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From a young age I enjoyed the passion of writing many stories and I hope that my potential readers/fans can have an understanding or respect for my craft.
What inspired you to write your book?
I started writing almost two years ago in September 2020 on Wattpad about a girl from Danganronpa V3 named Miu and after the story blew up I started writing about many other characters until I left to persue writing an actual book. That is when Forgotten Past Our Way Home came to the picture and after writing that emotional rollercoaster. I expanded the idea into a series and I wanted to add more of a romantic feeling to it while capturing the same magic the first book did while the same characters from before appeared and you would be able to dive into their real feelings and emotions through the multiple povs, flashbacks, etc.
Here is a short sample from the book:
September 12th, 2022
Today is the day you leave for Greenspan Academy. It came by so fast, it's like it was just yesterday you first heard of it. Now you are saying your goodbyes. You were happy to go to a school like Greenspan, but you will be far from home. Sure you will be able to return on weekends, yet not seeing your family four out of seven days of the week was going to be strange.
You, Aziza, and Andrea packed all your prized possessions even though for you it was just clothes and other personal objects. You packed a few photos of your family to make your dorm more like home. Even though you wish you could pack your family with you, if there were photos of them at least you could feel a bit at home.
Everything seemed pretty perfect, but that is only because you aren't considering how bad your social life has been.
You didn't hear from Leah, Rory, Daniel, or even Calista after the party. However, you called Olivia and she seemed pretty excited about going to the school. Knowing Olivia, she will probably sign up for tons of literature and history courses.
Apparently, there was a band of wagons coming to every town to pick up the students, and there would be a four-hour ride to the school, and that was somehow one of the shortest travel times there is according to the brochure.
It was finally time to leave your home for the last time for now. You can return on weekends but based on your social status you have a lot of relationships to repair. Especially with Calista.
Right now, you shouldn't be thinking about that though. You were going to the majestic Greenspan Academy, and generations of your family went to this school when they were your age. It was like you were continuing a tradition in a way. It was bittersweet.
"I can't believe you will officially be Greenspan students. I didn't know if this day would even happen after all that occurred, but here we are." Your father contended.
You, your sister and your mother were almost out the door. Your poor father would be alone during the week because of your mother's job at the academy. Your uncle Lincoln assured you all that he would persuade your father to get out more. He also remarked he would make him lose a few pounds, but that would be a miracle.
"Why wouldn't we be dad? Are you saying we aren't smart enough for Greenspan?" Aziza questioned your father, and he looked like he was threatened by that statement.
"W-what of course not! You are the smartest k-kids I know." Your father timidly replied, and you were getting reminders of the discussion you had with him not so long ago about Layton where he got worked up.
"Dad, I am just kidding! I know what you are referring to. Are you sure you will be, okay?" Aziza checked in one more time, and your father nodded his head in confidence.
"I will be all right! Besides, Lincoln will be there for me. I'm not a little kid! I just turned fifty-one after all!" Your father argued with a childish tone.
Yeah. Are you sure buddy? That high pitched childish tone of voice isn't that convincing, buddy.
"Oh, sweetheart I know you will be fine, but Calista won't be over here, so you will have to cook your own meals!" Your mother reminded him, and he rolled his eyes at the statement with a smile.
"Thank god for Lincoln's goth girlfriend! She won't mind having me over!" Your father effused with joy, and your mother was the one who rolled her eyes this time.
"And how was money even named after you…" You ridiculed the conversation, and that made everyone laugh at your father who crossed his arms from your insult.
"I'm going to make that principal expel you for messing with your old man!" Your father joked as he walked out the doors.
The four of you trekked your way to the place where you were going to be picked up by the carriages. It was the same place where you entered the town when you returned to your family. Now here you are again leaving them again.
Once you arrived there was a clutter of other students around your age with a variety of hair colors, and they all had excited looks on their faces as they waited for the carriages to arrive to bring them to the academy. It was amazing how many people came to send you and all of your fellow freshmen away.
