The Only Reason

I was lying. There's actually one person in my life that gets me. One person that never jumps to judge me. He's the only person I can talk to. But the thing is, I don't even know his real name.

I call him Thomas. I met him on one of those chat roulette things and we started talking. At first it was that awkward getting to know each other phase but now we can talk about anything, sorta. He's the only person I can trust.

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9. chapter 9

Mary's POV

"I'm surprised I didn't make the connection like you did. How'd you know?"

We were at a cute restaurant off the boardwalk. It was called Bayshore and it has the nicest waiting staff. I don't know why I haven't come here before. 

"Well, that week of the dance, you seemed different. Like something was bothering you. Then you told me you were talking to a girl online named Ariana. I guess that was the obvious part." I laughed.

Calum grinned, "But you knew before, right?"

I took a sip of my water and nodded. "I don't know, but I could feel it. That you were Thomas. I just knew."

"I'm happy that you knew. Especially since the real me was such an ass to you."

"Calum, I don't want you to beat yourself up from this. Everyone makes mistakes. I know I have."

Calum nods sadly before paying for our dinner. I hate that he's still upset over bullying me. I know that it got bad at times, and it really did, but it's not the same as before. He cares about me. I just know that he'd never hurt me again.

We walked hand in hand down the length of the boardwalk in silence just admiring the beautiful night. Calum wrapped his arm around my shoulders and I rested my head on his chest.

"This is nice." I told him.

"It is. We should do this more often. It could be our thing."

I nod. We take a seat on a bench and I cuddle closer to him.

"Calum?"

"Yeah babe?"

My stomach fills with butterflies at the simple nickname.

"Promise me that you'll never hurt me. I don't want to wake up one day, and regret all of this. All the hours we spent talking online. Every word I said. Every secret I told you. I don't want to cry over you. And I don't want to hate you."

I don't even know where this came from. I guess since people are still making fun of me, I'm insecure that Calum will ever take their side, or even worse.

Calum pulls away from me. All that I'm thinking is that he's mad because I'm sort of accusing him of something I think he could do.

But he's not mad. Tears fill his eyes as he drops to his knees in front of me. He grabs my hands and holds them tight.

"Mary, I promise from my whole fucking heart that I'll be fateful to you. I'll protect you and never hurt you. I hope one day all the hurt I've caused you goes away, or at least you can look at me and not think of the asshole."

He looks down as a tear trickles down his face. My heart shatters. I feel like telling him was unnecessary and it only created problems. I feel horrible for making him cry and I can already feel tears building up in my eyes.

"Cal, I didn't mean to make you upset..."

This was the first time I've seen him cry and it scared me. What the heck is wrong with me? I know Calum's different now.

"Calum. Look at me." I place both my hands against his face forcing him to look me in the eyes. When he notices that I'm tearing up he freaks out.

"Mary I-I didn't mean to make you cry—"

I cut him off, "Calum, stop this. I'm sorry for bringing shit like that up. I just thought I'd address it before this relationship gets really serious. I'm not gonna lie, but I'm falling hard for you."

Calum blinks a couple times in shock. His mouth is wide open and I can't help but smile.

"R-really?"

I stand up and pull him up with me. "Really. Now let me see that amazing smile of yours." 

Calum gives me a chuckle before smiling.

"What would I do without you?" He says as he pulls me in by the waist.

"Hmm, I'm not sure." I joke.

Calum rolls his beautiful light brown eyes at me before leaning forward and kissing me hard.

“Let’s get out of here.” 

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