Chapter 4

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"Babe, where are we going?" I whined. He smiled and we kept walking. We walked through the trees and past rocks on the trails a little more than a mile away.

"Here we are," Zack said. I was looking at a beautiful river with a huge, flat rock in the middle.

"It's gorgeous!" I exclaimed.

"Just like you," he said, smiling.

"You're too sweet," I said, giving him a peck on the lips. "So how do we get to the rock anyway?"

He grinned and leapt off the side of the riverbank. He landed on a rock and started climbing up the big one. I giggled at his awkward leap, then followed. I kept slipping, and I was afraid I was going to be swept away in the current. Eventually I got to the top.

"This is nice," I said.

"It is," Zack agreed.

I bit my lip and thought for a sec.

"Why do you love me?" I asked, breaking the silence.

"Why do I love you?" he asked. I nodded.

"Yes. Why do you love me?" I repeated. "Why me, instead of Tess? Or Megan Fox? Or Rebecca Ferguson? Why me?"

"Because you're beautiful," he said simply.

"Tess is prettier," I mumbled.

"You're pretty on the inside and out. You're caring, loving, and easy to talk to. You make me smile, you make me laugh, and you're everything I could ever ask for in a girl," he said. My face turned hot.

"Thank you Zack. No one's ever told me I was beautiful. Except you," I mumbled.

That was a lie. Rob told you everyday. I love you. I love you. I love you. He told you every second of every day. Lies. Lies. Lies. Rob loved you more than anything and everything.

"My turn. Why do you love me?" he asked.

"Because you have a good heart, a loving and caring personality, you effect everyone around you positively, and you know how to treat girl right. You're genuinely caring, and you try to never let anyone bring you down. You're the exact opposite of the Grinch: Your heart is ten sizes too big. You're also easy on the eyes," I chuckled. Zack smiled and leaned in for a kiss. I loved him so much. I loved him. He was my other half. My missing puzzle piece.

Didn't you used to say that about Rob? When your head was on his stomach, your fingers interlocked.....

"Why does Tess hate me?" I blurted.

"She doesn't hate you!" Zack said. "You're just not her favorite."

I smiled.

"I know she hates me, but why? Because I yelled at her for making out with Collins? Because I told her not to try and change your image as a team? Because I swore at her and flipped her off?" I asked. Zack laughed.

"Kinda, yeah. But it doesn't matter, because I love you," he said firmly.

"I love you too," I smiled.

But I also loved Rob at one point. He was my everything. He was the reason I was alive.......

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