In the edge of the crowd, you noticed some familiar faces belonging to your cousin, your uncle and your brother who actually escaped the pound of little kids.
Once you noticed them you ran over to them and gave your uncle and then your brother big hugs. So, what if you were seventeen the hugs you gave your family held the same value, and they always would hold great value to you until the last time you received a hug from all of these amazing people.
"Liam this isn't goodbye. You are just going to be gone for the weekdays, and on weekends you will be back. No need to feel like this is the end of our relationships as a whole. This isn't our final farewell." Your uncle explained.
"I know it's just been a while since I have been separated from all of you. You obviously remember what happened last time." You replied to your uncle, and you noticed his eyebrows change their emotions faster than the speed of light.
"Liam you know my father has ptsd from that you know!" Your cousin interrupted you, and you felt pretty awful after recalling that.
"It is not PTSD. It is just bad memories, anyway you will be safe. If Amiurt comes to the school, she will have a hard time getting in." Your uncle sermonized getting more and more off topic.
"Let's not discuss Amiurt. This is just us wishing the kids good luck uncle." Lukas reminded your uncle of setting the mood back in place.
In the midst of the conversation, you noticed a stray figure sitting out of the crowd of other students with their packs of friends. It was a girl with long red hair that was blowing on a windy day. She was looking afar into the distance with her hands behind her back.
That was no other than Calista who must have dyed her hair to hide the fact she had the power of three elements, and to prevent the others from bullying her. It was upsetting to see her in solitude even on a bright day like this.
You would assume she would be with her friends, but she just stood there in silence. Like she was deep in thought as she watched the clouds in the sky. She should be with her friends, but at the same time maybe all she wants is you?
If you squinted you could also see a letter in her hands that she was trying to keep cloistered, but you could see fragments of white sticking out between her fingers. Who was the letter for, and why did she seem so lonely.
"Hey, Liam, who are you looking at?" Your mother asked, noticing your staring at the lonesome Calista.
"That's Calista. She had to dye her hair. She is afraid of being bullied and she is probably still upset with me after something I told her after the birthday party.." You said to your mom who seemed worried about the girl too.
"Wasn't the last time you talked during the party? I haven't seen her the past few days." Aziza recalled.
The past few days Calista hasn't been responding to your texts and ignores every single one of your calls. You were glad she was okay, but she must still be upset.
"Yeah. We had a misunderstanding." You added not caring about the conversation that much.
"Liam, I know you are a kind young man. Whatever you said was most likely not out of ill will. If you have to tell Calista something this would be the greatest time to do so. I know that she really wants an apology deep down. Go ahead Liam. We will be right here." Your mother persuaded you, and you knew something had to be done to fix this.
All you could think about is how to apologize to the red-haired girl. You don't want any regrets and if this somehow bombs then you can at least say you tried to put the pieces back together.
You took a deep breath and expected to walk yourself over to the worrisome girl, but you couldn't move yourself. It wasn't like you were being pulled back by an invisible force like in a book or movie, but the thing stopping you were your many doubts.
What if you said something the wrong way and made things much worse? What if Calista wanted nothing to do with you? There is a chance that if you provoked her that you may even ruin your friendship with her, but you had to repair your bond with Calista one day or another.
Your family was shouting words of encouragement, but they went through one ear and flew out the other. You felt like you were a sword stuck in a stone, and the only thing that could pull you out was confidence that was out of this plane of existence.
However, you had to go. It wasn't like your confidence was now disheveled. You only had to find it again. You settled your eyes on the poor girl, and if your relationship with Calista wanted to be reformed you would have to make the first move. This was your fault after all. You knew how much Calista cared for you, but you threw her feelings aside.
A small step, another small step, and suddenly you were walking up to Calista again. The closer you got to her the more nervous you got, and your anxiety was closing in on you after every step you took toward the heartbroken girl. This will be pretty awkward, and you will have to pick every word you mutter with pure carefulness or you would ruin something that you cherished dear to your heart.
