3. Abandonment Issues
Hours passed. Then days. And Church had to come to terms with it.
“She’s not coming back.”
Tex was stretched out in the grass, staring at the sky. “Church-”
“No. She’s just not. What if something happened to her? I’m supposed to run her equipment. Keep her safe. What if she went on with the mission without me and got hurt? Oh god.” He felt sick.
“Carolina’s a big girl. She can take care of herself, and she’s been running her equipment on her own since she got it. She’ll be fine.”
He looked away. “Right. She doesn’t need me.”
Tex rolled over then crawled to where he was sitting. “That’s not what I meant.”
Then she slapped him. He fell back, cheek stinging. “What the fuck, Tex? What was that for?”
“Would you snap out of it. You sound like an emo sixteen-year-old whose boyfriend broke up with her. I’m just waiting for the depressing music to start.”
“What do you want from me?”
“I want you to be Church. I want you to stop crying and get angry and curse and being fucking annoying.”
They stared at each other for a long time. He didn’t know what to say. He couldn’t explain the way he was feeling.
“You miss her.”
He bit his lip then pressed his hands into his eyes. “I love her,” he mumbled. Read more…