He knocked softly without hesitation upon arrival the door.
"Hello, stalker" greeted her, when she opened the door, almost amused to see him but with the reproach in her stare "you look…different now" said her, watching his naked chin.
"I tried to clean my image…"
She cut him off, funny:
"Well, I’m afraid your reputation is the same, stalker”
He smiled with sealed lips.
"Don’t you like it?"
She blinked, fearing that her remark was rude.
"N-no, actually…I like it. Just…it’s weird" added, feeling silly. She decided to change the issue: "What are you doing here?"
His heart stopped. Again? Didn’t she…?:
"Don’t- don’t you remem-?"
She interrumpted him:
"Yes. I remember you"
"So…?" asked him.
He had longed for that moment where she would remember him.
With all his heart.
He believed that once she remembered him, everything would be great: she would kiss him, stay with him in his modern little ship, spending all the time together talking about what they did in that new life while watching the stars in his aquatic caravan.
But it was not. It wasn’t romantic.
It was the most awkward moment in the world and, after the kiss, she was upset and left him alone, in the middle of the street.
He was confused. Perhaps he had very high expectations.
”I’ve been waiting for you for a week since..the kiss" he said, almost shyly.
She raised her eyebrows, crossed her arms, defensive.
"Why? Did I say something about? To wait for me or sort of…?" she didn’t and he felt the most stupid boy. But she added: "There’s nothing to wait, Hook. I remember you and that’s it. Now you can go on with your life and leave me alone once. I need to carry on too"
He swallowed, thinking quickly any reply. That hurt a little but decided to ignore it. He tried to smile, because he didn’t believe what he was hearing.
And he refused to accept it.
"We belong each other, you knew that before comming here. It’s assumed that we should be together. I came here, to this world for you. why are you so rude with me?"
She breathed deeply, feeling guilty. He was right.
But she also had reasons to behave in that way:
”My life was shit” whispered, remarking the last word “When you kissed me, I remembered everything. EVERYTHING, Hook. And it hurt so bad. I didn’t need you to kiss me. I was happy before I knew everything”
He was speechless. He knew this would happen to her but was in another life. Now she could start again without suffering much.
"That was in other life, Emma. I have suffered too. Fairly. But here I am, at your door, waiting for you to take the opportunity to be happy. Beside me”
"Are you asking me to leave everything?"
”Doesn’t have to be so, if you have friends and family you don’t have to leave them…I’m just saying you to stay with me”
Although it was tempting, she analyzed his proposal. For every second that passed, his hopes increased because it was a fact: she was his and had to be with him. Meanwhile, someone was coming up the stairs and she reacted.
"I can’t" she whispered, nodding softly her head.
"Because of him…" A handsome boy appeared on the landing. He smiled slightly but he erased it from his face “I can’t renounce that guy. I’m engaged, Hook”
To be continued…