Incandescent

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CHAPTER FIVE.


“Are you sure the place is open, tonight?” I asked, looking over my shoulder at Dave.

“Yup. Pretty sure.” He said, walking past me and pushing the door open. “See?”

I stood there staring at the opened door. I have a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach that I couldn’t shake. “I’m not going in there. It’s way too dark, what if someone’s robbing the place?” I whispered.

“Like seriously? Dude the sign says open.” Dave said, pointing at the dull sign above the door. The look I gave him made him roll his eyes rolled his eyes.

He marched inside like he owned the place. “Dave!” I yelled after him. “If they attack you in not helping you!”

“Oh my gosh, so scary.” He said sarcastically.

I stand there for a while before running inside into the darkness. “Ow!” I hissed after bumping into something. “Dave!” I called. No answer.

I felt around, searching for a light switch. “Dave this isn’t funny—“

“Surprise!” They yelled, almost giving me a heart attack.

“Ah!” I yelled, grabbing my shoe and throwing it at the first person I saw, which was Stephan, Dave’s partner. My shoe hit Stephan across the head. “Damn, sorry Steph,” I said when he groaned. Dave walked towards me laughing.

“That was funny as hell,” Dave said, dying. “That scream then you throwing your shoe—damn, you remind me of your mother!”

“Shut up,” I grumbled. He laughed harder just to spite me. I walked away and went to the bar.

“Ah!” He mocked. I ordered two beers for Dave and me then said hi to a few people before giving the beer to Dave. He’s talking to a tall redhead dressed in a skintight dress. “Thanks, man, Stacy this is Damian. Damian—“ I blocked him out when the door opened and Tanya walked in dressed in a yellow dress that hugged her body magnificently. She had cut her hair and styled it in waves that you’d see in the 20’s era or so—I have no idea what they’re called but it suited her. I walked towards her and she smiled the moment she saw me. She mouthed hey before hugging me.

She pulled away and undid the first two buttons of my shirt. “You look great.”

“Thanks, I have you to thank for that,” I said. “Do you want a drink?”

She shook her head. “No, I just came here to say congratulations on your divorce being settle and to say goodbye.” She said. I blinked at her.

“Goodbye?”

She nodded. “Yes, I’m moving to New Jersey for a few months...maybe longer, depending on how well things go.” She replied over the music. I took her head and lead her up the patio upstairs.

“Well, I’m happy for you,” I said after closing the door behind us. She shivered and hugged herself. I shrugged my jacket off and wrapped it around her.

“Thanks.” She said.

I looked out at the city then back at her. “I’ve been thinking about you,” I said. She leaned against the rail with a sigh, the wind messing up her hairstyle.

“As much as I was trying not to...I couldn’t get you out of my mind.” She said. She pulled me away when I pulled her into me. “No Damian, I can’t....well, you can’t.” I frowned at her. “I ready to settle down and you won’t be ready for a while and I can’t wait for you—“

“I can be ready—“

“No,” she began, “you need time to get over Lynette and enjoy single. I don’t want to be your rebound and get hurt in the process.”

I shook my head. “Tanya, I’d never hurt you. I wouldn’t be able to love myself if I did.” I proclaimed. She smiled sadly, going on her tiptoes to cup my face.

“I know you’d never hurt me intentionally but it’s just not a risk I’m willing to take.” She said. I looked away, trying to find some way to change her mind. “Take care, Damian.” She said, about to walk away. I grabbed her.

“Tanya,” I began, “what can I say to change your mind?”

“There’s nothing that can’t change my mind.” She said, sipping her hand out of mine. “Goodbye, Damian.” She said then left. I watched her walk down the steps, never looking my way once. I sighed.

Goodbye Tanya.
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