Chapter 12: Can't Tell Me Nothin'

It was Thursday evening and Manny had just left Craig for the night. He decided that the best way for him to spend his time was sitting watching TV with Angie. They had watched several mindless hours of cartoons and gotten full and sick off of gummy worms and chocolate pudding.

He had finally decided that Angie's sugar high was winding down, as she was becoming sluggish. While he was upstairs tucking her in bed, he heard a knock on the front door. He pulled the blankets up around his little sister, gave her a goodnight kiss on the forehead, and went to investigate.

He had just gotten downstairs and before he had even finished opening the door, a pair of arms was thrown around his shoulders.

"Hey man. Long time, no see," Sean said, making his way inside.

Craig looked incredulously at Sean. "I thought you weren't coming until tomorrow."

"Why put off until tomorrow what you can get done today?" Sean joked. "Ellie doesn't know I'm coming, does she?"

"Are you insane? She would kill me if I knew anything about this. She would hate me enough for knowing that I've kept in touch with you, but if she knew I was giving you a house over your head while you are here to do whatever insane thing it is that you are going to do, my body would never be found."

Sean laughed. "Is she really that pissed at me?"

With all seriousness, Craig responded, "You have no idea."

Sean cringed. "This could be harder than I thought."

"Just what are you going to do?"

"What do you think? I mean, you read the letter. I still love her. I want her back even more than I need her back."

"Yeah, about that… I did mention she is seeing someone didn't I?"

"Well yeah, but who knows. I mean, I love Ellie, and I know that she loved me."

"Operative word there being 'loved.' I hate to break it to you, but she's in love again. Really deep. It's going to be impossible for you to get her back."

"Come on, be more optimistic for me. I'm your friend."

"So is the new love of her life, and he's a good guy, really. And I think that if you really love Ellie, you should just let her live and be happy."

Sean sighed. "Well, I think I'll just go drop my stuff in your room and crash for the night. I'll think of something tomorrow."

Sean walked up to Craig's room and ditched threw his bag on the ground. He grabbed a blanket and propped himself up against his bag, pondering his options. Craig came in and got into his bed. His mind was also heavy with thoughts, but his were of what Sean's reaction would be when he saw the girl he loved with one of his worst enemies.