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"What do you mean you've found him?" I ask desperately searching his face for any trace of a sick joke.

"They caught him, Teal." He says with a sad expression on his face.

I feel my face go pale and my blood run cold at his words. He's not kidding. My world seems to shatter around me at those words.

"Does that mean...?" I choke out.

He nods slowly before wrapping his arms around me in a gentle way. I don't want to let go.

"This is goodbye." He whispers into my ear.

Seconds later, I find myself crying into his chest. I try to stay strong, to hold back the tears but I can't.

This is why I was afraid to let him in when I could've built my walls back up.

I feel my heart shattering into pieces at his words. I never knew the meaning of heartbreak until now.

It's a empty feeling in your stomach and chest. It's so achey and hollow it hurts. It makes you want to throw up.

He strokes my hair comforting me as much as possible.

I feel his tears fall onto me as well.

Somehow I thought we would end up together. Against the odds, we would find a way. But that only happens in fairytales. This isn't a fairytale.

I shake my head and look up at him. He smiles down at me weakly and I close my eyes as I feel his finger swipe across my face to tuck a strand of hair behind my ear.

"Teal, I need you to know that every second I spent with you was real to me. All of it." The words make my heart ache even more.

I'm left with questions of what could've been, and why this had to happen. How will I deal with losing someone so close to me again?

I shake my head and bite my lip. The pain of losing him is getting to me. This is goodbye. This is real. This is forever...

"If this is goodbye forever..." I begin, thinking to myself through my words. "Then let's make it count." I finish.

My breath gets caught in my throat as he looks at me and nods.

He takes a step closer to me and I feel my body ignite at how close he is to me. "You sure you want to do this?" he asks.

"I need to do this." I respond, the tears continue to fall. I can't let go. Not after all that's happened since the day he told me he would have to leave eventually.

So much has happened and we've gotten so close... I can't bear to see him leave. It will crush all that's left of me.

He nods as he grabs my face in his hands. He smiles at me and I smile through the tears.

Somehow, in my darkest of moments, he can manage to make me smile.

He strokes the tears off of my cheeks with his thumb.

I bite my lip in anticipation, and also to keep from crying. "I'm not ready to say goodbye." I whimper.

I place my hands on his chest, my heart beats rapidly out of many emotions. Sadness overwhelming the others.

"You don't have to right now." He wipes another tear away and makes sure I'm looking at him.

"I'm right here." He assures me.

I nod and look into his blue eyes, they're filled with the same pain Im feeling inside.

"Now I'm going to do something I should've done a long time ago." He adds before closing any existing space between us.

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