However much of a relief it is to leave that house, it's horrible to leave Junie. I manage not to cry until I'm on the train and then I can't help it. It's bitter sweet when I'm at Ed's that night. Even though I'm worried about everything, it's good to have him there. We're half lying down on the sofa and he has his arm around me.
"How was it while I was gone?" I ask. We're both speaking quietly for some reason.
"Alright." he shrugs. "It was a bit boring though."
"Good." I grin at him. "You shouldn't have too much fun without me. I'm very aware of all of those young women lecturers around here that have their eye on you."
He laughs out loud. "Oh yeah. Well if I'd have known about them-"
"Stop talking." I say, deadpan and then laugh, nestling into his side more. "I missed you though."
"I missed you." he says. "I wasn't the only one."
I frown, looking up at him. "Huh?"
"George was asking Winnie and everyone where you were." he laughs, shaking his head. "I don't think he's over you, you know."
"Don't be silly, we're friends, I'm sure he was just wondering." I protest.
Ed takes a deep breath in and out. "That boy concerns me."
I laugh at him. "Don't worry about it. I should go, I think. Lucy will lock me out."
"Freaking Lucy. Always ruining evenings."
"I know. God dammit Lucy."
"I'd ask you to stay the night but you leaving here in the morning is a bit risky."
"You let me stay that time I got really drunk." I point out.
"I didn't have a lot of choice."
I groan but stand up pulling me with him and hugging him. "Okay."
He hugs me closer, kisses me and then smiles at me. "Go before you're homeless for the night."
I don't want to leave really but I know I have to. I think that's how it's going to be with a lot of things between the two of us.