Words in italics are Sarah's thoughts!

"I love you dear."

Not in the way I want you to.

"I love you too, Therese."

"Can you believe it Sarah? We're graduating in four months!"

"I know. It's way too surreal. Honestly, I have no idea what I want to do."

I just know that I want you to do whatever it winds up being with me.

"Well, whatever it is… I'm sure you'll be happy. I can't imagine you not being happy, Sarah."

That's because I'm always happy around you.

I lean my head on her shoulder and she kisses my hair softly. Everything in me begs her to repeat the gesture.

"We'll always be friends. Right, Therese?"

Because I don't know how to live without you.

"Why wouldn't we be? Who else could handle being my best friend?" She winks at me and I try not to flush.

I love being your best friend, but that's all I'll ever be isn't it?

"You're in a good mood, hon."

She laughs. "I'm excited for life to begin. I'm excited to leave everything behind."

She turns back to her food and I look down at my own.

Please don't leave me behind. Please, Therese. I may not be the most important person in your life and I may never be, but don't leave me.

I throw the rest of my lunch away and distract myself with the gossip going on beside me, but my eyes keep drifting back to her.