Yay, I'm finally putting this up after I wrote it two months ago... Enjoy:)
It takes a moment for the shock to register on Josh's face, but once it does, you could almost say it is comical.
'Hayley, why...' he trails off, staring at me, with a complete and utter loss for words.
I shrug. 'Just a thought.'
'But why would you think that?' Josh frowns.
I sigh, rolling my eyes. 'I dunno, it just occured to me.'
He glances at me, cocking his head to the side. 'I think I'll take you to the doctor's and get you checked out, to make sure you're mentally sane.'
'Josh, we're on top of the CN tower, you can hardly take me to see a doctor,' I laugh, drumming my fingers against the galss window in front of me.
'Would you, though?' he frowns. 'Would you jump?'
I nod. 'I would, if there wasn't guaranteed death upon landing, just for fun. Would you?'
'Hayley, what's wrong with you?' Josh frowns. 'Nobody else thinks of these things..'
I laugh lightly. 'Stop stressing about it, Josj. I'm not actually going to.'
'You said you would,' he points out.
I bite my lip. 'Josh,' I say quietly. 'I'm not going to jump, okay? I can't, anyways, cause we're inside, see?' I knock lightly on the glass panel.
Josh nods, staring down at the busy city below us. 'It's a long way down, Hayles. It wouldn't be a pretty ending.'
'Dude!' I groan. 'Can we just forget what I said, and enjoy the view? Look, there's the Blue Jay's stadium. They're playing tonight you know. I was thinking we could go see them?'
He shakes his head. 'I was thinking we could go to Niagara tonight.'
'Josh, you can't go to Niagara Falls at night,' I say slowly.
He nods. 'Sure you can. It's just stuff like Maid of the Mist you can't do. It looks better at night, cause they light it up and everything.'
'But what about the Blue Jays...' I frown. 'It's not like they play everyday. I mean, the Falls are gunna be there all the time.'
'What's so good about going to see the Blue Jays?' Josh frowns.
I shrug. 'I just thought it would be a good idea... I mean, we don't have to go if you really want to go to Niagara...'
'Fine,' he rolls his eyes. 'We'll go see the Blue Jays.'
I laugh. 'Thanks!' Now come on,' I take his hand. 'I want to see the glass floor...'
I take a sip of hot chocolate, wrapping my freezing hands round the steaming cup. I glance out onto the field, and sigh. I'm not really sure why I suggested coming to see the Blue Jays. I guess I thought Josh might enjoy it. I'm not, really. I don't know the rules or anything.
Josh glances at me. 'You're not enjoying this, are you?'
'Apart from freezing my butt off, it's great,' I roll my eyes.
He smirks. 'I knew you wouldn't enjoy it. Niagara it is, then. Come on, let's go.'
I coax out the last dregs of my hot chocolate and cling tightly to the cup, my cold fingers seeking the warmth still lingering slightly in the plastic. 'Okay,' I nod, standing up.
With a lot of 'sorry's and 'excuse me's, we finally make it ot the end of our row in one piece.
The old man sitting at the end frowns at me. 'I do hope you're not leaving.'
I shake my head. 'No,' I lie, holding up my empty cup in my hand. 'I just want more hot chocolate.'
He smiles. 'Good girl.'
I send him a tight smile and follow Josh, who leads me out of the stadium, through the tightly packed vehicles outside to his car.
He smiles as he opens the passenger door for me and gestures me inside.
I lean against the sweet smelling, soft leather chairs, and smile. 'I really like your car, Josh,' I tell him as he clambers in the other side.
A soft chuckle escapes his lips. 'Thank you.' He starts the engine, and pulls out onto the road.
I bite my lip. 'How long will it take?'
'A couple of hours or so,' Josh shrugs. 'Something like that,' he says keeping his eyes fixed on the road.
I roll my eyes. 'That's ages, though.'
'It's the same either way. Either we go tonight, or tomorrow morning. The time of day doesn't change the length of the drive.'
'I know that, silly,' I sigh. 'It's just gunna be boring, that's all.'
Josh rolls his eyes. 'You sound like a child.'
'I do not,' I protest, annoyed. 'At least you have something to do. I've just to sit and wait for ages until we get there, eventually.'
'Oh, shut up,' he mutters. 'Go to sleep, or something.'
I glare at him. 'Fine,' I snap, my fingers searching for the lever that pushes the chair backward.
'It's the button.'
Rolling my eyes, I press the buttion, and lean backward as the chair does. 'Thanks,' I mumble.
'No problem,' Josh shrugs.
I close my eyes. 'I'm going to sleep.'
My eyes fly open. 'Are we there?'
