He spun around quickly to find me slowly walking up to him. I felt like
a scared deer. I could just turn and run. I noticed he looked like he
hadn’t slept in a while. He had bags under his eyes and his tan skin
was looking a little pale. I wondered if it was this thing that
happened between us that did that to him. I could really be full of
myself, huh? Why would he be that upset over me?
“Grace.” He breathed and took three long strides to close the gap
between us. He wrapped me up into a tight hug. I felt relief flood
through my body and I relaxed in his arms. He wasn’t mad. I wrapped my
arms around his neck and gave a squeeze.
“I’m sorry.” He said before I could say anything. “I should
never have said those things. You’re a great mom.”
“No, I’m sorry.” I pulled back and he kept his arms around my
waist. “I was a dumb kid that was scared and confused. What I did was
horrible. I really can’t believe I did that. But I’m back now and
I’ve grown. I’m not that girl anymore.”
“You’re definitely not.” He smiled and his blue eyes smoldered
like the sky when a storm was coming in.
I felt so confused. My heart started beating faster and I was nervous.
What was happening to me? He was my childhood friend, but I felt like I
was in that scene in the movies where the guy and girl reunite after a
fight and profess their love. I looked away and David released me from
his grip and stepped back. He had a huge grin on his face.
“I’m glad you came by.” He said quietly.
“Me too. We’ve never had a fight before.” I replied.
“I know. I was wrong for going off like that. When you left I had a
hard time. You were – are my best friend.” He brushed his hand down
my arm and I thought I was going to stop breathing just from the
electricity I felt at his warm touch. Seriously? What was wrong with me?
“Why don’t we just let it go and start fresh? We both said and did
things we shouldn’t have. Let’s just get back to being us again.”
“I’d like that.” He smiled brighter.
“Are you okay? You look like you haven’t slept in a while.” I
prodded. I was curious if it had anything to do with me.
“I’m fine.” He coughed and turned around to grab his keys off of
“Are you sure? You might be getting run down or something.” I
followed him out of the barn and towards his house.
“I’m fine. I just haven’t slept much lately.” He looked like he
was debating something. “Grace, I was so mad at myself for saying
those things to you. I know you’re changing and working so hard to
make things right. Every time I close my eyes at night I just see your
face. The way you looked at me when I said all that. It’s haunted me
“David…” I didn’t know what to say.
“I know, we’re moving on from that now. It’s just been killing me
that I did that. I lo-” he stopped suddenly and started over. “I
missed you so much the last few years.”
“Me too. I’m sorry I freaked out about you staying around Brooke
while I was gone. I’m actually glad you did.” I said softly.
“You are?” he looked puzzled.
“Yeah. I’ve seen you two together and you’re so sweet with her.
She thinks the world of you.” I smiled and looked up at him. It was
getting cold now that the sun was gone. “I’m glad she had you…has
you in her life. I don’t want that to change.”
“It won’t. I promise.” He reached forward and zipped my jacket up
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