I don’t know what the hell I was thinking. I’ve never been sorrier for hurting someone. I can’t believe I did that.

There will be consequences, I remember Jase’s words last night. Just before I fell asleep, he told me the night wasn’t forgiven wholly, until there were consequences.

And I accept it. Whatever those consequences may be.

I don’t know what happened to make me think I could, and that I should, lay a knife to his skin.

The only way I can justify it, is that I think it happened for a reason.

I think we were meant to have that moment. The moment when he kissed me, and he made it feel okay to let go. He made me feel like if I was with him, everything would be the way it should be.

He made me feel like I wasn’t as broken as I thought I was.

And I gave him everything I had to give. Even if it’s not much.

I would give him everything and anything from this day forward.

His forgiveness and touch are worth more than I’ll ever have.

Ping. My phone goes off with a text message, followed by another.

Are you okay?

How are you feeling?

Two different texts, from two different people. And I’m grateful for the distraction.

One’s from Laura and one’s from Jase.

I’m feeling good, how are you? I text them both the same thing. I don’t even realize it at first.

I just haven’t heard from you. Anything new? Laura writes back first.

I write a few words and delete them. Write some more and delete those too. I finally settle on, Maybe. I’ll know more when we go out this weekend.

My heart does this little pitter-patter thing and my head tells it that it’s naïve.

The three dots at the bottom left of the screen tell me she’s writing something, but before she can finish, Jase messages.

I was hoping to see you tonight. But things came up. Tomorrow.

He doesn’t ask. He tells.

I debate on what to say, focusing on the first part and then the second. He was hoping to see me. The butterflies Emmy feels … I feel them too. They kind of scare me. Everything that’s happening scares me.

Before I can respond to him, Laura writes back.

What’s new? I can’t take the suspense. You know I thrive on instant gratification.

Shifting on the sofa, I pull the blanket up my lap, hating the draft coming from the old window and focusing on that rather than the butterflies.

I pick up my mug and take a swig of it; the decaf tea is lukewarm, but still satisfying.

I don’t know exactly what it is yet, I tell Laura. But when I do, I’ll let you know.

I press send and then realize I sent it to the wrong fucking person. The mug slams down onto the table when I realize, but thankfully my tea’s almost gone so none of it splashes out.

“Fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck,” I mutter under my breath, feeling my heart race.

Sorry, I meant that for someone else. See you tomorrow. I type out the response quickly, before Jase can respond. My heart’s a damn war drum as I copy and paste what I sent him to send to Laura.

“Fuck a duck,” I say out loud, letting my head fall back on the sofa. I am … a mess. A living, breathing mess.

Omg that’s so exciting! Tell me everything! Laura writes immediately.

You don’t know what “what” is? What is “what?” And who are you talking to? Jase writes back. Fuck, he knows. It doesn’t take a genius to know what I’m talking about.

“Shit, shit, shit,” is all I can think and say as I stare at his message.

Rubbing the stress away from my forehead, I decide they can get the same message again.

I’m heading to bed. Sorry, we’ll talk later. As soon as the text is sent, I toss the phone on the other side of the sofa and stare at it as it goes off. Again and again. Taunting me every time. And with each one, I wonder if it’s Jase, or Laura.

Fuck both of those conversations. It’s late, and I’m obviously not with it. I’m tired, but I haven’t been able to sleep. They can wait. Everything can wait.

Rubbing my eyes, and ignoring the sick feeling I have inside, I finally get up off the sofa and wonder if I should grab another cup of tea, or just pass out like I said I was going to do.

My mind won’t stop with all the questions though. So sleeping is nonexistent.

I don’t know what we are. Jase and me. I don’t know where this is going. And I don’t know how I’ll be all right if I don’t have Jase in my life. I owe him a debt, and the hours are numbered. It will come to an end. I’m fully aware of that, and it’s terrifying.


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