Love is a Pretty Tragedy

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The sunshine flooded through my blinds as I slowly awoke. How nice it is to not wake up to an alarm. There was an unfamiliar smell seeping under more door, the delicious smell of banana pancakes. I quickly sat up in bed, slipped on my slippers and ran downstairs only to find my brother wistfully flipping away. He had a smile on his face that I had missed so much while he was gone. No one really smiled in our house, unless it was just a front for guests. "Mmm...smells good."

William turned around looking a little startled. "Well this is my first time making them, so you can be my guinea pig. My roommate's girlfriend showed us this great recipe. Try it." William grabbed a fork, got a piece of pancake and practically shoved it down my throat.

"Yum!" It took me a second to swallow the large amount of pancake William put into my mouth. "I can't remember the last time we had pancakes." I took this as an opportunity to grab a plate full of them."

"Let's hang out today." Will said now stuffing his own mouth with pancakes covered in gooey syrup.

"Um..," I didn't really want to tell William. "I would really, really like to, but I already have plans with Henry." I paused and waited a second for his reaction, which was nothing so far. "Tomorrow?" I felt horrible. I hang out with Henry practically everyday, but I really couldn't just back out now.

I looked up at William and could tell he was about to say something. Maybe before the conversation yesterday, he would have said something about how Henry is so horrible. Now I believe he understands though. "Well, when's your date? Unless, you take hours to get ready or something like I guess most of those girls do..."

"At two and no, I only take about 2 seconds. Got anything planned?" I said taking another bit of the pancakes, savoring every bit.

William looked at me weird and just said,"Sure.. I got something planned. Just hop in the good ol' luck charm."

We arrived at a park that we used to play at when we were just babies, not too far away. We could have walked, but I had missed riding in William's car as well. I watched all the little kids climbing on the monkey bars and chasing each other around. "I thought this would be a good place to talk." William sat down on a picnic table and, I sat across from him.

"Gosh, I remember how we had a little clubhouse in the woods." Just coming back here after all of this time brought back so many memories.

"I remember how many times I beat you on those monkey bars, on swinging the highest, on the mini-rock climbing wall...."

"Alright, alright I get it! You were much bigger anyway, so definitely an unfair advantage." I stuck out my tongue, and it instantly brought me back to the times of being immature and that being okay. William stuck his tongue back out at me, and we both shared a soft laughter. "So what do you want to talk about?" I asked.

"Whatever, you go first." Will urged. "I just wanted us to catch up on our lives outside of that house."

"Ugh, fine." I truly sounded annoyed but was actually enjoying this. "Okay, Mr. College Guy, tell me. Is there a special girl in your life that you would like to discuss? I now mother already brought it up earlier, but you can tell me the truth."

Will just laughed, "No, Dr. Phil." I raised an eyebrow at him, but he rolled his eyes and continued,"I guess it's my turn. So, how are you and Henry? I honestly want to know the truth, so I can finally put to rest this perception that I have of him."

"Good, right now." I wasn't sure if I really wanted to get into everything. Henry and I couldn't really even discuss our problems without Henry dismissing them and just allowing the good times to happen.

William sat there waiting for me to continue; I guess I was not going to get out of this one as easily. "It's just college." I tried to dismiss, but William knew that there was much more.

"Well, as you know I am going to University of Chicago, and Henry has decided to go to a community college around here."

"Long distance relationship, alright. You two have already been together for so long, and hey I couldn't even break you two up." William joked.

"True, but Henry won't even talk about what we are going to do or anything. It is just kind of frustrating. It seems like after I leave, he is already planning for us to break up, which I don't want to do at all."

"Well, maybe he could move to Chicago with you?" William suggested.

"He doesn't even want to. I mean he doesn't have a job there, or a place to stay. His family doesn't have the money for him to move. He says that small town is for him." Listing all of these reasons just sounded like a bunch of excuses.

"I've seen you two, and it seems like he would do anything for you, even if that means moving to a big city for a couple of years. Also as you know I'm only two hours away."

