9:00 PM - Arrives back on porch, drink in hand.
Sophie smiles and looks around, like she’s got a secret. Mia, I don’t know that I was supposed to share this with you, but Colton says Collins is in love with you.My face must show the shock I feel from her words because she adds, He says it like a joke, but I can tell there’s some truth to what he’s saying. She winks.
Kylie waves her hand and chimes in, You are so much better for him than Tatianna. I mean, she’s nice, but you actually care about him. She crosses her arms and leans back. I can see it in your eyes when you talk about him.I try super hard not to internalize what they’ve just said, but it’s nearly impossible. That he could possibly feel the same way I feel about him, and has all these years, would be so wonderful. But I know this is just the romantic in me grasping at whatever thread I can, to hold onto my happily ever after—my fairytale ending.As the sun begins its descent towards the ocean, Kylie announces that it’s time for them to drop me off. She’s got to get home.
And it hits me. I don’t have a home. As she drives me back to Collins’ house, I begin to wonder what the heck I’m still doing here. Collins made his decision. He’s staying with Tatianna. I shouldn’t stay. I could move back home and live on Leila’s couch while I look for a job.But that doesn’t sound any better than what I’m doing here. And at least here my reputation hasn’t been sullied by lies. I have a shot at finding a new job. It wouldn’t hurt to at least give the city a chance.
Besides, I’m not even sure he wants to be with Tatianna. I see how they are together. I see how cold she is. And he’s not fawning all over her either. The other night he’d texted me while he was in bed with her. With her.
Why would he text me when his girlfriend is there and about to leave town for several days?Olly: here’s a game. fast five favorites. book word color vice person
Olly: come on come on. type faster woman. don’t think just typeMadeline: Sheesh. The Little Prince. Uxorious. Aquamarine. I don’t have any vices. My mom.
Olly: everyone’s got vicesMadeline: Not me. Why? How many do you have?