It was 4PM, Gabe had still not answered any of my calls, I was starting to get worried, had he broken up with me without me noticing? I sighed and looked out the window, it was really hot and sunny outside, I was wearing a cute white top with denim shorts, and my hair was up in a messy ponytail. “Are you okay?” Luke asked and handed me an ice cold coke, he was wearing a grey ‘Nirvana’ shirt and black skinny jeans with the usual holes in the knees. “Yeah, I’m fine” I lied, and gave him a fake smile, “I have to go, are you going to be okay?” Luke nodded.
I had to check up on Gabe I couldn’t take him ignoring me, I’m a very persistent person.
I jumped into my car and went to the store to pick up a bottle of wine, every time one of us was mad at one other we would buy wine and give to the other person, it had become a tradition over the 4 years we had been dating.
I knocked on the door, at first no one answered, but then I heard footsteps, the door opened slowly, and Gabe came out, he was wearing a purple flannel over a white t-shirt, and black skinny jeans.“Hey” I said awkwardly, “I brought wine” I showed him the bottle of red liquid, he looked at me with sad eyes, and stepped aside so I could come in.
He sat down in the couch and gestured for me to do the same. “I think we need to talk” Gabe said his voice was raspy, I nodded “I swear to god Gabe, there is nothing going on between Luke and I” he put his fingers on my lips, and shook his head. “I have to tell you something” his voice broke, “I slept with someone else” I felt like someone had taken my heart out, stomped on it and kicked me in the gut afterwards, “what?” I was too shocked to cry.
The tears streamed down Gabe’s face, he took my hand in his, “I’m so sorry, Charli” he whispered. I stood up and started to go towards the door, “with who?” I asked touching the door handle, my voice was filled with anger. “Does it matter?” Gabe asked walking closer to me, “who?” I asked again, I felt like I couldn’t breath, Gabe shook his head and wiped the tears away, “who?” I screamed and threw the wine bottle onto the floor, breaking it into thousands of pieces. “You don’t know her” he said and walked closer to me, ignoring the broken glass everywhere, “I’m so sorry Charli, she was there, and you weren’t” he touched my arm, my whole body was shaking. “I was drunk” I pulled my arm away from him, and hurried down to my car, I could hear him call my name behind him, but it was too late.
I ran inside, and hurried upstairs to my room, hoping that Luke hadn’t seen me. I leaned my back up against the wall, the first couple of tears started to run down my cheeks, my throat choked up, tears was streaming down my face now, I didn’t bother to stop them, because I knew that it was impossible.
“Charli?” I heard Luke call out in the hall, he knocked on the door, but I didn’t bother to answer. He opened the door, his eyes scanned the room “are you okay?” he asked and walked towards me, the lump in my throat stopped me from answering, I knew if I opened my mouth then that I would start throwing up.
He sat down next to me, and placed his arms around me in a hug, he didn’t say anything he didn’t demand me to tell me what was wrong, he just held me in his arms and stroked my hair. The tears streamed down my face making his shirt damned, I didn’t know how long we sat there, but it felt like hours.
Sometimes I would stop crying from exhaustion, but then a few minutes after I’d start again, everything reminded me of him.
“What happened?” Luke finally asked, I could feel that he had been wanting to ask me that since the start. “My boyfriend cheated on me” I said between sobs, I had never felt that miserable my whole life, Luke wiped my cheek with the hem of his shirt, and whispered “It’s going to be okay” over and over again.
We sat there until my stomach started growling, “I’ll order something” Luke said and went downstairs, he knew my order by now. I placed my chin on my knees, and waited for him to get back.
“I’m sorry, this is so unprofessional” I said when Luke came back, and wiped my eyes, “your boyfriend cheated on you, I would be a mess too” he said and placed himself next to me again. “Thank you” I whispered, he just nodded and handed me a kleenex, “do you wanna scream into a pillow or burn pictures of him?” I laughed, and shook my head, “I just need to get my mind off of him” Luke stood up and helped me do the same, “let’s watch a movie” Luke said, “after we’ve burned pictures of him” he added, I looked at Luke to see if he was joking, but he seemed serious, “do you have any pictures of him?” I nodded, I had one in my purse, and thousands that I just kept in a box, I was going to make a scrapbook about us, the thought of that made the tears come back.
I grabbed the box and Luke dragged me downstairs, “are you ready for this?” Luke asked holding a lighter in his hand, I shook my head and started crying. Just the thought of burning the pictures made my body shake, I wasn’t ready to delete 4 years of my life.
He hugged me and whispered “you don’t have to do it” he was about to say something else when the doorbell rang, at first I thought it would be Gabe, but then I remembered that he didn’t have the address. Luke went out to open the door, I could hear he said something, and then he came back with a pizza.
We watched movies the rest of the night, I was lying on top of Luke in the sofa, he picked all the movies, and none of them were romantic, which I was thankful for. I gave Luke a little smile, and intertwined my fingers with his, I was so thankful to have him.