I wanted to slap myself for being so stupid. But Arielle could go take a break. I needed to spend some quality time with Jessie. At least I wanted to spend some quality time with Jessie. Anyways, it wasn’t like we were that rusty working together.
Jessie was still running on the treadmill and the room was silent except for the sound of running machines. I sighed and got off the treadmill. It was nice being with Jessie. But the silence always annoyed me.
“Well, if you don’t mind, I think I’ll be going.” I finally said, slightly hoping that she would mind. She absent-mindedly shook her head. I sighed. “Alright. See ya around.”
“See you later.”
I turned and left the room reluctantly. Why didn’t I stay? Why did I even bother to ask to leave? I ran my hand through my hair slightly frustrated.
“Did you have fun?” I whirled around and saw Arielle leaning against the wall.
“Give me a break.” I mumbled.
“Yeah. I did, so that you could go walking off with your crush. How many years has it been? Three? And you still haven’t given up? Damn you man. I would have gotten sick of anyone by then.”
“Yeah, but you’re not the boy are you?” I glared at her. Sometimes she was just so insensitive.
“So what? What normal person chases after another for seven years, trying to drop signals that you like her and have her not pick up any at all? I would have just walked up to her and confess in front of an entire crowd.”
Yeah. But that’s where you and I differ.
I shook my head.
“Face it. I’m a wimp.”
“You have a wimp for a brother, now deal with it!” I spat.
“Ok ok, you didn’t have to get all worked up about it.”
I sighed. I probably shouldn’t have. But this was always a sore subject.
“I’m going for a walk.” I turned and left.
“Hey! Aaron! I’m sorry!” She shouted. I ignored her. There was no point trying clean this mess up. Only time could fix it. Seconds later, I left the building. With a time frozen Arielle inside.