I rolled over and slowly opened my eyes, the space next to me was empty. I supposed it was him getting up to use the bathroom that woke me up in the first place. It felt late in the day; the sky was bright and it was quiet, too quiet, missing was the sounds of the family going about their day. I groped for my phone, the digital clock claimed it was only 8:00 am, we had slept for 10 straight hours, yet still I felt drained.
I groggily recalled returning home, although I guess it wasn’t really my home anymore, I felt like an intruder when I walked in the door last night. I went into the house in search of my landlords so I could tell them I’d changed my plans, but the entire family was out, probably at their daughter’s Christmas concert.
We’d stripped down naked and collapsed on my unmade bed, even though we’d both been exhausted we still made love, his strong warm body on top of mine, his perfect member thrusting deep inside of me, it was all I could do not to look into those blue eyes and whisper, “I love you.” Then I was on my stomach and he was behind and soon I was coming, my orgasm so profound that for a moment, I left my body. I suppose sleep came soon after because I didn’t remember much else.
He returned to the room.
“Good morning beautiful,” he cooed softly in my ear. “I’m going to the bakery for a pie run, do you want anything?”
“Mmmm… coffee please,” I mumbled.
“Coffee,” he repeated with a smile, “Go back to sleep, I’ll be back soon.”
I curled up on my side as my mind attempted to recall the hazy details of the past 24 hours.
It was Friday afternoon, the day before I was meant to leave and Nick had insisted on having a barbecue for me, unaware that I had booked a bus ticket for the next morning. Driving to his house I felt anxious: I hadn’t finished packing, I had no reliable transportation back into town and the way he and Jill had been talking, I knew they were planning on a wild night.
When we arrived at his house, no one was home so we all broke into his yard and started sipping beers and listening to tunes. Nick finally showed up with his puppy Otis in tow, others began to arrive and soon the party was in full swing. We drank, we ate, we drank, we smoked. At one point, all of us girls went swimming in the pool. Everyone was fairly intoxicated and adamant on doing cocaine. Nick went down the street with money and returned with MDMA. Everyone loudly vocalised their distaste, but we all ended up doing it anyway. My anxiety soared as I began to peak, I couldn’t sit still, I couldn’t relax. I kept moving seats and getting up to do things and starting new conversations. Jill was all over the map, Nick kept wanting to cuddle and tell me how special I was, Don could barely speak, Shawn was too intense, Kennedy had not done M but was stoned as shit, Mel was too high to function and her cousin Sally looked sober, bored and judgemental.
Max showed up with a couple friends and I insisted they drop with us, they even chipped in for another baggie. I started to feel a little more relaxed.
It was certainly an entertaining night, Jill got into the clothing I intended to donate and we had a fashion show. We played truth or dare and everyone got naked or made out. We took turns confessing deep secrets and fantasies.
Everyone was starting to do more, but I was done and falling asleep on Nick’s shoulder, I knew I should just go to bed and get some sleep, but I just wanted to stay in the company of my beautiful friends and listen to the sounds of Shakey Graves picking away at his guitar and crooning, “Some of us were built to roam…”
I persuaded Nick to join me and he laughed when I begun my game of seduction, “Why didn’t you just tell me you wanted to fuck? We could have snuck off for a quicky…”
“Nothing about this is going to be quick,” I assured him.
We explored each other’s bodies touching and kissing every inch of skin. I felt dazed as if I was entering and exiting a dream. After half an hour I dried up and we both just fell asleep.
A few hours later my alarm went off. The first thing I heard was the sound of heavy rain on the rooftop. I thought about all my friends passed out around the house, I looked over at Nick, naked and beautiful, peaceful. I thought about leaving them all to trudge down the street alone to the bus stop, to wait in the rain, to rush into town. The idea alone nearly brought me to tears, so I did what I should have done in the first place: I called Greyhound and for a mere $6 fee, changed my reservation to the following day. I cuddled up next to Nick and fell back asleep.
The next time I woke it was to my phone ringing. Kyle was on the other line, he was on his break at work and wondering if we’d all survived the night. He was especially concerned about Max who was apparently still up cleaning when Kyle had left for work. I wandered out to the patio and found him staring off into space, poor guy. I made him tea and as the others began to stir I made them all teas and coffees as well. All the anxiousness was gone, even though I’d changed my plans last minute and messed up the schedule of my cousin, who was picking me up from the bus stop and my landlords, who were expecting my suite to be entirely empty. I knew I should feel bad, but truly, I did not care.
I rolled a joint and we all got good and stoned before Max made us bacon and eggs. Jill had to rush back to town for work so I offered Max my seat in the car, insisting I could get a ride with Nick. On their way out the door, we grabbed Kennedy and convinced her to stay and spend the day smoking weed and watching Futurama.
Eventually the sky darkened and we dropped Kennedy at home before returning to my now empty abode. And now we were here…
I sipped my long black and tried to gather my bearings. I took a much needed shower and said my goodbyes to the family who I had been sharing a home with over the past 3 months. I made the bed up nicely for the new tenant and Nick and I loaded up his ute. In town we walked on the beach for a while and ran into some friends who I bid adieu to.
This was the final day I was meant to have; not strung out on M; not tired from being overworked; not rushed and stressed. This was the farewell I needed: chilled out and with him… the man I had loved and lost, cried for and laughed with. This man who’d been such a massive force in my life, who I had forged this intense relationship with.
At the bus stop, he gathered me in his arms. “I miss you already,” he promised and I fought back tears, because the truth was I never intended to move back and he was one of the main reasons why. The last couple weeks I’d been with him, yet had managed to keep my distance, but I knew eventually I’d get sucked back in. I couldn’t stand the thought of feeling such deep pain again; the heartbreak was inevitable.
Despite my best wishes, there was no future for me and Nick and there was no life for me in this place.
Onto the big coach I climbed, while he watched me go. I tried to be strong and look only forward though my body trembled with sadness.