Time Heals All Wounds
The word sounded very foreign to Steve, like something he had never heard of before. The thought had never crossed Steve’s head before, not even now. He had never thought about divorcing Mia and the fact that she had even brought it up hurt. Steve felt like he had been punched in the stomach and all the air had left his body.
He looked at Mia like he didn’t know who she was. In fact, he didn’t recognize the woman in front of him. If Mia, his Mia, were standing in front of him having this same argument, he would bet his life on it that she would never even think about a divorce. The Mia he knew would fight tooth and nail to work the problem out and never take the easy way out.
“Steve?” Mia asked softly watching as he lost the color from his face. He was really pale and she became worried.
“The fact that you would even think about a divorce befuddles me,” Steve said in a toneless voice. “I just, I can’t do this right now.” Steve walked out of the kitchen and out of the house leaving Mia behind standing in the middle of the kitchen alone.
Mia dropped to the floor and brought her legs close to her resting her chin on her knees as she closed her eyes and let the tears fall. She knew she was hurting Steve even before she had uttered the words out but she couldn’t seem to stop herself. Mia was feeling confused and angry at herself and at everyone around her.
Mia knew she had crossed the line mentioning the divorce. It had slipped from her lips without thinking about it but she had suddenly felt cornered by Steve. She couldn’t control the memories that came back and the ones that didn’t. Steve wanted her to have her memory back and she knew how difficult it must bee for him but she didn’t know what to do. Mia didn’t know why she had kept Doris’ secret in the first place. She looked up from where she was sitting on the kitchen floor when she felt another presence and saw Mary standing in the doorway.
“You heard everything,” Mia stated not bothering to ask knowing their voices had escalated at one point.
“He’ll come around, don’t worry,” Mary said walking into the kitchen and offering Mia a hand so she could get to her feet. “I know how he is about his trust issues but he can’t blame you for everything. Mom must have put you in a difficult situation and knowing how close you two were, well I can’t blame you either.”
“We were close, Doris and me?” Mia asked confused. How could someone be close to a person that made you feel uncomfortable?
Mary nodded. “You were like a second daughter to her and according to Steve you also saw her as the mother your own never was. When Steve visited me after dad sent us to the mainland he would talk a lot about mom and obviously you,” Mary said. She looked and Mia and noticed she didn’t understand. “When my mother ‘died’ our father sent us away to the mainland for our ‘security’ and I guess your relationship with Steve ended. He always wondered why you never tried contacting him but I guess you two figured that one out when you came back to the island. Look I don’t know much about your relationship with my brother but there is one thing I do know and I am sure even a blind man can see. Steve loves you. He might not show it much lately with everything that you’re going through but he does love you. Don’t give up on hi just yet.” Mary gave Mia a hug and returned to her room leaving Mia to her own thoughts.
Mia wanted to wait up for Steve to try and have a normal conversation without ending up in a fight but she didn’t know if Steve would come back or even where he went. Talking to Mary had not helped much. Mary had just left her more confused than ever. She needed to talk to someone. As she paced the living room thinking of who to call she grabbed her cell phone and dialed the first person to cross her mind.
“Hello?” a tired voice answered.
“Danny? It’s me, Mia,” Mia whispered as she looked over her shoulder to make sure no one was around.
“I know Mia, it’s called caller id,” Danny replied.
“Right, listen Danny; I need to talk to you. Can you meet me down the street please?” Mia said keeping her voice down.
“Why are you whispering and where’s Steve? Why don’t you talk to him?” Danny asked dreading where this call was going.
“He left. We got into an argument and he left. I don’t know where he is. I really need to talk to you Danny, please?” Mia insisted.
Danny sighed as he debated whether to go or not. He had already told Mia he did not want to meet like this again but she really sounded desperate. Danny checked his watch and saw that it was getting late. “I’ll meet you on the opposite side of the street. I don’t want Steve to see me when he comes back.”
“Thank you, Danny, really. I’ll see you in a bit,” Mia whispered before ending the call.
Mia knew if she went out through the front door the guard would spot her right away and follow her. The only way she could leave the house was through the back. She just hoped the guard wasn’t doing his routine check at the moment. Mia checked through the window and saw that the guard was walking around the front yard. She hurried to the back door and quietly opened just enough to step outside. Then she proceeded to run down to the beach and hurry to where Danny said he would meet her.
Danny pulled up the corner where he spotted Mia standing. He unlocked the door so she could get in and she did so right away.
“Thank you for coming Danny,” she said giving him a small smile.
