The next day after school, I went straight to the tree. She was sitting exactly where she was yesterday.
"How did you get here so fast? I just got off of the bus."
"I was waiting for you." She laughed.
I climbed up next to her.
"I could sit here forever." I sighed.
"It is pretty peaceful."
"That's not why." I said.
She looked at me.
"What is the reason?" She asked.
"You. You're the only person I've trusted for a long time. And it feels good to talk to someone."
"So, what happened?" I asked.
"You said that you've been left and abandoned. What happened?" I asked.
"You remember that?"
"Well, it's a long story."
"I have time." I said.
"Well, when I was four, my little sister died. She was two at the time. She was so innocent and she didn't deserve to leave. My father had hit her head with a hammer. He got arrested and then about a year later, my mom committed suicide. She was going through so much but she hid everything so well. And now I live with my grandma. She's always sleeping so she doesn't notice me half the time."
I stared at her.
"I'm sorry." I sighed.
"It's not your fault. If anything, you make it better."
"It must take a lot to trust someone again."
"With you, it was easy."
I smiled at her.
"What about you?"
"Well, my father was everything to me. One day he left without a word. He was always the caring parent. Right after my dad left, my mom suddenly started caring. I know it's all a lie, though." I sighed and looked at the sky.
She looked at me.
"It's hard having the one person that ever truly cared walk out." I sighed.
I looked at her.
"Your dad isn't the only person that ever truly cared. I don't know what I'd do without you. I wasn't going to tell you this, but you saved my life."
"The day you came to the pond, I had this rope tied up. I had my hands on the rope and then I heard your voice. Everything you said... it just stopped me. I hid after I talked because I've never been the type of person to let someone in after what happened. When you walked away, I climbed into the tree until night fell. I was praying to God that you'd come back, because there was something about you that made everything okay. You made me feel like I wasn't alone."
I stared at her and smiled. I could feel my cheeks get red.
I climbed down from the tree.
"What are you doing?" She asked and followed me down.
I looked everywhere until finally I saw the rope, hidden by thick brush.
"Come with me." I said and walked home. She followed me.
"Tobias, what are you doing?"
I went into the garage and grabbed a knife.
"Tobias... no. I can't lose you." She cried and followed me back to the trees.
I cut the rope up and looked at her.
"I can't lose you, either."
She stared at me. I could tell she was shocked.
I wiped her tears away.
She hugged me tight and I held her close.
We spent the rest of the night looking at the stars.
"Hey, I have to go." Isabelle sighed.
"Wait." I said and handed her a piece of paper.
"It's a phone number with the words 'always' and '24/7' next to it." She said.
"If you ever need anybody, even at four in the morning, I will be there." I said.
She smiled and hugged me tight.
"Goodnight." She blushed.
"Goodnight." I smiled.
She gave me a piece of paper too.
When I got home that night, I added her number and closed my eyes. A few minutes later, a text popped up.
I stared at my phone, just smiling and blushing.