"I wanted you back."

A silence followed.

I stared.
She stared.

"What?" She asked.

"I always wanted you back. I never wanted you to leave in the first place," I replied, saying the things I never got to say those years ago.

"Why did you never say anything?" She said, stuttering a bit. She struggled to form the sentences coming out of her mouth.

"Well, asking your ex to come back isn't exactly something easy to do," I said, shrugging a bit.

"Yeah, I'm not really sure what I expected asking that," She said, giggling a bit. Her tiny laughs made me smile a bit.

"You were always one to ask dumb questions," I said, chuckling. She punched my arm.

"Don't remind me of all the times you called me a 'dumdum'," She said, a smile cracking on her face.

"Might be due for another one, to be honest." My comment received another punch and a laugh. However, the mood quickly faded as the surrounding area turned dark, "I don't think you realise how much I was ruined when you-."

"No. I do," She said, cutting me off as we continued to walk, "I saw how much it did."

"I didn't think I could live without you. It just broke me when I realised I would never see you again. But now, here we are," I said, running my hand across the walls of memories surrounding us. She didn't respond, instead just continuing to walk forward. The light around us fading further as my mood sunk further. As we kept walking, something caught my eye in the midst of the memories causing me to stop walking. It was very bright, almost the only source of light for miles around us. I reached into the mist, grabbing the object only for it to violently fly up and out of my reach, and soon out of my view. 'What on earth?' I thought to myself as I looked up in the direction it travelled. I looked back down, only to see Vivian had disappeared.

"Vivian?" I asked, confused as to where she had gone. She didn't respond. I called out once again, louder than the previous as I began to walk in the direction I had last seen her. There was nothing. The only responses were the echoes from my calls.

"Vivian?! Where are you?!" I shouted, now running further into the halls of my memories. I arrived at an intersection, a left turn and a right turn. I leaned forward into the intersection, looking to the left. Nothing. I looked to the right and saw a figure kneeling in the darkness. I sighed a breath of relief and walked down the right hallway. As I got closer to the figure, I heard the figure speaking.

"Why did I do this to myself?" Vivian said as she sobbed into one of my memories. I kneeled down next to her and put my hand on her back. She immediately wrapped her free arm around my waist. She gripped onto the memory as tears streamed down her face and around the memory. I looked down to inspect what she was holding, only to see a portion of a still image. I reached for the memory, only for Vivian to grip onto it harder.

"Vivian, please," I said softly, "Please let me see it." She continued to sob, shaking her head and refusing to show me the memory. "Vivian, please. I need to know." She looked up at me with teary, red eyes, then looked down at my hand. She unwrapped her arm from around me and grabbed my wrist, placing my hand on the memory with hers. I looked into the memory, the still image turning into a video on a small TV-like screen once again.

"Liam! Stop that!" Vivian shouted while laughing, little eeps and squeals escaping her mouth as she squirmed underneath me.

"You can't stop the tickle monster when he's angry!" I shouted back, laughing along with her. She continued to laugh and squeal as I gripped her sides. She soon was freed from my grasp as I slipped off the bed, quickly storming down to my aid.

"Oh my god, are you okay?!" Vivian asked, worried I may be injured from falling off the bed. I just continued to laugh as I laid on the floor, unable to form a sentence amongst my laughter. Vivian soon lost the worry in her eyes and began to laugh as well, looking down as she kneeled next to me. I looked up at her, locking my gaze with hers. The laughter ceased, as we both stared into each others eyes. We sat in silence for what felt like seconds, but turned out to be minutes.

"I love you, Vivian," I said, breaking the silence, "I love you so much." She dropped down to my level and buried her head into my shoulder, wrapping her arms around me. I hugged her back, closing my eyes and enjoying the moment. She sat back up, and mimicked taking a photo with a camera. "What was that?" I asked with a confused look on my face and a light chuckle.

"My mum always told me that whenever I'm really happy, I should take photos so I can remember the moment forever," She said, with a bright smile on her face, "I don't have a camera though, so I thought I'd take a mental picture instead." I smiled back at her, miming taking a picture myself.

"I love you so much too, Liam."

The memory began to slowly fade back into a still image, then floating out of our hands and back up into the wall of memories. I couldn't help but shed a tear as I watched it float out of reach. I wanted to reach out to it, and grab it again so I could relive the moment again, but something felt wrong about doing it. I could only watch as it flew out of my reach and soon out of view behind a cloud of memories. I sat still, staring up for a few more seconds. Soon after the memory disappeared, I looked around to see the walls beginning to light up as more memories stuck out. I wanted to grab another and relive more memories with her, but I couldn't bring myself to experience the pain of losing her again. Every time I felt the pain, it felt as though I had lost years worth of energy in one sitting. I felt unbearably tired and I wanted to fall asleep, but I couldn't bring myself to do so in this place.

I looked back toward Vivian to see her wiping the tears from her face and go to stand up, but I grabbed her before she could move. I wrapped myself around her, and I began to cry. More and more tears flowing down my face as I buried my head into her shoulder. The more I cried, the more I realised that I had unresolved feelings in this place.

"I'm not over you," I said, my voice cracking at the end of my sentence, "I still love you. After all these years, I still need you in my life." She didn't respond, instead she just began to cry again. She pulled me up, and stared into my eyes once again, the same way she did all those years ago. She smiled, tears still streaming down her face.

"I love you too, Liam," she said, not breaking eye contact and holding the smile that I had come to love many years ago. I couldn't help myself as I leant forward, kissing her for the first time in nearly four years. She embraced the affection, wrapping her arms around my neck and pulling me closer. The feeling I had subconsciously held in all this time came out in barrels, and I was unable to hold it in any longer. I released from her lips and broke down on her shoulder, crying uncontrollably as she held me close to her again. We sat still, not wanting to let go of each other again. I felt like I was back home again.

The longer we stayed, the less I cried and the more I was able to breathe once again. I felt a weight lift off my chest that I hadn't even realised was there the entire time. Vivian then pulled me up to bring my eyes to hers once again.

"You can't stay here forever Liam," she said, "You need to go home."

"I can't go, I need you in my life Vivian," I replied hastily, "I can't leave you here alone again."

"I'm sorry, Liam," Vivian said softly. Nothing could distract me from the inevitable truth that I can't be here forever. She is right. I can't be here forever. I can't stay with her.

"I know," I whispered, standing back up and relieving my knees of the cold, hard floor. I reached down to Vivian, offering her a hand and helping her stand up off the ground. "I need to move on from this place. I need to move on from the past." She didn't reply, instead just nodded with tears in her eyes. As we started to walk again, I felt a soft grasp on my hand. I looked down to see she had grabbed my hand. I smiled, and wrapped my hand around hers. We continued forward, watching as a large, star-like object rose over the horizon, shedding light on the dark, foggy area around us and guiding us forward.