Taking You For Granted

Oliver had always been around, and so he would always be around... Just, as a friend. That's all he was, she swore to herself. But, when something terrible happens she's forced to take a new look at her longest standing, never changing relationship.

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2. parties suck

I took my position at stage right behind the curtain, waiting for them to rise. Oli comes and stands beside me. Lydia wasn't wrong. He looks handsome when he puts some effort in. He's dressed in a suit with a long coat and an ascot. His hair is slicked back a bit, but some of his curls are just too unruly to stay put. Lydia is wrong in thinking that he isn't also just as handsome in a band t-shirt and scuffed up tennis shoes.

"What are you doing over here?" I asked. He was supposed to be on the other side of the stage.

"We're okay, right?" He asked.

"Of course," I said, as if we could be anything but.

"Lydia dumped me," he said.

"I'm sorry," I felt guilty, but pleased. Mostly pleased, and then washed over with guilt for thinking that.

"No, you're not," he smiled. "I'm not either. She wasn't really interested in who I am."

"She's stupid," I said, then ruined it. "So are you. Get to stage left!"

He smiled again, then ran to get to his spot.

The play went on without a hitch. We took our final bow. Just like that, the thing I'd put the most effort into for the past six years of my life was over. My parents didn't want me to pursue acting. I was going to go to school with no declared major.

It was so depressing.

"Hey, June!" Eddie, who had played the lead ran up to me backstage. "You going to the after party at Jillian's?"

"Yeah, I guess."

"Awesome, I'll see you there," he winked at me.

He was so cheesy.

Hedy helped me change out of my costume, then we drove together to the party. It was pretty far outside of the town's limit. Jillian's family owned several acres. It was a common spot for parties that I never made a habit of attending.

A bon fire was already burning hot when we arrived. Hedy's boyfriend, William came running towards us. He pulled her into a hug and kissed her cheek.

"You did a fantastic job," he told her. "I'm proud of you."

He was a good boyfriend. He was a little bit boring, but I never found William to be irritating. In fact, I supported their relationship wholeheartedly from day one.

"You were great, too, June," he smiled at me. "You were very convincing as a sheep-in-wolf's-clothing assassin."

"Thank you," I smiled.

"Hey!" Eddie came running towards us with drinks in his hands. "I'm glad you made it!"

He handed two drinks to Hedy and Will, who were already in their own Hedy and Will private universe. Then he turned to me.

I accepted the bottle. It was IBC root beer. I took a sip.

"Can I talk to you for a minute?" He asked.

I nodded and followed him to the edge of the party.

"June, I have to tell you something," he started nervously.

Oh no. I took a nervous sip of my drink.

"I have always liked you. Would you like to go on a date with me?"

"I'm sorry, I just..." felt terribly awful.

I raised my palm to my forehead. My head was killing me. I was dizzy.

"You don't look so good," he put his arm around my waist and lead me away from the party. "Here, you can rest in my car."

He open a door an put me in the back seat. Then, he climbed in on top of me.

No. No!

My thoughts were screaming.

And then, I heard shouting. He was pulled off of me. Then I heard a loud smack before I was pulled out of the car. That's when I blacked out.

When I woke up, the ceiling I saw was familiar but it wasn't mine. An arm was wrapped tightly around my waist. I pushed it off and sat up quickly.

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