The End (Don’t Ever Look Back Chapter 29)

“Are you out of your fucking mind, Meghan?” Melissa yelled following Meghan to her room.
“I’m tired of pretending to hide my feelings anymore.” She rolled her eyes.
“Well, that’s great, but you can’t just up and leave!”

“Says who? It’s not like I’m moving out there! I’ve given it a lot of thought and this is what I want. I don’t care what anyone says, I just want to be with Josh. And if going to California is what I have to do to show him that I want to be with him, then that’s what I have to do.” She pulled out her suitcase from the closet and threw it on her bed.

“Well how long will you be gone? And what about work?”
“I don’t know. A few days, a week. It depends. And work will understand if I call in for a few days.”
“You’re crazy, I’m usually the one who would do this. Who are you and what have you done with my roommate?”

“I finally feel like I’m making the right decision for once.” She rummaged through her closet and dresser, packing up her suitcase with enough clothes to last her a month. She pulled out her phone and called Jeff to tell him she was going to California. After he freaked out and told her he was so happy for her, she spent a good 20 minutes on the phone with the airline, trying to get on the same flight that Josh was flying on.

Since no one was able to take her to the airport the next morning and she didn’t want to pay to park her car, she had to rely on the one person she really didn’t even want to speak to, Chris. She called him and explained that she had to go out of town and that she needed a ride to the airport and nothing more. He obviously was curious, but agreed to take her anyway. Her battery was dead before she knew it and she was so excited about leaving that she forgot to charge it overnight.

Chris pulled up to Meghan’s house at 10 the next morning.
"Morning, world traveler. Where are we jet-setting off to?”

“It’s none of your business where I’m going, ok? I just need you to get me to the airport. My flight leaves in an hour.” Chris took her suitcase and put it in the trunk of his car, climbed back in and backed out of her driveway.

“So, about this weekend, I really am sorry.” He said as they got down the street.
“Yeah, yeah. Whatever.” She was preoccupied with charging her phone with the car charger. She saw that she had 4 missed calls from Josh and a couple text messages from him and Jeff.

Josh: I really want to see you before I leave tomorrow
Josh: Are you ok? Your phone went straight to voicemail.

Jeff: Where are you girl? Just talked to Josh, he’s worried about you. Call him!
Josh: Did I do anything wrong? I guess you can call me if you want to see me. I’m leaving at 10 tomorrow don’t forget.

“God dammit!” She stammered.
“What is it?” Asked Chris, taking his eyes off the road to look at her.”
“Nothing, just drive.”

“It’s Josh, right?”
“It’s none of your business.”

They rode in silence and Chris pulled up to the airport passenger loading zone 10 minutes later. Meghan felt like her heart was going to pound out of her chest.
“Here, the Delta terminal.”
Chris saw the sign with departing flights outside the door. “What are you going to Charlotte for?”
“I’m not going to Charlotte.” She said as she gathered her partially charged phone and purse.
“Well, Charlotte’s the only flight going out of the Delta terminal, so…”
“Ugh, Chris I’m going to California for a few days, ok? I have a connection in Charlotte.”

Chris burst out laughing as he got out of the car to get Meghan’s suitcase.
“What’s so God Damned funny?” She put her hands on her hips like an impatient school teacher.
“Please don’t tell me you’re going out there for him. Oh God that’s the funniest thing I’ve ever heard! Good luck with that, see you in a few days when you realize it’s never going to work!”

Meghan took her suitcase from Chris and wheeled it to the sidewalk. “You’ll never understand me, Chris.” She smoothed out her t-shirt. “This, what you and I have, or had, will never work. Get it through your head. Go find someone else, because my heart belongs to someone in there.” She pointed to the airport terminal.
“Ok, we’ll see.” Chris got into his car.
“Thanks for the ride.” She yelled before he drove away.

Meghan waited in line at the check in counter and her phone went off for a text message.

Josh: So I’m sitting at the gate in the airport. I would have at least liked to say goodbye to you
Josh: but judging by your inability to answer me, I assume you made up your mind about us
Josh: It’s been fun I guess.
She wrote back immediately: NO! Wait you don’t understand!!!
Josh: Whatever. Goodbye, Meghan.

“Dammit!” Ok, hurry up and get your boarding pass Meghan, before he closes the door on you. After she printed her boarding pass and checked her suitcase, she sprinted to security. No line, good, this is good.

She power walked to the gate, because she figured it was a little cheesy running through an airport after someone she would see on the plane anyway. When she reached the gate, her eyes darted around the room, but she only spotted a few businessmen and a couple families. Where the fuck is he? Her palms began sweating and she got shaky so she sat down.

Then she saw him. He was walking out of the bathroom with his headphones and sunglasses on, with a scowl on his face and holding onto the straps of his backpack. Meghan stood up, adjusting the hair hanging down on her shoulders. Josh was looking at the ground at first, but when he saw her, he took his sunglasses off and smiled.

He walked quickly to where she was standing. “What are you doing here?”
“Josh my phone died and I forgot to charge it. I swear I wasn’t ignoring you!” She was shaking so he grabbed her by the shoulders. “Oh. What are you doing?”

“I’m coming with you, Josh.”
“What? Are you nuts?”
“Yes, I am. I’m absolutely crazy for just hopping on a plane without thinking about it first but I don’t care, as long as I’m with you, nothing else matters. I want to go with you and see what your life is like.”
“Really? So we’re going to do this? Like…be together?” He asked grabbing her hand.
“Yes. You and me, that’s all that matters.” She put her hands on his cheeks and kissed him until it was time to board.

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