It was the morning of the day after we kissed. Camilla walked into the common room and saw Alyssa and me sitting together; her hand in mine. She squealed and ran over, hugging us both.
“I’m so happy for you guys!” she said, sitting on the beanbag next to Alyssa. Alyssa smiled at her and I smiled at them both. “It’s such a shame it’s in here, but still. I’m really happy for both of you”.
“We’re happy too” I said.
“I’ll be right back. Need to go to the little girl’s room” Alyssa said. She kissed me on the cheek, stood up and left the room. Camilla leaned forward; with a huge grin on her face.
“This is so perfect” she said.
“It’s pretty great” I said.
“Don’t worry Logan, I won’t tell her what happened between you and me. It’ll be our little secret”.
“You don’t think I should tell her?”
“No. She won’t take it well… we could both lose her”.
“Okay…” I said, “If you’re sure”.
After a few minutes, Alyssa came back, bringing with her a familiar, petite brunette. She ran over and hugged me.
“How’s it going big bro?” she asked.
“It’s all going good sis. Great actually! You?”
“Things are good”.
“Mia, this is Alyssa. Alyssa, this is my little sister Mia”.
“We met in the ladies room” Mia said. Alyssa sat back down on my right and I took her hand in mine again. “Is this the girl you told me about?” Mia asked. I nodded.
“He told you about me?” Alyssa asked.
“Yeah he was very sad that you had to leave”.
Alyssa smiled at me and gave my hand a squeeze.
“I’m so happy for you Logan!” Mia said. “And it’s great to meet you Alyssa”.
“You too” Alyssa said, and then she looked down at the ground. I gave her hand a tight squeeze and put my arm around her shoulders; knowing she may find the situation uncomfortable.
“So what’s happened since the last time I was here?” Mia asked.
“Logan got himself locked in isolation for two weeks” Camilla said.
“I… I kinda lost it and eh… beat up one of the other patients”.
“Because of what he said to me… because I was angry that Kate has been made a patient here”.
“Kate is here?” Mia asked, her voice suddenly quiet.
“She was committed a while back”.
“Who is Kate?” Alyssa asked.
“Logan’s ex-girlfriend” Camilla said.
“The one who…”
“Yeah” I said. “Her”.
“Yeah. She is”.
Alyssa let go of my hand and shrugged my arm off her shoulders. She stood up and stared at the ground.
“I-I have to go…” she said. She didn’t move for a few moments, and then she dashed out of the room.
“Alyssa!” I called after her.
“Alyssa come back!” Camilla shouted. I stood and turned to the others.
“I’m going to go find her and see if she’s okay. Mia, stay here with Camilla. I’ll be back soon”.
“We want to help Logan” Mia said.
“Yes we do” Camilla agreed. They both stood. Camilla crossed her arms and glared, Mia pulled her puppy dog face. I sighed.
“Fine. Let’s go”.