How do I start? UGH! Know what I’ll take you back to when it all started… It was a warm Summer day, I was seven maybe eight, and I was playing alone outside with no one else around when out of nowhere this redhead appeared in front of me. I didn’t know who she was or how she got there, but I knew she was scared.
“Daddy…” She was crying. She looked to be ten and she was crying! I didn’t know what to do so I sat next to her.
“Why are you crying?” I asked startling the poor redhead.
“W-who are you? Where am I?”
“You’re at my house in my backyard. My name is Beca. Who are you?”
“Well, Chloe why are you crying?”
“M-my daddy is leaving my family and not coming back. So I have to choose between my daddy or my mom, Beca.” Chloe started crying again and I didn’t know what to do so I said something any kid would say when something hurts…
“I could kiss it to make it feel better.” That made her laugh which made me feel happy. She had the best laugh I ever heard. We talked for a long while. She told me where she was from and how she got here. She ran away. She told me the she had two brothers (Chase and Connor) and she was the youngest, how old she was (ten and a half), what she plans to do in the future, and how she had to get back home as soon as she can. She was tired and didn’t want to go alone so I told her I’ll go with her to her house. When we got to her house she turned and hugged me. I just stood there frozen.
“Why did you freeze?” She asked as she pulled away.
“I don’t like hugs, sorry.” I said shyly.
We met up the next day and she told me she’s staying with her mom but can always go see her dad anytime.
“My mom’s new house is right next to yours, so we’ll be neighbors!” Chloe was acting all bubbly today and it made me laugh how she is easily excited over the craziest things.
Years passed and we grew closer than ever. We shared everything, even clothes, with each other! Chloe remained bubbly and carefree and she told me how she had a boyfriend now. It hurt when she said that her boyfriend Chicago was everything she ever wanted and that’s when I realized I was jealous. But of what? Weeks flew by and Chloe would mention how much Chicago was so sweet and how much she loved him…
Until one day as I was walking home I found Chloe in tears on my parents front steps.
“Chloe? You okay?” I could tell she wasn’t, but I still wanted to ask.
“Huh? Oh. H-hey, Becs. Yeah, I-I’m fine.” Sniffle. If Chloe was told to tell a lie god would she fail.
“Chloe…” I gave her one of my faces that she knew as my “mommy face”. “C’mon tell Beca all about it.” I sat down next to her and laid her head on my chest stroking her hair. I don’t know why but this helped calm me just a little.
“Fine. It’s Chicago…” She was acting so delict I felt like if I stopped stroking her she’d break. “I-I found him kissing some other girl! Beca he’s cheating on me.”
I didn’t know what made me say this, but I said, “Then cheat on him.” This was enough to make her sit up and glared over at me. “I mean it. Cheat. On. Him.” Chloe got furious.
“With whom, Beca Mitchell? With whom? He was the only one who loved me!” She was shouting at me now. She stood up and was shouting at me. “No one else in this bloody place loves me, not him, not my parents, not my brothers! I am not worthy of love!”
Now I was getting furious at her. I stood up nice and calmly, but what I did wasn’t so calm. I slapped her right across her face.
“Don’t you ever say you’re not worthy of love and that no one loves you! For shit’s sake Beale! Open your eyes and see that I love you! I loved you for years and I was there when you needed me! Would I do that if I didn’t love you? No! I’ve been waiting many bloody years for you! I tried hinting you on it too! Look, I cried myself to sleep night after night beating myself up for not telling you! And I know that it’s not right for an almost high school senior to be in love with a collage sophomore, but dammit Chloe I don’t give a bloody hell what others say! So cheat on Chicago! With me! Because I loved you longer than him and I don’t want to see you hurt! I would often sit down and think to myself, ‘Chloe I love you’ and then dream of a world where you and I are married, have four beautiful children, and grow old together! But I now know that I’m just being ridiculous! Because you had him and you thought you were happy, which was slowly killing me! So I’m just gonna say it loud and proud! Chloe Beale, I love you.” I was now in tears at this point and when I looked up at Chloe she was in shock.
“Y-you love me?” A smile was slowly creeping across her face. “You really love me?”
Her beaming eyes was enough to make me blush, so I just stared down at my feet. Did I really say all that to her? Does she feel the same? How will she feel? All these thoughts were flooding in my head, so I turned around and opened the door to go inside when from behind me I felt her arms around my waist.