“Don’t make me regret this Mia. I already feel guilty enough when I know I haven’t don’t anything wrong,” Danny said staring straight ahead.
“I’m sorry,” Mia whispered dropping her gaze to her lap.
There was a moment of silence where neither knew what to say until Danny couldn’t take it anymore. He turned on his spot and faced Mia. “What’s going on?”
Mia stared straight ahead into the darkness as she spoke. “I asked Steve for a divorce,” she said.
Danny’s eyes widened in shock at the news he had just heard. “What!” he asked incredulously. “Why would you do that?”
“He cornered me! He overheard me when I was talking to Doris about what I remembered and he got angry and then he basically kicked his mother out of the house. Then we started arguing and it just slipped,” Mia argued looking at Danny and becoming agitated as she rehashed what happened between Steve and her.
“Did you mean it?” Danny asked in a more normal tone.
Mia remained silent as she looked away for a minute and then returned her gaze to Danny. “I don’t know,” she said honestly.
Danny sighed and ran a hand through his hair. “You don’t know?” he asked in a whisper. “Come on Mia, you love Steve. You two were meant to be together. You can’t do this to Steve or to yourself.”
“That’s the thing, Danny, the old me loved him. I’m not the same person anymore and I don’t know if I’ll ever be again. I don’t know if I want to go through the whole process again,” she said, her voice full of anguish. “He’s been nothing but great, very supportive even though I know it’s killing him not to have the old Mia he fell in love with. Why would he want to make me fall in love with him again? Why would he waste his time doing that?”
“That’s exactly what you should be asking him, Mia, not me. I can’t give you the answers you’re looking for. All I can tell you is Steve loves you so damn much, Mia. Just think about it first, really through. Think about the day he kissed you. How did that make you feel? Forget about what you remembered and just focus on how you felt the moment he kissed you but please don’t make any final decisions just yet.” Danny looked at his watch and then at Mia. “I think you should start heading home. It’s getting late and Steve might be worried by now.”
“Just really think about it Mia and talk to Steve. You two really need to sit down and talk,” Danny said.
Mia nodded again. “There’s just one thing I need to do and I think it’s what I really need to help me figure things out,” Mia said looking at Danny.
“What’s that?” Danny asked softly.
“This,” Mia whispered as she leaned in and softly placed her lips on Danny’s catching him completely off guard.
Danny was stunned and frozen on the spot. What the hell was going on, he thought. This was Mia, Mia! This was his best friend’s wife for crying out loud! Danny recovered and pushed Mia away as he quickly got out of the car and paced back and forth furiously.
Mia covered her mouth in shock at what she has just done and what she just realized. She got out of the car and walked to the other side blocking Danny’s path. “I’m so sorry Danny,” she sobbed as she placed her hands on his shoulders to stop him.
Danny pushed her hands away. “Don’t touch me,” he said in between clenched teeth. “What the hell is wrong with you? Did the hit to your head really mess you up in the head? How could you? You’re my best friend’s wife! I never gave you any reasons to think I was interested in that way.”
“Danny I just had to do it. I’m sorry!”
Danny stopped and chuckled incredulously. “You just had to do it? You just had to ruin the image I had of you? What is Steve going to say? You think he’s just going to accept the fact that you “just had to do it”?” Danny was furious with Mia. He knew coming tonight had been a bad idea but once again he didn’t listen to his gut. “Why did you even do it?”
“I needed to find out for myself what I felt for you was. I’ve been so confused. You’ve been such a great friend to me and I misinterpreted everything. I thought I was feeling something for you but this kiss just proved me wrong. I didn’t feel the same things I felt when Steve kissed me and I’m sorry. I’m sorry for putting you in this situation.”
“Yeah well you should have thought about that before doing what you just did,” Danny said before climbing into his car and speeding away.
Mia watched Danny speed away as the tears of guilt continued to fall down. She knew she had messed up big time and the mess she had just made might be irreparable.
Steve had just walked into the house and turned on the small lamp on the side table when the door opened behind him and Mia rushed in closing the door behind her. He watched her leaning against the door with her face in her hands. “Mia, what’s wrong? Where did you go?” he asked despite the anger he still felt.
Mia jumped at hearing Steve’s voice. She had been so distracted she did not notice the light was on or that Steve was home. Mia looked at Steve and immediately the guilt came back full force.
