It’s True

A FEW DAYS LATER, THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
Liz’s point of view

I woke up drenched in sweat for what seemed like the hundredth time that week. It was the same nightmare over and over again. It was also the reason for why I hadn’t slept since Nick’s birthday. In the dream, I was back at Nick’s party and I was looking for him. When I found him, he was still making out with the girl in the backyard, but this time, he was sober. I woke up every time I found him.
I looked at my alarm clock and saw that it was 1:30 in the morning. I sighed and got out of bed. I knew that there was no way I could go back to sleep and that I was in for another sleepless night. I walked over to my window and sat down next to it. I looked at the sky and the few stars that I could see. The sky seemed so massive, so endless, like I thought mine and Nick’s love was.
I sighed again and went to my table to go over my lines for that morning. I couldn’t do it, my head was pounding painfully and it got worse every time I tried reading something. I pushed away my script and tried to figure out what I was supposed to do until morning. I had no clue. Finally, I went to my closet and got dressed. I silently slipped out of the house and into the night.

Nick’s point of view

I was staring into the ceiling of my room trying to sleep. It wasn’t working. I hadn’t slept since my hangover. I got out of my bed, turned on the light, and went over to my table where I had laid out the object that I had been working on. It was a part of my plan to get Liz to forgive me. I really hoped that it would work. I sat down on a chair and began putting the finishing details on the object. I was done about ten minutes later and put it away for safekeeping. I walked over to my window and looked outside. I then noticed a familiar shape walking down the street. It was Liz; apparently she couldn’t sleep either. I got dressed quickly myself and went outside. Yes, I knew that Liz hated my guts, but I couldn’t let her walk around New York City alone at 2 in the morning.
“Liz,” I said softly approaching her.
“Go away Nick,” she said without turning around.
“It’s not safe to be walking around here,” I told her.
“I’ll be fine,” she said curtly.
“Please look at me,” I begged, finally catching up with her.
“Why should I?” she shot back.
“Because I am truly very sorry, from the bottom of my heart,” I pleaded.
“I don’t care,” she said softly. “Now leave me alone,” she added and then crossed the street. I crossed the street right after her and caught up with her once again.
“Fine, if you’re not going to listen to me at least go back home, I don’t want anything to happen to you,” I said.
“Whatever can happen to me here is nothing compared to what you did to me,” said Liz, her voice was full of pain. She then turned around and ran off. I was relieved to see that she at least ran home. I stood on the empty street for a few minutes thinking. ‘Why did I hurt her so much? How could I have been so stupid?’ I kept asking myself those questions, but unfortunately, I found no answers.

THE NEXT DAY

“Hey Todd,” I greeted the producer when I walked onto the set.
“Hey Nick,” he said. “Sleep well?” he asked cheerfully.
“Oh yeah, couldn’t have been better,” I replied dryly.
“It shows,” commented Todd.
“That bad?” I asked.
“Yep,” he said. “Now go get ready for your scene,” he instructed. I nodded and went to the wardrobe trailer.

A FEW HOURS LATER

I took some soda from the refreshment stand and then went to find a place to sit and think. I sat down and looked around the set, looking for Liz of course. I spotted her sitting a few feet away from me and eating a sandwich. There was something wrong with her that day. She just wasn’t herself, and it was more than the whole hating me thing. Something was wrong. Unfortunately, I was afraid to ask her because I couldn’t bear to see the pain in her eyes, the pain that I caused.
“Hey,” said Tanya coming up to me.
“Hey,” I replied halfheartedly while keeping my eye on Liz.
“What’s up with Liz today?” asked Tanya.
“You noticed it too?”
“Yeah, everyone has. Todd and Jake definitely cause Liz kept messing up her lines.”
“I have no idea what’s wrong with her, I can’t ask her either.”
“I asked but she told me that nothing was wrong, she just had a headache,” said Tanya.
“Headache?” I mused. “Maybe she’s coming down with something,” I guessed.
“Maybe,” agreed Tanya. “But you know Liz, even if she feels like crap she won’t admit it. Kind of like someone else I know,” she said grinning while looking at me.
“Okay, so we’re both stubborn,” I said shrugging. “But if Liz is sick she should go home, not stay here,” I added now looking at Liz worriedly. I noticed for the first time that she really did indeed look pale.

Liz’s point of view

I rubbed my temples in a feeble attempt to get my headache to go away. It wasn’t working. All of a sudden I felt sick to my stomach and I quickly made a run for the bathroom. I emerged ten minutes later feeling worse than I had ever felt in my life. I sat down on the couch and closed my eyes. I heard someone come up to me and I knew it was Nick; there was no denying it.
“Liz, please let me take you home,” I heard him say.
“I’ll be fine,” I said, still not opening my eyes.
“No you won’t, you’re sick,” he said and a moment later I felt his hand on my forehead. “You’re burning up, I don’t care what you say, I’m taking you home,” he stated. I then felt myself being lifted up and I rested my head against Nick’s shoulder. I was too tired and weak to argue with him. Being in Nick’s arms again felt so safe and so right, that about a minute later, I fell asleep.

