Another day, another tag. This time, it’s the Memory Lane Challenge, for which I was nominated by Kate of The Loewe Legacy. Thank you, Kate ❤
Congratulations! You’ve been nominated for a totally legit award.
1. Get a gold star and stick it on your forehead like a boss.
I don’t have any gold stars handy, but I will be sure to do so the next time the opportunity presents itself.
2. Share FIVE of your favourite moments from your legacy/challenge/story so far.
3. Nominate 3-5 blogs to do the same.Again, I won’t be nominating because I’m doing this… 3 months late, in this particular case.
I’ve listed my five moments below, in order from least to most favourite. For the record, it was super hard to narrow it down to just five. All of the top five are from Gen 3, because it has the best writing overall and took the longest so its characters are the ones I’m most attached to. However, I have included an honourable mention from each of the three generations, so I’m not ignoring the first two completely.
Honourable Mention: Gen 1
Ian and Nicole’s first kiss
“There’s… something else I need to tell you,” he said. “Believe me, this move is hard for me too. I’m really going to miss Aidan… and you. Nicole, I don’t know how to tell you how much… knowing you, these past few years, I… you mean a lot to me.” He was stumbling over his words, clearly very nervous about something. I smiled encouragingly, hoping to put him at ease.
After a few deep breaths, he continued. “I wanted to tell you this before I go, because I don’t know if I’ll ever get another chance. I love you, Nicole. I… just wanted you to know that.” He paused, looking anywhere but at me. Even in the darkness, I could see that his face was burning red. “I’ll… I’ll see you around,” he said confusedly, and turned to hurry away, while I stood paralysed, still trying to wrap my head around what he had just said.
He loved me. Ian said he loved me. I could feel happiness bubbling up inside me, so quickly that it scared me. I couldn’t stop repeating his words in my head. He loved me, he loved me, he loved me. And if he loved me, that meant-
“Wait!” I called after him. I couldn’t let him leave, not now. “Ian, wait! Please!” I stumbled through the snow after him, while he kept walking as though he hadn’t heard. When I reached him, I grabbed his hand to stop him from moving further away. “Ian… stop…” I panted. He looked back at me, his expression unreadable.
“What is it?” he asked, sounding resigned.
I hesitated for a fraction of a second before pulled on the hand I was holding to bring his face down to mine, barely noticing the surprise mapped across it as I gently pressed my lips to his.
Honourable Mention: Gen 2
The beach scene from chapter 2.4
(or Pretty much any time bianca and james were goofy together)
The sea was blissfully cool. I felt more relaxed the moment the water hit my toes, and I was more than glad that I hadn’t decided to go home earlier. I didn’t check what the others were doing, but I guessed that they were enjoying the sensation like I was. That is, until a wave of salty water hit me square in the face and my eyes shot open. I gasped and spluttered furiously, looking around for the culprit. My eyes landed on James, who was treading water a few feet away and grinning.
“James Vistden!” I yelled his name accusingly. He just laughed, so I drew my hand back and sent a retaliatory splash of water in his direction.
An all-out splash war soon escalated between the two of us. Eventually, Tyler got fed up with us both and swam away, announcing that she was going down the other end of the beach to look for turtles. By that point both James and I were breathless and worn out, so we stopped splashing and just trod water while we talked.
“Do you know what you want to do, now that we’re out of school?” James asked me.
“Yeah, I already registered at City Hall the other day. I’m going to be a professional angler, and sell my fish for a living,” I told him happily.
“That’s awesome, Bee!” ‘Bee’ was my new nickname, courtesy of James and Tyler. I’d never had a nickname from anyone before, but I have to admit I kind of liked it – it was cute.
“What about you?” I asked him.
“Well, I got a part-time job as an assistant chef at the bistro a few months back, trying to earn some extra money as a student, you know.” I nodded, and he went on, “I actually really enjoyed it, and I’m hoping they’ll keep me on so I can maybe make a career out of it.”
So James wanted to be a chef! “I didn’t even know you could cook,” I said in surprise.
“Oh yeah, I’m pretty excellent,” he said with a playful grin.
“And modest, too,” I added, and we both laughed.
Honourable Mention Gen 3
“What are you doing here?” I asked her, trying to keep the accusatory tone out of my voice. “I thought you were supposed to be on trial.”
“I haven’t been convincted of anything yet,” she grinned. “For now, I’m still on bail. And the trial is over for today. I was actually going to come visit you at home, but then I noticed you here.”
I suppressed a shudder, thinking of the dramatic mess that would have ensued if she’d carried out her original plan. “So, what do you want from me?”
“Do I have to want something? What if I just wanted to see my sister?”
I rolled my eyes. “Don’t play innocent, Emily. You always have an ulterior motive. Cut to the chase already, I’m getting cold.”
“Fine, fine,” she said, holding her arms up defensively. “I’ll cut to the chase. Rumour has it you’re about to become pretty influencial in this town, sis.”
“No,” I said immediately. I could already see where she was going with this.
She grinned. “No need to be mod-”
“I meant, no Emily, I won’t use my political connections to bail you out of trouble.”
