Watching Skyler lift Amberlyn into his arms and head off into the dark had been the last straw. Heck no was I gonna let that happen. I might have been angry, but she was worth fighting for.
I opened my truck door and removed the key from the ignition turning off the engine, heater, and hard rock station I’d been using to distract me from watching my girlfriend and her ex-boyfriend have a meaningful heart-to-heart conversation in the glow of the overhead light above the gym door.
Him taking off his jacket and draping it over her shoulders had nearly broken my resolve. Knowing she was probably freezing was the only thing that stopped me from leaving the warmth of my truck, where I still needed a few more minutes to cool off before confronting her.
My limitations, and my patience, were yet unknown. I didn’t trust myself not to yell at her or knock him onto the pavement. The last thing I needed was to get suspended from school for fighting at the holiday dance.
When he pulled her into his arms, twice—and kissed her on the forehead—I gripped my steering wheel like it was the only thing keeping me in the cab of my truck.
But him lifting her into his arms. It was over. I ran into the night after them until I realized where he was taking her—the main entrance to the foyer outside the gym. Of course. They’d gotten locked out when I’d stormed out the side door of the gym and they’d both come after me.
I took a deep breath to calm myself down and opened the door just as Skyler was setting Amberlyn back onto her feet.
Their smiles fell when they saw me walk in the door behind them and Amberlyn rushed over to me, stepping in between me and Skyler, probably worried I was going to punch him.
Thought about it.
I looked down into Amberlyn’s flushed face and regretted that my actions had been what led her out into the cold night. I wrapped my arms around her and pulled her into my arms, glaring at Skyler over her head.
To his credit, Skyler backed away, lifted his hands in surrender, and hurried into the gym, leaving me and Amberlyn standing there in the foyer.
I wasn’t sure what to say.