I stood there holding the picture. “Brett, what are you thinking?” Marci asked me concerned. “Brett, I don’t like this look on your face, talk to me,” She begged. But I couldn’t. “Marc thank you for showing me this. I’ll talk to Will and I’ll keep you posted on the outcome okay. I have to get back to work now,” I said to her coldly “But I’m going to hold onto this picture”. She just stared at me for a moment but then walked away. I wasn’t mad at her. I was just hurt. I tried to get back to work but my mind wouldn’t let me.Finally I told Mr. Holland I wasn’t feeling well and I needed to leave early. I ran to my cars in tears. I just couldn’t get the image of Will and Celeste out of my mind. I planned to just go home but before I knew it I had driven to Wills house.
I walked up to his door and knocked. I didn’t know what I was going to say but I knew that it was not going to be pretty. Nobody answered, I knocked again and waited. Finally the butler came to the door and told me that “Edwin the third is not available”. This enraged me more. I knew he was home, his car was there. I didn’t argue and left. I drove straight to Marci’s but her mom said she was at the local hang out, so I headed there.
As I was walking up to the door I spotted Will. I felt like yelling at him and demanding he tell me what was going on. But nothing came out, I was just in shock. “Hey pretty girl” Will whispered to me and gave me a kiss. I pulled away. “I saw the picture of you and Celeste, Will! Stop pretending. I know you have been seeing her!” I screamed at him with tears in my eyes. “What are you talking about Brett?” Will responded with a confused look on his face. “Don’t play dumb!” I shouted to him and through the picture in his face. It fell to the ground. He picked it up and look at it then he put it in his sweatshirt.
We just stood look at each other. He didn’t say anything for what seemed like forever. Then finally he spoke. “Brett, I can explain this. I haven’t being seeing Celeste. I invited her to a party my parents had as my date,” He stated calmly. “WHY! Why would you invite her to a party as your date? I am your girlfriend Will. That doesn’t make any sense!” I screamed in disbelief. “Well, I thought it would be easier,” He stumbled. “I just.. I didn’t know if you would be..,” he continued. “Look, nothing happened with Celeste and I. She kissed me but I told her I was in love with you!” He stated. “I don’t believe a word you are say,” I said to him in the harshest tone I had ever used. “I should have known never to trust you, we are done Will. DONE!,” I said and walked away. My heart felt like it was breaking, but I didn’t trust him anymore. I needed to get away.
I found Marci easily. I walked over to her and told her about what had just happened between Will and I. “wow, I can’t believe you did that,” Marci stated. “so you don’t believe him? Has he lied to you before?,” She asked eagerly.He hadn’t to my knowledge. In the time I had known him he was honest. Was I wrong to not listen to him? I thought to myself. “Brett!,” Marci shouted. I had zoned out. “I’m sorry. I need a drink,” I declared. Kids snuck alcohol into this type of hangout all the time. I knew it wouldn’t be hard to find some. “Are you sure about that Brett, I mean doesn’t your dad have a problem with that,” She whispered kindly. “I’ll be fine I said. But I wasn’t. After three drinks I wasn’t myself. But I wasn’t thinking about Will or anything else for the first time in a long time. I felt great. And then the cops showed up.
The officer was actually pretty nice. I cried the whole way home. I got a ticket for underage drinking and being out past curfew, the fines alone would drain my whole savings account. When the officer put me into the custody of my father I was shocked to see the look of disappointment on his face. Then I got angry.
“What were you thinking!” He yelled at me after the police officer left. “You don’t have the right to yell at me!” I shouted back. He had never been there for me. Never been a real parent. What right did he have. “Go to your room, I can’t look at your right now,” He said to me sadly.
I headed inside only to find Will at the step. “What are you doing here? Your going to get in trouble,” I slurred to him. “I need to talk to you, I don’t want to break up. Can you please just listen to me!” He begged. “Just leave me alone, please just leave me alone,” I said and walked up to my room. He didn’t follow.
I headed straight to bed. I was suddenly very tired. But twenty minutes later I was getting up. I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t get Will off my mind. I was so angry at him and at my father.
I got up and looked in the mirror. I thought about Celeste and how she always looked so perfect. Maybe that’s why Will liked her more then me. I finally decided I was fed up. Being sweet only gets your hurt by others. I vowed to make a change. I would simply cut my emotions off. I didn’t need Will! I would be a new Brett.
When I awoke the next morning I was more determined then ever. My plan was to go to the mall and get some new clothes, and a haircut. I went into Libby’s room to see if she wanted to come along. But I only found my father playing with Tessa. He didn’t see me looking in the room. He seemed so happy. He had recently gotten promoted and was still sober. I was happy for him. But I also felt so much anger. He was never there for Libby or I. I didn’t even get a chance to be a child, because I had to take care of Libby. And there he was playing with Tessa and teaching her things. I walked away in disgust. I wish I could take away all this anger I felt, but I didn’t know how.
