Chat Song: ‘Bed of Lies’ by Skylar Grey & Niki Minaj.
“Do you ever think of me when you lie? Lie down in your bed, your bed of lies. And I knew better than to look in your eyes, they only pretend you would be mine.”
Ten minutes earlier
[Selene messages Lexie.]
S: Well aren’t you sneaky.
L: What is that supposed to mean?
S: Are you still a virgin Lexie? Let’s be honest with each other here. Are you?
S: Lol, liar. You aren’t. Joshua popped your cherry.
L: I don’t get what you’re saying.
S: Check the school’s Whatsapp group.
(Lexie can already feel her heart racing as she glides out of Selene’s chat. As soon as she enters Westlake High’s heated chatroom, her heart sinks.)
Cherry2cute: She’s such a sneaky slut. I can’t believe she and Josh actually slept together.
Tiatee: LOL. Slutty Lexie
Ghavin24: Lol chill guys, stop scandalizing the poor girl. She does have a sexy moan-voice though.
Jaeyyy: Eww, she sounds like a choking cat. You’re weird Gavin.
Feeblee0: She sounds like when you step on an air balloon and it’s losing air. *PWEEEEEHHHH*
Drake2.0: I haven’t heard the audio yet, can someone forward it to me?
Tiatee: Cherry, send Drake the audio.
Cherry2cute: I will attach it here.
(Audio file attached)
Darke2.0: I’m putting my earphones in; I can’t wait to listen. Duh-Duh-Dunnnn!!!!
Jaeyyy: Someone’s excited to lose his hearing!😂
Ollie4: Lmao! Oh my God, I hate you guys!!!! Lol
(Lexie feels her eyes welling with tears. Her hands tremble as she clicks onto the attached audio clip. Her breathing is uneven as she sits still. The clip starts to play, from the moment Josh was urging her to her climax to his breathless name repeatedly rolling off her tongue. A soft gasp leaves her as tears roll down her cheeks. She grips her phone tightly in her hands as her body begins to shiver from fright.)
Drake2.0: Currently listening. Lol, she doesn’t sound so bad; you girls are so fucked up. She sounds cute.
Fredthewarrior: Lol Drake, are you losing your hearing? I’m a guy and if I’m fucking a girl and she moans like that, imma think she’s morphing into a werecat or something.
Lizzzz: LMAO! Fred, you’re a dick.
Fredthewarrior: What’d I say??😂
(Lexie cannot read further. Sobbing uncontrollably, she quickly exits the chatroom with shaking hands, noticing that she has received text messages from two unknown numbers. She skeptically clicks them open.)
Unknown 1: Heyyyy, I heard you slept with Josh. Could we do it too sometimes? Btw nice moan-voice.
Unknown 2: Sorry about the bad stuff going around about you. You can confide in me. Want to come over to my place? I promise no one would know😏.
(Everyone now sees her as nothing but an easy target; as one of those girls with no self-respect or dignity. Lexie has always ensured to keep her slate clean, but now all her efforts are washed down the drain. The only thing going through her mind right now is: Why would Joshua do this to her? They were the only ones in her room at the time. She surely didn’t record it—she’s not a sick, twisted girl who finds joy in recording her intimate moments—so Joshua is the only option she’s left with.
Crying and trembling, she opens Josh’s chat. Her fingers quickly typing her message.)
L: How could you do this to me, Joshua????😢💔
(Joshua replies after a minute.)
J: I swear to God, it’s not me.
L: We were the only ones in the room. How could you humiliate me like this, what did I do to you????
(Thick tear drops wet her phone screen.)
J: Lexie, listen. It’s really not me. I wouldn’t do that to you...I swear, Lex.
(Lexie sniffs, wiping her eyes. Part of her wants to believe him, but it’s really hard to.)
L: Do you expect me to believe that?? I am not stupid. What? You wanted to show off to your football friends that you can fuck your best friend, is that it?
J: Wow...is that what you think of me?
L: We didn’t have sex. But now everyone thinks we did! Do you know how embarrassing this is for me?! I hate you so much, Joshua.
J: Lexie, why can’t you believe me?? Come on, I would never do that to you. I am not some sick guy who records his every sexual encounter, why on earth would I record that??
L: I regret that night so much. I am so fucking stupid.
L: Just please stay away from me.
J: No, don’t do this, Lex.
L: I don’t ever want to see you again.
J: Don’t say that.
(Lexie has gone offline.)
J: Fuck. Lex, come on. I love you and wouldn’t do that to you. Why would I hurt you like that????
J: Answer me.
J: Lex, please💔
J: I’m coming over right now.
(Lexie has her head pressed against her pillows, whimpering and sobbing as she tightly grasps her sheets in her palms. She’s hurt, broken and most of all—humiliated.)
“And oh how you made me believe. You had me caught in every web that you weaved. But do you ever think of me when you lie? Lie down in your bed, your bed of lies.” —Skylar Grey & Niki Minaj.