Ruby's point of view
It's good to be back in England. I miss Chris but that doesn't make me hate being here like I thought it would. I'm still quite happy to just be by myself other than skyping Chris. It's always quite late for him when we finally get a chance to talk but he stays up anyway. He calls me one evening when I've just gotten in from Meadowhall.
"Hey." he grins. "Where have you been? I've been trying to call you since six."
"Sorry." I say, lying down and tilting my laptop screen down so I can see him still. "I've been shopping."
He laughs. "What for?"
"Notebooks and sharpies." I groan. "I buy nothing exciting anymore."
"I always thought you were the kind of person who got excited by buying notebooks and sharpies."
I raise my eyebrows. "What do you take me for?"
He chuckles. "I'm just saying."
I laugh. "How's your day been anyway?"
"Rough." he admits. "I really freaking hate hanging out with Jason. Don't feel bad about that Ruby, I know why I have to, I'm more than happy to, it's just hard."
"I know." I sigh. "I just don't know what else we're supposed to do."
"I know." he says gently. "It's okay."
I nod. "Chris, I've been thinking about something."
"Yeah." I nod. "I've kind of been thinking of taking a year out of uni."
He frowns. "What?"
"I'll still do all the work I need to and I'll still go for three years, but I'm thinking of taking a year out to come back to Florida. I miss my mom and Jonas and I really miss you."
"Ruby, you can't ditch your education because you miss us." he objects.
"I'm not ditching my education! I'm just taking a break. A year long break."
He raises an eyebrow like he's warming up to the idea but doesn't want to admit it.
"Well, I guess if you're not missing out on anything..."
"Glad you agree." I cut in before he can object again. "I've gotta go do some studying. Nice talking to you, I'll call you tomorrow, love you, bye!"
I know it's hard to be in Florida and I know I love it here, but that's when you know you really love somebody. When they seem to come above everything else.