Note: Clare and Jake are NOT dating in this. xD

Eli's POV

It had been a week since I'd heard the dreaded words "we need to talk."

A week that those words have been ringing through my head, taunting me. A week since my world has been completely turned upside down. I was losing the only person that made it capable for me to drag my ass out of bed every morning.

I was losing not only my best friend, but my one true love. The words that came after dug into me like knives. "I'm leaving."

I felt my face flare up with anger at the recurring words erupting through out my mind. One week since Clare told me she was leaving me.

I knew Clare moving out of town, to Quebec and I knew very well that it was out of her control. But this thought didn't exactly numb the pain any more than crawling into bed with a bottle of vodka would.

Today was the day…. I can't believe this is real. As I felt a single tear roll down my cheek, there was a small knock at my bedroom door.

"Come in…" I sighed.

After I'd given the okay, Clare entered my room. I already knew it was her… Coming to say goodbye.

"Hey." She offered with a small smile, while making her way to my bed to sit next to me.

"Hi…" I mumbled without looking at her.

Clare grimaced at my greeting.

"What, no sarcastic humor?" Clare teased trying to lighten the mood.

Words failed to come out. All I could do is look down and try to avoid eye contact… I really didn't want her to notice that I'd been crying.

"Not even a smirk?" She tried again.

Minutes seemed like hours before Clare gently lifted my chin, making me look down at her.

We locked eyes for a brief moment and her usual bright blue orbs were a dull shade of blue. They reflected pain and sadness.

"Eli… were you crying?" She questioned, her eyes never leaving mine.

"I can't help it, Clare. This feels like a nightmare that I can't wake up from… I don't want you to leave. You belong here, in this city, with me… I can't lose you." I replied in a shaky voice.

She then got up, sat down on my lap, and began running her fingers soothingly through my hair before kissing me on the forehead.

I leaned into her, inhaling her scent. It's the same intoxicating smell of vanilla…

We sat there embracing each other in comfortable silence for a moment.

"I wanna make the long-distance thing work." Clare finally told me.

I glanced up at her. "You and I both know you'll just find someone better than me… Someone who can make you more happy."

Clare gave me a serious expression in return. "That's not true… Just because we're in different cities doesn't change my feelings for you. I love you with all my heart. You are the best thing that has ever happened to me. You may not realize this, but without you, I don't know what I'm gonna do. I don't know how I'll be able to wake up every day, knowing that I won't see you standing at my locker in the morning, knowing that we won't get to eat lunch together, and I'll even miss staring at the back of your head in English."

I chuckled a little bit at the last part, which caused Clare to give me a small smile.

"What about you? You're not gonna let another girl steal your heart?" She joked.

I half-heartedly smiled at that. "You know that could never happen."

Clare's face suddenly lit up.

"What could possibly make you grin like that at a time like this?" I teased.

"You remember the first time we met?" She started. "When you ran over my glasses with Morty?"

I grinned at the memory of seeing Clare for the first time.

"There was something about you that intrigued me. I knew right then and there that I wanted you to be mine. It made my stomach do backflips when you told me I had pretty eyes. It also made me extremely nervous because not many guys had taken an interest in me." She continued.

"Well, people do tend to tell me I'm an intriguing kind of guy. But I would've gone for something more like the most charming guy ever." I teased, with the first smirk in a week painted on my face.

This caused Clare to giggle. "Now there's the sarcastic Eli that I love."

"Eli, Clare's mom is waiting outside!" CeCe called from downstairs.

We got up from my bed and slowly made our way downstairs, hand in hand.

"Clare, you know you're welcomed here any time. Come visit as often as you can." CeCe told Clare as she pulled her in for a hug.

"Thank you so much. I'll be here so often, you guys will probably get sick of me." She responded with a smile.

"We could never get sick of you, Clarabelle." Bullfrog teased. "See you soon, kid."

Clare and I walked out onto the front porch.

I turned to her and noticed that her eyes were glossy with tears.

"Well, I guess this is goodbye." She told me before bringing me into a hug.

"For now." I finished, smiling my crooked smile.

I held her tightly in my arms, never wanting to let go. She then gave me a soft kiss on the cheek and soon enough, her lips found mine.

I know this probably sounds cheesy, but this kiss was a kiss meant for those sappy romance movies, where fireworks suddenly go off. Clare's lips felt so soft and warm on mine. When the kiss finally broke, I realized that this would probably be our last one for a while.

We said goodbye once more and she retreated to her mom's car.

"Hey, Eli?" She called while holding the car door half open.

"Yeah?" I responded.

"I love you." She smiled.

"I love you too, Blue Eyes."

A|N: Happy New Years, my lovely readers. :) This chapter isn't my best work, but it's something. Reviews would be nice. Please and thank you, because I'm not exactly sure about this one.