Twisted Realities

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The Club

The sun was setting as we pulled out onto the highway, glancing down at my phone I saw it was a little before 7 pm. Turning my head slightly I glanced at Nathan. He had turned the radio up making conversation pointless and was focused on the road giving me plenty of time to take him in.

Balling my fist in my hands I let my nails dig into my flesh. The sting only reconfirmed that I was not waking up from this dream anytime soon. Looking out the window I took in the Florida sights, I had only been to Florida once before on my senior trip.

Glancing back over at him he caught my eye turning the radio down, “can you at least act like you’re having a good time tonight?”

I frowned at him, Lord the more he spoke the more I questioned this whole pretend imaginary dream relationship. “Umm yeah sure.”

He let out a breath as he pulled into a parking garage, “for real Madi just do this one thing for me.”

I looked back at him as he parked and nodded. What did I say? How did I usually act when we were out? I had more questions than answers. Shit I had no answers. To be honest I was a pretty anti-social person unless I was with my friends and even then I wasn’t all into clubbing and partying, that had just never been what I was about.

Keeping close to his side I followed Nathan upstairs to the VIP section. It became clear we were there for someone’s birthday. I had no ideas who’s or even if I was supposed to know. Looking around I grew nervous, yeah I saw some familiar faces, but they were only familiar because they were fucking famous. Nathan lead us to a table and I thanked God he did because I had no idea where to go, or if I even had any friends here.

As I sat down he looked down at me, “you want me to get you anything?” I shook my head not even knowing what to ask for.

He nodded before walking off and joining some guys in the corner. I recognized them as members of his band but didn't know all of their names. The fact that I was sitting alone at a table was beginning to make my paranoia set in but a girl plopped down beside making me jump. “I was wondering if you were coming?”

Looking over at the girl I had no clue who the hell she was. She had long straight dark hair and her makeup was flawless.

“Yeah I didn’t know not coming was an option,” I said more out of humor to myself.

She shrugged, “you know you have to keep up appearances. Speaking of appearances I saw Ryan, he was looking for you.”

I made a face looking over at her, “okay....” Who the fuck was Ryan and why the hell was he looking for me?

Glancing over at Nathan I saw him laughing at something the group had just said, he seemed to be enjoying himself. Looking over at the girl sitting beside me I let out a sigh, “I’m beginning to think I should have gotten a drink after all.”

She looked up snapping causing me to frown at her. I was tempted to ask her what in the hell she was doing but a scantly clad girl walked up with a tray and handed us two flutes of champagne. I didn't even like champagne.

“So when is Nathan flying back out?”

I shook my head looking over at the girl honestly not knowing the answer to what she had asked me. “I don’t even know.”

She laughed, “I bet Ryan does.”

Giving her the side-eye I shrugged, ok seriously who the fuck was Ryan? Hearing all kinds of noise we both looked up seeing a birthday cake being wheeled in the room, it was freaking huge. The girl and I stood up and moved so we could join in and I saw that it was Toby, the drummer of Nathan's band's birthday.

The party was in full swing and I had finally figured out the girl who was standing beside me name, Zoey. I reached out touching her shoulder, “hey I need to use the restroom. Where is it? I’m turned around here.” I hoped my little lie would cover me just in case I should damn well know where the bathroom was. She didn’t seem to notice as she pointed at an open hallway.

Nodding I took off in the direction she had pointed. Most people were surrounding Toby and the birthday cake so the hallway that lead to the bathroom was empty. I quickly made my way in taking care of my business. As I washed my hands I wondered if my behavior so far would be acceptable to Nathan or not. I mean shit all I had really done was sit and talk to Zoey.

Walking out the bathroom I hit the first turn then found my body being shoved up against the wall. Suddenly I found hands on my hips and lips on my neck. I shoved at the guy. I had no idea who he was. My pushing did nothing but cause him to laugh.

“What’s wrong baby, there isn't nobody in this hall but us.” The guy's hands moved around to grab my ass as he pressed his body against mine. It sent me in a complete panic. Even so I quickly came to the conclusion that this must be Ryan.

Don’t get me wrong he was a whole lot of fine with his muscular body but I didn’t know him. He was pressed all up on me and what the hell wasn’t I married?

He frowned down at me, “Madison what the hell is wrong with you?”

He tried once again to kiss me as his hands tried to enter from under my dress. This time I shoved him hard enough to make him realize I wasn’t playing. I looked up at him as he moved his hands to rest on either side of my head. Seeing him look down at me I found my opportunity to duck under his arms and take off like a bat out of hell.

I hit the corner relieved to be among people but what I saw brought me to a halt. Nathan was sitting down with a drink in one hand and some half-dressed girl sitting in his lap hanging all over him. My jaw dropped open. I was in complete shock. What the hell kind of relationship did we have? The girl was all up on him whispering something in his ear. He had a huge grin on his face as he tilted his face up toward hers. Their lips only inches apart.

He suddenly looked over and our eyes met and the look he gave me was like....what? I felt my eyes grow large as I just shook my head at him. I felt sick to my stomach and I just wanted to leave. I wanted to go home. My Home. Nathan shoved at the girl in his lap saying something to her that sent her on her way pouting. I took off not really knowing where I was going, I felt fairly certain I could make my way back to the parking garage.

Once safely in the garage I sunk down by the passenger door. If that stupid gypsy woman was trying to teach me a lesson she could stop, lesson learned. This was nothing close to what I would want my relationship to be like. I mean I guess I could see this actually being Nathan’s life but it sucked. Hearing footsteps I tried to be as still as possible. I wasn’t in my little small hometown anymore and the last thing I needed right now was to be mugged.

I could see someone from the corner of my eye so I quickly looked up seeing Nathan looking down at me. I quickly looked back down putting my head in my hands. I must look insane. He probably thinks I’m completely crazy.

“Madi what the fuck is wrong with you? You’re fucking with my high.”

I found myself laughing and crying at the same time, “well excuse me for ruining your night. I don’t know what was worse being assaulted in the hallway or being around you.”

Nathan frowned looking pissed, “what? What do you mean assaulted? Who assaulted you? Are you ok?”

Shaking my head I stood back up, “just go back to your party and your hoes. I’ll find my own way home.”

I stood up and tried to walk by him but he reached out grabbing my arm bringing me to a stop. “Madison tell me who the fuck touched you.”

I rolled my eyes wiping tears from my face, “what does it matter, why do you even care?”

Nathan pulled me closer to the car, “why can't you just tell me what the fuck happened to you and stop being such a stubborn bitch?”

I shook my head tears now streaming down my face, “I just want to go home...please.”

He looked at me with defeat in his eyes, “Madison. Baby you know I’d never let anyone hurt you right?”

I nodded not knowing shit just glad he seemed to at least half-ass care and had agreed to take me home.

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