"I don't really feel like doing this." Ali said after we'd eaten and I was laying out the DVD's.
"Oh. Ok, what do you want to do?" I asked, stopping and throwing the rest of the films on the table. I didn't really feel like it either.
"I wanna get shit-faced." She muttered staring at the table like it'd done something to her.
"Ali, are you sure that's a good idea? I mean, money's tight and you're upset about Anna..."
"Cara, I want to get so drunk I don't remember anything. Like her."
I stared at her in shock, silent with horror. Finally my brain started working again.
"That's not good for you."
"I don't care." She grabbed her jacket and headed for the door. I couldn't let her go alone.
"Liam! Ali and me are going for a drink!" I called as we reached the front door. He appeared, took one look at Ali and shook his head.
"Is that really a good idea?"
"No, but she's going anyway so I figured it's better if someone goes with her."
"I'm coming too." He grabbed his jacket and wallet, and we left.
"Cara... you know... she still loves you.... I knew it.... when she kissed me... when she fucked me... she was thinking... about you." Ali was draped around me, unable to speak properly. Her words dug at me, but I kept a straight face, waiting while Liam opened the front door.
"Ali, that's not true."
"It is! It is! It's always been you... I see the way, she looks at you... I see it... you think I don't see it?!"
She pushed away from me and stumbled in to the house. She made it to her door before she collapsed, sliding to the floor.
"Holy crap Cara; why'd we let her drink so much?"
"I don't know. She needed to get it out of her system I guess."
"Yeah well it's going to be out of her system and on to the floor if we don't get her to her bathroom soon." He hurried down the corridor and lifted her up, and I opened her room door so we could get her ready for bed.
Ali threw up twice before she settled, and by then I was so exhausted I couldn't keep my eyes from dropping.
"Hey, you look dead." Liam muttered, and hoisted me up. He carried me to my room and lay me on the bed. "Sleep Cara."
I groaned and rolled over, closing my eyes and losing consciousness immediately.
She looked like death. No, she looked like death, warmed up.
"Hmmmm..." She groaned and picked up the glass of water I placed on the table. Sipping it she trudged over to the sofa and sat, still wearing her pjs.
"Ali you know we have another exam in three days right?"
She shook her head, then groaned again and took another sip of water.
"Well we'll have to do that then."
"Cara, shut up. All I can think of right now is the banging inside my head."
I put my hands up in surrender.
"Okay okay. Just... don't let this get on top of you."
Then I headed to my room to call Anna and check on how she was.