I jerked back as reality came crashing down. Melanie stood just a few feet away from us, her eyes shining.
“Melanie, what are you doing here?” Jensen let out his breath, sounding disappointed.
“It’s movie time,” she piped and then skipped over before jumping on the couch, right in between us. I was very aware of Jensen looking at me even though his little sister was now babbling on and on about her imaginary friends that she’d just enjoyed a meal with.
My mind replayed what had just happened over and over, and when it sunk right into me, all I wanted to do was leave.
“Well, thank you,” I said, standing up. “I had a really great time talking to you Jensen. And Melanie.” I knelt down, plastering a smile on my face. “I’ll come visit you soon okay? With Lea. But I really have to go now.” After giving her a kiss on the cheek, I hurried out of the room quickly and towards the front door. My job here was done.
“Hey, don’t you know its bad manners to walk out a little girl and her brother like that?”
I waved at him over my shoulder, muttering back, “Yeah but I really need to get going.”
I could hear Jensen’s footsteps right behind me but I didn’t want to face him. He didn’t care about that though. Wrapping his hand around my wrist, he pulled me back lightly.
“Listen, about what happ-”
He blinked, confused. “What?”
“Thanks for telling me the truth.” I smiled. “I really do appreciate it. I know it must have taken a lot of courage for you to tell me but I’m glad you did.”
“I really have to go though. Lea’s extremely sick and Jet probably left so she needs someone her age to keep her company.”
His expression was unreadable. It was obvious I was lying. Even Jensen could tell that Jet would never leave Lea in a million years, it didn’t take a genius to figure that out. But he let go of my wrist, stepping back in surrender.
“Yeah, okay then.”
“Goodnight Jensen.” I opened the front door and hurried down the steps, towards my car which was exactly where I’d parked it. The moment I got in, I started the car which roared to life and drove away as fast as possible. My rearview mirror managed to catch Jensen, standing there, watching me leave. But I turned it away.
What had happened in there had scared me. I’d felt something towards him. I was unable to put a word on it but in that moment which had been broken when Melanie had made an entrance, I’d really wanted to close the distance between us. To kiss him because it had felt like the right thing to do.
I couldn’t risk it though and that’s exactly why I’d left.