Genre: YA Romance
Lead-In: Beth's soul mate, Cameron, died five years ago, before either of them could meet. He has "watched" her for those five years and began appearing in her sleep after saving her from dying in a car accident. This scene is after they've fallen in love and just after Beth considers staying with Cameron instead of waking up. (note: the italics is when they talk to each other through "telepathy", because Cameron is, in essence, in Beth's head.)
"That's why I told you," he said, grabbing both my arms and pulling me to face him. "That's why I told you to live. You shouldn't have chosen this. Beth, I can't let go, I can't move on. I don't want to move on. I'm just stuck in this half-way place. That's why you have to live now, while you can. While you still have a choice. Please." His fingers were digging into my arms, clinging to me, his life. He put his forehead to mine, trying to make his body stop shaking.
"Cameron," I couldn't raise my voice above a breath, "you appeared to me–"
He forced himself to take a breath we both knew he didn't need. "I–"
I felt his response before he said it.
He – regretted it. Me. He regretted being a part of my dreams.
You can't stay here, he whispered. It's time to wake up.
He meant it. He wanted me to wake up, to let him go, to go on the way I had been before my accident. To not stay with him.
My heart woke me up. It didn't want me to hurt like that anymore. But the pain lingered, even stronger now that I wasn't able to hold onto him.
I opened my eyes and stared at the ceiling, unable to draw in a breath that didn't shake.
I couldn't do it. I couldn't admit that my paradise, my beautiful haven, was in anyway corrupt.