"Wait a second. What's going on Maggie? This isn't like you. You're just going to run away?" Bianca was so confused. What had she missed?
"David and Anna. They're getting divorced Binks. David left town. He's gone. I don't even know if I'll see him again?"
"That's why you're leaving? Cause David and Anna are done?"
"Bianca- I have nothing left for me here," Maggie said softly. Before she had time to think about the impact of her words, Bianca felt her heart shatter into a thousand little pieces.
"I see. Well I'm sorry you feel that way Maggie."
"Bianca…I didn't mean it like that," Maggie said walking towards her hurt friend. Nothing she was saying was coming out right.
"No. I think you knew exactly what you were saying. I'm sorry you feel that way. I'd like to think I am as important in your life as you are to mine. But I guess not," Bianca said moving away from her. "I have to get going. When will you be leaving?"
"I…I don't know. Soon I guess."
"Well call me when you finalize your plans. I'll be around I'm sure," Bianca said sighing as she turned to leave.
"Wait. Bianca…please…" Bianca kept walking though. "Don't! Please don't leave me…" Maggie started crying. Bianca took her hand off the door handle and turned around. "I can't do this. Please turn around and look at me Binks. I need…I just need someone to hold me," Maggie pleaded with her best friend.
Bianca didn't even hesitate. Bruised feeling now pushed aside, she closed the door behind her and walked toward Maggie. She wrapped her arms around the one person she loved more then life itself and held her close. She let her cry. And in letting her cry, Bianca too felt the tears start to fall.
"Please don't leave Maggie. Don't leave me," Bianca said softly. "First Frankie, and now you. I don't think I could handle it."
Maggie pulled back from the hug and looked into Biancas eyes. There she saw the most sincere thing she'd ever seen in her life. She saw love. Maggie looked into Bianca's eyes and saw the purest look to love and testament she'd ever known. She reached her hand up and touched her cheek softly. Bianca closed her eyes. She was so tired of fighting this. They both were.
"I'm tired Bianca," Maggie said as she wiped the falling tear.
"I can leave you alone…"Bianca began to say.
"No. Please don't leave me alone. Just come here and lay down with me. Can you do that for me?" Maggie asked. She sounded like a scared little girl. Bianca nodded her head as Maggie led them to the bed.
They lay down side by side. Maggie slowly curled up next to Bianca and wrapped her arms around the other girls waste, placing her head on the most supportive shoulder of the greatest friend she'd ever known.
"Is this okay Bianca?"
Bianca didn't answer she simple laid her chin on top of Maggie's head and grabbed her friends hand brining it up to her lips kissing it softly. She then returned it to her waste, their hands never letting go. Neither girl fell asleep. They were just content laying there in each others arms.
"I've…you make me feel so relaxed. So safe. No one has ever done that for me before. I want you to know that."
"I'll always be here for you. Even if you leave. You know where to find me."
"Bianca, I love you. I love you so much," Maggie stated snuggling in closer to Bianca. The truth was Maggie was in love with Bianca. But she needed to take this new part of her life slowly.
For her own part, Bianca just laid there. Hearing Maggie say those words touched her on two levels. One, she had found someone in her life that completed her. Two, she would never be able to share with her the life she'd always dreamed of. Maggie wouldn't ever be able to love her, not the way she wanted to be loved.
"I love you too Maggie. You're my best friend," Bianca said. It was truth enough.
"Are you in love with me?" Maggie asked.
"What?" Bianca now felt the complete relaxation that once flowed through her fly right out the window.
"Do you…could you ever love me as more then your friend? Could you ever see me the same way you saw Frankie?"
"I…I…would you want that Maggie? If I said yes, would that frighten you?" Maggie thought for a moment about her answer. She brought Bianca's hand to her own lips and kissed them. She then picked her head up off Bianca's shoulder and looked down into Bianca's face. She saw truth and trust there. Trust. Maggie leaned down slowly, giving Bianca plenty of time to move away. But she never did. She never broke eye contact. Their lips touched softly, shyly. And the kiss was over.
"No Bianca. It wouldn't frighten me," Maggie answered as she lowered her head back down to Bianca's shoulder.
Both girls smiled inwardly. This was the start of something new for
each of them. It was the start of true love.
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