Chapter 12: Sweethearts

1/31

Set up a shooting range in the breakfast room. Can't get rusty in case there's a type of snow mutant I don't know about.

I'm still a decent shot. Against still targets with all the time in the world.

2/2

There's a leak from the ceiling in my bedroom.

Leia is on the case.

The snow collapsed the roof to one of the rooms upstairs.

I guess you gotta shovel roofs. Rooves?

2/3

At this point, if I could have my old life back, but I still had to work for my old boss at the supermarket... I would. And then kill him.

2/5

I miss my great NY apartment. Or that mall. My life TV show should do a flashback episode since it's so boring here.

2/6

Leia's dropping strong hints about my bathing. Listen, the water's freezing.

2/7

Leia spends way too much time cleaning a place that no one will ever visit after we're gone.

We should probably burn it. That's how I met my last two friends.

I wonder how Nick's liking Boston.

2/9

Few days til Valentine's and I have NO red construction paper.

2/10

Leia seemed a little happier today. It's cute.

2/11

Chocolate melted last summer. Flowers haven't grown in two years. If I can just happen to find a teddy bear…

I'm really nervous, Dallas. At least you'll always be my valentine.

I've really gotten close to Leia after all we've been through. I think I'm really starting to like her.

I cannot stress enough how much she is not my usual type, however. There are millions of other people I would go for if I could.

2/12

I don't care that the world's back to normal. I want summer. And the beach.

2/13

Found a secluded room to start work on a valentine. I just have a few sheets of printer paper and red pens.

I sketched Leia as the original princess and wrote that no Force can keep us apart. I need to try harder.

2/14

Dallas is refusing to impersonate a teddy bear. This V-Day is a disaster.

Leia will be walking back from the convenience store with food any minute. How can I show how I feel?

I have an idea. It's a gamble.

I'm mobile enough to limp out a big heart in the snow on the lawn. I've got big notecards ready with choice words.

She's walking down the driveway! Here goes.

WITH ANY LUCK, BY NEXT YEAR, I'LL BE GOING OUT WITH ONE OF THESE GIRLS

BUT FOR NOW, LET ME SAY, WITHOUT HOPE OR AGENDA

JUST BECAUSE IT'S VALENTINES (and on Valentine's you tell the truth)

TO ME, YOU ARE PERFECT. AND I REALLY LIKE YOU

She said yes!

She's gonna go change so we can have a Valentine's dinner.

Nobody tell her about Love, Actually.

2/15

Last night was good.

2/17

It's definitely weird saying I have a girlfriend.

Sam and Leia- stuck in a hotel. K I S S, LOL. First comes flares, then comes rescue, just kidding we'll die from the cold.

2/19

Dallas is being kind of third wheely. Having to pee all the time.

Positive there are no more cigarettes OR mints left in the hotel. Counting down to withdrawal.

Yes there are cigarettes in the convenience store in town. But Leia says if I want them I have to walk there myself.

2/20

Sick.

Leia's too clingy and Dallas is too barky today.

My head is really killing me.

2/23

I would headbutt Leia for a cigarette.

2/24

I was up all night. Barfed twice since.

Blech. Three times.

2/25

Leia thinks I'm going through nicotine withdrawal, but she's an idiot.

Shooting out the window at headlights in the parking lot.

2/27

Just napping to not feel so sick.

I wish my dad was here. He'd always have a smoke. He'd like Leia. Dallas would run right up to him.

2/28

Ugh. The maid in this room put the TP roll in backwards.

Everyone knows the roll goes in front.

3/1

Please be ok, Sara.

3/2

Miss music so bad. I can barely play and I'd even try violin again.

That was what my mom wanted for me. Nobody tell her what I said.

3/3

Not leaving this bed today. I will wet the bed if I have to. There are 103 more in this building.

3/5

Still operating with -1 Str -2 Con and +4 Bitch all week. I need a nicotine potion.

Leia is SUPER into fantasy references. Anything fun, really. Totally into it. Totally.

I told her to bring me sea salt chips, not salt and vinegar. These are useless.

3/7

Winter can go to hell.

3/9

Almost used to that dead body smell by now.

3/10

woR k ing on w rItIng wiTh My rIGht h a nd

3/11

I'm feeling a little better. If anyone was on the edge of their seat.

3/12

Pissed this hotel doesn't have a bar. This winter would go by so much faster.

3/13

Midmarch and frozen solid.

If we have a Game of Thrones length winter, we will die.

3/16

Listen everyone, I was kind of a wreck coming down from withdrawals this week. Leia, Dallas, you deserve better.

Dallas, we've been through a lot and I really wanna be a better YOU CHEWED ON MY BACKPACK? I ONLY OWN THREE THINGS IN THIS WORLD, IDIOT

3/17

My green hoody got super sun faded, but my heart is in the Patty's spirit.

3/20

I wonder how many people died standing up at the dmv?

First day of spring. Anything??

3/23

I can't tell if the lack of Spring is a Missouri standard or a dark omen.

3/24

Heat spike! Only one hoodie on today!

We talked, and once the snow melts enough we can start going west again. I'm sure Sara is waiting by the beach.

3/25

Leia doesn't usually want to hold hands, or even show much affection at all. Weirdest girlfriend.

The melting made a big pile of snow slam off the roof. Almost Red Bulled my pants.

3/26

Man I was in good shape when I worked out and did sword training every day. Can barely walk anymore.

Leia would have loved me then. And I'd share walking to the mini mart so she didn't have to go constantly.

3/30

Hey, Universe, there's still a chance that this is all just an April Fool's. If you let me know tomorrow, I won't even be mad.

I dunno, maybe we should stay at this hotel.

Sara.