Sequel: The Violet Hour
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Practice Makes Perfect.

Chapter Twenty-Eight.

Patrick and I were sitting on my couch after I changed out of jeans and a sweater into

sweatpants and a hoodie. “Do you think he will try and contact you?” He asked me. “I don't

know. I'm pretty sure he saw me. I'm sure he's heard from friends I'm back in Chicago. Well, in

Chicago.” I said. “Do you think I should talk to him?” I asked him. “If you need closure or

whatever. Do what you think is best.” He said. I shook my head. I don't even know what's best

for me anymore. “Maybe I'll ask his parents why he's in town.” I said. “Wait, you still talk to his

parents?” He asked me. “Yeah, I do. They were always great to me when we were together

and they kinda helped me out after the whole break up. They supported their son, obviously,

but they also were really on my side. I still talk to them, they're a really great influence and

have always been kind to me. They're good people.” I said. “That's good that you have that.

It's pretty ridiculous but it's really good.” He said with a small laugh. “Tell me about.” I said

laughing. “I don't think I'm going to talk to him. It's taken me a long time to get to a good place,

I don't want to go back to what I was before. I felt so dependent on him. I felt like without him, I

wouldn't be smart, I wouldn't have friends, I would be almost nothing. I did everything I could

to make him happy. I think maybe in the end that's why he did what he did.” I said. “Do you

feel that way about me?” He asked me. “No. Don't get me wrong, I love you, but I know who I

am. I feel like no matter what people will still see me as a smart kid.” I said. “Good. Don't let

yourself get lost in other people.” Patrick said. “Sometimes you say some really wise things,

Pat.” I said looking up him smiling. “I try.” He said proudly. “You're a good person. He was

obviously a really dumb guy for leaving you. And to do it in such a tasteless way. I could

never imagine doing that.” He said. “A lot of people have said that. He was so smart, I totally

envied him. I got kind of competitive with him and pushed myself to the edge to get grades

better than his.” I said. “But you care about your grades now. You care about all of that stuff.

You still push yourself, I see that.” He said. “I'm trying.” I said. “So, you just kind of told people

you left?” He asked. “Yeah. I said that I was moving back home but I just stayed a week back

home. I transferred schools. I just wanted to start over again. I couldn't face my friends.” I said.

“So, no one knows you're here still?” He asked me. “A lot of people found out since we started

dating. I guess you guys party in the same circles.” I said laughing. “I'm sorry.” He said. “Don't

be. I knew so many people, they would find out eventually.” I said. “I guess but I don't know.”

He said. I sat up straight and looked at him. “Patrick, don't be sorry. I made dumb mistakes

back then. I shouldn't have run away. I always do that. I always run and think it will be okay

but it catches up to me. That was bound to come out and it did. It was just a matter of time.” I

said. “I know that but it's not like you wanted that out now.” He said. “I think at this point, I don't

care. They don't really talk to me anymore, anyway.” I said. “Patrick, I honestly never thought I

would really date another guy. I went on a date with you, because I thought you find me

extremely boring. You never seemed like the person who would date me. You surprised me

and I'm glad you did.” I finished. “You said he was a political science student like you, is that

why your mom wants you to date college kids?” He laughed asking me. “I don't know. She

was never a real big fan of him. I just think she wants me to have security or something.” I

said. “You know that if you ever need something, I'll get it for you in a second.” He said. “I

know but I can take care of myself.” I said. “Anyway, can we drop this lovely subject?” I asked

laughing.
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