“Nick, stop!” Jane screamed as she followed Nick, who was running madly in the streets.
Nick had avoided getting hit by a car several times, but there is nothing that showed he will certainly remain alive if he continues running.
Jane ran recklessly, avoiding buildings and road signs, and tripped.
She shrieked. She tried to stand up, but her ankle was too swollen. She cried, screamed in pain, and tried finding a way to stand up again but it was useless. She cried a little more and when she lifted her head, she saw a hand extended towards her, there to help her get up. It was Nick.
“I can’t stand up,” she said.
“Stand on one foot. I’ll carry you.”
He carried her all the way to the nearest bench and they both sat there.
“I called an ambulance. They’ll take care of you,” he said.
Jane was silent.
“I don’t want to hear it. I’m furious. Why in the fucking world would you run like this?”
“Jane, I was running away because it was the only way.”
“The only way for what?” she asked.
“This might sound illogical, but it’s the only way to avoid facing my problems. I thought of running as far as I can, running away from it all. I couldn’t stand it, I was going insane.”
Jane sat there silent.
She said, a little calm now, “Nick, you have no idea what it’s like to have to deal with something that kills you inside.”
“I think I do. All of what I’m facing right now proves that I do,” he said.
“There’s something I need to tell you…”
“Nick,” she continued, “I…I am jealous and selfish.”
“You? Selfish? Jealous? How does that even make sense?”
He looked surprised.
“I am fucking jealous of Rosie. I can’t handle the way she gets everyone to like her, nor the way her hair has volume in all the right places, nor the way she aces all her courses, nor the way she’s so good at everything she does, nor the way she took you away from me.”
Jane paused. Nick seemed to be puzzled.
“Woah, woah, woah,” he said, “Take me away from you? Where’s that coming from? You were always okay with me sometimes hanging out with other people.”
“I thought I was but, Nick, I can’t stand seeing you so happy with her. What happened to Nick and Jane? The incredible duo? Our laughs? Our memories? Our late-night conversations?”
“Nothing has changed,” he continued.
“Oh, it has changed a lot. Nick, I apologized the first time for trying to pull you and Rosie apart but it is killing me inside. I can’t do anything but smile, but in reality, my heart is being torn into a million pieces.”
“I’m selfish because I want you all to myself, Nick Dawson. I don’t like it when Rosie interrupts our chats, when you talk about how much fun you two are having together. In fact, that breaks my heart.”
“…It breaks my heart to see you so happy with someone else.”
Nick remained silent, looked Jane in the eyes, and grabbed her hands.
“Jane, you are the most important person in my life. I would never want to make you feel unwanted or left out or replaced.”
“Well, you did.”
“Would you let me finish? I have to remind you how special you are to me. And there’s only one way to do it…”
Nick was interrupted by the sound of thunder. The lightning blinded them for a second, and the rain started pouring heavily.
“Looks like the universe wants to make things special,” Nick said with a smile.
“Grab my hand. I’m going to sweep you off your feet.”
“You want to dance?” said Jane, “I can’t stand up.”
“You don’t have to,” he said.
Nick immediately carried her in his arms and twirled her around about five times, and enjoyed every second her scared laugh.
He put her back on the bench, and she said, “I can’t believe you would spin me like that! Why would you do that?”
“I want to hear you laugh. I want to hear you scream and hold me tightly because you’re afraid you’d fall. I want to hear you yell at me to put you down. I want to hear your breath as you try to calm down from all the spinning. I want you to love me again.”
“I love you, Nick, you know that.”
“The feeling is mutual. Now, anything else I could do for you before the ambulance gets here? It’s about time it arrives.”
“Well, there is one thing…”
“Hold me tightly, and protect me from the pouring rain. Hold my hand, and say you won’t let go, even during our darkest times. A promise for our friendship.”
“Anything you want, milady.”
He hugged her tightly and kissed the back of her hand. She blushed and they both admired the rain and looked at how wet their clothes got until the ambulance finally showed up.