Authors: Ms. Carla Krae
One kiss ignites
chemistry and passion they can’t ignore, but is this only a summer fling?
It was only a crush Beth harbored for Jacob
until she was eighteen.
That was all Jacob thought of her until London.
Until she kissed him and
stole his heart.
It's funny what
Geometry class and a shared backyard wall can bring about.
With a two-year age difference, Beth and
Jacob were firmly in the Friend Zone during high school, but a pre-college trip
to London will
change their lives forever.
is the first of five books in the
My Once and Future Love Revisited
series exploring Beth and Jacob’s relationship with all its joys, flaws, and
Contemporary Romance saga.
By Carla Krae
Published by Willowick Publishing
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used fictitiously and are not to be construed as real.
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About This Edition
The new editing
and revision is part of a change to the whole
My Once and Future Love
My Once and Future Love Revisited
Willowick Publishing will be releasing this newly-edited series as four
novellas and one final novel.
content has also been added to the series.
These releases will debut in paperback form first, starting with
Once and Future Love Revisited
– April 6, 2014
#5 – coming 2014
– Feb. 2, 2014
– April 6, 2014
#5 – coming 2014
Christmas Day 2011
There were voices
in the hall.
Beth ignored them.
It was only her sister-in-law Darcy, and
Darcy got up with the baby, and
Daddy never slept past 6:00AM unless he was deathly ill.
She wished they’d move further away from her
She wasn’t a deep sleeper.
Managing to drift
off again, she didn’t notice when someone opened the door a couple hours
They crept in, leaving the door
ajar, and sat down by the side of the bed near her face, waiting for her to
sense their presence.
“Hey, munchkin…how’d you get in here?”
Baby Sarah smiled a toothless grin and
Escapee baby in here!”
She didn’t have
her glasses on and rolled over when a male figure came in to get Sarah.
The door closed a second later.
“Too early for Christmas,” she mumbled in the
nine, lazy bones,” a voice softly said.
pajamas?” the voice countered.
Her eyes shot
“Is it possible to
dream with you, love?”
Beth rolled over
and came face-to-face with the source.
Only one person in the world called her “love” like that!
“Are you here?” she whispered, afraid she
really was dreaming.
“You tell me,” he
said, then kissed her.
A kiss of two months’ pent-up passion.
She felt tears
running down her face, but she wasn’t going to let him go for a second to wipe them
He seemed to read her thought, his
hands coming up to her face, his thumbs brushing the tracks away under her
She slid off the bed into his lap,
wrapping her body around his.
gasped into his mouth.
Jacob only pulled
back far enough to break the kiss.
to come. We’re on traveling days, and I finally said
—we’re going to see our families one damn bloody day out of
the year. You have me for twenty-four hours.”
“I’ll take it!
God, I’ve missed you!”
He kissed her
I love you.”
“I love you, too.”
He said her name with enough reverence to break her heart.
“I love you,
Huh, not so scary the second time
“I have for so long. I just didn’t have the words.”
“Think your dad
would kill me if I shagged you right now?”
“Save it for later, big boy. I don’t want an
she felt him smile as wide as his face would go.
stayed wrapped around each other on the guest bedroom floor indefinitely, but
it was only a few minutes later when someone coughed very loudly outside the
Point taken, they reluctantly
Beth opened the
door to find her whole family eavesdropping in the hall.
“Something I can help you with?”
passing by,” Darcy said,
Dad looked very
relieved to find them both still fully clothed.
Beth stifled a laugh as they went back to the living room.
Jacob glanced at her and snickered, just as
I have presents.”
“But yours is at home.”
already got mine.”
“Oh. Yeah. Gee, if I’d known you
“Hush, vixen, or I
withhold your gifts until
Miming zipping her
lips shut, she batted her eyelashes, trying to look innocent.
He rolled his eyes and wagged his finger at
She stepped back in the bedroom and
closed the door before he could tickle her into submission.
Keeping their hands
off each other in front of her family proved difficult.
normal holiday rituals of Christmas breakfast and Christmas dinner and
everything else in between seemed to take
And to top it off, Andrew and Darcy
apparently shared a tradition with their neighbors of having the whole town
stop by to say hello!
like the whole town.
Jacob settled into
the routine fairly quickly, though.
Ironically, it was Beth that sat there jittery and looking for the
quickest opportunity to pull him into a closet.
Couldn’t she get five minutes alone to grope her man?
It amused him greatly to see her so
That lasted until
they were left in the living room alone for a few minutes.
He motioned her over to the window seat, out
of direct line of sight, and kissed her breathless.
“What was that
for?” she asked happily.
He fidgeted with a small box he’d produced
“I wanted to give you
this. We can exchange the rest at home, but I couldn’t wait.”
He handed over the box.
