Disclaimer: Nope, again I don't own such a wonderful storyline. Or wonderful characters.
"S-sorry can you stop the car please? I need to get out." Tommy muttered, glancing at me before looking out of the window again. I slowed the car to a stop and he pushed open the car door. I left the headlights on and watched his silhouette stand in the middle of the dusty road. I realised what he was going to do a second before he started screaming, and tears clouded my vision. His anguished cries echoed in my head, and I pushed open the driver's door. Tommy had his head lifted up to the sky, as if he was screaming directly at the heavens, for ruining the last chance we had to be together. I ran towards him and wrapped my shaking arms around his neck, holding him as he sobbed, our shadows casting over the stalks of corn. I desperately wanted to make him feel better, and relieve us both of the heartbreak that was threatening to crush down on us, but I couldn't. So instead I pulled his shivering body closer to mine, and held him as tightly as I could. He struggled for a moment, shaking his head furiously, until he relaxed and slid his arms round my waist, holding me just as tightly. Finally, a barrier broke inside of me and tears leaked from my eyes silently. It finally sunk in that there was no hope. Tommy was going to have his third operation, and he was going to die, and I was going to be left alone until it was my turn. Slowly, we dropped to the floor, clinging each other and not caring that we were on a dusty, rocky road.
We sat there for a while, Tommy and me, just relishing in the companionship of each other. We didn't say anything; we just sat there, my head on his chest.
"I'm scared Kath." Tommy said, breaking the silence, his voice wavering. I intertwined our fingers and stroked his thumb with mine.
"I am too." I whispered. "But I'll be there, when…when it happens. I won't leave you. And I'll get my notice soon, so we won't be apart for too long."
"We could've had such a long time together, if our lives were different, if we had more time."
"That's a lot of ifs Tommy. I wish we could've had longer, but we have now, don't we?" Tommy exhaled and smiled sadly.
"Yeah, we do." He replied."I love you Kathy." More tears threatened to spill over, but I held them back and stoked his cheek, feeling his stubble underneath my fingertips.
"I love you, too." I replied.
We stayed there, illuminated by my car's headlights for a long time. Neither of us wanted to move, wanted to acknowledge the fact that Tommy really was going to die, and I would be left alone, without Ruth, or Tommy. The only solace that I had was that it wouldn't be long until I saw them again. Tommy put his hand under my chin and lifted my head, bringing his lips to mine. All thoughts flew out of my head and I rested my free hand, the one that wasn't holding Tommy's, on the nape of his neck, feeling his hair brush through my fingers. We separated for breath and I rested my forehead against his.
Tommy was mine, and I was his, we were each other's and we always would be, even if they pulled us apart. And even when he wasn't here anymore, I would remember how much we loved each other, and I would always have our memories. My time would come too, and then we would be together, forever.
A/N Bit of a sad ending, but still sweet nevertheless. Read & Review please!