Final chapter

Here it is, the final chapter of Rhythm and the Blue Line. All I can say is I hope you enjoy it, and feedback is always appreciated. Here’s an excerpt.

She searched for a place to start as they walked up the street and settled on asking, “Are you mad at me?”He looked at her in surprise. “No, why would I be?”

“I don’t know. I’m just—I’m trying to figure this out, Brody. I don’t like the way things are between us but we don’t seem to be able to get past it.”

“I know. I don’t know what to do either.”

“I’m going on the tour. I can’t change that.”

“I know. I’m still not happy about it; can’t change that.”

Ryan closed her eyes and paused before speaking. “But are you happy for me? That I have the chance to do this?”

“Yeah, I am,” he said with no enthusiasm.

Ryan bit back an angry reply. That would set them on the same track and nothing would be solved. She had to break the pattern.

“Brody, we can’t keep going like this.” She stopped and waited for him to turn and look at her. “I want you to be happy for me. It really—it hurts that you’re not.”

He shoved his hands in his pockets. “I said I was happy for you. I don’t need guilt trips, Ryan.”

“God damn it, this is not a guilt trip!” She made a frustrated sound and put her hands on her hips. “Okay, here it is. I love you. That’s why it hurts that you can’t seem to work up any enthusiasm for me at all.”

Brody stared at her and she tried not to feel defensive. “Look, I didn’t say that so you’d say it back, or to pressure you or anything. I just—we keep saying the same things. I didn’t want to go without being honest, and I didn’t want to hold anything back.” She waited a few beats. “Aren’t you going to say something? Anything?”

“I don’t know what you want me to say.” Brody looked as confused as she felt.

“No.” She shook her head. “This isn’t about what I want. It’s about how we feel and what’s going to happen next. It’s about—about the fact that in a few days I’m leaving for a couple of months and I hate the idea of losing you before that happens.”

“No one said you were going to lose me.”

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by tinajennifer on July 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    On one side I’m really happy that they figured it out, but at the same time sad, because the story ended… Torn! What’s up next?

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    • Ah! Someone gets it! I’ll write more about that. I’m not sure what’s next. I would like to work on getting existing works back up for sale, but there are always new ideas clamoring for attention.

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      • Posted by tinajennifer on July 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm

        I’ve been thinking about it for some time, ever since I read ‘Nothing get’s through’ on how Dee finally got together with Karl, are they even together-together in the end of the story? What ever comes up next, I can’t wait to read 🙂

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