DISCLAIMER: Popular is the intellectual property of Ryan Murphy. I simply dabble in his sandbox, make his characters gay for each other and enjoy the turn on that follows.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: This is for krumnut, who requested: "You know you feel the same way."
ARCHIVING: Only with the permission of the author.
Could This Be True?
"You know you feel the same way," Brooke whispered into Sam's ear, still holding her close. Brooke's arms were wrapped around Sam's shoulders, keeping her in place. Sam was rigid, her right hand shaking a bit with nerves.
"I don't," Sam said, stopping momentarily, "I really don't know where you're getting that from."
"I see how you look at me," Brooke continued. "I look at you the same way, haven't you ever noticed?"
"Yes," Sam replied, closing her eyes and wishing she was dreaming. She felt ill, ready to vomit. She was resting her head on Brooke's shoulder now, her hand steady as it wrapped its way around her back. Sam pulled Brooke closer, savoring the moments as they stood in the hallway. "I noticed."
"I think I'm in love with you, Sammy," Brooke confessed, closing her own eyes and turning her head away slightly. She didn't want to feel the punch in the gut if Sam denied the claim, if she pushed her away, if she pulled herself back and never looked the blonde's way again.
"I think I'm in love with you, too, Brooke."
Brooke pulled away violently, imagining herself in Sam's shoes like she had been doing since she pulled her into the hug and confessed her heart's desire. She pulled back, standing dumbly as she watched Sam break into the brightest smile she'd ever seen on the brunette's face.
"Why'd you do that? Why'd you move away?" Sam demanded, angrily, balling her fists and just starting with her jaw askew.
"I wasn't expecting you to say it back," Brooke wiped her eye, forcing the tears back. Of all the scenarios that ran through her mind, this was never one of them. Sam was never saying I love you back. Now, Brooke was at a loss of words, and neither one of them knew where to go from there.
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