Nick’s point of view

I looked at Liz in my arms. She was asleep, thankfully. She got even less sleep than I did for the past few days. That was probably why she was sick. I then felt even worse because I realized that it was my fault she was sick. I held her more tightly in my arms and quickly, and quietly, told Jake and Todd that I was taking Liz home because she was sick. They both understood and told me to call them when Liz feels better. I agreed and went to the parking lot. Thankfully, I had driven to work. I placed Liz into the front seat of my car gently and quickly went around and got behind the wheel.
When I got to Liz’s house I saw that Lana wasn’t home. I carefully put Liz into her own bed and covered her with her comforter. Since I didn’t want to disturb her sleep, I went downstairs and quietly watched TV while she slept.
Unfortunately the TV didn’t keep me occupied for long because there was nothing good on, that and the fact that I was really worried about Liz. I didn’t know what she was sick with and I wouldn’t know exactly how she felt until she woke up. I wanted to help her, I really did, but I was afraid that when she would wake up she would basically show me the door. I wouldn’t blame her if she did that of course, I mean, I deserve it. I knew that Liz would be asleep for at least a couple more hours so I quickly went over to my house and grabbed what I had been working on for the past few days. I wrapped it the best I could and prayed that Liz would like it and eventually forgive me for what I had done.
About a half an hour later, I heard sounds coming from upstairs so I went up there. Liz was awake and she was sitting in her bed.
“Hi,” I said softly.
“Hi,” she replied.
“How do you feel?” I asked.
“Horrible,” said Liz shaking her head and then winced at the probable headache.
“I have something for you,” I said approaching her. “I don’t know if you’ll like it or not, but please look at it and then if you still don’t want to talk to me ever again, I will understand,” I told her and then placed the object on her bed. “You know where to reach me,” I added and walked out of her room praying that she would forgive me.

Liz’s point of view

I looked at the object that Nick had placed on my bed. It was a flat rectangular box and it was wrapped in silvery paper. I took it and looked at it for a few minutes trying to figure out if I should open it or not. I finally decided to see what it is. I unwrapped it carefully and opened the box. Inside was a portrait of me that Nick drew himself. I knew that he was a good artist, but I never imagined that he was that good. In the picture I looked so beautiful, I had no idea I could look like that. I turned over the portrait and saw that Nick had written something on the back. It said:

Liz, this is what you look like through my eyes, this is how I see you, as the most beautiful girl in the world. Please, I beg you, forgive me for what I have done, I wasn’t thinking, I was drunk, I would never ever do something like that on purpose because hurting you was the worst thing that I could’ve ever done. I never wanted to hurt you and I promise that I will never hurt you again. I only want to love you and keep you safe. So once again, please forgive me.

Love,
Nick

Tears dropped from my eyes onto the wrapping paper from the box. Nick’s words went straight from the paper and into my heart. I wanted to forgive him so badly but my heart hurt so much from what he had done. I then saw that there was something else in the box. I removed the tissue paper and saw that it was a CD. Nick made it himself for me. The CD included the songs ‘Don’t Wanna Lose You Now’, ‘I Need You Tonight’, ‘It’s True’, ‘Don’t Leave Me’, and ‘I’ll Never Find Someone Like You’. I put the CD into my stereo and immediately Nick’s voice filled my room.

“Even a lover makes a mistake sometimes
Like any other
Fall out and lose his mind
And I'm sorry for the things I did
For your teardrops over words I said
Can you forgive me and open your heart once again, oh yeah

It's true
I mean it
From the bottom of my heart
Yeah, it's true
Without you I would fall apart

Whatever happened
I know that I was wrong, oh yes
Can you believe me
Maybe your faith is gone
But I love you and I always will
So I wonder if you want me still
Can you forgive me and open your heart once again, oh yeah

It's true
I mean it
From the bottom of my heart
Yeah, it's true
Without you I would fall apart

I'd do anything to make it up to you
So please understand
And open your heart once again

It's true
I mean it
From the bottom of my heart
Yeah, it's true
Without you I would fall apart”

The words of the song were so right and I could feel Nick’s feelings as he sang the song. I picked up my cell phone and dialed the number that I knew by heart.
“Nick?” I asked when I heard him pick up the phone. “I forgive you,” I told him and I could hear him let out a giant breath of relief.
“Really?” he asked.
“Really,” I said.
“Can I come in?” he requested.
“Yeah, I wish you would,” I said since I knew he was standing on the other side of my door.
Nick then opened the door and walked into my room. “I love you,” he said coming up to me.
“I love you too,” I said as his lips drew closer to mine and finally met in a long awaited kiss.


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