Roles Reversed

Fall That Fast

Jude woke up the next morning from an ungrateful sleep. She got out of bed and walked silently down the hallway. Her head throbbed and she tried to rub the tension out of it with little success. She continued on her way into the kitchen, but slowed when she entered the living room. She looked over at the figure sleeping on the couch and turned towards the kitchen. The clock on the wall read 9:00 a.m. She picked up a bottle of ibuprofen off the counter and swallowed a few. She sat down at the table thinking I am not going to sit around here all day. I need to find something to do. Its Sunday, nothing is open and I don’t feel like shopping or anything like that anyways. Sitting there for another minute or so she decided to go for a walk. Jude walked back to her room and changed into a pair of jeans and tank top. Then walked back out into the entryway and grabbed her hoodie and whistled for Lara. Lara came running and Jude fastened the leash to her collar and they walked out the door.

Lara was extra bouncy and excited to be going for a walk. This made Jude smile at her as she bounced back and forth. They walked around a few blocks and went back to the house. As they walked up the stairs to the house Jude took off Lara’s leash and Lara ran and grabbed her ball and dropped it at Jude’s feet.

“Ok, just for a little bit.” Jude told her and Lara’s tail wagged. Jude threw the ball a few times; watching overcast set in and they went in the house. As soon as Jude opened the door Lara took off down the hallway and stopped right in front of Tom, who was coming out of the spare bedroom, with her tail wagging, he petted her and then stood up. Jude looked up and saw him standing there. They made eye contact and Tom was the first to break the silence.

“Hey.” He said.

“Hi” Jude answered quietly, but neither of them moved.

“Jude, I am sorry.” He said apologetically.

“Really?” she asked in a tone saying that if he is apologizing he better mean it.

“Yes really. I am sorry for hurting you.”

“Does that mean you believe me?” Jude asked, looking him straight in the eyes

“I believe,” he paused, “that I have no reason not to trust you.”

Jude studied his face and saw the sincerity but shook her head. “You don’t believe me.”

“Jude, you are accusing one of my friends of threatening to hurt you. What do you expect? What would you say if I said something like that about one of your friends?” He replied.

“I don’t know, but I’d trust you enough to at least hear you out and ask them about what you said.” Jude retorted, picking up her bag that was on the table next to the door and grabbing her keys.

When Tom didn’t say anything Jude started to walk out the door.

“I’ll be back later. I have work to do.” She said and got into her car and drove away.

When she pulled into the desolate parking lot she sighed. She walked into GMajor and knocked on Darius’s office door and walked in.

“Jude,” he said “What can I do you for?”

“I have a proposition.” she told him, “Well, actually, more of a request.”

“Ok, shoot.” He told her.

“Do you have any last minute projects that need to be taken care of?”

“I might have something. Why?” he asked.

“I’m just looking for something to do.” Jude answered as he flipped through a pile of papers.

“Here’s something.” He told her and handed her a paper and a correlating jewel case. “This should keep you busy for a little bit.”

“Thanks D.” She said and walked into Studio A.

She sat down in her chair and sighed. She looked around and thought about how she felt at home and at peace when she was here. She then plugged in her headphones and put the disc in the computer. As it started to play she sat and read the paper with the notes about the song.

Once the song was over she replayed it and made the changes on the paper. It took about an hour and she was finished. She walked into Darius’s office to give it to him but set it on his desk when he wasn’t there and walked back to Studio A. She sat back down in her chair and got an idea. She glided her chair over to the computer and pulled up a file that she had placed on the back burner and started playing it. It was the shaker music that she played before and grabbed her acoustic and finger picked a few chords and decided on the ones she wanted. Then she stood up and hit the record button as she walked into the recording studio. She put the headphones on and played her decided chords at the appropriate time. When she finished she set down her guitar in its stand and went back to the soundboard and began fiddling with switches and buttons.

Jude heard a tap on the door and turned and saw Sadie and waved her in. Jude turned the music down and said, “Hey Sades, what’s up?”

“Nothing really. What are you doing here,” she paused, “on a Sunday?”

“Got bored and needed something to do.” Jude said.

Sadie looked her in the eyes and said “What’s wrong Jude, I can tell something is going on.”

Jude turned her head to face Sadie “I don’t know. I didn’t do anything to make him not trust me.”

“Who?” Sadie asked.

“Tommy,” Jude said, “I told him something and he doesn’t believe me. He says he has no reason not to trust me but he doesn’t believe what I told him.”

“Are you sure it wasn’t an oh my gosh I don’t believe this?” Sadie asked and Jude nodded.

“What did you tell him?” Sadie asked

“I told him that his friend was the one doing that shit to me and he says that he doesn’t believe me because he trusts him and all that.” Jude told her.

“And you’re sure it was him?” Sadie asked.

“Of course,” Jude said, “I don’t walk around throwing accusations around Sadie. Besides he left a voicemail on my phone.”

“Really?” Sadie said and Jude nodded “He didn’t believe you after hearing that.”

“He didn’t want to listen to it.” Jude explained

“Wow, that doesn’t sound like him at all.”

“I know, but that’s what happened.”

They talked for a little while longer and then Sadie stood up and said, “Hey, I have to go but I will call you later, okay?”

“Okay, thanks Sades.”

“No problem,” She said and walked to the door. She turned back to Jude and said, “Hey, don’t worry Jude, everything will work out.”

Jude nodded and Sadie walked out with a plan.


Tom heard the door start to open and got up from where he was sitting to see Sadie coming inside.

“Hey, is Jude here?” she asked already knowing the answer.

“No.” he paused, “She actually just left.”

“Oh, okay. Where’d she go?” she asked, already knowing that too.

“I think she went to G Major. She was upset and said she had work to do and left.” He explained.

“What happened?” Sadie asked, “She was fine when I talked to her yesterday morning.”

“We got into an argument last night.” He started, “She was still upset this morning.”

Sadie nodded and asked, “Did she say anything before she left?”

“That she would be back later that she had work to do.”

“Ok, well I’ll check there.” Sadie said and as she turned to leave but turned again and said, “What was it about?”

“The argument?” He asked and continued when Sadie nodded, “She doesn’t think I trust her.”

“Do you?” She asked stepping away from the door and fully facing him.

“Of course,” He said and she gave him a ‘then what’s the problem’ look and he continued “She thinks someone is after her, which I believe her, hell I was there. When she told me who she thought it was I told her I didn’t believe her. She got mad, yelled something about her parents moving to Cincinnati and this morning she was still mad, we got into an argument and she left.”

Sadie made direct eye contact with him and said, “Just let me tell you something. Trust is the biggest thing for her in any relationship. If it isn’t there on either end it won’t work out. That is one thing I know for sure.”

Sadie walked to the door but stopped in front of it, “One other thing you should know.” She told him, “I have never seen her fall that fast for anyone, just remember that. It means something.”

After that was said, Sadie walked out the door. Tom walked into the kitchen, thinking about what Sadie just said and saw Jude’s cell phone laying on the counter. He picked it up and walked out the door.



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