Emma was right. He wasn't a monster. He was just being overprotective.
But I did need more time to think. It still pained me to see Cole still with Abby, but I didn't know what to say to him. After what I said when he tried to apologize for how he acted at the party, I was afraid he wouldn't take me back.
I went over it in my head for weeks, and I was still scraed and nervous.
Even as senior year was coming to a close and graduation day was fast appoaching, I was nervous to see him and talk to him.
"Don't worry, Alexa," Emma said as we were getting ready in my room. "Everything will be fine. Now we'd better hurry and get downstairs. Your mom wants to take pictures before we head to the school."
After we took pictures, we headed to the school so we could change into our robes.
When we got inside the locker room, I noticed Cole standing by the rack of robes.
"Well, don't just stand there," Emma whispered. "Go talk to him."
As I walked over, I saw him looking down.
"Uh, hey, Cole," I said as I approached him. "Um, can we go somewhere to talk?"
"Uh, yeah. Sure."
As we stood in the hallway, I tried to think of what I should say first.
"Cole, I know you're sorry about what happened at Josh's party. You were just trying to be a good boyfriend and protect me, and I should've understood that. I'm really sorry for overreacting and...and..."
"Thinking I was a monster?"
"Alexa, it's okay. I shouldn't have acted that way. I should've tried to pull you off Josh instead of using my fists to punch him. And I never should've pushed you away. Alexa, I'm so sorry I hurt you."
"Cole, it's okay. I have already forgiven you. No one has ever done that for me. Not even Kyle. I really appreciate what you tried to do. Cole, I'm sorry for making you feel miserable. I'm even sorry it had to come to the point that you went back to Abby. Now I see what Emma was talking about when she said how manipulative and bossy she was."
"Yeah. It was a mistake to take her back. I...I should've just given you time and been patient instead of rebounding with someone else. Especially Abby. I'm sorry I did that to you, Alexa. I know it must've hurt to have to see me with her."
"Yeah, it did. But none of that matters now. All that matters is that we're back together again."
"Alexa, you're the first girl who makes me feel happy and who I can be myself around. I never want to lose you. Alexa, I...I love you."
"Oh, Cole. I love you, too. So much. And I don't wanna lose you either."
"So does that mean you're giving me another chance?"
"Does this answer your question?" I leaned in and gave him a passionate kiss. I missed his soft, moist lips and the way his tongue danced around in my mouth.
"Well, in that case, I think this belongs to you." He pulled out the heart-shaped necklace and placed it around my neck.
"Cole, I can't believe you kept it."
"Well, I had to keep my hopes up that you would take me back. I couldn't bring myself to get rid of it."
'Thank you, Cole."
"Hey, guys," Emma said as she walked out into the hall. "I've been looking everywhere for you. The ceremony is about to start."
As we walked back into the gym, he held my hand and we took our seats.
As the principal spoke to the students and parents, I looked over at Cole, thinking how lucky how I was to be with him and how we ended up together.
After the ceremony was over, Mom took pictures of all of us, and we all went to the house for a graduation party.
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