THE ARCHIVES: Chapter 226

I Am

“Why? Why isn’t Gary
right for me?” I asked,
and the tone of my voice
must have upset him.
Before he spoke again,
he bit his lower lip
because it was wobbling,
and I wanted to touch his lip
to steady it
and hated myself
for wanting that.
“Because I am,” he said.
Now? Now he says it? Now?
I heard shuffling behind me
and knew Gary was there.
I waited to feel his embrace,
but nothing happened.
“What’s going on?” Gary asked.
My ex-crush
(crush? unrequited? requited?)
left, and I knew he had turned
to look at me, but I could not look
at him.

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