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Alyssa sat on the couch, cuddled up with Chase, listening as he recounted the tale from one of the worst moments in life. Even though she had stressed that he didn’t need to say anything if he didn’t want to, he figured that it’d be worth telling her so she understood where he was coming from on things, and feelings within the relationship.
“We went up to the cabin together, and it started off perfectly,” Chase continues recalling the details. “We were quickly able to hit it off, sharing things back and forth that perhaps we wouldn’t tell others. I openly told her about what had happened in the past with Randy, and she openly shared some of her fears. Amongst that, we had fun skiing and going go-karting together. It was perfect…”
“You know what they say about things that seem to good to be true?” Alyssa questions as Chase lets out a sigh. He wondered what would’ve happened if he had never went up to the cabin with her in the first place. Would Randy have found him?
“Sometimes you need to take chances, and sometimes they pay off, and sometimes they backfire. As I told Darrell and Ryan, I met the one in a million crazy girl.” Alyssa couldn’t help, but shake her head in agreement.
“So obviously, given your brief description of the time spent together, it seemed that everything was perfect and I bet you were starting to fall for her right then and there.” Chase lets out a sigh and shakes his head yes. “It’s understandable. You were lonely, hurting, needing comfort and looking for an escape. You figured that being with her in your won fixated world away from everything was the perfect answer. It’s okay to admit that.”
“You know, you’re pretty smart for an 18-year-old.” She smiles as her eyes stay fixated on his.
“I wonder where I get that from. It could deal with my parents, but it could deal with a pretty smart best friend who was always there for advice.” Chase smiles as he knew whom exactly she meant. He could recall the nights where he’d given her advice, whether surrounding annoying people at school, racing, or relationships. For both of them, it’d always been easy to sit there and talk about anything that was on their minds. “So, when did this perfect world that you’d grown used to fall apart?”
“We were sitting on the couch and she got a phone call, in which she spoke to some person on the other end. I didn’t pay much attention to it till she mentioned that she had to go out. I asked her at that point what the conversation was about, and she told me that her cousin was having issues. There’s first warning sign – no details suggests that there could be a possible second motion. Make a note of that.” Alyssa then crosses her arms.
“Not everybody has ulterior motives as there are those can be trusted. However, I will keep that in mind.” Chase smiles. He didn’t want Alyssa to find any way of getting hurt in the future.
“Good girl. She told me that it was a two hour drive each way, and she’d be back in the morning. I simply accepted, although I didn’t want to be alone at the cabin. She told me to text her if I needed anything and then she left.” Chase then remembers when she got back the next day, the confession that she made of where she had actually gone, and the shiver that immediately leaves upon realization of the flashback. How could he have trusted that girl? “She returned the next day, as I noticed when I woke up that morning. I told her that I tried to stay up waiting, but fell asleep, which seemed to be no problem..”
“Well, you do need your sleep….sometime…” Chase looks over with a sly smile. “I’m serious! There are sometimes that you get fixated on certain things, whether it be about the racecar or something else on your mind, and you don’t sleep. Sleep is good for you, boy.”
“Yes mother dearest.” She then gives him a small punch to the arm, in which he looks back at her with a shocked expression. “I see how it is…” He then takes a deep breath, returning back to the story of choice. “So I asked her how things went, in which she told me that things were rockier than she thought but decided to come back anyway. That was all that she had to say about that. I then revealed that Randy has escaped jail, as my dad had called me to tell me while she was gone the night before.”
“So wait – you were at a cabin by yourself for a whole night without anybody while he was on the loose?” Chase shakes his head yes, slowly. “That doesn’t sound like the safest idea.”
“I figured that he’d stick around North Carolina and Georgia looking for me. I had no idea that he’d be making the trek all the way to Canada. Does that sound logical when you’re searching for me?” Alyssa lets out a sigh, and shakes her head no. “So, she gave me the standard shocked expression that you’d expect – all rehearsed perfectly like a movie. I then told her that my dad had suggested for me to return hom-”
“Obvious parental decision in that situation as they want to keep their baby safe and sound. I wonder what would’ve happened if you had listened…” Chase didn’t need to wonder, having tried to put together a plan of that such.
“I already have your answer, actually.” She then glances over surprised. “She asked me what I was going to do next, and I told her that I was staying for the reasons stated. I then told her that it was fine wit hthem – as they reluctantly agre-”
“I can’t see Cindy agreeing to let you stay in Canada.” Chase shakes his head no.
“She didn’t agree. It was my dad on the phone, and he gave in and told me that he’d handle holding her off so I could do what I thought was right. However, it was known that your dad’s jet was available if they were to immediately want to come see. That was when Demi suggested that I should go home so that way they could offer protection and help me. I fought against the idea, but yet she kept going on about it. I couldn’t take holding it back any longer, so I confessed to her that I was in love with her and never wanted to lose her.”
“In times of desperation, the true feelings come out.” Chase shakes his head yes as Alyssa sits back, thinking it over. “I still can’t believe that she’d push you to go home, when she ended up being the one to betray you and help you further get hurt in the process. it just doesn’t make sense.” It never seemed to make sense in Chase’s head, either, as it was something that he battled with for years to come following the events. He had simply grown to accept the reasoning that she gave him.
“She loved me, but didn’t want to betray those that she was loya-”
“She was, or is a crime ring member?” Chase slowly shakes his head yes. “Whoa….”