Steve walked closer to where Mia was standing but before he could reach out a hand she left running up the stairs and into the room. He watched as she ran not understanding what had her so upset and where she had come from. Steve debated on whether he should go after her or not but quite honestly he was tired of the fighting. He wasn’t in the mood for another round with Mia so he walked to the couch after turning off the light and dropped face down. Steve needed to get some rest. He was exhausted but he wasn’t sure sleep would come easily after his earlier discussion with Mia.
Mia was in the kitchen baking cupcakes for Sophie while her daughter sat on her high chair and watched her. Mary had gone out for the day leaving Mia home alone with Sophie while Steve was at work. It had been two days since the argument they had and since what happened with Danny. She had tried calling Danny to apologize but he wasn’t answering her calls or replying to her messages. In the last few days Mia had been avoiding Steve. She would get out of bed until Steve left or occupy herself with Sophie to avoid talking to him and at nights she would already be asleep or pretend to be sleeping by the time Steve got home. She knew it was childish and she had to talk to Steve but if they were being honest, Mia had a feeling Steve was avoiding her too.
“What smells so good in here?”
Mia jumped startled by the sudden intrusion causing her to drop the gallon of milk she was in the process if putting away.
“Oh I’m sorry Mia. Here I’ll clean it up it was my fault.”
Mia looked at the person standing just inside the kitchen and smiled weakly. “It’s okay. I got it. I was distracted and didn’t hear you come in.”
“I knocked but no one answered and the guard outside said you were home so I just let my self in. I hope you don’t mind.”
“Don’t worry about it. I was just thinking,” Mia said as she finished cleaning the floor.
“Want to talk about it?”
Mia looked at the woman offering to talk. Savannah had said they were once best friends and Steve had confirmed it but Mia wasn’t sure how much she could really trust this woman.
Savi noticed Mia’s hesitation right away and it hurt. There was a time when Mia wouldn’t even think twice about talking to her but Savi had to remind herself Mia wasn’t the same woman. “I understand your hesitation but you can trust me. Whatever you say to me you can be assured it will stay between us.”
Mia thought about this. She really needed to talk to someone about what happened and Mia knew she couldn’t tell Steve. He would never forgive her. She took a deep breath and nodded. “I did something I shouldn’t have done and I wish I could take it back but I can’t. At the time I thought it would help me figure things out, and it did, but I ended up hurting someone I really care about.”
Savi wondered what could have Mia troubled but whatever it was, Savi knew it wouldn’t be good. “Go on, I’m listening.”
Mia looked briefly at Sophie who was playing with her crackers. Then without meeting Savi’s eyes she began talking. “A few days ago after an argument with Steve I really needed to talk to someone so I called Danny,” Mia paused to take a deep breath. “I kissed Danny.”
Savi remained silent as she just looked at Mia who was looking anywhere else but at her. If truth be told, Savi wasn’t surprised. She could tell from the day of the cookout that something was going on with Mia regarding Danny. Savi just wasn’t sure whether it was just a one sided thing or mutual. Right now, Mia needed a friend and Savi was going to be one. “Are you in love with Danny?”
Mia scrunched up her nose. “No of course not,” she replied immediately.
“Then why did you do it?” Savi asked.
“I just wanted to see what this feeling I had inside was,” Mia said pointing to her heart. “During my argument with Steve I told him if he didn’t want to deal with any of this anymore then maybe it was time we thought about a possible divorce. It slipped before I could even think about it.”
“You asked him for the divorce?” Savi asked incredulously.
“It was in the heat of the moment. I didn’t mean it,” Mia defended. “I was mad at him for making me feel like I was to blame for everything that has happened.”
“Okay, let me get this straight. You got in a fight with Steve that resulted in you putting the divorce option out there then you met up with Danny and kissed him to try and figure out what you felt for him?” Savi summarized. “You say you’re not in love with Danny so what exactly did you gain by kissing him?”
“I knew you wouldn’t understand,” Mia said as she turned around to check the oven.
“”Hey just I’m trying to understand. I’m not judging you or anything like that,” Savi said. “What did kissing him prove to you?”
Mia closed the oven door and stood there facing the wall. “He’s not Steve,” she whispered. Mia turned to face Savi and gave her a tremulous smile. “Danny isn’t Steve. He doesn’t make me feel what Steve does despite our constant arguments and I think I just ruined not only the friendship I had with Danny but his and Steve’s as well. I made a big mess out of things and I don’t know what to do.”
Savi’s heart went out for her friend. She could see the trouble clouding her eyes and it broke Savi’s heart to see Mia going through so much pain. When was this woman going to get a break? When were Mia and Steve going to finally be able to have a happy life? Savi walked around the island and hugged Mia. “Steve loves you Mia and Danny sees you as one of his sisters. He’ll come around eventually. Everything is going to be alright, you just have to keep holding on.”
