Lucky nervously watches Elizabeth, whos staring back at him, her mouth hanging open. "Well, are going to say something ." His voice trails off. Frustrated, he stands up and starts pacing.
Elizabeth stands up, walking over to him. "Lucky?"
Lucky turns around and looks at her, his face unreadable. "Elizabeth I"
"I love you, too," she says shyly. Luckys face warms over, relieved. "I dont even know when it happened, or when I realized it, but it was like one day someone flipped a switch and I suddenly realized that you were more to me than just a friend. And then when you told me that time that you wanted to kiss me .," Liz continues softly, "I thought maybe you felt the same way. Then when I heard your song"
"It was just a dumb---" Lucky laughs nervously, albeit relieved that she shares his feelings.
"---No, no it wasnt! Dont ever say that!," Elizabeth chides, interrupting him. "It was the kindest, sweetest thing anyone has ever done for me. No one has ever created something for just for me. You have no idea how much it means to me that you would do something like this." She smiles. "Ive listened to the song a million times since you gave me the tape. I listen to it in the morning so that I can hear your voice while Im getting ready for the day. I listen to it when I get scared or sad because hearing your voice calms me down and makes me feel safe." She takes his hands in hers. "And I listen to it every night before I go to bed so that the last thought I have is how truly lucky I am to have you in my life."
They stand there for a moment, before Lucky gently takes her hand into his. He clears his throat, nervous. "Can I ask you something?"
"Can I kiss you?"
Liz blinks, slowly bobbing her head up and down. She smiles. "Id like that." She places her hands on his shoulder, leaning up and meeting his lips. Lucky slowly pulls Liz closer to him, sliding his hands around her waist.
Elizabeth suddenly pulls away. "Let me go!," she cries, her eyes blazing.
Lucky releases her, stunned. A look of anguish crosses his face. "Elizabeth, Im sorry. I shouldnt"
Elizabeth starts to cry. "Damn," she says softly, between sobs. "Lucky, you didnt do anything wrong " She shakes her head, not knowing what to say or do next.
Lucky stares at her, helpless. "Im so sorry," he repeats.
"No, dont be! Its my fault I panicked--"
"---Because I held you too tight," Lucky interrupts.
Elizabeth sinks to the floor. "Are we doomed to go through this everytime we get close?"
Lucky falls to the floor, taking a seat beside her. "Elizabeth, its only been five and a half months since you were raped. It makes sense that youd still feel nervous about getting close to someone."
"But youre not just someone to me, Lucky! Youre the one!," she exclaims.
Lucky fights back a smile. "And you know I feel the same way about you, right?" She nods, sniffling. "But that doesnt change the fact that this is too much, too soon for you."
"I thought you said I was strong."
"You are, Elizabeth! But that doesnt mean youre invincible, honey. Youre still healing, and you will be for a long time. Ill be by your side every step of the way. I want you to know that I love you and that were playing this by your rules. You call the shots."
"Thats not fair to you! You shouldnt have to wait around for me to get past this, because with Murty still out there, I dont know if I ever will."
Lucky shrugs. "Do you see me complaining? I love being with you, Elizabeth, and I would wait forever and a day for you. Im not running on a schedule here. Im patient."
"What if one day you suddenly decide that my tears and my pain arent what you want in your life?"
"Itll never happen," he retorts, adamant.
"Why are you so sure?"
"Like I said before: were soulmates," Lucky grins. A smile reluctantly creeps across Lizs face. "I think I should be getting you home. I know how much Mrs. Hardy worries about you."
Elizabeth nods. "Lucky?"
"Thanks." She scrambles to her feet, extending her hand to Lucky. He eyes it nervously before grasping it, getting to his feet. They smile nervously at each other, and head towards home.
To be continued...