Love and War

Bonnie can't help but think life would be so much easier if she didn't have to make choices. If she didn't have to choose between family or a future. If she didn't have to choose between Eli or Alfie. If she didn't have to choose between success or loyalty. If she didn't have to choose between one kind of love of the other.


34. Thirty four

On my way back from Eli's, I spot Alfie in the park again with his friends. He spots me and tells his friends he's going to talk to me, coming over to me. 

"You're just getting home?" he asks. 

I nod. "Yes. You're out early."

He shrugs. "I guess."

"Well, I'm going to go-"

"Eli killed somebody." 

I feel a bit shocked. I mean, I obviously knew that but the fact that Alfie just came out with it is a bit forward.

"I know." I tell him.

That seems to shock him equally. 

"What?" he demands.

I take a deep breath, not even hoping that this won't end in an argument.

"We talked it through last night." I say. "Look, I know what Eli did was awful, really really awful, but he's sorry and that's what matters, right?"

Alfie raises his eyebrows. "He's sorry. Yes, because that's going to bring back that man's life."

"Oh just stop it, Alfie, he's been punished enough." I sigh.

"You can't marry a murderer Bonnie!" he exclaims, frustrated with me. 

"He is not a murder. He killed somebody, yes, but we can move past that and he is so much more." I say, calmly. "I want to marry him so I will. You can't say anything to stop that."

"You will do anything and everything for that man, no matter what he's done." Alfie sighs, walking back to his friends. He mutters something to them, shaking his head and they all glance towards me and quickly look away when they see I'm looking. I'm sure that Alfie told them about Eli before or maybe they're who told him. Either way, now I'm sure they're just viewing me as some naive little girl like Alfie does. 

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