The Endless Chain

This story is a romantic short story/play. It's about love, the dangers of it and how it can effect everyone. Oh, and it's in reverse order (There are 10 chapters). I used this as a final project for my English class and received an A on it. Apparently it was one of the best stories my teacher had ever read. Let's see if he's right...

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2. Chapter 2

Kelly Hall, 4th floor, Room 404, May 18th, 2013

 

            “Tell me how that works out!” Rebecca screamed, throwing her hands up in the air.

 

She paced the floor, walking back and forth, occasionally looking out the window, down at the people who congregated outside at the lawn for some fraternity event going on.

 

“How do you think I feel? First off, I hate saying no… not to mention it was completely awkward…” Ashley spoke, picking and choosing her words carefully.

 

Ashley sat on the bed, running her hands through her dirty blonde hair. She occasionally checked her IPhone to see if she had any messages or emails, but it was particularly done to temporarily diverge herself away from looking at Rebecca.

 

Sam looked up from her laptop, “I feel that this is all so… cliché.” Sam had not told either Ashley or Rebecca about what she had done nine or even fifteen days prior to today. She knew it wouldn’t be a good idea; it would make matters more complicated than they already are, not to mention it would bring some resentment from Rebecca.

 

“Just be glad you’re not in either of our positions and that you have a boyfriend who you’re happy with.” Ashley said as Rebecca continued to pace the floor.

 

Sam decided to keep her mouth shut and continued to work on her English paper that was due in a couple of days. 

 

Rebecca undid her ponytail and sat down on the bed next to Ashley. She ran her fingers through her long black hair and put it back in a ponytail. She then tipped over to her right and landed her head face down on her pillow.

 

Ashley started to pat Rebecca’s back, “Look, you’ll make it through this… There are plenty of other fish in the sea. I think… maybe you should take a break from visiting his floor. It’ll take your mind off of him.”

 

Rebecca muffled something into the pillow.

 

Ashley chuckled, “What did you say?”

 

Rebecca sat up now, tears starting to drip from her eyes, “But I don’t want any other fish. I want that one.” She said, pulling out her phone and showing a picture of Tony to Ashley. She had taken it the first night they had met. It was an ice skating event between her floor in Millennium and Tony’s floor.

 

Ashley took Rebecca’s phone and then hugged her, alternating between patting and rubbing her back.

 

“You’re going to have to delete that photo. It’ll just make you think of him more.” Ashley explained, “Trust me on this. I had the same problem in high school…” That was a lie. “...And just because things don’t work out right now, doesn’t mean they won’t work out in the end. Patience rewards us with things like that.”

 

Sam rolled her eyes behind the screen of her computer after the thought of this talk being even more cliché than it was to begin with. Then Sam’s phone started to ring.

 

Rebecca immediately perked up and jumped off the bed. “Who is it?’ She demanded.

 

“Woah! Calm down. It’s just Paul.” Another lie. It was Tony. He was calling to ask Sam a question about their English project, since they were in the same group. Sam answered the phone quickly, “Hey Paul, I’ll call you back. I’m in the middle of something right now.” She hung up the phone before Tony could say a word.

 

“You could have talked to him.” Ashley said.

 

“Nah, this is more important.” Sam closed her laptop, trying to make it look like she was ready to take part in this discussion.

 

“Do you want to go get some ice cream from 7-Eleven? Eating ice cream always makes me feel better after a bad day.” Ashley said, getting up from her bed and putting her flip flops on.

 

“Is ice cream really going to help the pain?” Rebecca shouted.

 

Sam and Ashley stood there in silence, caught off guard by the increase in anger.

 

“I didn’t think so!” Rebecca was now crying and yelling at the same time. Her face was as red as a tomato. “There’s no way I’m going to be able to forget him.”

 

“Don’t say that.” Sam interjected. “Time heals everything.”

 

Rebecca snapped back, “I don’t want to hear your stupid lectures Sam! You have a boyfriend. You are completely irrelevant in this conversation right now.”

 

“Oh really? I hate to tell you, but I am completely relevant. Considering the fact that...”

 

“Wait… you like Tony too?” Ashley said, shocked at the revelation. “But…what about Paul?”

 

“Paul was always my number two. But Tony…he was my go to guy. I told him I liked him about a week ago, and that’s when he told me that he like you.” Sam pointed to Ashley and then turned to Rebecca, who stood there in silence. “I knew that you liked him as well Becca, so I asked him what he thought of you.”

 

“What did he say?” Rebecca said nervously.

 

“Tony said that he never really thought about having a relationship with you and that he thought it probably wouldn’t work out in the end anyways.” Sam said as she packed her laptop up in her backpack.

 

“Did he give an explanation as to why it wouldn’t work?” Rebecca asked curiously.

 

“He said that after the stunt you pulled in fall term, you weren’t trustworthy enough. And that you two don’t really have anything in common.” Sam said, trying to hold back a grin.

 

Rebecca stood there, amazed that he knew about what she had done in fall term, on the night of the floor event, in which they met.

 

Sam opened up the door to the room. “Well I have to peace. I’m actually going to meet Tony at the library right now to work on an English project.”

 

Rebecca was now crying, yet again. She knew what she had done that night was stupid, and she regretted every moment following it. But it finally hit home.

 

“Oh and by the way.” Sam pulled a piece of paper out of her backpack. “You probably shouldn’t read this now. But since you already hate me, I might as well burn any bridge connecting us to each other.” She zipped up her backpack and handed the paper to Rebecca. “I guess I’ll see you around.” She then left in a hurry as she slammed the door to room 404 shut.

 

 Rebecca opened up the paper. It appeared to be a photocopy of some sort of journal. Ashley walked over to Rebecca and started to read what was written.

 

            “May 3rd, 2013… Dear diary…

 

Both Rebecca’s and Ashley’s eyes widened as she continued to read, unable to take their eyes off the paper.

 

            “… Tonight was a successful night. I’m currently in Brian’s bed, lying down under his sheets writing this. Tony has passed out in his bed, after throwing up a couple of times in the bathroom. We had walked back from the party together; he tends to not remember what happens later in the night when he gets hammered. So I started making out with him outside of Millennium and inside his room, up until he started throwing up. At the party we were able to dance with each other since Rebecca and Ashley had left already. Good thing I barely drank tonight. I definitely want to remember this night for the rest of my life. It’s a shame Tony wont. But then again, it’s probably for the better.” After all that, written in ink was “#NotCliche

                                                                                                                                             

            Rebecca dropped the piece of paper and it slid under the bed. She then ran over to Ashley’s desk and grabbed an X-Acto knife, running out of the room and into the bathroom down the hall. Ashley ran after her. But before she could get her foot in the door, the door shut and was locked.

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