Lovely. Just lovely. The T.V. was on and I felt awful. I woke up to see Stacey wide awake, watching the school news.
Today, in memory of Julia Gregorio and Adam DeSantis, candles will be lit by the memorial. It's sad to think that these two people are presumed dead. But there is hope, students of Hill Top Academy.
"Change it," I groaned, "please. Don't torture yourself."
She changed it. I got down from my bed, pulling up down my shirt.
"You ok?" I asked.
"It's been two years, huh?"
"Yeah," I said, "and that's why we need to forget 'bout it, honey..."
"No. Here. I'll change the subject. How was Jacob?"
"I like him... a lot. I can't believe he kissed me. It was so... spontaneous and I liked it. I think I'm tired of being so cautious. He makes me feel nervous and I like it."
I patted her head, kinda sorta happy for her. I walked outside with my brush and cleanser.
"Ladies," Francesca said, "someone hooked up... literally last night. Look what I got."
She was standing on a chair and she pulled out an empty condom wrapper.
"Yum, it's strawberry! The guys balls must've been strawberrylicious, hmm? Does anyone know who? This'll make my party history, girls! Tell me which yummy guy you slept with last night."
There was stir in the crowd. Well, crap. I quickly walked past and went to the bathroom. Two girls, Janie and Jenn, were talking.
"Oh my god, Haley! Did you hear? Franny found a condom...." said Jenn.
"Strawberry's my favorite," Janie said, licking her lips.
"Yeah... it's apparently a big deal or something."
"You know what pisses me off? Franny's still a virgin and she's makin' a big deal about this. Please, she probably thought it was like a moist towelette wrapper when she first saw it."
I nodded, shoving Aquafreshy goodness in my mouth. After listening them ramble on and on, I escaped. Stacey was in the crowd.
"You know what?" she said, "I'm gonna say it was me."
"What? Why?" I said, getting nervous.
"I need her to shut up. I mean, no one's gonna say anything because... she's probably lying."
"Oh my god... you're gonna say you had sex with Jacob. He'll murder you, you know."
She looked so innocent and I knew she wanted to start a reputation with him...
"I'm gonna do it, Hales."
I shrugged with zero confidence.
"Yo, Frankie," she said, "I think that belongs to me... or Jacob..."
"Holy crap!" she said.
The girls crowded her asking if he was good or if he took appointments. I saw Grace spit out her water and watched Anne Marie choke on her gum. I went back to the room with both of them.
"Holy fucking shit," I said.
"I know... they moved way too fast," Anne Marie said.
I closed the door.
"Stacey is... oh my god. Holy crap!" Grace said.
"Maybe it was just oral," Anne Marie said, "I mean... they wouldn't... would they?"
"No," I said, gulping down fear (and nervous saliva), "I would."
"You and Jacob had sex!? For real this time!?" Grace practically shouted.
"Shh!" I said.
"She's lying? Why?" Anne Marie said.
"She wants a relationship with him... starting with a reputation."
"Holy crap," Grace said.
"Well, we forgot about it. I mean, that's what we agreed on," I said, "no harm, no foul?"
"This is bad," Anne Marie said.
"No. No, it's not. At least she can start off with everyone thinking that they had a sex... and no one's gonna pressure her about doing it with him... if they become boyfriend and girlfriend."
"But her best friend was the one who actually did it with him!" Grace said.
"Please, it's not as bad as it seems," I said.
I knew I was lying.
"Calm down," Anne Marie said, "how's Jacob gonna find out? 'Cause I'm sure as hell Stace is not gonna tell him."
Someone knocked on our door.
"It's open," Anne Marie said.
"Jacob?" Grace said, as he walked in, eating a bagel, calmly.
"Grace?" he mimicked.
"Hi," I said, feeling nervous.
"Hi? Um, why is everyone freaking out outside?"
"Oh, no reason," I said, shrugging, "Stacey's just talking to everyone about her trip."
"But... it's not that big of a deal. And she came a while ago..."
"Um, can I have half your bagel? I'm starving," I said, trying to distract him.
"Sure," he said, handing it to me.
I sat on Anne Marie's bed, cross-legged. Grace and Anne Marie crossed there arms, waiting for me to say something.
"Woo-hoo, Jacob!" someone screamed, loud enough so it could be heard from the closed door.
"Why did someone just scream my name? What the fuck? Hales, if you don't tell me I'll take my bagel back."
"What a threat," Grace mumbled.
"Shut up, Grace," he said, "I wasn't threatening you."
She rolled her eyes.
"Say it! Or I will and it'll be awkward," Anne Marie said.
"Ok!" I shouted.
I looked at him.
"So, Francesca found a condom in the beach house and she was like 'who's condom is it? Someone hooked up at my party!" and then she was standing on the table and all the girls went psycho 'cause it was strawberry flavored and Stacey was like 'holy canoli, I should say it's Jacob's and that we sex just to shut her up and start a reputation with him' and I was like 'um no...' but she did it 'cause I just shrugged and now all the bitches are going crazy and wanna know everything and wondering if you take appointments," I mumbled, really fast.
"Do you take appointments?" Grace asked.
I glared at her.
"Well," he said, "that was shitload of stuff..."
"Don't be mad at Stacey," I said.
"Um, what else can I do?"
"I don't know. But if you are... she's gonna ask why you're so mad because she thinks you wanted a relationship with her... and now, everyone thinks you guys hooked up and you don't have to be all awkward about it."
"Hales," Grace said, "it kinda makes it more awkward."
"Well, it makes sense if you don't think about it."
"I'm mad 'cause she lied. And I'm mad because it makes it a lot harder to forget about it... not that I really wanted to in the first place. Hales, it doesn't piss you off? People think that I had sex with Haley when I actually had super hot sex with you."
"Gross," Grace said, "I'm so glad I never had this problem."
"Go suck Dan's dick," he said, grinning.
"Rude!" she said, sitting on her bed.
"Ok, now seriously," he said, holding my hand.
"Yeah, it does piss me off. Just like when you kissed her, you bitch."
He tried not to smile.
"But... what are you gonna tell her?" I asked, wanting to bitch slap him.
"She's gonna have to tell me. You guys didn't tell me anything."
"Thank you," Anne Marie said, grinning.
I held my kneees to my chest. He went to go sit on the couch and turned on the T.V. We waited for Stacey.
"We're just gonna wait?" I asked as Anne Marie sat next to me.
"We could make-out," he said, nodding at the thought."
"I'll slap you," I said.
"You know you love me," he said, winking.
I groaned, leaning against the wall. He laughed.
"You guys should go out," Anne Marie said, "you're really cute together."
"Tell her that," he said, "I've been trying."
Anne Marie shook her head. Grace looked at him and then at me.
"Don't even," she said, "I've been trying too, Jake."
"She's crazy, right? How could she not see it?" he said.
Grace nodded, agreeing with him.
"Can you guys shut up?" I snapped.
"You're so sexy when you're mad."
I rolled my eyes.
"Seriousness," he mumbled, "I'm still pissed."
Stacey barged in, grinning until she saw Jacob.
"Oh, Jacob, hi," she said, waving.
"Awkward," I chimed.