Rated T. Character Death.

Here Comes Goodbye: Rascal Flatts


When she hears the knock at the house door, she knows that it's not a good thing. None of them ever knock.

By the time Nina gets the courage to open the door, Amber and Patricia are standing at the top of the stairs.

Standing at the door are a man and woman whom Nina has never seen before, but when she hears two gasps come from behind her, she assumes that they are someone's parents.

The two people in front of her look familiar though. That she can't deny.

The woman, whose eyes are bloodshot and her face red, looks at Nina and she tilts her head.

"Oh!" She says as she sniffles. "You must be Nina. Fabian talked so much about you." Nina nods and finally it dawns on her why she thinks these two people are so familiar to her. They're Fabian's parents.

He has his mother's blue eyes and his father's hair color. His mother is shorter than Nina so she assumes he gets his height from his father. He also has his mother's nose. But it's the bloodshot eyes and red face's that make her curious.

"Hi. Fabian told me so much about you two." Nina tells them. Mrs. Rutter nods and then buries her face into her husband's chest.

Nina doesn't hear Amber and Patricia walk down the stairs.

"Nina dear. There's no easy way to say this." Mr. Rutter begins as his wife sobs louder.

"Fabian died in a car accident two days ago." And all of a sudden, it feels like Nina's world has stopped. She turns around and runs into the open arms of Amber and Patricia and begins dry sobbing, her eyes incapable of making tears.

Nothing happens. Time keeps on ticking. The world doesn't stop just because Fabian, her boyfriend, her best friend, her partner in crime, her soul mate, her future, her everything is gone.

The next week is a blur. It involves her dry sobbing, still incapable of making tears, and sleepless nights. Fabian's parents ask her to speak at his funeral, so she comes up with his eulogy, and writes a song.

When the time comes for her to speak, Amber, Alfie and Patricia move to the front row in case she can't finish.

She walks up to the podium on shaky legs and looks at the small church filled with people.

"Fabian Rutter was my best friend. He was my boyfriend, he was my partner in crime, my everything. And today, I'm here to speak about how he changed my life.

"I knew Fabian for only three very short years. But in those three years he became so much to me. When I had first met Fabian, he had been the only person who had been nice to me. And I can never thank him enough for that.

"We made it through the thick and thin together. When we weren't a couple, we were best friends. We were together no matter what.

"Fabian was the nicest, kindest, shyest, sweetest, friendliest person I could ever ask to be put in my life.

"I will always remember the day he told me he loved me. Just the look on his face made me feel special. He looked like he had never felt that way about anyone before and it was the same for me. He would always tell me he loved me, no matter what." She took a shaky breath.

"No one knew this besides the two of us, but the last day we saw each other, the day I flew back to America for the summer, he gave me a promise ring and told me that he wanted to marry me either while we were in college or after we graduated." Amber starts crying then and the rest of the house is soon after her.

They all knew how close they were. They were the only people to see them together.

"I will always remember Fabian, if not for him, I don't think I would be half the person I am now today." Nina takes a deep breath and looks at Olivia and Isabelle, Fabian's sisters.

"Isabelle, Olivia, will you come up now?" Nina asks. They both nod and Isabelle walks up to the piano, while Olivia sits in a chair, her violin underneath.

"I wrote a song to sing today." She simply says. The sound of the piano fills the church and Nina takes a deep breath.

"I can hear the truck tires coming up the gravel road
And it's not like him to drive that slow, nothing's on the radio
Footsteps on the front porch, I hear the doorbell
He usually comes right in. Now I can tell."
Amber begins to sob because this verse pretty much describes the moment where it had all spiraled down.

"Here comes goodbye
Here comes the last time
Here comes the start of every sleepless night
The first of every tear I'm gonna cry
Here comes the pain
Here comes me wishing things had never changed
That he was right here in my arms tonight
But here comes goodbye."
She sings this verse with her eyes closed, afraid to look at the teary-faced people.

