Nick thought it might have been a joke. But it was true. Heath found a job. Out in the middle of nowhere in western Nebraska. And he was happy. Happy as an idiot could be.
"What?" Nick just glared at him as if Heath hadn't considered him at all in this. None, what so ever. He was going. Who ever hired him had already found him an apartment. It would be so simple and hours and hours away from here.
"I know, its a shock. Believe me, its a shock. I just couldn't say no, you know. It was meant to be." Heath was so happy.
"Really." Nick hesitated. "What does this mean, exactly?" He kept his eyes on Heath.
"I think we should break up." He said so sincerely.
"Break up!" Now he'd really hit a nerve. How could he decide something like this on a whim. "What are you talking about?"
"I know." He looked off as if he was trying to take a cue off stage when in fact there was no off stage. "Its for the best. We aren't that involved. Yet."
Nick just about lost it.
"You can't just up and do this to me! You...you.." He didn't know what else to say. No, he wasn't really his lover. Close. So very close. He knew his body quite well, and it was the only one Nick wanted. Nick felt himself shake. It was like a time bomb ready to be set off.
"I'm sorry. I am. But really, you know, its for the best. You, your young, and well, I love you, but I have to do this, and I have to let you go. So-" Heath tried to come closer, but Nick backed away.
"So what? What am I supposed to do?" Nick squinted.
"Look, I have to do this. I know its the right thing to do. And I have to do this on my own. All right? I can't expect you go, you know. I want you to be happy. Maybe by New Years, we'll see things differently, but I have to get out there. Now. Maybe we could e-mail each other. Maybe." He sighed, but he only looked at Nick. Not a hug nor a kiss. It was over.
More at Heath & Nick.