Shattered Dreams

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5

ROMAN

I’ve done it.

I’ve lost the only good thing to ever happen to me.

My family.

I close my eyes as Tye continues, telling me how I need to go and see Ava, make her listen to me. I don’t have the energy to explain that if I go there again today, she will no doubt cut my balls off. I don’t doubt it- I’d never seen her so angry.

“Dude, what the fuck. Can you at least explain to me why you felt the need to smash some nineteen year old girl-”

I shoot him a dark look as he holds his hands up, shaking his head.

“I get it, she is hot-”

“Because I was fucking stupid. Greedy. Ava and I…” I rub my neck as I speak, aware I already sound like a broken record. So far I’ve had my agent on the phone, asking me how exactly I was going to recover from this, my parents; distraught and begging me to fix it; and I’d obviously faced the wrath of Scott, Ava's cousin, and her Aunt. Not to mention her best friend, Tye's girlfriend. “We just hit a plateau.”

“A plateau,” Tye echoes, staring at the screen in front of us in the hotel room I was in for the foreseeable future. “Muller, I was your best man at your wedding. I have never seen a couple more in love, more hot for each other-”

I close my eyes as I try not to think about that; what I’ve lost.

“I’ll give her some time, then I’ll try and explain it to her,” I sigh, as Tye shakes his head.

“You aren’t expecting her to listen are you?”

Tye is irritating me now, and I can’t help but snap at him.

“I’ve got no other choice! I didn’t want her to find out at all- I tried to end it when I realised what I had with Annie wasn’t love. It wasn’t what I had with Ava.”

Had. Past tense.

I feel sick when I remember the look in her eyes, the sadness at what I’ve done to her- to us- to us as a family.

“I think you need to just lie low for a couple of days. Let her come to you.”

Tye stands, checking his phone as I nod glumly.

“I’ve got to go and pick up Sarah. I’ll call you tomorrow. Chin up.”

“Has she said anything?” I ask hopefully, lifting my eyes to his as he shakes his head.

“Nothing you’d want to hear.”

Nothing like having a friend who is a realist.

I nod at him as he leaves, the hotel room suddenly cold and silent aside from the tv. I mute it, leaning back into my chair before picking up my phone. Ava and Poppy grin back at me, and my heart lurches. I took the photo of the two of them only last year, and already Poppy has grown so much.

How was I going to explain this to her?

How am I going to get Ava back?

I know what I’ve done is irreparable; but I have to try.

Everyone makes mistakes.

I just made mine repeatedly for about six months.

I have to admit it- I was flattered by Annies attention. She is hot, without a doubt, but she was so sweet and caring that she had massaged my ego when I needed it the most.

Ava is always too tired, too drained from looking after Poppy to pay me the same sort of attention; I understand that.

But once I’d started it was hard to stop, and by then I was already in too deep. Annie had told me she was in love with me, and began asking when I was going to leave Ava.

That was when I knew it wasn’t real.

Leave Ava? For her?

Nah, not ever going to happen.

I stare at the photo again, my heart aching as I realised the decision wasn’t mine anymore.

It’s Ava’s.


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