Unnamed Journal Volume 2, Issue 3 - Page 45

Lost in the Strange, Cold Pleasures of the Night "It's really sweet of you, " she said, kissing him on the cheek. "You're always sweet because I want you to be, right?" She leaned away from him, resting on her arms. "Yes, actually. My behavior is somewhat influenced by your magic." Emily nodded. The expression she wore said that her thoughts had gone very far away. Jack waited for her to break the silence. "I think," she said, "that I'm going to release you, Jack." "Oh? May I ask why?" "I cast that spell so I could have a lover who would love me as I wanted to be loved. You've done that but only because I made you. All of our interactions were forced by me." "I can't dispute anything you've said. You speak the truth." Emily nodded. "I thought that by having you here with me, I'd find happiness through love. But now I think that wouldn't work even if you were a human with free will." "Because you don't love yourself?" He asked. "Yeah. I don't, not really. And that's my problem." "I'm sorry, Emily," Jack said, reaching to embrace her, but Emily brushed his hands away. "I know, Jack. I am too. I'm sorry I dragged you into my personal shit-show, pity-party. I'm sorry I made you go through it. That was wrong of me, but I'm going to make it as right as I can by letting you go." She looked him in the eyes, and he nodded. "You'll learn to love yourself by being kind to yourself." Emily smiled at him. "Thank you, Jack. I'll remember that. And don't worry, I'll take apart the scarecrow once you're gone. Thank you for everything you've done for me. I'm going to miss you a lot. I'll probably kick myself in a few days for letting you go, but I'll feel like such a colossal piece of shit if I don't. Especially after realizing what I have." Jacked nodded. He stood up and dressed himself, then stood at the foot of Emily's bed. "Whenever you're ready," he said waving goodbye. "I release you from my service, Jack. Leave me and never return. As I have cast the spell that brought you here, I now break it. Return to your world with speed." With those words, Jack blinked out of existence. Emily stared at the space vacated by him. After a few silent