Ain't your fairytale
Summary: Some people are willing to give up on their lives just for love. Greg/Cath.
A/N: Studying for partial exams is boring and there are not many fics about this pairing out there so here is my new attempt.
He knew where to find her. As the perfect lover, he had learnt over the years her special places. Each feeling had a physical appearance found in a building, a street or a park. Years of listening to her had helped him to reach his goal of knowing all about her and now that she really needed someone to lean on he knew where to find her.
She was sitting on a bench hiding her face between her hands. At this morning hours, her sobbing could be heard from where he was, not really far from her. Sadness was filling the air around them and in his stomach, pain mixed with nerves.
Not wanting to loose more time, he walked the distance between them and sat by her side. He did know what he wanted to say but he couldn't find the words to spill it out.
"Do you mind if I join you?"
She nodded in response. She hadn't enough courage to look at his face but needed his company more than anything right then.
"It's beautiful here." he closed his eyes and took a deep breath.
For the next few minutes they were in silence. He noticed she had stopped crying and was now relaxing a bit. He risked everything and covered the hand on her knee with his. She didn't refuse the touch, in fact, it was what she needed. The comfort of a wonderful guy.
"Finally it's over"
"I'm glad to hear it."
"I couldn't stand it anymore. I had enough with one bastard. I didn't need another one."
"This time you had the courage to stop it the first time"
She started crying again. He took her in his arms and they melted in an embrace.
"I was blind"
"But you reacted when he tried to hit you"
"I've failed again"
She buried her face into his shoulder crying harder. He, then, started to caress her face with his thumb and with the other hand, he pressed her harder into him.
"You're not alone"
"I know I'm not about this. But I'm growing older and I'm alone. I don't know if I will be able to face a lonely end of life."
"I've said you're not alone"
"Greg, you're a beautiful man and I know you'll always be my friend but undoubtedly you'll find someone to share your life with, like the others will do, and I will still be alone."
"I've already found someone to share my life with"
"See… this is what I was telling you."
He stood up and kneeled in front of her. Then he put her hair behind her ear and took both of her hands.
"You don't pay to me too much attention, do you?"
"What are you talking about?"
"Cath, I want to be the one to you, share my life with you, grow older with you. Do you know what I mean?"
Cath only nodded.
"I know you don't love me the same way. You've already told me a thousand times that I'm a great friend and I would like to be more but I'm not a fool . I see it in your eyes. You don't love me but maybe…."
"Cath you don't want to be alone and I want to be with you. Want to hang out with me, a date maybe, go on holidays together, spend lazy Sundays on the coach together? Let me be there for Lindsay and you. We could have a normal family life"
Catherine smiled sadly. She sure loved Greg as a friend and it was a tempting offer but accepting it wasn't fair. She couldn't let him loose his life by her side only because she was growing old and was alone.
She took his face between her hands and kissed his forehead.
"Greg you're a great friend and I'm sure I would have a good life with you but I can't do it. It's not fair. I'm sorry"
She kissed his forehead again and then, she stood up and left without saying goodbye.