Seemed to know my gloomy mood, the sky above has turned grey and started to drizzle. I pulled the hood of my coat over my head. The cool air seeped through the space in between the buttons, I shoved my hands into the pockets of my coat and hunched my shoulders against the cold as I sped up to the address Mario has sent me earlier.
It took me fifteen minutes to get there and by the time I arrived, I needed to bend down and steadied my breathing. I pulled my phone out of my pocket and dialed Mario’s number.
“Ciao?” He answered after a short while.
I swallowed hard. “I’m here.”
I heard him let out a weary sigh and when he spoke, it almost sounded like he wished I didn’t come. “Get inside.”<
TYLER POVI pondered his words for a few moments, then realized what happened. When I sat with him and Faith in the cafe yesterday, I was so distracted by trying to protect Faith that I didn’t realize his longing eyes whenever he stole a glance at her. He still loved her. Mario still loved Faith. I should’ve seen the signs. “Faith.”A bitter smile appeared on his lips. “Yeah.”“What happened?” I paused and quickly added, “I know it’s none of my business but if you don’t mind telling me.”Mario scratched the back of his neck and stood. “We are going to need some drinks if we’re going to talk about that.” He moved to the fridge again and yelled, “do you prefer chilled beer or shots of tequila?”
TYLER POV“I know it’s hard, man,” said Mario as if he knew what was bugging my mind. Perhaps, he was the only person who truly did since he went through the same thing two years ago when he broke things off with Faith.I tipped my head back and finished off my beer. “Do you still love her?” I asked just for the sake of putting my mind off the choices I had to make for a while, not because I was curious about his feelings for Faith. My eyes found him as I put the empty bottle carefully on the table next to his.If Mario was surprised, he didn’t show it on his face although his hands which were trying to open his third beer, kept on failing in doing the task. “If I don’t, I wouldn’t bother to disturb you two yesterday.”I cocked my
TYLER POVI stared ahead and took a deep breath, trying to calm myself down. This was bad, so very bad. Besides knowing fully well that this was the last thing I wanted to do, I also knew that I wouldn’t be able to do it. It was too much and I wasn’t sure I would survive by the end of it. Yet, what other choice did I have left?I closed my eyes for a brief second, internally telling myself that this was for the best. It would hurt both of us emotionally but physically she would be safe and that was all that mattered. When my eyes finally fluttered open, I turned the key and swung the door open.“Ty? Is that you?” I heard her voice from somewhere in the living room.I took off my shoes and stepped further into the apartment. “Yeah, it’s me.” I shrugged my coat off and hung it on the stand on my
Autumn POVI looked up and realized he has been watching me all along, there was an amused look on his face mixed with a little curiosity. “I don’t know which one is Norma but just to clarify, I’m actually looking at you. You looked so damn happy when you were with your friends.” His gaze slid back to the photo in a blue IKEA frame as he softly added, “I hope I’ll make you as happy as you looked in that photo.”I did not know what to reply to him with. There were one or two things about Phraser that really contradict one another. First, he could be a real jerk sometimes. Second, he often said things that had left me speechless, wondering if he might be a decent (since good sounded overrated, over-complimenting) guy. At a time like this, I wished he had been the first one, because if he was being a
Tyler POV “So, where is she?” asked Faith as we walked in front of the Columbia Business School building. After I had walked out of the apartment, I had been wandering around, basically doing anything I could to harden my heart so I would not turn around and tell Autumn everything. As I was walking with her, I stole a glance at Faith’s cheery face, a niggling sense of guilt rose within me. I always pride myself as an honest guy, one who would not be afraid of telling the truth even when it hurt, yet today I had lied to two people. One person was Autumn and the other one was still walking beside me without knowing what would hit her. “Faith.” I caught her arm and stopped her from walking any further. Autumn’s class was going to be over soon and if I wanted this to work (and it would not work without Faith’s help), I needed to tell her now. When I had called her this morning, I had not told her about my plan. All I had said was that I wanted her to meet Autumn and explain that we wer
Tyler POV“They’re gone,” informed Faith who could see where Autumn was since my back was on her. I was being a coward and did that on purpose because I knew if I saw the hurt in her eyes, I would abort the plan and run to her. I knew I wouldn’t be able to sleep tonight if I saw her cry.I did feel a rather sharp twinge of regret and ten thousand folds of guilt, but I knew it was for the best. It was the only way because as much as I hated hurting her, I would never be able to live if something happened to her.“She will hate you, you know.” Faith put one hand on my shoulder as moral support. She knew how hard it was for me to do it, yet this was the only way. “Girls don’t forget things that hurt them. I’m liv
Frazier Ronan POVDespite having her stomach growled for the last twenty minutes, Autumn seemed to have indeed lost her appetite. All she had done thus far was push around the food on her plate which was accompanied by an occasional sigh every now and then. I had finished my meal ten minutes ago since I had never had any problem eating my food but from my limited experience, I had gathered that females, especially those who had recently suffered a broken heart, only had two possible courses of action.One, she would eat as if she had never eaten for a whole week, especially when chocolate or ice cream was on the menu, because maybe, just maybe, it would make her forget her broken heart. Two, she simply would not eat at all because how could she eat when everything tastes sucks? Having one’s heart being
Tyler POV Mario had taken us to a small bar only a few blocks away from his place. It was small but crowded, a perfect place to talk without having to worry about being listened to. He ordered three bottles of beer while Faith found us a table at the back of the bar, beside the pool table. Faith sat in the middle with me on her left and Mario on her right. I took a long drink and then set the bottle on the table. “How?” I finally asked the question I had been dying to ask on our way here. Mario wiped a few droplets of beer with the back of his hand. “Remember the guy you bumped into this afternoon?” When I did not immediately answer, he quickly added, “in front of your apartment.” I vaguely remembered the guy in a black hoodie and gave Mario a nod. “That is Nicolò. He has been watching