Anj was playing with her hair. She hadn’t noticed him come in because she had been so engrossed with the letter. How long had he been by her side?
“You feel troubled. I can tell you’re weepy. What’s wrong?” he said, running his fingers through her curls in soft and soothing strokes.
“The dust,” she whispered. “It’s causing my allergies to act up. It’ll pass once I get used to it.” She moved to put a hand on his, but stopped when he pulled away. Disappointing as she wanted the extra strength more than ever.
She sighed. “What? Are you having a change of heart?”
“No. I just know you better than this. And I know you’re not being honest with me. I’m sitting back and giving you space until you’ll talk to me. I have all day. Even if we get locked up here, I don’t mind. Whenever you’re ready.” He waved her away and leaned back onto his elbows to get comfortable on the rug.
Her gray eyes narrowed. He was always so presumptuous. “And what if I don’t feel like talking about what’s wrong? What if I think it’s none of your business?”
“Do you trust me?”
“Yes, of course I do.”
“Then I know you will tell me someday.” She was ready to contest him, but he was probably right. One day she would cave and tell him everything. She could feel it. But she had to stay strong until the timing was right.
“Why do you have to know so badly?” she asked.
“I love you. I want to know everything about you.” He flashed his gorgeous, contagious smile. The full one, not his usual subtle smirk. It lit up his entire face, even sparkling up in his otherwise dark and dull eyes.
“And still have your own secrets from me?” she faced away so she wouldn’t have to look at him.
“My secrets are different. I don’t have a choice.”
She rolled her eyes. “And neither do I, so I guess we’re even.”
They both sighed in unison. She looked back towards him. Anj lay on the carpet, fully stretched out on his back now with his hands resting underneath his head. The smile was gone and he was once more as expressionless as ever.
“This was not how I was wanting things to go,” he said.