She had her bare feet dangling outside of the passenger window, her head resting comfortably in his lap; she could not help but smile up at him as he twirled her hair around her fingertips, lost in thought and humming along to the radio.
It had just finished raining and the woods were starting to come back to life as the heat of the day was finally subsiding. They had driven all the way up there with no intention other than a lazy Sunday and a view of the city as it came to life that night.
“I’m going to miss you,” he said, still staring out the windshield.
“That was a little out of nowhere,” she sighed. She hated to complicate things, had begged him not to…and here he was, complicating them.
“I know,” he finally looked over at her, “but it doesn’t change the fact that I am going to miss you.”
“You hardly know me.”
“I know you enough to miss you, and right now, I think that is more than plenty,” he said sternly, glaring at her, challenging her to test his limits on the matter. She started to open her mouth to argue, closing it again as she thought she had better not. He turned to look back out of the window, dropping the conversation as if it never even took place. They grew silent then, she sighed heavily and he went back to twisting her hair and humming.
After awhile he dropped his head, just for a second before shoving the key in the opposite direction and starting the truck. She looked up at him, hopeful that he would finally say something and after a few seconds she gave up, tucked her feet back inside and sat up. Throwing the truck into gear, he reached out his hand and grabbed hers. Slowly they made their way back to town.
As he pulled up in front of her house, she gave him a frustrated huff and grabbed the handle to open the door. With one swift motion he pulled her hand closer to him, forcing her to fall into him and leave the door as it was. He wrapped his arms around her, his face lost in her hair as he mumbled something she could not quite catch. Before she could say a word, he pulled her as close as she could get and kissed her.
“Well, I guess this is it,” he whispered in a sigh as he let her reach for the door.
“I suppose so.”
“I know it doesn’t even matter, but I will still miss you,” he smiled at her.
She gave a faltered smile in response, not wanting to say any of the ridiculous thoughts running through her head. It would have been too simple.
“Goodbye,” he let her go.
She hated to end it on such a definite note, “I’ll see you around.”
“Maybe one day.”