Day two Prompt: Games/Music
Levy let out a sigh, resting her head against the window as she stared outside, the book in her lap long forgotten as she watched the raindrops chase each others tails down the cool glass.
Her thoughts weren’t focused on the hero and his predicament fighting off the evil sorceress, their story sprawled out in words on her lap. No, they were on a certain tall dark and handsome college student.
Everyone had warned her. “He’s trouble” they’d said, “good girls don’t date bad boys, you’ll only get your heart broken.”
She heard what they whispered in the corners of lecture rooms and in the dorm hallways.
“He’s so messed up”
“heard he had a really screwed up childhood”
“Been to juvie once or twice I’ll bet”
“I believe it, I mean have you seen his piercings?”
The warnings and rumors had all fallen on deaf ears. She knew he had a troubled past, but if her classmates knew what she’d been through what would they whisper about her? It wasn’t fair to hold someone’s past against them.
She’d seen his kindness, saw the warmth and love in his heart, protected behind armor made of steel. It had taken a little while, but he’d opened up to her, told her about his past, his fears, his hopes and dreams, and she had told him hers.
Her heart had been pierced by iron and those dark eyes that could look down into her very soul. She loved him, and she thought he had loved her too.
That night flashed through her mind, a month later and the memories were just as raw as the night she’d gotten them.
“Gajeel, talk to me!” She cried, running after him as he walked away, grabbing onto his arm in an attempt to stop him.
He shook her off and wheeled around, getting right in her face as he roared. “What’s the point?!”
She stepped back slightly, startled at the venom and volume of his voice. They’d had some fights before, sure, but he was usually the one trying to calm her down and work things out.
The muscle in his jaw danced as he ground his teeth together, his chest heaving as his anger ran rampant. Letting out a strangled roar he jerked his fingers through his long black hair and clawed at his skull.
“Gajeel…what happened? Please tell me, I can-”
He cut her off, eyes blazing as he rounded on her. “What? What can you do? Little miss perfect! Little miss scholarship! Little daddy’s girl! What could you possible do?!”
She blanched, he’d never used her social standing against her before…she had thought he didn’t care that she came from a more well off family. “What…what’s gotten into you?”
He laughed bitterly. “Right, cause I’m the broken one, right? The damaged one.”
“Gajeel, I never thought that, you know I-”
He lifted his hand quickly, causing her to flinch.
She knew he’d never hit her, he’d never do that to her…not since he had grown up in an abusive home, he had the scars to prove it. He had a temper, she knew that, but he would never hit her.
“Just…get lost, okay?”
She blinked, confusion and pain knotting in her stomach. “Are…are you breaking up with me?”
He refused to meet her eyes, staring at the ground with enough force that she half expected the earth to split open. “If that’s what you want to call it. Must be a relief, huh? Getting rid of the garbage in your life.”
“How dare you!” She suddenly shouted, arms trembling with how hard she was clenching her fists. “How…dare you.” She repeated, quieter this time.
He still refused to look at her.
“You…how could you say something like that? After everything…do you think so little of me?”
Silence was the only thing that answered her.
“Well…I guess that’s that then…” She inhaled shakily, fighting to keep her tears contained. “Just know, whatever happened to make you act like this…this won’t make it any better.” And with that, she turned and walked away, tears finally streaming down her cheeks.
His parting words still echoed in her mind, cutting her to the very core.
“Run back to your perfect little life, princess.”
Tears silently ran down her cheeks, the ache in her chest just as painful as ever.
She hadn’t had a perfect life, she knew she had it better than a lot of people, but she’d had to deal with her own trials. Losing her mother, slipping into a state of depression that had almost snuffed her out completely, the bullying all through high school, it had all weighed so heavily on her. But now…she was better, life was better, but it had never been perfect.
She sniffed and wiped off her face. Deciding to go down to the student lounge to relax. Maybe the presence of other students would distract her.
It was almost an hour later when she decided being around other people wasn’t the best plan. People kept whispering, or asking her how she was doing, where Gajeel had disappeared to, etc.
As she began to make her way back to her dorm, she received a text.
Her heart nearly stopped when she saw who it was from.
Hesitantly, she opened the message and say there was an audio file attached. After standing with her thumb hovering over the delete button, she finally pressed play and lifted the phone to her ear.
Her heart broke at the sound of his voice.
“I don’t know if you’re listening to this…you probably won’t…uh…” He cleared his throat. “L-listen…I can’t…I can’t say what I want to, so I’ll tell you the only way I know how.”
Tears welled in her eyes when she heard him pluck at the strings of his guitar.
“This one’s for you, Shrimp.”
“Hey…slow it down, whataya want from me? Whataya want from me?
Yeah, I’m afraid…whataya want from me? Whataya want from me?”
“There might have been a time when I would give myself away, Oh once upon a time I didn’t give a damn.”
“But now, here we are…so whataya want from me? Whataya want from me?”
The tears started to fall as she placed a hand over her mouth.
“Just don’t give up, I’m working it out, please don’t give in, I won’t let you down. It messed me up, need a second to breathe, just keep coming around, hey what do you want from me?”
“What do you want from me? What do you want from me?”
“Yeah, it’s plain to see, that baby you’re beautiful, and there’s nothing wrong with you,”
“It’s me, I’m a freak, but thanks for loving me, cause you’re doing it perfectly.”
A sob escaped her chest, her feet began moving.
“Yeah there might have been a time when I would let you slip away, I wouldn’t even try but I think you could save my life.”
“Just don’t give up, I’m working it out, please don’t give in, I won’t let you down. It messed me up, need a second to breathe, just keep coming around, hey what do you want from me?
“What do you want from me? What do you want from me? What do you want from me?”
“Hey, slow it down…what do you want from me?”
She nearly crashed into the wall as she rounded the bend in the hall too quickly.
“Just don’t give up on me…I’m working it out, please don’t give in, I won’t let you down.”
She was soaked from head to foot, dripping a puddle onto the dorm floor as she stood in front of his doorway, chest heaving, knuckles almost numb from pounding on the door.
“It messed me up, need a second to breathe, just keep coming around, what do you want from me? What do you want from me? Yeah what do you want from me…”
The door swung open, revealing a disheveled Gajeel.
His eyes widened at the sight of her, mouth parting to say something.
She dropped her phone and lunged at him, wrapping her arms tightly around his waist before burying her face in his chest and sobbing.
He hesitated a moment before gathering her into his arms and holding her tightly, his arms trembling slightly as he rested his forehead against her shoulder, hunched over so that his large frame was practically folded over her.
“I’m sorry…I’m so, so sorry, Levy.”
She shook her head. “D-don’t…just hush.”
He obeyed, staying silent as she fought to get her tears under control.
“I-I love you, you big dummy.” She confessed, the words slipping off her tongue naturally. It had been the first time she’d told him…the first time she’d told any boyfriend.
“I don’t deserve it.”
She laughed and pulled back so she could look at him. “I don’t care. Now shut up and kiss me.”
He grinned and leaned down, the kiss showing just how much they’d longed for each other the past month.
“I love you, too.” He murmured against her lips.
She just smiled. “I know.”