“We need to talk.”

Is there anyone who can hear those words without feeling their heart sink?

That can only mean one thing, right? It means you’re about to get dumped. People never say, “We need to talk” when it’s something good. It always means bad news. Always.

My boyfriend, Jayden, used those words on me yesterday. He asked if we could meet up at the Grayston Shopping Centre after school today so we could talk in private. I asked him what it was about, but he refused to say. He just looked all serious and repeated those horrible words, “We need to talk.”

I just don’t get it. How can he want to break up with me? Things have been going so well between us. ¬†We’ve been officially going out for two months now, although we’ve been friends for a lot longer than that. And the nice thing is that my half-sister Amanda has also got a boyfriend. His name is Connor and he goes to Grayston College – the private school that’s really close to Innesfree High, where we are.

Connor is a great guy, and the four of us have been having an awesome time double dating and hanging out together. Jayden and I have been so happy. I can’t believe he wants to end it. I just can’t believe it.

I keep racking my brains trying to think what I’ve done wrong – how I could have been a better girlfriend – but I’m getting nothing. I honestly thought he was as happy as I am.

He has been acting a bit strangely lately, though. He keeps having these meetings that he has to rush off to at odd times. And I once heard him talking about “the interview” on his phone. But when I asked him what interview, he changed the subject.

By the time Jayden appears outside the coffee shop, I’m so freaked out that I don’t even wait until we’re inside.

“Tell me what it is!” I demand loudly. “Just spit it out. Tell me what you want us to talk about.”

“Latoya …” he says, looking totally broken up. “Let’s go inside and…”

“No!” I insist. “I’ve spent the whole day wondering what it is. Just tell me right now.”

“Okay.” He’s avoiding my eyes, which makes me feel even worse. “Here’s the thing. I’m moving to Durban…”