It's been weeks. My food is running out, and I can't afford to go back into the city. I deserved to die, anyways.
"I miss her. " I said to the stars overhead. They said nothing in turn.
Suddenly, I heard a rustle of the bushes behind me.
"Mat?" A familiar voice questioned. It was Maggie.
"Maggie?" I gasped. My voice hadn't been used in a couple days, because I had made camp here for about a week or so. I couldn't tell.
"Mathew ! " she ran towards me her face red and with scratches her hair dyed a really weird color . What has happened ?
"How's Anna ? " I ask quickly I had to know.
"She's batshit crazy . She gets drunk and parties and smokes a lot now that you're gone . She's a slut she sleeps around with a lot of people she's going nuts without you Mathew ... " she spits out fast . I couldn't believe what I heard. My sweet Anna a slut she parties she drinks . What is she doing, did I cause this?
"Mat honey no offense but you look terrible " she says looking at me.
"No shit ! " I say back. She rolled her eyes and sat down next to me.
"Well I was wondering where you've been. " she said.
"Yeah. I've stayed here for a couple days. Anyways, what's happened to you?" I asked.
"Well, let's start at the beginning. The day after you.. Hit her, she came to my house dressed like a slut. I went along with it, then Scarlet invites us to this party. But before we went, she dragged me to a strip club and she slept with some random dude. To be honest, it was sorta fun. Anyways, we went to this party and she slept with another dude and it turns out Ryder was there. Okay the next part is weird, but I was drunk and high as hell so don't judge. So Ryder does body shots on me, where you pour vodka in their belly button and drink it, I know it's weird. But then he fucking takes off all my clothes in front of all these people and raped me. And everyone was touching me, and it was just disgusting. So the next day, I got braces and my mom dropped me off at the mall, and I ran straight into him. We got ice cream and he started making up this cute poem, then he kissed me. Then he runs away, all pissed for no reason. So I get home and my moms super drunk and she tells me she's pregnant and starts beating me. Then the next day Anna comes to my house like 'what the hell happened' and I told her about everything except me sleeping with Ryder, which I told her to ask him about. So the next day, yesterday I guess, she storms in my house, all fucking crazy and accuses ME of raping him. Ryder lied to Anna to make him not hate her for raping me. So she's not my friend anymore, and everyone hates me. I ran off, stole Ryder's car and went stripping to get some more money. And then I ran off. " She finished.
I was gaping at her. "Damn"
"Yeah. And I guess nothings really happened to you. " she said. I shook my head no.
"Right then. Um can I stay with you? If you want" she asked.
"Yeah sure. "
"Cool. I'll just..." She said as she plopped her head down on the ground and went straight asleep. I laughed despite myself and gave her my pillow and blanket. I'd never really had an opinion of Maggie, but she was alright.
I laid my head back and stared at the stars until the sun rose.
I woke up in an unfamiliar place, with someone calling out my name. I shot up and looked around wildly. I'd had a nightmare.
"Woah, Maggie chill. It's just me. " he said. I remembered everything suddenly.
"Oh. Sorry. " I said, getting a clear look at Mat for the first time in several weeks. His brown hair was long and shabby, filled with tangles and a few leaves. His blue eyes had grown tired, and had a wild look to them. He had small scratches on his face, much less noticeable than my finger-nail scrapings raked across my face. He was also noticeably skinnier.
"Breakfast. " he said, holding up a can of tuna. I wrinkled my nose.
"How about hell no. I've got a bunch of good food in my bag. " I said.
"I'll get it. "
"Thanks. There should be some cereal or something. " I said, already laying back down. He went over to my bag and started rummaging through it.
"Hey... Um can I have a few cigarettes? " he asked bashfully.
"Sure. You know how to smoke, right?" I laughed.
"Mhmm. I just want to try it, though. " he said, pulling out a pack of my cigarettes and some cereal.
"Gimme the pack once you're done. " I said, throwing him the lighter. He nodded and pulled one from the pack and tossed the lighter and the pack over to me. I stood up, stretched, and smoked nearly the entire pack as Mat practically inhaled all the cereal.
"This is so good, I've been living off canned shit for the past week." He said.
"Mhm. No problem, skinny boy. " I joked as he stuck his tongue out at me. I laughed and threw him the rest of the pack, there were only 2 left. "Here. "
"No problem. So when are you planning on going back?" I asked.
"Going back? Never. " he said.
"What? Mat, you have to. Anna will literally kill herself if you don't. "
"It's not funny to joke about that. " he said.
"Mat I'm dead serious. With all the drinking she's doing, Ryder might crash the car again since apparently he's a lying son of a bitch and we both hate him. And he goes to parties and rapes people!" I said loudly.
He sighed. "I guess I will, but I still need some time. Please stay with me, just for a while. Until I'm ready. " he pleaded.