Maybe it was her brown hair and pink summer dress. Maybe it was the fact that she was sitting all alone on a swing. But in that moment, Luke only really cared about the penguin stuffed animal she was holding in her arms. It was cute, and it was similar to the one he’d begged his mom to buy for him for ages, but his mother kept saying that he already had enough. Luke didn’t agree with her though. He didn’t think that 15 was enough.
Luke walked up to her, but she didn’t react to the sound of his footsteps coming closer to her. She kept her eyes on her penguin. “H-Hi,” Luke stuttered, looking down at his feet for a moment before looking back up at her. She was looking at him, her big, green eyes filled with surprise and curiosity.
“Hi,“ she said. Her voice was low and she blushed. She wasn’t used to people talking to her, let alone boys. She was quite a loner, she always had been. She didn’t mind, though. She never had.
“It’s a cute penguin,” Luke mumbled. A smile spread across Maddie’s lips as she tightened the grip on the penguin she was holding in her arms, and she mumbled a quiet ‘thank you’. “I’m Lucas,” he said.
“I know,” she said a little louder than before. She was confused as to why he was talking to her, but also curious. Luke was the only other kid in daycare she actually liked. She didn’t like the other kids. She found them utterly annoying for some reason. That was the reason she was always alone. She was very mature considering she was only 5 years old.
Luke blushed and smiled at him. “You’re Maddie, right?” She nodded. Luke sat down on the swing next to the one Maddie was sitting on. For a moment, they sat in silence. Luke stared at her, but she kept her eyes on the penguin. He thought she was pretty. Her long, brown hair was braided and her emerald eyes shone. She looked happy. Someone she actually liked was talking to her. Even better, Lucas Hemming was talking to her. She liked him. It wasn’t like she had a crush on him. No, she was only 5 years old; she barely knew what that meant. She just always thought he seemed nice and pretty cool. Little did she know that he felt the same way about her. They sat there in silence for a moment longer before Luke asked her why she always sat alone. She told him the reason; she told him that she wasn’t very fond of other children. They sat there and talked until they had to go home. After that, Luke didn’t want to spend time with the other kids. He only wanted to spend time with Maddie.
Soon they began spending all of their time together. They’d never been happier. What they didn’t know back then was, that it would only get better from there. For 10 years, they only grew closer. They trusted each other. Enjoyed each other’s company. Hell, they LOVED each other’s company. Love. They loved each other. They loved each other like siblings. At least that’s what they told each other. What they convinced themselves of. They knew better than that, though. They just didn’t want to admit it. They were in love with each other. So madly in love, but it wasn’t until Maddie told Luke that Michael Clifford, who Luke didn’t get along with at that time, had asked her out, that Luke realized that he loved her. He was so jealous. He couldn’t take it. So he told her. He told her the truth. He told her that he couldn’t lose her. That he was scared. He didn’t want her to be with Michael. Neither did he want to ruin their friendship if she didn’t feel the same way about him. But she did, and she couldn’t be happier. For almost 2 years they were a couple. Until it happened; the thing that changed their relationship. Luke wanted to be with her again so badly, but she moved to Georgia only 2 months later and she refused to talk to him.
When her parents had told her and Mason that they were to move to the U.S., Maddie was devastated. She didn’t want to leave Luke, but after what he did, she couldn’t wait to get away from him, and they didn’t see each other again until Daryl and Mason brought Luke and his friends back to the prison.