Another sneak preview of “Secrets of the Heart”, the conclusion of Chris and Tori’s story that began with “Wild Hearts”…
He was just another guy. I’d see him at school, but it wasn’t like we were connected at the hip. We’d been friends before, with nothing else. Surely, we could go back to seeing each other every day. We just wouldn’t be friends anymore. Couples broke up. It was totally normal for high school kids.
But… we weren’t normal. What we had together was something so much more. Or so I had thought.
That was the kind of thinking I needed to avoid. We weren’t something more. We were nothing. We were over. Plain and simple.
I wrapped my robe around myself and crawled back between the sheets of my bed. It had become my sanctuary. The place where nothing could hurt me. I was safe here between the soft cotton sheets. He couldn’t hurt me here. I couldn’t hear his empty promises. I couldn’t see his adorable smile. I couldn’t feel his lips on mine. I couldn’t be sucked back in.
But when I closed my eyes, it wouldn’t go away. I heard his promises. I saw his smile. I felt his touch.
Fuck you, world! Fuck his promises! Fuck his smile! Fuck you, Chris!