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Love, Heartbreak & Everything In Between

Chat Song: ‘Say Goodbye’ by Chris Brown.

“There’s never a right time to say goodbye but I gotta make the first move cause if I don’t, you gonna start hating me. Cause I really don’t feel the way I once felt about you. Girl, it’s not you, it’s me. I kinda gotta figure out what I need.” —Chris Brown.

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Time: 1 am

[Josh finally responds to Lexie after a few hours.]

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J: Lex?

Five minutes later...

J: Lexie?

J: Sorry for taking this long to reply. I had to wait until Sab calmed down. She wasn’t being herself tonight. Are you still there?

Ten minutes later...

J: Don’t tell me you’re asleep.

J: I want to talk to you😢

J: Damn.

(Josh calls Lexie)

(Lexie missed a call from Josh)

(Josh calls Lexie)

(Lexie missed a call from Josh)

J: If you’re sleeping, just know that I love you and you mean the world to me and I am so sorry for all the pain I have put you through. I hate to see you cry and I will try not to let you shed any more tears❤️❤️❤️❤️Sleep tight🥰🥰🥰🥰

(Joshua rests his phone on the nightstand and turn his lights down. But immediately it pings with a message. He sits up quickly to retrieve it. Hoping it’s Lexie.)

S: How will I live without you?

(He rolls his eyes. He has a lot on his plate and Selene is only making it all worse. She is added stress that he doesn’t need.)

J: I told you not to text me back Selene.

S: Do you think this is fair to me? I have never done anything to offend you. Yeah, I put your sex life out in the open, but I didn’t mean to cause you harm. I told you that Lexie was my aim.

J: One: harming Lexie means you’re harming me. Two: for the last time, we did NOT sleep together. Please stop spreading fake news, it’s annoying a’f.

S: I don’t know who you’re trying to fool. But you can’t fool me.

J: I am blocking you now.

S: I’ll just change my number then.

J: What do you hope to achieve from all of this???? Explain to me what the actual fuck you hope to achieve from harassing Lexie and annoying the shit out of me.

S: I will get you someday, trust me😌I never stop until I get what I want.

J: You need some medication.

S: You’re my medication.

J: You’re insane.

S: I am insane about you.

(Josh has gone offline.)

Two minutes later.

S: Josh.

Five minutes later.

S: Just give me a chance! We can be so beautiful. Me and you, we can climb mountains, we can rule the world. Like Harley Quinn and The Joker. We would be so perfect. I picture it every day. I don’t care if you aren’t single, I am willing to be on the side until you realize that I am all you need and all you’ll ever need. Just give me a chance.

Two minutes later.

S: Joshhhhhhh

Three minutes later.

S: Please?

S: Just one chance.

S: Mm?

S: Joshua Taylor😭

One minute later.

J: Could you please, I am begging you, stop blowing my phone up. I’m trying to sleep. I just want to sleep; that’s all, is that too much to ask for? I am tired a’f and you keep texting and jerking me out of my damn sleep. Stop texting.

S: Tell me your answer first.

(Josh has gone offline.)

S: Hello?

S: Josh.

S: 😭😭😭😭

S: Please?

S: Alright at least make love to me then. Lexie and Sab got a chance to feel what it was like, let me know what it feels like too😓It’s only fair.

J: I swear to God that you’re a psycho.

(Josh blocked Selene.)

(Shaking his head, he puts his phone on his bedside table and lays down to rest. He has had too much to deal with tonight.)

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|| Next Day, Saturday, June 29

Time: 8:00am

[Lexie wakes up and checks her phone to see the messages Joshua left while she was asleep last night.]

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(After reading the last one he sent, a smile finds its way onto her small face.)

L: Thank you😊

(Joshua is lying on his living room couch, scrolling down Instagram when he sees the gratifying notification that Lexie has finally responded.)

J: Finally, she’s awake😍

L: 😂😊

J: Yesssss🤩🤩Good morning, princess.

L: Lol. Good morning. Thank you for the little speech that you sent me last night. Or early this morning rather. 1 am.

J: Lol you’re welcome♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

L: 😊

J: I mean all the words I wrote there. I don’t want to make you cry anymore. And I am sorry I put through so much.

L: It’s fine. But I am still uncertain about what we are doing. This is still a whole lot complicated and I can’t feel good about it.

J: I know. But please don’t worry about it, okay? It’ll work out.

