~20 years later~
It's been twenty years since Kara left and I don't know why but I can't forget her. I've tried but it's impossible there's just something about her that's unforgettable. It just seems as if she's everywhere, on every face I see...
I was walking down the street to my office job I never really liked. After Kara left the guys and I realized we needed to finish school because we needed a good paying job. So finally after almost 6 years of high school and college we finally got our degrees and we all currently working in the same office building wasting our lives away sitting in an office cubical.
As I squeezed through the rush of people I had bumped into someone. I got a quick glimpse of their face and I almost froze. The person looked exactly like Kara did when she left except 20 years later. I quickly turned around and saw the person had disappeared. I shook my head and continued to the office building.
Once I had arrived and sat in my cubical I stared at the computer screen and saw the email my boss had sent explaining what he needed done. I groaned and started to type on the computer mentally counting down the minutes till it was break time.
"Hey Luke you're late today." I heard Michael say sticking his head above the cubical wall. Then I saw Calum and Ashton's heads pop up above the other two walls out of the corner of my eye.
"Yeah it was really busy on the sidewalk and I bumped into someone." I said plainly still continuing on my work not really paying attention to realize that the guys were sending confused stares at each other.
"Ok Luke what happened on your walk here?" Ashton asked.
"Why do you think something happened?" I asked saving my document and leaning back in my chair to look at them.
"Because you never get focused on your work and you always look for someway to stop doing it." Calum said.
"Fine. I thought I saw Kara today." I mumbled and I guess I didn't do it quiet enough because I heard all three of them gasp. "Before you say anything I know it sounds crazy. It's just that it was 20 years ago today she left and I just can't get her out of my head. I don't even know why I still remember the day she left."
"Luke we understand. You know we never forgot about her either." Calum said sadly.
"Then why haven't you talked about it?" I asked.
"The same reason as you I guess because we couldn't talk about it because how do you talk about a person who could probably be completely different from when we used to know her. And how do you remember a person who you haven't seen in 20 years." Calum said.
"Yeah I guess. Can I get back to work? I just don't want to talk. Well I do but not here in an office I want to do it somewhere when I'm not working." I said and the guys nodded and we agreed to get together after we had dinner sometime.
When I got home my wife Laura was in the middle of making dinner. I kicked my shoes off and put my stuff in the bedroom and went into the kitchen and wrapped my arms around her and rested my head on her shoulder.
"Hey Luke how was work?" She asked turning around once I let her go.
"Long and boring the usual. But the guys and I are getting together after dinner because we have some stuff to talk about." I said leaning against the island in our kitchen.
"Uh I don't know if that's gonna work Collin has baseball practice tonight." She said.
"Can you drive him I have something important to talk to them about." I plead.
"Why can't you talk to me about it?" She asked crossing her arms and looking a little upset.
"Honey it's not like that it's just I need to talk to them about it because it something that happened to us when we were in high school." I said.
"I thought you did it online?" She asked confused.
"That was the second time. The guys and I were kind of rebellious I guess is a good word to use. We didn't go to class, we fought and stuff. We just didn't really care but something happened that made us realize that we should finish school. And I'm sorry I didn't tell you it's just I didn't want to relive I guess. It was kinda stupid when I look back at it." I said putting my hand on the back of my neck awkwardly.
"Is there anything else you haven't told me?" She asked a little angry.
"No that's it I promise. I guess I could ask the guys to re-schedule and I'll drive Collin to ball practice." I said in defeat.
"No I'll take him I can see talking to them is important to them." She said.
"I love you." I said kissing her.
"I love you too Luke." She said when she pulled back.
"Daddy!" I heard a voice yell. I turned around and saw my excited 5 year old running towards me.
"Hey bud! How was school?" I asked picking up and holding him.
"It was amazing! I made a picture of you and me today." He said excitedly.
"Can I see this picture?" I asked.
