They don't know my heartI decided this week that Starset's Ricochet might be my favorite song in the world right at this moment in time. It starts a bit weak but then from 2:30 into the song onwards it's magnificent. My brain screams along with them right through the piano notes at the end.
He founders for a place to lay his blame. It's heavy.
Good morning, I said to his closed eyes. He's awake. Just 'resting', as he always used to tell me he was doing when I would find him flat on his back in a field in the shade of a half-assembled ride, his baseball hat down over his whole face, curls fanning out like the tentacles of an octopus around his head.
Tell me you didn't just melt my eyebrows off with your dragon breath, Bridgie.
I can't do that, Locket. You're going to look permanently annoyed.
I think I do that anyway. He laughs, still without opening his eyes. It's only because of your morning breath though.
I can wake up elsewhere. It was a harmless comeback but once it was out I couldn't put it back. His eyes are now open, the jealousy volcano is filling up and ready to erupt and yes, he looks permanently annoyed.
Where would you wake up?
On the kitchen floor? So I don't irritate you with my breath. I'm trying to save the mood but it's gone.
You think August pushes you out abruptly, go try this breath on him and see yourself outside in minutes.
This has nothing to do with Au-
This has everything to do with him!
I'm listening. I roll onto my back and wait for him to spew his green lava everywhere. I wait to be condemned by it, buried in it, burned in it and reborn from it as new. I have to find the silver for all the hot rocks or it would destroy me too.
He's not helping you, Bridget. He's making it worse.
I wait. If I defend, I'm guilty. If I attack, ruined. I lie there in the ash and smoulder like the good little firebaby that I am.
He's got you wound up in some guise of helping you but at the same time he takes whatever he wants and then just pushes you right out the door. Sam said you were acting strange before I came in. I refuse to let anyone set you back. I don't know what he's doing.
Have you talked to him? (Good girl, Bridget, just shut your mouth, oh shut it, baby, don't say too much)
No. He's not going to tell me the truth.
Then you can't give weight to fears and ideas. That's what you tell me.
He nods and closes his eyes again. I know. I don't want anyone to touch you but if they're going to anyway I don't want them to hurt you. Your heart or your body.
No one can hurt either.
But you're glass, he whispers.
August isn't your enemy, Loch.
I know, but Jake is, and August is the closest thing to him that I have.
That's why I go.