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Crashing the Crease

Cross My Heart

It was closing in on eight at night and most of the team had left by now, but a few had stayed a little bit longer to enjoy the fire pit.

Charlie sat by herself by one of the fire pits, taking in the warmness. Dan sat beside her in the sand, looking over at her. “You okay?” He asked, concerned.

“I’m fine.” She assured him with a smile. Dan returned her smile. “You got your ass kicked in football.” She informed him, making him laugh.

“This may shock you but I’m actually not a football player.” He countered with a joking smile. Charlie rolled her eyes and nudge him lightly.

“Touché.” She said.

Amy let out a disapproving groan as she walked up to the two. “Charlie, Zack’s car broke down so I have to go pick him up. Do you want to come with or do you just wanna catch a ride with someone else?” Before Charlie could answer, Dan spoke.

“I could take you home.” He offered. Amy gave Charlie a look, trying not to smirk.

“Yeah, if you don’t mind.” She said with a smile.

“Okay. I’ll see you later, Charlie Bear.” Amy said, giving her a quick kiss on the cheek and grabbing her bag.

Charlie and Dan didn’t stick around much longer, since the beach was to be closing soon.

Charlie was starting to become extremely comfortable around Daniel. She could easily joke with him and have him go along with it. Currently, she was giving him directions while he drove her back to her place, making him drive in circle’s before he caught on.

Dan stopped the car and put it in park as he noticed he had passed the same building twice. Charlie let out a laugh as Dan looked over at her. “Are you kidding me right now?” He asked.

“What? You’re the one taking the directions. You should have realized we were going in circles.” She told him, trying to control her amusement. Charlie eventually stop messing with him and gave him the correct instructions.

Unbuckling her seatbelt, she looked over at Dan and smiled. “Wanna come up for a beer?” She asked. The confident side of her was glad she asked, the shy side of her wanted slap her across the face.

Dan agreed, following her up to her apartment. For some reason, he was nervous. He was almost positive nothing was going to happen but he still had a slight feeling that something might.

Charlie fetched a couple beers from the fridge and joined Dan in the living room, where he was looking at all the pictures Amy and her had. Most of them were silly ones they had taken on vacations or at the ballpark.

She sat on the couch and pulled her knee into her chest and watched Dan walk around the living room. A laugh would fall from his lips every few seconds and all Charlie could do is smile. “Did you seriously streak at a baseball game?” He asked, referring to a picture of Amy and her with small bikinis on and thumbs up, in front of the outfield.

Charlie laughed and nodded her head. “The Angels were playing at Dodgers Stadium and we figured, ‘what the hell, we don’t care if we get banned from here.’” Dan laughed. “Best night I’ve spent in jail.” Again, Dan laughed.

“You’re insane.”

“I’d rather be insane and happy than sane and miserable.” She admitted with a smile. Dan nodded at her comment, taking a seat next to her on the couch and popping open his beer.

“How are you doing?” He asked, hinting towards what happened between her and Justin.

“I’m okay. I mean, it hurts like hell but Amy has been telling me for months that he doesn’t deserve me. But, I really don’t know what makes me so special.”

“You’re different.” He replied. Charlie looked at him in confusion. “You’re sophisticated, but you also know when to let loose and be immature. And the way you treat people, you do whatever you can to make someone happy, even if you aren’t. You’re the most interesting girl I’ve ever met. And anyone who doesn’t realize that and give you everything in return, doesn’t deserve you.” She bit down on her lip as Dan kept his gaze locked on her. Corey’s words practically matched Dan’s and she was realizing that Dan was that guy. The guy that would make her happy and feel on top of the world.

“I know I’m just some hockey player and you’d probably never go for me, but I like you Charlie.” Her heart pace increased dramatically, but this time it was a good feeling. Dan could feel his stomach turning as he spoke. He felt like a teenager again, like he was confessing his feelings to a girl for the first time.

“And I wanna try to be that guy you deserve.” She had no idea what to say, everything was surreal to her at the moment.

“The other night, when Justin showed up, were you going to kiss me?” She asked with a wonderment.

“I wanted to.” Dan admitted as his eyes fluttered to the floor. It was evident to Charlie that he was just as nervous as she was. He met her gaze once again, seeing the smile that proudly danced along her lips.

She leaned into Dan, their lips just inches apart while their eyes stayed connected. “Don’t hurt me.” She said in almost a plead.

“Never.” Dan assured her as their lips drew closer together. His lips met Charlie’s and that’s all it took.

Her arms tangled behind his neck as the kiss intensified. His hand cupped her face delicately while his other kept a grasp on her hip.

His tongue grazed her bottom lip, asking for permission. Charlie quickly granted him access, a soft moan escaping as their tongues battled for dominance.

Dan’s hand trailed down her bare thigh, feeling the smoothness of her silky skin. Their lips left for a couple minor seconds as Charlie took a seat on his lap, allowing both of them more access.

The sensation he sent Charlie as his lips planted sweet kisses on her neck made her feel incredibly.

She couldn’t help but realize the aroma coming from Dan. A mix of his cologne and the smokiness scent from the beach lingered in her nostrils as he pulled her in closer to him.

Charlie could feel Dan grow beneath her and she knew neither of them would be able to refrain from what was about to occur. And that didn’t bother either of them, not one bit.
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