Oh, shit. The flowers were from Kate. Well that
was fast. It only took her two hours. I opened
up the card. It read:
I’ll never give up until you take me back. I’m
staying in another hotel. I will not lose you without
Great. When was she going to understand that
I just didn’t want her in my life any longer?
I couldn’t put up with her.
“Good God, she really likes you, Zac. I think
you’re stuck!” Ike chuckled. I glared at him.
“Tell me how you find this funny?! I’ve got a
psycho chick chasing after me for the rest
of my life!” I screamed. He stared hard at me.
“Hey, calm down, it was a joke Zac,” Taylor
cut in. I breathed out. When was this
nightmare going to end? I’d gone through
more in this one day than I had in my
entire life. Kate was the biggest mistake
I’d ever made. And now, I was trapped
with her. It was obvious she wasn’t ready
to just accept this breakup.
“Zac,” Natalie spoke up, interrupting my
thoughts. “If you want her off your back,
you can’t just ignore her. It just doesn’t
work like that.”
“Gee, thanks, that’s a big help.” I snapped.
She turned back to the TV.
“If you want my advice Zac, just call her up,
see if you can meet someplace, and straighten
things out.” Ike suggested. That sounded
like a good idea. I picked up my cell phone
and flicked it on.
“20 missed calls?!” I gasped. What?! That
was impossible! I also had 5 new voicemails.
I checked the list. Kate, Kate, Kate, Kate…
they were all from Kate! I dialed my voicemail
and listened. They all said the exact same
thing. “I know you’re just not picking up the
phone, but fine. Meet me tonight at
midnight in the lobby of your hotel.” The
clock read 11:57. Perfect timing.
“Gotta run,” I called as I ran out of the room.
I threw myself into an elevator and paced
around until it reached the lobby. As soon as
I got there, I saw her, right there, sipping hot
“Zac!” she yelped, nearly dumping her cup.
She jumped up to hug me but I refused.
“Come on,” I ordered. “We’re going upstairs!”
She was crying and explaining all the way
“Kate! Get a hold of yourself!” I shouted as
soon as we reached Natalie’s empty room.
She sniffled, looking at me.
“You came to take me back?” she asked.
I just looked at her.
“Are you kidding me?!” I screamed. “After
all you did, after a couple phone calls and
flowers, you really think everything is just fixed?!
What is wrong with you?!” I couldn’t help
myself, I was so outraged. She fell on the
floor, crying her eyes out. Looking up at me,
she had black streaks all up and down her
cheeks. I threw my head back.
“Zac,” she choked, “I know you still love me…
we just have some things to work out! Please,
just give me a chance!”
“You ruined that chance, Kate! You ruined
it with your stupid fake pregnancy and
trickery marriage! I don’t want to be with
you! Please, just accept that!”
She cried and cried, tears falling so fast it
was as if her eyes were Niagara Falls. I sighed.
“Kate, I’m sorry but…it’s over, and you’re
just not gonna change my mind. It’s not
happening anymore. I can’t take it!” I
explained, tears forming in my own eyes.
I was trying so hard to keep from ripping my
hair out. My teeth grinded like crazy. Kate
fell on the floor, screaming in anger; but nothing
I could understand.
“There’s other fish in the sea, Kate…” I started.
She looked at me, nearly her whole face
covered in running mascara.
“I really do love you, Zac…” she managed
to get out. “But if this is what you want,
than this is what you want. I promise, this
time, I’ll really leave.” And I watched her
walk out the door and out of my life forever.