1. Would you take my hand and never let me go? Promise me you'll never let me go. And the stars aren't out tonight, but neither are we to look up at them. Why does hello feel like goodbye? These memories can't replace these wishes I wished and these dreams I chased. Take this broken heart and make it right. I feel like I lost everything when you're gone. Left remembering what it's like to have you here with me. I thought you should know, you're not making this easy.

Matchbook Romance

"Promise"

They exited the classroom, holding hands as usual. She was bright and smiling. He wasn't.

They walked down the hallway, one couple amidst all of their friends. One fine, well-matched, happy couple.

Then he turned to her and said "Here's what I think."

Ever since Mike had broken up with her, Annie had been a wreck. Periods of depression, followed by anger, followed by female empowerment, followed by an amazing, fathomless hurt.

He'd broken up with her in the morning, between classes. A few hours later she had been next to him again in her art class.

Alphabetical order had never sucked so bad.

She's done well until the very end of the class, when the anger faded and the tears were welling in her eyes again.

She had booked out of art class that day.

Annie had driven home. She went up to her room really fast. Six months of nothing.

Shit.

So she went online and Mike was on and she typed, "I need to straighten some shit out." And he said, "Okay."

So she asked what she needed to ask and said what she needed to say. And then it was over. The days passed. She went to school. She went to work She regained a semblance of normalcy.

Too bad it still hurt every time she saw him.