Chapter 36 || Bros before Foes.
The tension in this room was unbearable and I didn’t know where to nor at whom. I wanted to intervene but I have no idea, not even the slightest idea what was going on right now.
My eyes were suddenly glued to Sofía who was as much overtaxed with the situation as I was. Her mouth had opened several times, trying to form sentences but she seemed too paralyzed to put it into practice.
“I...I’m-“, was all that she uttered. She let out a huge sigh and turned to Noah. “Kai is my ex.”
“Excuse me, he is your what ?“, Noah’s breathing became faster as he slowly realized what she just said. “You said you never had a boyfriend before. Why did you lie to me ?”
“Because for me it didn’t count. Everything I wanted was to forget this whole thing and never see him again.“, tears started to form in Sofía’s eyes. Her look was begging him for forgiveness but he just stood there and didn’t say anything.
“All this time you were so angry at me because of what happened with Marissa, that I didn’t believe you and made me feel bad every second of my life and I felt bad I really did, but you never considered how I felt about this. How I felt when I found out that my whole relationship was a lie and that I was used and tricked just to serve a purpose. You never tried to understand me because it has always been about you, how you were treated badly and how you were fooled by her and I never said anything, but now you lied to me and the first thing that comes into your mind that it doesn’t count for you ?”
“No, no, no. You made the same mistake as I did but instead of doing anything you’re being selfish again, telling me you withheld that little piece of information from me just because it didn’t count for you. Well, guess what, Sofía, it counts for me. You don’t get to decide what to tell and what not to tell and you can’t just choose the things to be by how it suits best for you. Honestly, is this just a game for you girls ? Playing by your own rules and not thinking about how others feel, but it’s okay because we are just boys and we don’t have feelings and are dumb any way.“, with that he rushed out of my room, leaving everyone speechless.
“No, Noah, wait.“, Sofía yelled out of the room, following him.
My gaze went through the room, seeing Jessica who looked like she was about to explode and Kai whose arrogant smirk made him look like a psychopath.
“This is all your fault!“, Jessica shouted at him, about to punch him but Nico and Kyle managed to hold her back.
“My fault ?“, he let out an obnoxious laugh. “If Sofía had told him, she wouldn’t find herself in that misery. I just helped Noah by guiding him through the darkness of ignorance and giving him the porch of bright shining truth.”
The smug expression on his face was frightening and I have never seen Kai acting like this. I don’t even know what is going on in here.
“Kai why are you doing this ?“, I decided to take part in the conversation. “What is wrong with you ?”
“Oh, come on, don’t tell me you are taking her side. She is the girl that broke your heart, remember ? What happened to bros before hoes ?“, I could feel Jessica’s eyes on face when he came to the ‘girl that broke your heart’-part.
“That still does not give you the right act like this.“, I shouted at him furiously. Who does he think he is ?
“God, I can’t believe this.“, Jessica mumbled and left my room as well with Kyle following her in perplexity.
“Whatever.“, Kai shrugged after a few seconds.“My job is done so I can rest in peace now.”
I just gaped at him blankly, wondering how I never realized that one of my friends is a sociopath. “Rest in peace, is this a joke ?”
“You’ll thank me later that I saved you from that slut, Alex, believe me.“, he said before he made his way out of the door.
I don’t know how many turns this whole scenario took but it’s been way too many. “What just happened ? Like we came here to be productive and now everyone is either upset, psycho or totally confused.”
“I have to say that I’m not even surprised.“, Nico commented hesitantly.
“What do you mean ?”
“Have you never noticed ?”
“That Kai had a crush on Jessica.”
“What the hell are you talking about ?”
“You know, our trips to Cherry Blossom, when we played together and everything. Kai always felt left out in general ad he has never been that much of a social person and always craved for your attention and was jealous of you at the same time. When we were at the gala Kai and Jessica danced together and suddenly she stormed out of the hall. I don’t know what Kai told her, but I bet it wasn’t an inspirational quote.”
Do you know when of those moments when imaginary glass crashes is your head and you suddenly realize how stupid you were. I knew that he was odd sometimes and had his own way of dealing with things but I never knew he was capable of such cruelty.
Maybe, deep down at the very back of my mind, I knew how he really was, but I didn’t see it because he was my friend. Maybe I didn’t even want to see it.
All three of us swore that we would never let come anything in between us or our friendship. We would always be there for each other and protect each other.
“Do you remember the times when he always used to say ‘bros before hoes’ like he did a few minutes ago, concerning Jessica ?“, I asked Nico, leaning against the wall.
“Yeah, he was really persistent and he probably just did that because he tried to push us into taking his side unconditionally. Why ?”
“Well, turns out that Kai has been the hoe in that scenario all along.”