“God, those guys… they think they can just toy with other people’s relationships.” We’re on our way home now. We’ve been holding hands all the way. This isn’t the first time we’ve help hands… but we’ve never held hands so naturally. So this is what actually dating him is like. His large strong hand grasps mine, and I can’t stop my heart from pounding. How does Harry feel? I glance at his profile, but he looks the same as he always does. I’m a little disappointed, but then, Harry suddenly stops.
“Hey, do you mind if we take a pit stop?”
“A pit stop? Where?”
“It’ll be just for a minute, so come one.” Where could we be going at this time of night? I follow Harry, curious.
Harry has brought me back to the girls’ school where he used to teach. He strides right in, as if it was the most natural thing ever, before I stop him.
“W-wait, you can’t go in there.”
“What will happen to you if they find out you came here, despite being on suspension?”
“It’s evening, on a Saturday. Hardly anyone’s even here. Come on, we’re going.” Harry walks in the school, completely sanguine. Thought I’m worried, I walk through the gates with him.
“This is totally amazing!” Harry and I are on the school rooftop. The sun is just setting, turning the whole town red.
“Just as I thought. this is the best view in town.”
“Nothing’s blocking the view up here, so it’s really beautiful.”
“Aren’t you glad we came?”
“yeah… and there really is no one around, like you said.”
“This has always been my secret hideout anyway.
“Your secret hideout?”
“No matter how awful my day was, I could just come up here and feel better. How can I put this… I guess this just… makes me feel brand new. But, now it’s not just a hideout anymore… it’s so much more. Because it’s a place I share in my memories with you.”
I remember seeing the fireworks with him. And… this was where we shared our first kiss.
“I’m not really the type to bother with remembering this of that anniversary, or anything like that… But I’ll probably remember that one as long as I live.” Harry gazes with far-off eyes toward the setting sun. “Man, I was so nervous. Even I couldn’t believe how freaked out I was. My heart was pounding so hard, it hurt. Really, it literally hurt, I didn’t know that could really happen. I’ve never fallen for anyone that hard. You’re the first girl I really love.”
“Harry…” I was so torn up, thinking that he might not love me back. But I was wrong. I look up towards Harry, moved almost to tears. And as I do, I see his cheeks turning a deeper and deeper shade of crimson.
“Don’t look at me like that.”
“Stuff like this.. I’m not used to talking about. I don’t know how I should act, what face I should put on. So don’t look at me.”
“But if I do this… then you can’t see, now can you?” Harry pulls me tightly into an embrace. I try to look up, but Harry buries my face into his chest.
“Harry, I can’t breathe…”
“You’re fine. We’re… still in the beginning of our relationship.” Harry rests his chin on my head and whispers quietly. “But, there’s no need to rush. Let’s make our memories together one day at a time, okay?”
“Okay.” Harry pats me on the head, seemingly satisfied. “God, saying this kind of stuff is just as humiliating as I thought it would be.”
“Is your face still red?”
“It’s just the sunset.” I can’t see his face, but I’m pretty sure I know what expression he has. On this rooftop, just the two of us, under a crimson sunset, we embrace each other tighter, and tighter and tighter.
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