When Kristopher arrived at the house only Heather was home. His older sister greeted him warmly with a hug and kiss on the cheek. She knew Kris wasn't there to see her, and led him into the family room to wait for Pea, who was still at work.
Hours later, Kristopher at last heard the rumblings of an car pulling into the driveway. He rushed outside, and met Peanut just as she was exiting the garage. They greeted each other softly and Kris took her warm hands into his own. He looked at the now grown woman stood in front of him, knowing what he had come here to say, but terrified of what she would say.
"Pea, you know I'm crazy about you. I would give anything to be with you. If I could, I would marry you today. But I need to know where we stand. I need to know if you feel the same." He watched her as his words seemed to sink in, watched her ponder her response, and felt his heart sink to his feet. He had expected a rush of loving words, perhaps apologies for turning down his proposals. He didn't understand what there was to think about. He loved her, she loved him. Seemed simple to him.
"Kris, it's not that I don't love you. It's just...." she trailed off as she chose her next words carefully "It's just I can't see us being forever. You put me on this pedestal, you look at me with all these fraking stars in your eyes. I can never be what you want me to be. You think you love me, but you don't even know the REAL me. Just give it some time Kris, wait till your grown and..." she looked into Kristophers eyes and knew her words were not getting through, and yet she never expected what came next.
"Right, I don't know you, I'm too young, blah blah blah! All I'm hearing is yet another excuse from you. If you don't want me, just say so!" he screamed. Peanut backed away from him slowly. She had never seen Kristopher loose his temper and feared what he would do next. Kristopher stood before her, shaking with rage, fists clenched into tight balls at his side. He took a deep breath and unfurled his hands. He looked into Peanuts terrified eyes and felt his heart shatter. When he at last spoke again it was with deep resignation in his tone. He spoke so softly Peanut had to strain to hear him "You know what, Pea. I'm done. I can't keep playing this game with you. We're over" Peanut did not respond and Kristopher knew at that moment that she had been on the verge of ending things herself. He waved goodbye to Heather, who had watched the whole spectacle unfold from the kitchen window and headed home without speaking another word to Peanut. There was nothing left to say.