Back To Basics Pt. 15
Riley Matthews lived in NY for the majority of her childhood. That is up until 6th grade when her father was offered a job in sunny California, which he accepted. Riley was forced to leave behind everything she knew, her school, her teachers and her small group of best friends. Fast forward 5 years where Riley and her family decide it’s time to move back home. Now a junior in high-school Riley has to figure out where she belongs after being gone for so long.
Chapters 1[x] 2[x] 3[x] 4[x] 5[x] 6[x] 7[x] 8[x] 9[x] 10[x] 11[x] 12[x] 13[x] 15[x]
A/N: This is kind of a short one. I really wanted to dedicate a whole chapter to just this conversation between them. The next chapter(s) will close things up.
Chapter 15 - “Better than you know yourself.”
His eyes pleaded with her to let him in. Not just in her room, but back into her heart. She studied his face through the thick glass window. He looked disheveled and distraught. His clothes were soaked. It wasn’t until she looked past him that she noticed the rain pouring down outside.
She leans over and unlocks the hatch, sliding open the window that he could barely fit through. They stand before each other, as he climbs inside dripping wet. Everything was silent. All she could hear was the rain outside her window and the sound of her heart pounding in her chest. When he finally spoke, his words filled the air and left a bittersweet taste on her tongue.
“I’m in love with you.” He says calmly, looking into her eyes.
“No, you’re not.”
How could he love her? When you love someone you don’t give up on them. You fight. And he didn’t.
Although the same could be said for her. She just accepted it. He gave up on them but she walked away. They were both guilty of not trying hard enough. It was something she struggled with for months this past summer. She kept thinking to herself ‘if only I asked him not to go’ or ‘if only I told him we could make it work no matter what.’ In the end all she was left with was a bunch of ‘if only’s and a broken heart.
But this right here hurt more than anything. Hearing him say those words stung worse than when he left. She felt like the world was playing a cruel joke on her.
“Yes I am.” He insists, taking a step closer.
“You weren’t in love with me in March why should I believe you’re in love with me now, 6 months later?”