Acorn

"What's wrong?" She asked as she entered her boyfriend's dorm room.

"We need to talk," he said.

"About what?" She asked slightly confused but guessing what it was.

"About us. I don't want to be a dick about it but you're just not the kind of person I want to be with," he said. "I just don't need anyone in my life right now. It's too much of a hassle."

'I'm too much of a hassle?' she thought in shock. "How am I a hassle? How am I not a person you want to be with?" She wanted to plead on her knees what she had done wrong but knew things like that don't work in real life. They work in the movies but never in real life.

"You're always hanging around here. We have totally different personalities, different views…"

"But you invite me over… And you can't expect us to be totally alike, there would be no conflict which is what makes life and people interesting…" She said.

"Just stop. I left your things by the door there don't forget them or I'll just throw them out." He turned from her to sit down at his computer and resume a chat he had been having when she had walked in. She saw who it was he was talking to. It was the woman he talked about all the time that was exactly the kind of person he was. "A loud mouth badass," which is the way he put it.

She grabbed her things quickly with tears in her eyes and quickly walked to her room though what she really wanted was to run and never stop till exhaustion took her. Her roommate was entertaining guests in their room so she just threw down her things in front of the door before walking out of the dorm residence. No one paid attention to her red eyes or tears rolling down her face. They kept talking and laughing which with each happy note slashed out at her like a whip at her heart.

Once outside she turned toward the parking lot but could see a group of smokers in their cars smoking their cigarettes where they were banned to do their life shortening habit. She didn't want to be around other people so she instead walked quickly to the wooded park on the campus.

Without her knowing someone had slipped out behind her when he had seen her crying face come through the lobby of the residence hall. Not knowing what was going on he silently followed her.

When she came to the edge of the wood she kicked off her shoes, took out her hair tie and ran. She ran and ran past the trees and the little streams she used to love to look at until she couldn't run anymore and even then kept running. At last she flung herself to the ground at the base of an oak tree exhausted. She laid there with her hair covering her senses and sobbed into the earth. She felt something touch her shoulder and she sat bolt up like a deer who had smelled danger.

She flung her arm out but stopped her attack when she heard a familiar voice say, "Owww."

"What do YOU want?" she asked not even trying to fix her hair. She didn't care about frivolous things anymore. She just wanted to be alone and just bare her emotions in her own privacy.

"Are you okay?"

"Do I look okay? No? Then maybe I'm not."

"Mind if I sit down?"

"I want to be alone."

"It was more of a formality." He sat down next her. She looked away from him and started to get up to leave. He grabbed her wrist and kept her sitting on the ground. "You're not going anywhere missy till you tell me what's wrong."

"We broke up, simple as that."

He studied her and could tell she wasn't in much of a talking mood. He slowly moved the hair from her face. "You know you can't hide your sexiness so no use trying."

She gave a huff. "Apparently I'm not sexy, if he broke up with me."

"Now did he say that?"

She thought for a moment, "No but he must think it if he broke it off."

"I've broken up with plenty of sexy women in my day."

"You're not really helping. So if you would just leave me alone…"

"Nope."

"Please just go away. I don't want to talk anyone."

"Fine I won't talk then." He leaned against the tree and picked through what was on the ground.

She looked away from him in want toward somewhere else just out of sight where she could be by herself but knowing he wouldn't leave her alone even if she left she gave a sigh and leaned against the solidness of the oak tree. She closed her eyes and stayed silent for a long time thinking with the occasional sob at the thought of what had just happened to her.

A voice broke her reverie by saying, "Here, I found something for you."

She opened her eyes and found in his long hand an acorn. "An acorn?"

"An acorn."

"Thank you?"

"You're supposed to plant it so it can become as strong as this tree," he patted the tree they were leaning against.

"Is this supposed to be a lesson? You don't usually talk unless there's a chance I'll learn something."

"Not this time, you lucked out."

She looked at him quizzingly before taking the acorn. She moved to start digging a hole next to her and he shook his head.

"No, don't plant it until you know it's the right place."

She put it in her pocket and sat in silence again more calm. The sun moved through the sky and they sat in compatible silence.

He broke it when he said, "I'm going back to the dorms. Are you coming with me?"

She nodded. She had thought through the situation and realized she had already known it had been over between him and her. He grew ever so distant in the last weeks and spoke of only himself with no interest in her life. She didn't like being rejected, but then again who did?

He got up and offered her his hand with his usual goofy grin under his wiry mustache. She looked at him for a second before giving a small smile and taking his hand.

They walked back to the dorms in comfortable silence and when they got there they went their separate ways.

They kept seeing each other for months. They talked and joked around with their usual light flirting until one day she came up to him and said she had found the perfect place. He didn't know what she meant and said as much. She told him to hold out his hand and planted the acorn in his palm with a shy smile.

He smiled and asked her if Friday night was a good night.