Chapter 29 : Stubbornness
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My days got real boring, real quick again. I woke up early, got Mackenzie ready, dropped her off at Mum’s, went to breakfast, went to classes, went to lunch, went home, did homework and makeup work, ate dinner, went home again for more work, went to patrol, got my daughter, did more work, and then finally went to bed sometime around 3AM every morning.
Tyler and I rarely had any time together anymore, to be romantic. Anytime we did spend together, I was dog tired. I was falling asleep during half of my classes, and if it weren’t for Tyler’s notes and help with the homework assignments, I would be in deep shit. I missed my daughter, too. I didn’t get to spend hardly any time with her either. On top of all that, I had the worst cold that just wouldn’t go away! Everything was miserable, but it was well worth it.
Today, I had more work to do than usual. I listened as Tyler sighed for the hundredth time that night and finally got up to kiss me goodnight. “Alix. We need to talk.” Those words caught my attention. I whirled around to face him, sitting sideways in the wooden chair at my desk, and he kneeled down to be almost eye level with me. I knew my eyes were wide with fear and he kissed my hands as he took them in his to reassure me. “I think you need to seriously consider graduating next year, with your class.” He said softly.
“Alix, listen. You’re basically taking two years here. It was easy for you last year to take on the extra workload, but now you’ve got makeup work from when Mackenzie was born (which should’ve been completed a long time ago, but with the slacking at the beginning of the year, it isn’t – just as much my fault as yours), and you’ve got your daughter, Head Girl duties, a husband and a life to attend to. You get 3 hours of sleep a night, which isn’t healthy at all. You're making yourself sick, Alix.”
“Tyler, I'm trying to graduate with you! So that we can go off to live in our beautiful house together, and possibly go to University!”
“Alix, we can still do that. It will just be delayed a year.”
“No, Tyler. I’m not quitting. I’ll go talk to Dumbledore tomorrow to see if there’s anything I can do. Summer classes or something. Work through my breaks. I will graduate when you do. I will.”
“Alix, please, just slow down. I don’t want to, but if you keep making yourself sick like this and keep living off hardly any sleep, I’ll go talk to Severus.”
“Tyler! No.” I felt betrayed that he would even think of doing such a thing. “If you bring this up to Daddy, I’ll have to quit for sure!”
“Alix… quit this or quit us.” He bowed his head as I gasped and tears lined my eyes. “The only reason you’re doing this is to stay with me. If I’m out of the equation, you’ll stop. Trying to graduate a year early has only caused problems in our relationship, problems in you and Mackenzie’s relationship and problems with your health.” He whispered. “Choose now Alix.”
Sadness turned to anger quickly. “Who the hell are you to tell me what I can and can’t do!? I will do whatever I want Tyler! I’m a grown woman! If I want to graduate a year early, I will. Fuck off.” I tried to turn back to my work, but Tyler standing up and throwing his hands in the air distracted me.
“Who do I think I am!? I’m your fucking husband Alixzandra! That’s who I am. And it’s kind of my job to look after you.”
“Look after me, yes. Boss me around, no. Now, if you will just give up on trying to get me to fall behind again, we can quit this whole argument.” I replied calmly. Tyler’s screaming scared me.
“No. I’m going to your father.” He started for the portrait hole and I jumped up and ran to it first, standing in front of it.
“You can’t leave if you can’t get through the door.” I could tell he was seriously aggravated, but I couldn’t let him walk out the portrait. Something told me that if he did, it wouldn’t just be the end of my advanced studies but of our relationship as well.
He sighed deeply and wouldn’t look at me. “Alix move. You’ve royally pissed me off and I can’t promise I won’t say something we’ll both regret if you don’t let me leave this instant. I’m going to see your father and pick up Mackenzie. I, for one, would like to see our daughter.”
“And what the hell is that supposed to mean? You think I don’t miss her? To hell I don’t! I’m trying to create a better life for her. One where she can have both of her parents all of the time.”
“Meanwhile, you’re putting her off on your parents full time and she barely gets to see either of us! Makes a lot of sense doesn’t it Alix?”
“Oh, I didn’t realize you were all high and mighty and Mr. Perfect.”
“And I didn’t realize you were such a selfish bitch!” He screamed back. I felt my face fall as I moved away from the portrait and he stormed out. I had the distinct feeling that I wouldn’t be seeing him again tonight. Walking over to my chair, I fell onto it, sobbing into my hands. Tonight was going to be worse than the rest.
No baby, don’t.
You’re making my heart hurt.
Don’t say those words, take it back
You know you don’t mean that. – Brantley Gilbert, “You Promised”
It's short. I know. But it's something. And I've had serious writer's block lately, so that's what we're gonna get for this chapter :/ Sorry I havent updated in years. Im sure I've lost most if not all of my readers. :( Maybe not though. I'm hoping not. :) This is a kind of plot twist I've wanted for quite awhile so please tell me what you guys think and if you like it at all! :)
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