“You’re moving to Durban?” I gasp before Jayden can even finish talking. “I knew it! I knew you called me here to break up with me. So that’s why you’ve been acting so weird lately.”
“For a term, Latoya!” Jayden says, catching hold of my shoulders. “I’m moving to Durban for a term. One term only.”
“A term? But that makes no sense. Why would you be moving to a different city for one term?”
“Because I’ve been chosen for the student exchange programme. A kid from a school in Durban will come to Innesfree for a term, while I go there for a term. I get to see what it’s like at a small private school and the other kid gets to see what it’s like at a big Model C school. It was an honour to be chosen.”
“That’s great!” I say automatically, trying to stretch my mouth into a smile. But the truth is, I’m feeling a bit cold inside. Now that I know Jayden is not actually moving to Durban for good, I’m not too keen on this idea either. A whole term. That’s a very long time for us to be apart.
“I’m… I’m going to miss you.” I hate the way my voice wobbles as I say this, but I can’t help it.
“I’ll miss you too!” He pulls me into his arms and gives me a long hug. I love the way his body feels against mine. It’s like we were made to fit together. I relax against him with a sigh. But then I remember that he’s going away for a term, and feel myself tensing up again. What am I going to do without him? How am I going to cope?
“I’ve been thinking about what you said a moment ago,” he says, stroking my hair. “And wondering whether it wouldn’t actually be a good idea.”
I pull away from him slightly to look up at his face. “What do you mean? What did I say a moment ago?”
“About us breaking up.”
“I mean, maybe we should think about it.”