fiction friday 63: back to you. part 9.

fiction friday.

I’ve gone back to ‘fiction friday’… I’ll try not to mess with the ‘schedule’ again… xo

back to you. part 9. [previous: part 1 | part 2 | part 3 | part 4 | part 5 | part 6 | part 7 | part 8]

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Dani’s ride to Ava and Adam’s seemed to take forever even though it was only a few miles. Anxious but determined, Dani got out of the car and climbed the steps to the door. She rang the bell with trembling fingers. Moments later, Ava appeared at the door.

“Dani…” Ava was surprised to see her. “Hi.” She ushered Dani into the kitchen unable to miss the signs of confusion and fear all over her friend’s face.

“Ava,” Dani finally spoke. “I’m looking for…” Barely able to speak coherently, Dani sighed. “Is Adam here?”

Ava’s heart started racing for her brother. He’d given up. He drove away, but Dani came looking for him. “Dani… no. He’s not here. He was…” Before Ava continued, Dani interrupted.

“Oh God.” Dani was disappointed. “I need to talk to him.”

Ava watched as Dani reached up and covered her eyes with a shaky hand. “Dani, what’s wrong? What’s going on?”

“It’s not supposed to be like this.”

“What? Come here.” Ava put her arm around Dani and led her to the sofa. “Dani… take a deep breath and talk to me.”

“Ava, I’m scared… confused. Marrying Finn is what I should do, right? It’s what I’m supposed to do, isn’t it?”

“I can’t say,” Ava was honest with her. “Only you know those answers.”

“But last night you told me I’d be okay. I told you I always thought Adam was the one but you said everything would be okay. I thought that meant I should go on with the wedding…”

“Dani. You need to know. You didn’t talk to me last night.”

“Ava… what?”

“He told you he wasn’t me.”

“Who?” Dani was lost but only for a moment. A light flashed in her mind. “He?”

“I forgot my phone right there on that coffee table.” Ava gestured to the table in front of them. “I was asleep in my room. Adam slept here.” She laid a hand on Dani’s shoulder. “You didn’t say those things to me last night. You said them to Adam.”

“Oh God.” Tears streamed from Dani’s eyes. “All those things I said. Oh God.”

“I know,” Ava said. “He told me.”

“How could I not have known?” Dani questioned herself. But Ava had a theory.

“I think somewhere inside, you knew. I think you wanted to say those things to Adam…”

“Ava, I told him I love him. Still. That he’s the love of my life.”

“I know.”

“But he’s given up on me.”

“And you’ve given up on him. Dani, Adam doesn’t think he has a choice. He wants you to be happy.”

More tears fell from Dani’s eyes. “I have never stopped wanting him to come get me back.”

“But you’ve been with Finn for a long time,” Ava reminded her, though she shouldn’t have needed to. “Adam thought it was too late. He thought he had to let you go.”

“So I’m marrying Finn today.” Her tears fell faster as she stared into her lap. She tried to wipe them away before they fell but she couldn’t keep up. Finally, she turned her eyes back to Ava’s. “Do you know why I had to move back here?”


“Because I missed home. I haven’t felt like I’ve been home for years.”

“Dani…” Ava tried to speak but Dani wouldn’t let her.

“No, Ava, I think it’s wrong. If Finn’s the man I’m going to marry… spend the rest of my life with… shouldn’t anywhere with him feel like home?”

“Maybe it should.” Ava agreed. “But it doesn’t?”

“No.” Dani took a deep breath and wiped her tears. “God, Ava, I miss him.”

“Adam?” Ava didn’t know why she asked. She knew.

“Yes. I miss him so much. I can’t have him back, can I? Not now. It’s too late, isn’t it?”

“Oh Dani.” Ava pulled her into a hug. “I don’t think it has to be. He still loves you. More than you know.”

“How can he?” Dani asked, pulling away. “I let him go. I wanted him to come after me but I never went after him. I gave up on him long before he gave up on me. I don’t think I even realized that I had, but I did. How could I do that?”

“Dani…” Ava tried to calm her. “What do you want to do? Tell me… whatever it is… I promise I’ll help you.”

“I have to marry Finn,” Dani said, sounding unsure. “Don’t I?”

“Is that what you want?”

“Does it matter? It’s just…” Dani struggled. “I know that whatever I do, I’m going to hurt someone.”

“I know.” Ava hated seeing her friend in pain, but she knew Dani had to figure this out before she married anyone. “But won’t it hurt even more later if you’re not with the right person?”

Dani nodded.

“What do you need?”

“God, I don’t know. I should to go to Finn. Talk to him?” Dani’s thoughts were all questions. “Then I should talk to Adam?”

“Dani, go talk to Finn. And then call me, okay?” Maybe by then, Ava thought, I’ll figure out where the hell Adam is.

Again, Dani nodded. “Thank you, Ava.”

“Oh, sweety, you know I’m always here for you.”

“I know.” They hugged. “Hey, Ava?”


“I’m glad I moved back home. I miss us being together.”

“I’m glad you’re back, too.”


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Sandra is a writer, sometimes blogger, poet, artist, emotional disaster. She thinks far too much and sleeps far too little. Sandra lives in the Northeastern U.S. but dreams of an oceanfront home in Italy, but she would settle for a non-oceanfront home in Italy. She loves books, brutal honesty, coffee, and the color black. She hates insincerity, beer, whipped cream, and facebook. And she is uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person.
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47 Responses to fiction friday 63: back to you. part 9.

  1. He wants her, she wants him, nobody’s married anybody yet. If she’s that unsure, she’s gotta end it.

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  2. sewtonya says:

    Oh my. This is the first part I read. I should read all the other parts huh? I feel like this can be relatable to so many people in real life.

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  3. Oh, goodness, I hope she won’t let Finn talk her out of going after Adam. Better to have no one than the wrong one, I think!

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  4. mandibelle16 says:

    If she is waffling back and forth with Finn. She shouldn’t marry him! Adam or no Adam

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  5. Meghan Tregellis says:

    Oooooh, man this is killing me (in a good way!) I’m hoping Finn will make this easy on her, like give her an out. But you’re right – she’s got to pull herself together and realize marrying Finn is wrong and not just because of Adam. Loving the story!

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  6. I think she needs some time to figure herself out. As an honorary member of Team Finn (lol!), he doesn’t deserve the runaround and neither does Adam.

    Another wonderful part!

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  10. Lennon Carlyle says:

    Love this story so much…..I could totally see this being a movie or series on TV!

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  14. Yes, I could see it as a weekly TV series with suitable dramatic music to end on a cliffhanger each week.

    It really is very good Sandra.

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  18. cwhiteweb says:

    Every girl needs a Ava in their lives ❤

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