She scowled. “Why the hell not? I’m your sister, aren’t I?”
“So you say. But that doesn’t mean you get to walk all over me. I covered for you when we were kids, but I won’t have any part of your criminal activities. You should know that. I wouldn’t do it then, and I won’t now.”
“Don’t act like you’re better than me, Diana. Don’t you dare. You always got off on being Little Miss Perfect, but I know the truth about you. We both know you’re not who you pretend to be.”
Favourite Moment #5
Luc and Di’s wedding
When I turned to look forward again, I found my whole world right there before my eyes, looking more wonderful than ever. He smiled – were those tears in his eyes? – and took my hand in his.
There was no third party present to conduct the legal part of the ceremony. I didn’t want to be married by a stranger and we didn’t know anyone personally who was authorised to perform a wedding, so we had taken care of that part of it the day before at the courthouse in town. Today’s ceremony was all about celebrating with our family and friends, and (most importantly) with each other. Vows, therefore, were to take place today.
“Luc…” I took a deep breath, and clutched the ring more firmly in my trembling fingers. Oh God, please don’t let me forget my own vows. “I… I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that, from the first time we danced together, you changed my life… for the better.” I tried to look him in the eyes as I spoke, but found it almost impossible to do so without crying. “There has never been, and never will be, anyone for me but you. My heart, my body and my mind are yours forever.” Drawing a ragged breath, I slipped the ring onto his third finger with shaking hands. ” ‘I give this ring, in pledge of my love and devotion. With this ring I thee wed.’ ”
As I finished speaking, I looked up into his beautiful green eyes, shining with unshed tears. He smiled at me, and my heart melted.
“Diana,” he began, almost in a whisper. His voice was quite steady, but the hand that gripped mine was shaking slightly. “The first time I saw you was the first time I really fell head-over-heels for anyone.” He paused and chuckled. “I know that sounds ridiculous, but it’s the truth. For as long as I’ve known you, you have been the most important person in my life. I’m so grateful that I’m the person you chose to spend the rest of yours with. I promise to love and treasure you forever, no matter what we come up against, and the harder it gets, the tighter I’ll hold on. I give this ring in pledge of my love and devotion to you, my beautiful genius. With this ring I thee wed.” The cold metal felt foreign on my finger, but at the same time, it felt right. “I now declare us husband and wife,” he announced. Everyone laughed. “May I kiss the bride?”
Laughing, I nodded. The last rays of the setting sun danced off the water behind us as Luc threw his arms around me and pressed his lips hungrily against mine.
Favourite Moment #4
the big fight
“Luc, please, say something!” I begged, tears welling up in my eyes.
“I can’t… believe it.” His voice was less than a whisper.
I raised my eyes to his. “What?”
“I can’t believe it,” he repeated, more firmly, and I winced at the pain in his voice.
I grimaced, still trying to keep the tears at bay. “Well, that’s what I’ve been thinking for the past ten minutes.”
He scowled at me. “This is totally different.”
“Oh?” I challenged him. I was still feeling miserably guilty, but I wasn’t going to let him think that everything he had just told me about his past wasn’t going to affect me because of that. “How so?”
He gritted his teeth in frustration and shut his eyes, refusing to look at me. “That was years ago-”
“-That doesn’t make a difference!” I interrupted. The tears were flowing in earnest now.
“Look, I was young-”
“-I was drunk!-”
“-You still cheated on me–”
“-You still vandalised a school–”
“-You kissed another guy-”
“-YOU BROKE THE LAW-”
“YOU BROKE MY-” he stopped himself abruptly and just glared at me, red-faced and breathing deeply, as though he had suddenly realised what he was about to confess.
We both knew what he meant. The unsaid word hung in the air between us, an impenetrable barrier where seconds earlier there had been nothing but hot air. I stood, frozen, staring at his face, tears streaming down my cheeks while he still refused to look me in the eye. And I, terrified of what I might see there, didn’t want him to.
Favourite Moment #3
Pat comforts Di after her fight with Luc
Pat reached out to comfort me, but instinctively I cowered away from him, afraid to let him touch me. “No…” was all I could whisper. “Please…”
“Di, please. Tell me what’s wrong.” He looked as though he was about to cry himself, but made no move to touch me again. I buried my face in my hands and shook my head. I couldn’t speak – it felt as though I was being crushed by the pain.
“Is this about Luc?” he asked, gently. Surprised, I lifted my head to look at him, and nodded. I bit my lip to stop it trembling, still struggling to form a coherent sentence.
Pat scowled at my admission and started to stand. “That’s it,” he said furiously. “I’m going to kill him for this. I told him… I wouldn’t… but if he’s hurt you-”
I grabbed his arm to stop him, frantically shaking my head. “No,” I croaked. “Please, Pat… it wasn’t his fault.”
Clearly fighting to stay calm, he sank to his knees again. “Then what is it? What’s happened, Di? Tell me. You know I’m here for you.”
Choking back my tears, I explained to him, as best I could, what I had done. With Jake, and with Luc, and all about our argument that night. I tried to leave out as much as possible of what Luc had told me of his past – that wasn’t mine to share. When I got to the part about walking out the door, my voice hitched, and another sob caught in my throat. What had I done?
