"Jess!" Lorrine Chambers screamed. "What's up Lori?" Jesse answered. "Where's Ethan?" Lorrine asked. "Not sure," Jesse said, "thought he was with you." "Ughh!" Lorrine shouted. Suddenly they saw Ethan walking out of an empty classroom with a beautiful blonde girl, the queen bee Leanna Walker. "What were you doing in there with her?" Lorrine asked from behind him. "Bye Ethan," Leanna said as she walked off. "Later Lea," Ethan said. "Well Ethan, what were you doing?" Lorrine asked again. "Nothing Lori," Ethan said trying to kiss her cheek. "Obviously it's something, seeing as it involved my boyfriend in an empty classroom with another girl!" Lori exclaimed. "Lor it doesn't matter what we were doing," Ethan said grabbing her hand. Lori yanked her hand away and walked off. "Lori! Lori wait!" Ethan yelled while running after her. When he finally caught up to her he noticed she was crying. "It matters to me what you were doing, so why won't you tell me?" Lori asked, her voice wavering. " Lori it doesn't matter what we were doing, because I'm not cheating on you," he whispered as he hugged her. "Promise?" she questioned. "Promise," he said squeezing her tighter.
Suddenly the bell rang snapping Lorrine out of her nap. Good thing it was study hall. She had been having the same dream for weeks after it had actually happened. Ethan had been disappearing a lot too. She knew he had a job since his dad had died, but he only worked four to eleven because of school and he had the weekends off. So where was he? As Lorrine walked down the hall she saw Jesse, Ethan's best friend. "Hey Jess, have you seen Ethan?" Lorrine asked. "Nope, sorry Lori," Jesse answered. "Oh, thanks anyway," Lorrine said as she walked off looking like she was going to cry.
She suddenly bumped into someone. "Sorry, I wasn't looking where I was going," she said as she looked up. It was her best friend Alexia. "No problem Lori, but I have to talk to you about something," Alexia said looking as if she were fighting inside her head. "Sure. What's up?" Lorrine asked. Alexia wouldn't look at her. She just kept biting her lip and looking at the ground. "Lexi, what is it?" Lorrine said worry creeping into her voice. Alexia finally looked up. "This could mean absolutely nothing, so don't freak out alright." Alexia blurted out. "Lexi what are you talking about? Freak out about what?" Lorrine asked, extremely worried at that point. " Well, I was helping out at my aunt's restaurant last night, and I saw Ethan there, with Leanna," Alexia said slowly. "Wh-what?" Lorrine asked disbelievingly. "Here, I took this," Alexia said, her voice full of sympathy, as she held out her phone. On the screen was a picture of Ethan and Leanna holding hands, looking like they were on a date. " He said he had to work last night," Lorrine stumbled as the tears came back to her eyes. "Like I said, maybe it's nothing," Alexia said hopefully. "It looks to much like something to be nothing Lex," Lorrine sniffed. " I'm really sorry Lori," Alexia whispered. " It's not your fault, but I got to go," Lorrine mumbled as she walked away. Alexia just stared sadly after her.
Lorrine drifted through the rest of the day in silence. Not being able to get the picture out of her mind. Ethan had been busy a lot lately, and any time she'd see Leanna the girl would give her this satisfying smirk, like she knew something. She had managed to avoid Ethan all day, not for his lack of trying though. Now she sat in her last period of the day, Biology, next to her lab partner, who wouldn't stop staring at her. "Would you stop that?" Lorrine snapped. "Stop what?" her partner asked. "You know what Jesse. Staring." Lorrine said pointedly. " Sorry, it's just Ethan said you've been avoiding him all day. You ok?" Jesse asked concerned. "Have I? I'm fine. Just been thinking about something Lexi showed me earlier," Lorrine stated. "Ok, if you're sure," Jesse said uncertainly. "Positive," Lorrine said. They worked in silence after that. Time flew by, and then the bell rang. Lorrine shot out of her seat and was out the door before anyone else.
She was walking to her car when she heard someone calling her name. She turned around and saw that it was Ethan. "Hey babe," he said as he reached her. "Hey," she said quietly. "You ok? You've been avoiding me all day," he asked. " I'm sorry, I've just been distracted is all," she told him. " Anything I can help with?" he said smirking. "Nope, just silly girl stuff," she explained. "Yea?" he whispered kissing her. "Yea," she mumbled melting into his kiss. She dimly thought she heard something ringing as he deepened the kiss. She realized it was her phone and pulled away. She pulled it out of her purse and looked at it. It was a text from Alexia, "You ok?" She suddenly remembered why she had been avoiding him. Noticing her face fall Ethan asked, "Everything ok?" "Yea, just dad reminding me of this business dinner thing tonight," she lied. "You're dad learned to text?" he asked surprisingly. "I know right," she giggled. "Wish I could save you, but I've got work tonight." he told her. "It's ok, they're not that bad," she said, "but I should get going so I can get ready." " Ok, I'll call you when I get off alright. Love you," he said kissing her one last time. "Love you too," she told him smiling, but inside her heart was breaking. She drove home crying the whole way.
Lorrine sat on her bed just thinking. Happy her dad had to work late, so he wouldn't ask questions. Maybe Lexi was right. Maybe it didn't mean anything. But why would he lie about being at work, and why would he be with Leanna in the first place? It had to be nothing though. Ethan loved her. Right? Her phone went off startling her. It was a text from someone at school. "Guess who I saw holding hands and kissing at the park?" at the bottom of the text was a picture of Ethan on a park bench with Leanna attached to his mouth. Lorrine glanced at the clock, 9:30. He lied to her about work again. They had only been back together a month. How long had he been lying to her? Wiping the tears from her eyes she decided she was going to find out.
The next morning Lorrine waited impatiently by Ethan's locker. "Hey babe," he said as he reached her. He leaned in and tried to kiss her. "Don't you hey babe me," she snapped. "Ok, what did I do?" he asked slowly. "Where were you at 9:30 last night?" she asked him simply. "I had to work, you know that," he said not looking at her. "Are you seriously going to stand there and lie to me?" she asked in disbelief. "What are you talking about, and whatever it is can we talk about it in private?" he asked noticing that everyone had started staring. "I don't want to talk about it in private! I want you to stop lying to me and admit what you did!" she spat not caring that she was causing a scene. "Maybe I would if you would just tell me what I did!" he hollered. "Forget it. Just forget it," she said walking away. "Damn it Lori, will you quit with the fucking mind games and grow up!" he screamed at her. She stopped walking and slowly turned to face him with tears in her eyes.
" I know ok. I know about you and her, so you can stop lying to me like I'm stupid," she cried. "What?" he whispered. She just shook her head and started walking away again. He chased after her. "Lori! Lori baby wait!" he screamed. He grabbed her hand making her stop. She looked up at him an unreadable expression on her face. "Maybe we shouldn't have gotten back together," she mumbled. "Lori what are you saying?" he asked pain clearly clouding his voice. "I'm saying it's over Ethan," she said tears streaming down her face. "Lori please. Baby please don't do this. I can explain." he pleaded. " How? How can you possibly explain what you did?" she asked sadly letting go of his hand. He just punched the wall and slid to the ground as she walked away for the third time, the tears finally falling from his eyes. Only this time, he didn't follow her. He just let her go.
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