• She walked out of the Lunar Dorm just as I was texting her to hurry it up. She was wearing black jeans with holes and patches strategically placed up and down her legs and neon pink leggings underneath with worn converse high-tops. She had a black denim jacket with patches over each elbow and a top that cut low enough to her chest with lace covering anything that might reveal too much. Her Hecate charm sat lower than it usually did, starting to slide slowly beneath the lacework dipping into her cleavage. Her hair was down for a change and she had dyed it to match her leggings with little pink strips in her now black hair.

    My hand slid down the gas a bit harder than I had anticipated causing the engine to rev and her eyebrows to quirk up. Oops. I caught myself quickly and leered in her direction. “Hurry up! I don’t feel like missing the trailers.” In an attempt to play off my slip.

    Her hand flew to her hip as it popped out to the side and the bracelet I hadn’t noticed before jangled on her wrist. “Some way to talk to your Alpha when you’re the one who was staring.” She smiled through the comment and climbed aboard putting her hand out for a helmet. “I may have said I love motorcycles but I never said I trusted you to drive one.”

    “They’re in Matt’s car on the other side of the campus. We’ll pick them up on the way.”

    We walked out of the movie debating back and forth, on Bane’s character. Mya went on and on, dredging through the changes that had been made in contradiction to the comics, “Why did they alter the purpose of his mask! It’s supposed to just make him super strong and nearly invulnerable. Where did they pull that crap about him getting crippled in prison?”

    “Well I can see how they didn’t want him to be too overbearing of a character, and-“

    “No! He’s supposed to be the most formidable foe Batman ever faces.”

    “True, but in going along with all the other movies, they still had to have a human quality with it.” We both looked at each other at that moment and busted out laughing.

    Humans.” We said together sarcastically.

    We walked toward the fountain in front of the theater still in awe of certain scenes in the movie.

    “Why don’t we grab some lunch from Gloria’s and take it to-go?”

    I looked at her with some confusion and pointed in the air, “You do see the sun going down don’t you? It’s a bit past lunch hour.”

    “Fine. Dinner it is, but you’re paying.” She laughed and grabbed my hand, pulling me in the direction of the TexMex restaurant. “It’ll be fun and you know it.”

    Once we got inside and had our names put on the list we were told it would be about a 45 minute to an hour wait so we took a seat on the pier with our buzzer in hand. “So what do you do for fun in Commerce?” she sat on the back of the bench with her feet in the seat bending over to rest her elbows on her knees.

    “There really isn’t much to do. It’s more of a college town, so everyone’s usually getting drunk 24/7. But some of us ride the tracks for fun.”

    “What are the tracks? And how do you ride them?” she asked slightly confused.

    “Train tracks, and you ride them by using a skateboard or rollerblades downhill to the Graveyard.”

    “Like in a cemetery? That’s a bit freaky, not to mention smelly for my taste.” She wrinkled her nose at the thought.

    “No, we call it the Graveyard. It’s a massive train track dump. Where old cars from decommissioned trains are littered and dumped waiting to be scrapped. It’s not in Commerce itself but its close enough that we can still get there by foot.”

    “What about a girl back home?” she looked at her phone at that point, pretending to text someone. Text. Just text. Simple, easy, open. I am waiting, just waiting.

    I looked into her thoughts for a second to try and gage where the conversation was going. I couldn’t get a solid fix on what she was thinking but decided to answer anyway. “Not really...” I looked away at the thought of Luna and what we had just gone through.

    “Well, let’s just live in the moment.” She laughed nervously to let out the deep breath she seemed to have been holding as she turned away, but not before I caught the hopeful look in her eyes.

    Technically we aren’t even together anymore, but I don’t want to give up what we have. At the same time, I have a beautiful girl actually putting herself out there in front of me. Someone who is able to openly show her affection and isn’t afraid to do so. I took in a breath of the cold surrounding air and let it out slowly in order to level my thoughts. No one ever tells you how difficult girls can make your life.

    “What about you?” I asked looking at her hopefully.

    She turned back to face me and smiled, whatever she had been hiding was completely erased now. “I work with my dad on bikes at his shop in my free time.” She shrugged as if we hadn’t even breached the subject of relationships in the first place.

    A crowd of whistling, screaming and jumping humans passed us at that moment. Some wearing football outfits and others wearing cheerleader uniforms. The sudden break in the ambience around us jolted me back to reality, interrupting my string of thoughts on the current situation. As they passed us by our buzzer went off, putting the conversation on hold.

    As we approached the table the hostess was leading us to, the crowd of humans came into the same section, still as loud and obnoxious as ever and were seated right next to us.

