James scowled after him, and slowly rose up from his spot.
"Wait, no" I blurted out. James head quickly spun around to stare daggers at me.
"I.. I uh" I gulped. "I'll sort it."
I scurried out of the room, James making me uncomfortable.
I wandered around the house for a minute, until I found Hugo on the porch on the back garden.
"Hugo?" I asked quietly. "Hugo, what's wrong?"
He merely shook his head.
I sat on the wooden step beside him and took his hand.
"Tell me when you're ready" I said softly, resting my head on his shoulder.
After some silence, I looked up to see tears rolling down his cheek.
I hugged him tight.
"I can't believe they're getting married" he sniffled.
"Why does it bother you?" I gently asked, twirling my fingers through his feathery hair.
"Mum died a few years ago.. I was eleven." He sighed. "She.. She was in some accident. Knocked down by a car. She died in hospital. Dad was the last one to see her. The grief he had.. Was that a lie, put on for us? Did he think it as an opportunity to find a younger partner?"
"You know.. My dad died when I was little."
"Let me finish, sweetie."
"It's ok. But he died when I was little. And I think my mum still misses him, has always grieved for him. But people need to move on. These people need to become happy memories so people like my mum and your dad can continue life and find happiness."
"It's scary though" he whimpered.
"Terrifying" I agreed, hugging him tighter. "But other people can do it, so why can't we?"
I heard Hugo taking a few deep breaths.
"What would I do without you?"
He pressed his lips to mine, and I smiled mid-kiss. I began to let myself fully enjoy my feelings for Hugo.
"Oh my God."
Hugo and I jumped apart, and all we could see was Lacey's horrified face staring back at us.