Chapter 7.16


God, I couldn’t believe the one job that could take me places got smashed by the most beautiful face in the world.

Jack Rackham was dreamier than his picture on the movie posters that were all over the world last year.

The real deal was always better. Thank God he didn’t see me.

Grandpa didn’t understand when I told him I couldn’t do the job anymore. I lied and said I wouldn’t have time because of my schedule with the play. (It was almost over and our practice times didn’t conflict at all but he didn’t have to know that.)

I wasn’t about to subject myself to the inevitable awkward moments when I’d have to attend Jack’s lot. And no way in hell could my self esteem survive if he didn’t even recognize me. Or worse. Didn’t remember.

Now that my job was over, all I had were me and my thoughts about Kristie. My bff! She wouldn’t talk to me no matter how many texts and calls I’d made.

What did I do that was so horrible? I tried to remember that night with Zachary but I’d drank so much, I just blanked it all.

But I did remember that morning. And he was…sweet…in his infuriatingly cocky way.

Well, there was only one thing to do. Blast her with texts until she caved.

Finally! I broke through her walls.

We decided to wait until the next morning since it was Sunday and no one would be around on campus. Everyone would be sleeping off hangovers or just be lazy since there was no school.

My body felt all jittery when I saw her sitting there on the bench.

The acrid smell of cigarette smoke wafted over to me. She’d started smoking again. I’d thought she quit last year. Guess not. In high school, she’d gone out with a dude that smoked and during her parent’s divorce, she took up the habit. Three years later, she vowed to quit and I thought she’d done it, too, because I never smelled it on her.

I walked closer to her with my peace offering in hand. She didn’t glance at me. She just blew out a cloud of smoke.

“It’s your favorite. Caramel Snickerdoodle Macchiato with extra whipped cream.” I inched out my hand, hoping she’d take it and we’d go back to how things were–laughing about our horrible professors, whining about not having the right clothes for a date, complaining about our parents being too nosy about our lives, and just being together most of the time. That’s who we were ever since I could remember.

“You know those are loaded with calories,” Kristie said not glancing up at me.

Guess she wasn’t in the mood for peace offerings.

I put my hand on my hip. “Come on, Kristie. Stop giving me the cold shoulder. I have no idea what I did wrong, so could you please let me in on the secret? It’s the least you could do.”

That seemed to snap her out of her funk.

Sheepishly, she took the coffee and said, “Thanks.”

I settled on the bench next to her as she looked as if she was thinking.

But I went ahead and spoke. I couldn’t help myself. “You know I’m really sorry. For whatever I did. I mean…I know you liked Zachary and I had no right to take him from you. I’m not seeing him. I won’t. He’s all yours.”

Kristie shook her head. “It’s not that, Chey…”

“Then what is it?”

She bit her lip as she squeezed the coffee. “I think we need a break is all. We’re just…going in different directions.”

I crossed my arms, not understanding anything. “A break? Like…we’re not a couple. That doesn’t make sense at all.”

“Yes it does, Chey. We’ve been friends for a long time but sometimes a person takes and takes from a relationship and the other one just doesn’t have anymore to give. That’s where I’m at.”

“What are you talking about? That I don’t give in our friendship? That’s not even fair, Kristie.”

“Chey, the night of the party, you got so wasted you didn’t even know what was going on. You were all over the place and then all over Zachary. Okay, yes, I was angry about that but seriously, you don’t care about what people think of you because you have a famous grandpa who’ll help you along no matter what you do. Partying is no big deal but for me, I want to get into the best law school in the country, and I can’t jeopardize that by hanging out with someone who…”

She stopped herself and got up as if she was done with the conversation. “Listen, I just think we should take a break. It’ll be good for us…for our friendship in the long run. I’ll go my way for a while and you go yours.”

I shook my head. “I can’t believe you’re doing this. Do you know how shallow you sound right now?”

She didn’t have the guts to answer me.

“Fine,” I practically spit, willing tears NOT to come to my eyes. “I’ll leave you alone and not dirty your precious reputation.”

“You know that’s not what I mean. It’s more that I need to concentrate on my studies. The bar exam is only months away and I have to score in the top. I can’t be tempted to lose focus.”

I was so hurt and angry, every fiber in my body burned. I knew the real reason. I wasn’t like her preppy sorority sisters. I didn’t fit in with them. I knew that but I didn’t think I was acting any differently than Phoebe. She’d gotten wasted, too, that night. But she was in her sorority, and I wasn’t. It didn’t make a difference these past three years and now, all of a sudden, she has a problem with me? There had to be something more.

I sighed then said, “Okay, fine, Kristie. Have a nice life.”

Without even a decent good bye, she left me, standing there. All by myself.

And just like that, I’d lost my best friend.

