29th Day Bonus: Reentry (Part 1)

“Hey man, thanks for coming. Did you find the place okay?” Jimmy swung the door of his home open and Jason stepped inside.

“Yeah, it was easy to find. Nice place you’ve got here.”

“Thanks. Clearly, Kate’s a master decorator,” Jimmy chuckled. “Construction design I’ve got, but interior design is not my idea of a good time.”

Jason smiled as a looked around. Jimmy’s construction expertise was obvious, but Katherine’s touches were everywhere inside. It reminded him of home.

.

“Jason, I don’t understand why you’ve been avoiding me lately, but you’ve been my best friend practically my whole life. I can’t imagine sharing this day with all my friends and family, and you not being there. Please come.” Katherine gave him one last long look, which he did not return, and shut the door.

Please come. Oh, sure. Come join in a massive celebration of a happy couple’s union. Come watch the love of your life, the only girl you ever dreamed of marrying, start her forever with someone else.

And as much as Jason couldn’t bear facing Katherine’s wedding, he also couldn’t bear the thought of crashing her blissful state with his mounting depression. His family was busy helping hers with last minute wedding details; if he left now, no one would even notice until it was too late to bother trying to force him to come back. He could avoid having to explain himself and his God-forsaken feelings to his family and friends — and the one person who could do anything about it.

Get out now. The resolution filled his mind thoroughly, providing a sort of grim calm. The decision was made, and he had no time to waste before anyone else came home. He began to pack.

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