My heart pounded furiously against my chest as I parked the car, letting the engine come to rest. Slowly getting out of the car, I crossed over to help Melissa out as well. She kept her eyes to the ground as I led her through to the entrance of the park.
Melissa still seemed shaken up the events of the day but I really wanted to help in getting it past her. And this was the perfect place for it.
The garden was situated in the center of the park, with a variety of beautiful flowers that bloomed at all times. I'd come here often after the divorce...and after everything in my life seemed to have fallen apart. It helped me to think, to let out the emotions in gentle waves that I so often had to control within myself. I wanted there to be a similar experience with her.
I took a light hold of her hand, and she looked up to meet my eyes but her vision was diverted by the beautiful scenery in front of her. Letting out a gasp, her eyes took it all in before finally setting on my face with somewhat of guilt on her own.
"Thomas. I'm sorry."
My eyebrows rose slightly and before I could say anything, she continued.
"I'm sorry for having ruined your day like this. I most certainly did not mean to and I'll make it up to you, somehow. But-"
I interrupted her, cutting her off. "Don't say that. You've always been there for me and if at all, I should be for you too."
Pulling her down on the bench, I softly squeezed her hand and whispered, "You have to let it all out Melissa. That's the only way."