It was the middle of the night during winter, but you didn't care. You had to talk to someone. You bundled up as best you could and walked to the house of the only person you felt would understand.
You were shivering by the time you reached Ivan's doorstep. Pounding on the door, you prayed he was awake enough to hear.
It didn't take long for him to come to the door, and his surprise was evident when he saw you. He stared into your eyes as you trembled.
You knew you couldn't keep up your daily charade for long; already, your eyes were beginning to water. But when he pulled you in for a tight hug, everything shattered.
You clung to him as shrieking sobs tore from your body and fled into the night. He was caught off guard when your knees gave out, causing him to collapse with you as you fell, landing partway on top of him.
You didn't care. You needed something to hold on to when everything else in your life was falling apart. You had been that something for him once, and h