Hey James, can I talk to you for a minute? I asked him.
Yeah, sure Danni. What is it?
No, um, can I talk to you outside, please? I asked him again.
Um, ok. He said as he followed me out.
So um, I'm not going to be at school on Monday. I told him, unable to look him in the eyes.
Well that's ok, I'll see you on Tuesday then.
Um, I'm not coming on Tuesday either. I'm not coming back to school James. I said, unable to keep my voice even.
I don't understand, what do you mean you're not coming back to class? James asked me, looking confused.
Well my dad got a job and its gonna give him the paycheck he wants, but…
Um, it's in Ohio.
I told him, failing to keep the tears from starting.
Wait, you mean…
Yes, we're moving to Ohio. I told him, completely breaking down.
Woah, come here. He said wrapping his arms around me.
I was hoping he'd…
But I didn't know… I tried to explain.
It's ok. James told me.
It's ok? What do we do now? I asked him.
I don't know Danni, I don't think there's anything we can do. James told me.
Well, I guess I should go, my parents are going to want me to be there to help load up the moving van. I told him, as I started to walk away.
Wait, um, this is for you. He said as he handed me a small black box.
What is it? I asked him.
It's um, I was going to give it to you on your birthday, but considering the circumstances…
(Wow, I'd never seen him like this. He was typically the first to crack a joke in a serious moment or just to get someone to smile. And he was never at a loss of words, ever.)
Don't open it now, ok? Wait, until tonight after…
After I moved in? I said, finishing that dreaded sentence for him.
Yeah, I'm going to miss you Danni. James said to me.
Oh come on, don't get all soft on me now. I said to him, trying to smile as I pulled him into a hug for the last time.
Te amo. He whispered in my ear.
Te amo mi mundo.