Alfie woke up one morning, and Hattie was gone. He knew it would run its course. She could be so sweet. Her smile alone could make everything in the world right. And of course, she said she loved him. And he loved her. It was in her way... she was around him, wanting him. He'd never had this sort of thing with another person.
But she was gone. And he was sad as if he woke from a dream. He didn't want to let her in is heart, but there she was... so convincing of how she felt about him. As if, he alone was her world.
He knew he wasn't. He tried not to worry. It wasn't worth it. She'd tell him he was jealous. Maybe he was, but he didn't like the company she kept in those places she sought to be.
"Where did she go?" Alex looked worried too.
"I don't know." He didn't want to care because he'd cared so much in the past, and it didn't do any good. "She probably needed a fix. I guess. She's a pole dancer at a strip joint."
"Should we go? Try to find her?" Alex winced as if he had no idea where a strip joint might be.
"It would do no good." Alfie knew to leave it alone. It would only mean drama. He had a job now. Still, it felt like an open wound. It was as if she ripped out his heart to take with her. But he knew she was not thinking about him. She was thinking about pills and other things to keep her going.
Alfie talked of how he'd tried to make her mad when she got here. Hoping she wouldn't stay.
"I knew it was you. You were with her, before Valentines day." Alex acted as if he'd solved a case.
"I try my best to hate her..." He sighed. "She doesn't care about me. She doesn't care what she does to me." He felt really sad, as he thought of her. Alex brought him a mug of scrambled eggs from the microwave with melted cheese.
Just then, in the kitchen, he looked up to see the new blond. She looked him over as she poured some coffee.
"I have most of the day to myself." She chatted up Alex while Alfie played with his eggs. Alex couldn't do anything, though. He had classes then work.
"Well, I'm taking this kid, I babysit to the movies." Alfie said after Alex left. "Its just this Dr. Seuss thing." He shrugged. Alfie introduced himself.
"I like Dr. Seuss." She smiled then. That's all it took for Alfie to smile back. He was definitely not going to think about Hattie today.