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Brooke sat motionless on the tip of her bed. She had cried her eyes out all night. She really felt as if something was seriously wrong with her. She could not figure out for the life of her, why she had let Nathan have so much control over her. How she could just cheat on Lucas like that when they had barely been together for a week. She felt absolutely horrible. From time to time, she caught herself closing and opening her eyes praying that all things that happened tonight were just a bad dream. She found herself wishing that these last couple of months had never happened. She quickly let go of that wish realizing that if they didn't she would have never gotten close to Lucas and she would have never realized how good they were for each other. Well how good he was to her. She didn't even know if she was good enough for him now.
She found herself dreading talking to Lucas. She didn't know what she would tell him. Hey Lucas, I missed you so much babe. Oh by the way I kind of made out with your brother and I think I still have feelings for him too. Somehow, that just didn't seem to cut it for Brooke. At the moment she didn't want to think about talking to Lucas. She knew she wasn't going to lie to him. She wanted to be through with the lying and the cheating. She just didn't know what she was going to tell him and didn't feel like thinking about it at the moment. She let her mind wonder to less stressful things like cheerleading, school……, and than it landed on Nathan.
Great, just when I was moving to more positive things, Brooke thought. She couldn't even begin to think of how she would handle him! She couldn't deal with it all right now. It was just too much. There's got to be some way out! She thought.
A tear fell down her cheek as she let the emotions sweep over her. All of her confusion, her sadness, her anger, she let it all out.
"What has happened to me…things were just not messed up like this….how did this happen to me…I feel like I'm not even the same freaking person anymore!" Brooke walked into her bathroom and turned the lights on and stared at her reflection. Her hair looked as if she had slept on it for 3 days straight without ever brushing it, her make up was running, and she had huge bags under her eyes as if she hadn't slept in days. "What has happened to me?" she said as another tear fell burning her mascara filled eyes. Brooke was getting desperate for escape. She thought and thought and thought. Finally she did the only thing she could thing of. She really didn't want to do this. More than anything she didn't want to do this. But she felt like there was no other way. She was backed into a corner with no way of getting out. She picked up the phone and dialed the 8-digit number she wanted so desperately not to call. The phone dialed and dialed until someone finally picked up. "Hello?" came a confused voice. "Mom?"
Nathan sat at the local bar in complete confusion. He could not believe that he was just rejected by the girl he had dated for over two years. He didn't know what to do. He thought for sure that he would get Brooke into bed and they would just sneak behind Lucas's back like they did to him and sooner or later she would have to pick between the two.
But that's not how things worked at all. In fact he didn't know if he would ever get Brooke back again and this was tearing him up inside. He couldn't deal with losing her again after he had just had a flicker of hope. She said that she loved him, but he didn't know if that was enough, especially with Lucas in the picture. He took another sip from his fourth beer and buried his head in his hands. He let out a frustrated growl. How could this happen to me? Was I not good enough for her….I mean we were doing so good before…how did things go so wrong! He thought. I'm just not ready to let her go yet. Not when I still have so many feelings for, I just want to be in her life some kind of way, anyway, I'll work my way back to the top someway if I just get a chance!
Nathan's thoughts were interrupted when his cell phone vibrated in his pants. He looked down at the caller id. His heart skipped a beat when he saw who was calling. "Hello" he answered. "We need to talk. Can you come over?" "Be right there"
Nathan got out of his car and rushed to Brooke's door and knocked. He was anxious to see what she would say. The suspense was killing him. Was she going to take him back? Was she mad at him? What. He just needed to know something. Brooke answered the door and led him to the couch. He searched her face, trying to find some clue as to what she was up to. But he found nothing, all he found was a blank face. They sat there in an uncomfortable silence for a little while. Nathan searched for something to break the ice. "Um…Um about earlier-
"No Nathan, I really don't want to talk about that right now ok? Let's just forget about that." Brooke interrupted.
Nathan's heart sank at her words. She wanted to forget about it. He looked at the ground. "Sure whatever you say"
Brooke cleared her throat. "I have something to tell you and it's very important so if you can just hear me out for just a minute Nathan, I'm already scared to tell you" Brooke said, dreading what she had to tell him.
