Monday, September 12, 2016

Live at Five: Part 2




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Olivia pushed her hair out of her face and looked up at David's window. She'd messed up earlier, going off on him the way he did. 
Dinner with her family that night had been tense, to say the least.
Once her parents had gone to bed, she snuck out of the house and headed down the street to David's house.
She needed to apologize. She couldn't leave things as she had when she'd run off earlier.
She took a deep breath as her hands wrapped around the trellis on the side of his house and began to climb up. This would probably be one of the last times she'd do this, she thought to herself as a tear slid down her cheek. She wiped swiped it was with her forearm and kept climbing.
She reached the lower roof and made her way to his window. She looked in and saw David lying on the bed. He was awake, staring at the ceiling with his arms propped behind his head.
She gently tapped on the window, not wanting to be too loud. She waited as he turned and looked at her.
He turned and looked at the ceiling again and for a moment, she thought he wasn't going to acknowledge. But she watched as he sat up and swung his feet over the side of the bed and hit the floor. He stood, padded across the room, and lifted the window.
He leaned forward, staring at her, but didn't say anything.
"I'm sor–"
She didn't get to finish her sentence as he mouth covered hers. She wrapped her arms around his neck and he pulled her into the room. He kissed her for a few more seconds before pulling away.
He rested his forehead against hers, chest heaving.
"Don't think for one second that this shit doesn't hurt me as much as it hurts you," he croaked.
"I know," Olivia said quickly, reaching up to palm his cheek. "I'm sorry for the way I acted earlier."
David nodded and then led her over to the bed. He climbed in and she followed, relishing in the warmth of his arms around her.
They sat in silence for a long time, staring out of the window.
"Livvie," David finally said. "You know I love you...right?"
"Yes," Olivia said. "I love you too."
Eventually they fell asleep in each other's arms.
They spent every moment they could over the next two weeks, but eventually the inevitable time came for them to say goodbye.
"I can't do it," Olivia said, shaking her head. "I can't say goodbye to you."
They were standing in her backyard, underneath the tree he'd carved their initials in.
"Here," he said, holding up a camera. "One last picture. Smile."
He wrapped his arm around her, held up the camera and Olivia did her best to smile. 
But she felt hollow.
After David took the picture, he turned to her, looking as heartbroken as she felt.
"Livvie!" Her mother was calling. "We've got to get on the road."
Olivia sighed and looked over her shoulder and then back up at David.
He leaned down and kissed her and she could feel the goodbye in his kiss.
"Livvie!" her mother shouted again.
"You have to go," David said, against her lips.
Olivia held him tightly and kissed him again. David grabbed her hands and peeled them from behind his neck and took a step back.
"I love you, Livvie," he said as he backed away.
"I love you too," she said, trembling as he continued to move further away from her. Finally, he turned sprinted toward the fence, before jumping over it.
Tears streamed down her face as she turned.
Her mother came out the back door and when she saw Olivia, she pressed her hand to her heart.
"Oh honey," she said, rushing to Olivia. "I know this is hard for you. It's hard for us all."
She wrapped an arm around Olivia and guided her toward the car.
Once they were in the car, her father drove off. They drove past David's house and she gasped when she saw David standing on the sidewalk. He waved and she waved back. Once they past the house, she looked out of the back window and saw David in the street watching her.

And she watched him until he faded away with the distance the car put between them.

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