Once you were right behind her you didn't know what to say to her. A simple hello wouldn't be able to start this conversation, and if you tried to act casual, she would think you were ignoring the prime topic. You never imagined an introduction would ever be key, but in a moment like this you had to approach the situation like it was the last time you would ever even talk to Calista.
However, you had to mouth something. The carriages would come any moment now, and if you didn't have something to say now. You may never get the chance.
"Calista." You managed to mouth, and once Calista heard you barely manage to mutter your name turned around.
She wasn't turning around, but she started talking in a slow and serious tone.
"Liam. Why did you come here? You know I already changed rooms. You have the place to yourself." Calista explained, and you had to rebuttal her right away.
Your replies had to be almost instant, you didn't want her to flock away from you.
"Calista I am sorry for what I said before. I appreciate that you care so much about me, and I deeply regret what I said to you before." You vented to Calista, and she was stiff as a board.
"You don't have to lie to me. I know you liked Leah, but you turned her down because you knew that I had kept you so close to me the past few months. I am just a dagger between the two of you, and if you want a future with Leah I would have to get rid of myself." Calista concluded before you could explain even more.
She was sounding less serious, but her voice was getting emotional. As if she was getting increasingly pitiful of herself, and you felt guilty after hearing her honesty. Like a dagger wasn't between you and Leah, but in your heart after hearing those words.
You never liked Leah. There was never a single feeling of romance between the two of you. In fact, there is no way you could abandon the feelings you constellated for someone that is unarguably more important.
The pieces of the puzzle were finally coming together, and you now feel very dumbfounded for not admitting it any sooner. It was something that anyone could realize the moment they locked their future wife in the eyes, but in your case it was only delayed.
You locked eyes with the sad girl, and while her mind was full of guilt and trouble you felt like you finally came to the resolution you should have had a long time ago.
This girl robbed you and took away your most prized valuable. Your heart. It was pretty hard to decipher for you, but you just didn't want to admit it. That is the truth you hid from yourself, but now you regret not realizing it anytime sooner. Calista was the girl you harbored feelings for all along, and no matter how many times you may have denied liking her you had to let your secret leave its safe space and into the mainstream.
"I never liked Leah. Not in a thousand years, or even a million. My heart was already stolen by someone much better than her after all. Someone that could understand me from every angle, and I am surprised it took me so long to finally realize that girl's true love for me, and the same love I wanted to return all along." You implied to the girl who still had her back turned to you.
There was a pause in the conversation before Calista started speaking again. You could feel the eyes of your family on you, and so what if this were being seen. Your confidence was back, and at a better time than ever. It was time to tell her who made you feel that way after all of this time.
"Are you sure? Who is t-this girl you are talking about?" Calista queried.
You only had one time to confess to this girl, so it was time to mess with her, and once she realized what you were applying for. You were going to do it no matter what she said. You were begging deep down, Alyssa was right about her all along. You hoped that she was sure about the love Calista harbored for you.
"The girl I am talking about is different from the others. She is very beautiful, intelligent, and always helps others even when she doesn't have one of the easiest lives. She worries about many people, and that worry should have been a compliment. Because when everyone should worry about her she just wants to help the same people that care for her." You mouthed to Calista trying to sound as confident as you could muster.
All of a sudden, the clouds started to clear to let the sun shine on this moment that would change the course of your life forever. Almost on cue Calista turned herself around. Her face was in a deep flood from the tears flowing down her face. She wasn't looking at you, but at the ground. However, the smile on her face sent a warm feeling down your heart. Calista's breath was taken away, and you had a bright feeling that managed to charm the young woman.
"Liam, I don't know what to say, other t-then I m-might be d-dreaming. I really want to p-pinch myself." Calista spoke, and you kindly did it for her.
"Thanks, but why me? There are countless other girls that are like me. Can y-you name one thing about m-me that is unique?" Calista pondered, and you were about to give a better speech than the Gettysburg Address.
