Chapter 10: How It All Started (Part 4)
“So what do you want to do right now?” I asked, trying to put some cheer into my voice and going back to the original topic. She needed company because the pups were gone.
“I don’t know. How about a swim? I need to burn some energy anyways.” A part of me thought she sounded annoyed, but the hurt part of me couldn’t figure out why.
“Sure, be ready in ten.” I rushed out not believing what I was seeing right now.
“Okay.” Was all she said before we both hung up. Slowly sitting my phone down next to me, I stared at my doorway in disbelief. She was crazy.
“What are you doing here?” I snapped.
“I thought maybe if we talked face to face you’d be more keen to hear me out.” she smiled sweetly. Fucking devil in disguise.
“I don’t want to hear it, Rissa. She’s not in love with me. I don’t care if you make it known, again may I add, that we had sex. You can’t blackmail me anymore. You already tried to expose me and it didn’t work. She didn’t believe you and we’re still friends. Why can’t you just let it go?” I rolled my eyes annoyed.
“That lying bitch doesn’t deserve friends and for some reason you can’t see her for what she is. Maybe I am wrong and she’s not the one that’s in love here.”
“The hell are you implying now?” I groaned frustrated. “Just say what the hell you think you know.”
“Are you in love with her?” she asked and had the nerve to actually sound hurt about it.
“Not that it’s any of your business, but if I was, why do you care?”
“She doesn’t deserve you.” she pouted, actually starting to tear up. “Besides, I had you first. She always wants what I want and I won’t let her have you.” I was legit shocked.
“I’m not some prize you win just to prove that you’re better than someone who doesn’t even give you a second thought. Grow the hell up Clarissa.” I spat trying hard to ignore her presence. At some point she’d get the idea and realize I wanted her to leave.
Then again, she never left even when I was verbal about not wanting to be around her. She never got the hint and now I know why. It was kind of pathetic to be in a competition with someone who didn’t even know they were in the running. Weirdly enough though, I understood.
Maria was beautiful. Not saying that Clarissa was ugly, she wasn’t, but that damn attitude and need to talk horrible about everyone was very unattractive. No one wanted to be around that all day. Being with Maria was easy. She made you think and understand. She brought out a part of you that you didn’t even know existed. She made you completely carefree because of how she was. It made sense why guys would choose Maria. It was just easier to be yourself with her. Clarissa wanted it all and the pressures of being top dog was too much sometimes.
I knew that much personally.
“You just don’t understand.” she whined, her voice harsh on the ears.
“And I don’t want to understand your need to be petty.” I ignored her again quickly going into the bathroom to change into my trunks. When I came out she was still there. I left my room clearly annoyed as I headed down to the pool. I needed her to leave before Maria got here. After that conversation, I couldn’t afford anyone else ruining us. Clarissa made it clear that was her intent. As soon as we were out the door she started back up. I was even more irate seeing the disappointed look on my father’s face as he passed us. “Can you please just leave?”
“No. I want to explain my so-called pettiness to you.”
“I don’t want to hear it Clarissa. I don’t care.” I gritted out through clenched teeth.
“Fuck, maybe you two really deserve each other.” she spat.
“The hell does that mean?”
“She never listened either. She stole-”
“Hey, open up! I have a surprise.”
“This is exactly what I’m talking about. She always finds a way to interject herself. I’m tired of it.”
“Are you kidding me? This is a complete coincidence.” I laughed but there was no humor in this. This was said. I started to walk towards the gate to open it when she grabbed me by the arm.
“Or she looked out the window and saw me here and wanted to interrupt. Don’t forget David, I’ve been here more than you have. I know what she can and can’t see out that window. I know her. She’s not as innocent as you think.”
“I could say the same about you.” I spat finally jerking myself out of her hold just as Maria walked through the gate. Instantly my attention went to her as if I’d been caught doing something that I wasn’t supposed to be doing. I was trying to warn her with my eyes that right now wasn’t the best time. My temper was flaring and Clarissa was on a warpath. None of us needed to be around each other right now.
“Ahhh! You fucking loser get these little beasts away from me!” she shrieked, kicking her foot at them. It was when I finally noticed them. A smile took over my face before I even knew it. How did she know I needed to see them right now?
“I thought they were leaving.”
“They are, but not for a few minutes and they wanted to come say bye.” The fact that Clarissa was still here melted away as I bent down to rub the pups. I was glad she’d brought them by before they left.
“Awww, my babies.” I cooed. “I’m going to miss you too.”
“I’m sure they know.” she teased as I rolled my eyes.
“Don’t be jelly because I love them more.” It was a complete lie, but it felt good to be able to joke with her so soon.
“I’m really starting to believe that’s true.” Okay, maybe it was too soon.
“That’s because it is.” I said trying to keep a straight face and failing. I laughed as soon as she stuck her tongue out at me.
“Excuse me, but we were in the middle of something.” came Clarissa’s voice making me realize that she was still here. The fact that I’d forgotten that fast due to Maria being here was proof that hearing her rejection hadn’t worked like I intended.
“Hello to you too Clarissa. I didn’t mean to interrupt.” she said nicely.
“You never do Maria.” she snapped, sucking her teeth. “Ugh! Will you get this little bastard?!” she yelled, swinging her foot out and kicking Cocoon. I gasped. I knew what was going to happen before it even happened. I was trying to figure out a way to stop it as I watched Cocoon get airlifted a few inches.
“What the fuck?!” she yelled, her eyes turning red. She was pissed. It happened in slow motion. I was cradling Cocoon against me as the others licked him. Maria charged at Clarissa, cocked her arm back and then sent it forward landing a perfect punch to the face followed by a sickening crunch sound. I blinked for a second and Clarissa was in the pool. “Hurt him again! I dare you!” she growled seconds away from jumping into the pool to finish her off. I jumped up trying to stop her before she went off the edge.
“Cool it Minnie.” I breathed trying not to focus on how her body felt pressed against mine. She was struggling against me and if she hadn’t been so mad, the situation would have been worse. Why was this turning me on? Shaking away the thoughts I finally got a secure hold on her before trying to diffuse the situation. “Rissa, I think you’d better get the hell out of here before she kills you.” she only huffed as she got out of the pool and stomped off. I knew I was going to get an earful, but I didn’t care. I let myself enjoy being pressed up against her for a moment longer and then I was being elbowed in the gut as she pushed herself out of my hold.
“Say bye to Dave you guys.” She spat before I could say anything as she picked Cocoon up and turned away from me.
“Minnie-” I tried, but she cut me off.
“I said bye.” she growled and stomped off. I tried to follow her. Tried to get her to hear me out. To understand that I was on her side, but it was clear that she didn’t want to hear it. I sighed before giving up. I watched her walk away feeling defeated. I never wanted to watch her walk away from me like that again. Somehow I just hurt her and I was racking my mind trying to figure out a way to fix it.
She paused inches away from her and turned back to stare at me. I stared back trying desperately to apologize with my eyes, but she just shook her head and continued to walk away. I sighed. This was my fault. I wanted her rejection and I definitely got it.