It was light blue,
and her eyes widened.
“Jacob, this is—
“Just open it.”
She slid the white
ribbon off and removed the lid.
was a silver fob with one key on the ring.
Don’t wig out—I’m not asking for anything, I… I want you to know
you’re welcome in my home just as much as before, only—”
She stopped his
rambling with her fingers on his lips, and smiled.
“I understand. Thank you.”
He let out a
relieved breath and drew her into a hug.
“Merry Christmas, Beth.”
I’m so glad you came.”
She laced fingers
with his and led him into the kitchen where her family was sneaking cookies.
Out of bedrooms,
Darcy put Jacob on the couch for the night.
Once the others were asleep, Beth snuck out to the living room and
snuggled up to him under the blanket.
“Mmm, my Bethie…”
“Didn’t mean to
wake you,” she whispered.
on Russian time.”
She caressed his
“Sleep if you want to. I just
wanted to be close while you’re here.”
“I love you.”
He raised his head up to kiss her.
“Love you, too.”
She laid her head
on his chest and slept better than she had in weeks.
He would have to leave in the morning, but it
was only for a week, and then…well, so started her life with a rock star.
latest idea of punishment was public school.
The private academy asked him not to come back when the tenth grade term
ended and she wasn’t going to pay for him to “act like a hooligan” at another
Why she moved them back to California and away from all his friends and
the familiar, he still didn’t know.
left Los Angeles when he was ten and after four years in London, he finally
felt at home, then yank—right back across the Atlantic and a whole ‘
Felt like a bleedin’ yoyo.
acted up a bit at school—what did she expect?
London gave him his
At twelve, he discovered punk
and metal and devoured every disc he could get his hands on, much to the Head
What better appealed to a
teenager than loud music and authority-shunning lyrics?
prep school brats didn’t understand.
They thought punk was
Needed a bath just from
thinkin’ of it.
anyway, here he was at a new school
with no friends or allies and
a sore thumb.
snuck in the house, trying to get to his room without being noticed.
was your first day?”
sighed and walked into his mother’s bedroom.
“Every teacher but one had me introduce myself.”
looked up from her needlepoint.
make any friends? You’re welcome to have guests provided your homework is done
had friends. You keep pulling me away from them.”
be melodramatic, Jacob. Your choices put you in your current situation.”
stood his ground.
choice to leave England.”
“I know, dear. Some day you will
understand. Do you have homework tonight?”
I won’t take up more of your time.”
He turned on his heel and went to
his room, shutting the door and cranking up the stereo.
mother gave her a journal today.
that you’re going to high school, there are going to be things you don’t want
to tell me or Daddy, or you’re going to want to think them out first.”
wasn’t going to use it.
wasn’t…but there was Jake Lindsey and…
kids in Geometry were sophomores, with a sprinkling of juniors.
Dreading the walk into a class of older kids,
she got there early and chose a desk in the back on the door side of the room,
hoping she could be invisible in the corner.
She was a freshman, and not
a freshman, but five feet tall, undeveloped, and stuck in glasses.
her first day over, she could say Geometry wasn’t her worst class of the day,
and part of the reason was the boy with the last name called after hers—Lindsey
The teacher had Jake
introduce himself since he was new to their
district, and that voice had been stuck in Beth’s head all day.
Lindsey had an English accent.
Lindsey wore a sleeveless shirt displaying arm definition she’d never seen on a
teenage boy before.
Lindsey was a junior, sixteen or seventeen, and
out of her league.
buttery voice made Beth and every other girl in the room take notice.
been dwelling on this memory to avoid thinking about English class and the boy
assigned to the seat next to her—didn’t even know her and he already called her
weeks later, Beth put her pencil down and sighed.
Concentrating on homework was impossible with
that racket outside.
The noise of
wailing guitars and raucous drums came from the house behind theirs.
Rolling her eyes, she ground her teeth, and
stomped off around the corner to give some idiot a piece of her mind.
Just because it was September, it didn’t mean
she could slack on school work.
pounded on the neighbor’s front door, hoping to be heard.
After the second time banging her fist on
it—ow—the door finally opened.
hottest boy she’d ever seen stood in the doorway, looking at her like she was
the biggest inconvenience he’d ever experienced.
His brown hair was spiked straight up and was
that eyeliner around his baby blues?
you turn the music down?”
for?” he yelled back.
to do my math homework!”
Boy in the Billy Idol t-shirt had the look of a light bulb moment.
“Hey! You’re in my class, aren’t you?”
He walked away for a moment and the volume of
the music decreased by half.
Class, class…oh God
…she knew that
voice…and they were having a conversation?
She wished she hadn’t come over in overalls cut off at the knees and
winced as her eyes fell onto her outfit.
It was geeky-farmer chic.
