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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12TH: Thomas is throwing Marcus a party. Sort of like a bachelor party, except instead of giving away his single life, he's giving away his childless life. Word is Thomas is going all out with pole dancers and plenty of alcohol. Of course the boys say it's a guy only event, but Ava and Olivia have a different idea. So ladies throw on your trashiest outfits and be ready to surprise the hell out of the guys.
I walked into the bookstore, my heart beating a mile a minute. When Leo saw me, he smiled. I ignored that.

"Lexi," He said. "Let me explain--,"

"No," I cut him off. "What you did the other night was unneceptable. And I know you didn't mean it, but I can't do this. I'm sorry but I'm going to have to quit,"

"Please," Leo said. "I can't tell you how sorry I am,"

"Leo," I sighed. "Please don't make this harder than it is,"

"I can't let you go, Lexi. You mean too much to me,"

I bit my lip. Sure we had only been dating for a little while, but I felt the same way. And yet I couldn't let myself be in this kind of relationship. "I'm sorry. Please forgive me,"

"No," Leo begged. "Don't leave," He touched my arm, but it was gentle.

"You have to understand. If I'm in this kind of relationship--even what we had before, which was basically a secret--it's just another bad decision that would lead me down the wrong road again. I can't afford that," I told him, on the verge of crying. I had to get out of here.

"I won't give up, Lex," Leo said as I turned my back on him. "I'll fight for you,"


"Hi, it's me," I called out when I opened Layla and Kent's door. 

Kent turned the corner and blushed. "Oh," Was all he said before turning the corner and disapearing. 

I stood there awkwardly, looking around. I still didn't feel too welcome here, after everything that had happened over the past few weeks with Kent and Layla.

Layla appeared after a few minutes looking p-ssed per usual. "Hi," She said, pouring herself a cup of coffee and offering me one. I nodded. "I didn't know you were stopping by today,"

"Oh, I wasn't," I said. "I mean, I didn't plan on it. I just... needed someone to talk to,"

"What's up, Lex," She asked, sitting down in a kitchen chair. I sat down across from her. Suddenly everything that she was mad about vanished, and she was focused on only what I had to say next. I was grateful.

I sipped my coffee awkwardly. I hadn't told her anything private in years. "I just broke up with my boyfriend,"

"I'm sorry, Lexi. Really. Can I ask why,"

I shrugged. "I don't know. I really don't. I feel... like I'm not myself anymore. Like everything I do isn't me. I'm losing myself,"

Layla reached across the table and squeezed my hand. "No you're not, Lexi. I know you and you're still the same b-tchy, stubborn, beautiful sister you've always been,"

I laughed, tears starting to form in my eyes. "Did I ever tell you I was sorry,"

"No," She shook her head, her eyes wet too. "But you didn't need to,"

I got up and hugged her tight. "Well I am,"
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