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I watched him walk back over to me, biting my tongue to stop me  saying anything else I shouldn't.

"My sister wants you to come with me tonight. So you can meet everyone."

"Who's 'everyone'?"

"I dunno. Craig was working late so Olga decided to go watch a movie for a bit. That's why I was babysitting. But she could easily reorganise her time."

I gulped, looking over to see the clock had just struck 12.

"I have to get back to work. What time should I meet you?"

"I'll be here just after three."


He gave me a quick kiss and I scurried off, back behind the counter. I looked at my phone to see a new text.

Ceri: Dad says he wants to meet the 'friend' you stayed with.

Niam: Tell him I don't care. I'll bring him home when I want to. If we're still 'friends'.

Ceri: Him?

Niam: Yeah, him.

Did I just come out? I had no idea. But I was busy feeling bad.



"You and I are both covered for tonight. Sorry. I didn't think Olga would react the way she did."

"It's fine."

"Okay. Well, I'm off from now so I'll see you later."

Craig left so I decided to hide in the back room until I had to go. I was just a dumb kid who'd screwed things up with the guy he liked. As he'd said, Larry was there. looking less annoyed than before.

"Hey, Niam."

"hey. I'm sorry."

"No, it's fine. Actually, I'm here to offer you a choice."

"A choice?"

"We 'end' things, per se, and don't go to see Olga and co but are actually having our relationship on a quieter level. Or we do end things. Or we go meet my family. They are your three options."

"I don't like secrets. And I hope no one ever forgets it. it hurts too much. And because I don't want to give up on something before it's begun I'd say going to see your family is our only option. So there's no choice. But I don't mind. By the way, how old are you? You didn't say before and I was wondering."

"Why don't you like secrets?"

"Because they're the reason that my dad and I aren't exactly the best of friends. So?"

"So what?"

"How old are you?"

"Older than you."

"How much older than me?"

"Enough older."

"Did you not hear what I just said about secrets?"

"Niam, you don't know me at all. I may be a complete secret freak."

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