Melissa felt so confused. She really had no idea what to do. She remembered gazing into Derick's eyes after he had kissed her. She was in total shock. She could tell by the look in his eyes, he
had not just kissed her for the hell of it. He was actually serious. But how could Derick be in love with her?
"Derick! What are you doing?" Melissa had said to him, moments after he had kissed her. "You're my cousin!"
As soon as Melissa saw the look on Derick's face, she regretted saying it. She had always thought of Derick as her cousin. In actual fact he was her cousin through marriage only. His father had been married to Melissa's aunt but they had divorced years ago.
Melissa felt so confused. She was dating Ian. Derick knew that. He also knew there were problems between Melissa and Ian. She had been planning on breaking up with Ian anyway. His problem with drinking had been getting steadily worse and worse since they had started dating. The last straw for Melissa was when Ian had hit her. Violence was something she was not about to put up with but Derick kissing her tonight threw her life into complete and utter turmoil.
Ian had always been jealous of her relationship with Derick. They had always been very close. They had a lot in common and they lived in the same house so it was kind of a good thing that they could stand each others presence.
Melissa had tried and tried to convince Ian that there was nothing going on between her and Derick. How was she going to convince Ian that she had not been lying all along? Worse yet, if she broke up with Ian and he found about about the kiss, he would never believe that Derick did not have anything to do with her breaking up with him.
Then things got so much worse. When she got home from school the next day, Derick wasn't there.
"He decided to go and live with his father for a while." Her aunt told her. Melissa could not help but feel guilty. Derick was leaving because of her.
Melissa felt as if she were about to burst into tears as she ran from the house to the bus depot. She hoped she would not be too late to catch Derick before he left. She wanted to make sure that things between them. but most of all she did not want him just to run off without saying goodbye.
Suddenly, the skies seemed to open up. It was as if the heavens themselves were crying the tears that she was holding in. By the time Melissa made it to the bus depot, she was drenched. Just as she arrived, she saw a bus pulling out of the lot. She felt the tears start to flow down her cheeks. This felt like the worst day of her life.
"Melissa?" She heard someone say behind her.
When she turned around, she saw Derick standing behind her, about to board a bus that had just boarding. She felt immensely relieved that he was still there.
"You were just going to leave without even saying goodbye?" Melissa asked through the tears.
"What do you want me to say Melissa?" Eric asked. He found that he could not look at Melissa. Seeing her cry made him feel like taking her in his arms but after the way she had reacted when he had kissed her, he did not think she would want him to hug her. "I finally got the courage to let you know how I felt about you and you turned me down. We aren't cousins anymore but you still insist on calling me your cousin. Do you know how that makes me feel? I love you, Melissa and I know that you will never feel the same way about me as I do about you."
"Please don't leave me Derick." Melissa said, her voice cracking.
"Why? Why would I want to stay?" Derick asked.
Melissa ran to him. She threw her arms around him and kissed him. She felt Derick's arms wrap around her as they stood kissing in the rain for what seemed like an eternity. Finally they pulled apart, still in each others arms.
"But I'm your cousin aren't I?" Derick asked, smirking.
"No you aren't." Melissa replied, smiling, back at him.
"What about Ian?" Derick asked, nervously.
"I still plan on breaking up with him. I just - " Melissa stopped not knowing how to put her thoughts into words. "Until I do, I want to keep this between us okay? You have nothing to do with my breaking up with Ian but he'll never believe that - not if he finds out about this."
Derick looked at her sadly. He felt like shouting from the rooftops that he loved her but he also knew Ian could be extremely jealous and violent. He nodded thinking to himself he would have to save his rooftop shouting for another time. For now he had to make himself content with the fact that Melissa finally knew how he felt about her. Derick had to remind himself that baby steps are better than nothing.
"Hey kid? You getting on the bus or not?" The gruff voiced driver yelled out.
"Not." Derick said, not taking his eyes away from Melissa. The driver slammed the door shut and pulled out of the lot as they stood still in each others arms, standing in the rain.
"Come on. Let's go home." Derick said. "You must be freezing."
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