A very sad riarkle. Like pining for something. Is better if is from Riley, realizing that she lost her chance with him. Sorry but this kind of thing is for my broke soul
//Angsty. So angsty. Thanks for the prompt and the suffering (:
–I’ll Be Here Waiting For You–
Farkle chased the brunette down the hall shoving past a few students making their way to their third period class. “Riley!”
The brunette kept walking away…walking faster it seemed. Farkle began to jog, pushing a few more people on the way and was able to catch up and slide quickly in front of her. “Riley! I’ve been calling your name for the past 5 minutes.”
Riley jumped back as if she hadn’t expected him to be there so suddenly. “Oh I’m sorry. I didn’t hear you.” She clutched the books in her hands tightly ready to continue walking but Farkle had blocked her path. The truth was she was avoiding him and she didn’t want to talk to him.
“I wanted to ask if you wanted to go to the planetarium on Saturday. They’re doing a whole presentation on Pluto. Can you believe it? We’re going right.”
Riley nervously moved a strand of hair behind her ear. “No I can’t. I- promised I’d go with Maya to something she asked about.”
“Oh. That’s okay. We can go next week then. I’ll buy the tickets tonight.”
“Farkle no. I can’t next week either.”
“What? Why not?”
“I have plans then too. Maybe just take Smackle. I’ll go some other time.”
“Some other time? This is a once in a life time opportunity. How many places do you see do whole presentations on a planet that’s not considered a planet of our universe anymore. Besides Smackle doesn’t really care about Pluto. We have to go!”
Riley tried to push past him. “I’m sorry. I can’t go.” She began to turn the corner of the hallway, but Farkle held onto her arm.
“Riley, what’s wrong?”
“What do you mean?” Her eyes were locked on his hand on her arm which she quickly pulled away.
“It just- it feels like, for the past few days you’ve been trying to avoid me. Is that what this is? Are you avoiding me?”
“I’m not avoiding you.” Riley lied through her teeth.
“Then how come we don’t see each other as much as we used to.”
Because you have a girlfriend, Riley thought to herself.
“Don’t be silly, Farkle. We see each other all the time. History class. Lunch. At Topnaga’s.”
“That’s not what I meant. I -”
Maya was pulling Riley away. She had witnessed the two talking from the other side of the hallway. She knew Riley. She knew that face. She was itching to escape and like any best friend should, Maya came to the rescue. “Riley I was looking for you. You gotta help me with that…with that thing you promised to help me with. Oh hey Farkle. Bye Farkle.”
As soon as they were out of earshot from Farkle, Riley spoke. “Thanks.”
“I don’t like seeing you like this Riles. I can’t stand that look of pain on your face every time you talk to him.”
“I know, but you can’t do anything about it. You promised. You know. They’re meant to be together. Thinking Farkle and I were going to be-” Riley’s words faltered.
“Oh honey.” Maya said pulling in Riley for a hug.
That’s how it had been for the following days. . Riley couldn’t see Farkle without her heart aching or without the words “what if” dancing through her head. Maya had done her best to keep Farkle away, but there was only so much she could do. Riley still hung out with the whole group, but she could no longer be alone with Farkle. Or Farkle and Smackle. Not without getting a sinking feeling and every day it was getting harder to hide the truth.
Hope had arrived when Farkle and Smackle broke up. It was a mistake to think they wouldn’t get back together. A mistake to think Farkle was over Smackle and Smackle was over Farkle. A mistake to imagine herself telling Farkle that she liked him. A mistake to think he’d say he’d like her back. A mistake to think they’d be a couple. A mistake to think they’d fall for one another.
Meanwhile, She waited. She waited for that day that he’d wake up and perhaps realize that Riley had been waiting for him this whole time. She wouldn’t do anything. She couldn’t. Farkle was happier with Smackle. They were Smarkle. Smackle was a good friend. Farkle was her best friend and never in a million years would she do anything to shatter his happiness. Even if it meant shattering her own.
Sometimes she would see Farkle and Smackle laughing about something they had been talking about, giggling over some science project or smiling at each other in the hallway and every time Riley walked away.
She walked away knowing she was never meant to be with him. Farkle and Smackle was the couple that made it while she was the girl who let him get away.