I plopped on the bed and kicked my heels off, indulging in a donut. I looked straight across the room into James’s black eyes, smirking while I chewed.
James stared back at me, defeated, and a bit paranoid, as if a piano may fall on him. Then, he exhaled deeply, and laid his head back on the backrest of the plush chair he was sitting on, kicking his feet up on an ottoman.
“Can we call this even now?” he asked nasally.
“Why’d you do it, James? Why’d you steal Betty and leave me all on my own?”
“You wouldn’t believe me anyway.”
“Try me,” I said, throwing the gooey donut at his face.
He sat up and angrily swatted the donut off his nose, the jelly left behind looking like more smeared blood.
“You know what, Sophie? If you’d have had some fucking patience, we’d be in a much better situation right now. But no. You had to go and look all heroic and drag me back to your little hen circle like a prized Elk.”
I stood up and walked up to him, my hands clenched into well practiced fists. He stood up as well, prepared to actually hit back this time. We stood seething face to face- both of us at our wits end with each other.
I raised my fist, he raised his.
I unclenched my hand and brought my fingers into a relaxed shape, bringing my other hand up to cup his face. I looked up at him and still admired his long eye lashes that framed his dark brown eyes. I stood on my toes to bring my face closer to his.
As my hands traced his jaw bone, he relaxed and closed his eyes. He opened them again to see if I was bringing my nose into his. I traced his cheek bone with my thumb…. just before digging my index finger violently into the broken bridge of his nose, bringing him to instant tears, and forcing a shriek of pain from him. As he recoiled and positioned himself to backhand me, I followed up my statement with a swift kick to his balls. He forgot about his nose, and grabbed the twins, sitting back down on his chair, searching for breath.
I skipped back to the bed and plopped down again, biting into a new doughnut.
“Let’s try this again James. Why’d you leave me and steal Betty?”