He couldn’t understand her. From the minute he had seen her for the first time that evening, she had seemed like a soft, quiet, simple girl. And yet, now, there she was, clinging to her seat, eyes wide, focused on the road in front of her. Just looking at her, he could see that the speed was giving her a thrill. Despite the darkness and having only a little light here and there, he knew that her eyes didn’t miss a single thing. It took him by surprise, how such a small thing could completely transform who she was. And yet, there she was, enjoying every second.
He stopped accelerating and slowed down, pulling up into the parking spot. The entire lot seemed to be abandoned. The sand stretched out in front of them, and in the distance, he could see the faint signs of the beach.
‘You did it, you made it here in ten minutes’. Her voice cut through his thought process and he turned to see something he hadn’t seen since he had met her. She was smiling.
“I told you I could, you’ve got to believe in me more,” he replies, smiling back at her. her face looked happy. It tugged at his heart that she wasn’t like this all the time. He wanted to know everything, he wanted to ask her, but at the same time, he didn’t want to push her until she was ready. He knew that he had to give her time, as hard as it was for him.
They got off the car and walked across the sand, walking towards the water. She had wanted to go to the beach and he had got her there. He would take her to Paris if that’s what she wanted. As long as she was happy, he would be fine.
They had been sitting in front of the water, staring off into the distance. There was a sense of peace and security in the silence between them. It wasn’t awkward, the opposite in face. They were comfortable enough with each other to sit there without saying anything despite knowing each other for less than a day.
“I lost him,” she said suddenly. She wasn’t looking at him, but he knew she was talking to him, sharing.
“The one guy that mattered to me. The one person who had always been there for me. The person I had promised I’d be there for, I lost him.”
Saying this, she fell silent again. He could see a lone tear falling down her cheek. It took all of his strength to not reach out to her. He knew he had to give her her privacy, that was what she needed right now. But it was turning out to be the hardest thing he had ever done. He moved closer to her and put an arm around her shoulder, trying to let her know that he was there for her. He didn’t know what to say or what he could do to make her feel better. For now, he just wanted her to know that he would be there for her. For now, that had to be enough, for him, for her…