Kelly arrived just in time to help with the moving. The moving van was already there. Ruby sat on the side walk with her doll as I was packing. As soon as Kelly greeted me, she knew that there was something wrong with me. She held me by my shoulders and searched my eyes. “What is wrong?” She asked me.
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“Jermaine” I replied. Just the sound of the name turned her face dark. She dropped her hands from my shoulders.
“What did that bastard do?
I picked up a box. “Showed up at my work” I put the box in the van. I walked back to the other boxes. I could hear Kelly muttering curse words.“Yes and he said he missed me” I said as I put another box in the van.
“Okay Em, just come here for a second and let the men load up the van” Kelly grabbed me and pulled me towards her. “Tell me everything that happened”
“That was it. I slapped him after he said that and left”
“He's lucky it was you not me”
That was very much true. Kelly would have punched him the first moment she saw him. She had a shorter temper than me. Her motto was to strike first, ask questions later. She hated him as much as I did if not more. Over time, I had been able to let go off him. Being with Jason strangely made me forget. Yes he was a complicated man who probably did not like me the way I would want him to but he was a better man than Jermaine. He was who he was. He was cold but honest.
Honesty was the best gift to a person. Jermaine was not honest. He pretended to love and showered me with compliments. He was the exact opposite of Jason.