Kat was someplace that she probably shouldn't have been. She didn't really care. She needed this. She needed to be here. She needed to think. She put on the front that she was fine, and that she was over it, but she wasn't. She still thought about him all the time. She couldn't get him out of her head. She hated that. It annoyed her. But she had put him behind her. She hadn't talked to him in five months. She hadn't seen him in six. She was working on it.
Nine months ago, three weeks into her first semester of college, Kats boyfriend of three and a half years had left her. His name was Skylar. He had said that it was because he couldn't handle being in a relationship right then, and like an idiot she believed him. Two and a half months after that he had starting going out with a friend of his. Kat had gotten a new boyfriend by then, but it was a bad idea. She was damaged and she had tried being in a relationship without being ready and it only lasted for a few months.
She was still putting herself back together. She was back for good this time. Transferring schools was the best thing she could have done. She was going to a private college the next town over and she was going to live at home. She needed to take a step back.
So here she was, out for a walk in the park, at one in the morning. She was leaning on the railing of a fence surrounding a pond in the park. Looking out onto the rows of small trees. It was only May, so she was wearing skinny jeans and a her favorite black tank top. Her long brown hair was flowing down her back with the blonde highlights standing out in the gloom of the night.
She had her iPod at a low volume and she was listening to some quiet acoustic music. She was thinking about all the times she and Skylar had come to this park together. How they used to meet up there before either of them could drive because it was halfway between their houses. How they would lie in the grass in summer. How they would sit on the bench and just talk. How she had named the bushes and he had laughed at her. How he used to climb the tree.
She started to sing along to her music. She liked to sing. It was always something she had loved, ever since she was a kid.
"All of the days that we were fine, and all of those nights that you were mine. Together we filled the world with sound, now all our music is on the ground."
She started crying part way through singing, but only a little. Not enough to crack her voice or make her want to stop. She closed her eyes. She went on like singing for quite some time. Just the same song over and over again. She liked doing that. Putting things on repeat and listening over and over. Most of her friends couldn't understand it.
"You sound great, but maybe you should try something different."
Kats eyes flew open and she looked behind her to see a tall boy with straight black hair that went to his shoulders standing next to her. He was wearing jeans and a t-shirt and he was smiling at her.
"Holy shit! You scared me. Who are you? And what the hell are you doing?" Kat jumped and took a few steps back. Calling this encounter sketchy would've been the understatement of the year.
"I heard you singing and I was curious about who it was. You have a nice voice. I like that song." He was looking at her and smiling again. He started laughing at the look on her face, obviously she looked a little scared and confused as to why this complete stranger was out talking to her in the park at one in the morning.
"I'm not dangerous or anything. I just couldn't sleep so I decided to go for a walk in the park and I heard you singing and I came over to see what was going on. What are you doing out so late?"
Kat looked a little suspicious still, but she gave him an answer nonetheless. She wasn't sure about this but what the hell?
"I came here to think."
"Well that's fair I suppose. Mind if I join you?"
Kat paused for a moment before smiling and saying "Sure, why not?"
They just stood there in silence for a while. Kat had turned her music off when she had been startled. It wasn't an uncomfortable silence though. It was just peaceful. It was ok that it was silent. It was just nice to not be alone. It was enough that someone else wanted to be there. After a long time of just standing in peaceful silent, the mysterioius stranger asked,
"Will you sing it with me?"
Kat started and turned to him, confused.
"What?" He looked at her intently, and very seriously. His smiling playful mood from earlier was gone, and he was all business now. Something about the way he looked at her with green eyes that seemed to look deeper than they ought to have a right to.
"Um... I guess so." So they started singing. She was quiet at first, but when she saw him getting more into it, she couldn't help but smile and open up. They were both smiling and looking at each other by the time they reached the final chorus:
"So here's a duet I wrote for one. I gave you my heart, now here's a song. I hope you realize you were gone. I pray you'll miss me now that I'm gone."
Kat laughed and he laughed with her. She had forgotten all about how she had been crying earlier, and she couldn't quite describe the feeling.
"I'm Trevor." He smiled and held out his hand for her to shake. She shook it and laughed.
"Kat." She said, with a devilish grin.
"Kat." He said as he looked off into the trees.
"I like it."