She'd cheated on me. Sadie had cheated on me. Oh my God, she'd cheated on me.
I felt numb as I buried my face in my hands, propping my forehead against the steering wheel. I'd been sitting like this in my truck for the past ten minutes, parked in the driveway of my uncle's house. I couldn't make myself move. All I could do was think about what I'd seen at Sadie's house.
She lied. Everything she said, about being a virgin and wanting to wait for the right person-how I might have been that person, was all a lie. I'd seen her. I'd imagined her naked before, but, God, not naked and wrapped up in her ex-boyfriend. There was no way she could deny it, either. I'd watched her grab his hair, I'd watched her open her mouth and kiss him back. She'd lied three weeks ago when she told me she was over him. She lied.
There was suddenly a tapping on my window. Surprised, I looked up to see Sadie's elder sister Chloe peering down at me in the looming darkness. She gave me a sweet, tentative smile and motioned for me to roll the window down. Instead, I got out of the car.
"What are you doing here?"
"I left my scarf when we were working." She looked at me sympathetically. "Sadie?" she guessed.
I frowned, sticking my hands into my jacket pockets. "How did you know?"
Absently, Chloe stroked a hand along the side of my truck. "Sadie has an unfortunate tendency to break hearts." She angled her head, her sapphire eyes serious on mine. "Didn't she mention it?"
I scowled down at the ground. "She didn't tell me a lot of things." I mumbled.
"Come on." Chloe moved forward, looping her arm around mine and steering me toward the house. "I'm gonna fix you a nice cup of tea."
"I don't have any tea." I said half-heartedly as Chloe dragged me into the house.
"Water, then. Go sit down, rest your feet." When I didn't move, she clapped her hands together impatiently. "Go!"
I was a little confused as I went into the half-fixed living room and sat down. I didn't know what to think. Either Sadie was full of shit, or Chloe was. Right now, Sadie was looking bad. My stomach hurt just thinking of her. My mood black, I glared down at the glass of water I held in my hands as Chloe eased down onto the couch beside me.
"So what did she do this time?" When I didn't answer, she added, "Was it Dayton?"
Stonily, I nodded.
Chloe sighed. "That's the second time in the past year. First it was James Roberts. They dated for half a year." she explained. "Then she cheated on him with Dayton. And now you." She shook her head, obviously exasperated and disappointed with her sister. "She just can't seem to stay commited."
"I didn't know..." Squinting at the water, I rotated the glass in my hands. "I didn't know Sadie was like that."
"Oh yes. Even when we were little, Sadie always had more than one boyfriend at a time. Sometimes they'd be the ones I was dating." Chloe's expression darkened, and I had no doubt that she was telling the truth.
"I'm sorry," I said.
Chloe gave me a tiny smile, scooted closer to me. She lifted the glass out of my hands, set it on the coffee table. Then she brushed her lips across mine. Stunned, I only stared as she murmured, "It's alright. I feel we can comfort each other, Luke." She kissed me again, lingering this time. "Wouldn't you like me to make you feel better?"
Mutely, I took her hand in mine, intertwined our fingers.
"That's it." She kissed me deeper, manipulating my mouth with her tongue. I had an instant to hate myself for this. Then I thought of how good it felt, knowing this would hurt Sadie like she had hurt me. I felt better after that.
I cupped the back of Chloe's neck, pressed her closer. She took my other hand, led it to her chest. I admit it. I was a little desperate. In my defense, I was vunerable. Either way, when I somehow ended up with my hands beneath Chloe's shirt, I was feeling better already.
And then I heard one long, giant F-bomber. Chloe and I broke apart to find Sadie standing on the other side of the giant hole she'd created with her car. Chloe and I leapt to her feet. I know I shouldn't feel guilty, since this was definatly sweet payback, but I still shuffled a couple of steps away from Chloe.
"Luke?" Sadie said, her voice high and faint. She was staring at me with her mouth hanging open.
I felt my anger rise as I looked at her. Her hair was still damp. What a....whore.
"Hi, baby sister." Chloe murmured.
"Luke, what is this?" Sadie, ignoring Chloe, took a step toward me, placing a hand inside the hole as though she were trying to reach out to me through it.
"We're over, Sadie. You can go back to Dayton now, like you always wanted."
Sadie stared at me with huge eyes for a moment. "Why would I..." Her voice trailed off as her eyes locked onto her sister. She looked murderous suddenly. "You did it again. You bitch. You lied to him-"
"You lied." I snapped. "You said I could trust you."
"You can trust me. What are you-"
"I saw you with him, damn it!" I shouted. "I saw you with him! You were naked! How the hell do you explain that, Sadie?"
Sadie's eyes were shimmering as she shook her head frantically. "That wasn't what it looked like-"
"What the hell else could it be? You're a slut!"
She stopped shaking her head. Her face hardened. "I'm not a slut. Don't you dare call me that. You have no idea what you're-"
"Shut up." I cut across her. I looked at her coldly. I couldn't believe I'd trusted her. "I saw you with him. Don't even try to deny it. You can't go two weeks without whoring it up with someone? I don't-God, I can't even look at you."
"Luke, I swear, it wasn't what it looked like-"
"Save it." I held up my hand to stop her from speaking any more. "Save it for someone who cares. Because I don't anymore."
Sadie opened her mouth to say more. At that moment, Chloe moved to stand beside me, holding out her hand. I took it. Sadie's mouth closed with an audible snap. Tears glimmered in her eyes as she shifted her gaze back onto me. "I-" she began, but stopped when her voice broke. She turned, fled back to her car, and drove away.