The bell rang as the school day began to end. I gathered my stuff as quickly as I could and I raced out of the room and out the school doors. "Chloe! Wait!" I heard a voice yell towards me. I squeezed my eyes shut as I leaned my head towards the ground as Joey continued to scream my name. I hugged my bag to my side tighter as I began to push past people in order for Joey to lose his sight on me, but it was no use. The gust of wind blew into my face as I began to speed walk my way from the crowd. "Chloe! WAIT!" His yells were becoming louder and I knew he was close.
That's when I felt a hand grip its' way around my arm to keep me in place. "Chloe, please. Talk to me." I didn't turn to look at him. I couldn't force myself to look into his eyes. My heart felt like it was being tightened in my chest and my lungs were being drowned in sorrow. "Baby, please." He whispered so softly.
I finally turned to look at him. His eyes were no longer a dark black like the last time I had looked in them. I found the emerald green within his irises. His lip was busted open with a scab slowly beginning to heal itself. He had gotten hurt because of Kevin. He had gotten hurt because of me.
My own lip began to tremble as I looked into his eyes. He reached his hand out and laid it on my cheek, while gripping my waist and pulling me in for a hug. I finally let the tears fall and I don't think I've ever cried this hard in a while. I felt his lips brush against my forehead, warm and soft, as I continued to cry into his chest. "C'mon, let's go home, Chloe."
I stared at the steam floating from my tea and into the air. We were both sitting at his kitchen table, in silence. I could feel him staring at me, wanting to say something...so that's when I did. "Why do you keep trying when you know you're going to get hurt in the end? I'm like a bad luck charm that hurts everyone in my path. I'm the worst thing anybody could ever encounter."
He sat there without saying anything, probably because he knew I was right? Who knows what goes through his own mind. He's crazy for wanting to help me or even staying by my side. "Want to know something? The reason why I am still here and the reason why I won't stop trying is because if things were to end, I want it to end knowing that one of us tried our best trying to keep us together. I don't want us to end in general and I don't want our time together to go to waste. We've come this far Chloe, and I don't want to stop here. I want to make something of us and I want it to mean something."
I sat up and I looked at him. Every word that slipped out of his mouth replayed over and over in my head. That's when it hit me. What was I doing causing him this pain? What was I doing creating so much problems between us? Any girl would be lucky to have someone as perfect as Joey. He's everything I needed and that's all I need to keep moving on. I didn't want this to end either and I sure as hell was going to try everything to keep us as one. All he wants to do is help me and I keep pushing him away.
It's time to let him in.