So this little drabble is a bit I’ve written for a Valentines day challenge. I had to conceive of it and write it today. It is, admittedly, too long for a drabble but I’ve thought about telling Willow and Julian’s love story since finishing Catch a Falling Star, maybe this is the beginning of it. It’s just a little glimpse into their story, there are no spoilers for the Falling Star story in it so don’t worry if you’re reading that. I hope you enjoy it! And if you want to know more about them and the other characters check out my story as I’m posting on FictionPress.
watching Naomi, her shy friend, greet Julian, Jarrod, and another
woman as if she’d known them all her life. She didn’t know if she
was more surprised by that or Julian’s presence. Sure she had seen
him at Naomi’s housewarming and they’d talked briefly but she was
still pretty sure he wasn’t interested in her, and she was not
interested in getting her heart broken.
smiling as she did, she hadn’t seen him in years, since she stopped
studying martial arts with him when she’d left for college. That was
the last time she’d seen Julian also, at least on a regular basis.
They’d run into each other since then but never often and they always
just said hi and moved on. The last time had been just before she’d
started med school.
try to get them together again. He could be such a do-gooder
sometimes. He’d just started dating Hanna, who was now his wife, and
he’d asked Willow to join him and a friend for a ride out to the
beach. He’d neglected to tell her that the friend was Julian. It
was apparent from Julian’s face that he’d also neglected to inform
Julian had brooded all night long even when Willow had tried to get
him to talk about his work. He been working as a police officer for
several years at that point and she’d figured that since it was what
he’d always wanted he’d like to talk about it. His one word answers
had told her otherwise. She’d been so relieved when the evening was
over and she’d gotten home. She’d also cried herself to sleep that
laid eyes on. He was tall, maybe 7 or 8 inches taller than her. He
had inky black hair, it had been a messy mop in high school but as an
officer he’d had to keep it clean, apparently he’d returned to the
messy mop since leaving to work for Sturman Security. She decided
she liked the messy look on him. He was fit, he’d clearly kept up
his workout schedule since leaving the force and she admired his
broad shoulders and narrow hips, it made a nice picture, one she’d
like to wrap her arms around.
both joined the same martial arts class with their mutual friend
Alistair, they’d been thirteen at the time. She knew Alistair from
her neighborhood, and he knew Julian from the private school they
both attended. She’d spent the first few years they knew each other
grinning at him with a simple schoolgirl crush but at some point that
crush had morphed into a full on desire to be his girlfriend. When
he was kind to her he was the sweetest man in the world, but
sometimes he just seemed to forget she existed. It wasn’t that he’d
ever been mean to her, just distracted. She’d asked him once why he
didn’t want a girlfriend when every girl he met practically fell at
his feet. He’d huffed and said girlfriends were a distraction and
that there was only one thing he wanted. He’d never told her what
that one thing was.
realizing that Naomi had just accepted her neighbors invitation to
join him and his friends on a ride out to the beach in celebration of
Keiko’s audition. Toby was suggesting who would ride with who, he
took Naomi for himself, Willow thought there might a little interest
there on his part and she hoped Naomi would give him a chance. Then
he set Keiko with Julie since Keiko knew her best out of all of them.
Jarrod-sensei and Julian were left. The silence was deafening as no
one knew what to say. Julian was staring at her with his dark,
unreadable eyes. Her heart was screaming ask him but her brain was
reminding her that he always broke her heart. Her world spun around
her when he spoke.
voice was soft and he beckoned her over to him with a nod of his
smiling gently at him.
helmet. “Do you need a refresher on motorcycle etiquette? Or do
you think you’re ok?”
he was teasing her. “I think I’ll manage.” She tightened the
strap on her helmet and waited for him to start the bike. He’d
gotten a new one and she admired it as she waited. When he nodded to
her she climbed on and adjusted herself, tapping his shoulder when
she was ready.
was heavenly. She wrapped her arms around his waist and leaned her
head on his shoulder. His spicy scent washed over her as the wind
swept it off him, and his shoulder was pleasantly hard and warm. She
knew she was in trouble again when she found herself wishing their
ride would last all day.
were pulling into a parking lot and parking. She hopped off the bike
and removed her helmet moving to join Naomi and everyone else but he
grabbed her wrist. “Willow, can we talk?”
one of them had moved just a bit they’d have been touching. “I’m
eyes trying to read him, he’d always been an enigma to her.
a nice person.”
that more important?”
And I’m not so sure I’ve been true to myself. I think I was being
true to what others wanted me to be.” His dark eyes penetrated
at Toby and then looked back. “There were a lot of expectations
put on me, and I was expected to keep up with Garrett. I sometimes
allowed my goals to distract me from the important people standing
right in front of me.”
“Are you saying…” She trailed off afraid to put her thoughts
am. I’d like another chance, unless you’ve found someone who
realization hit her. “No, I’m not dating anyone. But look, there
has to be some promises here. Every time I let you in you break my
heart. I can’t do that again, Julian.”
person now. More grown up. I promise I’ll take it slow but I’d like
to see you again, and soon. I don’t want to wait another eight
years. Lets see if we can work this out? I miss you.” He smiled
at her and pulled her hand up to his lips to kiss it.
waiting eight years to see her again? She smiled back at him and
sighed. “I can’t tell you no, Julian. I’ve loved you since I met
you. I just hope you don’t hurt me again.”
as they walked hand in hand to the beach.
were always a bright spot in my life. You saw good in me even when I
didn’t. I’m hoping I can return that love now that I’ve found the
good in me too.” He stopped and faced her. “You always believed
in me, thank you.”