My job was killing me, and I hadn’t even started it yet. Or applied for it. I knew that, if I wanted to be a good athlete, I had to be in top physical condition, and I had been determined to push myself – until I was about three days into my new routine.
Every morning I got up just before the sunrise, way before Mum did, and swam a few laps in our pool. The refreshing water felt horribly cold at first this early, but it woke me up pretty quickly and by the time I had done ten laps I felt awake. In the cool water, I didn’t feel the burning in my legs so much – not until it was time to get out of the beautifully cool water, get changed, and start my half an hour run!
With every step I took, my legs felt like they were on fire. My sides were in terrible stitches, and my muscles screamed at me in agony, but there was nothing and no one that could have stopped me from doing this ever day. I wanted to be a great athlete, and had always known that it would take a few sacrifices! I just hadn’t imagined that they would be this painful.
After that I took a quick shower, got dressed, had a quick healthy breakfast and then it was off to school. In the evening, at 6pm sharp, I went for another half an hour run on my treadmill.
And still I somehow managed to find time to spend with Blaine. I knew that, if we didn’t go on a few fates here and there, Mum would get suspicious and start asking questions, and I wanted to avoid that more than I wanted to make the fire in my muscles go away! There were only two more months left before we were officially finished with High School. Two more months in which I had to keep up appearances. After that, Blaine and I could go our separate ways.
I did enjoy our dates together, but I definitely enjoyed the woohoo more! Talking to Blaine was nice. Unlike Reid he always had something smart to say, and I didn’t find myself looking at my phone as often. And it kept Mum at bay. She had begun to think that Blaine and I might actually have something serious going on, and I didn’t want to correct her. If it helped her accept our relationship, then I wasn’t going to argue it.
As final exams drew closer our dates became more rare as I had to buckle down and study. I had never been as good in school as Mum had wanted me to be, but as long as I kept bringing in B’s she was happy enough. The job application I had to fill in wasn’t too focused on good grades, but they did want a B+ at the very least and I knew that to have the best chances, I couldn’t accept anything but an A. I had put my body through too much to accept anything less. Unfortunately for me, just being a fast runner wasn’t good enough to get me that A. There was an awful lot of theory involved and some biological branches, too, which I had never paid much attention to. Who cared if I knew which muscles did what, or how they flexed when I was lifting weights? I was the fastest runner in my school, that’s what should have mattered.
Two weeks before my final exams and I did nothing but exercise, study, eat, sleep and go to my classes. Blaine and I sent texts back and forth every now and again, so I knew that he wasn’t anywhere near as stressed as I was. He was too confident about his finals for my liking, but that’s what you got when you were as clever as he was.
Eventually, and very suddenly, all the stress was over. My exams were taken, and all I had to do now was wait for my results and the decision regarding my application. Well, and there was one other thing…
My birthday was only a couple of days away, and I knew that Blaine’s business plan had been approved as well as his deposit. Everything was in place for his company to take off, and I’d be pretty busy myself very soon, so… It was time to break up.
It was getting late when he came over, but I had been busy taking a relaxing swim before that. Swimming for fun was actually quite nice when you had the time, and I’d figured that I deserved a short break for all the hard work I’d put in.
“Hey, Blaine. So, this is it! Thank you for putting on this charade with me, my Mum actually believed that we were serious! I couldn’t have done this with anyone else.” I went in to hug him, but he pulled away quickly, looking surprised.
“You’re breaking up with me?” I had no idea why he was so shocked. We had both known that this was just for woohoo! If Mum hadn’t watched me this closely I would have moved on to the next guy ages ago. Or maybe that hot girl from the year below me.
“You could argue that it’s not really a breakup since we weren’t really a couple.”
An odd expression entered his face. “And here I thought-”
“Thought what? You knew we weren’t serious. Come on, Blaine, you knew what we had was only for fun! And we had a lot of it, didn’t we?” I had thought so, anyway. Maybe my suspicions had been right? Maybe he actually had fallen in love with me! To think I had thought of him as clever.
“You’ll regret this, Lilliana. You know we had more than just a bit of fun! It started out as that, I know, but we became more! You’re mine, you can’t just break up with me!”
“Well, I’m doing it now.” I was getting annoyed with him now. He had known my reputation and why I had wanted to do this. If he had actually fallen in love with me then that was his bad, but it had nothing to do with me. I was more than ready to move on, and I was done needing people’s permission. My birthday was two days away. After that I could move out and start my own life, the way I wanted to live it. “Good luck with your business, hope it goes well!”
I gave him a quick kiss on his cheek, for old time’s sake, and went inside, closing the door behind me.
Lilliana has completed another step of stage 2 of her aspiration, which was to break up with two people. Now all she needs to do is get to lvl5 of the charisma skill to get to stage 3, and she’s currently on lvl3 🙂