Burlesque Girl

He threw the bottle to the ground and stormed out of the club. "Michael! Wait!" I ran after him in tears not caring that my make up was getting ruined. He ignored me and continued to walk to his car. "Christi! Let him go!" Luke called out from behind. "Michael!" I grabbed onto his arm and he pushed me away. I fell to the empty parking space and the tears began to overwhelm me. "I told you a million times! Now I'm done. I'm sure you two will be happy together!" He slammed the car door and drove out of the parking lot, I felt a hand on my shoulder. I stood up and pushed Luke away. "I told you to stay out of it!" I yelled still crying. "I was only trying to help." He said. "Well you should've stopped helping! You ruined everything! Just get out of here and don't come back!" I started toward the entrance of the club, wiping my years away. "But…I love you…" he said under his breath.


8. Okay

Charlotte stared at the bottom of her shot glass as if there was something interesting about it. 

Calum and I mocked her and laughed as she finally realized. "Oh honey yo drink it like this." Calum said as he took her drink and drank it himself.

She rolled her eyes. I took a drink of my water and she finally spoke. 

"You know I've been thinking." She finally said.

I nearly choked on my water just hearing the words come out of her mouth. Calum looked around seeing if someone else actually said it. He looked around on the counter looking to see if he had more than just one shot glass. "I'm sorry I can't tell if I've been drinking a lot more than I thought." 

"Shut up you two." She nudged me. 

I laughed. "We're only joking." I said. "So what exactly have you been thinking about?"

She shook her head. "I don't know. I'ts just...I think it's about time for me to settle down and be with one-guy."

Suddenly Calum was choking on a beer. I nearly fell out of my chair. We both then busted out into laughter.

We waited for Charlotte to join in but she never did. She sat there with a serious look on her face.

"Holy shit. You're serious?" I asked.

She raised her eyebrows. "Yes. I mean not like what you and Michael have because no offense but that's just ugh. But something real."

"Hey what Michael and I have is real!" 

Suddenly another waitress laughed at what I said. 

I gave her a look. "I'm sorry who asked you?"

She rolled her eyes. "Damn Babydoll you still don't know do you?"

"know what?"

She sighed. "Has he been home for the past couple nights?"

I sat there quietly.

"Him and Sweet pea have been getting really close lately. Why do you think he's been backstage so often? Even when your not there?" 

I bit my lip.

She picked up the trays off the table. "I'm sorry but you deserve better Baby." She walked to the kitchen.

I sat there quietly. Drowning in my thoughts. There's no way Michael was cheating on me. And with Sweet Pea?

"Chris." Charlotte said "He is always gone."

"Don't tell me you believe her!?" I looked at Calum for help.

"He wasn't even home when we came back."

I bit my lip. "Wow you guys will just say anything for me to leave him won't you? I know you guys hate him but really!?"


"No! I have to get to work. Breaks over." I marched to the back to get on my waitress uniform. I stared at the dark lipstick on my lips. I took a deep breath before finally going out there. 

Luke was sitting down at a table for two. He was reading a book and drinking a beer. I sat down in front of him.

"Hey you bailed on us." I said.

He didn't bother to even look up at me. He continued to stare down at his book.

"I had a few things to do." 

"The odyssey." I tapped the book. "I love that one..

"Cool." He said still not looking up a me. 

"I'm sorry did I do something?" 

He shrugged. "Nah."

I gave him a confused look. "Luke What the hell did I do?"

-----------------------Sophomore year----------------------------

Jerod speeded past me. not even stopping by me to say hi. 

I rushed up next to him. "Hey superman." I winked. We sat down at the Lunch table. He pulled out a book called the Odyssey and began reading it quietly.

He didn't even look at me. He just stared down at his book. "The Odyssey by Homer?" I read the cover. "Like Homer Simpson?" I joked, trying to amuse him.

He continued to sit there quietly.

"I'm sorry did I do something?" I asked now frustrated.

He shrugged. "Nah."

I gave him an angry look. "Jer what the hell did I do!?"

He slammed his book down and reached into his bag. He pulled out an orange pill bottle and threw it onto the table.

I had been looking for that. I was looking for it after school but they were lost. Or so I thought...

'You want to explain to me what the hell your doing with XTC?"

I looked down at the table. I bit onto my lip. 


I didn't respond. I stared at the bottle. 

He sighed and began packing his things.

"Where are you going!?" I began to break down.

"You know what I don't get you anymore. I understand your hurting, I understand you're going through a hard time. I get that okay!? But this!? Popping sleeping pills and then drugs!?"

"Why does it matter!?" I stood up.

"Because it hurts Chris! It fucking hurts! Do you realize how fucking horrible it is to know that the person you love most is fucking destroying herself!?" Tears began escaping his eyes. "To know she'd rather turn to drugs. Instead of you."

My throat began to hurt. A giant lump began to form. Tears began streaming down my face.

"I wish you'd see how much you actually deserve. How much you actually mean to me!" He threw his backpack over his shoulder. "I can't even look at you right now." He grabbed his book. "Go ahead and lock your window tonight. I won't be stopping by."



Luke closed his book and stood up.

"Where are you going?"


"Luke what the hell did I do!?"

He slammed his book onto the table. "You know what I don't get you Chris I really don't. Michael treats you like shit. I get it I don't know the story, I get it. But open your eyes and look at what hes doing! I wish you'd see how much you actually deserve. How much you actually mean to me!"

I looked up at him. I wanted to cry. Hearing those exact words killed me. 

"I'm so sorry Jer." tears streamed down my cheek.

"What?" He asked.

I stood there realizing what I just said. "I-umm." I shut my eyes. Thinking it'd make all this disappear. I opened my eyes back up. Luke stood there clueless. 

He grabbed his book. "I have to go."

"Luke!" I said. 


"What do you have against him!? He was there for me when no one else was. He-" My voice cracked. "He was my cure." 

"Cure for what!? Everyone keeps telling me how he fixed you but I can see your still broken inside. You look at me way more different then you so him. I notice it. Chris he doesn't deserve you."

"Just stay out of it!" I yelled. "Just stay out of it." I whispered. "Okay?"

"Okay." He stormed out of the club. I stood there as people stared at me. I didn't want to move. I was in to much pain at this moment. He was right. I was still broken. But why was everyone so convinced Michael was so bad? He has been there this whole time. Suddenly hes a cheater? I didn't know who to believe. I was going to find out the truth.



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