“Beca, I-I love you too. Thank you for making me realize it. Now can you turn around so I can say it to your face?”
Blushing I slowly turned around to find my lips crashing into Chloe’s. Chloe slowly put her arms back around my waist and I put mine around her neck pulling her closer. We stayed like that until we were both out of breath.
“So… cheat with me?” I asked staring into her gorgeous ice-blue eyes.
“Hmm… I don’t know you seem a little young…” I made a pouty face and she just laughed. “Oh, Becs. Of course! Also, your little face is so cute. I am totes taking a picture.” Before I could change my face and say no, click!
“I am so posting this!” I went to grab her phone away from her, but she just held it high and ran into my house. I chased her closing the door behind me. I chased her all the way up the stairs into my room laughing trying to grab her phone to delete the photo until…
Thud! We both fell on my bed in the position of that one scene from Lion King laughing, me still trying to grab the phone. Chloe just rolled over with me on top making me fall to the side and posted the photo on her Instagram.
“There posted. Now everyone can see just how cute my new girlfriend is.” She said looking over to wink at me.
“New girlfriend, huh?” I smirked, trying not to blush at those words.
“Of course!” She kissed me again just like earlier. “Mm. And I am totes not sharing.”
I didn’t want her to see me blush, so I just cuddled close to her. I heard a chuckle rise from her throat as I buried my head into her neck.
“Someone likes the sound of that, huh?”
“Sh-shut up…” I could swear my face was probably as red as a tomato. We fell asleep for a while until I heard the front door open.
“Beca! We’re home!” It was my parents! Oh no! I thought. How will I tell them about Chloe staying here and about us?!
“Chloe, Chloe wake up!” I whispered as I shook Chloe to get her up.
“Ugh, mm. What is it, Mitchell?”
“Oh crap!” She shot up like a rocket out of bed.
“Shhh. I have a plan. Act like you were helping me study!”
“Yo, Beca? You home?” Dad poked his head in my room and saw Chloe. “Aw, Miss Beale. Fancy seeing you here.”
“Hello, Mr. Mitchell. I’m just helping Beca study for her next test.” Chloe acted as if that’s what we were really doing. My dad bought it.
“Well, then why don’t you stay for dinner? Sheila! Chloe’s staying for dinner!”
“Dad, can she stay the night too?” I was hoping for as much time with Chloe as possible.
“If it’s alright with Chloe’s mom.” I wasn’t expecting that. He usually says not on a school night, so you can imagine my surprised look when he said that.
“Oh, my mom’s out of town, sir. I’ll have to ask my brother Chase.” I just sat there staring at them with my mouth in a perfect circle. Was this for real or was I still dreaming?
Chloe must have heard my mind because she then pinched my arm.
“OUCH!” I yelp. I turned my head to deadpan her.
“Oh good. You’re still with me. I said I texted Chase and he said it’s fine.”
“Oh, great! More us time!”
“No, more time for us to plan how we’re gonna do this.”
“Ugh. What a buzzkill!” I muttered as I rolled my eyes.
“Hey, eyes front. Thank you.” Chloe was snapping her fingers in my face. I just stuck my tongue out playfully. “I’ll bite that tongue of yours.” She was smirking so I stuck it out again.
Sure enough she caught it with her teeth. She bit it just enough to make it hurt a little, but she then kissed me. I never kissed anyone like this or at all for that matter, so I just let her take the lead. Wasn’t long before she pulled away. I wasn’t ready for her to as I almost fell forward.
“Hey, I wasn’t ready to stop yet.” I whined.
“Well, too bad.” She said as she walked over to my bed and sat down pat next to her for me to sit. “Now, come here. We need to talk of a way to keep this a secret from your parents and still make it noticeable to everyone else, Mitchell.”
“Easy,” I say as I sat right next to her without an inch between us, “I’m graduating early so we can try sneaking around my parents that way.”
Chloe was in deep shock. “You’re graduating early? But how?”
I laughed and said, “My dad’s the dean of your collage, remember? I just have to finish a semester or two and boom! I’m a young college student.” I turned to see Chloe’s jaw drop. “What?”
“You got it all planned out there, Beca.”
“Beca! Chloe! Dinner’s ready, sweethearts!” Sheila was calling from downstairs.
I got up and offered Chloe my hand in a romantic gesture. “Shall we, milady?” I asked smirking at her.
“How romantic.” She laughed taking my hand with hers and got up. “Hmm. I could get used to this.” She rested her head on my shoulder as we walked down to the stairs.
