About a month had passed since she started her polyamor-ish lifestyle. Seeing two guys had been oddly freeing. Without the ability to have a Relationship because she was seeing multiple people, her relationships were much more enjoyable. She didn't worry about fixing either one of them, didn't focus on their flaws. Never worried about where it was all going.
When Theo texted her that he started seeing someone else, she almost felt relieved. Not being someone's everything really took the pressure off of the relationship. Because she wanted to be open and honest about everything, she asked him about her. He refused. When pressed he said they'd met on Tinder, and she lived in his apartment complex so it was "convenient" and they were just getting to know each other. He enjoyed spending time with her. She got a little worried that he was doing it to try and make her jealous, but she felt the opposite.
She knew that Mel wasn't seeing anyone else. She was a little worried about that because he seemed to go pretty hard emotionally in his relationships. However, when they were together he seemed to be playing it pretty cool.
JJ kept telling her that Mel was serious, that all he talked about was her. She didn't feel that coming from him when they were together.
Her month got busy. She got stressed with work and taking on too much of the show she was ADing for. Mel stepped up to the plate, waiting for her after rehearsal to have a drink and decompress for the day. She didn't have a lot of spare time, but she looked forward to spending time with him.
Because she couldn't hang out in person, Theo started to pull away. The daily "good morning" and "good night" texts slowed to a stop. She barely noticed with her schedule, but did make a note that if that was something he did when she was stressed, that was another check mark in the negative column for him.
She couldn't wait to see light at the end of the tunnel of this month.