Please Don't Leave Me
Charlie watched Melody as she walked around her hotel room, collecting her things and pulling clothes out of her drawer to put in her suitcase. She was leaning against the wall, playing with a yo-yo and trying hard not to let Melody see her face.
Melody frowned as she slid another piece of hair behind her ear, hoping Charlie would say something, but the girl stayed quiet. Melody scanned her body and sighed. This would probably be the last time she saw Charlie until the summer and she didn’t want this to be the last thing she remembered of her.
Charlie’s eyes met her own and Melody gasped as she saw tears brimming around her eyes, threatening to fall. She dropped her socks on the floor and quickly ran to her, cupping her face and wiping her tears.
Charlie pulled away, hissing “I’m fine Melody!”
She was a bit shocked by Charlie’s tone but didn’t let it affect her.
“I’ll be back during the summer, I promise,” she whispered, trying to reach for her hand. Charlie moved her hand towards hers and shook her head.
“That’s too long,” she said bluntly, pushing off from the door and helping her pack. “Charlie, stop” she sighed; watching her violently throw her clothes in the bag.
Charlie continued and Melody’s anger started to rise. She grabbed her wrist but Charlie pulled away and kept bagging. “Stop it!” Melody yelled.
“No! You wanna go, Mel? Fucking go! That’s all they do anyway. They all leave me after awhile. My parents, my friends, Alexis; why don’t you just leave me too?” she snapped, throwing her shirt at the wall.
“I’m not leaving you!” Melody snapped back. “Yes, you are! You’re leaving…just like everyone else. Please, don’t give me a excuse and just leave!”
Charlie pushed past her but Melody grabbed her hand and spun her back around.
“I’m not leaving, you’re pushing me away! I don’t want to go anymore than you want me to leave but I have to go to school and if I could, I would transfer here. I have a lot going for me at Stonewall. You have to understand this is hurting me as much as it is you,” she said, interlacing her fingers with Charlie’s as she began to cry.
Charlie’s eyes softened and she pulled Melody into her arms, holding her tight. “I’m sorry Mel. I’m so sorry; I didn’t mean to make you cry. I’m so used to watching everything I love walk away and you’ve found a way into my heart. Even though you’ve only been here for a week, I can honestly say that…I’m beginning to feel something for you and I don’t want to let it go” she whispered, running her fingers through Melody’s hair.
She gripped the girl tighter and Charlie sat down on the edge of the bed with Melody cradled against her body. “I want to see where this goes. I want to understand what I’m feeling for you. I want to know who Melody Schmidt is,” she said in embarrassment.
Melody smiled through her tears and looked up at the strong girl’s loose demeanor. She ran her hand over Charlie’s cheek lovingly and smiled.
“I came here with a broken heart and I’m leaving with a new one because of you,” she said smiling when Charlie finally let her tears fall, clinging to Melody like a child.
“Please don’t leave me,” she sobbed, hiding her face in the crook of Melody’s neck. She pulled Charlie by her shirt on to her bed and cuddled next to her, pulling the covers over them.
“Sleep with me tonight. That’s my only request. The only thing I want is to be near you my last night here” she whispered, wrapping her arm around Charlie and pulling her toward her body so that her back was against her chest.
Charlie nodded, tossing her arm around Melody’s waist, spooning her. She gripped her hand and interlaced their fingers.
As the two girls slept, it felt like the world no longer existed. Tomorrow would never come. The sun would never rise and Melody would never leave her side. A small smile crept over Charlie’s face and she held Melody tighter.
“I want this. I want you, Melody” she whispered in the girl’s ear and smiled when Melody whispered back, “So do I, Charlie."
The Next Day
Dylan and Charlie watched as Buck loaded the car and shut the trunk, walking around towards the front of the car, starting it.
“Come on you two! We have to hurry or else we’ll hit traffic on the way back,” he yelled.
“We’re coming Buck! Geez!” Madison yelled back at her husband. She ran towards the passenger side after giving Dylan and Charlie both a hug.
“Thank you both for being so good to Melody this week. She really needed to get her mind off of things,” she said happily, squeezing Charlie’s hand.
