"Cody, just leave me alone!" I shouted, stomping up the flimsy stairs.
He followed right behind me. I quickly walked into my room, and slammed the door in his face.
He caught it before it closed and walked over to me.
"I said leave me alone," I yelled again. I was crying, my mascara running.
He reached out to my face, and I swung my arms to try and get him away. He fought past it, and touched my face, wiping my tears with his hands.
"Calm down," he said softly.
"I can't. I have to get out of here, I have to go!" I said through tears.
"Please, Dani, I will never leave you. I promise," he said kindly.
I raised my head up to see his sparkling green eyes.
"You were the best chance I ever took in my life, please understand that," he said. "We will be there for each other forever," he added.
I felt guilty now, but just a little. But all of this just sucked. Change, possibilities, everything. How could I marry him? Three out of four marriages ended in divorce. Nothing would work, everything would go wrong. Nothing would ever be the same. It would change.
Change. Even the sound of the word made me cringe.
Cody took a strand of my long brown hair and put it behind my ear.
I hugged him tightly. "I can't do this. Everything will go wrong, I just know it," I whispered.
"You have to be willing to take that risk," he said.
And for the first time in my life, I actually was willing to take the risk. For the first time in my life, I actually believed it.
"Try to not be such a pessimist," he teased.
"I can't," I said flatly.
He let go from the hug, and kissed my forehead. "I know," he said.