Stockholm Syndrome

Rose Faith Davis comes from a family torn apart by the unfortunate events of a late night drive. It's taken years to overcome the loss of the one that believed in her so much. Now, she's graduated high school and is ready to take on the task that is college. She'll be moving from her small American town to the bustling city of Sydney, Australia. There's a lot of bad things happening over the sea, however, this doesn't scare Rose. She's up for any challenge, and will chase her dreams no matter what.
~Don't follow your dreams, chase them~

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48. Plane Ride

*Hours Later*

          “How much longer?” I ask Ashton as I look out the window of the plane.

          “I don’t think it should be too much longer,” Ashton answers. “I mean, you did take that nap all snuggled up to me, so that must have passed a lot of time for you. You’ve been doing a lot of schoolwork, as I do bank work, so there’s a lot of time that’s gone by.”

          “Yeah, yeah. I know. It’s just, I miss my family so much. The longest I have ever been away from them before this was for two weeks. That was years ago for a summer camp. It’s been months now, and I have only been able to call my mom and every once in a while, Skype my sister. I just miss them so fucking much,” I sigh. “But, missing them shouldn’t be affecting me this much. I mean, my father has been gone for years, and now it’s just a distance pain when I think of him. I don’t necessarily miss him. I do wish he was still here. Is that missing him? I don’t think it is.”

          “It’s missing him,” Ashton grabs my hand. “But, you’ve dealt with it so very well. My father intentionally left my family, so I don’t miss him. Ever. In fact, I hate him. When he left, I was a mess, but I got over that.”

          “What was he like?”

          “Hm?”

          “Your father. When he was around, what was he like?”

          “Um, I guess he was alright. I mean, I never really saw him. He was doing the whole, business thing,” he shrugs. “He was doing a good thing, but I guess he didn’t want to be with us anymore, and packed up and left. Leaving me with what he had done for years, so I dragged my friends in with me. I’ve been doing great ever since. I am head of a bank, saving people, and making the community better by taking out the assholes.”

          “That does sound great,” I lean into him.

          “And I’ve got the world’s most beautiful girl right by my side now to experience it all. I’m still a bit confused in why she wants me, but it’s alright. I love her,” he kisses the top of my head.

          “I love you too, Ashton.”

          “What was your father like?”

          “My father? Well, he was the best dad he could be. Always trying to get whatever Alice and I wanted. Making sure there we were always happy. He made it to everything we did. Dance recitals, science fairs, open house at school. He was there. And then, he was taken from us, because some idiot couldn’t call a cab. My time with him was cut too short, but now the guy who killed him will never see the outside world ever again. His family has disowned him, pretty much. But, none of it is enough. My father is still dead.”

          “Something’s you can’t redo. Something’s happen for a reason. We just have to power through.”

          “Some days I wish I could make that night change. I wish I could’ve told him something to get him home sooner, or something. I’d do anything to have him back.”

          “What if you had to give up me?”

          My breath hitches in my throat as I think over the choice. Ashton is the best thing that has happened to me since my dad died. If my dad was alive, would I still have gone to Australia? Most likely. Then I still would have met Ashton. But, I have to give him up, and I’m assuming he means for good. I don’t think I could. Not with my last boyfriend being who he was. I can’t give him up.

          “I don’t think I would give you up,” I eventually answer. “I love my dad, I really do. But, I don’t think I could ever give you up. I love you so much.”

          “Aw, lovely. That’s very sweet of you. I didn’t really know who you were going to pick. I was hoping it would be me. I would pick you over my father every day.”

          I smile, “You’ve made me remember something. My boyfriend before you. His name was Eric, and I want to tell you about him, but I can’t right now. Too many emotions.”

          “You’ll find the time, lovely. How about we watch a movie now? Does that sound good?”

          “That sounds perfect.”

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​Plane rides are always fun if you have a buddy to do stuff with. :D

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