After Chase left, I cried again. This time, my brother came into the room. "You ok?" he says, genuine concern on his face. i quickly start wiping my tears away. "Nothing," I say, feigning a smile. He closes the door. "Nuh uh. Don't lie to me Addie." I sigh. There would be no getting around him. " David cheated on me," I mumble. He looks surprised, then anger crosses his face. "He what?"
"He cheated on me, and I saw him doing it."
"Oh hell no. Hell no. Nobody cheats on my sister. That asshole!" He punches a wall.
" Don't do anything. It's being taken care of."
He laughs darkly. "Not do anything. Are you kidding me? This guy decides to cheat on my sister, and I have to sit around and do nothing about it? Sorry sis, that's just not how it works. Tomorrow, he better watch his back."
And before I could say anything, he walked out the door.
I sighed. Tomorrow was gonna be awkward. And with that, I went to sleep.
. . . .
As I walked onto school grounds, I felt nervous. What would happen? Would the plan work? Would David be with her, our group, or not there at all? Should I talk to him, or ignore him completely? What should I tell Ella? And don't even get started with the school rumors....
But besides that, I had bigger things on my mind. I just couldn't stop thinking about Chase's kiss. I actually liked it. It made me feel... things that I never felt with David. And he was really nice to me yesterday. I'd actually had a good time with him. I was happy he was there for me. Maybe we could-
"Lina!!! Get over here already!" Ella yells at me.
"Oh. Yeah. Sorry!" I call back, walking over. A figure stiffens, and I realize: David. I pause mid step. My eyes automatically, and I walk towards them faster. "What are you doing here?" I growl, crossing my arms as I make it over to them. He gives a weak smile. "Hey,babe."
"Don't you dare fucking call me that!" I hiss, "After yesterday's actions, it should be obvious to your pea brain: WE ARE OVER!" I take satisfaction as I watch him flinch. A crowd starts to form around us.
" If you could just let me ex-"
"You!" My brother's voice carries over the mass of people. Before I know what's happening, he goes into full on protective brother mode. " Why the fuck would she listen to what you have to say? She caught you cheating on her with some chick in the hallway, and now you just want to cover up your crap. So guess take a hint: she's done with you. Get through your goddamn head dumbass."
David looks at him. " Like you have any idea what's going on." Turning back to me he says, "Look, Lina-"
"He might not, but I do." A voice says.
I look for the owner and spot Chase making his way through the crowd. He looks mad. "Stop trying to cover everything up, David. She saw you cheating on her, and that gives her the right to dump you. So stop trying to fix your mistake. Because i know for a fact that this has been going on for months. So be a man and own up to it, before your ass really is in trouble."
David's face register's shock. "How do you know-"
" I ditch school a lot, remember? I know what goes on in hallways, janitor closets, even classrooms. I've seen you with the girl multiple times, and I even know who she is: Candace Jenson. A freshman, of all things."
My ex glares at him. "Well, you know what? I did cheat on her, and I'm not going to say I didn't mean to, because I did." He looks at me.
"Why?" I say.
"Because who could ever love a bitch like you? You suck at kissing, I just used you to get to the top, Lina. And now I'm on it, so I don't really care what happens to you. It really does suck that I couldn't break up with you first and boot you off. Now we have to be rivals." He grins. "But at least now people know that you're nothing but a sl-"
Chase's fist finds David's jaw before he can blink. People gasp. "At least she isn't a fucking man whore,jackass. And if you think about it, people now know what kind of person you are, and know to stay away from you. So if anything, she'll be more popular and you'll become the guy everyone hates." He starts walking away, then pauses and turns around. "And for the record, she's a great kisser. I found out myself when you were busy talking to Candace." Then he grabs my arm, and we walk away, leaving the gasping,cheering,squealing, and above all picture taking, crowd behind us.
. . . . . .
Lunch time comes, and I immediately go to sit by Ella. unlike usual, she doesn't smile. "What's wrong?" I say, sitting down. "Upset he cheated on me?"
"I didn't think you'd find out so soon, I guess." She says, not meeting my eyes. I'm shocked. My best friend knew, and didn't even tell me.
"You knew," I whisper. Then, a little louder,"You fucking knew!"
"Don't 'Lina' me. You knew, and you didn't tell me. I hate you!" Then I run out of the cafeteria. I take a deep breath as I reach the bathroom. I could do this. I smile in the reflection, but my eyes are sad. I was broken. I was the broken queen bee, and I needed to find a way to fix myself.