You can read Part 1 here
Over the next 5 years Beth and Arnold still kept in contact. It was usually Arnold who would send Beth messages to check up on her. Then within no time he would disappear off the face of the earth. Beth was used to it; whenever she questioned his disappearances he would avoid the question entirely. Beth assumed she wouldn’t hear from Arnold again when he announced he was moving to another city. Then one day he popped up again…
“Can I ask you a question?” Beth asked out of the blue.
“Sure you can!” Arnold said with a hint of curiosity.
“Why do you keep disappearing?” Beth questioned as she expected the worst.
“Honestly I liked you a lot and I was finding it too hard ” Arnold explained.
For the first time Arnold didn’t avoid the question. Beth was finally able to understand where he was coming from. They were finally getting somewhere after all these years. The best part was the fact Arnold was moving back to her city!
“You inspired me to write a post on my online journal” Beth randomly mentioned in one of their conversations.
Arnold had a tendency to encourage Beth to write on her online journal. He would occasionally read through posts and give her feedback.
“Oh really, I want to read it. Send me the link!” He said as his voice was filled with excitement.
“No, I don’t think I want you to read it” Beth said nervously. Beth was nervous about sending Arnold the link. She didn’t want him to question why she had remembered a conversation they had 5 years ago.
“I’m waiting! You’re breaking my heart” He said jokily. Arnold knew Beth could be a little stubborn. Within no time she sent him the link and asked if he had remembered the conversation.
“Of course I remember!” Arnold said as he chuckled.
“Phew” Beth thought to herself. She felt a sense of relief now she was assured he didn’t think she was crazy.
There were barely any fights or disagreements. However when they fought their exchange of words hit home. Beth and Arnold had planned to meet up for the first time in ages. Beth was a little nervous and Arnold asked if she needed more time. She didn’t- it was a day she had thought about for a very long time. Then a couple days before their planned encounter this happened…
“Are you alive or are you just bored of me?” Arnold asked in a text message.
“I’m alive and I’m not bored of you” She replied swiftly as she anticipated what was to come.
“I feel like we are going backwards. I thought we were moving forward and over the last few days you seem away” He ranted.
Beth was genuinely confused. For the last week or so she was the one to initiate the communication. Arnold had taken a step back and she questioned his lack of conversation, however she didn’t express her feelings vocally.
“I have had a lot on my mind at the minute. If I have been away, it hasn’t been intentional, sorry” Beth explained; she felt like she was apologizing for no reason.
“That’s when you should talk to me, so I know how you’re feeling” He snapped.
“I would have if I needed to. It’s not like I haven’t made contact for ages, I even messaged you yesterday” Beth had a point. They spoke yesterday and even then everything seemed okay.
“I could sense something was up over the last few days, but I guess we can be friends. It’s better than nothing”
“Wow. You’re not listening to me. If I have been slightly away it has nothing to do with you!”
“K” He responded with the dreaded letter that ends conversations promptly. He shut her down, no matter what Beth said he didn’t believe a word of it.
Things took a turn for the worst and the day Beth had waited so long for wasn’t likely to happen. The fruit was slowly becoming sour…