Nathan was worried now. "Are you ok Brooke?" he asked rubbing her back.
She tensed up for a second as he touched her but then relaxed. "No, just listen please"
Nathan was silent.
Before Brooke could think about changing her mind she blurted out her thoughts.
"I'm moving back to California Lucas" she blurted.
She searched Nathan's face to see what he was thinking. He blinked at her for a second and then….he burst out laughing. He laughed as if there was no tomorrow. She stared at him as her eyes filled with tears.
"Nathan I'm not joking! I really am moving back to California….in fact….I'm moving at the end of the week!" she yelled.
Nathan stopped laughing and searched Brookes face. He saw that she was serious. "Oh my Gosh! Are you kidding me? Why are you leaving you can't!"
"Yes I can Nathan. I definitely can't stay in Tree Hill right now….Don't you see, things are just so crazy down here. And with you and your brother….I just can't deal with all of that right now…I don't know, I feel like I'm losing touch with who I really am. And that's the last thing I want to do. I don't want us to lose sight of who we really are."
"But do you really have to leave Brooke?"
"Yes Nate I have to! This is for the best, Nate you'll see. It won't be forever Nathan."
Nathan stared at Brooke he couldn't believe this was happening. What was she thinking? She just can't leave when they have so many things unresolved. He wanted nothing more than to tie her to a chair and tell her she couldn't go. But he knew he couldn't do that. He knew that wasn't what she needed right now.
He looked at the emotional brunette in front of him. Her beautiful, hazel eyes filled with tears. He felt her sadness. He wanted her to be happy. He could see a small glimmer in her eyes. It was still there, she just had to find it again.
"Come here" he said enveloping Brooke into a hug.
She closed her eyes and let herself feel the warmth of his body one last time.
"I'm gonna miss you babe" he whispered in her ear.
"I'm gonna miss you too" she said smiling into his shirt and taking a whiff of his cologne that she loved.
He looked into her eyes than leaned down and gave her a kiss on the lips. "You better come back" he said.
She smiled at him. "Don't worry, when you need me but do not want me, I'll be there. But when you want me but no longer need me, that's when Nanny McPhee must go."
He laughed at her. "Your something else you know that!" he said bringing her in for another hug.
Friday afternoon had come so quickly. News traveled around school about Brookes departure. To say that the boys were devastated would be an understatement. All the girls though, except for her friends, were thrilled. That gave them a better shot at the cuties now that the "Queen Bee" was leaving.
The girl that took the news the hardest was Peyton Sawyer though.
Brooke roamed her room packing leftover items.
"I still don't understand why you have to go" Peyton whined. "I don't want to lose my best friend!"
Brooke forced a smile. "I don't want to leave my best friend either. I mean nothing will be the same without you P. Sawyer! What will I do without you?" she sat on her bed beside Peyton.
"You won't survive without me! That's why you have to stay silly" Peyton continued.
"Aw, I'm going to miss you so much!" Brooke said pulling Peyton into a hug.
"Stop Brooke, you're gonna make me cry!" Peyton yelled feeling herself tear up.
"Brooke let go. I'm sorry but I really am going to miss you….But don't let this separation make you weak, let it strengthen you. P. Sawyer I know that you have so many things that you want to pursue like your music and your art. Nothings holding you back now! No mandatory shopping sprees or midnight bar fiestas. You're off the hook now!" she giggled. "No but seriously Peyton you have so many things going for you, go for them! Find somebody to fall in love with maybe someone that starts with a J and end in an –ake! Just don't waste anymore time. Don't be afraid to live!"
This motivational speech was making Peyton emotional. She had never heard Brooke speak with such knowledge. She was gonna miss Brooke like crazy.
"Thanks Brooke, I love you to pieces girl" Peyton said bringing Brooke in for another hug.
"I love you too girl! And don't worry. I'll be back before you know it! Just don't change to much P.Sawyer!"
"Don't worry I won't."