Danny knew he had to come clean with Steve. It wasn’t fair to Steve or to anyone. Danny just feared that what happened would tarnish his friendship with Steve and he hated it but he couldn’t keep it inside anymore. Steve deserved the truth and whatever happened Danny would face it head on. It wasn’t Danny’s fault. He had never led Mia on or anything close to it. All he’d done was be a friend for both Steve and Mia. Danny stopped pacing in his office and finally walked across the hall.
He reached the door but stopped to think it over one more time. Danny turned away from the door running a hand through his hair. He had to do it, he had to. But what was he going to gain? Steve would still stop trusting him and he didn’t know what Steve would do with Mia. No, no, he couldn’t do it. Mia needed Steve and he would never forgive himself if Steve left Mia for something as insignificant as what had happened. No, he wasn’t going to do it.
Danny had just made his final decision and was about to go back into his office when a voice from behind him made him jump.
“You alright Dan?” Steve asked from his door. He had been watching Danny from his own office. Something seemed to be troubling him and Steve was going to find out what it was.
“Jesus you scared me,” Danny said startled as he turned to face Steve but avoiding looking him in the eyes.
“You seemed to be awfully jumpy these past couple of days,” Steve commented as he leaned on the doorway. “Want to talk about it?”
Danny was stuck. Just when he’d finally made up his mind Steve had to come out of his office. “I umm, well, no, I mean yes but…”
Steve rolled his eyes and stood up straight. “So which is it going to be, yes or no?” he asked.
Danny sighed and nodded. There was no turning back. The only way Danny was going to be okay with himself was if he told Steve the truth. “Yeah, listen there’s something I have to tell you.”
Steve nodded and motioned with his head to take it in his office.
Danny followed Steve and closed the door behind him.
“Okay I’m listening,” Steve said as he perched on the edge of his desk crossing his arms across his chest.
“Before I say anything I want to be clear that I never initiated anything. I don’t even know how or why but I’m really sorry,” Danny said as he paced the length of Steve’s office.
Steve watched his partner struggle with whatever it was he wanted to say. “Danny just spit it out.”
Danny stopped and looked Steve straight in the eye. “Mia and I -” he paused feeling like what he was about to say would change so many things around here.
Steve raised an eyebrow in question. “Mia and you what?”
Danny returned his gaze back to Steve. “Mia and I have been meeting behind your back for a few weeks now.”
Steve stood up and uncrossed his arms placing them on his hips. He was about to say something but Danny raised his hands to stop him.
“Let me just finish before you do or say anything,” he said waving his hand around. “I don’t know why but she, she keeps coming to me to talk. I’ve been trying to make her understand that I am not the one she should be talking to that it’s you who she has to talk to.”
Steve already had his suspicions about Danny’s sudden disappearances but this just confirmed it. He didn’t know what to say. He felt hurt and angry that Mia would go to someone she didn’t even remember, not that she remembered him, but he was her husband and she knew that.
“You’re not going to say anything?” Danny asked suspicious of Steve’s calmness or lack of emotion. He hated when Steve masked every emotion because it was so hard to read him when he did that.
“What do you want me to say, Dan?” Steve said scratching his right eyebrow.
“I don’t know, something, anything,” Danny demanded.
“Has she made any moves on you?” Steve asked looking Danny straight in the eye.
Danny’s mouth went suddenly dry. He swallowed long and hard. “What do you mean?” he choked out in between a nervous laugh.
“You know exactly what I mean Daniel. Has Mia made any moves on you?” Steve asked in low but firm voice.
“Why would she do that? I mean, I’ve been nothing but a friend to her and to you,” Danny said nervously.
“She has hasn’t she? I can see right through you Danny. You might think you’re just being a friend to her but she doesn’t see it that way. I see the way she looks at you when you’re in the same room as her. It doesn’t take a genius to figure it out. Mia is attracted to you. Tell me Danny, what did she do?”
Danny sighed and knew he just had to be completely honest. “She kissed me,” Danny confessed.
Steve turned away from Danny running a hand over his face before turning towards Danny and taking a swing at him hitting him right on the jaw. Before Danny could recover Steve raised his knee and hit him in the stomach causing Danny to fall to the floor doubled over in pain. Steve was about to swing again but he was immediately pulled away by Chin.
“Hey, brah, chill! What the hell is going on,” Chin demanded to know stunned that Steve would attack Danny.
