JC ran his hand over Justin's waist and patted his stomach comfortingly. "I don't know why, J. Sometimes these things, they just run their course, you know? It's like the end's already there somewhere, already there from the beginning and finally you just hit it. One day it's just ready to end."

"I wasn't ready," Justin said.

"Yeah, well, you will be." Justin sniffled loudly and JC patted him again. "Listen, you know I love her, you know I think she's a great girl but she wasn't - maybe it just wasn't meant to be. She wasn't special enough for you, you know? She was great, but she wasn't going to be enough. Don't get me wrong, there are so many things about her that are so amazing, but you - you should have everything you want. Everything."

"She's what I wanted, though," Justin said. "She's what I want."

"It won't always be like this." JC slid his hand up to Justin's chest and opened his palm right over Justin's heart. He could feel Justin shaking. "I promise," he said. "It won't always be like this."