30. You & Me

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"Whatever you do, never run back to what broke you

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"Whatever you do, never run back to what broke you."

MAYA

Is he seriously claiming that I am the old Maya Greene around him?

Am I really?

Is that even possible?

I didn't say anything. Instead, I stirred my ice cream with my spoon before shoving a bite in my mouth. Bits of Oreo with cold, but sweet ice cream melted on my tongue, and I immediately craved more.

We were surrounded by a comforting silence, the moonlight illuminating our skin in the dark. The refreshing breeze howled past us, slowly and gently tugging at my hair and grazing my fingertips.

"Why don't you befriend people?
Why are you so cold towards people? Why do you let people treat you as a scary bad boy when you're not one at all?" I blurted out the questions that had been bothering me more and more for every moment I spent with Cayden.

At first, Cayden didn't answer. I didn't expect him to either, but a small part of me wished he would.

Cayden sighed and my heart sank when sorrow creased his face, causing his shoulders to drop. And then I saw it. I saw the way he let his guard down. The veil covering his eyes was removed and the fog cleared out. "Because I care too much. I get attached to people too easily. Which leads to getting hurt easily and which again leads to trust issues. Care too much, you get hurt. Care too little, you lose them. When I get too attached, it always goes downhill."

Tilting my head slightly to the side, I gazed at him with brows furrowed. Eventually, I came to the conclusion that this could only mean one thing. Cayden had experienced this kind of 'downhill' before, but who had he gotten so attached to and why did they break his trust in return?

"Are you...Are you scared it's going to go downhill for us too?" I asked, gently.

Was he scared to tell me about his struggles because it meant he'd get attached and he feared I'll break his trust in return?

Cayden didn't say anything, but I saw the answer across his face. His head dropped, jaw twitched, and he stared at the cup of McFlurry in his hands in silence.

Putting my ice cream aside, I scooted closer towards Cayden and placed my hands on his shoulders, making his head jerk up. When our eyes met, I pushed the strands of his hair hanging across his forehead aside and smiled. "We won't go downhill. I promise."

"I thought you didn't believe in promises."

"How'd you know that?"

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