I have read it! I’m a little disappointed in Tory himself here (GASP!)… I was hoping he had learned a bit from disappointing his mother by going out when he was sick, that he was going to try and be a better son… and he’s moaning about helping mom shop for Christmas. Once a teenager, always a teenager.
That being said, Colin is a bit of a dick here and I can see him using the fact he’s leaving to avoid Tory’s question. Fortunately we know they do meet again (chances of *that* happening were probably much less than the 1% Tory gave for this meeting).
Colin looked very sad at the end, as if he maybe was trying to blow Tory off because he didn’t want to think about leaving (??)
The extra chapter does fit and it makes reading the events of Chapter 16 more logical to me. More great work from Jen and it’s nice to see more off*beat as always!!