Eight

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Laura's POV

It was now Saturday morning and I have still not left the beach house, nor seen Jimin.
I've messaged him, but only to say that I'm still not up for hanging out.
In some sense I'm being kind of selfish because I've only got today to see him as we're driving home tomorrow.

Today is the day of the barbecue with everyone who stayed near us in the other beach houses this summer.

"Laura, please get up and get ready. You have to come to the barbecue, it's our final full day here, your last chance to see everyone before we go home. Don't be rude."

My mother was already nagging me to get up so I agreed without making too much of a fuss.

Jimin's POV

It is nice and all being sentimental with everyone before Laura and her family leave tomorrow but I really wanted to see her.
I wanted to be with her.
I wanted to spend this last day with her delightful presence before we are apart.

And there she was. She walked a little behind her mother as she stepped out of her beach house and walked down to the barbecue.

I saw her long brown hair fade over her white summer dress, she didn't look ill at all.
She looked radiant as ever.

Laura's POV

I felt a tap on my shoulder as I grabbed a can of drink out of the ice box. I turned around not even surprised that it was Jimin.

"How are you?"He asked, me gritting my teeth and avoiding eye contact.

"I'm ok, feeling better." I lied.

"You look really pretty in that sundress."

I could feel my cheeks warm a little but I had to bite down on things.

"Thanks." I turned again, facing away from Jimin, not wanting to endure in this awkward conversation that I knew we were about to face.

"Laura.." He's not giving up "...can we talk about the other night? Please."

"We don't need to talk about that. Just leave it."

He rested his hand on my shoulder but I shrugged it off quick.

"Laura-"

"-I'm just not into this whole summer romance thing, dude."

"That hurts a bit."

I exhaled, still facing away from him before I walked ahead, down toward the beach and where we were away from everybody before things get too emotional and loud.

He was following me close the entire way.

"Laura, just please tell me what's wrong?"

"What's wrong?" I stopped in my tracks and turned to face him. "This is all temporary. You're leaving and I'm leaving and you're going to forget about me. What is the point? What is the point of us flirting around when it's all temporary?"

"I'm not going to hurt you, you know. I care about you."

"You don't know that for sure. Summer flings are just so, fictional. And nothing will ever amount out of this."

A lump formed in my throat as soon as those words slipped out of my mouth.
Good thing I was now facing the sea and my face dropped realising what I had just said to him. That kinda thing could break someone.

"Don't you dare give me that shit. Just admit it Laura, you're as much in love with me as I am in love with you!"

I held my breath for just a second. I slowly faced him again taking that in.

"What did you say?"

"I love you, okay?"

"But you've only just met me."

"That doesn't mean that I can't love you. Ever since meeting you that day you clumsily hurt your knee I've been falling for you. You get more charming by the day. You've opened my eyes to what love is, now don't tell me you don't feel this way too."

"Jimin, I-I can't. I don't."

"Why are you lying? Why are you complicating things?"

I held onto his face and kissed him hard. This was the first time that I went in and initiated the kiss.
A tear trickled down my cheek while doing so, we were both so enticed in this passionate kiss. He moved his arms around my waist pulling my body towards his as we continued kissing, taking short breaths in between before pulling ourselves closer and deepening the kiss.
My hands were behind his neck pulling him closer.
I wanted him, nothing more.

We finally pulled back, then placed our foreheads against each other.
We were slightly shaky.

"Your eyes can't hide what you're feeling inside." He whispered.

"I'm sorry, I'm just...afraid."

"You don't have to be afraid with me. I won't ever let you go." I could feel his arms grip around me tighter, this feeling speaking the truth in his words.

"But summer's almost over and-"

"Shh.." He kissed me once again, his eyes filled with agony even though I was the one crying.

He hugged me tight.

I wonder if he saw the cracks, the stitches, the threads that were holding me together.
Did he notice how fragile I was?
Maybe that's why he hugged me so hard.
Maybe he was trying to hold me together.
Maybe I can let myself go in him and learn to trust again.
Maybe I can love and be happy again.

As he kissed me, his soul breathed into mine, and it worked, it worked.

I was held together.

I am held together.

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END OF CHAPTER!

Woooo! 2 chapters in one day that is amazing for me lol

hope you enjoyed this chapter! two chapters left :o

-Laura

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