Hackney Empire III-Michael Gray

Originally posted by bonniebird

Hackney Empire pt. 1 | pt. 2 | pt. 3 - Michael Gray

You didn’t see Michael again until 1928.  

By then you had been living in New York City for almost five years. You had done exactly as Thomas Shelby had instructed and stayed far away from London. At first you had thought about returning to your family home in Birmingham but your brother-in-law had  close ties with Derby Sabini and you knew he would rat you out. His men would find you no matter where you went and they would drag you back to London. So you left England altogether. The money you had saved from pawning Sabini’s gifts afforded you passage on a ship bound for America.  

New York City was the farthest into America you got, settling into a room near a factory where you got a job. Even having crossed the Atlantic Ocean you could feel the long arm of Sabini. You lived in fear that he would find you somehow. You didn’t attempt to contact anyone back home to find out what Thomas Shelby did with the information you gave him. Instead you did your best to settle into life in America.  

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Monday 8:27am
I woke up with you on my mind.
You called me babe last night —
my heart is still pounding.

Tuesday 10:53pm
Today I realized we won’t work.
What we are is hurting her.
And I think she matters more to me than you do.

Wednesday 11:52pm
I broke things off with you today.
She barely said a word.
I’ve never regretted anything more than this.

Thursday 4:03pm
I shouldn’t have sent that message.
You shouldn’t have been so okay with receiving it.

Friday 9:57pm
I almost messaged you today.
I didn’t.

Saturday 8:49pm
I’m walking around town in search of alcohol.
They say that liquor numbs the pain of having a broken heart.
I want to put that to the test.

Sunday 2:32am
I heard you texted a girl you’ve never spoken to before.
I wonder if it’s because you’re trying to replace me.
I can’t help but wish you weren’t.
I thought I was irreplaceable.

—  a week with you on my mind, c.j.n.