Chapter 19

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I stared at the ceiling all night, thinking. Once she was informed that I had nowhere to stay, Laelyn insisted that I stay the night. Her mother let me sleep on the couch. I kissed her. Why did I kiss her? She had a boyfriend in this dimension! But... She kissed me back. Were we... No, that's ridiculous. Stop dreaming, Beckham.

"You still awake?" I jumped at the sound of her voice.

"Laelyn!" I whispered back, "What are you doing up?"

"Couldn't sleep," She shrugged, walking from the base of the stairs into the living room. "And by the looks of it, you couldn't either." I shrugged back.

"So... Why couldn't you sleep?" I asked.

"Just thinking," She said quietly. I moved over so she could sit next to me on the couch.

"Me too," I whispered back.

"What about?" She asked innocently. I rolled my eyes.

"What do you think?" I wondered aloud.

"The... Moment?" She guessed, not wanting to say what happened out loud.

"Yeah, the moment."

"Can we... Umm..." She paused for a second and bit her lip. "Can we talk about that?"

"What's there to talk about?" I asked. I suddenly grew very nervous.

"Well... I do have a boyfriend in this dimension," She explained quietly.

"Yeah, I know," I answered, "And I'm so sorry, I don't know what happened, it just kind of happened and I-"

"You don't have to apologize. I was just thinking we need to talk about it,"


"Because I have to make Chanson think I'm his girlfriend when I'm not."

"You don't like him?" I asked, incredulously.

"Well, I did," She explained, "But it's just not... Him, you know? This is Soryx-Chanson. And plus, I'm starting to like someone else."

"...Who?" I wondered tentatively. I was pretty sure she was talking about me, but I wanted to be positive. Why couldn't girls just say exactly what they mean?

"You've got to be kidding me." She rolled her eyes and poked me in the chest. "It's you, idiot." I nodded pathetically.

"Right." Was I even allowed to like her? I was supposed to be protecting her, at least that's why I thought Father sent me to her. Oh what the hell, I thought, no one's around to be mad at me for it.

"So..." She started out awkwardly. "How am I supposed to tell Chanse? Or shouldn't I? Ugh, this is so confusing..." She sighed.

"Well... What exactly are you going to tell him?" I prodded. That you like someone else, or that you're not Soryx-Laelyn?

"I don't know," She shrugged, "Should I start off with, 'I'm not your girlfriend," or 'I don't want to be your girlfriend," first?" I shrugged back.

"Sounds like a you problem," I joked. She pushed me.


"Well, I can't help much, seeing as I've never been in a relationship," I admitted, "Not even a friendship, really."



"Well... This is going to be difficult, then." She whispered to herself. I was all she had at the moment, and the weight was hard to carry. I could barely take care of myself! And we had to assemble some sort of team to defeat Daeva- Wait! That's it!

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