It's been awhile since I posted a teaser for "Absolution" so here's one for you:
“You want to know if I told her about what happened that night.”
Callum glared at him, and Jack could tell he was on the right track.
“The answer is no, I didn’t. But why the hell didn’t you? You were there, you knew.”
“Because it wasn’t my place to tell her – it was yours!” Callum snapped.
“Jesus, Callum! You just let her think God knows what, all this time?”
“What the hell do you care what she thought! You weren’t here, remember? You didn’t have to pick up the pieces – we did! I made a decision not to tell her because what the hell would be the point?”
“What would be the point?” Jack repeated indignantly. “She would have known!”
“Known what? That you were a coward? That you left because you were scared? She knew that already!”
Jack opened his mouth to speak, but Callum cut him off.
“Don’t you dare come back here and start blaming anyone else for what you did – you did it yourself, you left!” Callum hissed, eyes blazing. “You did the wrong thing then and by coming back now and stirring it all up again you’re just making everything worse. Why don’t you just get the hell out of here?”
“I’m trying to make it right!” Jack insisted feebly, heart racing.
"And how in the hell do you think you’re gonna do that?”
Jack stared at him dumbfounded, knowing that he had asked himself that question a million times and come up empty.
“She doesn’t need you anymore. The best thing you can do now is just crawl back into whatever deep, dark hole you crawled out of and let her get on with her life.”
Jack shook his head determinedly, his heart pounding. “No. I’m not going anywhere, not this time.”
Callum laughed scornfully. “That’s your master plan? Seriously?”
Jack glared at him in silence, his anger mounting.
“Oh come on – you gotta admit, that’s a reckless statement, especially for you.” Callum snorted derisively. “You disappear when the going gets tough, remember?”
Jack clenched his teeth so tight his jaw ached. “That’s not what happened and you know it.”
Callum threw his hands in the air, his eyes burning hot with rage. “Do I? Because that’s what it looked like from where I was standing!”
“You know damn well why I left!” Jack blurted out, his voice thunderous and desperate. “You knew what I did – you were there!”
“Yeah, I knew what you did - big deal! You were trying to save her life - she wouldn’t have blamed you!” he said hotly. “You did the wrong thing, Jack – you should’ve stayed.”
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