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„Neil, wait." Sighing Neil turned around and watched how Holly quickly walked up to him. He had been trying to avoid her for days and he could see she was starting to get really irritated by that.
"Hey." She hugged him quickly and gave him a short kiss. "Where have you been? I've been waiting for you all night."
"Oh, uhm ..." Shit, he had forgotten all about that. They were supposed to celebrate their second year anniversary last night.
"Did you forget?" She glared at him angrily.
"Uh, no, I ..." He stammered.
"Neil?" Someone tapped him slightly on the shoulder and relieved he turned around. Whoever had just cut into this conversation, he would be forever grateful. But when he saw who was standing behind him, he froze immediately. Kelly Simson, Cheerleader of the Year and his future wife, even though she didn't know that yet. She hadn't even bothered to look at him all the time through highschool. And now she was staring at him like he was the best thing that ever happened to her.
"Do you have a minute?" She asked quietly. "There is something we need to talk about."
"Uh yeah, sure ..." Neil stammered again. It seemed he was incapable of forming full sentences this morning. He looked apologizing at Holly and followed Kelly into an empty classroom. Holly watched them leave with fury in her eyes.
When they stepped into the classroom, Kelly quickly closed the door behind them. Neil looked around himself slightly uncomfortable. This was really more than he could take. For days he had been trying to find a way to break up with Holly without making hurting her and now his future wife, who at this point only thought of him as a worthless drug addict or something, was standing before him in an empty room looking more beautiful than ever.
"So, uhm, what can I do for you?" He hated the fact that his voice sounded kind of shaky right now.
"Uh ... Huh, I really don't know how to start ..." Neil was surprised to find that Kelly's voice sounded as shaky as his. Somehow that made him feel less nervous.
"Just spit it out." He encouraged her.
"Okay ..." He watched her stretching her shoulders to regain her composure. He had watched her doing this hundreds of times before. Until now he hadn't even realized how much he had missed these little things about her the last months.
"You do remember how earth got destroyed, right?" She asked.
Neil just stared at her for a few moments. He must have misunderstood her. She couldn't have just asked him what he thought she had asked.
Kelly misinterpreted his silence and the complete blank look on his face. "Oh great, you don't remember. This really complicates things a bit."
"Wh-What?" Neil still stared at her in disbelief.
"Just forget what I said, okay? I gotta go." She quickly turned around to leave the room.
Neil managed to grab her arm to hold her back right before she reached the door. "Wait. What do you know about the destruction of earth?"
Confused Kelly looked at him. "Why? What do you know?"
"Oh, this is ridiculous." Neil let out a frustrated sigh.
"You're right. There really is just one way to find out." And without another word Kelly stepped closer to Neil, cupped his face with her hands and started to kiss him on the mouth. At first Neil was too surprised to react in any way but then he let himself enjoy this more than familiar kiss and began to return it. He slid his arms around Kelly's back and pulled her closer to him. She returned the favor and put her arms around his neck. The kiss got more intimate with every passing second and both Neil and Kelly struggled hard to pull out of it again. When they finally let go of each other they stood breathless for a moment and stared at each other.
"Okay, what is going on here?" Neil asked. He felt totally confused now. The girl, no the woman he had just kissed had most definitely kissed exactly like his wife. But that couldn't be. They wouldn't get married until about four years from now and a 17 year old highschool girl shouldn't kiss like that. Plus in this time she hated every cell of him. And yet she had just kissed him as passionately as he remembered from the future. He shook his head slightly to get a clear mind.
"I came back, just like you." Kelly explained, still a bit breathlessly. It had felt so good to be so close to Neil again. She had thought she had lost him forever and now he was standing before her, alive and breathing. A little out of breath maybe, but after the kiss they had just exchanged, she knew she didn't need to worry about that.
"What do you mean, you came back?" Neil still had no idea what was going on here. He just hoped this wasn't some sick joke. He had caught himself staring at Kelly several times since he got back in time. Maybe she had noticed it and thought of this as a way of payback? To show him that he didn't have a chance with her because she was so much worth than he. Of course he knew that she didn't really think like that but that's how he had always seen her during his first time in highschool.
"I traveled back in time, moron. The seeker sent me back, just like you. Not exactly for the same reason, but he sent me back."
Okay, this was not a joke. It couldn't be. "What?"
Kelly would have laughed out loud at his stunned expression if this wouldn't be so damned serious. "Okay, sit down and I explain everything to you." Kelly motioned for him to take a seat on the chair next to him. Sitting down was probably a good idea, Neil thought. His legs had started to feel a little shaky the last few minutes.
"You got sick." She swallowed. "About four years from now ... you got sick and you died. No one really knew what it was. It started as a cold and got worse from there. The doctor said that if you had been treated earlier you ... you wouldn't have died. But when you got admitted to the hospital it was too late." She noticed how the tears were falling from her eyes but she couldn't stop them. The memories were just too painful.
Neil looked at her stunned. "So, you're ... you're really here?"
Surprised Kelly looked up. This wasn't exactly the response she had expected. After all, she had just told him he would die in four years.
"I came back to stop it. To make sure that you will get the proper help in time and that you don't die." Her last words were barely more than a whisper.
Neil was about to reply when the door flew open and Holly came bursting in.
"What the hell is going on here? What are you doing in here for so long?" She yelled at them.
Neil sighed. He had already waited too long. "Holly, we need to talk."
They had been walking silently side by side on their way to Neil's home. They hadn't dared to touch each other again after their first kiss in that empty school room. Breaking up with Holly had hurt more than Neil had expected, even though he hadn't had any feelings for her any more. And Kelly had sensed his uneasiness so she gave him the space he needed right now. That was just another thing he had always loved about her.
"Were we married before you ... got back?" Neil finally broke the silence.
"We were engaged. You ... You got sick before ..." Her voice trailed off. Neil didn't need her to finish to know what she meant. Suddenly he laughed loudly.
"What's so funny?" She looked at him confused. She really couldn't see any humor in her last remark.
"I have to propose to you again." He grinned at her. "Any special wishes?"
Shaking her head slightly she returned his smile. "Just don't wait too long with it. I like being engaged."
"So do I." Suddenly he stopped walking.
"What's wrong?" She looked at him confused.
Neil just smiled at her and kneeled down. "Kelly Simson, will you marry me?"
An even bigger smile than before plastered on her face. She got on her knees right next to him and put his hands in hers. "Yes." She whispered.
The smile on Neil's face mirrored Kelly's and they both pulled each other into a tight embrace and kissed for the next few minutes.
"I should propose to you more often." Neil said teasingly when they finally let go of each other.
"This better be the last time. I have enough of this whole time travel thing. Let's just safe earth and get over with it. Then we can spend the rest of our lives happily married."
"Sounds like a good plan to me." Neil replied grinning. He got up and held his hand down for her to take. When she stood next to him they both started walking again towards his home. This time their hands were tightly entwined.
A.N.: I hope you like this chapter. I have to apologise for any grammar or spelling mistakes. I'm from Germany so English is a foreign language to me. But I tried my best. Thank you for reading and please review.