Hey guys heres my contribution to #choicescreates round 16 with the prompt “Don’t ask me to say I don’t love you” This is a JakexMC fic set right after the gang escapes La Huerta. Enjoy!
As soon as they step foot on dry land the gang erupts into cheers and everyone jumps off the boat in excitement.
Jake is bombarded with hugs from everyone, surprisingly even Zahra.
“Not bad Pilot,” Sean says before he slams into him from behind and pulls him into a long hug.
The last person to hug him is MC who turns to him with bright eyes and a blinding smile before she’s in his arms and her lips are on his.
He closes his eyes and lets the warmth that spreads through him every time they kiss make its way through his body as he tries to memorize the feeling.
When she pulls away she rests her forehead on his and stays close.
The rest of the group has started walking towards the street presumably to look for some sort of transport into the city, their cheers growing quieter as they move out of view.
MC’s eyes are shining with joy and Jake just stares at them for a moment, unable to bring himself to do what he knows he has to do.
“We did it,” she smiles and Jake has to gulp back the emotion he feels rising to the surface.
He pulls away from her and turns his head.
“I can’t stay”
He can’t bear to look back at her after he’s said it. Hurting her is the last thing he wants to do, but he’s a wanted man and he can’t let her get hurt. He’d never forgive himself. It’s better this way.
“I’m leaving to Costa Rica as soon as I can find a plane to get me there.”
He feels her hands on his chest but he still can’t bring himself to look at her.
“I’ll go with you.“
He wants to say yes; every fiber of his being is telling him to bring her with him. It would save a whole lot of heartbreak. But he can’t. He’s selfish to even entertain the thought.
“No, you can’t. You have friends here. You have school. You can’t ruin your life just because of me. I’m not worth it.”
“Jake,” he voices breaks and Jake finally looks into her eyes and is shattered to see the hurt that has replaced the unmistakable joy that had been there just moments prior.
He did that. He hurt her. He won’t ever forgive himself.
“I’m sorry,” is all he can say before he turns completely around and starts to walk away. He stops in his tracks when MC speaks again.
“How could you?”
His blood freezes at the anger and bite in the three words. Let her be angry he tells himself. It’s better than to be heartbroken, but it kills him so much more.
He keeps walking despite how with every step he aches to run back into her arms.
“You might as well just say you don’t want me, it would hurt a hell of a lot less”
At that Jake turns around, because no, he can’t let her think that, not when it’s as far from the truth as she could get.
“Princess…" he trails off trying to hold back the tears he knows are threatening to spill over.
He sees her visibly deflate at the nickname and he takes a step towards her hesitently.
“Don’t make me, Princess please, please don’t ask me to say I don’t love you. Because I-”
She cuts him off,
“No, don’t say it. Don’t you dare say it to me.”
She’s crying now and he wants nothing more than to pull her into his arms and hold her tight until there’s a smile on her beautiful face.
Instead, he turns around and finally lets the tears fall as he leaves her behind him.