"William don't be silly, you have roommates already." I truly just didn't want to get my hopes up.

"Nah, they're cool, and we have an extra room we were gonna rent out. Except he would probably have to pay something. I could give him a discount though." William pointed out.

"Well yeah. I'm just still not sure." Of course, it really wasn't up to me, it was Henry's decision.

"It's just an option."

William pulled up to the spot right next to Henry's car. "Today was a lot of fun. We should hang out when your home more often." I said wanting and not wanting to get out of the car.

"We will." William confirmed. I gave him a quick hug and a peck on the cheek before I climbed out of his good luck charm of a car. Henry was leaning beside the tree as he usually does since I am always the late one. William's engine started once more, and he revved off.

As I approached Henry, he had a weird look on his face. "Interesting.." Henry slowly said.

"What do you mean?" I questioned.

"Well, your brother. He drove you here. So I guess he isn't afraid to leave you within 10 miles of me anymore without him stalking us." Henry still had a suspicious look on his face. He was aware, more than anyone, how much my family disliked him.

"Yeah, he seemed to have a change of heart while at college. It was unexpected." Henry raised his eyebrow at my statement knowing that word was definitely a downplay. "He actually even had a great offer. I don't want to pressure you into taking it or anything because I know we have talked about this so many times and..."

"Just spit it out." Henry joked.

"Okay." I finally took a breather. "Well, Will says he might be able to help us with our situation in the fall. I know that you had wanted to stay here, while I am off in Chicago, but we know that just isn't all that reasonable. William offered a room in his house for you to stay in for a discount. You could take classes at a community college there, and still do the same things that you were planning on here. He is only two hours away so we can visit each other on the weekends. I just can't be six hours away from you."

I could almost hear those final words ring in the air as Henry was silent. I figured this may be the reaction from him, and that is why I was reluctant to the idea when Will mentioned it. "It's just ..I mean.." Henry fumbled over his words once he finally spoke. "I don't know about my brother. If he will approve." Henry said reluctantly, and it truly sounded like an excuse. I knew that I shouldn't have gotten my hopes up to the idea. Henry instantly picked up on my disappointment. "I mean it sounds just too good. I will definitely ask though." He quickly recovered.

"No, no it's fine. I was trying to tell my brother that the plan wouldn't work anyway. I know I should stop bring it up.."I felt on the verge of tears as Henry pulled me into his arms.

"Don't cry babe." Henry whispered. A gust of wind whirled around us as I tried to hold in the tears. We both walked to the huge oak tree and sat down, trying to get away from the blazing sun. I knew it was good for me to ask, but Henry had already made it clear that he was staying in this town.

We were quite for some time, so Henry asked if his response was still bothering me. However, my thoughts had actually shifted to the memories that I was having the night before about out past. I figured it wouldn't hurt to tell him. "Well, last night I talked to my brother about you and all. Then, it got me thinking about when we met and you know." Henry looked down at the grass. I know that he is ashamed and will never forgive himself. He wrapped both of his arms around me tightly. I could feel the slow beating of his heart, almost if it wasn't there. He slowly kissed my ear; then whispered into my ear, "Thank you." I knew exactly want he was thanking me for, changing him. He looked back into my chocolate eyes, I looked into his emerald-green eyes and felt in love with them too.

At that moment I realized that I truly had to stop worrying. This moment, this spot and he was mine. I couldn't have asked for a better way to spend my summer even if it was just a summer. Many people never get to experience what we have. I took in his scent. "You smell like strawberry ice cream today." I giggled.

"That's what I was going for." He flashed his signature smile.

I flashed a smile back. "Well as you know that is my favorite flavor." I bit my lip, and next I felt his lips crash into mine. His lips tasted delicious as well.

"Let's just stay like this forever and never grow older." I said as I broke away. I truly meant my statement. How nice it would be to freeze time in this exact moment.

"Well I'll see what I can do about that." Henry said before he eagerly returned to the kiss.

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