hoped Evan liked the way I looked. Just as I walked off the porch Zander and Evan, walked up the driveway.
“Damn Tatum, you got a hot date? I thought you and Evan where going to the stables?” Zander said as he cocked his head and looked at Evan, then back to me. Oh crap, what was I supposed to say? I knew they could see the embarrassment in my blushed cheeks.
“Tatum and I are going to Mable’s for ice cream before we go riding. If that’s okay with you man?” Evan said to Zander.
I just stared at the both of them as Zander shook his head yes. Evan grabbed my hand and walked me through the graveled driveway. OMIGOSH…he is holding my hand, I knew my palms were all sweaty. I could feel my heart racing, and as I tried to speak, I had a lump in my throat. He had changed into a pair of camouflage shorts and a cameo green color t-shirt. As the wind blew by I could smell his cologne, it smelled manly, not like the stinky stuff my brother used.
“Evan, you don’t have to take me for ice cream, we can just go riding if you want.” I said as I could tell my voice was a whisper.
He let go of my hand and turned around to face me, I had dropped my head a little so he couldn’t see my eyes. He took his finger and lifted my chin, just a little. Our eyes connected and I could feel my face burning, I licked my lips and leaned forward. His lips brushed mine and I felt a tingle in my stomach. This wasn’t at all like the kiss with Boney Tony. I felt Evan’s tongue separate my lips, I didn’t know what to do so I opened my mouth and slid my tongue in his. Our tongues danced together for what seemed to be hours.
Evan backed away and looked at me, and said, “Tatum, you look very pretty, darlin’. Now let’s get that ice cream.”
We walked hand in hand to Mable’s and I hoped this would be the beginning of a romantic relationship with Evan. I couldn’t wait to go home and tell Audrey about the kiss, she would be just as excited as I was.
Evan and I had a great summer together. He only kissed me a couple more times, but I enjoyed every minute we spent together. We talked about our goals and dreams. I loved cows and I told him I wanted to become a cow doctor, he laughed at me and said he wanted to become a pro football player or a lawyer.
I personally think he should be a country singer, his voice was beautiful. He could melt many hearts with his singing. It was time for Evan to return to Utah and I wouldn’t see him again until Christmas break. He had promised to write every day, but he was starting high school this year and would be busy. I knew the moment he got home he would forget about our summer and our first kiss and me.