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Dave & Maria

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Some things are just worth fighting for.

Drama / Romance
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Chapter 1.1: It's All Out Now

There was a beat of silence as she just sat there staring at me. All hope I had left diminished. She truly didn’t care anymore. Already it was too much for her and I was blind in seeing that. She still didn’t know everything, and apparently neither did I, but it was clear how tired she was of it all. Now I could see clearly why my perfect meadow was dying. It was just too much to try to come back from. Maybe one day, but that day wasn’t today. She’d tried to keep the fact of her and Jace a secret and honestly I understood why. Hell, it had taken a minute for me to accept what had happened with Clarissa. Had I taken my mother’s advice, maybe I would have had a fair chance in a case against her. I hadn’t though and that was something I just had to deal with. A decision I had to stop beating myself up for.

“Where do you want us to go from here David?” she asked, the sound of my full name escaping through her lips felt like daggers to the heart. It meant that she was putting her guards back up and it was nothing I could do to stop her except admitting the one thing I was ashamed of.

“I think I’ve made myself clear what I want Maria, but it’s not about that. It’s about finding out what’s the right thing to do for us.” I sighed trying to stay level headed and not lose my cool. “It’s about us trying to come to an understanding for once.”

“I don’t know what you want from me.” she groaned, moving from out of my embrace to stand in front of me. I looked up at her as she stared down at me with a frown on her face. “Why do I have to be the one to choose? Why do I have to be the one to make the big life altering choice?”

“I have already made it clear where my choice lyes.” I growled standing up also. “I’m all in, I have always been all in. Not once has that changed. Not once has this damn thing left from my neck. It’s you! You’re the one that keeps running. You gave your bracelet back to me. You keep making the choice to walk away from me and like an idiot I continue sitting there waiting for you to come back. So yes, this time the choice is all yours.”

“That is so fucking unfair! Why do you do this? You act like it’s just something so simple. Like things haven’t changed. Like we haven’t changed. Like what happened four months ago didn’t happen! Like Jace didn’t happen.” she yelled, only pissing me off more.

“Yes!” I yelled before taking a moment to calm myself down. “Yes things are different now and yes they’ve changed. Yes, we have done and said shit that can’t be taken back. Yes we’re all going through shit, but that doesn’t give you the excuse to continue stepping on my heart and playing with my feelings as if they don’t matter. I already have an ex-friend that does that. I don’t need another one. You know what, you’re so fucking selfish and you don’t even realize it. I’m so tired of this shit. Tired of being painted as the bad guy.” I spat albeit a little unfairly. She didn’t know and it was a fact that I kept forgetting.

“Go back to Clarissa then if that’s the case! Go back to someone who will worship you like the god you think you are. I’m not that girl and I never will be.” As if all the progress I’d made meant nothing I snapped. Before I knew it I had her pinned against the wall ensuring that she was focused on me and would hear every word I had to say. I could feel my fingers digging into her shoulders, but I didn’t care.

“You know what Minerva, you want to paint me as the bad guy for some bad decision I made. You don’t know shit about what happened between Clarissa and I. I may have left some shit out to keep my dignity intact, but I never lied to your dumbass. I was obsessed with you from the beginning. That day at the dog park when you thought Butterfly was missing, she wasn’t. I was hiding behind a tree and she found me. She smelled like you and it was clear how much you meant to her. She wouldn’t go back without me and you were getting too close to seeing me. So I ran. Somehow, I ended up running into you again and there you were letting Clarissa chew you out because she felt like she could. You barely fought back and when you did it was weak. So when you walked away I went to talk to her and meet her. She warned me to stay away from you and trust me after everything a part of me wished I had listened.” She opened her mouth to say something, but I just put my hand over her mouth. “Shut up and listen. She gave me her number and told me she was better than you. That I shouldn’t be friends with you. I shrugged it off because I thought I knew the girl from outside my window. The girl from next door that had captivated me completely on the first night. One night you were crying and confused about what really happened that night. It reminded me too much of Natalie and I needed a distraction. So I texted Clarissa and she invited me to a party. John and the rest of those assholes were there.” Images began flashing in my mind forcing me to take a step back. It was like the fear in her eyes was finally able to get through. As I stepped back she stepped forward reaching out to me. It was then that I realized she’d truly understand because they had done it to her too. I hadn’t meant to admit that much, but I knew now she was going to force me to say it all out loud.

Maria’s p.o.v.

“Why are you telling me this Mickey? What happened that night?” I was confused. There was clearly a point and although I initially thought it was too rub in my face that he could’ve been with her, it wasn’t. The amount of hurt and shame that plastered his face when he dazed out scared me. What had happened to him?

“You know my story, Minnie. You know how I was after Natalie. What I did to Persephone. Maybe I deserved it.” his voice was barely a whisper as I watched the man in front me break into a boy piece by piece.

“Deserved what Mickey.” I breathed scared of the actual answer. When he looked at me his eyes were vacant. My Mickey definitely wasn’t here anymore and he left behind a shell of himself. It was the perfect picture of how I felt after seeing Chase again. Although the answer was staring me in the face, I still didn’t want to believe it.

“We have more in common than what you think Minnie. The only difference is that I was advised to drop my case because it wouldn’t be believable despite the evidence. All because I was unknowingly sleeping with the girl who drugged and raped me. I should have let my mother handle the case, but I was too stupid.” The kind of gasp that left me I didn’t know was possible as I stepped back until I hit the wall. He sat there crying, completely broken as I just stared at him in disbelief. She never told me he was one of the victims. My heart shattered for him and I felt more like an asshole now than ever did before. How could I not have known? Well, that was easy to answer. I didn’t give him the chance to let it be known. I never really gave him a chance to explain. I assumed and ran with it. He was right, I am selfish. I ignored all the signs that he was going through something more. It made sense why he’d attacked Chase as brutally as he had when he couldn’t console me. “I’m so sorry Mickey. I… I didn’t know.”

