He was walking down the opposite side of the hall. I hadn’t seen him in years but the hurt from his unknown rejection was just as fresh as when it was first inflicted. Our eyes met, I could see the spark of recollection grow in his eyes. All the memories of holding hands and laughing; watching him skate in the park; singing with the top down, flashing through those beautiful eyes.
He casually bumped shoulders with me and called out my name in mock surprise;” Dallis! I haven’t seen you in so long!”
“Tyler, I don’t want to talk to you. Leave me alone.”
“Are you kidding me? What the hell Dallis?”
He was yelling by that time. He had to, because I was running, running just as fast as my 5’1” frame would take me. I could feel the stares of the people around me. Then I heard it, not just my feet pounding the linoleum but a second pair following rapidly. He called out again but my name fell on deaf ears. I didn’t want to hear the way it sounded coming from that beautiful mouth. Hadn’t my heart suffered enough!
He’s gaining on me. Crap! Where do I go? The library? No that’s obvious. Find an empty classroom, he doesn’t know these halls like you do.
I took a sharp left and sprinted to the nearest room that I could find. I could still hear him coming ever closer. I slid behind the door just as I saw his sneakers rounding the corner. I hid and listened to him trying to find where I had gone.
It took him an hour or so to find me. I didn’t want to move, I had secretly wanted him to find me the whole time. I needed this last confrontation, to get it all out in the open and see if the over analyzing of the past had been worth anything.
He sat cross legged on the floor in front of me, his back faced to the door.
“Why did you run? I was just trying to talk to you.”
“Do you not realize what I went through when we stopped being friends? You broke my heart Tyler! And seeing you here is just another cut down my heart.”
“What do you mean I broke your heart? You never told me that you just stopped talking to me out of the blue.”
“Did it really need to be said. I wore my heart on my sleeve our whole friendship and what you first broke up with Mel I thought it was because you realized that cheating bitch was not worth your time and then you turned right around and fell for her again. What did you expect me to do? I wasn’t going to wait around for you forever…”
“Thats not fair. I can’t read minds Dallis.”
“Does it even matter?” I started to get up, I was done with this and I honestly couldn’t take anymore.” Move Tyler, I’m done. It’s time for me to leave.”
” Dallis, before you go you should know, the only reason I chose her is because I didn’t know you we’re an option.”
The last tear I would ever cry over him silently rolled down my face as I shut the door. My heart raced but my pace was steady and calm. I could hear the door open as I continued down the hall and his eyes followed me clear to the corner.
He didn’t follow this time.