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Lorax - Once-ler x Aurora - Breathless -Chapter 16 by SetoAngel01 Lorax - Once-ler x Aurora - Breathless -Chapter 16 by SetoAngel01
Norma and Aurora sat outside their apartment on a picnic table in the afternoon. Aurora sat quietly as Norma conversed with a few friends from her college classes. She took a deep breath and looked down at the glass of iced tea in her hand. Aurora smiled at her fellow classmates as they enjoyed the lunch her and Norma had prepared earlier that day.

“Come on, Aurora. Don’t tell me you’re not hungry! You haven’t eaten since last night.” Norma said, nudging Aurora.

“Oh, all right. Twist my arm, why don’t you?” she said, picking up a cob of corn. As soon as she was about to bite into the yellow kernels, she paused, and instead just placed it down on the plate.

Norma looked sympathetically at her best friend as she watched her push the plate away from her. “Hey…” Norma said, placing her arm around Aurora’s thin shoulders. “You need to stop thinking about him is it’s gonna keep bothering you! Come on, just have some fun! Everything will be alright. You’ll see.”

Aurora looked up at Norma, who slightly adjusted her glasses. “You’re right.” Aurora replied. “I need to start being a little selfish too. I just can’t let him control my life.”

“Good for you. Now, eat up!” Norma said, pushing back the plate to Aurora.

“Thanks, Norma.” Aurora smiled.

“You’re welcome.”

The day passed by quickly. One by one, their college friends left and Aurora and Norma were sitting out on the picnic table in their apartments with a few other people in their apartment complex, a few of whom were starting to set off fireworks in the midst of the night sky forming around them.

Aurora smiled at the bright fireworks exploding with sparks of color and smoke. Her eyes widened when she felt a hand placed upon her bare shoulder. She looked up and her eyes grew even wider when her face fell upon Once-ler, who had a sad smile on his face.

Norma looked up at the unexpected visitor questioning what she was going to do if Aurora starting giving him a piece of her mind – but it didn’t happen. She just watched as Once-ler sat down on the bench next to her. His arm wrapping around her shoulder as he spoke but Norma couldn’t quite hear the exchange.

Aurora sighed deeply, she couldn’t look at him and flinched at his arm around her shoulder. Her eyes remained on the sand under her feet as she wondered what exactly to do. She then remembered her words to Norma last night – “I can’t be the person always going to him. I need him to know he still loves me and is willing to give up just a little bit of power to keep me…” with that thought, she heard the words she never imagined she’d be so happy to hear…

“I’m sorry.” He said vying to get her attention. He felt horrible for what he said yesterday, and as much as he wanted to make it up to her, he felt more like it was too late. “Please, look at me…” he asked, reaching over with his left hand to touch her face.

Aurora hesitantly allowed him to turn her face toward him. Her eyes remained indifferent as he looked at her still not exactly sure how to form the words he wanted to. At his company, he had control. His destiny was his own and he had control – but now he felt as if he was losing grip in a relationship with the girl who meant the world to him. He knew he’s been wrong about spending so much time obsessing with his company. He knew he couldn’t continue if he hoped to keep her – and was just trying to find the words to fix whatever he’d done wrong.

“What?” Aurora asked coldly wondering if he’d finally gained back his senses and was being cautious not to fall for those eyes so easily this time around.

“I made a mistake. I put my company over you and I shouldn’t have. I know I need to work on that – so please, can I get another chance. Please?” he asked.

Norma looked on at scene wondering if it was wrong to stick around and watch the scene unfold, and against her better judgment, decided to stick around.

Aurora sighed looking in front of her and her neighbors looking back and motioning at Once-ler and talking amongst themselves. She knew it was only a matter of time before they figured out who he was and about to fawn over him like all the other women at Once-ler’s television appearances. As she sat there feeling his arm loosely draped around her shoulder, she thought if she really wanted this to continue. The piece of him she loved was still around but she questioned for how long. She desperately wanted to believe he would remain the same. She looked into Once-ler’s eyes and searched them for an answer.

Once-ler smiled softly as his fingers absentmindedly played with a few strands of her red hair. “Come on… What do you say?” he continued, nudging her softly with his hip.

“You know what I hate about you?” she asked, a smile still absent from her face.

Once-ler was taken aback by her question but wanted to know the answer, “What?” he asked.

To his surprise, he saw a smile tugging at her lips as she replied, “That you’re so darn hard to stay mad at…”

Once-ler smiled back brightly as he felt her leaning against his chest and hugging him around his ribcage.

