“Everything’s going to be okay Lexy,” he whispered as he hugged Alexa tightly. Truthfully, Michael didn’t want to do anything but break down and cry holding Alexa in his arms. He glanced at Alex and could tell that he was also trying not to cry. Both of them seemed to know that they couldn’t cry, at least not at the moment. He was thankful for Alex’s hand on his shoulder; it was a comfort he clung to.
“I don’t want to go,” Alexa mumbled, so softly that he almost didn’t hear her.
Neither do I. Michael hated this. He didn’t want his two best friends to move. They’ve been inseparable since they met that first day of school all those years ago. Of course he had other friends, but none of them knew him as well as the twins did.
“Alexander, Alexandrite, it’s time to go. We might miss our flight.” At their dad’s announcement, Alexa’s hold on Michael tightened.
Alex squeezed Michael’s shoulder and said, “See you Vince.”
Michael looked back at Alexa and smiled. “See you Keith. Don’t forget to write, okay?” Alex smiled back, nodded, then walked towards their car. Michael turned to the girl crying in his arms and whispered, “It’s time to go Lexy.” She shook her head in reply.
After a few minutes, Alexa’s dad called out, “Let’s go Alexandrite.”
Alexa’s hold finally loosened and she looked up at MiMichael. “Promise you won’t forget me?”
Michael chuckled softly. “I don’t think it’s possible to forget you. You’re my best friend Lexy, you and Keith. I would never, could never, forget you.”
“I won’t forget you either,” she replied, finally smiling at him, albeit sadly. She stepped out of his arms and took in a long breath.
Michael took her hand in his and cocked his head to the side as if asking, “ready to go?” when she glanced at him. Seeing her nod softly, he led her to their car where Alex and their dad were already waiting inside.
When they reached the car, Alexa surprised Michael by hugging him tightly. “I’ll miss you Chael.”
Michael pushed back the rush of emotion that flowed at Alexa’s words. “I’ll miss you too Alexa,” he said, his voice breaking.
As Alexa stepped back, she stood on her tiptoes and kissed Michael on the cheek. His eyes widened at the contact and his cheeks reddened. He wanted to say something, ask what the was kiss was for, but his mind seemed to have flown away. Seeing Michael’s reaction, Alexa blushed and smiled. She opened the car door and before entering said, “See you Chael.”
At that, Michael shook his head and smiled at Alexa. “See you Alexa.” He stood there watching as Alexa went inside the car and finally, started leaving. Alexa turned in her seat, looked at him and waved at him. He waved back, continued to do so until the car was out of sight. He turned around and started to walk home. On the way, he kept his head down and didn’t even try to stop the tears steaming down his cheeks.