I heard Sheila mutter something to herself with a sweet tone, but I didn’t bother to know what because I was focused on making Chloe laugh at some of our inside jokes. Like that time she dared me to say that I wanted to be a ghost story. I was ten don’t judge me.
After last night it felt different. Like it was all a dream. I woke up to find myself being the only one in bed, so I figured it must have been. When I got downstair to the kitchen to make myself some coffee I found Chloe making breakfast.
“I can feel you staring, Becs.” She said as she perfectly flipped a pancake into the pan.
“Hm. Just enjoying the view.” I said smugly. I walked over and put my arms around Chloe’s waist, resting my head on her shoulder. “You can really cook there, Beale.” I grabbed a piece of bacon and ate it. “Mm!”
“Hey! This food isn’t for you!” Chloe laughed. “It’s a thank you for your parents.” I reached for another bacon strip and Chloe just smacked my hand. “That over there is yours, Mitchell.” She pointed the spatula at the table to two plates on with eggs and bacon, the other with three pancakes.
“If this is what I have to get used to, sign me up!” I said excitedly as I sat down to eat. I took my first bite of eggs and wow! It was really, really good. “Holy sweet baby Jesus, Beale! This is amazing!”
Chloe just laughed at me, shook her head, and said, “It’s nothing.”
“Nothing?! I never tasted such great eggs! And these pancakes! My god, can the redhead cook!” Within a flash my food was halfway gone.
“Slow down there, tiger. Or you’ll get sick. I’m going to take this to your parents.” Chloe had found our old food tray and put the food on it. “I’ll be right back.”
I finished my plate and got ready for school. I told Chloe I’ll drive myself, but she thought it’d be safer if I didn’t take my motorbike.
“No.” Chloe said after I pleaded with her. “Now get in the car. I’ll drive you.”
As Chloe and I got in the car I reached over to play some of my playlist.
“Uh-uh.” Chloe shook her head while shooing my hand away. “Driver gets to pick.”
“Great. Thirty minutes of non-stop torture.” I rolled my eyes playfully. I honestly didn’t mind because it meant I could watch my favorite redhead sing along to Taylor Swift for thirty minutes.
When we got to my school I looked over at Chloe who was looking at her phone furious. She was looking at a picture of Chicago and he’s new girl. I took her hand in mine and she look up at me. I knew it still was painful for her.
“Hey, hey. Forget him okay? Now I got to go. I’ll see you later.” I got out the car and was maybe a good seven feet when Chloe called back at me.
“Hey, Mitchell! Forgetting something?” I didn’t know what I forgot so I turned around to find Chloe outside the car. “Or rather someone?” She crossed her arms and smiled at me.
I just smirked, walked over, and kissed the bubbly redhead. I was hoping for someone to see us as I pulled Chloe deeper into the kiss. Chloe was the first to pull away, but she quickly came back. A few moments later we heard cheering from three people. I was the one to pull away this time.
“I’m afraid I must take my leave, until we meet again.” I said bowing. “Parting is such sweet sorrow.”
“You goofball. I’ll pick you up after school.” Chloe laughed.
“I shall await your arrival milady.” I smirked. Chloe just laughed harder, shook her head, got in the car, and drove off. After watching her leave, I turned around to find the three cheerers. My good friends Emily, Skylar, and Luca. They were just smiling at me.
“What?” was all I could say.
“So you finally did it. How will Jesse feel about this?” Luca said raising her eyebrow.
“Yeah, Jesse won’t be so happy that you move on.” Skylar laughed. Must she mention that? I thought.
“Come on, guys that was years ago.” I said deadpanning the two girls.
“Geesh, Beca. Calm down. They were only teasing.” Emily said, lightly patting my back. “Girls, you know that still hurts her.”
“Sorry, B.” Luca said.
“Yeah, sorry, Shawshank.” Skylar apologized. “So who’s the lucky redhead?”
“Chloe Beatrice Beale. College sophomore.” I stated with my head held high. “Also an A Cappella Barden Bella.” I look back at them and they were clearly surprised.
“You’re dating a Barden Bella? A college Barden Bella?” Emily asked.
“Yes, Legacy.” Emily’s mom was a former Barden Bella and the leader at that, so for me to be dating a Bella was her prize ticket number two into the Bellas.
“Ladies, we are in the presence of pure embarrassment.” Luca said.