Pat, who had listened calmly throughout, stretched out a hesitant hand to gently brush against the side of my face.
“It’s going to be okay,” he told me, wiping the stream of tears from my cheek with his thumb. “Okay? I promise. I don’t know Luc all that well, but I know you, and if- if you love him…” his voice faltered and a new sorrow filled his eyes, but he pressed on bravely, “… if you love him, he’s got to be a pretty great guy. There’s no way he’s going to abandon you just like that. Not after all that’s happened.”
“But…” I wasn’t convinced. “Pat, everyone has their limits. I cheated on him. I kissed another guy.”
“You were drunk.”
I shook my head. “That doesn’t change what I did. Why would… why would he want me after… after that?” I barely finished the question as the pain of what I had done rose up again inside me. I threw my arms around Pat’s neck and pressed my face into his shoulder, drenching his shirt with my tears as I cried. I felt his muscles stiffen under my fingers, but refused to let go. This was all I had. Without him here, I wouldn’t be able to bear it, I knew it. He was all I had to cling to as my world fell to pieces around me.
Favourite Moment #2
Luc defends Di against Oliver danes
“Do you think you’re irresistible or something?” I hissed, turning my head to the side so that his presumptuous lips landed on my neck instead. “Get the hell off me, asshole!” With a yell, I launched forward off the lockers and brought my knee up as hard as I could into his stomach.
He let go immediately, staggering backwards with a surprised “Ooft!” I advanced, ready to take full advantage of his weakened position to land a few well-deserved punches. As I raised my fist, however, I felt a gentle but strong grip close around it. Whoever it was pulled me backwards, catching me against his own body, one hand wrapped securely around my waist while the other released my wrist to rest soothingly on my right shoulder. For the second time in a span of several minutes, I found myself trapped in someone else’s arms against my will.
I struggled, still seeing red, fighting with all my strength to get back to Oliver Danes and give him a long overdue beating up. “Let… me… go!” I panted furiously. He’s getting away! I scratched at his arms and stamped as hard as I could on the toes of my assailant, but though he grunted in pain, his grip held firm.
“Di! Calm the hell down, it’s me!” a pained voice said in my ear.
“… Luc?” What was he doing here? He never came to school.
“Yeah, so stop trying to beat me up, okay?”
I let myself relax, watching in defeat as Oliver Danes got to his feet and brushed the dust off his jeans. There goes my chance of a lifetime, I thought glumly.
Oliver Danes stood up, glancing between me and Luc with a scowl on his face. “Who the fuck are you?” he addressed Luc. I felt his body briefly tense up behind me, but when he spoke, his tone was quite calm.
“You should be thanking me,” Luc said. Even though I couldn’t see his face, I could hear the amusement in his voice. “I just saved you from the retribution you undeniably deserve, at the hands of someone perfectly equipped to deliver it.”
I glanced up at him in surprise. If he thought it was so well-deserved, why did he stop me?
Oliver’s eyes wandered over Luc’s hands, still spread protectively over my shoulders and abdomen. “Is she your girlfriend or something?”
I half expected Luc to lie and say yes, but he didn’t. Neither did he deny it. “That’s none of your business,” he replied coolly. “But you had better leave her the fuck alone… or you’ll regret it. A lot.”
His green eyes bore threateningly into Oliver’s light blue ones, and for a moment the other boy looked ready to punch him. Several tense seconds passed before Oliver spoke again.
“Whatever,” he spat. “She’s not even worth it.”
With that, he pushed past us, turned the corner and disappeared.
Favourite Moment #1
Luc and Di’s first kiss
The sun had just begun to set when he took my hand in his. The warmth in the gesture calmed me, even as I struggled to contain my own feelings of loneliness which threatened to spill over and overwhelm all the good that had come with being accepted into the course of my dreams. I had been trying not to think about it too much, but I was going to miss him too… how much, I don’t think I had quite realised until that moment.
“It’s not that I’m not happy for you,” he went on hurriedly. “I’m so happy for you! I just…” He took a deep breath. “There’s something I have to tell you before you go. I wasn’t going to say anything, but I can’t let you go without telling you, and then not see you for months and months and…”
I had never seen him look so uneasy. He groaned in frustration, turned away, ran his fingers through his hair the way he always did when he was stressed or confused. Then he turned to face me, and something in his eyes made my heart stand still. Without another word, he stepped forward…
Cupped my face in his strong hands…
And kissed me.
Luc kissed me.
For what felt like forever I just stood there, trying to make sense of things as a thousand feelings and thoughts and sensations bombarded my mind. I had to stop this… had to tell him that we were just friends, that we couldn’t be anything more. I had decided, I had promised myself. Regardless of how I felt, or he felt, or… just friends. I was too terrified of losing him for anything else. But even knowing that, I…
… never wanted this to end.
So there you have it! My favourite moments from the story so far. I tried to vary them a little, so that they weren’t all romantic, even though I’m a sucker for romance and so those tend to be my favourite scenes. I hope you enjoyed reliving these as much as I did 🙂