Brayden- Chapter 8
The ride home was pretty quiet with only the radio on and other cars passing by. Addee was leaning against the window staring at the road scowling. I wasn’t sure if it was from me or the sun though. She turned the volume on the radio even lower than it was and faced me.
“What were you and Laura doing when I walked in?”
I knew she was gonna take it the wrong way. “Nothing, I promise.” She turned her head back to the road and kept her eyes on it. “Are you coming back to my apartment or am I taking you home?” I said trying to change the subject.
“Home.” She mumbled.
I stared out the windshield at the giant black cloud above us. Lightning shot purple bolts and the thunder rolled like bowling pins in a bowling alley as we drove into it to go home.
I pulled up to the curb of her house and popped the trunk open to get her bag then walked her to the door.
“A?” This is it. Just do it. “..I love you.” It came out in sort of a slur but it was understandable.
“You too.” Her voice was still low with moodiness in it. She turned the knob and got ready to walk in, but I grabbed her arm.
“No, really. I love you…Addee.”
She blinked a couple times then walked back onto the stoop. “What?”
Stop making this so hard! “I love-“
“I know I heard you. Do you mean it?”
“Of course I do. That’s what I was talking to Laura about when you walked in. Addee, everything about you I just can’t get enough of. You honestly do mean the world to me.” A small amount of water gathered in the bottom of her eye lids and her frown turned into a beautiful smile. She dropped her bag and clutched me into a hug. It was times like these that a man felt he did his best to make a girl’s world go round, made that one dream of hers come true, and you just think to yourself, “I just did it. I made her dream come true.” Now everything between you was closer and a step away from the real deal package. Marriage. House to yourselves. Kids. Growing old. Sharing a life together one step at a time right by each others side through it all.
“I love you too.” She whispered into my ear, then left me with a grand a kiss.
I walked down the side walk to my car whistling and spinning my keys around my key. I felt like a more confident person now that I got that off my chest, until I almost tripped on a rock. I looked around to make sure no one saw it, laughed at myself, then got in my car and drove home, still whistling.