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Chapter 12 : Finally
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"Okay, what is it?" Dean asked sounding slightly confused.
"Oh, how do I say this? I love someone." I shrugged.
A smile appeared on his face. Now I was confused. "Aria, that's great! I mean, I know we haven't been together that long, but I think I love you too." He said. Okay, not going as planned.
"Oh, Dean, I'm so sorry, but what I meant was that I loved someone who's not you." I said looking down.
"Oh." He said, the smile sliding off of his face.
"I'm so sorry, Dean. I really tried my hardest not to,but…I couldn't help myself."
"No, no, it's fine. It's just alot to take in right now. Does this mean you're breaking up with me?"
"Yes." I sighed.
Dean sighed too. "Just answer me this, is it Ron that you love?"
"No, most definitely not." I said.
"Good, I'd hate to see you get hurt like that again." He said smiling slightly.
"Thanks." I said smiling.
"Go on now, then." Dean said.
"Go on what?" I asked.
"Well, you're going to tell whatever lucky guy it is that you love him, right?"
"Yes." I answered.
"Well, what are you doing standing here talking to me? Go get him." Dean said.
I hugged him gratefully. "Thanks."
"All right now go." He said.
I started running, at first I had no idea where I was going. Then suddenly,it hit me, I knew where Draco would be. I ran out onto the grounds and headed for the tree next to the Black Lake.
As I ran, I knew I was taking a big risk. I was risking getting in too deep. I was risking my emotoinal state. I was risking my heart getting broken. I was risking pretty much everything that mattered. But he was the worth the risk.
I was halfway to the tree when I saw him. He had his hands stuffed in his pockets and was looking at the Lake. As I got closer, he turned around. It was either because he could hear my pounding footsteps, or my heavy breathing, because who am I kidding? I'm no runner.
Draco's eyes met mine and I ran even faster. I reached him and I did what I always did. I jumped into his arms and kissed him. He kissed me back immediately.
I pulled away and whispered "Finally." In his ear. What happened next was weird, suddenly we were falling backwards. I looked down at Draco, I couldn't read his expression. "Hey." I said.
"Hey." Draco said looking up at me.
"So, I thought about what you said."
"And I don't know what I was thinking. I should have never tried to forget about us. You're were right, what we have is fucking amazing." I said breathlessly.
Draco sighed. "I told you I loved you and you basically told me you didn't want to hear it. You really hurt me, Aria."
"I know Draco, but you have to understand, I was scared." I said quietly.
"Scared of what?" He asked.
"You. And my feelings for you and…getting hurt."
"I know I've hurt you in the past, but I would never under any circumstances hurt you again. I wouldn't be able to live with myself."
"I know that now. And now I realize that we're meant to be together." I said.
"So, you get to decide if we're meant to be together or not? Now that you've decided that, we can be together? Did you just expect me to drop everything and be your boyfriend?" Draco asked.
"Yes." I said. He raised his eyebrows at me. "I mean I thought this is what you wanted, you broke up with Pansy to be with me didn't you?"
"Yeah." He said quietly.
"And I broke up with Dean to be with you." I said.
"You did?" He asked, hopefully.
"So, what does that mean, you're not scared anymore?" Draco asked.
I shook my head. "No, I'm still scared. Infact, I'm terrified, but I realized you're worth being terrified for."
"Am I now?" He asked, trying not to look pleased.
"Of course you are." I said smiling. "Anyone who's willing to drug me so I can be their first kiss and wreck all of my relationships has to be worth something."
Draco grimaced. "Aria, I'm so sorry for all that. I was selfish and-"
"Shh." I placed my finger on his lips. "I didn't run over here to hear an apology."
"What did you run over here for?" He asked.
"For this." I said leaning down and kissing him. I felt him sigh in content, like everything was right in the world.
When we pulled away,he wasn't smiling, he still looked troubled. "What's wrong?" I asked.
"Look, Aria, I love you and everything, but if this is gonna work, I have to know that when things get hard you won't run away and shut me out. And I understand you're scared, but you have to trust me. Trust that I won't do anything to hurt you. You're everything to me, okay? Nothing else matters." His tone was intense and serious.
"Okay." I said. "I get it, I'm sorry-"
"Hey, I didn't come here to hear an apology either."
"Well, what did you come here for?" I asked.
"Well, I was kind of hoping Pansy would go and talk to you and you'd finally realize that I was the one for you and you'd come and find me. And I knew you'd come here."
"How do you know me so well?" I asked.
"I have been in love with you for four years." Draco shrugged. Hearing him say that, for some reason got me all emotional. I could feel the tears filling my eyes. I hated crying, and I hated even more for people to see me cry. I quickly stood up off of Draco, covering my face.
Draco seemed bewildered. "Aria, what's wrong? Did I say something wrong?" He got up too.
"No!" I cried. "I'm sorry, I'm just being a girl. You know emotional and unpredictable." I turned away from him.
He wrapped his arms around me from behind. "Look, Aria, if you don't want me saying I love you, I'll stop."
"No." I said quickly. "I don't ever want you to stop saying that."
"Good, cause I don't think I could stop." He said.
I turned around and wrapped my arms around him and burying my face in his chest. I listened to his heart beat, it was beating rapidly. Maybe that's what love does to you.
"Are you okay?" He asked.
"I don't know." I said honestly.
"Well, maybe we should go back to my room and talk there."
"Okay." I said, before he kissed me.
As he led me, I knew we wouldn't talk much, what more was there to say? I knew we were going to make love and it would probably be the best we ever have.
When we reached his room, he closed the curtains around his bed like he done so many times before. I laid down, ready for Draco to take me. The look he gave me when he turned to me made me breathless. He crawled on top of me and kissed me passionately.
We slowly took eachother's clothes off, savoring every moment in time we currently had together. Then I remembered something.
"Draco?" I asked.
"Yes?" He asked looking down at me.
"I forgot to tell you something." I said.
"Please don't tell me no more sex." He said. "I don't know if I can handle that."
I laughed. "That's not it."
"Then what is it?" He asked, slightly impatient. I knew he wanted to hurry up and continue.
"I love you." I said.
Draco's eyes widened and he had never looked happier. "Finally." He said before kissing me again.
A/N: Hi. Only one chapter left!! The next chapter might be short, but I hope you enjoy it. Thanks to all who have read, reviewed and favorited this story. I hope you read the sequel, it's called "When it Happens" Thanks for reading!
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