Breathing hard as Zac pulls into our parents drive way, I look at him when he parks the car. "Do we have to go inside there?" I ask. I want to just pack up and run. That's what we should have been doing for the past hour. Packing our things to leave, not getting ready to be confronted by our whole family.
Zac laughs and reaches over taking my hand in his, "Avie, we can do this," he tells me as he squeezes my hand. "We can face everyone and we can do it together," he smiles, before bringing my hand up to his lips and kissing it.
I want to believe him, I really do, but I just have an awful feeling about this. What if they make us break up again? What if they have us arrested?
"Okay," I smile, hoping that I can hide my worries from him. Letting go of his hand, I get out of the car. "Let's do this," I say once he is out as well.
Walking to his side of the car, I take his hand again and walk with him up to the porch. Before we can even knock, our mother has flung the door open and she looks like she could just kill us both.
"Both of you, inside now," she snaps out so harsh that I jump just a bit.
Squeezing Zac's hand, I step inside with him and we head to the living room where everyone in our family minus the kids are. I'm really glad none of my nieces and nephews are here for this. This would just be too hard to explain if they had been there.
Hearing my father clear his throat, I look over at Zac and he drops my hand, sitting down in the only available chair left. I just roll my eyes and sit on the arm of the chair.
"Kate says she caught you two," my father starts as he looks right at Zac. "She says it was in a sexual situation, that you were," he stops as he takes a deep breath. "That you were going down on your sister."
Seeing Zac blush, I bit my lip as he opens his mouth to speak. "Yeah, I was," he confirms and I blush then at that silence that has now seemed to creep into the room. I'm not a fan of the silence at all and I hate the way it feels like everyone is now looking and judging me.
"I..we love each other," I finally speak up as I turn away from Zac and look at everyone in the room. The only one who seems not that surprised is Taylor and why should be surprised? He had to know this was coming sooner or later.
"That is sick," my mom finally speaks breaking the silence. "Not to mention illegal," she mutters as she rolls her eyes.
I frown as I look at her and see nothing but pure anger looking back at me. I feel like a failure as a child.
"What happened to Carrick?" my father speaks again, his voice coming out a bit nicer than my mother's had. "I mean, he called us and told us he was proposing to you."
At his question about Carrick, I sigh and shake my head, "We broke up," I confirm. "He..he always knew about Zac and I. It was amicable, he wanted me happy and he knows Zac makes me happy," I smile as I look back at Zac who is watching me.
"Your mom is right," Natalie says before my dad or mom can say anything else. "This is sick," she mutters as she stands up from the couch. "I can't just sit her and say I am happy for you, especially since Taylor told me everything before we came here. That you two have been messing around since 2006."
"You told Nat," Zac spits out rather harsh, his eyes soon turning to look at Taylor. "You promised you wouldn't tell anyone."
I look over at Taylor in time to see him just look down and away from Zac's gaze. "That was before you broke the rules and decided to be with her and let yourself get caught by Kate."
Now it's my turn to roll my eyes, "Fuck you Taylor," I spit out to him as I stand from the arm of the couch. "This fucking family meeting is over. None of you will understand what Zac and I feel for each other but at least let us be happy together," I yell as I push past Natalie and head outside to the porch, letting the door slam behind me.
Going to the porch swing, I sit down and break down crying. If I expected Zac to come after me he doesn't. No one comes outside for what seems like hours and when the door does open it's not Zac I see when I lift my head. It's Taylor.
"I'm sorry Avery," Taylor starts in as he sits down beside me. "I mean for what I said and telling Natalie."
I wipe my eyes and shrug, "Why are you apologizing?" I ask as I lock eyes with him. He is usually too prideful to apologize for anything.
"Because Zac told me too," he confesses, "and because I want too. I am sorry," he tells me again before standing from the swing. "I...just if Zac makes you happy then be with him okay," he smiles before turning and going inside.
Once he leaves I look out and over the porch. I'm not sure if Taylor's smile was sincere but his last few words sure seemed that way so maybe they were. As I think over Taylor's words I don't even hear the door or know anyone is beside me until I feel the swing moving. When I turn my head I finally see Zac.
"How did it go after I left?" I ask almost scared of what he is going to say. I am afraid that are parents are somehow going to make us break up with each other.
Zac runs a hand through his hair, "They are all grossed out but I think they know if they don't accept us they will lose us," he tells me as he pulls me closer. "They just want us to be happy and in their lives so for now they are going to let us be together."
I just look up at him as he pulls me closer feeling shocked by what he has said. This was something I never expected to hear. "Really?" I ask wanting to make sure I heard him right.
He nods his head, "Really," he smiles before kissing my forehead just ever so slightly.
When he kisses my head, I let myself relax against him and I close my eyes briefly as I inhale his scent. He smells like weed, chocolate, and strangely me. "I still want think it would be best for us to run away somewhere and change our names, ditch this town and our family, minus Shepherd. We can take Shep with us."
Zac just laughs at my words and kisses my forehead again, "And where would we go?"
I think that question over, biting my lip, "Italy," I say naming the first place that comes to mind. "I think Italy is a nice place to go."
"Okay, then, Italy it is, but what would our fake names be?" he asks another question and without even looking at him I'm sure I can hear a smirk in his voice.
Again I think that over, "Well I'd be Juliet, I like that name," I smile as I look up at him. "And you can be my Romeo."
Zac just laughs again, "But we die," he says as he looks into my eyes. "I don't want to die, especially by suicide, not when I have you."
I shrug, "I don't care, I would die for love," I tell him as I lean up and kiss him softly on the lips. "I'd die for you and I know I would die if I couldn't have you."
"Well, when you put it that way, I don't care either, cause I would die for love too if I couldn't have you," he mutters before kissing me again and then pulling away and standing from the swing. "Come on Juliet, lets head back home my love," he smirks as he extends his hand out to me.
I just laugh and take his hand, standing up and following him to his car. When we get there we part hands as we separate ways and get in. After we are in I just watch him as he drives home. I never knew I could love a man as much as I love him.
"I hope things stay this good," I tell him though I'm not sure if they can. There is still Kate and I'm afraid of what she can do. I'm afraid of what she will do. Kate scares the living daylights out of me, especially when she is mad and I'm sure she will be worse when Natalie tells her that the family has accepted in their own way that Zac and I are a couple.
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