Here we go again!
‘Hey Charlie, is something wrong?’ I asked. ‘You’ve been really quiet lately.’ I didn’t turn my head away from the window. He knew I liked watching the scenery fly by, so he probably wouldn’t be too bothered by it.
Charlie stared out of his window in a similar way, absentmindedly observing the lake on the left side of the road. ‘Nothing.‘ he muttered. He didn’t normally mutter things in one-on-one conversations like these, no reason to.
‘So what is it?’ I pressed. I normally understood the guy well, but this time I couldn’t get much further than knowing something was bothering him.
‘Nothing!‘ he lashed out, then quickly repeating, ‘Nothing.‘, more composed this time.
The silence grew longer, and with good reason. It had only been in times of great struggle that he had reacted this fiercely to something and it was rarely ever directed towards me. I didn’t know what to say because of how shocking it was to me, he didn’t know how to properly apologize for this, or if he even needed to.
The well-oiled machine of communication between us wasn’t operating so smoothly anymore.
‘It’s nothing, I just…‘ He stopped, reconsidered, faced me. ‘I just think you’re growing up to be a really good kid, and…‘ A longer pause this time. He looked bothered, as if making a tough decision. ‘And I’m not sure if I like that.‘
I intended on making this longer, but I ain’t got the time for all that. (next)