Where'd You Go?

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic
Sequel to "Love Me".

Submitted: May 27, 2009

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Submitted: May 27, 2009

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My heart raced as I half skipped half ran to the front door. The knock was loud and urgent but suddenly stopped. I frowned and twisted the lock, unsure whether to do it quickly or slowly. My hand turned slowly, stuck in slow motion. I pulled open the door and peered out. Standing there...was...no one. I frowned, stepped out and looked around. Something crinkled beneath my feet and I looked down at a letter adressed to me. I bent low, recognizing the handwriting instantly. MY heart skipped a beat and I felt suffocated. I stood, staring dumbly at the gate, left slightly open. I looked down at my hands, feeling them tremble. I didn't want o open it. I didn't want to know. Yet, I did. I looked up, shut the door behind me and raced out the gate, going as fast as my legs would carry me. 'He shouldn't be far away.' I thought desperately and pushed my legs faster still, dodging another runner as I turned the corner. They stumbled back, surprised at how fast I was running but I didn't turn. My eyes could only see ahead. They could only see the tears that began to leak. I blinked them away, obscuring my vision for a moment, but there was still time. I flew over the burning concrete on bare feet, wincing as loose stones cut into them. I pushed on. He wasn't gone, couldn't be. I came to the stony path, exhausted from running the whole way. But I only paused for a second, enough for me to gather my thoughts. I ran across the stones, stepping awkwardly as I hit sharper ones. Then I was on concrete again, flying. Then grass. I was in the park. The place he took me when he first came to Phoenix. I saw no sign of him, or anybody else anywhere in sight and the dark thoughts began to tumble in as I headed for the grove of trees. 'Is he such a coward that he couldn't tell me whatever it was himself?' I thought, feeling a tear slide down my cheek. I didn't bother to wipe away the wet path it had left across my cheek. 'No, whatever it was, I'm sure he had a good reason not to face me.' I thought. I was at the trees and standing stock still. I didn't know what I was doing. I stood still, breathing hard and wanting to cry. I glanced at the letter in my hands and dropped to my knees, feeling a lump in my throat. I crawled quickly through the shady tunnel and stopped just befoe the other side. My heart pounded against my chest, fluttering and falling. Like a baby bird want to get out of the nest and higher, into the clouds, yet terrified of falling or what they'd find there. I pushed on, one hand in front of the other. Knee following. I grappled with the possibilities of what was in the letter and tumbled out of the tunnel. The trees surrounded me like sad figures, lonely of being alone so long. I sat in the middle, looking around in panic. There was no one here. I stood, looked at the letter and slid my thumb under the flap, opening it slowly. I pulled out the letter and a loud sob escaped me as I read the first line: \"My love, my heart, I'm sorry.\" I hushed myself and read on. \"I never meant to hurt you like I'm sure you are being hurt now. Please, I'm begging you forgive me. I remember the first time I came, to dance with you. What I wouldn't do to dance with you again. Music and all. At midnight. Perhaps. But now, I am going home. I can't stay any longer and I won't be coming back. It's been over a year now that i've been living with my dad here in Phoenix and you have to know, I hate him. I need my mom. It sounds stupid I know, but I miss her too much. And now I'll be torn. You, and my mom. I'll miss you like no other I've missed before. I love you. I always will. But please don't hang on to me. If only I could dance....Just one, last, time, I would. I can't even bring myself to face you, because then, I wouldn't be able to leave. It was so hard. Please don't cry. Please. I love you....\" My hands trembled and I fell to my knees, crunching the letter in my tightening fist and I threw it at the nearest tree. I knelt there, sobbing and landed up lying down on my side, weeping quietly. He was gone. I didn't even get to tell him I loved him. This thought brought another loud sob that escaped from my lips before I could stop it. I don't know how much time passed, all I knew was that I lay there for what seemed like ages, sobbing, weeping, longing to be next to him instead of alone. In his arms, instead of my own. I pushed myself up and looked around the grove. Slowly I stood and walked to the tunnel, wiping my eyes I began to crawl. It was pitch black inside, meaning night. My parents would kill me. Then, my hand met another and all that came from me was a whimper, not a scream. A soft, large hand fumbled to cover my mouth and my heart began to flutter and pound again. I jumped back, hitting my head on a root and falling back to lie on the ground. The hand slowly laced its fingers through my own and I squinted to see who it could be, opening my eyes larger when I realised squinting was stupid. \"Shhh.\" A soft voice said. I nearly screamed in joy as I recognized the voice. He chuckled and I could feel him bend closer to me. \"What are you doing out here?\" The voice asked. All the sound I made was another whimper and I could imagine him frowning. A hand slipped around my waist and he pulled me into a sitting position. He carried me gently into the grove with difficulty and lay me in the middle. I could see him clearly now and I started crying again. I tried to sit up, but he pushed me back down, bending in close. He wiped a tear gently from my cheek. \"Don't cry.\" He whispered and kissed me. \"Zak...\" I managed to whisper. He smiled and lifted me to him, cradling me in his arms and then kissing me. \"I couldn't do it....Not without seeing you again. I heard you crying and I sat out there, listening ass if I could do nothing. When you stopped, I came in, but, I can't go. I can't do it. I knew you'd come here. I knew.......I love you!\" He said, raising his voice, he brought his lips to mine and kissed me passionately. I closed my eyes and let him lay me down and kiss me. I was speachless with joy. As he drew back, I smiled gently. \"I love you too.\"


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