I stared at her. "What?" was all I could manage.
"Harry, face it. I haven't done anything positive for you the whole time we've been together." A tear streamed down Hallie's face. "You need a girl who's pretty and thinner and she has a reputation! I can't provide you with any of that. We need to face the music." She began to walk away.
"Halina Elizabeth Thomas." She stopped at the sound of her full name. I grabbed her waist and pulled her to me. "You are beautiful," I kissed her softly. "And you are all I've ever wanted in a girl. Loving you is the easiest thing I've ever done. You mean the world to me, and you're mistaken if you ever thought I would've left you to be raped by that man. If I lose you again, I might go crazy." I looked directly into her eyes which were watering again. I wiped away a tear that had begun to fall. "Hal, don't ever think that breaking up with me is the best option. Because you would destroy me." She blinked back tears again. "I love you."
Her blue eyes glistened. "I love you more."
I smiled and grabbed her hand. "Do you wanna head back to the cabin?"
She nodded, still sniffling. On the way out, I stopped at a carnival game.
The carnival worker looked at me and then made a disgusted face. "Two dollars, if ya wanna play."
I handed him the money and threw the baseball, hard, at the empty beer cans.
The worker sighed. "Good job. You win. Anything you want." He said gesturing to the stuffed animal prizes behind him.
I looked to Hallie. "Ladies choice."
Her face exploded into a huge grin. "I want that one!" She said pointing to a large brown teddy bear with a red bow tie. The man retrieved it and handed it to me. I then passed it to Hallie.
"Oh, Harry!" She sqeezed it tight. "This might sound stupid, but I've always wanted a boy to win a prize for me at a fair!"
I kissed her. "Well I'm happy I could do that for you."
She grabbed my hand and we both walked to the car.
"I had fun Harry." She said climbing into the passenger seat and shutting the door behind her.
I climbed in too and turned the key in ignition. Then suddenly remembering something, she jumped up and got out of the car. I watched her, waiting to see what she was doing. She took the teddy bear from the floor of the backseat and placed it on the leather seat. Then she carefully buckled it in. Once she was satisfied, she returned to her place next to me. I grabbed her hand and turned the steering wheel with my other.
"Someday, you'll be a great mother," I said, turning to look at her for a split second before returning my focus back to the road. Last time I turned away I hit someone.
She laughed. "I sure hope so." Then she looked back at the teddy bear all buckled in the car, it's smile forever sewed into it's plush face. Though I think it had a reason to smile now, with Hallie taking care of it.