Fiction: A Moment of Honesty (393 words)

14 Nov

“I’m sorry,” Crissa said so quietly he almost missed it, “I’m sorry for the hell I put ou through over the last two years.  Please, let me know if there is anything at all I can do to make it up to you.”

“You didn’t do anything,” Lio insisted, “They did this to me, and you.  If anyone has anything to make up for, it’s certainly not you.”

“Yeah, but,” Crissa sat back into the couch, “I don’t know.  This is all so much more complicated then I wanted it to be.  I just wish,” Crissa took a deep breath and let it out in a sigh, “I don’t even know what I’m wishing for anymore.”

“I wish you were happy.” Lio was talking louder than he meant to, but now that he started, he couldn’t stop himself.  “I wish you could forgive yourself for something that wasn’t your fault in the first place.  I wish you could understand that you aren’t the villain, you’re just as much as victim as I am.  And, yes, I wish you would love me again, but I’m willing to wait for as long as I have to for you to give me the go ahead and try to win you over again—even if that time is going to be never, as long as you still feel in control of your life again.  I wish I could snap my fingers and it would all be okay again.  I wish a lot of things, Crissa.”

Crissa blinked at him, and his sudden outburst.  Lio took a deep breath to steady himself. “Sorry.  I didn’t mean to let that all out.  I just got—overwhelmed, I guess.”

Crissa found herself smiling.  She felt—relieved.  “It’s okay.  It’s good to have you not walking on eggshells around me. I don’t want you to have to watch what you say around me.”  Crissa leaned forward, just short of reaching out to touch Lio.  “I’ll make you a deal.”

Lio raised his eyebrows. “Oh yeah? What’s that?”

“You stop treating me like glass that might break at any moment, and I’ll try to stop treating myself like the villain.”

Lio laughed, “Yeah. Yeah, I’ll gladly make that deal with you.”

“Good,” Crissa smiled, pulling herself to her feet, “I’ll even see what I can do about getting you that second chance.”

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