Love at first Shove

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic
Scarlett tells her five year old daughter the story of her father, and how they fell in love when they were only fourteen years old. She relives their past through the pictures that clutter the walls of her room hoping that one day she will understand why he's left her and Cassie alone to face the world.

Submitted: March 11, 2012

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Love at first Shove

“We were fourteen in that picture. Your dad had just shoved me off a bridge hoping he could impress his buddies by doing so. But I wasn’t a delicate little flower like he thought I was. When he shoved me I grabbed onto his wrist as tightly as possible and pulled him with me. The water was horrible, green, and slimy and it clung to our bodies. I can remember hollering in fear because I didn’t know how to swim and that water was definitely above my head. At first I thought for sure he was going to leave me there just to have a good laugh, but when he saw that I was truly terrified, he wrapped one of his long, lanky arms around my waist and tugged me out of the water. I was shivering when we got out and it wasn’t from the cold. I was furious with him and his behavior. I lashed out in a moment of rage and decked him in the face. Only, you see, it didn’t have the affected I was hoping for. He stared at me in shock with a smirk on his face while he tried to hide a smile. And in that moment, I knew he was the one. The one person I would spend the rest of my days with even though he had forgotten his manners in those brief moments when we first met.” I sighed, tears filling my eyes as I recalled the first time I met Christopher. We had been such and odd pair even then.

Looking down at the toddler in my arms I smiled through the pain. She was all I had left of the man I loved, and I had to cherish that because even she could be torn from me when I least expected it.

Moving onto the next picture I laughed. Chris and I were covered in mud with looks of pure delight on our faces. We were sixteen by then and he finally declared that I was the perfect girl for him, and that I must be his girlfriend.

“Daddy ticked me off in that one and the closest thing to throw at him was mudd. Only I didn’t figure in him scooping up his own handful of it and lobbing it back at me. I didn’t know how to react to that so I did what any logical person would have done, I reached down and grabbed another handful of mudd and hit him square in the face. I don’t know how we ever made it in the beginning baby; we both had such dangerous tempers. But he loved me, and I loved him. We worked at it ever day from the very first date, and despite everything everyone had to say we fought through it and found common ground. I guess it helped that you came along so soon though. You made our love for each other grow a thousand times stronger.”

Her deep blue eyes stared up at me as I talked about picture after picture showing her the man that was her father. Telling her about the time we shared together as kids, the moments when we truly felt the love we had for each other grow, and how we got ourselves into the stupidest situations when we were angry.

When I arrived at the last three pictures my heart ached in agony. One was from our wedding day seven months ago, another one was of him walking onto a plain, and the last was from the day I gave birth to Cassidy.

Pointing at the one of Chris walking away I whispered into her hair,” Your daddy was a good man baby. He was proud of what he had. You were his world and I can’t figure out to this day how he left such a beautiful little girl behind. He’s not a bad man bunny, but he was so confused lately he didn’t know what to do. He thought the best thing for him to do was to walk away. But it wasn’t he was so wrong it breaks my heart to think about him, and I know you have to miss him. You two spent so much time together when you were newly born. I wish more then anything in the world that I could just turn back time and smack him for what he was about to do. I promise you Cassie I will find your father for you. He doesn’t want me anymore, but he’ll always love you.” With one last glance at the pictures I turned and walked out of the room so I could put Cassie down for a nap, only to find Chris standing in the door way tears streaming down his face.

He slumped against the wall when he saw my face. His clothes were dirty and haggard hanging limp on his body. His eyes were blood shot, sunken into his head, and full of emotions I’ve never seen there before.  

“Scarlett, how…how could you even think that way? I’ve loved you since we were fourteen years old, and my feelings for you have never changed nor faltered. You’ve owned my heart all along; it was love at first shove. I wish I could wind back time and plant my feet firmly beside you because that’s where they belong sweetheart. I can only get on my knees and beg you to accept my apology. Please Scarlett; don’t doubt my love for you.” His voice was strong and sure. I knew within that very moment that he didn’t leave for him, he left for me and Cassie, and I knew that no matter what he did, I’d always love him with my whole heart.

“There’s nothing to forgive, I still love you. And I know why you did what you did Chris.” I rushed towards him and threw myself into his strong sturdy arms enjoying the moment of complete peace that filled my body, heart and soul.


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