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Off the Ice

By:Lindsay Paige & Mary Smith

Chapter One



“Ugh, I can’t believe we’re back already. Doesn’t it feel like we just left for break yesterday?” I look over at my twin brother, Trevor, as he is eating his lunch.

“Seems that way, but you’re wrong. It’s been longer than yesterday.” I shrug at his response as I pick at my salad. I’m taking a heavy load of classes this year, but I think it will be good for me. Plus, it will look really good on law school applications.

“Okay, I’m required to ask, how is Levi?” Trevor huffs out.

“Required?” I look at him confused.

“Yeah, isn’t there an unwritten rule that I’m required to ask about your boyfriend?”

“I don’t think it’s a rule, but it’s polite. Anyway, he’s fine. He’s been going over to his dad’s a lot still.”

“Yeah, I’m glad that his dad is okay. Speaking of Dad,” Trevor trails off and looks at me.

“No, I don’t want to talk about Dad, Mom, or any of the above.” Even though I thought my parents and I were making some headway on our relationships, it took a backseat when I decided to spend Christmas with Levi and his dad. I made the decision not to go to our family dinner and it was the first time I ever defied my dad. However, being with Levi and Victor was where I wanted to be, and I enjoyed myself.

“I’m just saying it was really strange not having you there with us.”

“Really? No one talks to me but you when I’m there anyway.”

“I don’t want to argue, Twin. I’m just talking.” Trevor holds up in hands in defense.

“I don’t mean it that way. I’m just under a lot of stress. I’m sorry.”

“Stress? Have you seen the workout plan that Dad’s put me on?” I can’t help but laugh. My brother is on the fast track to the NHL. Our father has had that plan set in stone for Trevor since the day he picked up a hockey stick and put on skates.

“Listen, I’ve got to run to the next class.” I jump up and peck his cheek as I rush out into the cold winter air. I’m about to go into the classroom when my phone buzzes. I look down and see it’s a text from Levi.

Levi: School sucks. Wanna take a nap? ;)

A smile spreads across my face as I read the text. My boyfriend is so sweet and funny.

Me: Wish I could =( I’m going into class

Levi: guess I will wait till dinner, 6?

Me: see you then <3

I try to get comfortable in the crappy seat in the classroom, but my head keeps thinking about Levi. We had a rocky start, but we’re working through it. I can’t wait for dinner tonight. We haven’t really spent a lot of time together since getting back on campus. His dad had a heart attack and is still recovering. Levi didn’t even want to leave his side, but his dad told him he had to come back to school. Levi has big plans to go into the NHL, too. However, he has a career goal to work in a laboratory that creates medications. My goal is just to make it through this semester and get to law school.

I suffer through the class and make a note that I’ll need energy drinks for that class to stay awake. I brave the cold winter air again as I head to my apartment. I’ve got a few hours before Levi comes and gets me. I throw my books onto my kitchen table and try to figure out if I’m taking on too much. I shake my head to release the negative thoughts. I can do this, I can do this. Maybe if I say that a thousand more times it’ll sink in. I just turn my back on the pile of school work and head to the bedroom. I wasn’t sure what we were doing tonight, so I decided to dress semi casual.

I jump into the shower and begin to get ready. I’m halfway done when there is a knock on my door. When I open it, Levi’s blue eyes are staring back at me.

“You’re early.” I put my hands on my hips and stare at him.

“I figure we could have an appetizer.” He wags his eyebrows up and down.

I laugh as his lips crash into mine.

“Smarty, I’ve missed you so much.” Levi rests his forehead on mine.

“Missed you too.” He is guiding me to the bedroom, and I know that we will never leave if we get there. “I need to finish getting ready.”

“You’re beautiful.” He gently kisses my lips. “Let’s just stay in tonight,” he whispers in my ear, and I feel my knees give.

I know that if I don’t get away from him, we really wouldn’t leave. “No, I’m hungry.”

“Mmm, me too.”

“Pervert.” I slap his shoulder and pull away from him. I finish curling my hair as I hear ESPN in the background. I head into the living room, and I see that Levi is stretched out on my couch, asleep. He has been running like mad between campus and his dad’s house, and I know that he is tired. He looks so peaceful, and I don’t want to wake him, even though I’m hungry. I set my phone alarm and curl up next to him. He instantly throws his arms around me and pulls me close to him. I can smell his aftershave, and I gently kiss his lips. I lay there and bask in his warm arms.