We woke outside the next morning; her in my arms, her body against mine. We decided we would wait until her birthday the following month to sleep together; it would make it more special.
Alyssa shivered as a breeze blew over us and I hugged her closer.
“Do you want to go back inside?” I asked. She nodded against me. I kissed the top of her head, and then stood, pulling her up with me. We made our way inside; hand in hand. The other inmates were beginning to wake up and move about the building.
“I don’t want to see Camilla” Alyssa said. “Can we go up to my room?”
“Sure. I’m going to grab a hot chocolate first and then I’ll join you okay?” She nodded and asked that I get her one too. She kissed me on the cheek and went off up the stairs. I made my way to the canteen and went to the machine to pour two hot chocolates.
“Hey”. I turned and saw Camilla standing behind me, staring at the ground and scuffing her foot against it. “How did it go?”
“She forgave me” I said. Camilla looked at me. She could sense it in my tone.
“But not me?”
“Give her some time. She’ll forgive you eventually”.
“I don’t know”.
“Of course she will. You are her best friend. She loves you. She will forgive you”. I hugged her.
“I hope so” she said. She broke away from me and handed me the second mug of hot chocolate. “You had better get going. I expect she’s waiting for you”.
“Are you okay?” I asked. She nodded. “Are you sure?” She nodded again, hugging herself and looking at the ground. “Alyssa will come around Camilla. I promise”.
“Don’t make promises you can’t keep Logan”. She hurried out of the room, wiping her eyes and leaving me standing there. I sighed and followed her out, and then took the stairs to Alyssa’s floor. I knocked on her door with my head because my hands were full and she answered. She pulled me into the room and hugged me, and then took her hot chocolate from my hand. She sipped it gently and then led me over to the bed by the hand. We sat down and I wrapped an arm around her shoulder, and we both enjoyed our drinks.
“When do you think your sister will visit again?” Alyssa asked. “I want to have a proper conversation and get to know her next time”.
“I don’t know. I could ask Dr. Ellison if I can ring her and see would she like to come for your birthday… if that is okay with you?”
“That would be lovely! It’s a great idea!”
“I’ll ask Dr. Ellison after our next therapy session so”.
“When is the next group session?”
“Tomorrow evening I think”.
“Wonderful. A chance to share with everyone. Can’t wait”.
“Sense the sarcasm Logan”.
“Sense the sarcasm Alyssa”. She laughed and kissed me.
“I saw Camilla when I went to get the hot chocolate”.
She stared at me. “You really know how to kill the mood don’t you?”
“Sorry” I said. “She’s pretty upset”.
“Good. Stupid bitch”.
“Forget I mentioned it” I said. “Let’s just relax”.
“Fine”. We snuggled up beneath her covers and just lay there.