I was sitting in the den, with Yumi asleep in my room. Calvin was pacing the den like an anxious general, planning his next attack strategy or plan. I didn’t look at him, but just stared at my knees as I opened and closed them against each other nervously. There were no words that either of us knew how to say. I didn’t even need to look at Calvin’s face to know what he must be looking like.
“Damn it, Adam…”
“I know I-”
“Oh shut up for once and listen!” Calvin snapped. I fell silent, ready for the rant. “Look, this shit just hit the fan and YOU’RE at the center of it. You and your girlfriend.”
“She’s not my…” I stopped short at my defensive response, knowing it was a lie. I cared about her too much not to be…and I still felt that warm spot on my neck where we’d touched…where she’d marked me as her katma.
“Whatever she is to you, you just threw yourself in t