“I guess she thought that she could get me out of there immediately without any trace that nobody would find out, and she could keep the divide that we had. however, when push came to shove, her true allegiance shown through.” Alyssa then looks at Chase, curiously. It seemed with the more that he revealed about Demi, the more he became intrigued.
“Let me go through this step by step so you fully understand, okay?” Alyssa shakes her head yes. “ She told me, eventually, that she felt the same way, but there were some issues there. I thought maybe she was thinking about distance, boyfriend, but that wasn’t the true. She told me that she didn’t go to see her cousin, but rather go to a crime ring meeting. Randy was on the hunt for me and was having no luck, so therefore he was attending each of the five meetings across the U.S., as well as the Canadian meetings to call upon a nationwide search for my hea-”
“How much was the bounty?” Chase then looks at her surprised by the question. “I can’t help but be curious. I’m curious by nature.”
“I never found out the amount, if that’s of interest. But anyways, it made me understand why she wanted me to leave. So we put the plan in action. We made an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers, called Dale to have the jet at Pearson International in two days, and that we’d be there. We were going to take the back roads and sneak our way there in hopes of not attracting Ran-”
“She sneak you in the wrong direction?” Chase shakes his head no. “Then how did she betray you?”
“How about you let me tell you, rather than trying to guess?” She then lets out a sigh.
“We were putting together pieces of the plan, and I came out and asked whether it’d be our last day together. She told me that she didn’t want to be a part of the crime rin-”
“Well, that was a lie.” Chase then gives Alyssa a stare as she lets out another sigh. “It’s true. She showed her alliance to them in the end.” Chase knew that she was right, but that didn’t mean that comments had to be made. “Continue…”
“And she didn’t want to come with me as people who try to escape usually end up dead, so she didn’t want me caught up with that. I asked why she couldn’t get he police invol-”
“That’s actually a good question. Why didn’t you call them for protection once you heard Randy was loose?” Chase lets out a sigh. It would be so much easier if he could just tell the story as it was.
“We didn’t want to attract attention since as far as Randy knew, I wasn’t there. Hence the idea of sneaking back down there.” Alyssa shrugs her shoulders – it sounded like a reasonable plan, supposedly. “She told me that wouldn’t work, as evidence by the past in how these crime rings work. Think about it – Randy was able to escape prison via deceiving the guards. They know how to do things. She told me that perhaps one day that we could be reunited. Lost in our sappy love, I told her that I wanted something to hold on to and reme-”
“You slept with her….” Chase lets out a sigh as he slowly shakes his head yes. “Chase…” His eyes immediately glance towards the ground, as he takes a deep breath.
“She was my first ever. I had been waiting and saving my first moment for someone special. I thought that she was that person so I slept with her.” He then slowly looks up and looks into Alyssa’s blue eyes. “That’s why I’ve always called it the biggest betrayal in life, for that reason. It left me crushed beyond belief. Regan, your dad, Bubba and Ryan all made suggestions to help me feel better about it, but nothing could break that heartbreak for the longest time. It took me a long while to get over it.” He then lightly grabs her hand with his own, holding it tightly. “Remember when we had a discussion about firsts?” Alyssa shakes her head yes.
“You mentioned Demi….”
“Demi taught me something – the biggest regret over the most ill-timed decision in my life through a series of emotions. I don’t want you to regret it. I don’t want you to feel hurt, or anything. I want it to be the right, special moment for you so you don’t feel what I felt. That’s why I told you that we would wait till you were ready, set for the right moment to have sex for the first time. That’s why I want to be patient and wait. That’s why…”
“Chase, it’s okay. I understand, and I really appreciate that. it means a lot to have someone who truly loves me who isn’t going to push me to do it before I am ready, or because of peer pressure. It means a lot to me. It touches right here…” She then brings his hand to her chest. “…and I don’t know if there’s many things that could feel just as sweet as that.” She then leans in and kisses his lips lightly.
“I’ve made some mistakes and regrets. I don’t want you to do the same.” He then takes a deep breath as he looks away, before turning back to her. “That experience with Demi tore me apart for a long time. It was hard to fall in love. I fell in love with a girl about two years later; her name was Brittnee. We had a decent connection, but yet I couldn’t bring myself to truly love her because I was still wondering if it was going to be a repeat of Demi. Of course, then there was Emma and we know how that played out.” Alyssa laughs.
“It’s alright. She was a way to bring us together, right?” Chase then shakes his head yes.
“I just want you to know that if say I should mention something that questions things, worries, or anything that’s od-”
“I understand. It’s because you’re still stuck on that moment and not sure. I understand. I am willing to be patient and understanding with you, and help you if we should come across something like that. You’ve been understanding with me in the age gap, and the things that I’m going through. Therefore, like the partners in life that we are being, I can do the same for you.” Chase smiles as he leans in and gives her a light kiss of her own.
“I appreciate that. I love you so much. I don’t even think I can describe it.” She smiles as her cheeks blush a little.
“I love you, as well. I’ve always felt something…” They then both get back into their comfy spots as Alyssa takes a deep breath. Despite this much being in the open, she knew that they needed to touch upon the rest. She had to know where the betrayal went wrong to answer the curious questions of her mind. “Alright. So what happened the next morning to lead to her betrayal?” Chase takes a deep breath, looking for the right place to start in his mind.
He had to admit as he got started to continue, though, that it felt good to have that off of his chest.