(Dan’s Point of View)
I was so excited. I got the job! We had both pledged to remain comitatus to the band we would create, whatever we would call it. Chris and I decided to celebrate by going out to a bar we had passed in our rented car on the way to the interview. We had a few drinks, but not enough so that we would lose our heads. After we were there for a while, a girl walked up to me and sat down right beside me. She had long, blonde hair, and blue eyes like mine. I have to admit, she was very pretty. I wasn’t comparing anyone, but she was probably the sexiest girl I’ve ever seen. I could feel my face turning hot, so I spoke.
“Umm… Hi.” I tried to sound friendly.
She laughed. Was it something I said? “So are you Dan Smith?”
I gave Chris an uncertain look. “...Yeah.”
She smiled, causing my heart to skip a beat. I felt guilty right after. You already have a girlfriend. Stop checking out other girls.
She continued. “Oh I’m sorry. My name is Sophie.”
I smiled. This isn’t flirting, I convinced myself. “This is Chris, and I’m, yeah, Dan.” I said my name again; I thought it would be impolite if I didn’t.
“So…” We began at the same time. And laughed at the same time.
“You go ahead.” I started.
“So can I get you a drink or something?” For a millisecond I was plunged into a flashback; that was exactly what I had said to Haylee the first time we met.
Blinking my eyes, I cleared my mind. “No, no. I think I’ve had too much to drink already. But thanks anyways.”
Before Sophie could respond, Chris tapped my shoulder and whispered, “Can I talk to you for a minute?” Excusing myself from our little converse, Chris took my where Sophie couldn’t see us.
I heard Chris sigh. “I hope you know what Haylee would think.”
I rubbed the back of my neck; it was a bad habit. “Look. It’s not flirting, okay? It’s just…” I trailed off.
“Just what, Dan? Because I’m curious. I guess I overestimated you when I thought you were a decent guy.”
This put me in a rage. “So just because I talk to a girl that means that I’m not decent anymore? Grow up, Chris!”
“It’s not just that. You’re a player.”
That’s it. I was over the edge. But instead of exploding on him like I normally would, I just walked away. I couldn’t risk it, since we had just agreed to start a band together after getting the job.
I calmed myself as I approached Sophie. Her, of all people, didn’t deserve my anger.
She looked concerned. Does she really care about me? “Hey. Is everything okay?”
“Yeah, everything’s great.” I said, trying to keep the sarcasm out of my voice while ruffling my crazy hair.
She detected it. “Come on. Follow me.”
Reluctantly, I followed her out of the building and into the fresh night air. I took a deep breath of it, relaxing my tense muscles. He’ll get over it, I hoped.
“Okay. We’re all alone now. You can tell me anything; I swear I can keep promises.” Her blue eyes begged me to tell her everything, and I gave in. I told her about how Chris had gotten mad because of me talking to her.
“Why would he get mad? It’s not like you’re not aloud to talk to girls.”
I began to rub the back of my neck again. “Yeah, well, he thought I was flirting and all…” Was that a hint of satisfaction in her eyes? It passed so quickly, I must have imagined it.
“And what’s wrong with that?” Her voice was soothing; I was so caught up in it that I hadn’t realized that she had moved closer to me at the time.
“I…” I hesitated. “I have a girlfriend.” Anger flashed through her gaze, but I decided that I had imagined that, too. Sophie cares about me. It’s not like she wants to replace her.
“I’m not saying that I want to replace her, but…” I could feel her arms wrapping around my waist.
No, stop! You really are a player, aren’t you? Before I could think, I pushed myself away from her.
“Stop. I’m not going to cheat on the most precious girl in the world. She’s already everything I could ever ask for and more.”
Sophie just smiled and shook her head. I had had enough of her. But as soon as I turned to leave, she spoke.
“You’re putting Haylee in danger, you know.” My blood turned cold.
I spun around. “How do you know her name?” It was more of a demand than a question.
She smiled a knowing smile. “I have my ways.” She said, pushing back a strand of hair.
I stalked up to her, trying to make myself more intimidating, although she was just as tall as Haylee.
“Exactly how much do you know about her?”
She turned smug. “Test me.”
I smirked. “Tell me what you know.”
“Long, straight, brown hair with brown eyes. She’s a very drab person. She’s about as tall as you, minus a few inches. You two met at a party, her first party, to be exact.” She continued, rallying out everything that had happened during the past month between Haylee and I. Every sentence she stated was like this was a normal thing to her. Maybe it was.
When she was finally finished, I opened my mouth, but nothing came out. Sophie just stood there, a smug smile on her expression.
I eventually found my voice. “Okay, so what. You a stalker or something?”
She pretended to think. “Mmm… No.”
“I don’t think I believe you.”
“Okay, whatever. But I’ll just come right out and tell you my intentions. I have my ways, and I can bring some serious harm to your ‘precious girlfriend’. I know her backstory, with Tyler and all that.”
I didn’t let her finish. “No. You can’t do that to her. It’ll crush and ruin her life. Besides, you don’t know her Skype anyway.”
“Oh but I do.”
I believed her this time. I shook my head, backing away. “No. I can’t do that to her. She’ll never see me with you. Ever.”
Sophie just shrugged. “It’s either that or I get my other friends involved to do my dirty work for me. Just remember, I have all of her information.” As she started to walk away, I stopped her. What else could I do?
She stopped, only turning her head in my direction. She was smiling.
I sighed. “What do you need me to do?”