    “This is a bit rough on the ears don’t you think?” Mya asked trying to vocalize over the group behind us.

    “Just a little.” I yelled back at her.

    How. Find. Place. Less noisy?

    Are you trying to communicate? Just nod your head if you are then I can read what you’re trying to say. I asked and she nodded.

    How about we find a place a little less noisy? The thought was clear and full instead of choppy since I was tuned in.

    Sure, How about we head over to Cold Stone instead? I motioned for us to get up and head out the door, and she followed.

    We got there just as the employee was closing up but she let us in anyway, “So long as you hurry up I won’t charge for it cause yall are such a cute couple and I wanna hurry and get to break.” She giggled as I put a little more space between Mya and myself. “Space”, that was closed quickly by Mya wrapping her arm around my waist and giggling lightly.

    Free ice cream. Don’t blow it by being a ninny.

    Fine. We ordered our ice creams and headed out of the door leaving the girl to her break.

    “Let’s go down to the water. I wanna stick my feet in.” she let go of my arm as soon as we were out of sight, putting all her attention on her coffee ice cream cone.

    I shrugged and walked with her past the fountain towards the water, shirking off my shoes at the shore. The sand was warm from the all-day sun but the water was ice cold. Mya pulled out her phone and opened her Pandora app, and played a bit of music while we sat and watched the water rise and fall off the shoreline.

    “It’s beautiful.” She sighed as she took the last bite of her ice cream cone and rested her head on my shoulder.

    “Yeah, it’s almost as peaceful as sunrise.” I looked out onto the water She’s probably just tired and resting her head. I thought in an attempt to reassure myself.

    “I suppose sunrise can be peaceful, but I was thinking about the absolute tranquility of a new moon.” She rested her hand on my knee at that point picking at a loose string on my pants. I couldn’t help but look down at her slightly to try and gage her actions. The Hecate charm caught my eye in that moment as I watched it rise and fall on her chest. Nope, not going there, not even gonna touch that at all. Not going to... I stole another look at the placement of the crest.

    ”So why exactly did you change the chain on your crest to a ribbon?” I asked moving my eyes to look out over her head and to the bridge nearby.

    “So you did notice that.” She laughed and moved her hand slightly higher on my leg as she looked at me absently.

    Stay cool. Just relax. It was just an absent-minded movement up your thigh. Doesn’t mean a thing. No thoughts. Stay cool. Her thoughts were a wall of concentrated coaxing for herself. Meanwhile, mine were racing as fast as my heartbeat.
    “Yeah. I assumed it was a part of the wardrobe but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it on any other chain before.” I put the last bite of ice cream in my mouth to avoid any more verbal diarrhea from finding its way out.

    “Just felt like it needed a change, like the rest of me.” She moved her hand up a little higher finding the pocket lining and rubbing the material back and forth methodically.

    Danger! Danger Will Robinson! The inner alarms were ringing in my ears as I thought of all the repercussions of the actions this was going to lead to. Then, as if willing a loophole into existence, they went to a lighter sense of thought. Well...Lu did say we were taking a break. She also left me hanging high and dry... Literally.

    Before I had any more time to think, Mya leaned in and kissed me. Actually, a more accurate way of putting it would be that she pinned me to the ground in a make-out session that I couldn’t deny my body ached for.

    It went on like this for a good long time, slowly growing in intensity. Our clothes were slowly subtracted until all that remained were our underwear, as things became more and more heated. Our hands roamed over each other’s bodies uninhibited by our thoughts or sense of reason. It wasn’t until we were at the brink of actually having sex that things began to go awry.

    This being my potential first time, the barriers on my thoughts and the control I have over them began to wane. My concentration was the first to go small fragments of my thoughts seeping into my subconscious wants for the moment. Second to leave me was the control of my power, I could no longer freely control the string of thoughts being given or received as our minds melded just as our bodies ached to do.

    With every brush of her skin and touch of her lips, my thoughts wandered farther and farther from the scene I was currently in, until they were replaced by the memories of my latest debacle with Luna and how much more I wanted to be with her in this way.

    Before I knew it...

    “What the name of Hades is wrong with you!” She was off of me and into her clothing before I could even come back to reality.

    Still reeling from the emotional and physical shock of our choices, it took me a while to fully understand what had caused her sudden change in mood. “I don’t know what brought me to think of her.” I ran my hand over my face and through my hair, “I swear I didn’t mean to.” I was at a loss for words and her mind was closed up so tightly I couldn’t even hear a mental note of her anger.

    “Just take me home.” She said with finality as she put her shoes back on. “Or better yet forget it.” She turned and shifted nearly as fast as she had dressed and was out of sight before I could even call out her name.