Brooke had been avoiding talking to Lucas all week long. She would ignore his calls. Avoid Karen's Café, and even leave cheerleading practice early so she wouldn't be there in case he came looking for her. But she had put it off for as long as she could. It was Friday night. She was leaving tomorrow morning. It was now or never. Brooke knocked on his apartment door. She slipped on her sunglasses so that he wouldn't notice her eyes red from crying.
When Lucas answered the door, he was pleasantly surprised to see his beautiful girlfriend.
"Brooke, where have you been? I've been trying to reach you all week!" Lucas said as he pulled her in for a hug. "I missed you pretty girl" he whispered as he pecked her on the lips.
"Aw I missed you too Broody, more than you'll know" she replied. She almost completely forgot why she had come over there in the first place. "Lucas we need to talk" she added very seriously.
"Uh oh, that doesn't sound very good" he said. He could imagine what Brooke was about to say. They had just gotten together. She couldn't be breaking up with him already!
She took a deep breath and closed her eyes. "Broody I'm moving back to California" she blurted.
He stared at her. "Come again Brooke?"
"I'm moving away Lucas. I'm going back to California."
"Why in the hell would you do that Brooke!" he exclaimed.
She was caught off guard by his reaction. "Lucas it's for the best. I have to get away from here, from you, from Nathan, from decisions. Lucas if you just understood how I feel. I can't even think straight anymore babe!"
"Bull Shit Brooke! How could you do this to me! When I'm falling in love with you, you just wanna up and go because you're scared!"
"That's not at all what it is and you know it!" she yelled back.
"Whatever, it's nice to know how you really feel Brooke!" he yelled. "Now you can get out"
"Get out Brooke! You're not welcomed here anymore!"
Brooke stared at Lucas. She saw the anger and hurt on this face and it made her melt inside. She tightened her grip on her purse and slowly walked out of Lucas's apartment. "I'm sorry" she said as she passed him, "for everything".
Brooke sat in the waiting room thinking of the events that occurred last night. She couldn't believe the way Lucas took the news. She was devastated. She was starting to think that maybe moving was not such a good idea. Of course she wanted to find herself again. But she didn't want people hating her because of it. Especially Lucas, she never wanted to upset him.
"The next flight is boarding now" yelled the announcer over the intercom.
Brooke grabbed her bags. "Well good bye Tree Hill" she whispered as a tear fell down her cheek.
"Don't cry pretty girl"
Brooke heard a familiar voice. She turned around and saw Lucas there, holding a rose. She blinked her eyes. She couldn't believe he was really there.
"Lucas!" she said running up to him and jumping on him in a hug. "I'm so sorry. I don't want you to be mad at me ever! You mean so much to me-
"No Brooke, I should be apologizing. I wasn't thinking of you. You mean so much to me. I just don't want to lose you." He said looking into her hazel eyes. "You go do what you have to do….but I want you to know that'll be here when you get back. I'm not giving up on us Brooke, ever!"
Brooke was hysterical now. This was more than she could ever hope for. "I'm gonna miss you Broody" she said through her sobbing.
"I'm gonna miss you too pretty girl." He whispered.
"I'll be back before you know it" she said.
Brooke stood on her toes and let her lips meet Lucas's. She held his lips for a while and just let herself live in that moment. The earth stood still at that very moment. They held that kiss for a good minute before breaking away.
"Take my breath away" she whispered amazed by the intensity of such a simple kiss. She winked at him as she walked away to board the plane.
Lucas watched her go. "It's not over pretty girl" he said. He couldn't wait till she was back!
Alright so I hope you all liked that! I know I did! Please Review! Alright here's the summary for the sequel:
Brooke returns to Tree Hill after 5 years. She just graduated college at UCLA and is interning as a sports reporter in Tree Hill until she gets her own fashion magazine for Tree Hill. She has lost touch with everyone after about 2 years after her move and is not prepared for the changes in Tree Hill. Lucas is dating Peyton! Nathan's engaged to Tree Hills Tutor Girl, and Brooke is alone. Finally realizing that she's in love with Lucas, what will she do now that he's with Peyton, her best friend!