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“Yeah right, Tom! I bet you didn’t even think about us!” Tord screamed at Tom through his tears. His face was hot with anger.
Tom gaped at Tord and Edd. He didn’t know how to respond. He felt tears beginning to well up in his eyes; it stung. “I-I-,” he tried to form a coherent sentence, but the words wouldn’t come. He knew what he had done. He had no excuse.
“You what, Tom? You used us? You took advantage of us? You LIED to us? What?!”
“I-I just-” Tom clenched his fists. He couldn’t take this anymore. His throat was throbbing, and hot, salty tears ran down his cheeks. Without saying anything more he turned and ran. Right out the door.
Edd attempted to follow him, “Wait! Tom!” Tord grabbed him by his shoulder.
“Let him go. If we’re lucky he won’t come back.”
Edd jerked away from Tord, “How could you say that? Tom is our friend!”
“He used you! He hurt us! He lied to both of us!”
“He wasn’t the only one who lied. None of this would have happened if you two had told us what was going on between you.”
“That’s irrelevant. HE knew. HE knew and he still did it! And then he lied about it. What else could he have lied about?”
Edd turned away. He didn’t know what to say. He knew that Tom had used him, but it wasn’t entirely his fault. Edd knew he had been drunk, yet he still consented. Tom was his best friend, and he wouldn’t abandon him no matter what he had done.
Tord saw Edd’s expression and sighed. He placed his hand on his friend’s shoulder, “If it makes you feel any better, I’m sure he’ll be back by tomorrow.”
Edd wiped the tears from his face, “Yeah, I hope so.”
The next morning Edd woke up late. He sat up and yawned, dangling his legs over the side of his bed. The previous night’s events came rushing back to him like a wave, and he fell back onto his bed with a loud creak. He rubbed his eyes, “What have I gotten myself into?”
Eventually he got up, and he headed to the kitchen to find something to eat. No one else was around. He found some leftover pizza in the fridge and took a slice out to the living room. He had half expected to find Tom snoozing on the couch (as he usually did after a long night out) but was surprised to find the room empty. He sat down, slightly unsettled.
He jumped as he heard footsteps behind him, and turned to see Tord trudging groggily into the living room. He looked as if he had gotten no sleep, and his eyes were bloodshot.
“Tord, have you seen Tom?” Edd asked carefully.
“Wh- he isn’t back yet?” Tord’s eyes widened, then he grimaced, as if in pain, “Why am I not surprised.”
“Where do you think he could be?”
“Don’t care.” Tord opened the fridge and rummaged around, finally coming to the conclusion that cold pizza was all he was having for breakfast.
“Aren’t you at least a little bit worried?”
Tord hesitated, “Not really. He’s probably just throwing himself a pity party, trying to get us worried. He’ll be back soon enough.”
“You and I both know Tom better than that.” Edd replied.
“I suppose you’re right. He’s probably gone and gotten himself alcohol poisoning. Or he’s in the hospital after trying to off hims-” Tord stopped. Edd looked horrified, and even he shuddered at the thought. Even after all Tom had done he would never wish anything like that upon him.
“Don’t you dare say that!” Edd glared at Tord.
“You’re right, I’m sorry.” Tord looked away. He didn’t hate Tom. But he wasn’t sure if he loved him the same way anymore. He didn’t feel like he could trust him, and he was sure that things would never be the same between them.
The whole situation made Tord so angry. He wanted to hit him. To physically hurt him, so that he could know what it felt like to be betrayed. He knew it was wrong, but he couldn’t help but relish the thought.
“If he doesn’t come back by tonight I’m going to go look for him.” Tord was snapped out of his thoughts by Edd’s sudden statement.
“Tord, I’m really worried about him. He could be in serious trouble.” Tord glanced over at Edd. His face was creased with worry, but underneath he saw how tired he was. He saw his face tinted with sorrow and betrayal. But Edd was a loyal friend. He would do anything for him, Tom, and Matt.
“Well, you’re not going alone. You’re gonna need help.”
