Evermore 18

I heard footsteps pounding against the pavement to catch up with me as I walked aimlessly to the edge of town. I didn’t know what to do or where to go from there so whoever was chasing after me was a welcome distraction. Or so I thought.

“Hey, Ever! Wait up!” It was Lance. The last person I wanted to see. “Don’t you have a wedding to get back to?” I crossed my arms and turned away from him. “Besides I’ve already said everything I needed to say to you and your murderess bride.” Guilt was apparent on his face. “Please…just listen.” He begged. “You’ve got five seconds then I’m leaving. I’ve got to get out of this town. There’s nothing here for me anymore.” He let out of shaky breath. “I didn’t know, I swear. Dani said there was nothing we could do when we pulled you out of the water…you were already turning blue. I believed her. I’m sorry.”

7

“Your apology means nothing to me!” I whirled around and moved so close to him that our noses almost touched. “Look at me, Lance!” I hissed. “Really look at me!” He stared back at me in such terror that I almost felt bad for him…but for the most part, I liked it. My stomach growled loudly in approval. “My life is ruined! What am I supposed to do now? Live in a cave for the rest of my days…however long that will be?” He bit his lip and looked away from me. “I don’t know. I’m so sorry though, Ever.”

8

A bitter laugh escaped my lips and I shook my head in disbelief. “You keep saying that but tell me this…did you ever love me?” His eyes blinked rapidly. “I-I think I did. At one time. Yes.” He stuttered. “Oh Lance…you sound so unsure. Is that your final answer?” He squared his shoulders and nodded his head more confidently this time. “Yes.”

“I don’t believe you.” I whispered before I pounced on him and knocked him to the ground.

9

His face was twisted up in confusion as he struggled against me and screamed like a stuck pig. I bit into him over and over again while blood spilled out on the leaves around us. Then finally Lance was quiet and for the first time since I woke up…I was full.

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