I found Jade curled up at the base of the old oak tree by the lake, crying and rocking back and forth. Slowly I approached, and knelt down beside her.
"Jade. Listen to me."
Her head came up, her wide green eyes brimming with unreleased tears, her face puffy and red. She looked at me with a mixture of fear and sorrow.
"I'm sorry, I didn't mean to, it just sort of happened--"
I silenced her with a kiss. "Shh, Jade. Listen to me. I forgive you, okay? We all make mistakes. Believe me, I've made enough." I laughed hollowly.
Slowly she met my gaze, and the ghost of a smile passed across her face. "You really forgive me?"
I slid my hand under her chin and tilted her face up to mine. "How could I not? You're all I have now. You're all I need."
Another tear traced a track down her perfect face, and I bit my lip as I felt tears welling in my own eyes. "Give me your hand," I said to her.
Slowly she raised her hand, and I took it and placed it over my heart, so she could feel the steady thump-thump. My voice shook as I said, "That's my heart, Jade. It's been broken more times than I can count. And it's yours now. Keep it safe."
Now tears were flowing freely from both of our eyes, and Jade reached up and slid her hand behind my head, pulling me toward her in a passionate embrace, and I forgot everything but her in that one perfect moment.