Limerence — “a state of mind resulting from romantic attraction”
Three days before camp
“You’re right,” Alyssa announced as she slipped into the booth across Tori.
Tori didn’t mind her but waved down a waitress and placed their order. Once their waitress left, Tori turned her attention to Alyssa. “Right about what?”
Alyssa laid her head on the table and groaned. “You’re really going to make me say it?”
“I hate you.”
“So, you like Will. What’s the big deal?”
Alyssa looked up and glared at her.
“Kade. You haven’t told him about Kade.”
Alyssa turned away.
“He hasn’t even talked to Kade’s parents since his death. The only reason Will doesn’t know about me is because he didn’t show up for the funeral. And I haven’t told Kade’s parents about William either.”
“Are you mad at Will, Alyssa?”
Alyssa shook her head. “Kade had been struggling with depression since we hit puberty. I loved Kade, but that doesn’t mean I was blind to his flaws. I couldn’t save Kade and I’d known him since we were in diapers. How could I expect to save Will?” she paused. “He has the same look in his eyes Kade did in his last few months – lost, searching, broken.”
“You’re not a hero, Alyssa.”
“I know you want to save them, but don’t let others consume you. Leave a part of you for you, too.”