Until You Came Along
Genre: YA Romance
Number of pages: 350
Word Count: 92000-94000
People never change; they only become more or less of who they really are…
Just as mysteriously as Alyssa appeared in Estella’s life she disappeared. Who was Alyssa, really? For all their years of friendship in college, Estella has no idea why Alyssa left without saying goodbye after graduation. Now, after all these years, Alyssa leaves a recording on Estella’s voicemail –an RSVP to their college reunion! Trembling with delight and dread, Estella has only one question: Why?
Alyssa has been searching for something all her life—her future. She believes in nothing but success and winning. Manipulative, wilful, emotionally cold is the best way she can describe herself. To the world and her college mates, she’s glamorous, confident and has life on a silver platter—men dream of having her and women dream of being her! But Alyssa is blind to everything except success…
until she meets Kurt, a dreamy exchange student, who challenges everything she believes, while his touch runs through her body like the sweetest flame, making her want things she knows she shouldn’t have! Kurt wants her heart and that’s the one thing Alyssa can’t give him.
Through seven years of silence, Estella and Alyssa discover life is ever changing—just as their perception of themselves…yet, how could they ever know tragedy and joy are from the same tears of life?
Alyssa’s bedroom was much like a dollhouse, luminescent by indigo lampshades, fragranced by her persona, festooned with her vivacious photographs, and occupied by her toys and trophies. He remembered walking toward Mijel farms to see what a princess’s house looked like. Here he was, sharing her very personal space, the room that had breathed her for years, arranged by her petite hands, adored and cherished by her feelings. Kurt picked up a photo frame from the table. In it was the photo of young girl in a pink skirt (wearing the same color headband), her expressions pure and curious. Kurt was inundated with emotions. Every little thing in the room revealed Alyssa’s charm and showed how inimitable she was. The more he tried to get away from her spell, the more he was dragged in. The room was heaven, she was an angel, and this was all a dream—because reality could never be this complete. He wanted to be lost in this dream forever, never letting it go, never opening his eyes.
It wasn’t just about love—it was about the desire and the passion of one human to understand the emotions of another, forgetting everything else just for once. Alyssa was that person. He’d figured that out the first time he saw her. He knew they might never end up together, but just the thought of falling for her and envisioning her smile had given him a new life, saved him from obscurity, and gave him a reason to be happy. He was lucky because he’d learnt loving, and that seemed enough to last him for the rest of his life. This life seemed done, and he’d seek money and peace in some other. Love replaced the blood in his veins, and the stirring in his body indicated there was no way out. Kurt shook his head, smiling over his silliness, as he reached for her scrapbook titled, Me.
About the Author:
Kshitij lives in New Delhi. He has written books in various genres. Classic literature novels, movies and culture have been his source of inspiration. Although he graduated with a business degree, the word ‘ART’ holds a special place his heart. When not writing, he can be found learning about history, food, and people for his new book.