Through my classes I was making friends from different houses in Residence as well as a few friends who lived off campus. Mary was one of my friends in the Social Work Program I was in.
As we were leaving class one day Mary said to me “Hey Aime my birthday is this weekend. I’m inviting you over for a party with a few friends. Want to come?”
Smiling at Mary “Oh thank you! I would love to come. Thanks for inviting me!”
“You’re welcome, I’ve invited a few of you from Res so I am sure you can figure out transportation.”
Mary gave me her address and the time to be there. I was happy to go off campus to visit Mary and friends from my program.
Walking back from the cafe with Nicole to our dorm we were chatting about the weekend. “What are you up to on Saturday?”
“I’m heading off campus to celebrate a friend’s birthday, think I’ll be home around 11pm? Not sure though. A few of us are going from res car pooling together.”
“Oh! That sounds fun! Enjoy!” Nicole smiled at me as we walked back to our dorm.
Silently smiling I was happy too. Derek was not happy when I told him I was going off campus. “What? Why, I want and need you to be with me. Who are you going with? How are you getting there? When will you be home? What will you be doing?”
My heat sunk, why is he asking so many questions? “I’m going with friends from my program, one of the girls is driving who lives here on campus in a different building. I’m not sure when I’ll be home. Who knows? Maybe I’ll stay over. And I think we’re playing games and hanging out.”
Derek frowned. “Who’s all going to be there? Guys and girls?”
“I have no idea. Mary asked people from class. And it’s her party so not sure who all she invited.” I was getting upset now. Why is he doing this? Why is he asking. I thought to myself.
Saturday night came and off I went. It was fun being at Mary’s house and hanging out with friends from class. We played different board games and laughed lots. I had not laughed in such a long time.
I thanked my friend who drove and came bouncing through the door. I had no clue what time it was. Derek heard me unlock my door. As our rooms were side by side. Luckily Carry wasn’t home yet, she must be wither boyfriend. Derek came storming into the room.
“You lied to me!” Fire spitting from his voice stung the back of my neck like a bee sting. Derek spun me around grabbing my upper arms. In shock wide eyed my voice squeaked “What do you mean?”
Furrowed brow and still spitting fire “You told Nicole you would be home around 11pm!” He shook me once. “You told me you weren’t sure what time you would be home.” Derek let go and stared at me. “Well, what do you have to say?”
Bowing my head then looking at him “I’m sorry, what time is it any way?”
Derek glared at me “Midnight.”
Thinking quick on my feet and on the fly as I wanted Derek to calm down “I am sorry, I really wasn’t sure what time I was going to be home. I told Nicole one time as a guess.”
“But you told me you may even sleep over there. That you weren’t sure what time you’ll be home. That’s lying.”
Derek kissed me and squeezed me tight in a hug. “I love you. I worry when you’re not with me.”
Tears in my eyes I quietly responded “I’m sorry. I love you too.”