Guess What I Found
by x . betweenthelines

It was all just a game but one day he found her journal.

(Rated T for swearing)

5 years old

"Elise! Guess what I found!"

The 5 year old looked up to find her neighbour Ben running up to her.

"Um. What Ben? Did you find a grasshopper?"

"No, I found a worm! Do you want to touch it?"

"Mummy doesn't let me touch worms! She says that they're dirty!"

"Oh okay…"

7 years old

"Hey you! Guess what I found!"

Ben smiled at his best friend.

"Is this a game?"

Elise shrugged.

"If you want it to be."

13 years old

"Guess what you best buddy Ben found?"

"What can make you so happy and ecstatic? Did you find Jessica's hairbrush or something when you were stalking her?"

He glared at her.

"I was not stalking her! I was merely admiring her from afar!

I could say the same to you. You're so infatuated with Zac Efron that you have a Zac Efron shrine, and you also think that everyone you see is Zac.

Seriously Elise, you mistook my little brother for Zac Efron…"

Elise returned his glare.

"So what did you find this time?"

16 years old

"El! You'll never guess what I found today!"

She rolled her eyes.

"Ben, I don't know if you realised but we're actually sixteen now. SIXTEEN!"

He winced at her high pitched screams.

"Sheesh girl. Do you really have to scream? And STOP ROLLING YOUR EYES!"

Elise just contined rolling her eyes.

"Anyway, why don't you just tell me? We don't actually have to play games anymore."

Ben sighed.

"Elise! Can't you just guess? Just once…?"

She gave in.

"Ugh. Whatever…so what was it? Claire Walter's lipstick? An iPod? That CD you've been dying to get?"

"No, It's even better!

"Ben, just get on with it…"

He held up a notebook.

She paused.

"Wait, is that my journal? HOLY SHIT IT IS! Fuck. Why did you take it?! Have you read any of it? Have you?"

He quirked his eyebrow.

"Actually I haven't, but now that you mention it…"

Ben flipped open the journal and Elise looked at him helplessly.

"Irish accents are hot! What sort of things do you write in your journal?"

Elise made a weak attempt to snatch her journal out of his hands.

"Today I went to buy ice cream and I saw this really cute guy. Not as cute as Ben though… You think I'm cute El? Aww…I'm flattered!"

She blushed.

"Give it back Ben!"

Ben ignored her and continued reading.

"Okay. I'll admit it. I'm jealous of her. The two of them look so sickly sweet…I wish I could have that. Who the hell are you writing about?"

Her response was to look away and bite her lip.

"I've fallen for him and it's too late to go back.

I like him so so much…heck! I might even love him.

But he's already got a girlfriend. I think he loves her. I know for sure she loves him back just as much'."

Ben could tell she wanted him to stop reading, but he was curious. He wanted to know and he wouldn't stop reading till he found out who his best friend was in love with.

He really hoped it wasn't the creepy goth dude from across the road.

"I can see him through my window right now. He looks happy.

Maybe he just got back from a date with Annabel."

He looked up.

Elise had turned.

It looked like she wanted to run away.

It all fit together now.

The only thing you could really see out of Elise's bedroom was his bedroom next door, he had had a steady relationship with Annabel and he was one of the only people in their small little town that actually had an Irish accent.

His best friend had been describing him.

She had fallen for him and she loved him.

She thought it was unrequited love, but was it?

He reached out to turn her around.

He looked into her eyes and all he could see was love, love, love.

And he kissed her.

20 years old

Ben smiled when he saw his girlfriend running up to him. It was college break and they hadn't seen each other for weeks. Their only communication had been via mobile phone, email, im and if they were lucky, webcam.

Elise ran up to him and enveloped him with a hug.

"Guess what I found?" he whispered.

"I found my other half."

A/N - I probably should have added ages ago that there is a sequel to this that follows Ben & Elise's life after Guess What I Found. It's called My Definition of Love so go check it out.

And thanks to all my readers and reviewers! =)