As I took Liss off to the next class, I clutched her tightly against my chest. I loved her so much it hurt, and I really wanted her to have a great life. I wanted her to be able to provide for herself if it ever became necessary, and right now, this was the only way I could think of for her to actually be able to do that. We will graduate from this place, and we will form a band and we will make enough money to support ourselves. It was strange though, because I had never seen the professor so mean! He really didn’t like it when people missed class, and I guess what Liss studied while I was in class hadn’t stuck with her for the test…or maybe I had dropped some of her work while I was going between classes…that was the more likely culprit of all this!
Anyhow, we are going to get through this, I don’t care what it cost me. As we entered our next class, the professor glared at Liss, however, he let us in and we began our lesson. All through the class I kept my eye carefully on Liss, every time she looked like she was about to cry I would stop my drumming and move over to her. I ran a hand down one of the fresh scars on her face, “You can do it Liss, I know you can. I believe in you.” I whispered in her ear.
She gave a half-hearted smile and started to practice again. My chest swelled up with pride…that was my girl, even after all she had been through, she was finding the courage to keep on fighting. I smiled happily as I realized that the music she was playing on the piano actually sounded like music, there were only a very few pauses and her fingers seemed to move almost effortlessly across the keyboard. Now that was my girl, she was doing better than I was at drumming, and she had missed almost a month of practice!
I leaned in and kissed her lightly on the cheek. “I’m so proud of you Liss,” I whispered in her ear.
I watched with a gentle smile as Liss turned bright pink. As the professor straightened from giving instructions to Chris I quickly returned to my drum set and pretended to fiddle with the tuning knobs on the snare before starting in again on actually playing the drum set.
That night, as I helped Liss back to our room (she still had a limp from one particularly nasty cut to her leg) I could tell she was exhausted because her limp had been getting worse and worse over the course of the day. “What was on that test the professor gave you this morning anyways?” I asked curiously.
“Oh it was something about naming some composers from Austria, then a question about tuning a reed instrument, then umm, I can’t remember the rest.”
I gaped at her. “Are you sure?” I asked incredulously.
Liss gave me a strange look, “Pretty sure…why?”
“Because we were never taught anything about any of that…that’s all classical stuff…we’re learning the more modern forms of music remember?”
“But…” Liss trailed off indignantly, “why would he do that?”
I shook my head…don’t let that test get you down Liss…I wouldn’t have been able to answer those either. I think that the professor just wasn’t very happy about you missing class for so long.
“Well that’s the understatement of the year,” Liss exclaimed sarcastically.
I grinned. “I love you so much Liss.” I told her as I opened the door to our room.
“I love you too Kian,” she replied. Before she could get anything else out I leaned in and kissed her.
“Kian,” Liss whispered after we pulled away, “you are the best thing that ever happened to me.”
My heart swelled up and it felt as if my chest might just explode with all the emotion I was feeling. I had already known that to be true…although I never really thought about it…but having her say it to me had just snapped some dam in my head; and now all my emotions seemed to be breaking loose. I was completely speechless. I just pulled her close and wrapped her in my arms. I buried my face in her hair as I felt hot tears come to my eyes.
After making several attempts to swallow the huge lump in my throat I finally managed to reply. “Liss, you are the one I live for…and don’t you ever forget that…I will give anything to ensure that you have a good future.”
With that swept Liss off her feet and carefully tucked her into her bed. “Now sleep tight my angel.” I whispered, and then planted a kiss on her lips. “We only have to endure a few more weeks of this, Christmas is in three days, and after that we only have one and a half weeks until graduation. I know you can do this.”