"Love Hurts"

Audrey watches as Percy stares at the retreating figure. She had known from the beginning that Percy's heart just wasn't completely there, but seeing it for herself, she can't help but let her heart break.

It breaks for her and for Percy. Because there's something in Percy's eyes that she's never seen, and probably will never see again. There's life in his usually dead eyes, life that she could never bring.

Percy's blue eyes meet hers once he finally realizes she's there. "Audrey," he whispers.

She shakes her head. "Don't, Percy, just don't," she replies. Because she doesn't need him to explain himself; she doesn't need to hear all the right things when everything is wrong, so very wrong.

But, as usual, Percy doesn't heed her warning. "No, Audrey. You don't understand. That wasn't exactly what it looked like," he claims.

Her green eyes turn icy. "I knew that you loved someone else. I did but I thought you loved me enough not to do something like that. But you kissed him, Percy!" she cries out. "How can that not be what it looked like?"

"That was goodbye," he says, his voice full of regret. "We didn't end on very good terms. There were things we needed to handle if our friendship would ever recover. But I promise you, that was goodbye – the proper one we missed out on years ago."

"You love him," she whispers softly. "Even after all this time, you do. I can see it in your eyes. And if he wanted to try again, you would go back to him without a second thought. Because you love him more than you could ever love me." By the time that she takes a breath, tears fall freely from her eyes. "I should've known it from the beginning."

Percy looks at her with his lively eyes that are dying quickly. "I do love him," he admits because he isn't going to lie to her; not now, not ever. "I love him more than I ever thought possible. But, Audrey, I love you too." He pauses for a moment, taking a deep breath before continuing, "And, as selfish as it sounds, I need you to remind me that there's more to life than just regrets, and you show me that every day. You've been there for me when no one was. I need you, not Oliver."

Taking a few steps forward, Percy wipes the tears from Audrey's face.

"You will never love me completely," she says.

"No," he agrees. "But I will love you with everything I can."

She looks up at him. And as much as she wants to say that it isn't enough, she can't find it in herself to do so – because she loves him completely. So, instead of protesting, she leans up and presses her lips against his, hoping to convey in actions what she can't in words.

A/n – this is in direct correlation with my other fic, "What Should Have Been."

Thanks to kci47, who did a lovely job beta-ing!

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