Stepping Away

He gasps, pulling me closer and I know it's cause he wants more. Why are we both so desperate for it? I pull away and find myself gasping heavily. I see his eyes and they are burning with desire, passion and wanting. I feel tears begin to spill. "I love you, Mihal, but we can't" I whisper and let my arms fall to my sides.

"Yes, we can" he insists. I push him away from me stepping out of his arms.

"No" I say sternly. "We can't"

''Why not? If it's about your Nan then I don't care. I don't care if she thinks I'm no good, none of that matters as long as I'm with you" As he speaks I begin to cry and I look away.

"Its not her, Mihal. I don't want to be with you" I say. I feel like I'm shattering my own heart. That stepping away from him is breaking me into pieces and taking away all that I know. I watch as he shakes his head stepping back.

"I know that's not true. It can't be true" he says. I turn and look at him, my face stern.

"I remember all the past, Mihal, and I still don't want to be with you" I say. I'm lying through my teeth but I know he will believe it cause of how true my words sound. He shakes his head and I know he doesn't want to believe me.

"But after all those years how can you not want this? Are you saying you don't love me?" He asks.

"I don't love you, Mihal" I say but my voice cracks betraying me.

"I know you're lying. I can always tell when you're lying" he says. I look at the floor and don't speak. Why won't he just drop it? Why is he putting both of us through pain?

"I need you Xaria, it's as simple as that. So why won't you do me the courtesy of telling me why you are acting this way?" he says it so convincingly but-

The bell of the store door opening goes and I take the chance to rush away from Mihal to the counter where a boy is waiting. "How may I help you?" I ask but all he does is shove a envelope into my hand with a wink and walk out.

"Who was that?" he asks and I can sence the hint of jealousy. I ignore him and open the letter hiding it from Mihal's view and reading it quickly.

"I'm going out" I say burning the letter in my hand and grabbing my coat. I turn to head out but Mihal decides to try stop me.

"Not before you've explained this to me" Mihal says. I walk straight past him for the door. "Xaria, don't ignore me!"

"I'll be back before two" I say and open the door shivering at the cold. I pull on my jacket and I step out into the cold. Mihal doesn't even try to follow me.

The End

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