25. Next to You (Clare and Jeff)
"And baby, everything that I have is yours, you will never go cold or hungry. I'll be there when you're insecure, let you know that you're always lovely. Girl, cause you are the only thing I got right now. One day when the sky is falling, I'll be standing right next to you, right next to you."
* Clare's P.O.V. *
"Hey Clare!!" I heard Erica call for me. I turned around after finishing lacing up my boots. I hugged her. "What are you doing back here?" she scoffed and hugged me again. "Oh my god! It's been so long since I last saw you!" she squealed. I laughed as she squeezed the air out of me. "Erica! Hello!" she pulled away looking at me. "Hello!" she said to me making us burst out in laughter. "What are you doing back here? You could get in trouble and thrown out." I warned. "Please, sneaking through security was a piece of cake." she replied shinning her nails. I looked at her with disapproval written all over my face as she slumped dropping the act. "Fine! Jeff was able to get me in." I got wide-eyed as my jaw dropped. "Jeff got you in?" she nodded.
"Yeah. He was more than happy to when I told him I was your friend. I think he likes you." Erica said to me winking. I rolled my eyes. "Let's be real girls." I heard her annoying little snotty voice speak as Erica turned around and I looked past to see AJ standing by the door. "Jeff would never like you. You're ugly and so not his type. He only likes you as a friend, like a sister." my jaw dropped and tears were threatening to run down my face. I ran out of there so quick I didn't even want to be there anymore.
*later in the night*
I had been balling my eyes out for what felt like a lifetime. All that AJ said got to me, normally it wouldn't have. Her opinion doesn't matter to me but this month and week especially, I haven't been the same. I've been rooming and riding with Jeff and all this extra time has just reminded me of how much I love him making the time we spend harder and harder. I don't even know how long I had been hiding but I was gone long enough that Erica hasn't found me yet. Once I felt like I calmed down I got up and was on my way to Gorilla. I had the idea to just sit around and wait for my match to come up. As I sat there watching others pass by me I began to tear up again as AJ's voice rung through my head driving me crazy. I felt hands cover my eyes as I smiled taking in his scent. "Guess who?" I giggled. He's done this for as long as I've known him and yet he still thinks he can fool me.
"Jeff, you've done this for years and still you think you can fool me. Have you not learned." I grinned looking him in the eyes. His eyes have always gotten me. I get so lost in his eyes. I could stare into them for hours on end and I could talk about them for the same amount of time. Probably at the same time. "C'mon Clare you know me." and that's all he had to say. "So what you doing?" he asked jumping up on the cart next to me. I shook my head. "Nothing really just hangin' around waiting for my match." I replied looking around as Jeff did the same. "Who against?" I stopped getting upset. I tried to swallow but I felt like I was trying to swallow a rock. "T-Tamina. A-AJ's bodyguard." Jeff threw his head to look at me worry in his eyes. "Clare, you okay?" I nodded my head and shook it off. "So, do you have a match?" I know he wanted to know more but shook it off. "Yeah. I'm fighting Miz." my head dropped. Even Jeff's time is being wasted. "There you are! I've been looking for you all over the damn place! Where did you go after our run-in with AJ?" Erica asked walking up to us telling Jeff all he needed to know.
"So you had a run-in with AJ?" He asked with a raised eyebrow. "Yes. After AJ told her somethings Clare ran off and I got worried and started looking for her all over the place inside and I was about to search outside." Erica told him. "What did AJ tell you?" Jeff asked worried. He knows how much we don't get along. "She told me nothing." I tried to get him to move on. "Clare. Tell me what she said." Jeff said getting upset with me. Then I heard my name be called, my match was next. Saved my the bell. I got up ignoring them talking to me and walked up to the curtains drowning out everybody. As soon as my song hit I was happy. I walked down the ramp slapping fans hands and made my way into the ring. The match didn't quite start the way I would've liked but it did end the way I wanted with Tamina laid out unconscious and AJ screaming her head off as I stole her championship and ran through the curtains only to be met with those eyes. Before I could register what had just happened in the ring I felt lips touch mine ever so softly.
As we stood there his lips on mine. I didn't kiss back as fast as I wanted, I was in shock but who was I to question? I kissed back as his hands pulled me in to deepen the kiss I wrapped my arms around his neck. As we pulled away from the kiss he rested his forehead against mine as we were catching our breath. I smiled looking up and saw he was already looking at me, I blushed. "I'll take that kiss as a yes." I was confused. "A yes to what?" "Yes you like me back." I was confused and happy then it hit me. Let's play with him. "I don't like you." his eyes widened and his jaw dropped. "But Erica told me you liked me back." I smirked. Of course she told him. "I don't like you. I love you." he smiled chuckling. "I love you too." I kissed him.
"Clare, I've loved you as long as I can remember. You've been there for me through the bad times and you've been there for me through the good times. I don't know how you could put up with me when even I couldn't? And I've been there for you when you let me. I love you for everything that you are. You're the most beautiful woman I've ever met. Will you be my girlfriend? Will you let me stand right next to you?" I stood there not sure what to say. I had no idea he felt this way. "Yes. Yes Jeff. Of course I'll be your girlfriend." I said my voice cracking tears running down my face. I was happy. He picked me up and swung me around making me smile and laugh. This night was truly the best night of my life.