Beggars Can't Be Choosers

Unrequited love is the infinite curse of a lonely heart.

-Christina Westover

She watches him love a girl who can never be his, and her heart breaks for him. Unrequited love- the basis of all stories that he loves so much; the groundwork for passion and heartbreak and pity. Oh, Tessa loves him enough, Jessamine knows that. More than enough, if you ask her. But Tessa's unwavering love and loyalty towards Jem will never allow her to fall into Will's arms again. Good, her heart whispers, good.

She doesn't expect to replace Tessa in any way- no, she knows that in Will's heart, it'll be Tessa he sees, always Tessa, with her warm smile and big grey eyes. But it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter if she's always the second choice, the placeholder, the girl he comes to when he needs to forget. It doesn't matter if he barely acknowledges her presence, except when he needs someone to scream at who won't be hurt, or someone to sleep with who won't care. It doesn't matter if his blue, blue eyes burn for someone other than her, because she doesn't care.

All she wants is to be loved; all she wants is someone to love.

And if this is all she can get, then she'll gladly take it.