"Ya!" He yelled getting out my arms and running to his room. I followed behind him and when he was in his doorway I picked him up causing him to laugh and sat him down on his bed.
"Look Daddy isn't it great." He giggled handing me the picture.
"This amazing!" I said looking at the picture. "Wanna go put it on the fridge?" He nodded excitedly grabbing the picture and running out of his room. Once I had caught up I saw Laura helping him put the picture on the fridge.
"Daddy are you coming to my baseball practice tonight?" He asked.
"I'm sorry Collin but Daddy has to go to out tonight." I said and I saw he got upset. "But hey I promise I'll come to the next one." And I saw the frown slowly turned into a smile and he nodded.
"Well dinners ready." Laura said. I nodded and picked up Collin and sat him at the table.
Laura and Collin had already left and I had messaged the guys and we decided to go Michael's house because he still hasn't managed to get himself a steady relationship, so it just seemed easier.
I walked out of the house and I was just about to get in my car and I saw a figure standing a couple houses away just staring. I couldn't really tell because the street light hadn't turned on yet but once it did I couldn't believe my eyes.
"Kara?" I questioned not believing she was there.
"Hey." She said awkwardly starting to walk towards me. But I couldn't take how slow she was being and I soon ran up and hugged her. "Luke I'm sorry." She sniffled.
"It's ok, please don't cry. I really missed you." I said.
"I really missed you too." She said finally hugging me back making me pull her even closer.
"What are you doing back?" I asked.
"It's been 20 years Luke. I wanted to see how you and the guys were doing. Hopefully you guys were still friends." She said.
"Yeah I was just about to go over to Michael's because we were all getting together you could come if you want." I said.
"Luke it'll be too awkward. What if they don't remember me or they're mad at me for leaving." She said letting go of me and backing out of the hug.
"They're not I promise please. We all missed you." I begged.
"I guess." She said. I smiled and grabbed her hand and dragged her back to the car. She got into the passenger seat and I quickly strapped in and started the car.
The drive there was kind of awkward because we didn't know what to talk about. I didn't know what to say so before I could think of something to say Kara started talking.
"I see you're married." She said.
"Yeah we have a 5 year old. We named him Collin I think you'd like him." I said.
"I'd love to meet him. How long have you been married?" She asked.
"6 years last month. I would have loved to have invited you to the wedding but..." I started awkwardly.
"I get it Luke. I didn't leave anyway to contact me and that's how I wanted it." She said.
"Because I didn't want you guys getting in trouble and I was tired of running from my parents. I just needed out, I needed to get away from here and just start a new life." She said. I just nodded and looked at her ring finger and saw she didn't have a ring.
"What about you. You got a boyfriend?" I asked.
"No. Ever since I left I've had a hard time making a connection with people, I don't know why though." But by the look on her face I could tell she knew exactly why she hasn't dated anyone yet.
"Kara please don't lie I know you know the reason why you haven't been in a relationship." I said causing her to sigh.
"Ok I do and it's because of you. I couldn't live with myself for leaving you. I really did love you Luke." She said staring at her feet. I pulled into Michael's driveway and put the car in park but didn't turn the car off.
"Kara you don't have to be embarrassed. I really loved you too, you were different. It took me a long time to heal because for 10 years I thought you were going to come back." I said causing her to turn her head and look at me shocked. "I never gave up hope that you'd come back. But after 10 years I finally had to agree with the guys that you weren't coming back and I had to move on."
"Luke I'm sorry if I-." She said but I cut her off before she could continue.
"Kara it's ok, if it wasn't for you I wouldn't have my beautiful wife and had my amazing son. But it would have been better if I could have shared those experiences with you." I said.
"Yeah and I wish I could..." But I couldn't hear the rest because she started to mumble. I wanted to ask her what she said but I decided she probably mumbled it for a reason.
"Come on lets go inside and surprise the guys." I smiled she nodded and undid her seat belt and opened the car door.