Hint of anger in his voice. Fists clenched. His eyes won’t meet mine.
I reply. Calm. I take a deep breath, keeping the tears swelling in my eyes at bay. I’ll cry later when he’s not around. Crying now will only weaken my resolve.
“And I haven’t, have I?”
His eyebrows furrow in frustration. He steps closer. I move back. I need the distance.
I grasp my left wrist with my right hand. Need. To. Stop. Shaking.
“Every time, something goes wrong in your life, I’m there for you. I’m dependable.
I know everything about you.
Every little secret.
And I make things better. I make you happy.
You can’t leave me now.
You need me.”
He lifts his head so that his eyes meet mine. His gaze is piercing. I shiver. But I do not fold. I retaliate.
“I needed you. Not anymore. Never again.”
He grimaces but quickly recovers. His expression softens. The corner of his lips curve into a smile.
“You’ll come back to me soon enough. You always do. Enjoy your little alone time.”
In the past, that would’ve been enough to crack me.
Now, I am unfazed.
I turn and walk away without a second glance. His laughing stops.
I don’t. My arms stop shaking. My entire body relaxes.
Psychologically and physically,
I am free.