The full moon hung low in the sky and bright stars peppered the night, the perfect romantic evening, almost as perfect as the day she fell for him.
She remembered that day like it was yesterday. Their hands had barely touched that first ride home on the school bus, but as soon as they had she knew he was the only boy in the world for her.
She was only a freshman then, captivated by a young junior without a driver’s license.
His voice was soft and gentle, much like his boyish features, warm like his light brown hair and trusting dark eyes.
Matthew was everything to her, and he had snared her heart that afternoon ride home. All it had taken was one gentle smile.
That had been five years ago.
They drove to a secluded and private cliff overlooking the ocean. Matthew stared ahead on the drive up. He never looked at her or spoke.
She parked the car and took a deep breath, taking in the gentle and salty air.
She stared into the night, her eyes gleaming and almost as bright as the stars were.
“The view is fantastic,” she said, her voice dripping with affection, “and we don’t have to worry about light pollution up here.”
“The least you could do is appreciate all the trouble I went to, Matt.” Her tone changed from adoration to anger. “You should be glad I dragged you up here!”
She turned toward him and slapped him in the face. The injection had taken full effect now, leaving Matthew paralyzed. It was about time.
She didn’t understand why he struggled so hard, why he fought so hard not to love her. After all, Matthew was her destiny. He remained still, only able to move his panic-stricken eyes.
She removed the rag from his mouth.
“Just once can’t you say the words?”
She got out of the driver’s seat, opened his door and dragged his tall, lean body to the edge of the cliff.
He could have cooperated before, could have reciprocated his feelings for her instead of telling her he didn’t like her that way and only wanted to be friends,
that they had only been friends from the beginning. She knew better. This was kismet, and the connection they shared could never be broken, not even in death.
She grunted as she struggled with moving his dead weight and attempted to sit him up to face the gorgeous, illuminated view below. Why did he have to be so heavy?
Then she tripped over a large rock sticking up out of the ground and lost her footing before she realized what was happening.
Matthew remained motionless, lying on the ground powerless to save her as she disappeared over the edge.
Her shrill screams pierced his ears and remained a permanent recording in his memory the rest of his days.
From then on he could never forget the night she fell for him.