Are you in Geometry?”
He could have transferred from her
She wasn’t known for her powers
of observation and was there to learn.
it’s bloody boring and I think the teacher’s a boozer. You know your stuff,
always raisin’ your hand. Those proofs don’ make a bit o’ sense to me.”
-if you want. Just takes memorizing the
grinned at her and leaned against the door frame.
god, Jacob Lindsey smiled at me!
cheeks turned crimson.
What do they call you?”
Beth, your place or mine?”
Oh, God, don’t faint, don’t faint
“M-my book is still…”
She gestured around the corner.
shrugged, grabbed some books off the coffee table, and came outside.
“Lead the way.”
turned for home, palms sweating.
Oh God, oh God
What would Mom think when she walked in the
house with a
She let him in and told him to wait in the
living room while she retrieved her text.
Boy—downgraded for touching things without asking—was rummaging in the fridge
when she came back.
are you doing?”
He grabbed one of
Snapple Iced Teas.
could ask first. Sit.”
winked at her and sprawled in a chair, his tight jeans looking…well, it wasn’t
appropriate to think of it.
sighed and opened the book to today’s assignment.
“What are you having trouble with?”
about I copy yours and get out of here?”
I don’t cheat. I tutor. If you want to learn, great, but that’s all you’re
getting from me.”
clapped her on the shoulder and laughed.
“I like you, kid. Fair enough. If you can make this nonsense make sense,
I’ll owe ya one.”
Mum calls me Jacob, but it’s so stuffy.”
helped him all the way to dinner time.
came out of her darkroom to the kitchen and stopped with the weirdest look on
her face when she saw them.
who’s your friend?”
“S-someone from Geometry class, Mom.
Jacob needed help.”
nice to meet you, Jacob. You’re welcome to stay for dinner if it’s alright with
What was she
“I-I’m sure Jacob has to go, Mom.”
stuffed notebook paper in his book and stood from the table.
Got a date now my
He mussed Beth’s
problem,” she said through clenched teeth.
walked out of the house and she fled to her bedroom.
Might as well call me a ten-year-old.
Why couldn’t I be cool?
so bad bein’ tutored by the kid.
Got his mother off his back, too.
The mums had met and seemed to approve of
each other, so he was free to go to
her in his living room.
No closed doors,
of course, blah, blah…like he’d be interested in a freshman.
Sure, she had
cuteness, but a kid was a kid.
years in California
and he still wasn’t used to the lack of seasons.
He missed the chill in the air and leaves
Wasn’t lonely, though…always been a popular chap and this school was no
Girls flirted and the guys
wanted to be his friend.
Soon as Mum
stopped watchin’ his every move, he could have fun, too.
day finally came for Halloween week and his first party with the new
He was over at
to rush through homework so he could leave.
the same time it was thirty seconds ago,” she said after he glanced at the
been through the concept three times. I’ve got it.”
He stole a Tootsie Roll from her pile.
She slapped his hand.
have more than me.”
eaten more. I counted out an equal amount, Jacob. I’m always fair.”
me leave and I’ll stop
’ all your candy.”
He gave her the grin that usually worked on
you come back tomorrow and prove you
retained what I said.”
smiled and gathered his books.
You’re the best, Bethie.”
hurried around the corner to drop his books, change, and grab his guitar.
He wished he could drive to the house, but
Mum wouldn’t let him take the test, yet.
Luckily she was out at some thing tonight and couldn’t check his
He checked the mirror, a truly
handsome bloke smiling back.
This is gonna rock.”
The bad-ass look and guitar were guaranteed
chick magnets and he’d have to totally put his foot in it to not get a good
Maybe reach second base.
Thanksgiving break, Beth finally had a handle on high school.
Jacob showed up at her house whenever they
had a test the next day.
was smart enough to do the work.
got bored, and then he got antsy.
could keep him focused, he usually had the lesson mastered in under an hour.
liking her teacher, she dreaded going to English even more now than the second
day of school.
had been the bane of her existence for two months.
taught her to ignore bullies and they’d stop.
Not this jerk.
her with an extending pen wand.
She was trying to do the in-class reading and he kept tapping her ribs
with the stupid thing—always when the teacher’s back was turned, of course.
She didn’t want to be a tattle-tale, what
with her already minimal popularity, but how long would this go on?
to get bored soon, right?
stopped at her locker before her last class (Biology) to drop off the books she
didn’t need tonight.
Bethie, see you at Thanksgiving.”
turned to Jacob.
He never talked to her at school.
mum invited my mum and me to the feast. Found out this morning.”
Uh, see you Thursday, then.”
A holiday with strangers at their table?
Well, not strangers, but definitely not
Mom had never invited outside
warning bell rang.
“Later!” he said.
watched him jog off,
walked the twenty feet to