"Babe?" My voice shakes, it betrays the fear lingering inside me.
His eyes dart to mine, darkened in the Chicago sunlight. My heart races and I bite down on my lip, afraid of the inevitable. He’s only met me two weeks ago and I have so much baggage, he wants to end it. I’m sure of it, as I realize that I could never hold a man like Gavin with my broken past, tears sting my eyes and I force myself to look away from him.
"Never mind" I murmur as I close my eyes, preparing myself for the blow that will shatter my fallen heart.
"Is anyone home?" He asks, pulling into my complex. I flick my eyes over to his and shake my head.
"Are you okay, Beautiful?" his voice is soft, worried I think.
I grasp the handle next to me, thinking rather than saying how I feel. Yeah, I’m great now that you know I’m a broken, damaged girl who doesn’t stand a chance with you!
He stops me when I push the door open, his hands cupping my cheeks and his blue eyes piercing into mine. I can't hide my tear-stained face from him.
"Baby, you’ve been crying?" Gavin’s smooth voice caresses me, and I can’t bring myself to look him in the eyes now.
I dip my head, dropping my gaze from his to my scarred wrist, wondering what he thinks of me now that he’s seen them.
"Beautiful, no." Tears well in my eyes as he cradles my face in his hands and presses his lips to my forehead, leaving them there as he speaks softly.
"I’m not mad at you, Baby. I’m just concerned, I thought we were honest with each other last night and then I saw these this morning. Why didn’t you tell me?"
I gasp at his heartfelt confession and lift my eyes to his.
"I didn’t want to scare you away, Gavin. You’re just about the best thing that’s ever happened to me and I don’t want to ruin it with all my baggage."
He binds me up in his arms, not letting me hide from him then presses a kiss to my knuckles as he looks into my eyes. They are earnest and filled with nothing but concern and love.
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