When I got back from the mall I was really excited to show Libby all my new things. I parked and went straight to her room. Only she wasn’t alone. She was with an older boy. Part of me wanted to yell at her and him, she wasn’t allowed to have boys in her room any longer. Instead of saying anything I excused myself and went to my room.
Later when I was leaving to go to the hangout she stopped me. “What is with the new digs?,” Libby asked me. “You look good! But this isn’t something you would usually wear,” She stated. “Exactly, I’m like a whole new me!,” I said with a smile. “Well I heard from Ruby Donner that Will broke up with you yesterday. Does that have anything to do with this little makeover?” She replied. “Ruby Donner doesn’t know anything!” I said angrily and walked away.
I sat quietly sipping my drink. It seemed everyone around me was having a good time. I was surrounded by a lot of people but I just felt lonely. I really did miss Will. I got out my phone to text him but decided against it. “Having a bad night?” Bobby Quinn asked me. I had been so deep in thought I hadn’t seen him come up.
I had gone to school with Bobby Quinn for a long time and he had never spoken to me about anything but school work. It seemed strange he would care about my night. “I guess you can say that,” I replied to him. “Care to dance,” He asked and held out his hand. I took it. We danced and had many drinks. He confessed to always having a crush on me. I didn’t really know if I believed him but it was nice to not be alone. Then he said something that sent my heart racing. “Will doesn’t deserve a girl like you,” He whispered in my ear. When he asked me to go back to his place with him I said yes. I didn’t want to face going back home to my dad.
His house was very nice. Located three houses down from Will’s house, it was a lot smaller but just as grand. I had to give it to Bobby, he was a charmer. Before I knew it I was in his arms.
It wasn’t long before we were kissing. When he asked me to stay over, I felt comfortable enough with him to say yes. But I made it known we wouldn’t be getting physical.
I woke up the next morning with a horrible headache. I quickly realized I was in my underwear and got dressed. Bobby was nowhere to be found. I finally found him out by the pool. “how long have you been up?” I asked him “Not long, it seems you snore so I slept in the guest bedroom last night,” he said with a smile. “I don’t snore!” I squeaked. “anyways, I’m gonna go, last night was fun,” I stated awkwardly. “yea we will have to hang out again,” he replied. I headed home.
I couldn’t help but look at Wills house on my way. I really did miss him. Tears fell to my lap before I realized I was crying. I picked up my phone to call Will, but stopped myself. I kept hoping he would call me, but he didn’t. A day later I received flowers from him. The card read “come to the place we had our first date, I have a surprise for you and it just can’t wait, Love Will. The note said to dress in formalwear. I instantly starting searching through my new clothes for something perfect to wear.
Will’s Point Of View
“Did you talk to her and explain?” my sister Giselle asked as soon as I walked into her room. “I tried, but she won’t even talk to me. She is so angry.. the way she looks at me. I feel like she doesn’t love me anymore,” I responded. “Will, she still loves you. She is just upset. She thinks you cheated on her. You need to tell her what has been going on. Tell her why you invited Celeste to the party and tell her why you have been so distant lately. She will understand” Giselle urged.
Will’s Point Of View
How would I explain to her how I felt. My parents were trying to force me into a college , career and a relationship that I didn’t want. I was a week away from turning eighteen; and in my last semester of high school. I felt pressure coming from everyone. But never from Brett, why didn’t I just explain to her how I was feeling before. Now everything is messed up. “I don’t think she will understand,” I stated sadly to my sister. She is so cold to me now. I wish there was a way for her to know that I only want to be with her forever. Suddenly everything clicked. “There is a way! I know how to get her back. I’m going to propose to her. Once we are married our parents will have to accept her!,” I exclaimed.
Will’s Point Of View
“Wait! Your getting ahead of yourself brother. You can’t get married your both to young. Don’t’ you think your jumping into this?” Giselle asked with a worried face. “Not at all, I really love her and I want to be with her forever,” I declared shyly. “besides I’ll be eighteen in a week and she is already sixteen, which means her father just has to sign a paper saying its ok,” “Do you think he would do that?” Giselle asked. “Yes, actually I think he would. I’ll be able to provide a life for her that he can’t,” I said proudly. “Well brother, if this is what you want then I support you!” Giselle said excitedly.
Will’s Point Of View
Ten minutes later we were heading out to look for a ring. “Did you send her the flowers yet?” Giselle asked. “Yep, already taken care of,”
Will’s Point of View
“This is it, this is the one. What do you think?” I asked my sister. “I think it looks perfect for her!” She shouted and gave me a hug. “Now its just up to her to come and meet me, I really hope she comes,” I stated nervously.