Chapter 31

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"This park looks so lonely." I commented as Harry and I reached a park the next day.

"That's why it's perfect!  Nobody ever comes here, it's far out from town."  Harry said, me nodding in response. 

"That's why it took so long to walk here."

Harry chuckled.  "We could've taken a car..."

"No, I don't mind.  Walking is great exercise!"  I cut him off, not wanting to hear him subtly complaining about me not riding in cars.  I don't care though, I'm just not ready.

"Well, what do you wanna do?  There's lot's of things."  Harry said, looking around.  He was right, there were multiple play sets, swings, and more.

I shrugged.  "I don't know.  Swings?"  I suggested, more like a question though.

He nodded.  "Sure."  He agreed, leading the way.

I sat down as Harry stood behind, pulling my swing back and pushing me.  I smiled as I felt the wind blow through my hair, taking in the spring scent.  I felt like a kid again, when my parents would take Jake and I to the park and I would go to the swings, my dad pushing me most of the time.  I missed them, my parents.

I looked up as I heard the swing creak, I guess it is old.  I noticed I was a lot higher than I was before, Harry still pushing me.  I got a bad feeling in my stomach as the creaking got louder.

"Harry, I don't kn..."  Before I could finish the swing snapped and I flung forward.  I screamed as I fell, landing hard on my butt.  I bit my lip in pain as Harry rushed over.

"Caroline, are you okay?"  He asked, concerned.

I nodded, slowly sitting up correctly.  "Yeah, I'm fine."

"Are you sure?  I'm so sorry, I didn't..."

"Don't worry, it's not your fault.  The swing is just old."  I interrupted him.  He didn't need to apologize.

"I'm just glad you're not hurt."  He said, wrapping his arm around me.  I stared forward, noticing a forest and what looked like a small path.   I furrowed my eyebrows, curious.  "Caroline?"

I blinked quickly, focusing on Harry once again.  "What?"

"I asked you if you want to leave now."  He repeated.

"Yeah..."  I trailed off, not actually sure.  Harry helped me up as I continued to stare at the path.  We started walking but I stopped, becoming too curious.  "Actually...can we stay?"

Harry shrugged.  "I guess.  What do you wanna do?"

I pointed to the path.  "I wanna go there."

Harry's eyes followed where I was pointing, his eyebrows furrowing as mine did before.  "There?"  He questioned.

"Yeah,I wanna see where it leads."  I added.

"Are you sure?"  He checked.

I nodded.  "Positive, let's go!"  I exclaimed, quickly making my way to the path and into the forest.  Harry followed closely behind, both of us following the path.

After a few minutes of walking, I stopped, my jaw dropping.  Harry stopped behind me, taking in the view as well.  A tall, big tree stood in the middle of where the path ended.  I glanced at Harry before walking up to it, gazing up.

"Wanna climb it?"  Harry asked, walking closer.

I grinned, nodding.   "Yeah."

Harry lay his hands out, connecting them in front of me.  I furrowed my eyebrows, confused on what he was doing.  "Step on."  He directed.  I nodded, understanding now and put on foot on, grabbing the tree with one hand and reaching up with the other.  Harry helped lift me up as I jumped with the other foot, grabbing the lowest branch.  I hung from the branch, now with both hands, as Harry boosted me up from below.  I soon swung my leg over, standing up and climbing higher.  At one point I sat and smiled down at him.

"How's the view?"  He called up.

I shrugged, still grinning.  "It'd be better with company."  I hinted to him.

He chuckled, shaking his head.  "You want me to come up there?"

I nodded.  "Yes, it's amazing, Harry!"

I heard him sigh before jumping up and grabbing the lowest branch, being able to get it since he was a lot taller than me.  He made his way up until he was standing on a branch near me, only needing to look up a few inches.  We both just looked out for a few minutes in a comfortable silence.

"You're right, the    view up here is amazing."  He mumbled softly.

"Yeah."  I breathed, still gazing everywhere.

"Hey, I have an idea."  Harry spoke up now.

I looked at him now.  "What?"

"It may sound cheesy but I think we should claim this place as our..."  He trailed off, digging through his pocket until he pulled something out; a pocket knife.

I smiled, knowing what he was thinking.  I took the knife from him and pulled the knife out before carving into the tree.  After a few minutes I was finished.(Just pretend it's Harry and Caroline's initials)

"Perfect."  Harry complimented me, staring at it.

"Thanks."  I blushed, handing his knife back.

He took it and put it away.  "We should probably go now.  It's gonna be a long walk."  Harry reminded me.

I nodded sadly, wishing we could stay here longer.  It was...perfect.  Calm, beautiful, romantic, and I was with Harry.  But I started climbing down knowing he was right.

We both got to the ground safely, Harry taking my hand and leading us out.  "Don't worry, its not goodbye."

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