He stood by the phone and wondered when she was going to call. Her email had sounded urgent. He paced back and forth in front of the phone wanting it to ring more than anything else. Finally he took a seat in the lazy-boy next to the phone. The TV. in front of him buzzed softly with commercials. Out side the rain patted softly at the door and he wondered when the storm would be over. He tapped his foot impatiently and folded his hands together. He then noticed how cold and shaky he had become since reading her email a few hours pervious. He looked at his watch, it was only a little past two. She told him she would call about now. He thought back to the email, what had it said? "there's something I need to tell you…and I don't know if I can say it in an email. I think on the phone will be best. Please, forgive me." She had written. He stood back up and began his pacing.
She moved away a few months ago to go to an out of state four year college. She had applied nervously, not sure if she was going to be accepted or not. He encouraged her and told her everything would work out right, it always did. When she was accepted he was both over whelmed with joy but also sadness. This was the girl he knew he was going to marry and she was going to leave him. He watched her board a plane, holding onto the moments before she left. The warmth from her body hadn't left yet and her sweet perfume still lingered around him.
Now he wondered what she had done. Had she cheated on him? He shook his head in fear and stopped pacing long enough to stare wide eyed at the phone. The thought had occurred to him. He loved her more than he thought he could love someone, he didn't know what he would do if she told him that sad truth. He shook his head.
The phone rang. He started at it, wondering if he wanted to hear the truth he wished desperately was a lie. How could she do this? How could she betray his trust? He walked slowly to the phone and picked it up.
"Hello?" He asked.
"Hello? Jimmy?" She asked from the other line. She sounded rushed and in a hurry. He wondered what she was doing on the other line and before she had called him.
"Yeah?" He said. He hated the sound of his voice. It sounded horse and accusing. He didn't want to blame her without knowing what was going on.
"Jimmy, I love you..." She said but then trailed off. He knew what she was going to say. He didn't need her to say it.
"But?" He asked. He felt his breath catch, his throat begin to tighten with sorrow.
"Please forgive me." She said. He closed his eyes and let sorrow wash over him.
The door bell rang. He didn't know who would be visiting him. He looked at the door as if it was to far away for him to really see. "One sec." He said over the phone. He placed the phone down and went to the door.
She stood there, the phone at her ear. Her eyes were bloodshot and swollen from tears. Her hair was wet and clung to her face and shoulders. He moved her hair from her eyes and saw passion and longing in them.
"I couldn't be without you Jimmy, I love you. Please forgive me for leaving. I love you."
She fell into his arms and he held her tight. He was over come with relief. She was with him again, safe and way from everyone. She couldn't stand being away from him so she left her college. She didn't want him to be angry at her for coming back home, she didn't know how he would react. She loved him more than she thought possible.
They both stood together, one in the rain and they never left each others hearts.