Seb and Kat start out as best friends. They start kissing. The kissing soon progresses to sex. But then Kat begins to wonder constantly where she stands and she's too afraid to ask.
Published: July 2015
Length: Short Story
Word Count: 8,622
Genre: New Adult
Available formats: PDF, RTF, Epub, HTML, Mobipocket (.prc)
© Cover Art by Jenny Dixon, March 2011
New Concepts Publishing
Lake Park, GA 31636
This is a work of fiction. All characters, events, and places are of the author's imagination and not to be confused with fact. Any resemblance to living persons or events is merely coincidence.
Kalen had wanted to argue with Niobe and ask her why she just didn't tell her grandmother that he was meeting her at the house. But she hadn't sounded like herself when he had called.
Walking through the park, he saw her up ahead seated on one of the benches. He called out to her. Niobe didn't look up. He called again as he got closer.
Niobe looked up this time. She looked pale.
"Hey, what's wrong?"
"You cut your hair."
"Yeah, I figured that maybe your grandmother might dislike me a little less." He smiled and ran his fingers through his now spiky locks. She didn't smile back. "Niobe, what's the matter?"
Niobe took his hand and led him farther into the park. She chose a bench that was out of sight of the path. She took a deep breath. "We can't see each other anymore."
"What did you say?"
"I'm…breaking up with you."
She looked away. "Because I…don't want to be with you anymore."
What the hell was she saying? She was joking. She had to be.
"Niobe, you can't be…"
"Sorry. I just thought that I should tell you before we went any further."
"Went any further? Hold on, what the hell happened between last night and now? When I left you yesterday, you told me that you loved me. And now you're telling me that you don't want to see me anymore? That doesn't make any sense."
"I'm sorry. But it's better this way. We'll be both going off to college or university and we'll meet other people and…who knows what might happen?"
He blinked. "Even if I met other people that wouldn't change how I feel about you. Niobe, I love you. You know that. And I know that you love me too. Look at me and tell me that you don't."
She turned to face him. "I don't," she said quietly.
"I don't believe you."
"Kalen, I have to go. I'm really sorry."
"Sorry? You're sorry? You're breaking my heart and you're telling me that you're sorry?"
"I know…but I…goodbye Kalen." Niobe stood up.
He grabbed her arm. "Just tell me one thing: is it someone else?"
She pulled out of his grip.
Kalen stood there watching her walk away. What the hell had happened? Kalen frowned. Her grandmother had done this. There was no way that Niobe would just break up with him. He had to confront Liza Clarke and ask why the hell she hated him so much.
Liza Clarke opened the door when he rang the bell. She stood there with a smug expression on her face.
"Niobe's not here."
"I want to speak you, actually."
"Let me guess, this has to do with Niobe breaking up with you. It's really for the best."
"Is that what you told her?"
"It's the truth."
"I love your granddaughter and she loves me."
"Love is not enough. You will only cause my granddaughter grief. I don't want her to end up like her mother. You will just have to get used to not having her around."
"And what if I still come around?"
"Then I will call the police. I should have never let her continue to date you. And I am sure that you forced her to have sex with you."
Kalen's fists clenched at his sides. "I did not. I would never force her to do anything she didn't want to do," he hissed.
Liza Clarke shook her head. "It doesn't matter. I suppose I can be thankful that she didn't get herself pregnant." She closed the door in his face.
Kalen stood on the porch for a few more seconds, and then got into his car. Just before he pulled away, he saw movement at the front window. Niobe stood there. Seconds later her grandmother pulled her from the window.
Kalen headed to his grandmother's house. The smile she greeted him with left her face when she saw his expression. Without another word she ushered him into the large kitchen.
Agatha sat down beside him and poured herself a cup of tea. She sipped. "Are you going to tell me or shall I just ask questions?"
"Niobe broke up with me."
"Just now? But the both of you were just here yesterday and…"
"It was her grandmother. Somehow she got Niobe to break up with me. I don't know how, but she did. She said that I would cause Niobe grief."
"You did tell me that her grandmother was not that fond of you."
"But I never gave her a reason not to be. I was never rude to her. I didn't treat Niobe badly. What did her grandmother say to her to make her just…do this?"
Kalen washed his hands over his face and then put his head down on the table. He raised his head when his grandmother touched his arm.
"Apparently her grandmother threatened her with something. Something that was very important to Niobe and she had to choose."
"But what would be more important than us?"
"Kalen, I saw the way you two were looking at each other. Niobe loves you. Don't judge her too harshly. But look at it this way, this might have been for the best." She raised her hand to stop him from speaking. "This might be for the best, for now. Why don't you let things alone for a while? If she loves you then this will work out."