The girl nodded sheepishly and blushed when her brother nudged her in the shoulder. Melody walked out the lobby doors, carrying a box in her hand and gave Dylan a hug before stepping in front of Charlie.
They were trying hard not to let their emotions get to them. They both agreed that they did enough crying last night. Melody wrapped her arms around Charlie’s neck, being careful not to knock her box over.
Charlie sighed in exasperation and held Melody around her waist. They pulled away slightly as Melody put the box in her hands.
“Don’t open it until I drive away” she said sternly. Charlie nodded and Melody leaned up, kissing Charlie on her forehead before walking backwards toward her car, afraid that if she turned around, she would disappear.
Charlie watched her open the door to the car and drive away, feeling like a knife was in her chest and a frog was stuck in her throat.
She stared down at the black box and Dylan arched his eyebrows at her. “Open it” he said, motioning towards the box. Charlie nodded and took the top off.
A bright yellow card was sitting neatly inside and the title was in bright red letters.
Charlie handed the box to Dylan and slowly opened it.
I don’t know how to say this so I’ll make it short. I was so hurt when I came here, I had just gotten out of a relationship and I felt like my entire world was ending, literally. But then, you showed up by the shore and for some reason, I knew things were changing. You have such a cold demeanor to you that I felt like I wouldn’t be able to crack you but…you have such a huge heart and I feel so bad about the fact that you hide it in fear of letting someoene hurt you.
I’ll be blunt about this. Love sucks. It destroys you and beats you and kicks you when you’re down and makes you want to scream. But it’s also the most beautiful thing you can give to someone. I thought I was in love with her. I thought I knew what love was. I thought she was the one. But I thought wrong.
I hope I never have to leave you again. Until the summer.
P.S. I believe I love you…but I need you to believe it too”.
Charlie stared at the letter for a while…before dropping it on the ground and running after Melody’s car.
“Charlie! What the hell are you doing?” Dylan yelled, taking off after her.
“I can’t let her go! I just can’t! I’m sorry Dylan. I need to talk to her now!” she yelled back, turning the corner onto the street.
“Charlie, stop! She has to go back home. We’ll see her in the summer. Charlie!” he yelled, trying his best to catch up with her.
“She loves me! She loves me Dylan,” she said, her heart speeding up when she saw Melody’s car.
Charlie ran faster, ignoring the people staring at her and the horns beeping as she jumped in front of cars, Dylan trailing right behind her.
“She loves me and," she thought, fighting the fact that her body was getting tired and that the car was out of her reach.
“I believe I love her too!”
Charlie stood in the middle of the road, staring after Melody’s car as she was hit with the realization. She saw Melody watching her as the car sped off around a turn and onto the highway.
Dylan grabbed her arm, pulling her out of the road and onto the curb. “What the hell is wrong with you!” he yelled, trying to catch his breath.
Charlie was breathing hard and she sat down on the ground, watching the cars drive by as Dylan sat down next to her.
“I love her too, Dylan” she whispered. “What do you mean? You guys just met this week,” he exclaimed, looking over at her.
Charlie leaned back and looked at the sky. “I guess…sometimes you just know,” she said, not taking her eyes off the clouds. Dylan chuckled and put his arm around Charlie’s shoulder.
“You’re too much, you know that sis?” he teased. Charlie smirked at her brother and leaned against his body. “Do you think mom and dad would like her?” she asked softly.
Dylan shrugged and kissed the top of her head. “I don’t know…but if they were still alive, I think they would love her” he replied. “Now come on, we should head back to the beach."
Charlie nodded, laughing when Dylan pulled her on his back. She wrapped her arms around his neck and leaned her chin against his head.
“Don’t you ever leave me, Dylan,” she whispered. “No chance in hell, Danielle” he replied quickly, walking around the corner. She slapped his chest and he laughed.
“It’s Charlie,” she mumbled. “Whatever, I don’t care what you call yourself. I’ll always be your brother” he shot back. She smiled and held him tighter, knowing that no matter what happened, Dylan would never leave her side.