I can hear Jenna sobbing before I even see her.
She's crumpled at the base of a tree, bawling her eyes out. As much as I don't like her, I lean down and awkwardly path her on the back. I am not good with comforting people. Just ask Harper.
Finally, she wipes away the tears on her cheeks and looks me straight in the eyes.
"I'm sorry," her voice cracks. I stumble back in shock. Did I just hear that right?
I manage to find my voice. "For what?"
"Well," Jenna begins to pull herself back together as she talks. "For hurting you. Like with the picture. It was wrong. I just… Mason's been in a rough spot ever since you two broke up."
My eyes begin to prick with tears again.
What is wrong with me?! I do not cry! Hold it together, Russo!
Jenna continues. "And ever since the ceremony thing, that bloody git Chase has been after him. That stupid boy has gone mad, saying it's all Mason's fault. He's out for revenge, Alex. And Mason isn't up for a fight. He says he doesn't have anything worth fighting for without you."
Well shove my heart through a meat grinder and down the garbage disposal.
"So it's true?" I breathe, "That that was Mason who Chase was after in the sewer earlier? And that your Mason's cousin? And…" My voice fades away.
"Yes." Jenna just nods.
I sigh, stand, and hold a hand out for Jenna. She takes it and crawls to her feet as well. "What now?" I ask.
"We save Mason."
Yes, this story is sadly almost over. But I have this really good ending planned out! :)