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What was your MC’s worst mistake? What has she never told anyone? Who was wronged? Weigh down your MC with that.
“I made a mistake,” Ella whispered. “Everyone makes mistakes, Jackson.”
“Right,” said Jackson. “Could I just say you’re particularly good at making them?”
“You’re pretty impartial,” said Jackson. “You hurt everyone.”
“No,” Ella voice rose. “Maybe other people – I hurt other people. Not you. I didn’t plan to hurt you. It was like a test. I wanted to know what he was like. Tasted like.”
Jackson backed away a pace, his eyes narrowing. “Ella—”
“No – but, really, it's always you.” Ella said. Even she could hear how panic ratcheted up the pitch again. She took a step towards him. Reaching up, she extended her pink-tipped nails towards his heart. "Forgive me?”
Jackson held out his hand. He wasn’t smiling, his lips were unusually straight. “No.”
“Yes,” said Ella, her voice hollow and low. “Because, you…I know you love me.”
“I loved you,” Jackson lowered his hand. “Loved. Past tense.”
Has your MC’s made a big mistake?