When we arrived home I pulled Jake into a hug,
“Thank you, thank you, thank you!” I cried against his chest,
“It was just as much Max as it was me,” he grinned and pulled me back to take a look at me, “You look tired, sleep Jade,” Pulling Jake upstairs with me I got into my pyjamas and sat on my bed looking at Jake,
“I’ll let you sleep now,” he said about to make his exit,
“Don’t go,” I called, he turned around and smiled,
“I’m just going downstairs,”
“I know, stay. Stay with me tonight,” I pleaded feeling vulnerable, Jake looked out the door and then back to me, torn.
“I promised Max I wouldn’t,”
“Wouldn’t do what?” I asked,
“Sleep with you,” he said quietly,
“There are two meanings to that,” I opted, “You won’t break your promise if you just sleep in the same bed as me,” I said. Jake shook his head sadly,
“I shouldn’t do this,” and with that he left the room, my lips went into a pout and I sighed. Better luck next time, I thought. But there wasn’t going to be a next time, he was going to boarding school, I was here, he had roommates and probably a rule saying no girls allowed in your dorm. Jake reappeared in his pyjama bottoms,
“Budge over,” he whispered closing the door, I obeyed smiling to myself. There was sudden darkness as the door closed, I felt the duvet lift up and Jakes warm body slide in next to me. I couldn’t see him but I could feel his breath on my face. Jake was tall and muscular and I only had a single bed,
“I think I’m about to fall out…” he said, as there was a gentle sliding sound and then a thud, I giggled, “Oww!” he complained.
“You sleep against the wall,” I offered getting out and letting Jake get in first, I then climbed in and Jake’s arms secured around me, his chin rested on my shoulder.
“Sleep well,” he whispered, “I won’t let you fall out either.” It really reminded me of when I was younger, if there were ever a thunder storm I’d bring in as many cuddly toys as possible and line them up on my bed. I didn’t want them to get scared, this left me squashed up against the wall or about to fall off the end of the bed. I cared about those toys too much, even though they had no feelings they got priority of my bed, and I cared about Jake thousands times more than any one cuddly toy.
“What are you thinking?” I whispered to Jake,
“I’m thinking about school, I’m leaving tomorrow,” he replied, I swallowed,
“I’ll miss you,”
“I’ll miss you more,” he said in my ear, he then kissed my neck sending warm shivers down my spine. He didn’t stop kissing me, his lips carried on up my neck to my jaw line; I turned to face him and tried to kiss him back, “I love you.” He said just as a flash of lightning framed my bedroom, for a second I could see his face, his eyes were moist and his face torn.
“Why are you so sad?” I asked,
“Because I’m thinking of my life without you,” he whispered, “And it’s not happy.” A clap of thunder sounded in the distance, the thunder storms outlined the end of winter and the start of summer as the two pressures came together, one from the north the other from the south. That was how far away Jake and I would be, Jake as far north as I could imagine and I down south,
“No geography can break us apart,” I replied,
“That’s a nice thought.” The lightning suddenly flickered through the room, “It’s strange, there’s no rain.” Jake said.
“That’s because we’re in Australia not England, thunderstorms don’t always happen with rain,” I replied.
“Let’s go outside!” Jake sat sitting up,
“What if we get struck?” I asked,
“We won’t,” he said pushing me gently off the bed, I stood up and he took my hand, another flash of lightning showed us the door. Jake led me quietly downstairs and out the front door, we walked round the porch and sat in the open field behind my house,
“Shouldn’t we be around something that’s taller?” I asked, I could see Jake’s eyes roll; the full moon illuminated his face. We sat in the grass and looked up at the sky for a while, listening to the thunder get closer and the lightning flash, it was beautiful.
“Jade, can I ask you something?”
“Mmmm,” I said, he pulled me closer to him and put his arm around me; he fumbled in his pocket for a moment and pulled out a small black box. My heart picked up at the sight of it, he turned to me, half his face was lit with the moon the other half shadowed in darkness. His beautiful dark hair was naturally messy and handsome, his perfect lips red and his eyes dark and meaningful. His long lashes flickered as another lightning bolt flashed a few miles away.
“You mean the world to me Jade, and without you I’m no one. Now we’re here on my last night with you I’m thinking about the future more than ever, and the only thing I see is you. I promise to love you forever and to look after you, provide for you, always be there for you. I want to be your best friend, your lover, your soul mate. Jade Isabella Piper, will you marry me?”