"You're the only girl in my life I have no doubts about. Everything about you is perfect. From the ahoge on the top of your head down to your pinkie toe. My heart aches every time I see you, and even though it always tells itself not to think these things it does anyway. It's not like there is a cure for it, and there will never be. I think I want to break this down in simple terms for you. Are you ready Calista?" You asked her before you muttered the magic words.
"Well, here is the announcement I have for you! I love you! I don't care about what society thinks about telling a girl you love her after the moment you realize your adoration for her. I love you Calista and no matter what happens that answer will never change." You announced to your soulmate in true confidence.
Calista had her mouth wide open, and her tears suddenly stopped pouring. The beautiful girl then took the letter tucked between her hands and placed it into your left hand, and this time Calista would take your breath away.
"Open it… Just open it…" Calista beckoned you.
Her voice seemed defeated, but she was still shocked after your Shakespeare-like confession.
You slowly opened the letter, without making another noise. Inside was a note with the most stunning handwriting you could ever see. Better than any scholar or elemenian. Better than every human on Earth too.
You started to read the letter, and after every word you felt more inclined that what you said was perfect word to word.
"I don't know if you will ever see this or not Liam, but I have to be honest with myself. I have developed deep feelings for you, and at this point they are too strong to keep to myself anymore. When I have a bad day, your smile is the superhero that remedies even my saddest of days. I really really really really love you, and not even English, Spanish, French or any other language can help me express it. I am sorry if I can be a little worrying about you, but if something happened to you, I would kill myself if I weren't there to stop it. About Leah I don't have a clue if you like her or not, but if I am in the way don't let me get in your way I wish the both of you luck in your newfound romance! If not, then let me be your girlfriend! I always know what to do or say because of my powers, but you are the torch that ignites me to get through the day! I would hate myself if I ever lost you. I hope this confession works and I even gave this to you. I love you Liam, and not just in a roleplay this time." The letter wrote, and once you faced Calista again there were two arms around you.
You locked Calista in the eyes one final time before being pulled into a fantasy that you never wanted to end.
The kiss was amazing, and you felt inclined to just stay like that forever. There was an applause from the students and your family, but they faded as you were in your wonderland with Calista.
So, this is what love is? You were sure you would never experience it, but it was like it was love at first sight.
The kiss went on for what felt like a happy eternity that you never wanted to be released from, but the sound of galloping interrupted it, and behind you were a horde of horses.
After being in the embrace for so long you didn't notice them coming, but one moment one was right in your face. In the next you were surrounded by your loved ones again.
Calista then let go of your hand, and she then sprayed the crowd with what looked like purple salt that bounced and bounced until they hit a person.
They were shocked by your sudden teleportation, but then they went back to their own business after each person was hit by the sparks.
Your family wasn't hit, but Calista probably wanted it to be like that.
"Thank you, Calista, I love you so much, and if I'm not showing you enough love right now then I will prove to you how much I love you for the rest of our lives." You reminded Calista, and she seemed overjoyed by every word that came out of your mouth.
"Don't worry you are being perfect so far!"
"If I am being genuine with you, the moment I decided to confess was at your birthday party. I had locked myself in the bathroom to write the letter, and after I was done I dreamed of this moment. The moment where we finally expressed our undying love for each other. This means the whole universe to me, and not even time will show you how much I really love you. Thank you. Just thank you." Calista revealed, and you were so proud of yourself right now.
Back in your youth you knew that many things were surrounded in mystery, and you never knew what was going to happen in the future. You were still finding yourself, but instead you found the woman that you actually had by your side all of this time.
She didn't really know the true extent of what she did for you, and if she could finally accept that your entire life existed because of the consequences of her heroism she would maybe find the love for herself she truly deserved that you had in her for all of this time.
