Veronica was getting ready to leave the hospital the morning after. While collecting everything, she came to the realization that she had no way of getting home. It was Zoey that brought her there in her car, and she was gone. As a matter of fact, she didn’t even know which hospital she was in, or even where in Ohio she was.
She had no idea how she was going to get back to her apartment, but she apparently would have to stay at the hospital, maybe outside, until she figured a way to get someone she knew well enough to take her home.
Her hand moved to the doorknob, but before she could fully twist it, Jon opened it. She felt her heartbeat quicken as he stared a hole through her. “What are you doing here?” he asked, pulling a concerned face.”Aren’t you supposed to be resting?”
“No, they cleared me just a while ago. I was about to leave, but…” She paused for a while, trying to decide if she should ask him the question or not. It was such a simple thing to ask, but it was hard at the same time. She noticed that he raised his eyebrow, which meant he was growing impatient. Finally, she sucked in a sharp breath before answering. “Jon, can you take me home?”
He thought about it for a while nodding. “Sure I can. I’ll be waiting outside, so meet me out there when you’re ready.” He left the room, causing Veronica to sigh out of relief.
She couldn’t concentrate properly with all the thoughts running through her head. There were so many questions that needed to be answered regarding him and the abortion. She knew that he wouldn’t answer them. Well, if he did, it would certainly not be any time soon.
Finally deciding that she kept him waiting long enough, she went outside.Veronica and Jon had been sitting there silently for a few minutes. It kind of freaked him out with how quiet they were, so he decided to speak, just to break through the uncomfortable silence. “Veronica,” he said, causing her eyes to widen. He had been waiting all day just to use her real name, just to see her reaction.
“How the fuck did you figure out my real name?” She asked, completely shocked. “Who the hell told you?”
“While you and Zoey were talking last night, I was eavesdropping. Thanks for defending me, by the way. Also, what happened two days ago wasn’t just sex for me; it was…” Honestly, he didn’t even know what it was. He said that he would never love her because of the abortion, but he found himself slowly getting attached to her. “...complicated, let’s just leave it at that.”
After he said that, she kind of started to believe that what Zoey was true. It was impossible not to after that. “Okay, I will. I’ll leave it at that.”
Jon noted the bitterness in her voice, and while he somewhat expected it, he didn’t like it. “I’m sorry, Val, or Veronica...which ever one. It’s just that things aren’t the same as last time. We’re both different people. You might not notice it, but I see the differences in both of us. You aren’t as happy as you once were, and I’m...well, I’m just...