"I can hear him say 'I love you' like it was yesterday
And I could see it written on his face, he had never felt this way
One day I thought I'd see him, with his best man by his side
And by a leap of faith, 'Here Comes The Bride'."
Nina takes a shaky breath but pushes on, determined to finish the song.

"But here comes goodbye
Here comes the last time
Here comes the start of every sleepless night
The first of every tear I'm gonna cry
Here comes the pain
Here comes me wishing things had never changed
That he was right here in my arms tonight
But here comes goodbye."
Her eyes are filled to the brim with tears and she knows she's about to break soon. The room is blurry because her eyes are so full of tears.

"Why's it have to go from good to gone
Before the lights turn on
Yeah and you're left alone
Ohhh
But here comes goodbye
Ohhh."
Nina is breathing heavily at the end, causing uncertainty in the front row that holds the rest of Sibuna. She nods as if to prove to them that she can finish this and she doesn't need their help.

"Here comes goodbye
Here comes the last time
Here comes the start of every sleepless night
The first of every tear I'm gonna cry."
And this is when Nina cries. This is her final goodbye, and the tears that have never came all week are finally coming.

"Here comes the pain
Here comes me wishing things had never changed
That he was right here in my arms tonight
But here comes goodbye."
She whispers the last line and once Olivia and Isabelle are finished with their parts, they join the rest of the house which has surrounded Nina in a hug.

Her sobs echo around the church as the last note of her song vibrates on. And when the note stops, Nina feels as if it really signals his ending.


It's a six months later when she walks up to his grave. She sits down next to where he is buried and she sighs.

"It's hard to believe you're gone. I keep thinking that you're gonna pop out of the cellar or the attic or maybe even the tunnels and be like 'Hey! Look at me I'm back!'" She sighs.

"Sounds more like something Jerome or Alfie would do though." Nina stares at the ground, but doesn't notice how her locket begins to glow a vibrant red. She does notice the cold wind that suddenly appears.

"Nina." She whips her head to her right and sees a normal looking Fabian sitting beside her. She hugs him tightly and she feels his arms circle around her.

"But how?" She asks as she disbelievingly takes in the sight in front of her.

"I guess that locket of yours really does have some power." Nina picks up her still glowing locket and looks back up at Fabian.

"You realize I can't stay right?" He whispers. She nods.

"I know. But if this is as good as it gets, I'll take it." Nina hugs him once more and she once again feels his arms wrap around her.

"I don't even care if I'm going crazy. It's totally worth it." She says into his chest. She sighs as his body vibrates from his laugh.

"Trust me Neens, you're not going crazy." She pulls away and Fabian looks at down at their hands, which are tangled together.

"You're still wearing the ring." He says.

"I couldn't bear to take it off." She says as she ducks her head down embarrassed. Fabian puts two fingers under her chin and tilts her head up.

"You need to forget me Neens."

"I can't. You're impossible to forget." She tells him.

Fabian kisses her forehead and looks back down at her.

"No I'm not. I need you to be happy Neens. I just absolutely need it." Nina nods.

"I know. You always wanted me to be happy, even when you were here." Fabian gives her a stern look, trying to implant the seed.

"It takes some time Fabe."

"I know. Just promise?" He asks.

"Promise. No guarantee's on how long but promise." Nina kisses him and is amazed and slightly creeped out by just how real he really is at the moment.

"I'll always come visit you though. At least once a year." She says as Fabian gives her a look.

"Compromise. Everything can't always go how you want it to." She tells him and Fabian sighs.

"I know. But I could hope." Nina looks down at her locket then and sees the color dimming.

"I've gotta go Neens. Remember your promise." He says as he fades.

"Forever and always." She whispers as Fabian fades away. "Forever and always."


A/N: So this probably isn't the best thing I've written. I changed the lyrics around a little bit though, so it would fit. Reviews are nice!