Sighing, I scooted down in the booth and pulled away my hand. You can’t control everything. It’s like you’re a finished product and I’m a brand new idea. You’re making all the decisions about who I can be and what I can do, but I can’t make any decisions about who you are. Well, for one thing, I’m not eighteen. For another, you have control over how I feel and that’s still power. Finally, maybe you grew up with a boot on the back of your neck so you need all of this independence to feel like you’ve accomplished shit, but you need to get over that. I take care of the people I love. My money can make your life easier and that makes my life easier. I’m not molding you and I don’t think you need molding anyway. The only difference between us is that I know I’m a finished product and you think you still need to change. You don’t and working this weekend so you can buy new clothes you don’t need won’t make you better. It won’t make you stronger or smarter. It’ll wear you down and give you a false sense of accomplishment. In the long run, your grades will suffer and you’ll hate your job and school and, God forbid, me. I’ve dreamed of this life for a long time and I want it to be like my dream. Dream bigger, baby. You mean dream of you. A dream with me in it, yes, but I know you want to be a teacher. I see on your face what that means to you. I’m not saying give up everything for me and be my bitch. I’m saying live your dream along with being my bitch. Fuck you, I hissed, grinning. Cooper shared my smile. I have to protect you. I have to feel like I’m doing right by you because my heart hurts when you aren’t happy. The last day sucked worse than any time in my life. I just couldn’t give two shits about anything because I’d lost you. I don’t know. I still feel like I should work this weekend. Cooper sighed for nearly a minute then shook his head. Healthy relationships are about compromise. Don’t work this weekend and go to the fair with me and I’ll buy you new clothes. See, compromise? You get everything you want. How is that compromise? I’m buying you new clothes that I don’t think you need, he said, grinning. I’m wasting money on your delusion. You’re welcome. Laughing, I finished my soda then stood up. I’ll think about it. And say yes when I take you home later.
Bijou Hunter