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Well then, let us heal together.
Mon Nov 14, 2016 17:10

Heart beating fast, Laila took a seat next to her older friend and prepared herself to console the Pecari beater and do her best to act as though the thought of liking Jax Donovan had never crossed her mind once. She listened as Sammy described the same feelings that she herself had been doing her best to hide at that fateful dinner, and she listened as Sammy continued down her melodramatic way, proclaiming her love for Joella and Laila felt her heart clench because she had just known that was what Sammy was going to say…

Her eyes, in her lap before, whisked quickly up to meet Sammy’s own frantic ones as she realized exactly what the implications of what her older friend had said. She was in love with Joella? But that meant…that meant she didn’t love Jax! At least, not like that. She nodded along, still in shock that Sammy didn’t love Jax and let Sammy finish talking. She didn’t say anything for a long moment. Everything that Sammy had said about Joella was how Laila felt about Jax. She hadn’t fancied herself to be actually in love with the Aladren, but she had felt rather strongly about him. Sure Laila was the type of girl to have many crushes, and it was true that she flit about from one boy to another, but there were still constants in her life. Jax, in his kind, patient manner was one of these constants, and having it sprung on her so suddenly (there had been no sign of Jax liking anyone else, especially not as he’d gone to the ball with her the previous year) had caused her to realize just how much Laila actually liked the older boy.

“Well,” Laila said slowly, trying to remember what her mother had told some of her older cousins who had come home from the high school with broken hearts. “You’re still young, you’ll have another chance at love, I think.” These were the words that Laila had been desperate to hear, words that she had told herself over and over again in the past few days but that she hadn’t quite been able to convince herself of just yet. Somehow, telling them to Sammy had a different effect and she began to feel as though she herself might be okay, in the end. “It’s okay to be sad about these things, you know. And I’ll be here for you when you want to talk about it…”

She slipped her arm through Sammy’s to hold her hand and trailed off, squeezing it hoping Sammy wouldn’t mind how cold they were. Laila really wasn’t sure what else to say. She wasn’t exactly very experienced in romantic relationships, having only had Scottie Tucker as a boyfriend before, and since she, too was in need of comfort there really wasn’t much she could do other than to sit next to Sammy in commiserable silence. Laila let out a sigh and placed her head on Sammy’s shoulder. “And Gia…” she continued in a rather soft, yet earnest voice. “I know you’re worried she can’t help you, but she does love you, you should…you should let her know sooner or later. Lying is a sin, after all.”

  • A flair for the dramaticsSammy, Tue Nov 8 02:35
    The hard part wasn’t coming out. Sammy didn’t believe in that garbage. There was no big announcement to be had, no big deal to be made, no rainbow banner (or, in Sammy’s case, a pink, purple, and... more
    • Well then, let us heal together. — Laila, Mon Nov 14 17:10
      • This was it. The eye of the hurricane. Sammy had raged and ached and was likely to do so again, but now it was Laila’s turn to say something. It was likely going to be something calming, an “I’m... more
        • The calm after the storm?Laila, Sat Nov 26 18:46
          Mamma had always said that listening without giving advice was sometimes what other people needed, and since Laila didn’t really feel like there was much advice she could give, she opted to just stay ... more
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