Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Dark Heart ~ Part 28

Genna reached over and kissed Jackson.
Jackson pulled back, his arms raised in a peaceful gesture. “I’m sorry, Genna, but I only want to be your friend.”
Genna cocked her head. “Jackson Hunt I know you have a crush on me. You’ve had a crush on me for over a year. What kind of game are you playing?”
Jackson sighed. “I’m not playing any games, Genna. Before Emberlyn’s party, I did like you in that way, but then I saw you with Tucker. I’ve been spending time with Emberlyn and it just made me realize that you and I wouldn’t make a good couple. I hope you understand. I’m not trying to hurt you.”
Genna folded her arms. “Well, you are hurting me. Is it just because of Emberlyn? She’ll break your heart. That’s what she does. She doesn’t deserve you. She can’t treat you right. I can.”
Genna leaned in again and Jackson scrambled to his feet. Genna followed his lead.
“Jackson, I love you,” she cried, her anger fading into desperation. “Can’t you see that? I’ve been trying to show you for weeks now. We should be together. Just tell me what I have to do!”
Jackson fought to find the right words. “You shouldn’t have to beg for someone to love you. There is someone out there who would die to have your admiration. I’m sorry, Genna, but that person isn’t me.”
“I love you, Jackson,” Genna whined again. Her face twisted into anger when Jackson didn’t reply. “You’ll regret this Jackson Hunt!”
Jackson watched as Genna stormed off. He wanted to yell something that would make it all better, but had no idea what to say. She was feeling rejected and hurt by him, so it was probably best if he didn’t say anything at all. As much as he didn’t want to hurt her, he didn’t want to give her the impression he had changed his mind.
Jackson kicked the sand and let out a snort of disgust. He was sure he could have handled the whole situation better. He started after Genna, knowing he had to find a way to make her feel better.
“Let her be alone,” came a voice from the other end of the beach.
Jackson turned to see Emberlyn walking towards him.
“You don’t understand,” he said, “I’ve hurt her.”
Emberlyn gave him a knowing look in the fire light, “I know all too well how she’s feeling. Give her some time to process what just happened. I’m sure she feels embarrassed and you chasing her down will only make her feel worse. She’s a confident girl, in a day or two, she’ll realize she can find someone better…”
“Thanks,” said Jackson sarcastically as he plopped down in the sand.
Emberlyn sat by him. “You didn’t let me finish. Genna will find someone better for her. You’re a good guy, Jackson, but you aren’t the right guy for her.”
Jackson looked at Emberlyn. “So how did you find me?”
“I went to The Shack and they told me you were out here,” said Emberlyn.
“Ahh, so you’re stalking me.” Jackson gave her a half-smile.
“Only after you harassed me with a dozen calls and texts.”
She gave him a playful shove and Jackson caught her hand. “Emberlyn, why did you run from me after our kiss?”
She wrapped her fingers around his and held up their hands. “This is why. I can’t be in a relationship …,” She shook her and lowered their hands. “… not can’t, I won’t let myself be in a relationship.”

“Because of your ex-fiancée?” asked Jackson.

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