"I wouldn't lie."
It was so difficult to have to do this to him. But I could see what was happening - I could see all too well. It was heart-wrenching to see my best friend, the person so much a part of my life, display obsession.
"Jamie, I can't," I told him firmly. "I can't be with you. And you're really worrying me - Jamie, I think you need counselling."
Jamie looked shocked. "What?!"
"It's not safe for you to feel this way. And I love you, I do, but I can't encourage this desperate need of me."
"I won't need you if I have you."
"But there's the thing - you will. And you know you will. Oh Jamie, I am so sorry you've become like this but we're going to have to stay apart now. To protect your sanity - to protect everything your parents would have wanted you to have."
"The only thing I want is you!"
"Jamie, please! Listen to me! I care about you - I don't want you to get hurt or go crazy or anything."
"You could do so much more for me than that! You know it!"
"I do know," I said, the tears streaming down my face. "But I can't allow you to turn into this, Jamie. It would break my heart to see you lose it."
Jamie sagged to his knees before me. "Please, Sarah. I need you."
"I know," I whispered. "And Theseus needs me too."
Almost choking as I stifled the sobs, I turned away from him and walked off to find Theseus.
The selfish part of me hoped Jamie would still love me.