Matt is my partner. He’s handsome, funny and a real pain in the proverbial wing,
but it’s nice to talk to someone about him.
We have a place that you’ll see called the Lightning Room. I can’t tell you how
much time we’ve spent in this place. I’m not sure where your parents used to put
you when you were bad, or whatever they call it down there, but this is our ‘time
out’ room, so to speak. Matt really hated this place; he’s never been happy about
total darkness. But I thought of it as a place to unwind. I like the dark. If you can’t
see anything, then you never have to know what you’ve messed up, or who
Matt loves the training ‘pit.’ To me, it feels like I’ve actually fallen straight through
the earth and directly into Hell when I‘m in that thing. But I’ve learned, after being
a human, that the male species actually does love the whole ‘ultimate fighter’
thing, and that’s what the ‘pit’ is all about. Our teachers put us in there to train
- something we have to do because once we get a new ‘life’ we have to go up
against some pretty difficult situations…and people. Matt loves the sword, the
scythe, the gauntlet - and he loves the fact that when he’s really mad at me
(which is a lot lately), he can simply haul off and kick my…wing…because he
knows that he can’t actually hurt me so there’s nothing to feel guilty about later
I never thought that my best friend and constant companion would end up
becoming more as we went along. I mean, I know our feelings for each other
are aging just the same as we are, but it’s gotten really hard to face it. Especially
after Jason came into my life. If I had been asked to ‘call’ this one, I would have
told you that Matt would be the ‘half’ of us who’d fall in love - he’s got that kind
of big heart. So when it was me instead, I felt like I actually wounded the one
person I figured I could never harm. But I suppose the ‘pit’ - the fire and the
swords - are nothing compared to your best friend falling for someone else.
Love is something I still don’t understand. I mean, down there it can range from
obsession to perfection. I guess I wasn’t prepared for it. Of course, the second
time around everything I thought I knew changed completely. As Matt and I keep
coming down for another chance at righting what we may have screwed-up the
first time, I keep hearing my favorite teacher’s advice rattling over and over again
in my head. He told me that:
“Some get tired of waiting and settle for less than what they really want; their
souls grow heavy. They don’t remember the true love they can experience - so
they simply settle for not being alone.”
I never want to do that, but I can see where loneliness could become too much to
bear, especially when your best friend…changes.
When she wrote our story - Until Next Time - I traveled back and tried to figure
out what lessons I was supposed to have learned. And now that she’s put the
second book in front of me - the hardest one to read because of the twists and
turns that occurred in that life - my feelings for Matt seem to be more clear. I just
wonder what he’s going to do when he hears them. Heck, I wonder how I’ll ever
be able to tell him. I’m not in the dark anymore in that calm, quiet room - I’m all
grown up and I feel like the spotlight is shining directly on me…
We’re just about to take the third jump. I have no idea what this one’s going to
entail until we get down there, but that one piece of advice and the one lesson
I’ve learned so far is what I’ll take with me. I will never settle for someone less
than the one who can fulfill my soul.
Now all I have to do is stay alive long enough to figure out who that someone is,
and hope that he feels the same way.
Until Next Time,
Amy Lignor began her career at Grey House Publishing in northwest Connecticut where she was the Editor-in-Chief of numerous educational and business directories.
Now she is a published author of several works of fiction. The Billy the Kid historical The Heart of a Legend; the thriller, Mind Made; and the adventure novel, Tallent & Lowery 13.
She is also the owner of The Write Companion, a company that offers help and support to writers through a full range of editorial services from proofreading and copyediting to ghostwriting and research. As the daughter of a research librarian, she is also an active book reviewer.
Currently, she lives with her daughter, mother and a rambunctious German Shepherd named Reuben, in the beautiful state of New Mexico.
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