“Why are you meeting him?” Tom asked. “After everything he did to you, you’re still going to see him? I thought you’d moved on.”
A look of anger flashed across Jennie’s face. “Do I need to give you a reason? What business is it of yours? It’s not like you’re in love with me,” she snapped.
Tom didn’t know what to say. How could he respond to that? How SHOULD I respond to that? he thought to himself.
“Oh shit…” he heard Jennie whisper.
He looked up and found Jennie’s eyes locked on his own. He knew in an instance that he’d taken too long to answer and she’d been able to see exactly what he was thinking.
She knew he was in love with her.
“Oh, Tom,” she murmured. “Why didn’t you tell me? Why didn’t you say something?”
He found himself looking at the ground, his confidence suddenly shattered. He didn’t know what to do or what to say next. Nothing he said would make any difference.
Jennie stepped forward and crouched down to stare up at him.
“Tom, I need to ask directly. You know me, I’m a straight-forward girl and I need to know. Are you in love with me?”
His head nodded. It seemed it was moving by itself, totally unaware of the rest of his body. He felt a tear slowly trickle down the side of his face and before he knew what was happening, Jennie had wrapped her arms around him and was hugging him tightly.
She held the back of his head like a baby and rocked slowly back and forth without saying a word. She could feel the relief in his body that his secret was finally out and she felt her own heart suddenly lighter.
He broke away from her embrace and held her at arm’s length.
“Yes, Jennie. I am in love with you. I am 100% completely in love with you.”