I sat back and stared into Lionel's eyes, gauging his reaction. He sat there for a minute, a look of slight shock on his face, which slowly turned into a smile, and the confusion.
"But, I thought you were in love with Daniel?" he said, maintaining eye contact.
I looked down, embarrassed.
"Truth is, I did too." I replied in a whisper. "For a while, I had myself convinced that I was in love with Daniel, that I was meant to be with him, but my heart had a different path."
I took a deep breath and looked into his eyes again. Oh, those icy blue eyes I love so much.
"I've had these feelings for a while now, Lionel, and it took Daniel's actions and Eva's prodding yesterday to finally let myself admit it. I'm absolutely in love with you, and thinking back on it, I always have been. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't make myself fall in love with Daniel, because it was always you Lionel."
He closed his eyes for a minute, seemingly thinking about my words and letting them sink in. I held my breath.
No minute of my life has ever felt so long.
Finally, he opened his eyes and smiled at me. A warm, radiant smile that went straight to my heart. He leaned forward and kissed me once, softly.
"I always hoped this day would come, Claudia. Now it's finally here."
I laughed and grabbed his hand as he pushed a piece if my hair behind my ear.
We stared into each other's eyes, and just as we leaned in for another kiss, a student aid tapped my on my shoulder.
"Claudia?" she asked. When I nodded, she told me that my mother was in the office waiting for me.
I gulped. I'd completely forgotten about my first therapy session.
Lionel looked at me. "What's wrong, Claudia?" he asked.
"I have my first therapy session today." I told him. And then in a whisper, "I'm scared."
He grabbed me hand, concerned.
"Would you like me to go with you?" he asked.
I nodded, biting my lip. "Please." I whispered.