"I can't promise you anything." He said.
"Hunter, I'm serious. Please." I said. He stayed quiet and just laid there in the bed. I laid my hand down on his chest.
"There has to be a way to get you out of this." He said. "I can't believe your going to be gone in a month." He said. I knew he was upset. I had always been his escape from his family life. I was worried he would go down a dark path if he didn't have a way out. The next day at school was a tough one. Hunter became my shadow. Wherever I was, he was. Tracy was upset that I was leaving, but one thing that made me happy was at least Hunter and Tracy could be there for each other. They were never close like Hunter and I. In fact they constantly fought with each other, but at least it was something.
The three of us sat under a big tree during lunch. "I'd like for the two of you to have each other when I'm gone." I said. They both looked at me like I was crazy. "I didn't mean it like that you sickos. I meant so that at least you would have a friend you could trust." They both looked at each other and started to laugh.
"We can't stand each other." Hunter said. I just rolled my eyes at them.
"Come on you two, I'm serious." I said.
"Don't worry Chloe, we will be alright." Tracy said.
The next couple of weeks went by fast. I only had a week left before we were out of here. Hunter had been up my butt most of the time. I had a plan that I wanted to kiss Hunter before I left. I don't mean a little kiss and say goodbye. I mean a full on make out session. Not that I actually thought it would happen, but I was hoping for it. It kind of made me feel good because he was so close these last few weeks. The night before we moved to Florida, I took off with Hunter for the night. We had been together most of the day, but he had some plans for him and I on my last night here. I had tried most of the day to act happy with him, but inside I was slowly dying. It took all I had not to burst into tears all day long. Him and I took off around eight that night and once I was away from the house, I let Hunter drive. Even though he hadn't had his license yet, he was still a better driver than I was.
Hunter drove us out of town towards one of our favorite spots. The clouds started to get darker and you couldn't see the sky very much anymore. I was wondering if it was going to rain or not. We pulled up to this old fishing spot that we use to go to as kids a lot, but the river had dried up years ago. The place was over grown with trees and bushes and the hiding spot Hunter and I built as a place to hide from his family life. He parked the car and we got out and went in search of our hide out. "We have so many memories here." I said, as Hunter took my hand in his and lead the way. He always knew right where to go, day or night. The last time I remember coming here with him, we were ten years old. I remember he showed up at my house one day and had a black eye. He had been crying and he didn't want to talk about it. He wanted to run away from home and he wanted me to go with him.
I agreed and we packed some food and water and we took off to our hiding spot. No one knew about it but us. We spent two days here before my parents and the cops found us. That was also the night Hunter's stepfather was arrested for beating Hunter. Child services threatened to take Hunter from his mother, but it didn't happen. His mother promised she would never let his stepfather back in, but that didn't last long. That was also around the time Hunter started sneaking in my window every night. Of course things didn't change much and his mother let his stepfather back into the home. Hunter made a couple of turns here and there and before I knew it he had found our hiding spot. It looked like it did all those years ago. "Hunter, have you been here recently?" I asked him. He just smiled and took a seat. He tapped the spot next to him and I took a seat.
"I may have been out here a couple of times." He said. I just smiled at him. I saw the lightning hit off in the distance and heard the thunder. "I've got a couple of things I want to tell you bubbles." Hunter said.
"Okay." I said.
"I need you to know that your the best thing I've ever had in my whole life. You need to know what you mean to me. You have always been my security blanket, my safest place. My best friend. I can't tell you what the future holds for me, but I can promise you, I will try my best to keep you proud of me." He spoke to me with a tear in his eyes. One thing bout Hunter you must understand, he never cries. I knew he was doing best not to let it happen. I wrapped my arms around him and I knew I was going to lose it. That's when the thunder hit all around us and made me jump almost into his arms.
He started to laugh as he pulled me in closer to him. "Don't be scared bubbles, I'll protect you." Hunter said. I tilted my head up towards him.
"Hunter, I love you." I said. I don't know where it came from, but out of my mouth it came. He looked down at me and I just bit my bottom lip.
"I love you to bubbles." He said. I knew the way he said it was like a friend to a friend love, but that's not how I meant it. I sat myself up and stood up.
"No Hunter, I love you. I'm in love with you." I said. I felt a rain drop fall on my arm. He just looked at me. Great, I just ruined everything. I said to myself. He still didn't say anything and I started to get mad at myself. I should of just kept my mouth shut.
It started to rain a little harder now and Hunter still hadn't said a word. "I'm sorry." I said, as I turned to leave and I started to run.