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15 thoughts on “Chapter 7.16”

  1. I was so happy for another chapter and then, my heart broke. 😭 That poor girl. She’s so insecure. You’d never know it on the outside looking in. 💔💔💔. She doesn’t have a very high self esteem. Even with the things she’s amazing at, she feels like she’s not good enough.

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    1. You’re very right! She really has a low self esteem (and this is genetics/upbringing–her mother has this issue, too.)

      Chey puts up a huge front to hide her insecurities. And she runs from things (which will play out later on. 😉 )

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  2. The most painful “breakups” can be the ends of friendships, especially ones that have lasted for years. But sometimes people really are going in different directions, and some friendships can really feel draining instead of balanced.

    Not sure if Chey is right about there being more to the story or not, but I’m sure it hurts. I can see how it might seem how she doesn’t have to worry about much with her connections, but she’s still trying!

    Sad she dropped a job because of a (former) kid she hasn’t seen in years. Guess that camp’s memories have really lingered… But of course she’ll meet Jack again. 😉

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    1. This is so true. But we don’t know the rest of the story, do we???

      It hurts and there’s nothing you can do about it. At least for now. And maybe she won’t want to do something. Maybe Kristie is right and they need their own space atm.

      As far as Jack goes. It’s more like being in his presence makes her feel badly. Like he’s so stratospheric and unobtainable to her. He’s pure talent and she’s the dregs. She can’t compare her acting/singing/talent to his and she just feels bad. Plus she’s had a major crush on him all this time. She’s studied his rise in fame and knows she cant even think about being someone who could possibly catch his eye. (But that’s in her own head. Hopefully, she’ll feel differently one day.)

      But yeah…Jack will catch up with her sooner or later.

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  3. Shipper WitcHazard: Screw you Kristie no one needs your negative ass around anyway! Cheyenne don’t cry over this bitch! You should have kicked her insufferable cunt to the curb when she was acting different way back when! But you stuck it out and tried to make it work! Now she acting like she’s outgrown you Bitch how you do that when you still acting petty as shit! What are you doing just standing there Cheyenne call up Zachary tell him to get his fine ass over to your bed room cause you about to duck his brains out! We need to relieve some stress cause all this Jack BS! I’m done!

    Lover WitcHazard: I forgot how attached she is to friendships more so than romantic relationships!

    Anti Shipper: I’ll go calm her down.

    Dark WitcHazard: Good luck on making baby number 3!

    Anti Shipper:🖕

    Dark WitcHazard: Hehe with that said how could she ruin her shot cause of Jack’s stupid handsome face!

    Lover WitcHazard: I know and what about all the other hot guys we’re missing out on because him ugh I hate it here!

    Side note: My bestie who Shipper’s personality is based on totally blindsided me with her reaction to this chapter! Had to listen to a whole story about some girl who wronged her in high school! I think you struck a nerve!😂

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    1. Shipper: Ouch. Poor Kristie…but then maybe she deserves that atm. But yeah, Cheyenne sure didn’t need that and why couldn’t Kristie be understanding? And now, would it be revenge if Chey actually went out with Zachary despite Kristie? Well, I doubt Chey would do that but she might not tread lightly if a certain someone pursued her still.

      Lover: Yes, Chey values her bff’s over men (hopefully that won’t change)

      Anti: Thank you!!!

      Dark: LOL!

      And Dark: Hee hee! If his face wasn’t there, she would have stayed. Dumb face. 🙄

      Lover: There’s more hot boys in her future. But you know who they are (six to be exact). I hope that’s enough!

      LOL! Loved hearing that story! (And tbh, that scene happened to me in college. Sad, yes, but I’ll rewrite history!)


  4. Okay, first off I have to fangirl at Chey wearing an Arctic Monkeys shirt 😂 They are one of my absolute favorite bands in the world 😍

    Okay, now that that’s out of the way… yikes. Cheyenne’s life is quickly becoming a mess. She’s got the situation with Zachary to deal with, she let herself miss out on a great potential career opportunity, she’s being haunted by her past with Jack, and now she’s lost her best friend too? 😱😭 Poor thing.

    It’s easy to be mad at Kristie right now but I also feel like everyone has been there at some point in their lives — reached the point where you need to “break up” with a friend. I just wish she’d been more honest with Cheyenne sooner and tried to salvage their friendship 😦

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    1. Yay for Arctic Monkeys (I knew you liked them! 😉 )

      Things aren’t going so swell for poor Chey, but hopefully, she’ll dig herself out of this pit. Bad bff. Bad Jack. Where’s Zachary? Life SUX!

      Yeah, sometimes friendships change and that’s okay!!!

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      1. Yes they can turn quickly in Simlit LOL By the way I thought you were from Australia. Every time you read my story it never shows a read from Australia. How weird is that I’ve never seen that before only with yours. But thanks for being a wonderful support.

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