Norma smiled at the scene and was just so delighted for her best friend. “Aw! That’s so sweet!” Norma gushed as Aurora blushed, pulling away from him.

“Norma!”

“Come on. It’s cute.”

“Hey, Norma. Nice to see you again.” Once-ler said acknowledging the brunette and tipping his top hat at her.

“You too, Once-ler. Nice clothes.” Norma complimented him on his green attire.

“Thanks, and guess what they’re made from?” he asked, offering is gloved arm to her to feel the fabric.

Norma rubbed the fabric softly and guessed, “Cashmere?”

Once-ler just lifted his brows and said, “Nope… Looks like you ‘thhhhneed’ to guess again.” He continued with a slight chuckle accenting his voice.

“No way! You’re kidding me!? You make clothes out of thneeds now?! Since when?” Norma asked, her eyes wide.

“Well, not for production, but we’re still working on it with the manufacturer. They’re gonna be available soon. I’d be happy to give you the first set at discount.” He offered with a smile.

“I’d love it! Wow, thanks, Once-ler. Hey, um, would you like a glass of tea or something? There’s plenty of food left over too. It’s in the fridge back at the apartment. Come up and help yourself to as much as you’d like.” Norma offered as she stood up.

Once-ler hesitated momentarily before shrugging his shoulders. ‘Sure. Why not?” he asked.

Aurora smiled as she stood to her feet and Once-ler joined her after a moment as the two headed into the apartment.

Norma lagged behind and their three girl neighbors walked over to Norma. “Is that Once-ler? That dreamy businessman from those commercials and magazines.” their blonde neighbor asked.

“…yes…” Norma replied.

“OMG! He’s even more gorgeous in person!” she continued turning to her friends who were as equally excited.

“Sorry, girls. He’s taken.” Norma said before running up the stairs into the apartment after Aurora and Once-ler.

Once-ler smiled looking around at some of the pictures hanging on the wall of Norma and Aurora’s friends and family as Norma and Aurora were heating up some of the leftovers. “Here.” Aurora said as she walked over to Once-ler with a glass of iced tea.
“Thanks.” He said before looking back at the pictures.

“Once?” Aurora asked, touching his arm.

“Yeah?” he asked looking at her as he took a sip of the cold beverage.

“I gotta know – what the heck did your mother say when you said you were coming here tonight?”

“Oh, yeah. I bet she had a cow.” Norma commented from the kitchen.

“Well, I’m sure she would have – if I told her.” He said with a laugh.

“You didn’t tell her?” Aurora asked in shock.

“Nope.” He replied.

Aurora just smiled at his comment before walking back over to the kitchen with Norma to continue warming up the food.

The night went on and the sky soon became dark. “Come on, Once-ler!” Aurora said, pulling him from his seat on the couch and pulling him outside behind Norma.

“What is it?” he asked as he followed the two girls down the stairs.

Once-ler looked down at his girlfriend, the only light reflecting off her ivory skin was from an apartment window. The rest of the night around them was pitch-black as he felt her take his hand and looked up at the sky. Once-ler squinted his eyes slightly in question but looked up at the sky nonetheless. A few cracks of what he thought was distant thunder turned out to be an incredibly vibrant fireworks display. The showers of the colors of the rainbow lit up the sky as the bright different sized circles of light lit up the dark sky.

Once-ler smiled softly when her grip his hand tightly and scoot closer to him.

Norma looked over at the two and gave Aurora a ‘thumbs up’ and Aurora happily returned it.

After the light show, Norma suggested a movie and popcorn. Once-ler absentmindedly glanced at his watch and knew he should be getting back soon and actually should have been back already. He let out a breath he didn’t even know he’d been holding as he glanced over to Norma and Aurora who were in the kitchen cleaning up and getting the popcorn started. Aurora caught his gaze and smiled softly at him. Once-ler returned it and knew if he left now, he might as well kiss his relationship with the redhead goodbye. He imagined his mother’s face when she realized he wasn’t home. He knew it wasn’t going to be a pleasant interaction tomorrow, but knew it wasn't anything he couldn't work out.

As the night went on, the few hours past midnight showed on the small clock on the wall. Norma smiled at the two. She stood up and stretched, her shirt lifting slightly off her curvy figure.

“Heading off to bed?” Aurora asked.

“Yeah. I’m beat.”

“Maybe I should be going too.” Once-ler said while standing to his feet.

“Nonsense. Stay as long as you want. You can even crash on the couch if you want.” Aurora suggested.

“No. I don’t want to impose.” He said, reaching for his hat.

“Aw, come on! It’s really dark out there. You don’t want to go home in this.” Norma said, putting her hands firmly on her hips.

