Chapter 3: She Returns

Almost a week had passed, and Maria still hasn't returned.

Georg was about to lose hope, but Gretl always reminded him to not.

He made his way to the gardens, where the children were. He chuckled lightly remembering their excuse from a while ago.

Blue strawberries. How quaint, he thought.

He went to tell them that their dinner is now there.

As he reached there, he saw the children huddled around a beautiful woman in a turquoise dress.

Maria.

She came back!

The children chattered upon seeing their father on the veranda.

"Father! Look! Fräulein Maria's returned from the abbey!" Friedrich exclaimed, standing out among the others.

Maria's eyes were locked on his, as his was locked on hers.

"Good evening, Captain," Maria said.

"Good evening," he replied.

They stood in awkward silence.

"Alright, everyone inside, go get your dinner," he said.

"Dinner!" Kurt exclaimed, followed by his brothers and sisters as they made their way inside the villa.

All that was left now was both of them.

"You left without saying goodbye, even to the children," Georg said, walking to her.

"It was wrong of me, forgive me. Saying 'goodbye' through a note isn't as nice," Maria said, her voice sounding blank.

"Why did you?" he said, finally standing before her, a few inches apart.

"I was in a hurry," Maria replied, looking straight into the Captain's eyes.

"You could have waited for the next day. Why such a hurry?" he said, a mocking tone on his voice.

"Well...I..." Maria stuttered. She was sent back to find out if he loved her back, then why act so cold, mask up your feelings, and lie?

Perhaps nervousness, Maria thought.

"What also makes me wonder is that you ran away, and now you came back. Why is that?" he continued.

"It was...It was because I...love you," Maria blurted out, face turning red. She couldn't hold it in.

Georg stood speechless.

"You...love...me," he stuttered.

"Yes. I...do," Maria said.

"Then why leave me When you love me?" he said, standing closer to her with an frustrated yet gentle tone in his voice.

"I...really don't know. It felt...so wonderful and I was frightened of it! The Baroness even made it worse, and-"

"Don't explain anymore. I love you too," Georg cut her off.

Maria blushed as she just stared at him. He slowly leaned in and pressed his lips on hers. Her eyes widened at the contact, and soon she gave in, her hands on his shoulders.

They broke away, still holding each other. The Captain gazed into her eyes.

"I loved you ever since you captured the hearts of my children. I loved you ever since our argument by the lake. I loved you because you gave me my life back," he said, caressing her left cheek.

"I...really don't know what to say," Maria muttered, blushing.

"Are you sure?" Georg chuckled.

"What?" Maria said, blushing again.

"You look cute when you blush," Georg teased. Maria blushed harder.

"No I'm not," she replied, removing eye contact from him.

"Yes you are," he replied.

"No I'm not."

"Yes you are."

"No I'm not."

"Yes you are."

"No I'm-"

He lifted her off the ground and kissed her again. He put her down, hugging her. Maria was giggling as he stroked her hair.

"Don't leave me again," he said. Maria hugged him tighter.

"I will never. That's a promise," Maria replied.

"You forgot to say something," Georg teased.

"What?" Maria said.

"You know what I mean," Georg said.

Maria smiled.

"Alright. I love you," Maria said.

He broke away from her and leant in slowly for another kiss. Maria closed the gap, her hands now behind his neck.

"Father? Fräulein?"

They broke away from the kiss and looked at where the voice came from.

Liesl.

They broke away completely, embarrassed.

"Um..uh...did you see all that?" Georg stuttered.

"I did reach you two kissing," Liesl said. They looked at each other and looked at Liesl, blushing.

"It's okay. I'm happy for the both of you. I just came to get you both for dinner. Kurt might be gobbling up everything!" Liesl said, smiling before turning around to return to the villa.

Georg and Maria followed, elbows interlocked.

Georg looked at the woman he loved.

You returned. And that is because I hoped. I love you so much, Maria. More than you know, Georg thought, before they broke away and went for dinner.


A/N: Here's the last chappy! Whew. Finally, published this story! I only need to finish one story I'm currently writing in my phone, start another one, and publish both of those. I really had fun writing this, especially Sentimental Captain. ;) ("Oh, how I miss Maria." XD) I hope you like this story and do leave a review! :)))