Taking hold of his arm, we raced out the building. I had been contemplating whether or not to show him but finally, I’d decided to.
“Okay, here we are,” I gasped, stopping and trying to get my heart back to its normal beat.
“Where exactly is here?” He panted, trying to catch his breath.
I grinned at him before interlacing my hand with his and walking into the garden. It was beautiful, the soft sunlight illuminating the roses, tulips and all the other beautiful flowers among us.
“My parents called it ‘Our Secret Garden’,” I said, walking him around as he watched in fascination.
“Do you remember that photo I showed you before? The day my dad called?”
He nodded slowly and turned around to face me.
“Well…this is where we took the photo.”
I let go of his hand and walked toward the roses, my hand softly caressing the petals of the red beauty. A single tear travelled down my cheek but I wiped it away quickly. This wasn’t the time to be emotional…not with Evan. I felt his arms wrap around my waist and I turned around, my body fitting perfectly with his.
“Thank you.” His tantalizing eyes stared into mine before he whirled me around and hugged me. “I don’t want you to leave me, not now.” Hearing the pain in his voice was agony for me. I didn’t want to hear him like this.
“I have to,” I whispered into his chest, knowing very well he didn’t hear me. “I have to leave, Evan.” I repeated, louder. “But maybe you could come with me. Back…back home.”
He shook his head as he stepped back. “This is my home Ada, whether I like it or not. I might not have the best memories here but I can’t leave.”
I nodded, trying not to burst into tears for the millionth time in front of him. “I understand.”
“Come on Ada.” He took hold of my hand softly and led me to sit down under a tree, in the cool shade. “Let’s forget about all our worries. Just you and me in our world for now.”
He lifted me onto him so I was sitting on his lap, my head against his chest.
Hours we spent in the secret garden, just talking the seconds away and treasuring the moments we had together. We both knew this won’t exist for long, and we were going to use that fact and make the best of our time.
The sunset was beautiful, clearly visible from our spot. We watched in silence as the shining sun slowly descended. Another day was gone with only a few remaining before us. I turned my head so it was below Evan’s. He looked down at me, a faint smile on his face before brushing his lips with mine. I returned the kiss softly, my heart skipping inside.
Just when the sun slipped out of sight, we separated, our eyes sparkling.
I whispered the words that seemed perfect for the moment.
“I love you.”