Two people stood by a concrete bench in the park. It was early twilight. The leaves sighed in an autumn breeze. The night was crisp as only autumn nights can be. The smell of smoke from a forest fire somewhere up the mountain drifted down to them. The river flowed a few feet away, down an embankment that was covered in blackberry brambles. The first stars were beginning to show through the near dead tree branches.
The girl was dressed in blue jeans, an tank top and a leather jacket. The jacket was big and didn't fit her. She slumped into it like a protective armor. She covered herself in it in a way that made her look small and frail, even though she would never admit to either.
The boy had his hands shoved into the pocket of his over sized sweater. He was uncomfortable. You could tell that by first sight. He sighed waiting for the girl to say what she had to say.
"You said a word to me. A word that hurt.," Eva sighed in the tone of one who's heart still breaks at the thought.
"What word?" Caleb replied in a sarcastic bitter tone.
"Love. You said you felt it of me. But you never meant it. You never mean it at all," The sigh had turned into sobs. She turned away from him trying to hide the tears rolling down her face.
Caleb turned not able to look at her, even if he could not see the tears, he knew that they were there. He crossed his arms, then uncrossed them and looked in his pocket for a pack of Cigarettes. Eva's brand of Cigarettes. He took one out of the pack and lit up.
"Everything you promised me, I never got. But she gets it," Eva's voice had started to raise and become more shrill as she had started to panic.
"Chill, have a cigarette," Caleb said offering her the pack.
He didn't understand what this was all about. Eva had sworn him off. She didn't want him. Why was this such a big deal?
"I don't want a cigarette. I want to have never known you," Eva's tone had gone from sorrow to anger in one single second. She knew he wouldn't get the feelings she had for him. Why did she even try anymore?
"You don't mean that," Caleb replied patronizingly taking a long drag on the Marb.
Eva turned and started to walk up the path. She was walking away in more than one way. She was leaving her emotions sitting on the bench right behind Caleb.
"I do," Eva called over her shoulder causticly, "I wish we had never met. I wish I run like hell. You know, like I had planned to. But I stayed for you, and you ruined everything. How could you do that to me? Alas, what is done is done. Now it is time to move on. Just remember, you ruined everything. And you can't make it up, especially since you don't try."
This is the beginning of the end, she thought walking away. Autumn what a great time to end a disappointment. One of the biggest in her life.