Thanks for reviewing, and for all the messages I got telling me that you were all adding this story to your favourites. Here is chapter three...
"I'm scared of not being with you..."
"Oh, baby, that'll never happen."
With the tears still falling from her eyes, Jamie clung onto Landon tightly as he held her to him. "I'll be here," she heard him whisper softly. And she knew he really meant it.
They stood there for several long minutes, wrapped around each other as they cried. Jamie was crying for Landon as much as she was for herself. He had just promised his dedication to her, and while she was incredibly thankful that he was by her side; she knew that the road ahead of them was going to be filled with heartbreaking sadness.
Finally she made herself pull back from him and wipe her eyes, in an attempt to be brave. Her resolve to do so almost crumbled, however, when she looked up at Landon's tired and tear-stained face. In fact, any sign of bravery was replaced with a deep and crushing wave of guilt. "I'm sorry," she sobbed with fresh tears. "I'm so sorry, Landon."
Before Jamie could continue any further, he stopped her. "No, no you shouldn't be," he said, wiping the tears from her face with his thumbs.
"I should have told you sooner," she repeated from earlier. "I didn't mean to hurt you, really I didn't, Landon. I just couldn't bear it, the thought of losing you if you found out, and...I know that if I had told you before you fell in love with me, I could have saved you from all of this. Now you must feel like you don't have a choice in this."
Landon immediately brought his hands up to cradle her face. "Hey, don't talk like that. I understand why you didn't say...I was just being selfish, I shouldn't have just let you run away like that. And it doesn't matter which way around you look at it. I would have fallen for you anyway, and then I would still have been here, okay?" He waited until he could see that Jamie had taken in his words. She closed her eyes and nodded. "I know," she replied softly.
"Oh baby, you're shaking. Come on, let me take you home. You didn't drive here did you?" he asked, worried. Jamie shook her head sadly. "No. I...I had to go for a check-up the other day, and the doctor said I shouldn't be driving anymore." It upset her to think about it, knowing that her sickness was taking so many things away from her already, and she hadn't even gone yet.
Landon took her hand in his and squeezed it in reassurance. It was as if he knew what she was thinking. Then he led her to his car and drove to her house. When he had stopped the car, he turned to look at Jamie again. She had fallen silent.
"Jamie? Hey, are you okay?" he asked tentatively. She paused for a moment longer before giving him an answer, her voice quiet and wobbly. "I'm so scared..."
Landon quickly leaned over and pulled her to him. He didn't know what to say. He was scared too, but nothing he was feeling could possibly match what the young woman beside him was going through. "I don't want to leave you," Jamie added in a whisper that just about broke his heart in two.
Then, suddenly, he knew exactly how to respond to her fear. "But you won't. Not really. You'll always be with me, Jamie. Just not in the way that we want." Landon still wasn't certain in what he believed yet in terms of God and all that was holy, but he knew that he had complete faith in what he was saying to her now. He knew that everything about her would be etched into his memory forever.
Jamie tilted her head to look at him, and a smile was now gracing her features. "You're right. I won't really be leaving you, will I?" she stated firmly. Landon had to smile at this. "No, never. And don't be scared, baby. I'll be with you through everything, that's a promise."
It was while he was making this promise that Landon also made a silent promise to himself. He was going to do his best to fulfil as many of Jamie's wishes as he could. And a plan was already coming to his mind about what to do next.
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