And WHAT did you say about there MIGHT be a happy ending?
It's not for sure?
HOW CAN THAT BE??
I'm not saying there's not going to be a happy ending, I'm just saying there might not be a happy ending for Piper and Brennan.
Hope you guys like the update!
I crawled out of my parents’ car and dragged my bags down to the high school gym, where half the team was already waiting for practice to start.
It was too early for this.
Why did we have to wake up this early? The cheer team never had practice before seven. Why couldn’t we be like that?
Piper and Hazel were both napping, using their dance bags for pillows. I remembered my plan as the pretty girl stirred, sighing.
Onyx just sat there, staring off into the distance.
“You okay, Onyx?” I asked as I sat down next to her.
“Yeah,” she said, shaking herself out of her daze. “Just tired.”
“I hear you,” I agreed. “It’s too early for this.”
All of a sudden the doors opened and Jade bounced in. “Good morning everyone!” she shouted cheerfully.
A collective groan rose from the girls.
Piper’s green eyes opened and she squinted at the light. “What the hell?” she moaned, rolling over. Hazel didn’t even move.
Kacey shuffled in and dropped her bag on the floor, plopping down beside it.
“You look great, Kace,” I joked, gazing at her disheveled appearance.
“Shut up, it’s Thursday, I’m allowed,” she shot back wearily.
April came into the gym and laughed when she saw us all. “Good morning, cheerful people,” she greeted as she sat down in the bleachers. “Time to get moving.”
Everyone struggled to their feet and started stretching. I strategically ended up by Piper.
“So, Brennan and I went to the mall yesterday,” I told her. I might as well keep lying. It was working to my advantage.
Oh, really?” She only sounded mildly interested. It was evident that maybe I wasn’t the only actress on the squad.
“Yeah. He was being kind of annoying…”
“How?” she asked, still keeping up her nonchalant attitude. I had to admit I was impressed by her skill.
“He was all over me. I couldn’t get him off.”
“I don’t see why that’s a bad thing,” she remarked. “Isn’t that what you wanted?”
“Well, sure, but I didn’t think he’d do it constantly.”
“I guess…” She didn’t sound convinced.
“And then he was flirting with every girl he saw,” I continued, sounding disgusted.
I realized my mistake when Piper frowned. “Uh huh.”
“What I meant was, anytime he wasn’t holding onto me, he was flirting with someone else,” I corrected quickly.
“That must’ve been annoying.” She didn’t even try to mask her feelings this time. She could tell I was lying. Hopefully she didn’t know which one I was lying about. Both of them.
“Yeah. If he wasn’t so hot then I’d drop him, no question,” I told her.
I glanced over at Hazel and saw her staring at me with a confused look on her face. After all, I’d told her that I didn’t go with him to the mall. I hoped she wouldn’t say anything, but I knew her. She would. I’d have to do some damage control really fast or else I would blow it.
After practice I managed to get Hazel alone.
“Why did you tell Piper you went to the mall with Brennan this weekend? You told me you didn’t end up going at all.” Hazel crossed her arms over her chest.
“I told you I didn’t end up going with him on Friday night. I went with him Saturday.”
“Oh.” Hazel looked relieved. “Why didn’t you just tell me that before?”
I sighed, pretending to be frustrated. “Because I didn’t know it was that big of a deal. I mean, come on, Hazel, I’d never lie to you, would I?”
“No, I guess not. I’m sorry, Audrey.”
“It’s okay. Just try not to jump to conclusions anymore, okay?”
“Yeah, I’ll try.”
Hazel walked away and I sighed. I’d avoided that little crash and burn admirably. Now all I had to do was make sure I kept my act clean from now on. I couldn’t afford any more slip-ups.
I went through school thinking up ways to get Piper to forget about Brennan. I came up with a million different things to say about him, but I knew they would only work if she would start believing me. She was going to prove much more difficult to convince than I’d originally anticipated.
As I headed to my locker at the end of school to get my things, I spotted Brennan walking up to me. I smiled at him, this time positive I could handle lying to him.
“So, did you ask Piper if she wanted to come to the mall with us tomorrow?” Brennan asked hopefully as he approached.
“I did,” I lied, trying to look like I sympathized with him, “but she’s really busy this weekend. She told me she had a ton of things to do, and she just couldn’t make it.”
“Well, do you have her number? Maybe I could text her, or call her. That’s better than nothing, I guess.”
“I’m sorry, but I don’t have it.” Another lie. I was getting even better at this than I already was. “I asked for it, but she got really distracted and didn’t have time to give it to me.” I paused. “You know, we could still go to the mall.”
He smiled. “Thanks for trying to make me feel better, Audrey, but I think I just need to chill for a while, okay?”
I nodded, upset. “Sure,” I told him, masking my pain.
He sighed, dejected. “This really sucks, you know?” he remarked. “I mean, I enjoyed talking to her so much… she really cared about what I had to say.”
“I care about what you have to say!” I cried indignantly.
“Yeah, but not the way she did,” he amended. “Piper… she really listened. She didn’t just try to flirt with me. She talked to me like I was a person.”
“How many people have you told?”
“Just my friends.”
I nodded. No telling what that meant.
“They’re trying to find out what they can, but that’s kinda hard since none of them know her very well.”
“I’m doing what I can,” I fibbed.
“I know,” he said, “and I really appreciate it.”
I shrugged. “No big deal.”
“No, it is a big deal. Piper is the only girl I’ve ever felt this strongly about. I admit, I was a player, but she’s… she’s worth giving it up for.”
I filed the player tidbit away for future reference. Surely one of her friends could back me up if I fed her that piece of information.
“Thank you, Audrey. You have no idea how much this means to me.”
I felt a tinge of guilt as I watched him walk away. He really liked her, but was I willing to give him up just so he could be happy? No, I decided. I would be selfish. Besides, he would realize soon enough that I was better for him than she was.