She looked up at him, eyes filling. He glanced back at her, and quickly shifted his gaze away. She blinked her tears back.
Neither spoke. She began to watch a small piece of fuzz floating peacefully to the couch. Her mind wandered to another time, another man. Tom. Tom was warm and kind. He had walked her to her car after their last group study session because it was getting dark. She could still see every detail of Tom’s welcoming, smiling face and slightly balding hairline in her mind. She wondered where he was now, what had happened in his life.
“God, I don’t know how I can be such an asshole sometimes. I didn’t mean it, okay?” he said, still not looking at her.
“Okay,” she whispered, not looking at him either.
They had dated for five years and planned to be married in the summer.
She was depleted; not just from this round, but from the collective exhaustion of this same conversation repeating itself for the last 1,825 days. His bitter, explosive personality; the immediate, begging apology. Her compliant reply.
Sometimes they were so happy together.
She got up to make dinner. After all, this was how their relationship worked.
The Relationship (links to all chapters below)
Chapter One http://tinyurl.com/yhou79l
Chapter Two http://tinyurl.com/yksuuvn
Chapter Three http://tinyurl.com/ygurdm6
Chapter Four http://tinyurl.com/yzbeolz
Chapter Five http://tinyurl.com/yfewu4r
Chapter Six http://tinyurl.com/yzdwro8
Chapter Seven http://tinyurl.com/ykh2982