Danny coughed as he tried standing up with Kono’s help, holding his stomach with one hand while he wiped away the blood from his now open lip. He looked at Steve who was giving him a death glare. “I’m sorry Steve. I never meant for any of this to happen.”
“Yeah, well neither did I,” Steve said stonily before shrugging Chin off and walking out if the office.
Chin turned to look at Danny with raised eyebrows. “You told him?” Chin asked referring to what Danny had confided in him just yesterday.
Danny nodded. “I had to.” Danny hissed in pain as he tried to walk and Kono immediately offered a hand to help him but Danny didn’t want anyone’s help. He wanted Steve to understand that it meant nothing and that he wasn’t interested in Mia in any way. Danny understood that Steve needed to time to calm down before he would listen to anyone and Danny was willing to wait as long as it took.
Steve got home well past midnight after leaving the office in a rage. Steve knew none of this was Danny’s fault but Steve had about had enough with the whole situation. If Mia wanted to be a free woman to rebuild her life then he would not be the person to stop her even if it undid him. He was not going to sit around to watch her fall in love with his best friend, his brother. Mia was the love of his life but if Mia wasn’t willing to put the effort in rebuilding their relationship then he was done trying. What was the point when she went behind his back at any chance she got to meet with Danny, talk to him, and kiss him? No, Steve thought, enough was enough.
Mia woke up the following morning with a headache after crying herself to sleep last night. She didn’t know at what time Steve had gotten home or if he had even gotten home at all. Mia went into the restroom and showered hoping to a few minutes under the hot water would help her relax. Then she walked across the hall into Sophie’s nursery and saw Mary dressing Sophie and her diaper bag ready as if they were going out.
“What’s going on? Are we going somewhere?” Mia asked smiling at Sophie who sent her a big toothy smile.
“Steve didn’t tell you?” Mary asked.
“Tell me what?” Mia asked confused. “I haven’t seen him all day yesterday. In fact, I haven’t seen him in a few days.”
Mary stopped what she was doing and turned to look at Mary giving her a sympathetic smile. “Sophie and I are going to the zoo,” she said.
“What? Is that even safe, you know with everything that happened?” Mia asked.
“Don’t worry, you’re guard dog is going with us,” Mary said smiling.
“But isn’t he supposed to be keeping an eye on the house?” Mia asked nervously.
“I’ll be home all day so there’s no need to worry about that,” Steve said from the doorway before entering the room and grabbing Sophie from the crib.
“I didn’t know you were home,” Mia said watching as he interacted with Sophie. “I haven’t seen much of you lately.”
“Look at you honey all dressed up and ready to go,” Steve said before placing a small kiss on top of her head and handing her over to Mary. He turned to look at Mia and said, “I haven’t seen much of you either but I guess we’ll have all day to get sick of each other’s presence won’t we? I’m going for a swim. Have fun.”
Mia watched Steve walk out of the room dressed in his swim trunks. He was being so distant but who could blame him after their last argument. Mia knew she had a lot of apologizing to do and she would start today. She turned her attention back to Mary and Sophie. “Take care and have fun,” Mia said as she kissed Sophie’s chunky cheek.
“Don’t worry; I have it all under control. Isn’t that right Sophie?” Mary asked tickly Sophie’s tummy causing her to giggle. “Say bye to momma.”
“Bye momma,” Sophie said waving a chunky hand.
“Bye sweetie,” Mia said smiling all the way until the disappeared. Mia took a deep breath before leaving Sophie’s nursery and going downstairs to make something for breakfast hoping Steve would be hungry when he came back.
“Something smells good in here,” Mia heard someone from the living room say, a voice she recognized right away. She turned around to see Danny standing just inside the kitchen with his hands in his pockets looking hesitant and with a nasty bruise on his jaw.
“Danny? What are you doing here?” Mia asked surprised to even see Danny in the house. “What happened to your face?”
Danny scratched the back of his head unsure of what to say. He had come here to talk to Steve hoping he had used all afternoon yesterday to calm down. Now, Danny wasn’t sure if he had made the right decision. “I, umm, came to talk to Steve.”
“He’s out back swimming,” Mia said walking closer to take a better look at Danny’s bruise. “Did you get this in one of your cases?” Mia raised a hand to touch the spot where the bruise was but saw Danny flinch and she immediately dropped her hand to her side. She turned to walk back to the stove. “I just made breakfast, care to join us?”
“Umm, I don’t think that’s a good idea. I’ll just go find Steve,” Danny said making a move to walk out of the kitchen.