Edd smiled, “Thanks, Tord.”
That evening, Tom still hadn’t returned. Edd paced back and forth in front of the couch. Tord and Matt sat watching him worriedly.
“Are you sure you don’t want me to come?” Matt asked.
“It’s fine, Matt. Besides, we need someone to stay here in case Tom comes home.” Tord patted Matt on the back, then stood up with a groan, “Alright, Edd. Let’s head out. We can take my car.”
Edd followed Tord out to the car. It was red, Tord’s favorite color. But Edd noticed a strange hole in the side, near the fender.
“Tord, is this a bullet hole?”
“Oh that? That’s just a… rust spot!”
Edd looked harder at the hole. The paint around it was chipped, and the metal underneath was spotless, no rust in sight. He narrowed his eyes with suspicion, but said nothing. He got into the car next to Tord and they headed out.
“Now, where would Tom be?” Tord mumbled.
“I- I don’t know. He- he’s not answering his phone. It’s probably off. Should we call the police?”
“No. He’s a grown man. He has every right to leave when he wants, and he hasn’t been gone for that long.”
Edd sighed, and they drove in silence for a while. Eventually they found themselves in downtown. They came to a river and Tord slowed down to cross the bridge when suddenly Edd grabbed his arm.
“EDD!” Tord slammed on his brakes. Luckily there was no one behind him. The roads were strangely quiet.
“What are you thinking!”
“I saw Tom!” Edd gestured forward toward the bridge.
“Wha-” Tord followed Edd’s gaze and saw a man standing on the bridge, leaning on the rails. It was Tom. Edd unbuckled his seatbelt and reached for the door handle.
“Wait, uh, Edd.” Tord touched Edd’s arm. Edd looked at him quizzically.
“Maybe you should stay here.”
“Oh, uh, okay.” Edd put his seatbelt back on, “But I’m there at any sign of trouble”
“Alright then,” Tord stepped out of the car. We walked quietly up to Tom.
“You aren’t planning on jumping, are you?” Tord leaned on the rails by him. Tom jumped and turned sharply, but relaxed when he saw who it was and turned back to gazing out at the city.
Tord noticed the circles under his eyes; his hair was messy and tousled. Tom hadn’t gotten any sleep in over forty-eight hours.
Tom sighed, “No, just watching.”
“Care if I join you?”
Tom turned back to him, “I thought you couldn’t stand to be around me.” His tone was meant to be questioning, but his fatigue rendered his voice monotone.
“Look, Tom. What you did was wrong, but I didn’t take the time to consider everything… You still should have told me. If you had just told the truth none of this would have happened.”
“I know, I just-” Tom rubbed his eyes with both hands, “I just didn’t want to lose you. I thought you would hate me.”
“Tom, I would never hate you. There’s nothing you could do that would make that happen.”
Tord had had some time to think. The more he had thought about it, the less angry he became.
“Tord, I’m really sorry. I don’t expect you to forgive me.”
“But I do.”
“Really? Why?” Tom looked at him questioningly.
“Everyone deserves a second chance,” Tord knew that Tom would do the same for him, “But, I’m not the only one you need to apologize to.” Tord gestured to the car where Edd waited.
“Yeah, you’re right.”
Tom and Tord walked back to the car. Edd jumped out and wrapped Tom in an enormous hug, “Tom! I’m so glad you’re okay! I was so worried.”
Tom hugged Edd back, “I’m sorry, Edd. For everything.”
Several Years Later…
Tom opened the door, and was surprised to see a familiar, but scarred, face staring back at him.
“Tom, I- please, I just-” Tord stuttered, he couldn’t seem to form the words.
“Save it commie.” Tom pulled Tord into a hug.
“W-what are you-”
“Everyone deserves a second chance.”
Tord bit his lip as tears ran down his face, and he hugged him back.
(Wow, okay so.. I spent way more time in this than I should have lol. Personally, I think it’s kinda cringey, but that’s just me. Sorry it’s a bit late, but not by much!)
-WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?! THIS IS AMAZING! I LOVE IT