Chapter 54

 

 

After Leo’s memorial, my mind could not  wait to get back to NYC. I was  emotionally drained, I got on the first train that was available this Sunday morning.

On Saturday evening, I explained to everyone how much of a toll the memorial has taken on me. I just have to get back. Mom and Dad understood, and my friends do too.

Mr. Dancy came by later in the evening to say his goodbyes and to thank me for coming. “Mia, both my wife and I wish you only the best.”

“I know, Mr. Dancy.” It helps me feel less guilty about wanting so much to get back to school.

Now that I’m back in the big city, I decided to call Henry and thank him for his kind message. Luckily for me, when I come back home I find Sandy at the dorm, having lunch with Henry.

I felt bad for interrupting. “Hey, guys. Sorry for interrupting your lunch.”

Sandy laughed. “No need to be, silly.”

“Hey, luv,” Henry said.

“Hey Henry.”

“So, how was your trip?” he asked.

I decided it was time to tell the truth. “It went okay.”

Sandy stays quiet. She knows I haven’t told Henry the real reason for my trip.

Listen, Henry. There is something I need to tell you.”

“Okay. Sounds serious.”

“It is.”

Sandy looks at me and mouths, “Are you sure?”

I nodded.  She stood beside me.

“Well now I know it’s serious.”

“You see, Henry, I went back to Ann Arbor for a memorial service.”

“Ah, a memorial. I see. I’m sorry, Mia. I didn’t know you’d lost anyone.”

“I know, Henry, and I wasn’t going to say anything to you about it, but you are my friend.”

“Well, I am sorry for your loss.” He takes a deep breath. “My deepest condolences.”

“Thank you.”

“If you don’t mind me asking, Mia, whom did you lose?”

I feel the butterflies fluttering in my stomach and take a deep breath. “His name was Leo Dancy, and he was my boyfriend.”

Henry’s eyes widen. “Boyfriend?”

“Yes. Leo was the love of my life, and he got killed in April 2013 in a car accident. He had just turned 18 a few months before.” I look down and choked back tears.

“Oh, Mia. I am sorry.” He gets up and walks towards me. “I’m sorry for acting like such a jerk.”

Henry’s being way too hard on himself. Yes, he’s always been a bit flirty with me, but he didn’t know about Leo. “Henry, please stop. You are no jerk.”

“Still, I was being too forward.”

Sandy jumped in. “Henry, as Mia said, you didn’t know.”

He began to shake his head. “Thank you for telling me, Mia.”

“Well, you and Sandy are great friends, and I wanted to be honest with you.”

“Again. Thanks, Mia.”

Sandy cleared her throat. “Okay. Let’s eat, you guys.”

“Yes, let’s eat,” chimes in Henry as he stares back at me.

I smiled at them. “Wow, Sandy. This looks delicious.” Now that things are out in the open, I’m happier than ever to be back in NYC. But now I wonder if I did the right thing by letting Henry know.

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