Breaking Bonds: Part 2
"Maddy are you okay?"
She sighed, leaning her side against the chain link fence encompassing her HS parking lot. "Yea. I think I'm just gonna head home today."
Her female friends all nodded sympathetically. The guys did the same, except they all wore 'if he hurt you I Will beat him up' expressions.
Suddenly everyone's look turned deadly.
She turned around. Her friends stepped forward.
"I want to talk to you," he said ignoring her friends.
She stared at Jack for a moment. "I'll see you tomorrow guys."
Her friends murmured reluctant farewells as she stepped past them.
The former couple walked in silence for a couple of blocks.
Jack went to school on the other side of the city. In order for him to get to her school when she got out he must have left early.
"So?" she questioned simply.
Jack stopped walking. When she did the same, he looked at her. "Are we really going to do this?"
She sighed quietly. "Yes."
Maddy looked away. "Because I can't do it anymore Jack."
"Is this because of him?"
"Noah has nothing to do with it."
Jack shook his head. "I remember what you told me about him. I know you were talking about him, don't try to deny it," he said when she looked at him, confused. "When I asked you why you broke up with your last boyfriend."
"Oh. Right," she said softly. "Its true; but this has nothing to do with him Jack."
"If you're not going to believe me then you can just go home," she told him, irritated.
"You really expect me to believe that Madison? After I saw you with him? After what he said to me?"
"I told you before that the two of us were still friends."
"You also all but told me that you two have the tendency to just restart your relationship."
Maddy looked at him in silence for a moment. "Do you rather I had lied to you?"
"Yes," Jack told her firmly, prepared for the uncertainty she showed. He took a step closer to her, "if it means that every time I think about you, I wouldn't have to wonder if you were with him, then yes."
She rubbed her arm as though she'd been hit. "Just don't think about me then?" Madison knew that no matter how anyone looked at it, they would see what she saw: she was at fault. She had allowed this to go too far.
He moved closer, realizing his nearness hadn't registered with her yet. "Do you really think it's that simple Madison? Do you really think I'd be here right now if it was that simple? Do you think I would have cut school, skip practice to be here?"
Madison stepped away, frowning. She didn't want to have to say it but he was pushing her there. "I just - I can't do this anymore Jack. I'm not good for you."
"I decide who's good for me," he told her firmly.
"But I don't -"
"I don't care Madison," he cut her off, taking her hand in his. There was no way Jack was going to let her get away. "I want you Madison. I love you."
"But I don't love you Jack," she continued. After a moment she looked away in guilt and irritation. "I don't - I don't feel anything for you. Nothing. And that's not fair to you or me. So please, stop. Just stop Jack."
He studied her in silence, turning her face back to him though she wouldn't raise her eyes. After a moment he brought his free hand up to brush a stray tear away then let her go.
Maddy looked up, stunned before dropping her gaze once more. She started to speak then thought better of it and nodded slightly before walking away.
Jack watched her as she walked away.
He let her go for now.
This wasn't over.
Not by a long shot.
A/N: Real life Jack is very persistent. Very.
And he's still trying.
Otherwise Happy Holidays guys.
Expect Part 3 sometime next year. Hopefully.