Ten years of celibacy is no match for the passion she evokes in me. Holding her through her tears melted my heart. The fire I discovered in her, burned through my carefully constructed walls, leaving ashes in its wake. Walls I built to protect myself, no that’s not true. I built those walls to protect everyone else from my rage. A rage that cost me more than I had to give. The thing is, she’s different. Laney is my match. As I allow her in, she pushes me away. Maybe it’s for the best. Then I'll be able to rebuild my walls to keep us both safe.