Lead Me Back to You

Cleaning the house while listening to Songs About Jane.

The music takes me back.

Riley and I are both seventeen. I watch him walk down the halls of our high school and my breath catches. Just beautiful. He is dating the captain of the cheer leading squad and I am still trying to figure out how to brush my hair. We are best friends. I love him and he knows it. One Saturday night, he takes me to a Maroon 5 concert at the House of Blues. I listen to the music next to him in the dark and hope I never see the light again. I think,  Please God. Just give me this boy. I will do good. I will never ask for another thing. I will be happy. Please.

Ten years later, the house is clean and Riley will be home soon. Every night is the same. He walks in the door and twirls the girls in the air. Then he walks across the room and pulls me close.

And my breath catches.