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The last morning with Ashley was awkward, disappointing, and sad, all at the same time. And I cried, not only because I was leaving, but because of how awkward, disappointing, and sad that last morning was. Ashley had cried as well, although she had quickly covered it up with a pair of large sunglasses; I wasn’t exactly sure why she was crying, either. My bad mood had lasted throughout the car ride to the airport with my dad, the flight, and even when I got home, and immediately had to pick Benny up from the kennel. Seeing him cheered me up a bit though, and somewhat distracted me from the fact that Ashley had neither text messaged or called me since my previous text to her, alerting her that I had landed safely at JFK. Somewhat.
Work the next morning was difficult enough from the jet lag, and I almost resented going to L.A. in the first place. I tried to remind myself of the fact that the majority of the weekend was incredible, but often times, those good memories were overshadowed by the last night, or the day that Ashley spent freaking out. I wondered whether or not Ashley felt like this too… only not about this weekend, but about our past. During our talk that last night, was she thinking of the fact that I left her for school? Or was her decision unclouded and free of past emotions? I guess I would never know.
I put in a full day at the office, although I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t distracted and daydreaming half the time. I was contemplating staying late to finish up work, but remembered I had to go to the dog park with Carrie. She had texted me that morning to remind me, and while I wasn’t too excited about the idea, the fact that Aiden was back in L.A. for the time being made me realize that Carrie was the only friend I had in New York. That fact alone was depressing, and got me out of my comfortable, leather office chair.
“So…” Carrie began, as we started walking to the park with Benny and Rex.
“How was L.A.?”
“Good,” I replied nonchalantly, as I stared down at the ground.