Once-ler was about to refuse and head for the door, but he caught Aurora’s eyes and knew he had no other choice. After a few moments, he said, “Okay.”

“Great. I’ll go get you some blankets.” Aurora said, standing to her feet and headed for her hall closet.

Norma just reached up and pat him on the shoulder. “You’ve made her really happy you know.” Norma said softly. “I haven’t seen a smile like that on her in quite a while.”

Once-ler just smiled at her comment before Norma headed off to bed.

Aurora was taking a while when Once-ler decided to see what she was doing. He walked over to the direction she went and glanced into her room where he saw her paintings. “Wow. You paint?” Once-ler said when he noticed her stacking a few paintings on top of one.

“Once-ler! Oh, um… Yeah. Here’s the blankets. Have a goodnight.” Aurora said quickly walking to meet him at the doorframe before he walked further in the room.

“Come on, let me see them.” He said with a tsk in his voice.

Aurora felt her face flush before hesitantly stepping aside and allowing him in her room. “Oh, and some of them are still wet. I wouldn’t touch them with your gloves on if I were you.” Aurora said nervously.

“You really have a gift… Since when do you paint?” he asked turning to look at her.

“It was just a seminar I took, but I’m really drawn to it for some reason. I’m planning on getting a degree in it actually.”

“I don’t even think you need one. You’re so good already. Wow. I – I really am impressed, Aurora… Hey… Is that me?” Once-ler said incredulously as he pulled back one of the paintings and exposed one she had done of him.

Aurora just blushed and meekly replied, “Yeah…”

Once-ler smiled when he turned to her. “Why are you embarrassed?”

“I don’t know…”

“You shouldn’t be.” Once-ler said walking over to her.

Aurora looked back up at him into those blue eyes and smiled.

“Goodnight.” Once-ler said before bending down and kissing her cheek and walking back to the living room.

Aurora just smiled and sighed. She couldn’t remember the last time she felt this way and felt more positive than ever that everything was going to be okay. Maybe even better than she ever imagined.

Once-ler sighed softly as he took off his clothes until he was down to his undershirt and boxers and lay down on the couch. He looked up at the ceiling and clicked off the lamp behind him before falling asleep.

Morning came quickly. Aurora got dressed in a pencil skirt and green strapless top and made her she put up her hair before she walked into the living room where Once-ler sat on the couch and sleepily putting his pants back on. He stood up and zipped them before putting on his white work shirt and buttoning it. He only halfway tucked it in when he picked up his tie and noticed the knot had been undone. He groaned inwardly because he had no idea how to do a tie and usually just let his uncle tie it for him. Oce-ler struggled with the stripped black and lime green tie when Aurora walked over to him.

“Need some help?” she asked.

Once-ler just smiled and said, ‘sure’ before handing her the tie. She draped the tie over his shoulders and tucked it in under the collar of his white shirt.

As she worked on tying it, her eyes remained on the task in front of her. She felt the blood rushing to her cheeks before whispering, “Thank you… you know, for coming over… I know you’re busy and I just wanted to let you know I was happy to see you and to thank you for taking time away from your busy schedule to see me.”

“Thank you for inviting me.” He whispered, his fingers on the rim of his hat before placing it on his head.

“There you go.” Aurora said, her hands still straightening out the now knotted tie.

“Thanks.” Once-ler replied.

Aurora swallowed a lump in her throat before she looked up at Once-ler and without further hesitation, gripped the black and green fabric tightly and pulled his face down until his lips met hers. Once-ler eyes widened at her actions but he quickly returned it.

“Get a room.” Norma commented as she sleepily walked into the kitchen to make coffee.

“Norma!” Aurora said, her face red as she glanced over at her smiling friend.

“You guys headed out to work?” Norma asked as she was filling the coffee pot with water.

“Oh, yeah. I’m gonna be late. Ready to go?” Once-ler asked, throwing on his glove and jacket.

“Yeah.” Aurora said walking over to her high heels that were still littered in the corner of their living room. After putting them on, she grabbed her purse and unlocked and opened the front door.

“See you later, Norma.” Once-ler said, waving at the brunette before exiting the door.

Norma just waved back and smiled. “Bye you two! Have a good day!”

“See you tonight!” Aurora said before giving her friend a quick wave and shutting the door behind her.

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so i hate the oncelers mom but im guessing your supposed to lol. i LOVE the story! keep up the good work! :D idk if its cuz its so amazing or cuz i love the Once-ler OR if its cuz shes a ginger like me but it really makes me wanna read more :D cant wait for the next chapter
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