Forever & Always

Shane Richards and Alexis King were always glued together at the hip, the two teens couldn't stand to be apart. And then, well... they had to say goodbye. No, not for too long. Alexis was just going on vacation for a little while. But she was flying in a storm. And planes don't do well in the rain. A lot of the time, they crash. And that's where this story begins. *One Shot*

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1. Forever & Always

 

Forever and Always.

Shane blinked, unsure of where he was. The twenty-one year old looked around, taking in his surroundings. The hideous navy carpeting was spotless, and the large paneled windows that lined the walkway were glinting with the reflection of early morning sunlight. Small, indoor stores and fast food restaurants stretched out in front of him. Shane looked around once more, his mind searching for an idea of where he was. He knew he’d been here before, but he couldn’t think of the name. Glancing out the windows, he saw nothing but the shimmering white sky.

“Hello?! Is anyone here?” He calls out, turning his head back and forth.

“Hey, Shane.” The girl appears behind him, her face emotionless and her voice lacking any feeling.

Nervous, Shane spun around. His fearful eyes slowly softened as he caught sight of the girl he’d been madly in love with since nearly five years ago.

“Lex?” Shane replies, using a nickname for the orange-haired girl he’d known for years.

“That’d be me. Alexis King, in the flesh and blood… Well, sort of.” Alexis cracks a smile, sauntering forward.

“Lex, what’s going on? Where am I?” His words come out in a rush, stringing together. Shane flips his blonde hair and reaches out for the shorter girl.

“You don’t remember this place? We’re at the Kansas City Airport.” Alexis laughs dryly, finding no humor in the last place she’d walked in her short lived life.

Shane looks down, the memories coming back to him. Saying goodbye, a plane ride, rain, a phone call, a violently orange bottle of white pills. Then darkness. And after that… well, this.

“Coming back to you now, Shane?” Alexis smirks, hiding her feelings easily.

            “Lex… you’re dead.” Shane takes a step backwards, suddenly frightened by the teenager.

            “Bingo. And if you don’t man up and listen to me, you will be too. In all your infinite wisdom, you swallowed an overdose of your sister’s anti-depressants, after you found out my plane crashed and now you’re lying in hospital bed, hooked up to heart monitor with 6.2% chance of living, surrounded by everyone who loves you. I can’t help thinking you did it because I’m dead, but I won’t flatter myself.” She steps forward, eyebrows raised.

            “Maybe I want to be. I could be with you, Lex. I love you.” He says, closing the gap between them, no longer afraid. He pulls her close to him, bending down to kiss her. Alexis turns away, feeling unwanted tears sting her turquoise eyes.

            “Shane… god, you know how much I love you. But you can’t do this! I was your first love and I get that. People do crazy things for love. Hell, I was one of those people when I was with you. But honestly, you need to get through this. There’s someone down there, someone alive. That girl… she’s gonna be the one you live your life with. Please, Shane. You gotta say goodbye. I’m not worth giving your future up. You have so much to live for, Shane. Take a chance. Open your eyes. Live your life, Shane. Without me.” A tear runs down her cheek, and he leans forwards wipes it away with his thumb. His other hand reaches for hers and their fingers intertwine.

            “Lex, how do you even know it’s my choice?! You said I have a 6.2% chance. The odds aren’t in my favor!” Shane steps away, still gripping Alexis’s hand tightly.

            “Trust me, Shane. It’s your choice. Do what you want, but remember: I’m not worth it.” Alexis replies, dropping his hand. She turns away from him, walking away slowly. Shane watches as her crystal clear figure begins to blur. Slowly, Alexis turns back to him, just for a moment.

            “Hey, Shane, one more thing.” She smirks, the blurred edges of her form appearing clear for a moment.

            “What?” He raises an eyebrow, laughing slightly. It’s as if he doesn’t have a choice to make anymore, and he’s sixteen and recklessly in love again.

            “I love you, Shane. Forever and always, I promise.” Alexis says, repeating the words she’d said every day since she was sixteen. She smiles one last time, her body gradually fading away. “Bye, Shane.”

            Knowing she’s already gone, the blonde reaches out a hand touching the air where she’d stood just a moment ago. The air’s cold as ice.

            “I love you too, Lex. Forever and always. I promise.” He closes his eyes, and the airport fades away quickly.

 

******

 

At 2:03 AM, on Tuesday, December 4th, 2007, Shane Richards threw rocks at Alexis King’s window for thirteen minutes until she came to see what was going on. That was the moment he told her he loved her. They were together for almost five years with no chance of breaking up. They were glued together, the perfect couple. Every day, they swore it would be forever and always.

At 7:43 PM, on Wednesday, September 16th, 2012, the plane twenty-one year old Alexis King was traveling in crashed to the ground in a brutal storm. There were four survivors. Alexis King wasn’t one of them.

At 8:33 PM, on Thursday, September 17th, 2012, Shane Richards got a call from Sarah King, telling him that Alexis King had passed away in a plane crash.

At 8:36 PM, on Thursday, September 17th, 2012, Shane Richards attempted to kill himself by swallowing a handful of pills. Forty two minutes later, he was found by his fifteen year old sister. Shane was rushed to the hospital. The doctors did not believe he could be saved.

At 11:51 PM, on Thursday, September 17th, 2012, Shane Richards was officially reported to be in comatose. They didn’t think he would wake.

Three days later, at 4:32 AM, on Sunday, September 20th, 2012, Steven and Karen Richards pulled the plug on their son.

On Sunday, September 20th, 2012, at 4:36 AM, Shane Richards was pronounced dead.

The funeral was held thirteen days later.

And that’s where the end of their story begins.

 

******

           

            Alexis King blinked, the airport quickly coming into to focus. She was waiting for someone to come. If she was right, which, for the record, wasn’t often, Shane Richards should have arrived almost an hour ago.  The hallways and various waiting rooms were vacant. Bored, she sunk into one of the nondescript, plastic, gray chairs, braiding and unbraiding her poker straight orange locks.

“Huh. Lex, I always kind of assumed you’d be more patient after you died.” Shane Richards leans against a gray pillar behind his girlfriend, raising an eyebrow.

“You thought about what’d I’d be like after I died?” Alexis replies, smirking as she stands to face him.

“Um, no. Maybe. Sort of.” Shane laughs, his cheeks blushing red. Alexis laughs, shaking her head.

“So… Shane. You didn’t listen to me.” Alexis says, her smirk vanishing.

“Lex, I couldn’t live without you. There’s no one down there for me. And even there was, I’d be stuck loving you and everyone deserves better than that. You’re the only girl I’ve ever loved, and I’ll love you until the stars fall out of the sky. Forever and always, Lex. I promised.” He wraps his arms around her waist, looking down into her eyes.

“I never knew you were poetic.” Alexis replies, lacing her arms around his neck. Looking at her, realizing everything he’s ever wanted is right in front of him, he smiles.

“I love you too, Shane.” Smiling, she kisses him.

“Forever and always.” The two smile as they break apart. Their intertwined hands swinging back and forth, they walk away. Slowly, their figures blur, and then vanish, leaving a trace of icy air behind them.

 

 

 

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