'Yeah,' Josh smiles. 'You slept for the whole two hours.'
I yawn, and rub the sleep out of my eyes. 'Awesome. So, are we gunna go see it now, or find a place for the night and go tomorrow?'
He smiles. 'We're going now. D'you think I drove all this way to find another hotel?' he laughs. 'Come on,' he gets out of the car.
I sigh and press the button, groaning as the chair goes upright. I can't be bothered.
My door opens and Josh appears, his lovely deep brown eyes glinting in the bright moonlight. 'Come on, lazy bum.'
Sighing, I clamber out and take my coat out of Josh's arms.
He grabs my hand. 'I swear, it's like a two minute walk from here. The car park next to it is closed off cause it's night time.'
I nod. 'Okay,' I say, zipping my coat up with my spare hand. 'I guess you never told me it was gunna be five star.'
Josh smiles as we wander along the street together. 'You'll love it, Hayles, I swear. It looks really cool all lit up, and everything.'
'Awesome, come on,' I break into a run, dragging along behind me. 'I wanna see it!'
We race through the closed car park and I see it. I stop and frown. 'There's two, though. There's two waterfalls.'
Josh nods. 'Yeah. This one,' he indicates the one right next to us, 'is Horseshoe Falls and the other one over there is called American Falls.'
'So, neither of them are actually called Niagara Falls?' I frown.
He shakes his head. 'No. But look!' he lean against the wall, loking at Horseshoe Falls.
We are literally right above it. The Falls begin less than a meter to our left. The water tumbles down over the edge in a large cascade.
'Wow,' I whisper, entranced by the lit up water.
Josh laughs softly. 'It's awesome, huh? Not an awesome way to die, though. You know, if you jumped.'
I freeze. That's so unlike Josh to come out with something like that. 'Would you jump?'
'I would, if there wasn't guaranteed death upon landing,' he nods, quoting my words from earlier this morning.
A cold fear runs through me, chilling every bone in my body. This must be a test. It has to be. I glance at him/
'What?' he frowns, looking down into the rushing waters below. 'Jumping would be kinda fun, don't you think?'
I study him for a while, trying to decide if he's serious or not. I have a worrying, niggling feeling that he is. I honestly can't tell and I realise that fear must have been running through him this morning. It takes me a long timeto decifer it, buit I come to the conclusion hes testing me. So the way forward is to test him back? I guess so. I nod. 'Yeah, it would be fun. It's not certain that you'd die, so we could do it, if you want?'
Josh nods. 'Yeah! Come on,' he grabs my hand and stands on top of the wall.
Reluctantly, I join him, also balancing on the wall precariously.
'On the count of three, okay?'
A lump is rising in my throat. What if he's serious? I hope not. I nod weakly. 'Okay...' I croak.
He squeezes my hand. 'One...'
I glance at him. His short brown hair, sticking up at the front a little always makes me smile. His grey t-shirt shows off his muscles. I bite my lip.
'Two,' he glances down at the rushing waters.
I stare at the water. A lone log is caught on a rock, but looks like it might come free any moment. I close my eyes. Is this really going to happen? 'Josh?' I whisper.
He doesn't hear me. 'Thr-'
'Josh!' I cry, cutting across him.
He frowns, confused. 'What?'
'I...' I'm struggling to get the words out.
'I love you?' he guesses.
I shake my head. Panic is building up in me, threatening to consume me and render me speechless. 'I don't want to!' I choke out.
I nod frantically. 'I was... I thought you were testing me because of this morning and I'm sorry! I just... I don't know what I was thinking.'
Relief sweeps over Josh's face long before I've finished my babble. 'Good! I was testing you. I thought you were serious, so I was going to go through with it because you were..' he trails off.
I laugh. 'That's what I was thinking, except about you!' I lean forwards and hug him, closing my eyes.
I feel us teetering over the edge of the wall. I scream, unsure which way we're falling. I can't tell if we're going to land on the ground or in the water and I can't force my eyes open.
We crash onto the ground with a massive thump.
Then I realise we're moving.
My eyes fly open just as we're reaching the edge. The log has been freed and is cascading over the edge, just like us.
We're falling, falling. And my mouth is filled with water and my vision blinded.
I scream as the crash into the water.
Josh has lost his grip on me and I don't know where he is.
I feel like I'm drowning. I give a massive kick and surface. I spot the dry land and swim for it.
I reach it, and look around. There's nothing, nothing.
I can't see Josh anywhere.
All there is the log I saw earlier, and it's now found a friend.
I scream as reality sinks in.
Boom. It's kinda long, sorry. I hope you like it!