When Scarlet realized Penelope was dumping Sean, her best friend, she was devastated. Penelope was the love of his life, the woman of his dreams. Scarlet knew how far her best friend was going to fall and she had to catch him. Scarlet became Sean’s rock and helped him through a very painful breakup, but her own hidden desires bubbled to the surface in the process. When they finally gave in and slept together, she thought it was the start of their new relationship. Unfortunately, Sean didn’t feel the same.
Humiliated and heartbroken, Scarlet moved across the country and found what she least expected. She rekindled her damaged relationship with her brother, who she hadn’t spoken to in a year, and her brother’s best friend was attractive and interesting. Their relationship was natural and unforced, and she was immediately drawn to him. Would she be able to get over Sean, forget about him, by sleeping with Cortland, or would that just be another repeated mistake?
“What do you want to see?” she asked.
“I get to pick? You never let me pick.”
She shrugged. “Today’s your lucky day.”
“I guess I should get dumped more often.”
She smiled at me. “What do you want to see?”
“Nothing with love or that chick-flick shit.”
“Okay,” she said. “That’s fine. I don’t care what we watch.”
I laughed. “Since when?”
“Just pick,” she said, pinching my side.
“I want something with guns, explosions, and death and stuff.”
She rolled her eyes. “You are so cliché.”
“Hey,” I said. “What happened to me getting to pick?”
“I said you could pick the movie. I never said I wouldn’t make fun of you for it.” She stepped toward the ticket booth and pulled me along with her.
“How about the new James Bond movie?”
I nodded. “That works.”
“And it has hot chicks in it.”
“You think I didn’t already know that?” I laughed.
She glared at me for a moment then stepped toward the window. She ordered our tickets, which I paid for, despite her protests, and then we walked inside. I didn’t like it when Scarlet paid for anything. I knew she had a mound of student loans hanging on her shoulders. My entire education was paid for by my parents but Scarlet didn’t have that luxury. I offered to help her pay back her loans, but being the stubborn woman that she was, she refused any aid I offered. My parents loved Scarlet like their own daughter. If I asked them to pay off her debt, they would do it in a heartbeat. But, of course, Scarlet would never let that happen either.
“Do you want something from the concession stand?” I asked.
She raised an eyebrow. “Are you serious?”
“Is that a serious question?” she asked. “I always want something from the concession stand.”
“That’s right, I forgot. You’re a fatty.”
She smiled at me. “A hot fatty.”
I whistled. “Smokin’.”
We stood in line, and when it was our turn, I ordered. “Just a medium popcorn, please.” I opened my wallet to grab the cash when Scarlet spoke.
“And a bag of skittles, milk duds, and another medium popcorn.”
I stared at her, dumbfounded. “I thought we would share a popcorn?”
I laughed. Scarlet never failed to surprise me. I pulled more money from my wallet and handed it over. We grabbed our snacks and walked into the auditorium.
“I thought were going to dinner after this,” I said.
“We are.” She sat in her chair and started shoving the popcorn in her mouth. Her candy was sitting on the arm rest, ready to be devoured immediately afterwards.
“Are you starving or something?” I laughed.
She glared at me. “No. I just like to eat.”
She threw a piece of popcorn at me, and it hit me on the shoulder. “I work out.”
She threw another piece of popcorn at me.
The movie started and I stared at the screen. I leaned back in my chair and watched the unstoppable action of the movie. It was a nice distraction from the disturbing reality of my mind. Halfway through the movie, Scarlet leaned her head on my shoulder but I didn’t mind the touch. I thought she was just being affectionate, but then I realized she was eating from my pail of popcorn because she already finished hers.
“You are unbelievable,” I whispered. I laughed quietly, trying not to disturb our neighbors.
E. L. Todd was raised in California where she attended California State University, Stanislaus and received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, then continued onto her master’s degree in education. While science is interesting and a hobby, her passion is writing. After writing novels as a small child, her craft grew until she found the confidence to show her closest friends—which is howOnly For You, the first installment of the Forever and Always series, and the Soul Saga series began. When she isn’t reading or writing, she is listening to indie rock music. Her current favorite artist is Mumford and Sons, whom she credits most of her inspiration for her novels. She also enjoys running and swimming, as well as working as a high school teacher. She also works as an assistant editor at Final-Edits.com. She has an unusual obsession with dogs, even though she doesn’t own one, and her favorite vacation spot is Disneyland, which she visits several times a year. The most important aspect of her life is her friends, whom contributed so much time and energy into all of her novels. According to E. L. Todd, “Without them, Only For You and Soul Catcher never would have come to fruition. I am theirs forever.”