Whose voice was that? It sounded so familiar yet there was something different about it... a little loader than what I was use to. I turned my head slowly around so that I could get a look at who the voice belonged to.
I saw a familiar red hoodie with... a white maple leaf imprinted on the front of it? They had longish blonde hair and a curl that drooped (probably because of the drizzle). The next thing I noticed were the worried violet eyes that stood out from behind this person's rain dropped-stained glasses. If it were anybody else, they would have easily mistaken this person as Alfred Jones. But I knew better.
This person was actually Matthew Williams, Alfred's twin brother. Although they looked somewhat similar, the two brothers were complete opposites. Matthew was quiet, shy, and went unnoticed by most people, bnd I wouldn't have him any other way. He was much nicer and less obnoxious than Alfred.
"Don't do it, _____!" he shouted at me. It was strange. I had never heard Matthew speak up this loud before.
"What are you doing here, Matthew?" I said, a little shocked. I hadn't expected anyone to notice that I was gone, let alone find me.
"I tried calling you at home, but no one picked up. And when I went to visit you, you weren't home. I got worried so I went searching for you."
"You... you were looking for me?"
"Yeah... I saw that you've been looking down lately, so I thought I'd check up on you, _____."
He was definitely very compassionate. Maybe that's why we were such good friends. We didn't talk as much as most people did, then again, we didn't hang around with 'most people.' Just a small group of close knit friend was enough. It made me think that they would probably would have missed me if I left them.
"Thanks for caring, Mattie. It means a lot." I gave him a small smile.
However, I lost that smile when a gust of wind blew. I gasped, realizing that I was still on the edge. A lump formed in my throat when I took another look down at the rushing waters.
"______... you should probably come down now," Matthew said quietly. I only nodded in response.
Matthew held out his hand out so that he could help me get down. I took his hand into mine. Unfortunately for me, I was clumsy. My foot slipped off the railing and I fell. I screamed and waited for my body to hit the rapid waters underneath the bridge. I thought it was the end of me.
But then I hit something. It was soft yet firm. I slowly opened my eyes and saw that I was lying on Matthew. I felt my cheeks heat up from embarrassment and some other underlying emotion. I wasn't sure what to make of it. Did I like Matthew? Of course I did, but... the feeling felt much stronger than I remembered. Maybe it was because I was much closer to him now. I didn't want to leave his presence.
"Matthew! Are you okay? I'm so sorry!" I shook him gently and was relieved when he groaned a little in response. I didn't knock him out, thank goodness.
"Huh? O-oh, _-_____. I'm fine." He smiled. That smile could make the darkest days melt away. In the back of my mind, I thought that I didn't deserve such a wonderful smile. Matthew deserved someone better. "A-ah! W-why are you crying, _____?"
"Huh?" I put my hand on my cheek and felt hot tears streaming down. I quickly wiped them away with the back side of my hand. "I-it's nothing. Don't worry. I'm fine, see?" I put on the best smile I could muster, but Matthew didn't seem to be fooled.
Matthew wrapped his arms around me and pulled me in for a hug. I was caught off guard, but I wasn't complaining. I felt so warm in the embrace that I began to sob against Matthew's chest. I wasn't sure what I was feeling at the moment. A mixture of emotions squeezed my heart. It was as if the love and kindness that Matthew radiated was filling this dark hole inside my chest. It was so overwhelming that I couldn't help but cry.
"It's okay. I'm here for you."
Matthew words were a mere whisper but they were just as comforting. I stayed liked this for a while in Matthew's arms as he stroked my hair and whispered sweet nothings in my ear. Afterward, Matthew suggested that we go home to assure that we didn't catch a cold.
~:~:~:Time Skip to Matthew's house:~:~:~
I had taken a warm shower and dressed in some clothing that Matthew had let me borrow for the night. They were a bit loose on me, but I didn't mind. Matthew was going to use the shower next so I waited on the couch until he was done. We were the only two in the house. Alfred was hanging out with his friend, Arthur Kirkland, somewhere and Matthew's parents were working late.
We had decided that we were going to watch a movie tonight and try to get over the incident earlier. Matthew had allowed me to snuggle with his plush polar bear until he was done showering.
When he was finished getting dressed, Matthew joined me on the couch. He sat close to me, but not close enough to invade my personal space. It was sweet of him to have respected me like that. I, on the other hand, wanted him a little closer.
After the movie started, I scooted closer to Matthew and wrapped my arms around him, not letting go of his polar bear. I felt the blush on my face, but I didn't mind as much as I saw Matthew's face heat up as well. He didn't question my action, he just went along with it and loosely wrapped his arms around me. We stayed like this until the movie was over.
"We should probably go to sleep," suggested Matthew. I only hummed as a reply, but neither of us moved from our spot.
I looked up at him and he looked down at me. His violet eyes put me in some sort of trance that I didn't want to break out of. In that moment, as we both started into each other's eye, I put my hand on his cheek and pulled him down for a peck on the lips. Matthew's body tensed up from the unexpected contact, but soon enough he kissed me back.
It was nice. Matthew was gentle. The kiss was soft and tasted like maple syrup which made it sweet in a literal sense. We didn't kiss for long, but it was enough. I laid my head on his shoulder and closed my eyes.
"I love you, Matthew."
"I love you too, _____."
"Let's just... stay like this for a while, okay?"
"Okay." Matthew lightly kissed my cheek and the two of us slept next to each other for the rest of the night.