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"I am so glad that you guys are doing better." Katie said, lacing up her skates. 

"Me too. Why didn't you go with Naz to the party?" I asked, her zipping up the skirt of my uniform.

"Family stuff." She shrugged, and that was that. 

"How are things going with him?" 

"Good. We're going on a date soon." She smiled at me.

Katie had been acting off, but I didn't want to push anything. 

"That's awesome. I'm really happy for you." I smiled back. All I could do was be a good friend to her, and trust that if she wanted to talk to me, she would.

The game was one of my best, Auston giving me a quick wink as I skated by in the second period, and being able to do some new things in the third period, like fan contests. 

I was excited for the game to get over for the night, because I was surprising Auston with his favorite take out at his apartment, and a movie we had been talking about watching. Mitch had made sure that Auston wasn't doing anything, and he thought I had plans with Steph after the game. It was the perfect surprise.

I was nervous, though. The last time I had been in Auston's apartment is when everything had happened before Christmas. I pushed away the negative feeling as I walked down the hallway towards his apartment.

The door was cracked as I got to it, and I almost thought I had the wrong one, until I heard his voice, as well as a familiar female voice.

"No. I told you this is done. You knew exactly what this was." Auston said, his voice filled with stress and anger.

"Mr. I don't date ice girls. I don't do relationships. And you go and fucking ask her out like prince fucking charming." Katie said, a tone coming out that I had never heard from her.

"She's different. I actually give a shit about her." 

"And you think she'll be okay running to your fuck buddy when you thought she had gotten an abortion?" 

I felt sick. I wanted to throw up. But I stood glued to the spot I was standing.

"I fucked up. She'll forgive me. I forgave her." 

What did he need to forgive me for? Something stupid that had happened in high school? 

"Good luck with that. Why don't you call her over right now? And we can tell her together. Get all this off our chests." She suggested, but I could hear the malice in her voice.

"Why do you want to hurt her? What did she do to you?" Auston asked.

"You really are fucking stupid aren't you. I poured my heart out to you Auston. I told you I loved you and I wanted to be with you, and you fall into bed with the new pretty thing in town. You flirt with her in front of everyone. You organize a trip to Florida for her. All while stringing me along, saying that it's nothing. That you just liked the chase. So what is it Auston, which one of us are you lying to?" 

"Katie." His tone softened now, and tears streaming down my face. "I never meant to string you along. I care about you, you know that. But Finley...there's just something different with her. I lied to you, and for that I'm sorry. I'm sorry that I couldn't just tell you how I felt. I'm stupid, but I don't have any feelings for you. I never have. When we kiss, when we...I just feel nothing. When I'm with Finley, it's like an obsession. She makes me feel like I feel when I play hockey." 

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