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On The Platform

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Anna stepped close to him and took his hands.  “You all ready?”  She asked.

“Yeah, I think so,” Sam replied, lacing his fingers into hers.  “So this is really it.”

“It’s really it.”  She repeated, nodding.  She took a deep breath.  “Sam?”

“Yes?”

“Sam, I’m—”  Anna shut her eyes for a moment and swallowed.  “I’m going to miss you.”  She forced herself to look him in the eyes.

Sam filled his lungs with air and clenched his jaw, trying to smile steadily.  “I’ll miss you too,” he said.  “But Anna, I don’t want you waiting around for me.”  He reached into his breast pocket and pulled out a hair slide which he handed to her.  “You left this at my house the first time we met, remember?”

Anna nodded.  “You told me that fairies must have stolen it and I was so insulted that you thought I was young enough to believe in fairies that I hit you and didn’t speak to you for weeks.”

“You were what, eleven?  And you’re still as stubborn now,” Sam added.

“Hey!”  Exclaimed Anna, using the pin to poke him in the chest.  Sam grabbed her hand and held it there against him.  She looked up at him, serious once more.  She could feel his heart racing beneath her palm and her eyes started to prickle with the anticipation of tears.

“You are amazing, Anna,”  Sam smiled, his brown eyes staring deep into her green ones.  “But I don’t know how long I’ll be gone for.  You go find someone else – a guy who’ll be here for you… when I never could.”  He looked down, saddened.  He continued.  “I want you to be happy, okay?  So don’t wait for me, go and live a little.  You’ll finally be rid of me!”

“But Sam, I don’t want to be—” Anna began, tears starting to well dangerously.

“Shh,” interrupted Sam.  “It’s going to be fine, I promise.  It’s better this way.”

“No, you don’t understand, I’m—”

The train whistled and Sam looked up, alerted.  “I get it,” he said, wiping a stray tear from her cheek.  “I love you too.”  He leant down and kissed her at the place the tear no longer lay.  Anna wound her arms around him and they stood, eyes closed, until the next whistle rang out, cutting short the moment.  Sam sucked in air and pulled away, squeezing her hands once more before turning to go and board the train.

As the others moved to wave to Sam through the carriage window, Anna stood rooted to the ground.  Her lips were parted as if she was about to say something and silent tears ran to her chin. 

Quietly, Lauren moved behind her and laid her hands on her shoulders.  “Did you tell him?”  She whispered.

 

Anna just shook her head and turned around, letting her sister wrap her arms around her as she cried.

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~ Effy x