I'll Always Be Here

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic

Would you wait two years for the guy you love to realize he loves you back?

I want to believe you,” Heather said, tears forming in the corners of her eyes. “But I just can't.” A tear fell down her cheek, and walked away, leaving him alone.

Jacob had stood there for about twenty minutes when her best friend Theresa walked out the door and towards him. She stopped in front of him and looked him in the eyes, a serious look on her face.

Heather loves you. As much as she wants to hate you and tear you out of her heart, and as many times as you've made her cry, she loves you. With her whole heart, Jacob. I don't have any idea how much blinder you can get, but Heather would do anything for you. She has lied for you. She's cried for you. She has even fought for you.” Theresa shook her head. “I know I can't make you fall in love with her. It's pretty much impossible. But what I can do is help you realize that the girl you've been looking for is right under your nose.”

Not waiting a moment for him to respond, Theresa walked back inside, leaving him alone once again. Jacob shook his head and sat on the curb. Placing his head in his palms, he took a couple deep breaths, willing the tears not to fall. What he wanted to tell Theresa was that he knew exactly who he'd been looking for all this time. He was just too scared to admit it. He'd fallen in love with Heather these past few weeks; or maybe, just maybe, he'd always been in love with her. It'd just taken him this long to realize it.
He wouldn't doubt that the latter was true. If only he could tell her. If only he hadn't messed everything up
again. Heather was in love with him, he was sure. But would she forgive him this time? There was only one way to find out.

He stood up and walked inside. Apparently his face said what he needed, because people automatically pointed to the front door. Butterflies fluttered in Jacob's stomach as he stepped outside. Heather was sitting on the curb, back facing him. Surprisingly, she was alone. She'd probably told people she wanted to be by herself for a while.

I want to be alone,” she said sharply, as if people had been walking outside all night, asking her if she was okay.

I know,” he whispered. “But I'm not giving up that easily.”

Heather turned around, her eyes red and face blotchy from crying. “Why? Why are you trying now? It's not like you ever tried before. It's not like you cared in the first place.” She stood up and started walking down the sidewalk. Jacob ran to catch up with her, and grabbed her arm.

That's the thing,” he said, breathing heavily. “I do care. I've always cared. Nobody knows this, but I've been in love with you all along. I've just been to scared to admit to anyone, let alone myself.”

Heather tilted her head and looked him quizically. “Do you honestly expect me to believe that piece of crap?” she hissed. She shook her head in disbelief and continued walking away. Jacob put his hands on his hips and took a deep breath. This wasn't going to be as easy as he thought.

He started jogging, catching up with her. Heather continued walking, and he knew he was going to have to do something drastic in order for her to stop. Jacob grabbed her arm once again, but she tried to pull away. He was stronger than her, though, and his grip didn't loosen.

Will you let me go?” she yelled. “I'm kind of trying to get you to leave me alone.”

He smiled. “I already told you I'm not giving up.”

Heather whirled around, making him stumble a little. “Why aren't you giving up?!” she asked. “For two years I have been head over heels in love with you. And every time you found out, you would do nothing – nothing. You'd just sit there like a bump on a log and act like you couldn't care less about what I was feeling. But then you find out that I'm leaving and all of a sudden you care about how I feel, about how much I'm in love with you?” Her voice caught on the last word, and tears started flowing down her cheeks. “How many times have I cried over you?” she asked.

He looked at her. “Too many,” he replied quietly.

You're right. Too many tears I've shed for you. Too many nights I've wasted in my room, dreaming of what could've been. I've fallen like a fool for you, Jacob, can't you see that? I keep on telling myself I'm in too deep, but then you look at me, and I fall even farther. It's like I'm too tangled in a web of unrequited love. Everyone has tried to save me from it, but no one – no one – can save me, Jake. Except you.”

He looked into her blue eyes, dark with sadness. “But what if I don't want to save you, Heather? What if I want you to stay in love with me, because I just might be in love with you too?”

She shook her head. “Well, Jacob, it's too late. I'm leaving in less than a month, and there's nothing we can do about it. If you're in love with me, great. I'm glad we figured that out at the right time. But I've spent two years of my life trying to make you realize that I'm the girl you belong with. I've spent two years pining over you, when I could've been happy with someone else. Everything's too late, Jacob. You being in love with me, us having the chance to be together. Everything. I'm sorry.” More tears fell from her eyes and he walked forward. With his thumbs he wiped away the tears and looked into her eyes.

Heather, it's never too late. Just because you're leaving doesn't mean you can't know how I feel. Yes, I'm in love with you. I'm pretty sure I have been since the day we met. You're in love with me, and you have been since the day we met as well. The 800 miles we're gonna be apart don't mean a thing to me. We have phones. We have computers. This doesn't have to end.” He grabbed her hands and entwined their fingers.

Heather looked into his eyes. “But what happens when I meet someone at school, and I fall for him? What am I supposed to do?”

Jacob laughed. “Keep falling for him. He'll probably treat you better than I ever could have. But just remember that I'm always gonna be here for you, if you ever decide to come back. Who knows? Maybe we're meant to be together.” He smiled.

She laughed a sad laugh. “Maybe.”

Jacob leaned forward and kissed Heather lightly on the lips. “I love you,” he whispered.

She sighed. “I love you too,” she replied, another tear falling down her cheek.

You've really got to stop crying,” he teased, wiping the tear away.

I know,” she said. “It's gonna take a while, though.”

Jacob wrapped his arms around Heather, breathing in her scent. “I'll always be here,” he whispered into her hair.

Heather tucked her head into his shoulder. “I know.”

Submitted: May 09, 2010

© Copyright 2022 Mary Leigh Everson. All rights reserved.

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aww i liked this
it was really sweet :)

Mon, May 10th, 2010 3:09pm


Awh, thanks!! [:

Sun, July 11th, 2010 9:21am


This was really cute, I sort of like that we don't know if she found some one else, because we know that he's there, waiting for her. Great job.

Sun, July 11th, 2010 1:27am


Thank you! [:

Sun, July 11th, 2010 9:20am

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