Lilly found Zach on the far side of the lake, sitting on the edge of the bank and staring into the water. She willed herself to go up to him, she really needed someone and she hated being mad at Zach.
She quietly walked towards him, taking her time as she went, he didn't notice her so he jumped as she tapped his shoulder.
"Lilly." He said, his voice hoarse and breaking.
"Hey." Lilly said gently, sitting down next to him with her legs crossed.
"Look Zach. I don't know what you're not telling me but I've decided something."
"You have?" He asked nervously.
"Yeah. I have. I've decided that" she took a deep breath. "I don't care. I don't care if there's something you're not telling me. I just need you right now. I miss you Zach, like you wouldn't believe." She looked down and picked at a piece of grass by her hand.
"Lilly." He half whined, half sighed.
"I think I would believe. Because I've missed you just as much. I've been feeling so bad lately and I've wanted to come and apologise but I just couldn't." He tried to continue but couldn't find the words.
Lilly bit her lip, she wasn't going to cry. She was not. She just rested her head on his arm and sighed.
"What's wrong with us Zach?" She asked, not expecting an answer.
He gave a short laugh and said "I don't even know." He tilted his head to touch Lilly's and snaked his arm around her shoulders, pulling her closer.
The sun was setting over the lake as Lilly realised, "It's Christmas Eve!" "W-what? Damn!" Zach exclaimed.
"Zach?" Lilly asked.
"Oh. I was planning to make today special, but... After everything that happened that's kind of gone now."
"Zach. Don't be silly. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else other than right here." She couldn't help but laugh.
Zach frowned. "What's with the laugh?"
"Oh nothing." Lilly replied. "Just, you." She reached up and touched his cheek softly. Zach leaned into the touch and tightened his arm around her.
"I've missed this so much. I've missed you so much." He sighed.
"I've missed you too Zach. You know that."
They spent the last hour of sunlight cuddled on the bank, not talking much but just the intimacy of the hug enough for both of them.
"Lilly. I love you." Zach said quietly.
Lilly smiled so Zach couldn't see her.
"I love you too." She whispered.
Zach tilted Lilly's chin up so their faces were nearly touching and pressed his lips to hers. It felt as though the kiss lasted for hours.
Neither of them noticed Annah walk away from behind them with tears in her eyes.