Monday, March 14, 2011

Walking away like it's nothing

Jory kept staring at his face in the mirror of the staff bathroom. He looked pretty normal, didn't he? He thought so. He wanted to be. But he didn't know anymore. Not after his night with Molly. It had gone wrong. So wrong, he now thought. He wasn't even sure he could face her today. He'd been hiding since he'd gotten to the library.

Now he was just angry with himself. He really thought it was going to happen. This time. She seemed to want to. He did love her. He really did. His mouth went sad now. Jory washed his hands once more. He knew he had to get out there. Just face this head on. Or..or forget about it. Like he didn't even try to make love to her. Like it never happened.

As soon as he opened the door, someone pushed him right back in to the rest room and locked the door behind her. Tess.

"What?" He winced, backed up against the wall. Instantly, he was afraid. He didn't like to be this close to Tess. It was terribly uncomfortable. He looked at her in the full length mirror next to him. He could see her profile. And a far away thought came to him of her, of a different time and place. He almost choked, thinking it couldn't happen again. It couldn't.

"What did you freak'n do?" She was so against him. Her index find pressed into his chest. If felt as if she'd taken a nail to grind him into the wall.

"Just don't touch me!" He fought back then and pushed her away. He tried to keep his voice low. "God, knows, you're the freakest freak of them all!" He gritted then as he turned away from her and hugged himself as he walked toward the commode.

Tess just sighed. "Is that all you remember about me?"

Jory took a deep breath. He bit his bottom lip. Something had to be wrong with her. He thought now. Who would go down on someone in a car at a drive-in movie? They'd never spoken of it. And there was no drive-in movie theater, anymore. That was years ago. He had to wonder what she'd gone through as kid.

"Look, I don't want to be in the restroom with you." He sighed.

"God." Tess sighed. "Look, Molly really needs a friend right now."

"Well, I don't think I can be ..that friend, OK." He looked back at her.

"Sal's putting her through hell right now, and that's all you got?" Tess gave him a stern look.

Jory just nodded.

Tess rolled her eyes. "Just go then." She got behind the door. Opened it quickly and shut it right behind him. Jory had a feeling she'd never say another word to him, but then again, he thought that the last time he'd seen her too.


meg said...

What a strange thing. Poor Jory. & I have a feeling there is still a lot we don't know about Tess. I don't think she's bad, but I think she's had a really bad life.

Lux and Stan said...

Interesting how they have Molly in common..and even a past, too.

Cafe Fashionista said...

I am still very curious about Tess' backstory. :/

better days said...

I'm not sure who I feel more sad for. Jory or Tess.

ivy's closet said...

What an interesting moment...

cady said...

Awkward. I really wonder what's going on between them.