Two weeks. That's how long it's been since Colton said those three words to Audra, before he quite possibly ruined everything. It's how he's been keeping track of the days.
It had been thirteen days since he'd been so angry after talking with his mother about being a half-star, and took all of it out on Audra.
Thirteen days since he'd said the three words he never wanted to say to anyone, especially Audra.
Thirteen days since he used so much force in his voice, that his friends had said those three words to pull the "most heart-breaking sob in all of eternity." They'd said it was almost inhuman.
He knew he'd messed up big time. It just hadn't hit him how bad he'd messed up until he'd woken up that morning. He wasn't hungry - he just sat numbly on his bed, mentally beating himself up for being so stupid.
Was he still mad at what Audra had kept from him? Yeah, but he knew now that it wasn't entirely her fault. Since his mother was a star (He knew now that he was half of the Lyra constellation), he asked her several questions the morning of the day he screwed everything up.
Apparently, stars keep their promises to the best of their abilities. He asked why Audra had cut her hair shorter, to which she responded that it was a custom among the stars - you could determine healthiness by their hair length. That, and the scars and wounds on their bodies.
Colton had also been informed that the only reason why the vow worked was because he had enough star genetics in him. His being a half-star saved Audra's life, which he'd ruined only twenty-four hours-ish later.
"I'm such an idiot…" he muttered, rubbing a hand over his face as he forced himself to stand from his bed.
Just then, there was a knock on the door to his bedroom. With a groan, Colton walked over and opened it to reveal one of his best friends - Dalton.
He sighed tiredly. "Dalton, how did you get in here? I'm home alone right now."
"Spare key," Dalton said simply. "Look, dude, we've gotta talk."
"Don't you have a date with Jayden?"
"We have a date tonight, yes, but it's afternoon. He's at work. Look, you're acting like a turd. Don't you think that, after all she's been through, all that she's done to help and protect you after all that you did for her, lying to you about your being a half-star… Isn't this taking it too far?" Dalton asked, pushing his way into the room to sit at Colton's desk He swiveled in the chair to look at him, propping his arms up on his knees. "Why does she deserve any of this? You can't seriously still be-" he swore -"at her."
"Because she lied to me about being a half-star, despite the fact that she knew from my own mother!" Colton shouted in sudden frustration. "I've been treating her like crap, I know! I can't bring myself to answer her. She's just so- so-!" He groaned. "You wouldn't get what it's like to have a secret like that hidden from you…"
"Oh, uh-uh. You don't get to pull that card with me!" Dalton shot out of the chair, anger evident on his face. "My father hid the fact that my own mother left us because of me, only to end her life a year later! You don't know how much I've longed to have her back! I've always wanted to feel a mother's love ever since she'd left. The closest I've had to a mother's love like that is from your mother when you guys took me in because my father had died in that car crash."
Tears had welled in his eyes. "You don't know what I would give to have him back, what I would do to go back in time and tell him that I loved him instead of leaving our argument with my saying that I hated him. You know what I've gone through. And I'm telling you out of experience, you need to make things up with Audra. She's the best thing that's happened to you, and you're just letting her go! You told her you hated her, and I saw her heart breaking in two. You hurt her, Colton. You weren't there."
"And what do you want me to do, Dalton?!" Colton shouted in exasperation, holding his arms out in defense with his palms up. "This isn't some romance novel! This is real life! I can't just make things up to her and expect everything to be okay again! She and my mother lied to me. How can I-"
"She loves you, Colton!" Dalton interrupted. "She loves you to pieces, and you took her heart and you shattered it when she was already stressed and hurt! You owe her!"
Colton was struck speechless. His arms went limp at his sides as he stood there, eyes wide and mind blank except for the words Dalton had just spoken. He numbly went and sat on his bed, staring absently at the floor.
Finally, after a minute or so of silence, he whispered, "She loves me…?"
He sat down beside him. "Well, yeah. It was plain as day to anyone with the eyes to see it."
He let the comment slide and hurried his face in his hands. "What have I done?" he said in a near whisper.
Dalton sighed. "You messed up big time. But you just need to make things up to her. You need to apologise before you lose her. Okay? She's a nice girl. You're lucky to have her."
Colton nodded a bit. "But… what if she doesn't want to talk to me? What then?"
"Then you've lost her. You could always leave her a message, but who knows if she'd even look at it."
He nodded again, and he was then left in his thoughts as Dalton left to get something nice for his and his boyfriend's anniversary.