CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED and SIXTY-TWO
“Delphie and I talked,” Nash said. “I’m addicted to this stupid phone.”
Nash pulled the charred phone from his pocket.
“I was going to class and I realized that I usually tape our classes,” Nash said. “I’ve never even looked at them, but I have them. I … I … liked having them.”
“Today, Heather and her grandmother came to our class to talk about the types of love,” Nash said.
Samantha snorted a laugh.
“You had a lecture on love from Aphrodite and Hedone?” Samantha asked incredulously.
“Yeah,” Nash said.
“That’s an incredible honor,” Samantha said.
“And must have been so weird,” Samantha said. “Aphrodite always looks at me like I’m some kind of beetle. I never know if she’s going to step on me or …”
“How do you know them?” Nash asked.
“Oh,” Samantha said. “I don’t really know, and anyway, we’re talking about you.”
“You’ll tell me?” Nash asked.
“Later,” Samantha said. “So the Goddesses of Love taught you about … Agape?”
“Well, yeah,” Nash said. “But I was more … well … at the end, Heather talked about ‘Mania’.”
“Obsessive love,” Samantha said.
“She looked right at me,” Nash said. “I felt like she could see into my soul. How I almost killed Sandy and …”
“Nadia,” Samantha said softly.
“My mother was obsessed with everything,” Nash said. “Right now, she’s obsessed with getting money from my dad. Says that he owes her for all that he put her through. All he put her through! What a joke!”
Nash shook his head incredulously. He looked at Samantha.
“I’m sorry,” Nash said. “I don’t know why I’m telling you all of this stuff.”
“Sometimes, it’s nice to unburden yourself to a familiar stranger,” Samantha said. She smiled. “Plus, I know all of the players.”
“Well,” Samantha said, after a moment. “You know the paths you need to take.”
“So why are you so upset?” Samantha asked.
“I …” Nash said.
Tears started down his face. Unable to speak, he shook his head. Samantha sat with him until he was calmer. When he was still, he looked up at the clock.
“I have to go,” Nash said.
He jumped up and started out of the house.
“Would you mind if I come to see you later?” Samantha asked.
Nash stopped in his tracks. He turned to her. After a moment, he gave her a brief nod and ran out of the house. Teddy was waiting with their bikes in front of the house.
“You okay?” Teddy asked. “You missed practice.”
Nash grunted. They got on their bikes and rode to O’Malley’s house.
Denver Cereal continues next Monday…
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