Hey everyone! I know, this was quite unexpected, but I've had this story growing inside my head, and i had to write it out! This is my first Host fic, so be nice! I hope everyone enjoys it!
It's going to be all in Jared's POV, and his complete view from The Host! I will be sticking closely to the book.
I laid under the stars, the most amazing woman laying in my arms. Her skin was soft under my fingertips as I trailed them up and down her spine. The night air was warm, but it was cooler than the temperature inside to cottage, where Jamie slept soundless, oblivious to the fact that he was alone.
The raid we just got back from tired him out, so Melanie and I knew we had the night to ourselves. We were both grateful, since it would be the last night for a while.
My thoughts focused on the fact that she was leaving me tomorrow night. My arms instinctively tightened around her. She let out a gush of air when my grip became too tight.
"I'll be fine," she promised me. I didn't buy it.
"Don't go," I begged. This wasn't the first night we had this conversation.
"You know I have to." She whispered, turning her head to touch her lips to my chest.
I shivered, then regained my self control so I could answer her. "Mel, what if she's not there? What if we're too late and there's someone there waiting for you? Think of Jamie…" I trailed off, feeling her tears dripping onto my chest.
Seeing Melanie cry was something I rarely saw. It almost startled me to see her crying now.
"I'm sorry," I whispered, kissing the top of her head. "I didn't mean to bring Jamie into this. He'll be fine with me, you know that."
She nodded, trying to keep her sniffling quiet.
"Hey," I said softly, cupping her face in my hands and forcing her to look up at me. "You know what you're doing. You'll be fine. Ignore my stupid pleas to keep you here. I'm just being selfish."
She rolled her eyes, smiling the most beautiful smile I have ever seen. It would have just about knocked me off my feet, if I wasn't already laying down.
"I don't want to talk about leaving." She stated, moving herself up my body, so her lips could reach mine.
I held her face more securely in my hands, keeping her lips locked on mine. I wasn't sure how long it will be before I had the chance to kiss her again.
The morning sun rose, casting shadows across our skin. We both woke up at the same time, watching the sun gleaming down at us from above the trees.
I watched Melanie get to her feet and pull on my t-shirt before she turned to take my hands. I let her help me up, and I pulled on my shorts. I took her hand and led her into the cottage.
I slumped down on the couch, hitting Jamie's legs, knocking them out of my way.
"Go away," he mumbled, rolling onto his side, and hiding his face against the back of the couch.
"Go lay in mine and your sister's room." I told him, poking his leg.
He kicked me before wrapping the sheet around him and dragged his feet, still half asleep into my room. I laughed to myself when I heard him collapse onto the mattress.
I lounged on the couch as I watched Melanie fry up some eggs that we had gotten on our raid. She cooked up the whole carton, knowing we would eat them all.
Of course, Jamie couldn't sleep through the smell of food cooking. He walked out of the room, his hair sticking out worse than mine.
"Rough night?" I asked, laughing with my mouth full of eggs.
"No," he yawned, sitting beside me on the couch just as Melanie kissed the top of his head and placed his plate in his outstretched hands.
She worked on smoothing down his hair as he shoveled the eggs into his mouth.
"Eat," I demanded, noticing her plate still sitting on the counter, empty.
"I will, after you guys have what you want."
"Mel, I'm fine with what I have." Jamie huffed, shoveling the last bit on his plate into his mouth. I was half expecting him to start licking the plate.
She leaned down and kissed the top of his head again. "You're still hungry, eat some more."
"Melanie Stryder, he's had enough, eat those eggs before I shove them down your throat." I threatened. My smile gave me away. I couldn't be serious with her. She always brought the smile to my face.
"Okay, okay," she giggled, taking my face in her hands and kissing me.
Jamie cleared his throat a few times before he spoke. "So… so when are you leaving, Mel?"
"Tonight," her voice shook. I was the only one that noticed it. I knew her well enough to know she was scared. But she would never show it in front of her brother.
She walked over, leaning over the back of the couch as she ate. "I want both of you to listen to me." She stated.
Jamie and I both groaned. She was going to give us orders while she was gone. I wasn't some kid she needed to look after. I wasn't Jamie.
"No arguing, I got it." I smiled, flashing her my teeth.
She rolled her eyes and reached out to run her fingers through my hair. Her face was serious, which caused mine to immediately match hers.
"Jamie remembers the lines, I want you guys to go there. If I'm not back in a few days. I need you to get away from here. As far away as you-" Jamie cut her off.
"You're coming back, right? You always come back, remember? We're not leaving here without you." His bottom lip quivered and I looked away from him, pretending I didn't see it.
Melanie shoved her plate towards me, and she walked around the couch to kneel in front of her brother. "I will always come back for you, but you know we have to make precautions… just incase."
Jamie shook his head. "There are no 'just incases', Mel, you're coming back, with Sharon, and we're going to find where the lines lead to together. Just like we planned."
"I promise you, Jamie. I will never leave you, I'm coming back." She looked over at me, pleading with her beautiful eyes. I knew she was asking me to protect him no matter what. I knew we had to leave just incase, but it pained me to think of someone else looking through the eyes that are baring into me now. I didn't want to think of that. I wanted her to kneel in front of me and promise to come back to me. I was stronger than that, though.
I leaned forward, squaring my shoulders, and nodded.
Nightfall came too quick for me, and I found myself holding Melanie for the very last time for a few days. My mind was on repeat: She'll be fine. She's coming back. She'll be fine. She's coming back… I focused on the words as I packed up the car for her, I took my time, letting her and Jamie say their goodbyes alone.
"Remind me again…" She pleaded, hiding her face in my shirt. I knew she was referring back to two night ago, when I promised her we would find each other. That no matter where she went, I would be able to find her.
"No matter what, Mel, I'll find you. We'll be together again. There's nothing in this world that could keep us apart."
"I love you, Jared." She whispered against my lips.
"I love you, too, Baby."
I kissed her once more, before letting her go. She hugged Jamie once more and kissed his cheek.
Without looking back, she ran off to find her cousin. I could only hope to see both of them soon.