Chapter 46: When You Loved Me
Two Months Later…
Rebbeca walked down the side walk, in Kernsville. She walked to the corner and waited for traffic to clear so she could cross. As she waited, she looked up at the stars. She glanced to her left. On the other side of the road, she saw the figure of a person walking toward her, but the street light above her was too bright to make out a face.
The person walked past her as she caught a glimpse of his face. “Danny?”
The man stopped. He sighed and then turned around. He looked at her and smiled, putting his hands into his coat pockets. “Hi.”
“I thought you would have left town.”
“I did. Once I heard Whitney was gone, I came back for my things.”
Silence filled the air.
“I want you to know-”
“You don’t remember me.” He nodded.
“How did you know?”
“Drake told me everything.” He sighed and looked around. He looked tired, a strained expression on his face. “How have you been?” He looked back at her.
“Fine…I guess.” She stared at him. “But, uh, it’s really bugging me that I can’t remember you-”
“How is that good?”
“It’s good that you don’t remember me.”
“It’s better this way,” Danny said. “Nothing good ever came of us knowing each other. Mistakes were made and people got hurt. They still are. Besides, things are different now. Stuffs happened…things changed, while you were gone.” He looked around, again. “I’m going to leave town tomorrow and I don’t want you to find me, even if you remember someday.”
They stared at each other. Rebbeca was grasping for something to say, as rain drops began to fall.
“Goodbye, Rebbeca.” Danny walked past her, starting across the street. Rebbeca’s mind was going crazy at the sound of him saying her name. Her heart felt like it was going to beat out of her chest.
Before she could stop herself, she said his name. “Daniel!”
He stopped in his tracks and turned around, in the middle of the road. The rain beat against the asphalt.
She walked up to him. “Because…my mind might not remember you, but my heart does.” She shivered from the rain and the cold breeze. He looked into her eyes and she knew he still felt the same way. She cupped his face, pulling him down to her, and kissed him as he wrapped his arms around her waist.
Images flashed through her mind as reality cut out; thoughts and feelings she doesn’t remember. One image flashed several times before stopping and playing itself out:
“Need a lift?” Danny asked.
“Sorry, I don’t take rides from criminals,” Rebbeca replied.
She opened her eyes, pressing her forehead into his. They stood in the middle of the road, the rain soaking them through. He held her tight against him.
“I forgive you.”
“When I died…I was trying to tell you something. I forgive you, Daniel.” She pulled back far enough to look into his eyes. “You took the fall for your brother, and when you tried to tell me, I called you a liar. And, yes, you betrayed us, betrayed me. But that’s all you’ve ever known. All anyone’s ever taught you-”
“No…because you taught me how to love.”
“And I love you so much, Daniel. I forgive you for everything, and I’m sorry I didn’t believe you.”
A tear fell from his face as he realized what was happening. “You remember.”
“Everything,” she said. “I remember everything. And there is no way on this earth I am letting you leave me.”
He picked her up and spun her around. He stopped and sat her feet on the ground.
“We should probably get out of the middle of the road,” she whispered.
“They can go around.” He put his hand on her chin, tipping her head up. He leaned down and kissed her, drawing it out as long as he could.
“Let’s go home.” She took his hand. “Unless you still want to leave me…?”
They walked across the road to the sidewalk, and a couple blocks over. They turned the corner and Rebbeca saw his car. The blue Mustang almost glowed in the moon light.
She smiled. “Thought you would’ve upgraded by now.”
“Why would I do that?” He smiled. “You’re the only person I’ve ever had in this car.” They walked up to it and she stopped them.
“If you still love me,” she said, “why were you going to leave me?”
“Because a lot happened. And you don’t deserve that.”
“No, just you.” She lightly kissed him before getting into the car. He walked around the front of the car and then got in. She looked up and saw her time traveling necklace hanging from the rear view mirror.
He smiled and took it off the mirror, handing it to her. “This belongs to you.”
She looked at it in her hands and smiled, thinking of the man who made it. She sighed, feeling complete again. Danny started the car and then pulled out of the parking lot.
“See, I told you a break would be good for us.”
He smiled and shook his head. “It is nice to have you back, Rebbeca.”