I stopped and turned to face her. “How you mean?”
“Have you seen the video? The Bellas new co-leader, Aubrey, completely cookie tossed the front few rows during their last performance.” Skylar said.
“Guys, that was like half a year ago.” Emily rolled her eyes and kept walking. The first bell rang for a warning the school is about to start. We ran to our classes and I sat down next to another one of my friends, Fat Amy, and took out my things.
“Hey there, shortstack.” Amy was a senior so yeah fun…
“I heard someone’s dating a redhead. Is she a red hot?” Amy joked.
“Ha ha, very funny. You remember Chloe right?”
“No way! Chloe Beale?!”
“Beca, you could get expelled!”
“Yeah, yeah. Only if they catch me.” I said proudly. “Besides, I have dirt on the principle so hardly ever gonna happen.”
“Ooh, do tell.” Amy has always been one for dirty secrets.
I looked around to make sure no one else was listening. “Okay, come here.” Amy leaned her ear over, and I cupped my hands around it. “Principle Pride is sleeping with a student.”
“What? Who?” Amy just had to take one look at me, and she knew. “My God! Beca! Her! For real!”
“Yep.” I said popping my lips. “Looks like Conrad’s sister is more of a slut than her.” I laughed.
“What about my sister, Mitchell?” Stacie asked from behind us.
“Look Stac, I know about your sister’s dirty secret but don’t worry okay? I’ll take it to the grave.”
Stacie just blushed. “Thanks, Mitchell. Others would make fun of her and me.”
“You’re welcome Stacie. I would never wish your family bad fortune. Come here.” Stacie and I did are little handshake we had since we were in middle school. “Besides, I can’t tell because I too have a little forbidden love.” I muttered under my breath.
Class ended faster than I thought, and the bell rang. Just as I was about to walk out Mr. Howler stopped me.
“Beca Mitchell, can I speak with you?” I didn’t do anything this time! I thought.
“I saw you making out with my daughter, Chloe.” Aw, great! He saw! Quick think of a lie!
“Look, sir. I am so sorry.”
“I have never seen Chloe-bear so happy.”
“W-what?” I was so surprised I didn’t know how to respond.
“Chloe was never that happy with Chicago. In fact, they would rarely even date because he’d have some lame excuse. He better change up is act and what not.”
“Sir, Chicago cheated on Chloe.”
“HE DID WHAT?!?” Mr. Howler was so loud you could’ve heard him on the other side of school.
“Don’t worry. I told Chloe to forget him and fake cheat with me. She already posted a photo of me that says hastage new love on Instagram.”
“Beca…” Mr. Howler was almost crying now… “I want you to promise you’ll take better care of my daughter than he did.”
“Mr. Howler, I love your daughter with every fiber of my being. I promise no matter what happens I will always protect her and her heart.”
“Beca, why don’t come over to my house tonight to have dinner with me, my husband and Chloe? I’m sure she would love that.”
“I’d love to, but we’re trying to keep it a secret from my homophobic father. I’m pretty sure my step-mother knows, heh.”
“Well then, so be it. Now off you go.”
“No, Beca. Thank you.”
School today was over in a flash. I sat on the steps to the school waiting for Chloe to show up when out of nowhere Jesse came over.
“Mitchell!” He was acting all tough.
“Jesse.” I said in a cold tone. It took about two seconds before he burst out laughing.
“So you finally did it, eh?”
“Heh heh. Yeah, I finally did.” Jesse may have made the mistake to try and kiss me in eighth grade, and I let him down easy, but he was still my best friend. “You must have seen the kiss, huh?”
“Are you kidding?! It’s even posted on TikTok, dude!” He playfully punched my arm. “Someone’s got a forbidden love story, Juliet.” He laughed at he’s reference.
“Umm… More like Romeo…” I was blushing at my words. I rubbed the back of my neck nervously.
“Oh? Well then, Romeo, your Juliet has just arrived at the ball.” He whispered.
“What’s this about Romeo and Juliet, and some forbidden love?” Chloe said.
“Oh, we were just saying how Beca here is your Ro-’’ I glared at him with daggers in my eyes.
“My what?” Chloe asked sweetly.
“Jesse, don’t you dare!” I mouthed.
Jesse just took a deep breath, winked at me, and shouted… “YOUR ROMEO!”
“Prepare to die.” I muttered to him.
“You wouldn’t kill me.” He stuck his tongue out at me.
