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Lana was not backing down from her decision. No matter how hard Jordan begged she was unwavering. She was going to Manhattan to start her new life..without him.
She would be leaving in less than three months and he was running out of time and ways to convince her that he had changed. He wrote her songs, sang her songs, sent her flowers twice a day, bought her a brand new Ferrari, mentioned her in every interview but it didn't seem to do the trick.
"I've reached the end of the line Jones." He huffed as he lifted weights at the in-house gym. "I've tried everything but-"
"Have you really tried everything?" Jones queried as he ran on the treadmill.
"Pretty much." Jordan tensed as he pushed the weights over his head.
"All you've done is throw material things at her. I'm sure she really feels loved now." Jones said whimsically.
"What more can I do?" Jordan replied with a wry face of discomfiture.
"Give her something that your money can't buy."
"Your time. Your heart. Candid conversations." Jones stipulated.
"How do I do that?" Jordan was genuinely befuddled.
"Gosh! You really are clueless." Jones muttered under his breath.
"I've never chased after a girl-ever." Jordan place the weights against the wall and grabbed his towel to wipe the sweat that was dripping down his body. He went over to the mini-bar and got a ice-cold bottle of water, draining it in seconds.
"Well good luck with that Jordan Carter." Jones turned off the machine and stepped of the treadmill.
"You're not helping Jones." He groaned into the towel as he wiped his face down.
"I warned you countless times chum. You only have yourself to blame for this predicament that you find yourself in."
"You think I don't know that?"
"There's a difference between knowing something and acting on the knowledge that you have." Jones pointed out. "Now that you've realized your mistakes what's the next step?"
"Make things right."
"By doing the right thing I guess.." Jordan frowned.
"..and what does that entail?"
"Showing her that I love her and that she's important to me?"
"You love her??" Jones couldn't believe his ears. "You've finally admitted it!" He fell onto the bench and cracked up.
"What's so funny?"
"You-Jordan Carter-loves another human being?" Jones clutched his sides.
"It's not impossible." Jordan grunted.
Just then Lana walked into the gym holding Jordan's iPhone and handed it over to him. "Sorry it kept ringing..on the breakfast table so I answered it.." She gulped, her face flushed.
"Who is it?"
"Dahlia," she replied before she turned her heel and stumbled out, like she couldn't get away quick enough.
"Lana-wait!" He cut the call and went after her.
He found her in her room, packing her school bag. "It's not what you think-"
"Doesn't matter what I think-" she threw her bag over her shoulder and brushed past him. He rushed after her as she was just about to descend the staircase.
"It does matter to me!" He grabbed her arm and turned her around so that she was facing him.
"I've got to go to class otherwise I'll be late for the final presentation. I can't let my team down." She tried to pull away from him but he held her fast.
"Not before I explain to you that Dahlia means nothing to me-"
"I don't need any explanations Carter. It's none of my business."
"The only woman I want is standing right in front of me-I love you Lana-only you baby.." He divulged with sincerity.
"Just because you've finally professed that doesn't mean I should believe you. I'm still leaving and at least now you will be free to be with-"
"I don't know what it's going to take to convince you that I love you and I'm committed to you!" He leaned against the wall and ran his fingers through his hair in frustration.
"Why should I believe that you've changed Carter?! A leopard never changes it's spots-"
"But it can change it's mind-" he clapped back.
"You haven't changed Carter. You've just found better ways to lie." She contravened.
"Lana..baby.." he stepped forward and placed his hands on her trembling shoulders, then cupped her cheeks. "I've changed. Everyone else has noticed that-except you. You refuse to acknowledge the truth that's staring at you right in the face." He expelled air from his lungs and faced upwards. "If you can't see how much I care about you-how much I want us to work then..I don't know baby..I'm throwing in the towel. I'm done trying to win you over." He dropped his hands helplessly to his side. "I'm done Lana." He said before he walked away, his shoulders hunched in defeat.
"He's right you know..believe it or not-he has changed." Jones clambered slowly up the stairs and went towards Lana.
"I can't risk it again Jones-I don't think I'll survive if-" her ponytail swished from side to side as she shook her head; fear clearly mirrored in her eyes. "I've got to go." She ran down the stairs and out the front door.