Brenna’s POV :
“I love you, Brenna.” Those words are echoing in my head. Greer is standing in front of me telling me she loves me and I can’t move anymore. I’m having a hard time thinking about anything else at this moment.
Greer is looking at me with her deep blue eyes. I can feel her hands on my face and it feels so good I want to stay like this forever. She leans towards me once again and as much as I want to keep kissing her, I realize there is some talking to do. “Greer.” I put my hands on her shoulders to stop her. “I don’t really get what’s happening right now, don’t you think we could talk?”
“Yeah, we should. I have to explain everything.”
I take her hand in mine and lead the way to my room. Once we are in, I sit on the edge of the bed and invite her to do the same by patting the seat next to me. She sits only inches from me and I can feel her warmth.
“Why did you seem so emotionless earlier when you closed the door on me? And now you’re here, I just don’t get it.” I’m hoping there’s a perfect explanation to this situation, and that somehow everything is okay again. I don’t notice but I hold my breath until I hear her voice.
“Before you get your hopes up, my parents didn’t change their minds about us.” She has a sad smile and I feel just about the same. I had some hope when I opened the door and saw her standing there. But I guess things don’t work out for the best all the time. “So why are you here? And why did you stay away for the past days?” She takes a deep breath before she speaks everything that was on her mind.
“To be short, my parents forbid me to see you by threatening me to ruin your life if I did. I’m sorry but I can’t stay away from you. I know it’s selfish of me, I thought I could but when I saw you earlier, I knew that is would be too hard to handle and I missed you so much, I had to tell you I loved you because I would have hated myself for the rest of my life if I didn’t and…” I stopped her with a kiss. It was short but I tried to put everything I was feeling in it. Her eyes remain closed for a few seconds after the kiss before she speaks. “It’s risky, Brenna. I know what my parents are capable of and I don’t want anything to happen to you.”
“I know. But I can’t stay away anymore so I guess we’ll have to try.” I give her a small smile and I take her hand in mine. She brings it to her cheek and closes her eyes once again. “I missed this so much.”
She is so cute I want to kiss her again and again. But I realize that I haven’t said the three magical words back yet. And I don’t manage to say it. She told me she loved me after doing something amazing so I have to do something as great before I take this step.
I wake up without realizing where I am. The room is too bright for me to open my eyes but I can feel Brenna breathing in my neck, her arm draped over my stomach. Despite the strong light, I manage to open my eyes to check that I’m not dreaming. And I am not. She is buried on my side and I can’t see her face, just her hair. I enjoy this perfect moment because I know that it might not last. After I explained everything, I thought we would both say that we shouldn’t be doing this because of how dangerous it could be. But I guess we are, and I am very happy she feels the same way. I am just curious to why she didn’t say she loved me. I should be worried but I’m not. I’m just too happy right now.
I feel her moving and I finally see her face. She’s trying to open her eyes but the sun is too bright. I smile and push off a strand of hair behind her ear. “Good morning, sleepy head.”
“Is it really?” She buries her face in my neck once again to escape the light.
“It’s a great morning actually.” She looks up and smiles before kissing me lightly.
“I guess it is.” We don’t move for a minute, just looking at each other and enjoying the moment.
“Brenna, do you have a…” The door is slammed open and Mrs. Carver walks in before stopping when she sees me. “Greer? What are you doing here?” Brenna and I get up and I open my mouth to talk but Brenna beats me to it.
“We are back together, Mom.” She seems surprised for a second but then a smile appears on her face.
“Well, that’s wonderful. I take it your parents change their minds?” Brenna looks at me and smiles.
“Umm, not exactly.” Mrs. Carver looks at both of us with a knowing smile before heading to the door.
“I’m gonna make you girls some breakfast. Greer, you’re with family here, I hope you know that.” I’m so happy right now I want to cry but I hold back the tears and smile. “Thank you so much Mrs. Carver.”
“Greer, we’ve been over that, it’s Sarah.” She closes the door as she leaves. Brenna turns to me and takes my hands in hers with that smile reserved for the times she is determined.
“One parent, two to go.”
“Where were you last night?” My mom looks furious but I’m not gonna be scared of them anymore.
“If you didn’t take my phone away, I could have called you to tell you I was with Olivia planning our next Eco club trip.” I used to feel bad when I lied to my parents. But now I have a good reason to lie.
“You can’t just leave the house whenever you feel like it. There are rules in case you forgot.”
How could I ever forget? You remind me every two seconds.” I am so over this conversation so I go to my room. I slam the door so hard the doorknob falls on the floor. Now that I got Brenna back, I won’t let them make my life miserable anymore.
I heard you and Greer are back together, that’s awesome, Bren.” April opens her arms for me to give her a hug. I can’t wipe the smile I have since this morning off my face.
“Yeah, we are. But her parents are not okay with this so we’ll have to keep this a secret from everyone.”
“Don’t worry, everything will be okay.”
April, Mom, and Beth are all asleep in April’s room so I decide to get some air and call Greer. I gave her my grandma’s phone so I can stay in touch with her. It’s not like grandma needs it anyway. I sit on a bench under the trees and enjoy the cold air before I take my phone out. I’m about to call but I overhear the conversation between the nurses on the bench next to mine and I can’t help but to listen.
“The treatment of the patient in 312 is not working.”
“From what I heard, a few months.”
I stop breathing. 312 … April’s room.