“Nobody knew Minnie. Only one other person can corroborate my story and I’m not sure it’s them let alone how to find them. When it came to me she was only charged with drugging me. I’m all alone with this one and I honestly don’t know what to do. I don’t know what else to tell you. I can’t get inside your head and it seems like all I do is hurt your heart. The last thing I want to do is come between you and your better self, but I need you to realize that I got my own shit going on too. I’ve had shit to deal with also. I have my own parental issues, my own panic attacks, my own demons I’m trying to face. I have a past I want to forget just as much as you do. I want to undo the things done to me because of someone else’s idiocy. I have a person I don’t want to turn back to also. I can just as much blame you, Natalie and Persephone for just as much as people blame me for but I don’t. I hold myself accountable before anyone else and there’s nothing that can be done or said to change that. My advice to you would be for you to do the same. You are not the kind of princess everyone thinks you are. You are not as innocent in everything as you think you are. You keep fucking me over and all I want to do is be there for you. It’s all I’ve wanted to do since the beginning. If you can’t see that, there’s nothing I can do to get you to see it. I’m sorry, but I really should go.” He didn’t bother to utter another word or attempt to listen to me as he left out and headed towards his home. I wanted to chase after him, but at the moment I couldn’t bring myself to do so. It was all too much and I was drained.

Dave’s p.o.v.

Minutes seemed to pass by like days with no word from her at all. Part of me felt like I shouldn’t have walked off, but another part knew that it was the right thing to do. We needed true time apart. A decent amount of time to truly think things over. Also, I would be lying if I said my monster wasn’t testing her demon to see if they’d follow after. He still loved to argue with her, it made him believe that she still cared. It was going to crush him when he finally realized she didn’t care about him in the same way he hoped she did. Not anymore.

“I can’t believe that you would even fix your mouth to say that shit!” she yelled as I laughed. “How dare you even think that Alicia had a point with anything that came out of her mouth?!”

“Because she did Minnie. She told the truth, she never lied.”

“Omitting is lying!” she yelled, causing me to cock my eyebrow at her.

“Are you telling me that you never once omitted anything?” I asked. I don’t know how we ended up talking about the book again, but we were. Each time the conversation would turn into a heated argument.

“That’s not the point Mickey. What she did was despicable and you just don’t do that to friends.”

“Didn’t you just say that Andrea and Armin would be a cute couple though? He orchestrated everything.”

“He loved her and didn’t know how to handle it! He made all the wrong turns, but she was the designation he was always meant to get to.” I opened my mouth to say something, but she cut me off. “Damn it David Micheal if you continue trying to ruin my favorite book I’m going to push you in your own pool.” she spat.

“We’re in your yard on the porch swing!” I laughed incredulously.

“Well then it’ll be a mighty long fall, you shit face.” she rolled her eyes as she stuck her tongue out at me and folded her arms across her chest. I was still laughing as it became apparent that I’d really pissed her off. That wasn’t my intention. I hadn’t meant to ruin the good time we were having.

“Are you really mad at me Minnie?” I whispered, laying my head on her shoulder. “I’m sorry if you are.”

“Don’t get cute with me Micheal.” she spat and it took everything I had no to flinch from her harsh tone.

“But baby I apologize.” I whined going into a full pout. “Forgive me and you’ll get a kiss.” she shook her head no, but I could still see the faint smile trying to force its way on her face. We’d only been officially together for a little over a month and admittedly I’d already fucked up a few times, but I was trying to do and be better for her. I just hoped she could see it.

“You better be glad that I like you so much.” she teased before pressing her lips to mine. The beautiful meadow sprang to life upon contact. Yeah, this was perfect. She was where I was meant to be.

“Hey Jr. do you think you can babysit your little sister this weekend? Mom and I have to go on a work trip and we kind of have to leave in like ten minutes.” came my dad’s voice as he rushed to tie it right. Shaking my head and trying to rejoin reality, I tried to focus my attention on my father. Instantly I was confused why my mother hadn’t bothered to even tell me about it. “I just convinced mom to come with me.” he said as if he could read my mind.

“Um… sure.” I breathed. “I’d love to spend some time with the little brat before she reaches one.” I shrugged, smiling evilly at my dad.

“Please don’t turn my child rotten.” he sighed dramatically as I rolled my eyes. He was so extra now. “She’s the only good one I got.”

“Ha. Ha. Leave old man.”

“Jr wait, how did it go?” he asked, his tone suddenly serious.

“If I’m being honest dad, it went exactly how I expected.”

“How’s that?”

“Getting so caught up in everything, an argument, desperately wanting good-bye sex, and refusal to hold herself accountable enough to make a real decision. However, I didn’t expect to blurt things out. Now she knows and she’s just going to look at me as a victim. I doubt she will ever speak to me again.” I sighed and my head started to hurt. I really need a shower too. I smelled like shame, guilt and sweat.

“You don’t know that son. If she is who you wants-”

“No dad. Just because I want her doesn’t mean she wants me and I’m not going to try to force it. Not this time and never again. Besides, I walked away this time and she did nothing to stop me. I got my answer, even if it wasn’t the one that I wanted.”

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