“What makes you so sure?” I countered.
“Because you don’t want Chloe to see you murdered someone.” He laughed.
“Oh yeah?” Jesse took off in a high-speed sprint, but I soon caught him and tickled him. “ Ha ha ha. You just got killed.”
“Ha! I think we both are.” He flipped me over and tickled me!
“Stop! Haha! Stop it! Jesse!” I laughed. He got off me laughing. “Not fair. I killed you first.”
“Should I be worried?” Chloe asked with a laughed.
“Chloe this is my childhood best friend Jesse. Jesse this is Chloe.”
“Aka ‘the spawn of Aphrodite herself’, right?” Jesse asked smugly shaking Chloe’s hand.
“Oh, God! Jesse!” I was so embarrassed right then and there.
“Who says that?”
“Beca did for the longest time. Also ‘Dream Girl’ because she’d dream about you.”
“Beca, I’m flattered.”
“…let’s just go home…” If only my crop top had a hood. Good thing I had my hat. I pulled it down closer over my face, but Chloe just took it and handed me my biker’s helmet.
“I rode your bike here.”
“Oh, really? Who drove? Because last time I checked you said it was too dangerous.” I said mildly cocky.
“I might’ve had to ask for help from a few old friends named risk and adrenaline. Oh, and love.” Chloe listed.
“You crazy redhead.” I said before I kissed her.
“But you love me.”
“Heck, yeah.” I went to kiss her again when Jesse grabbed my arm.
“Hey, Beca? Can we speak for a sec?” Jesse said while pulling me away.
“Guess I don’t have a choice, heh.”
Once we were out of hearing range. Jesse looked at me with a serious look.
“So, you gonna tell her?”
“You know, Alfa.”
“What? That my mother is a werewolf and my father is really a mortal and that I’m a demi-werewolf? Hopefully never, J.”
“What if you’re putting her at risk there, Wolfy?”
I sighed. Jesse was right. I am putting Chloe at risk of hunting werewolves and me. She was bound to get hurt if she stayed with me. But there was something there. Some kind of force that pulled me to her. I looked over at Chloe who was laughing at something on her phone. She’s so precious to me. Enemies will use her against me. I sighed again knowing what might happen to my bubbly redhead.
“Hey, Becs! We gotta go!” Chloe called over at me.
“Coming!” I shouted back at Chloe. “Just keep your type at bay, Captain. We don’t want another war.” I nodded to Jesse.
“You got it, Princess.” Must he remind me that I’m next in line to be Alfa?
I walked over to Chloe and gave her back my helmet. “You might need it more than I.” I chuckled and got on my motorbike. Chloe didn’t argue and got on.
We were halfway through our drive to Chloe’s fathers’ when all of the sudden a wolf jumped out in front of us. I quickly swerved to the right. Maybe a little too sharp because Chloe, who was barely holding on flew straight off. I spun my bike in a circle until I was able to kill power. The wolf that jumped in front of us was a member of my mother’s pack. I didn’t have time to see who it was because as soon as I calmed down I saw Chloe laying there… not moving… The pack member did too because they were sniffing at her. They quickly returned to their human form and it was my cousin Mike. I ran over to both of them not knowing how to feel.
“B-Beca? Is that you?” Mike asked.
“Timothy Michell Roberts! What the hell?!?” I shouted at him after checking on Chloe who laid there lifeless but was breathing. “You could’ve killed us! Or worse, just her! What were you thinking?!”
“I-I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to hurt anyone. It’s just… I could smell her sweet scent and it made me hungry. Speaking of which, why haven’t you, you know? Your instincts would have kicked in and you would have killed her already.”
“Yeah, well, I haven’t.”
I looked back down at Chloe and removed the helmet. Thank God she wasn’t bleeding, or I would have. “I-I don’t know, Mikey. I-I feel this need to be with her and protect her. To be her only love, her strong rock, her knight, her—”
“OH EM GEE!” Mike was super happy and excited now.
“…what?” I had no clue what was going on.
“Beca, prepare yourself because this is some stunning news and I’m not sure you’re ready but… YOU IMPRINTED!!! Ta-da!”
“WHAT?! No, no, no, no, no. I’m too young to imprint on Chloe. I’m seventeen!” This was all really stunning news. “Besides I’m only half werewolf…”
“Mmmmm.” Chloe groaned. I quickly went back to her. She was slowly coming back. “Beca?”