After you and Calista were finished chatting you noticed that your father was crying and your uncle and mother were trying their best to hold back tears, but on the other hand Andrea was a sobbing mess. Lukas had a firm smile on his face that showed he was proud of you, and once you glanced at Aziza, she gave you a thumbs up. If someone weren't going to cry it would be your twin sister.
"I- I- Am n-not crying. You are crying…" Your uncle mouthed, and you finally found out you were crying as well!
"I am proud of you kiddo! Not as good as my confession to my beloved Freida, but that was better than any confession I saw in the movies." Lukas congratulated you, and you felt overwhelmed with pride from your peers.
"I hope you two are happy together. I may give you a hard time sometimes, but I really hope you both have many happy times together." Aziza explained, and she gave you a hug which was pretty rare, so you knew your confession was as perfect as the planet Earth's climate.
"Thanks Ziza, and all of you. If you didn't hire this girl, I would have never met her. Trust me Calista means the world to me, and I will treat great care of her." You assured your family and they all agreed with you.
After that statement it was time to say goodbye to your uncle, father and brother. You may or may not be trapped in a carriage with a pack of girls that now includes your sweetheart. So, it will be nice to keep your manliness for a moment.
"Well Liam I hope you have a good time at Greenspan, and make sure you treat Calista well. Andrea, don't forget what I told you to do as soon as you step inside of those doors! And Aziza I hope you ace your studies again like before. I am counting on there to be one smart Ainsley in this family!" Your uncle reminded everyone, and did he forget you and Lukas were right here.
"Hey! Alyssa is smarter than all of us combined, and I'm a smart pickle myself!" Lukas argued, and your uncle immediately countered him with a straight face.
"You didn't start Greenspan a year early. Me and your father did since we were so smart, and if it weren't for that your mother wouldn't have met your father. So, pay your respects to the people smarter than you." Lincoln messed with your brother, and you could hear a slight moan from Lukas who then started ignoring him.
"Well good luck you three, and mom have a good first day at the academy. I love you all." Lukas mouthed.
"Don't worry I will sweetheart, and this time I get to go after being delayed my position for nine years." Your mother remarked, and Lukas laughed at your mother's passive aggressiveness.
"Okay mom. Safe travels."
"Well, I guess this is it for now. I know these two are acting like we won't see you for another year or two but have a great first week! We will be waiting for you!" Your father explained without any emotion.
He was the only one who had a generic response, but it was simple enough that it just worked.
"See you babe." Mom replied to your father, and she made her way to an empty carriage.
"Bye dad! We will miss you! You two as well!" Aziza said and she followed your mother.
"Bye Mr. Ainsley, and Mr. Ainsley, and Mr. Ainsley. I promise to be a good daughter, niece, and sister-in-law when I return!" Calista told them, and she took your hand and brought you to the carriage with the others, and you made sure to wave at the three of them before you hopped into the carriage.
"Well, you got yourself a funny and loving one Liam! Don't let her go." Your brother Lukas teased.
Andrea was the last to go. She didn't look like she was ready, but she had to go. However, she had to attempt one last thing before she jumped into the carriage.
"Dad! Can you come with me!" Andrea begged her father pretty desperately, but Lincoln shook his head with a frown on his face.
"You have your aunt with you and a variety of trusted teachers. You will be bombarded with love, and I will even prepare a surprise for when you return. You know I can't come! I have to look after Anastasia and your dumbfounded uncle Larry." Your uncle joked to Andrea, and with one last long hug Andrea hopped into the cart.
"Well Liam, are you ready for the two adventures we are going to go on?" Calista asked, and you knew what two adventures she meant, and you were optimistic on both of them.
"Yes, ma'am both educationally and romantically my love." You indicated to your love.
"I'm already used to this…" Calista muttered with an excited look on her face, and with that you started your trek to the grand academy with very high hopes.
If there was one thing you were positive of it was that you were going to make sure you never let Calista go. If only you knew about all the experiences you would go through with her during your time at the academy.
All you could say right now was that everything was perfect, and nothing could make you change your mind.