"Liar." The single word felt like a physical wound. Like the breath had been knocked out of me.
"I- I'm sorry." I whispered, and he stalked off back towards the bus. I followed sadly, feet dragging as we ran.
Back on the bus, I strode up to where Amelia was sitting. I gently moved the little dragon, Mars, out of the seat so that I could sit down. It wasn't long before the girl rested her head against the window and closed her eyes.
As quietly as possible, I slid out of the seat and walked back to where Alex sat.
"May I sit down?" I asked him, gesturing to the chair. He nodded - one sharp jerk of his head - and I lowered myself hesitantly into the rough cushion.
"What do you want?" He asked icily, not looking at me.
"I just had to say..." taking a deep breath, I held my chin up high and spoke, "I'm sorry."
He sighed and turned to me, looking me in the eyes. "Thanks."
We didn't speak for a long time after that, just sat in an uncomfortable silence, close enough to touch, yet feeling like there was a glass wall between us.
Alex had clearly understood my seriousness, but I could sense I'd over-stepped the line. I wondered just how far I would be able to go before he snapped and I would lose this 'friendship' forever. For a grouchy vampire, he was amazingly patient.