“You’re too good for me, Abby.” I started to shake my head in disagreement, but he continued on, ignoring me. “Seth is a good man, and you deserve to be with someone like him. I’m sorry that I’ve made such a mess of things. I want to say that I will back off and pretend to hope that the two of you are able to work things out, but I don’t think I have the strength to give you up. It’s just too hard, and I’m evidently not that big of a man. I’ll try to give you some space while you work through this, but please don’t take too long.” His next words were so quiet that I wasn’t sure if he actually uttered them or if my imagination conjured them. “Choose me.” With one last burning gaze, he turned and left.