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100 Days By Caitlin Characters: 3614

Updated: 2018-07-06 14:55


Chapter One 1

Day 0. +

"Kiara!"

I jolt at the sound of my name, looking up from my phone. The barista catches my eye, holding my cup of coffee up in the air. "You going to just stand there and stare at me, or?"

"It's nice to see you too, Zach." I roll my eyes, pocketing my phone as I head over to the counter. "Isn't it a little early in the morning for that kind of sass?"

"Isn't it a little early in the morning for a coffee this size?" He quips back, raising his eyebrows as he hands me my jumbo cup of coffee. I wrap my hands around the warm cup and take a big sip, a contented smile lazily spreading over my lips.

"It is never too early in the morning for coffee." I sigh, and Zach chuckles at the gratified look on my face. "Especially this early in the morning."

"It's almost eleven o'clock." Zach replies ruefully, and I shrug non-committedly. He motions towards the camera hanging around my neck as he prepares to make the next customer's coffee. "Let me guess. You're off to the Smithsonian?"

"No. Haven't you heard? It's the latest fashion trend." I joke, tilting my head to the side and lifting my camera up by its strap. He raises an eyebrow at me, and I crack into a grin. "Okay, you got me. Yes, of course I'm headed there; I'm meeting my father. He said he's got a surprise for me, so I figured I might as well make a trip of it and take some photos for my blog while I'm there." 1

"You're a weird one, Kiara." He chuckles, shaking his head. "I think you're the only person I know to willingly spend the entirety of her summer break before starting college in the dusty halls of a museum." 2

"It's better than spending it in New York, listening to my mother berate me into going to law school." I reply dryly. "I'd rather fall off the ends of the earth than he

ar another word about why I'll be 'a failure to the Collins dynasty' if I follow my passions instead of following her orders."

"Touche." Zach winces. "You know, our friendship may only be reserved for these fleeting summer visits, but I still cringe for you every time I hear that."

"I cringe every moment I'm around her, Zachary." I reply, lifting my coffee cup up in salute as I head out. "I'll see you later."

"So, about four o'clock, right?" He calls after me, and I laugh, poking my tongue out at him as I back out the door.

The sharp, brisk air of the summer morning hits me like a slap to the face the minute that I step outside the warmth of the cafe, and I squeak, burying my face in my thick green scarf. Even though we're already well into summer, I still get absurdly cold every single damn morning. I must be designed for the life of an Italian, or a Hawaiian, or an Egyptian I swear; even on the mornings like today, where every normal person is already considering changing into shorts, I feel the chill right down to my bones. 1

Pathetic, right? I like to think I'm a rare breed of human. Possibly with strictly reptilian ancestors.

I look up just in time to see the lights changing, and press the pedestrian light just in time. Seconds later, the pedestrian man lights up green, and I scurry across the road as quickly as I can, still completely lacking any faith in American drivers.

What can I say? You almost get hit so many times before you start to literally fear crossing the streets.

Just as I make it across to the other side I feel my phone start to buzz in my jeans pocket, and when I finally manage to fish it out, I realise it's my best friend FaceTiming me. Grinning, I accept her call and hold my phone up in front of my face as I continue walking.

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