Ephemeral — “lasting a short time”
One day after camp
Alyssa sat across Kade’s mom, Ellen, at lunch the day after camp.
“How was camp?” she asked.
Alyssa smiled. “It was fun.”
“Did something happen at camp?” Ellen asked curious.
Alyssa stayed silent, trying to process how to answer the question vaguely.
“Alyssa?” Ellen asked.
Alyssa looked at her guiltily.
Ellen gasped, sadness lingering in her eyes. “You’re in love.”
Alyssa bit her lip. “There’s really nothing to tell yet.”
“Really? You have the same look in your eyes when you first fell in love with Kade.”
“You’re like daughter to us,” Ellen reminded her. “Should Kade have lived, I’d love to think you would have ended my daughter for real. But, I know nothing can bring Kade back. You can still be happy. You still have your whole life ahead of you. I just have to accept you will fall in love with someone who’s not my son. I’d just hope you would still let me be a part of your life.”
Alyssa moved to hug Ellen and sat beside her on the couch. “Thank you.”
“It’s not Drew, is it?” Ellen teased.
Alyssa gagged. “He’s like a brother to me.”
“Well, then who is it?” Ellen asked, curiously.
“William Torres,” Alyssa said quietly.
Ellen’s eyes widened. “Him?”
Alyssa nodded. “I’m sorry. It’s just that I’ve been working with him for the past months and –“
Ellen shook her head. “You have nothing to be sorry for, dear.” She sighed. “I always knew that boy was going through problems of his own, I was just too busy with Kade’s problems to delve deeper into Will’s.”
It was Alyssa’s turn to smile sadly. “He still has problems. Honestly, I’m scared. He has the same look Kade did.”
“You have to be careful with your heart, Alyssa,” Ellen reminded her.
“I may be in love with him, but it doesn’t mean anything will come out of it,” Alyssa told her. “He hasn’t said anything yet and I promised myself I wouldn’t enter into another romantic relationship until I at least have a stable job.”
Ellen smiled. “Just keep in mind that love sometimes finds us when we least expect it.”
“I know, but for now, I’m just focusing on me. If and when the time come and the feelings are still there, then we’ll see what happens.”
Ellen smiled at her. “I know you’ll make the right choice.”