Jennifer woke up to the feeling of fingers scratching lightly over her scalp, her hair being pushed away from her face so her blue eyes could look up into those of her girlfriend. "Good morning," she murmured, pulling the older girl closer to her. "How'd you sleep?"
The brunette gently shook her head, her fingers continuing to roam through Jennifer's blond tendrils. "Sleeping next to you makes everything better."
Pulling Emily down to her level, the Christian girl brought their lips together, pressing harder than she had ever before to let the older girl know that she wouldn't be leaving her time anytime soon. They were together, and they would stand by one another. That was the deal. She slowly sat up, making herself comfortable against the headboard of her bed before pulling her girlfriend into her lap. "Come on."
Emily seemed hesitant, but nodded after a moment of thinking and crawled into the younger girl's lap. She laid her head against the blonde's warm chest, letting Jennifer's arms wrap around her and protect her. She knew the younger girl wanted her to talk, and spending the night next to her girl was what she needed to bring her strength back up. "He changed me."
Jennifer lay her lips to the ebony girl's forehead, keeping quiet so the Emily could continue.
"I wasn't the best of kids before I met him," she chuckled. "Because I wasn't really happy about moving at such a young age and having to leave my friends, I was so rebellious. I was eleven when I first had a drink and made out with a boy." Emily's eyes glazed over as the memories began to flood her mind. "Then I met Matt in school. He saw me being cornered by one of the bullies in our school, and he actually beat the kid up. He got suspended for a day, and when he came back I asked why he did it." A small smile graced her face, Emily's fingers rubbing in circles along her girlfriend's bare arm. "Mattie said that you were never allowed to show any weakness to the ones who wanted to bring you down, so he helped me with it. He made me stronger."
The blond leaned down, her fingers finding the underside of Emily's chin and tilting the French girl's head back so she could look into those doe eyes. "You are the strongest person I know," she whispered.
Emily moaned deeply as her girlfriend's lips captured hers, and her hands fisted in the material of the younger girl's sleep shirt. Pulling back, her eyes fluttered open. "You remind me of him."
The eighteen year old nodded, nuzzling into the crook of her girlfriend's warm neck. "You're so strong and passionate, crazy smart, and you make me feel like I'm a better person when I'm around you." She cupped the Christian girl's cheek and brought their lips together once more. "I love how every night you read a passage from your Bible and it immediately calms you down, and how with one smile you can just turn my entire day around."
Jennifer felt her eyes sting as tears began to well in her crystal orbs, but stayed quiet so the older girl could continue. She knew Emily needed to get this off her chest, and she was going to give her the chance.
The French girl let out a shaky sigh as she looked into the blonde's beautiful eyes. "Being here with you reminds me so much of being in France with him. He made me feel so much better about myself and got me to smile at all the times I thought I couldn't, and that's exactly what you do," she grinned, holding the younger girl close to her. "I'm so happy that I'm here with you now because if I were alone, I don't know how I'd deal with this."
Jennifer hugged the older girl as tight as she could, letting both their tears finally leak from their eyes. "I will never leave you alone," she whispered, gently rocking her girlfriend in her hold. "I'm right here, ok? And I want to help you through this."
"I'm so sorry for screaming at you," she cried, sobbing into the younger girl's neck. "I didn't mean to yell at you or push you. I was just upset, and I'm so sorry."
The blond cooed softly into her girlfriend's ear, rubbing her hands down her warm back to try and calm her down. "It's alright, honey. You're going through a very hard time and I completely understand why you're upset. Thank you for the apology," she nodded, "I appreciate it, but I need you to know that you can't touch me like that again." She angled the older girl's head so she could look into her eyes. "I don't put up with violence, Emily."
Emily vigorously nodded her head, taking the blonde's face between her hands. "I never meant to push you, and I'm so sorry. I wasn't thinking clearly and I just wanted to be alone and it just happened," she cried. "I'm sorry."
The pair cried together at the head of the Christian girl's bed, rocking gently until it they had to be called down for lunch, having missed breakfast all together. They couldn't leave each other, not again. Together they would grow stronger, even if it meant that they'd need to continue to pick one another up each step of the way.
That's how love works.