Hold on, Shay, she whispered. An aid car is on the way.
Alex nodded as if he understood. Would you like me to come with you?I considered it but only briefly. No. I was the one who offered to let Shay move into the apartment; Ill be the one to explain that she needs to leave before the end of the month.
We talked for a couple minutes longer. I knew I should get back to Mark and Sarah, but I didnt want this task hanging over my head a minute longer than necessary.My steps were filled with dread as I walked around to the front of the apartment. The porch light was turned on, which generally meant Shay was home. I knew she often stayed up late studying on nights she wasnt attending classes.I dont know how long I stood outside her front door before I found the courage to knock.
It took only a minute or two for Shay to answer. Her eyes widened when she saw it was me.Shay, I said, my heart pounding with a heaviness I had only rarely experienced. We need to talk.
Come in, I said, ushering Drew inside my apartment. He looked pale and drawn. Earlier Id seen several cars pull into the parking area. I didnt know of any scheduled meeting, but I wasnt privy to all the inner workings of the church.
Drew stood with his hands tucked in his back pockets as if he wasnt sure what to do with them.Maybe, or maybe she was thrown in my damn path so many goddamn times for a reason, which sounds crazy, but…
Do you want to take off your coat? She interrupts my musing and I glance down at my puffy coat, brows raised. I hadnt realized I was wearing my jacket because I was engrossed by one thing. Her.Youre okay with me staying?
Ive been waiting to hear you say that for months, Elliot. Months.Say that again. Her sweet voice is a whisper.