L: Ok...

J: I love you.

A minute later.

L: Love you too.

J: You should stay away from Selene. She doesn’t mean you well.

L: I figured that out. She kept laughing at my demise.

J: Exactly, she was the one who sent the audio around too.

L: What??

J: Yeah. She called me that night and recorded our voices then sent it to the various social groups. Didn’t know she was that messed up.

L: ...

J: Lex?

L: Yeah.

J: You okay?

L: Just wondering what I did to offend her. I don’t understand why she would do something that awful to me :(

J: You did nothing to offend her, she’s just a jealous person.

[Josh just received a message from Sabrina.]

J: I’m coming, Lexie. Don’t leave💕

(He leaves her chat to open Sabrina’s.)

Sa: Good morning❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

J: Are you feeling better today?

Sa: Yeah. I guess🙂

J: Good.

Sa: Thanks for sticking by me last night, it means the world. I was just feeling a little depressed. You know how crazy Premenstrual Syndrome is.

J: It’s alright.

Sa: I have ballet practice today. Will you come to pick me up?

J: ...

Sa: Babe?

J: Maybe. I have football practice today too. So I would have to check my schedule. You could ask your dad.

Sa: He has this golf tournament thingy today. And my mom will be going by the hair salon. So I guess I’ll have to drive myself. ☹️

(Joshua rubs his lips. Sabrina can be quite spoilt sometimes and it’s sort of starting to annoy him. It’s as if he keeps seeing all her flaws lately. Her dance class is just a short distance away from her house and yet she needs him to drive all the way to her home to take her there. He didn’t have a problem with it before but now she’s kind of getting annoying.)

J: I’ll try to swing by to pick you up at one. We have something to talk about anyway.

Sa: Okay...

J: Yeah.

Sa: Is it something bad?

J: I’ll let you know when I see you.

Sa: Okay.

J: Yeah.

Sa: I love you.

J: I love you too, Lexie.

Sa: 😟😟😟😟

J: What?

Sa: Look at what you just sent to me😔

(Josh is confused until he checks his last few messages, realizing that he just made a massive error. He called her Lexie.)

(“Fuck.” He curses under his breath.)

J: Oh shit. That was autocorrect.

Sa: You are a real fucking asshole Joshua! You called me Lexie for Christ’s sake! How could you be this cruel? Like, why would you call your girlfriend another girl’s name?!

J: Autocorrect Sabrina. Wasn’t my intention.

(He knows it wasn’t ‘autocorrect’.)

Sa: So you have been telling her that you love her, mm?

J: 😓

Sa: Answer me.

J: You keep asking these painful questions and digging into things that will only hurt you. Hurt both of us.

Sa: Have you or have you not been telling her that you love her?!

J: Sighs. Yeah. I have been.

Sa: Wtf, Josh?

J: I love her.

Sa: What?

J: I love her, Sabrina.

Sa: 😟As a friend. Right?

J: No. As more than that. I am so sorry. I am really so sorry but I can’t control it. I tried to, but I just can’t.😔

Sa: How could you do this to me? What was I not doing right?? What did I do wrong? Was I not pleasing you enough?

J: It isn’t like that. I swear.

Sa: Then what? I can change, whatever it is I’ll change.

(Joshua sighs. He feels so guilty.)

J: It’s not about you, it’s about me. I am fucked up, Sabrina.

Sa: And now you’re fucking me up too! 💔Do you even have an ounce of love left for me?? Answer that.

J: ...

Sa: Do you, Josh?

J: I don’t know. Sigh. I am so sorry; I am just so messed up right now. My mind is in a maze and I am just trying to find my fucking way out of it. I feel so guilty and I don’t know what to do.

Sa: Is your love for me fading? No, when did you start falling out of love with me?

J: ...

Sa: No, don’t answer it. I don’t wanna know. I really don’t wanna know what your answer will be. I just want to pretend you still love me. I want to pretend that you still feel the same way about us. So let’s just end this conversation here. I’ll see you at 1 pm.

(Joshua places his cell on the couch and runs his hands through his dark hair in frustration.)

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“I know your heart is breaking and a thousand times I found myself asking: “Why?” Why am I taking so long to say this? But trust me, I never meant to crush your world and I never thought I would see the day we’d grow apart. And I don’t want to see you cry but I don’t want to be the one to tell you a lie.” —Chris Brown.

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