I went for an early morning run to clear my head. If everything went well, the house was getting torn down today, and I needed all my thoughts to be on the new house plan. It didn’t help that I’m sure I heard Lexie crying in the closet. She’d probably tell me if she wanted to…
“Lexie, you’re ok with the house getting torn down, right?”
“Yeah. As long as you put another one back up!”
“I can promise you that. I just want the place we live in to feel like an accomplishment.”
“I get that. This place didn’t feel like home, it was so different from our other house.”
“Exactly. Our grandmother was probably making a house to fit Brindleton Bay, but it doesn’t need to be like those.”
“Lexie, it’s only for a night, ok?”
“Yeah, it’s fine. I kinda like it. It’s peaceful.”
I fell asleep to the sound of the waves crashing against the shoreline. Things could really start now. I was looking forward to building the house, well, parts of it. Thinking about that was the only thing keeping my mind off of my ex-girlfriend.
“Addie, can I talk to you?”
I slowly opened my eyes. What was Lexie doing up so early? It was practically sunrise! “Sure, what’s up?”
“Let’s talk somewhere else.” She dragged the fold-out sofa past the plants.
“Lexie, what happened?”
“There’s a boy I like. But he doesn’t like me.”
“How are you sure?”
“He’s one of the boys that makes fun of the way I dress.” She just wore simple t-shirts and jeans, and I saw nothing wrong with that! Sure, I wouldn’t wear it, but still!
“Then he’s not a nice person, Lexie. If he doesn’t like you for you…” She looked at me like I had two heads. I know it’s what mama always told us, that we should just ‘be ourselves’ and yes, it’s corny, but it’s true…
She rolled her eyes. “You don’t know what you’re talking about, Addie. Watcher, I don’t even know why I asked you. It’s not like you’ve ever talked about boys. You don’t get it.”
Watcher, I get it. I get it so so much. When was I going to tell someone? Lexie was right there, and I couldn’t tell her.