I watched as he left the room to go and speak to his uncle. There was a part of me that wanted to call him back. To ask him to never leave my side, but I couldn’t.
Alice’s voice brought my attention to her. “Are you okay?” Instead of answering her, my arms flew around her neck, nearly toppling her over, and I started crying once again.
Her hands came up to draw comforting circles on my back. “It’ll be alright,” she tried to sooth as she regained her balance.
She didn’t understand why I was crying. “You can…talk,” I choked out.
Arms squeezed me tighter before she pulled me back and wiped the tears from my cheeks. I sat facing her on the floor watching as she looked at me with a strange expression on her face. “I need to apologize to you, Isabella.”
“No,” she said more firmly. “I did something very wrong and I need to tell you that I’m sorry.”
“But…” And then a fear went through me. “You’re not…leaving. Are you?”
“No. I’m not leaving. I’ll be here as long as you want me to be.”
Finally I was able to release the breath I’d been holding. “I don’t want you to leave.” She smiled back at me, but it held a hint of sadness.