“Should I come in?” Nicki was still holding his hand in the darkness of her Jeep. His house looked so lonely at this hour.

It took him a second, and he turned his head slightly and looked at her. “What do you mean?” His tone was kind but confused.

“Never mind,” Nicki kissed his cheek and unlocked the doors, smiling quickly.

He inhaled. “I’ll see you.” She watched him walk slowly back into his house, pausing just for a moment before the door. She imagined he looked as if he might turn around, and it might have been real, but then he swung the screen door open and stepped inside the dark house.

Nicki sat there for another minute, wrestling her thoughts. Did she just ruin everything?


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