"It's okay," choked out Marnie, "it's not like we were really a couple anyway." And with those parting words, she ran off, tears stinging her eyes. Aneesa quickly followed, Dylan not far behind, but before he left, he said,
"Just give her some time."
Ethan sighed before turning around to face his old friend and betrothed.
"I'm really sorry about this," Angie said sincerely. She tucked a strand of her black hair behind her hair before fiddling with the hem of her shirt again.
Angie looked a lot different than the last time Ethan saw her. Her black hair was just as silky as ever, but was no longer in her ever-present ponytail. It was now let out freely, framing her round face. Her braces were no longer, only her newly straightened white teeth proof of the metal contraptions. She still wore glasses, though there were much more fashionable than her old, plain black frame glasses that used to slide down her nose. Her natural tan glowed under the lighting of his room, and since he hadn't seen her since they were little, she looked a lot more… mature.
"It's not your fault, Ange," he replied, running a hand through his short blonde hair. "So what're we gonna do?" He sat down on his bed, his head in his hands.
"Well, I'm planning for either finding a way around this blood contract or getting married within a year, 'cause I'm not really all for that whole blood turning into ice thing," Angela replied wryly.
"Yeah, well I'm not too fond of my blood boiling in my veins either," Ethan snapped.
"Well, I can see this isn't really a great time, so maybe I should just go," Angela said, slightly irritated. Ethan sighed.
"No, we really should work on this if we wanna find a way. I'm sure you have a boyfriend to get back to also."
"Actually I don't," Angela said, flushing slightly. He motioned for her to take a seat on the bed also.
"Really now," Ethan replied surprised. "I remember a lot of warlocks used to try to impress you every chance they had at recess way back when."
"Like Jimmy Morrison…"
"When he tried to conjure up a bouquet of flowers and instead conjured up…"
"A bouquet of worms," they finished in unison. They started laughing, remembering the memory as if it were yesterday.
"Yeah, back when the boys had cooties," Angela said wistfully, "Those were the good old days."
"Yeah, it really has been a while," Ethan said in a wistful tone after a moment of silence.
"I've missed you, you know," Angela said, surprised at the tears that filled her eyes as her voice cracked.
"I've missed you too Angie." Before either of them knew what was happening, Angela had started crying softly, and Ethan hugged her, rubbing her back and whispering words of comfort, like when they were younger.
After a minute, Angela pulled back, wiping away tears furiously. "I'm sorry for breaking down like this, Ethan. I should… I should probably get going." She stood up, getting ready to leave, but Ethan stopped her.
"No, it's fine Ange," Ethan said soothingly, "Friends forever remember?" He gave her a small smile.
"I really should get going though," Angela said, her tears subsiding, "I still have to get a room at the Magical Motel before they get booked up."
"You're staying at the Magical Motel? That place is a dump. You'd be better off staying here on campus. That way, you're easier to contact."
"No, I really don't want to intrude. Besides, I'm not a student, where would I stay? And I don't think your girlfriend… Marnie was it? Would be open to sharing her dorm with me."
"You could bunk here." He motioned to his large suite.
"I don't think that would be the wisest thing to do," she replied apprehensively.
"Don't worry. I can get someone to conjure up a cot for myself, and you can have the bed all to yourself. Completely innocent. And don't worry, I'll take care of Marnie," Ethan explained.
"Are you sure? I really don't want to intrude, especially after 8 years of not hearing from each other." Ethan put a reassuring hand on the small of her back, unknowingly sending a shiver up his old friend's spine.
"Don't worry about it. Besides, I still owe you from that last time I burned your favorite doll, 10 years ago." He smiled childishly, before the both of them erupted into laughter, caught up in reminiscing.
A/N: Long wait and short update, I know, I'm sorry. But I'll definitely try to update more often. R&R!!