“Danny, wait!” Mia said quickly before Danny could leave. “Can we talk, please?”
Danny turned around slowly to face Mia. “I don’t think that’s such a good idea.”
“I know but just hear me out please,” Mia said. “I just want to apologize for what happened. I know a sorry is not good enough but I really am sorry. I shouldn’t have used you to figure things out, things I needed to figure out on my own. I know I ruined the friendship you offered me and you have no idea how much I regret doing what I did.”
“I don’t think you should be apologizing to me. You need to get your head straight, no pun intended, and make things right with Steve. He needs you just as much as you need him,” Danny said softly.
“I want to, I really do. I realized I want to make things right with Steve even if I can never bring back all our memories together but I want to try and build something new. Steve hates me, though. Ever since I mentioned the divorce he’s been avoiding me and today he was more distant than ever. I’m afraid I may have ruined the only chance I had,” Mia said in a defeated tone.
“Steve would never hate you Mia. That man loves you and he would do anything to help you,” Danny said trying to reassure Mia. “You know, when he thought you were dead, no one recognized the man he became. He literally gave up on everything but he realized he had people who needed him so he straightened up his act and slowly started going on about his life even though part of him died the day we all thought you did.”
“It’s just that I now realize that I want to make it work but I don’t know if I can be the wife he expects me to be. What about if, I don’t know, he expects me to you know,” she said blushing profusely gesturing with her hands.
“To what?” Danny asked not understanding where Mia was going.
“I don’t know. What if one day he expects me to satisfy his needs,” she said in one breath going a crimson color from embarrassment. “He’s a man for crying out loud and from what you’ve told me we were in love so that means that, you know, he expects me to-”
“I’m not expecting you to do anything but get better Mia,” she heard Steve say from the kitchen entrance.
Mia and Danny jumped from Steve’s sudden appearance and turned to quickly look at him looking none too pleased. In fact he looked downright pissed. Mia swallowed losing her appetite and knew she was in trouble.
“I would appreciate it if next time you want to talk about me or my sex life you talk to me,” he said in a stern tone and then walked towards the fridge.
“I think I’ll leave you two alone so you can talk,” Danny whispered rushing to the door with Mia hot on his heels.
“You can’t leave. You can’t leave me alone with him when he’s all pissed,” Mia pleaded grabbing Danny’s arm.
“You’ll be fine Mia. You two need to really talk and I have nothing to do with that conversation,” Danny said giving her a sympathetic smile. “I’ll just talk to Steve some other day.”
“You suck,” she whispered with a pout as she let go of his arm and Danny quickly left. “Wimp,” she muttered.
“I’m not going to hurt you Mia,” Steve said from somewhere behind her.
Mia jumped and turned to find Steve leaning on the door frame leading into the kitchen with a glass of water on his hand.
“Can you stop doing that?” she asked as she went to the dining room to pick up the breakfast plates since she was no longer hungry.
“Doing what?” Steve asked feigning ignorance as he followed her from the dining room to the kitchen. “You know Mia, I understand you don’t remember squat from your life before the accident and that you’re really trying to remember, I do. But what I don’t understand is why you keep running to Danny so please enlighten me,” Steve said as he placed his empty glass on the island a bit too harshly.
“This is exactly why,” Mia snapped throwing the towel on the counter and turning to face Steve. “Look at you. How do you expect me to talk to you when all you do is get mad for everything? You’re so intimidating and you make yourself so unapproachable.”
“I don’t get mad, Mia,” he said. “I get frustrated because you seem more at ease with someone you barely knew for a year before you died when I’ve practically known you all your life. You used to talk to me about everything and anything and now we’re two complete strangers living under the same roof.”
“That’s because we are strangers!” she shouted back. “I don’t know you Steve and I don’t know if I’ll ever remember you.”
“Then you can try getting to know me again Mia,” he said. “At this point that’s all we can do, try.”
Mia’s eyes swelled with tears. “I want to, I really do, but I’m scared. What if we find that there’s just nothing there anymore?” she whispered. “What if I can’t be what you want me to be, what you expect me to be?”
Steve swallowed the lump in his throat. “Then we’ll cross that bridge when the time comes. Right now all I need you to do is try. I don’t expect you to do anything you don’t want to Mia and I’m not going to pressure you into anything but please stop talking about me to Danny.”
“But he’s my only friend,” she said.
“That’s where you’re wrong Mia. You have more friends, all of who are dying to see you get better, especially your best friend Savannah,” Steve said.