City By The Sea-Chapter Three
We ended up in a diner a few blocks down the street from Josh’s house. I felt bad for him seeing as the need for him to constantly keep his head bowed down, and that was with a hat on.
“Are you sure you wanna eat here? We can just go back to the house you know” I admitted after being sat in a booth
“It’s fine. I love their pancakes here and I know you will too” Josh acknowledged
I felt silly being here with him, let alone wearing one of his plaid shirts. Josh tapped one of his fingers on the table as if he was nervous about something.
“Are you sure you’re okay?” I asked
“Of course” He smiled
“So can I ask you what happened last ni-“ I began to ask Josh when I noticed him perk up like a dog who had just seen a tasty treat on display. I followed his glance behind me to see our waitress was coming. When she looked up from her notepad, she grew angry.
“What are you doing here Josh?” she glanced toward me annoyingly
Josh placed an arm on the booth and grinned, “Eating. What’s good here?”
“Nothing. It’s all full of shit. One would say, kind of like you Josh” the waitress placed the pen by her mouth and pondered teasingly and pointed it towards him
“Oh c’mon Sophie, can’t you see I’m trying to show my friend a good time? I told her all about your food, and she’s dying for a taste.” Josh looked toward me and winked
The waitress turned toward me, and glanced down at what I was wearing. Once she realized that I had on Josh’s shirt, her face drew a blank
“I’ll be back for your order” she said coldly
I knew right away what was happening, he was using me. He either liked this girl, hated her, dated her, whatever the case may be, but he was using me to make her jealous. I looked back to Josh who was grinning like an idiot looking at the menu. That’s when Sophie returned.
“So a stack of pancakes and some OJ for the lady?” he shyly asked
I shrugged my shoulders in confusion, I really didn’t care too much for eating after this awkward situation, especially with this hangover.
“2 stacks of pancakes, with some Orange Juice” he requested
Sophie scribble down the order as she was about to walk away Josh called out to her
“Can I add a cup of hot chocolate to that? With extra whip cream on the top” He asked
Sophie walked away without a word.
“What the hell do you think you’re doing?” I questioned
Josh looked up at me, “What?”
“Anything you have to say about poor little Sophie?” I demanded
“Oh her, nothing really. She’s just a girl I know who isn’t so much of a classy lady if you know what I mean” Josh responded in a non chalant voice
“I don’t” I said in a cold tone, “Explain”
Sophie returned with my orange juice and Josh’s hot chocolate which she slammed on the counter.
“Don’t spit on my stack please!” Josh called out after her
He returned to look at me
“So?” I continued, “Why are you being so cruel to her?”
“She’s just not a girl who needs to be treated like a lady is all. She’s a foul mouthed, rude, lonely girl who has no respect for herself. That’s why she sleeps around”
That one threw me for a loop. He was judging her for being promiscuous? That I could not stand for.
“Well maybe she sleeps around to get rid of the horrid fact that she was ever with you, did you ever think about that?” I spit out
“Excuse me?” Josh said with a confused look
I grabbed my things and started to leave, “Just forget about it Josh, thanks for trying and all but, I don’t think I can be friends with someone who is such an asshole to women, especially one whom he was with.”
“Andy, it’s not even like that, don’t make this a big deal” Josh reasoned
“It is a big deal!” I began to raise my voice, “You don’t judge a girl by who she decides to sleep with, or why, or when. You got it?”
I didn’t wait for an answer and made my way out of that diner, I ran back to Josh’s house the whole way and hopped into my car. I wanted to scream and cry for what had just happened. It brought back memories of my past, of who I once was, this morning was already bad as is, and the way Josh treated Sophie made it worse. There was only one person who I could call and talk to. I just needed to race home in time to call her before she headed to work.
I made it home quicker than I expected. I ran to the phone and dialed Leah’s number. She had about half an hour left. The phone rang and thankfully she answered after the first ring.
“Hey Poo Butt” she answered
“Hey” I said as I tried holding back tears.
But Leah knew me too well. There was a reason why she was my best friend.
“What’s wrong?” She asked
“Memories. Bad ones” I sighed
“Oh, sweetie. What happened?” Leah asked
The tears began to flow from my eyes, “God how bad was I in high school Leah?”
“You weren’t that bad honey-“ Leah began but I cut her off
“Don’t lie to me Leah” I said sternly
Leah exhaled, “It’s just, you let the guys treat you the way you thought you deserved to be treated. But nobody knew the honest, funny, caring girl that you were.”
I choked back more tears as I walked toward my refrigerator. I saw that I only had a couple of more beers left, which meant I had to make them count. This one time seemed fit, so I grabbed a can and popped it open.
“Oh babe please don’t drink that beer” Leah begged
“It’s my last one” I lied
“Better be” She responded, “So what happened?”
I filled her in on everything from the accident to going over to Josh’s house.
“How bad were you last night?” Leah questioned
“I don’t know” I said softly and opened my 2nd can
“Andy!” Leah yelled
“Ok this one is it I promise!” I lied again
“I’m not kidding this time when I tell you that I’ll go over and beat your ass if you deserve it” Leah repeated
“Yes mom” I teased
“Stop it Andy, you haven’t been there a week and already youre trying to escape” Leah continued
“No one said anything about running away, I like it here” I retorted
“That’s not what I meant” Leah replied
I stood quiet. I knew she was right, I couldn’t afford to go back, and I refused to go back.
“You know what I think you need?” Leah asked
“For you to get your ass down here?” I curiously asked
Leah chuckled, “You read my mind darling”
“Thank You” I admitted
“I gotta head down to work but call me tomorrow ok?” Leah requested
“Yeah” I responded
After we said our goodbyes I was feeling much better. Enough to go for a run down at the beach, it was what I wanted, it was definitely needed. I couldn’t be more thankful for Leah right now, I loved my best friend. Plain and simple, so I headed to my room and changed into my running clothes, grabbed my ipod and turned it all the way up.