Love is no simple thing - Sequel to Strings
Heart to Heart
CHAPTER
1
Changes Come Too Quickly
Changes come when you least expect them. Changes come when you’re least ready. Changes come too quickly. We’re never prepared. Never expecting. And rarely do we even want things to change.
My mother used to tell me that when something changes to quickly and it scares you the first thing you do is take a deep breath and calm yourself down. Don’t tell her but that’s not what I did.
“Char?” Leo asks, “something wrong?”
I shake my head, still staring into the ballroom. “No, just watching Ruby and Liam make fools of themselves.” I say, and it’s not entirely a lie. Sure, I hadn’t been watching them but they were making fools of themselves.
“Way to ruin the moment, Char.” Leo jokes, and I force a smile. What is happening? What is happening? What is happening?
“You know me,” I smile. “Ruiner of all things momentary.” Leo laughs and takes my hand.
“Come on, lets go back inside.” He says.
What do I do? What do I do? What do I do?
So this is what the world looks like to other people. I’m so used to the strings that seeing a room without them is so strange. I’m used to knowing who’s meant to be with who. I’m used to the almost transparent threads crisscrossing the world.
Why did the strings break? Why did they just break? How? The only reasonable—and I use the term loosely, considering that nothing here is reasonable in the slightest sense—idea I have is that they disappeared after I told Leo I loved him too. Could that have done it? Maybe because it’s different now? Does this mean I’m no longer “meant to be” with August? Or does it mean that I just can’t see the strings anymore because I love Leo?
“I’ll be right back.” I say, giving Leo a quick kiss on the cheek. Ruby tries to wave me over as I walk by but I grab her hand and start pulling. I have a brief memory of the Halloween dance, this is pretty similar, and I think Ruby knows something is wrong.
“Charlotte, are you okay?” She asks.
I say nothing, continuing to pull her through the crowd. It’s warm outside, despite almost being Christmas. I turn the corner around the building and stop, turning to face Ruby.
“The last time you did this you told me that you could see strings connecting soul mates.” Ruby remarks.
“And this time I’m telling you I can’t.” I say.
“What?” She asks, her dark eyes quickly filling with confusion.
“The strings broke.” I say, “I can’t see them anymore. I’m kinda freaking out, Ruby.” I say, although my voice is oddly steady, it wasn’t when I told her about the strings, I was everything I’m not now, I was almost frantic, now I’m calm, I was kinda scared, no wait, I’m still scared.
“Do you know why?” Ruby asks, sitting down and pulling me with her. I can’t imagine what I would do without her. I mean here she is sitting on damp grass getting her beautiful dress messy and wet but she doesn’t seem to care in the slightest. I have amazing friends, I’ll be okay, I’ll be okay.
I shake my head. “Not really, I mean I have an idea but I don’t know.”
“Okay, take a breath and we’ll start from the beginning.” She says, and I do.
“What happened just before the strings broke?” She asks.
“I told Leo I loved him too.” I say.
“That could be it, Char,” Ruby says. “Maybe the world is mad at you for not going with your destiny.”
“This might be the weirdest conversation I’ve ever had in my life.” I say, solemnly and Ruby smiles.
“And I suppose you have a better theory?” She challenges, smiling.
“Touché.” I laugh.
“We’ll figure this out, Char. We, okay? Not you, we, you don’t have to do this alone.” She says, putting a hand on my shoulder.
“Thanks, Ruby.” I say.
“Anytime, Char.” She says.
“One thing, though.” I say, and she nods. “Please don’t tell Leo.”
“Are you sure?” She asks, giving me a questioning look. “Remember where these secrets have gotten you.” She points out.
“I’ll tell him, I just want it to be me.” I say. “And besides, nows not a good time, it’s the wedding, I want to have fun tonight.”
“Okay,” Ruby nods, “just make sure you tell him soon.” She says.
“I will, don’t worry Ruby.”
“There will never be a day when I don’t worry about you.” Ruby says, “you’re a walking disaster.” She giggles, and I laugh.

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