Keeping Secrets

By: Kristol Locks


“Well, what we know for sure is that you will not be leaving tomorrow. I will be coming over to your place tomorrow. We need to talk in person. I am looking forward to our chat. You can expect me at six. I will bring a pizza. It will be fun.”

“I have to work. Thank you for inviting yourself over to my place, but it will not work.”

“What time will you be home?”

“I will not be home after work. After work, I will be at Guy’s house.”

“Did you just invite yourself to Guy’s house?”

“Yes. He likes it when I do that.”

“What is Guy’s phone number? I want to let him know that I will be coming, too. We need to talk and if we have to talk in front of him that is just what we have to do.”

“Are you going to give up at any point, Alex?”

“Yes.”

“When?”

“After we sit down and talk.”

“Fine.”

“Fine?”

“Yes, Alex. You can come to my apartment around nine and bring a pizza. We can talk and finally end this. Then we can go back to being friends. You are just going through some pain because of the loss of your grandfather. You need to realize that. It’s not me you need in your life. It’s your band and being in your element. I know what it is to lose someone you love. I still hurt from the loss of my grandmother. Because of that, I am willing to talk to you. It will not take you long to realize that what you want is a trashy blonde, some music and limitless-life.”

“I am glad you have agreed to see me. When you open the door, please be wearing something scandalous. I think it will help to set the mood.”

“That’s not going to happen. It’s unfortunate, but all of my scandalous clothes are at Guy’s house.”

“I guess he likes to wear them.”

“Funny.”

“You know I am just joking around with you. You don’t need to have anything on when you answer the door. It’s up to you.”

“Okay. When you come to my door, please have your straight jacket on. Also, don’t forget to bring a cop with you. It will save me some time.”

Alex was laughing his head off. “You kill me. I can’t wait to talk to you tomorrow. It’s going to be epic.”

“It will be something. . .”

“Tomorrow, I have to help my dad with some Christmas decorations. Later, I will come back to my apartment, order a pizza, pick it up and come over. I will not be late. And there is no getting out of this date.”

I sighed, “It’s not a date.”

“Okay. There is no cancelling out because Guy wants to do something instead. No matter what we are on for tomorrow night. However, if Guy wants to come by and say hello, I am all for it.”

“I will not cancel. I have to go. I need to get some sleep.”

“Sleep well and dream of me, Charlotte.”

I laughed. “I don’t want to have nightmares.”

Alex laughed. “Babe, I’ll see you in my dreams. It’s as close to Heaven as I can get right now.”

“Bye, Alex.” I ended the call.

I could not believe how strong Alex was coming on, but he was not in his normal mindset. He had lost his grandfather, was thinking about where he wanted his life to take him, and he was confused. If he was in his right state of mind, he would be with some flavor-of-the-month, talking about how great the band was and building his fan base. As a long-time friend, I felt like I owed it to him to get him back on track.

Before I turned off the lamp on the bedside table, I checked for messages from Myles. There was one.

Myles:

[Things are crazy at home. My wife flew in last night unannounced. She is acting like she suspects something. My mind is racing. I have to make a decision. I don’t know how things are going to turn out. I will not be able to see or risk messaging you until after Christmas. However, you are on my mind. I have to fix this mess, and I am not sure how to, or what I want to do, or anything . . . I am at a crossroads. I have some thinking to do. And I have so much to say to you.]


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