"Chloe wait." I heard Hunter say behind me, but I kept running trying to find my way back to the car. I could hear him chasing after me. I came to an open field and stopped when I knew I must have gotten myself lost. My hair was now a wet mess all around my face.Hunter caught up to me. "Stop running from me." He shouted. The rain was coming down even harder now. I was having a hard time seeing. His hands came around my shoulders. I took a deep breath and closed my eyes. He moved the wet hair from my face.
"I'm sorry Hunter, I'm so sorry." I said and the tears started to fall and I couldn't hold them in any longer. Knowing we were losing each other and I just confessed how I felt was braking me. He turned me around and held me in his arms. I stood there crying hard and he just held me.
"Do you remember dancing in the rain with me at your parents twentieth wedding anniversary in the woods?" Hunter asked me. I nodded at him.
"I do remember that. We ran off into the night and we could still hear the music from the party and I started to dance in the rain. You laughed at me, but I didn't care because the rain was falling and I loved the rain. Then you joined me and we both got sick the next day." I said, smiling at the memory.
"Dance with me now." He said. I just looked up at him like he was nuts.
"But there is no music?" I said.
"I don't care." He said. He pulled me through some trees and the car was there. He got inside the car and turned the radio on and turned to me. I heard the music and smiled at him. The rain was still coming down, but not as hard. I ran into his arms and he lifted me up and spun me. "I love you to bubbles. I always have." He said in my ear. What? I said to myself. I looked up at him and he looked down at me. We said nothing as our lips met. We kissed and pulled back just for a moment to look at each other. I took a deep breath and smashed my lips back into his. I felt his hands move into my hair and pull me even closer to him. I wrapped my arms around him and the kiss became deep and intense. I could feel just how much we wanted each other, but would it be a terrible mistake? Would it ruin everything between us? I was leaving in the morning and somehow I just didn't care.
"I want to be with you." I said in his ear. He pulled back and looked at me, studying me for a moment. I knew Hunter wasn't a virgin, but I was and he knew that. Who better to give it to than the boy I've loved for as long as I could remember?
"Are you sure?" He asked me.
"I've never been more sure of anything in my life. Let me leave with this memory of you." I said, as I ran my fingers down the side of his face. He closed his eyes and took a hold of my hand and kissed it. I bit my lip and he took a hold of my body and we went back to the car. He opened the back door and laid me on the seat. Our lips locked again as he started to unbutton the top of my dress. I took a hold of his shirt and pulled it off of him. The water ran down his body making it look even more muscular than it was. He was beautiful and it turned me on even more. He started to kiss my neck and down my chest. It sent my body on fire. I reached down to his pants and started to unbutton them. He let me and he helped to get them off. I felt him pull my dress up and we were both breathing heavily, as his hand found my panties. I closed my eyes and felt him softly remove them. I couldn't believe we were actually doing this. I wanted this for so long.
Making love to my best friend was the best way to say goodbye for me. Though I didn't know how I would feel tomorrow, I wanted this to last all night long. That's just what it did. Hunter made love to me in the back of the car till the sun started to rise. It was the most wonderful thing I had ever been through. He was amazing and caring. We laid in each other's arms just breathing and holding each other. We had a blanket covering us and the music in the car was still playing. I didn't want to let him go. He continued to kiss my ear and neck. I just closed my eyes, so I could lock this memory of him away in my mind forever.
As the sun continued to rise, Hunter sat up and moved away from me, but not before he kissed my lips one last time. He handed me my clothes. "Come on love, I've got to get you home." Hunter said. I nodded at him and we both got dressed. We pulled up in front of my house and we both sat there. I started to get upset again.
"I'm going to miss you so much." I said. He turned and laid his hand back on the seat facing me. He reached out and ran his hand down the side of my face.
"I'm going to miss you like crazy bubbles." He said with a smile. "Thank you for last night. I’ll never forget that. It will be the best memory I have of you." He said. I just smiled at him.
"It was perfect." I said. He reached over and kissed my lips. I pulled myself closer to him and kissed him deeper. Our lips parted, but our foreheads stayed together.
"I'm sorry Chloe, but I can't watch you leave. This is my goodbye." He said. I felt the tears start to fall down my cheeks. My fingers went to my lips.
"I love you Hunter." I said. He kissed me again and ran out of the car and ran down the road. I stood there and watched him until he was out of sight. My heart broke into a million pieces. "Goodbye." I whispered out.