Jake and Me
Meet me at the tree house, he said.
I was here for almost twenty minutes, and still no sign of him. Jake and his family were finally moving away. He wanted to meet me tonight because this was going to be our last night, hanging out here in our tree house together. He also mentioned something about a gift before he officially leaves tomorrow. I sat at the corner of the tree house, letting my leg dangle on the edge of the wooden platform. A wave of instant regret hit me when a cold breeze brushes my arm. I curse myself for rushing here, and forgetting my hoodie in my room. I heard a wooden creak from below, followed by footsteps on the grass. Grunting noises grew closer and then a bundle of chocolate brown waves popped up. I chuckled when I see Jake scowling as he got up.
“Is this your idea of a farewell to your best friend? I am struggling here.” he grumbled. My laughter died down. He sat right next to me, our arms brushing against each other. He was so warm.
“Sorry, Jake.” I mumbled. Our eyes met and when he held my gaze, I turned away. I shivered when another breeze whipped my hair. I rubbed my hands against my arms to get warm. I heard him unzip his hoodie then draped it over my shoulder.
“Wear this.” he murmured in my ear. My cheeks heated up. I nodded and slipped my arms through the jacket. He sat right next to me, this time a little closer than usual. I looked at him and smiled.
“Thanks.” I replied. He smiled back at me then pulled something from his pocket. It was a small, silver, metal box.
“I wanted to give you this,” he said as he handed it to me. “For your birthday.” he added. I peeked inside and saw something shiny inside. I pulled a pair of dog tags with our names engraved on each plate.
“Jake, this is…” I trailed off.
“Weird, I know.” he mumbled.
“No, this is actually pretty cool.” I grinned. He leaned in and enveloped me in a warm hug. He then took the necklace with his name on it, and slipped it on me. It gleamed as it rested on my chest. I looked at him with a puzzled expression as he wore the tag containing my name.
“Isn’t it supposed to be the other way around?” I asked. I saw him blush as he looked away.
“Well you did say that you wanted something to make you remember me. So I had this idea of leaving my name, you know, just in case you forget it.” He smiled jokingly but I can see the sadness in his eyes. I felt a tiny pinch in my chest. I chuckled, but at the same time I felt tears crawl off my cheeks. He held my hand and squeezed it for reassurance.
“Please don’t cry.” He pleaded.
“I will never see you again.” His hand tightened around mine when he spoke.
“I won’t be gone forever you know.” he sighed. I pulled my hand away to wipe tears away with the sleeve of his hoodie.
“I’ll miss you a lot.” I sobbed. He wrapped his arm behind, pulling me close now. My head rested on his chest, my hand gripping his shirt. It reminded me of when I used to be little. Jake would pull me close every time something was wrong or when I got scared of something. It made my heart ache a little more.
“I’ll look for you. When I come back, you will be the first person that I visit.” he stated.
He chuckled. “Of course you silly girl.”
“I will wait for you then.” I sighed and nuzzled his chest. “I’ll miss you.”
“I’ll miss you too. Just remember that I will be looking for you once I get back.” he stated.
“Promise me something.”
He rubbed my arm when he spoke. “What is it?”
“Can I be the only one who will keep Jake’s official best friend spot?” I requested.
He commanded in a funny tone. “I shall entitle it to you and yours only, just as long as I also get to keep Ronnie’s official bf spot as well.”
“You got yourself a deal, mister.”