"Come one, Gabe. You have to go out sometime"
"Sorry man. I just don't feel like going out tonight"
"That's what you said last week. Come one. Just one drink. Its Ricky's birthday, and everybody's gonna be there"
Gabe sat up and sighed
"Fine. Just one. Okay?"
"Yeah! Be ready in 10. We're picking you up"
Gabe dragged himself to his closet and put on his pants. After brushing his teeth and washing his face, he grabbed his phone and went down to the porch. The cold air pierced his skin. He didn't care, he was too lazy to go back in and get another jacket. He pressed his hands to his eyes. He missed her, so much. He thought about that night. He thought about it every minute of everyday.
He was drunk and couldn't think straight. He and Liz were fighting, and Nikki asked if he wanted to go to her party to get his mind of the fight. He said yes. And now, he was with Nikki Howard drinking in his car. Gabe didn't want to at first, but Nikki kept draping herself on him. And in the end, the drunk Gabe gave in.
Liz was worried that night, so she asked Gabe's friends where he was. They told her that he went to Nikki's house party. She was going to tell Gabe that she was sorry for getting mad at him and that she wanted everything to be okay again. Her car was down, and Gabe wasn't replying to her texts so she had to walk 14 blocks to Nikki Howard's house. She was tired, but happy when she saw Gabe's car parked outside. She saw a silhouette inside so she walked closer. Her heart dropped to the ground at what she saw. Nikki was on Gabe's lap, with her hands pulling on his hair. Gabe had his eyes closed, kissing her passionately with his hands on her waist. Liz didn't know what to do, so she just stood there staring at both of them. After what seemed like an eternity to Liz, Gabe looked her way with eyes wide open. Liz gave him a small smile and walked away. As soon as she turned her back on them, tears started to flow rapidly down her face. She didn't know what hurt more; Gabe making out with Nikki, or Gabe not running after her.
They haven't talked to each other since then.
Gabe was smiling for the first time in weeks. He was actually having a good time. Jake was singing a Maroon 5 song, with his shirt off. Only a few of them were sober. It felt good, not thinking about Liz. It was around 2 am when the guys decided to get some fresh air. Gabe went with them. He drank one more glass of beer, and headed out with the others. And that was when it hit him. Here he was, having a good time when he knew that he and Liz still weren't talking. He was in love with her, and he wasn't doing anything. They were sitting near a small bridge which was on top of a fairly deep river. They guys didn't notice Gabe walk towards the bridge. None of them saw him get on top of the ledge. He spread his arms and let the cold air fill his lungs.
"Hey! Gabe! Where the hell do you think you're going?!" Jake shouted
"Gabe! Dude! Come on man! This isn't funny! Stop!" It was Derek who was shouting now
He could hear foot steps now,and before he knew it, he felt his body being pulled backwards.
"What the fuck is your problem Gabe? Do you have a fucking death wish?" Fletcher, his best friend, asked, shaking him
"I have to talk to Liz. I have to talk to her now"
"And what? Tell her that you're sorry for making out with Nikki? For not running after her? For pretending that she doesn't exist? For—"
"YEAH. I'M AN ASSHOLE. I ALREADY KNOW THAT" He said trying to push Fletcher away from him.
"She won't talk to you. You're only wasting your time. Look dude, I love you and all, but this was your fault. And you think that going to her house at 2 am would fix everything?"
"I don't know. I just want to talk to her"
"Then why didn't you do that 3 weeks ago. When she caught you with Nikki?"
"I didn't know what to say"
"And now you do? Oh well, come on then man. Let's hear it then"
"Just let me go Fletch"
"Let me go!"
"Stop it Gabe."
"Just…please! I have to talk to her!"
By now, all of the others guys have gone and it was just Gabe and Fletcher left.
"And what? Do you expect her to forgive you after what you did?"
"Fletcher, come one man, please!"
"I won't let you do this to yourself"
Gabe was crying now. He never cried. The last time he cried was when he was 8. When his dad died. But he was crying now. He couldn't see well because his tears were all bunched up around his eyes.
"I still love her"
"She'll listen. I know she will"
"She won't Gabe. And trying to jump of a fucking bridge won't do you any good"
"Let me go fletch! I have to talk to her!"
"Dude! Come on! Calm down!"
If I could just talk to her. I know she'll listen, Fletch. I know Liz. She'll listen"
Gabe sat on the cold concrete floor and let his head rest on the ledge. Fletcher did the same.
"I'll call her. Can you at least let me do that? Her machine's fine with me. I just want to hear her voice again"
Fletcher nodded and gave his phone to Gabe. He knew that Liz wouldn't answer it if she saw that it was Gabe who was calling. He dialed her number and waited. It rang for about six times before Liz picked up the phone
"Jess. Its two in the morning! I told you I'd call you when I wake up"
Gabe couldn't talk. He listened to every word Liz spoke. It felt good to hear her voice again, even though she sounded tired.
"Jess?" Liz asked
Gabe still wasn't talking. She heard Liz stir. She must've gotten up.
"Fletch?" she asked again
"Liz" Gabe said softly
He took a deep breath and cleared his head. He knew exactly what to say
'Elizabeth, I know I hurt you, and I'm sorry. Nikki means nothing to me. I was drunk and I couldn't think straight. I wanted to get my mind off the fight, so I went with Jake to her party. I didn't mean to hurt you Liz. I'm sorry for not running after you that night, I didn't know what to say. I couldn't talk to you after that. Every time I saw you, my throat closed up and I couldn't speak. I'm an ass, I know that. I love you so much Liz. Please talk to me"
He waited for her voice to come back up again. But there was nothing. Not even the sound of her breath.
The only sound he heard after that was the dial tone beating loudly in his ears
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