Illusions: a new leaf


photo by Alex Schroeder

Ashley Tanner

Elijah couldn’t shake the feeling he had in the pit of his stomach. Gemma hadn’t been responding to his texts or phone calls for a few days and he was worried he had lost her. The mere thought of losing her made Elijah sick; he had never meant to hurt her.
Elijah picked up his phone off the table and dialed Gemma’s number.
He listened to the daunting ring, realizing she probably wouldn’t answer.
“Sorry I missed your call, please leave a message and I will get back to you.”
“Hey Gemma, please call me back. I am really worried about you.”
He hung up the phone and frustratedly threw it on the couch.
Elijah knew the mission but he also knew his feelings for Gemma, and he had let both of them down.
He grew increasingly nervous about what Wolfgang would do if he lost Gemma. He knew what Wolfgang was capable of, no punishment was too small for someone who crossed him.
As he thought about his next move, his phone began to vibrate.
He picked it up and to his surprise, it was Gemma.
“Hey,” she said quietly.
“Is everything alright? I’ve been calling you for days.”
“Yeah, I just needed time to think.”
“Think about what?”
“This. Us.”
Elijah didn’t know what she meant. He thought their relationship had been going well, he thought she was falling for him.
“Oh. And?”
Gemma didn’t respond for a while. The silence between them was deafening, and he tried to busy himself with a loose string on the hem of his shirt as he waited for her answer.
“Look, will you come over for Christmas? We could talk about it some more then, and….”
Her straight forward question took Elijah off guard; he hadn’t lost her after all.
“I would love to spend Christmas with you!”
“Great.” He could hear her small smile on the other end of the line. It was so cute.
He smiled goofily for a few more seconds until finally remembering his manners. “Do I need to bring anything?”
“Mashed potatoes,” she said with a chuckle. “You make them way better than I do.”
“Will do. See you in a couple days.”
With a click, Gemma hung up.
Elijah grinned, hitting the end call button on his own phone’s screen. He was excited to their first Christmas together, maybe she would finally open up more about her own gift. [vc_empty_space][vc_basic_grid post_type=”post” max_items=”10″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1451349104418-efecb63e-84a5-3″ taxonomies=”12779″]