After an awkward couple of weeks with AH, I knew something was wrong and I was hoping that whatever it was we could talk about it and fix it. After the lunch and movie date that mostly wasn’t, someone I trusted more than just about anyone on earth called me with news that I thought at the time would kill me.
When I was a little girl, I had a friend named B. She lived in the country and going to her house was one of my absolutely most favorite things in the world. She was one of my closest friends until we hit puberty. As everyone on earth knows, there is nothing worse than a girl between the ages of about eleven and fifteen or so. Suddenly, rumors, innuendos and outright lies by third parties ruined our friendship. Then boy troubles started between us and it went even further downhill. She basically became my nemesis and worst nightmare. A friend who knows all about you who now hates you. She knew the exact right place to stick the knife in and she was an expert at then twisting it so it would do the most damage.
So, a night or two before Thanksgiving, my friend called and told me he had something important to talk to me about. He had been at a party the previous Saturday night and my frenemy B was there with none other than AH, my older handsome boyfriend. The people at the party were way too young for AH to be hanging around with and he didn’t know any of them really. They weren’t just at the same place and standing together, they were there TOGETHER. On a date. In the truck that was so broken down that afternoon that it couldn’t be driven and had to be worked on half the night preventing it’s owner from going to the movies. The news could not have been worse. I would’ve been hurt no matter what, but the WHO of the situation made it a thousand times more torturous. Of all the people in the world for him to choose to cheat with, it just had to be her. I thanked my friend, hung up the phone and proceeded to die inside by degrees. I think now it was divine justice for the clumsy handling of my high school boyfriend breakup, but at the time, it was just the worst thing ever to happen in the world.
I was not going to act like a simpering whiney baby though. Oh no, not me. On Thanksgiving Day, I sqared my shoulders, but on a super cute black dress and heels and went to dinner with my parents. After dinner they dropped me off at the AH’s house and his parents made all over me. They had no idea. We had a piece of cake and left the house. We got silently into his truck and started the drive home. He knew that I knew. Everyone in town knew that the boy who called and told me was close to me. B knew that he would tell me. That’s why she took AH to the party in all likelihood. It was time to force the issue.
AH proceeded to lie some more and drop a couple of bombshells that were actually true on me. The first revelation was that the woman I saw driving his truck was not just a friend, but his ex-girlfriend. She WAS however going to pick up her daughter. HIS daughter. He proceeded to tell me that he was going to have to leave our relationship because he was going back to his ex and their daughter. He said it was time for him to grow up and take responsibility for his family. The only part of that story that was true was the fact that the little girl was his. I told him that I was kind of confused by what he was telling me because the story on the grapevine was that he was dating B. He said it was not true. He told me that whoever had told me that was straightup lying. He said he only knew who B was because she came into the store where he worked every once in a while. I told him that I could not believe what a liar he was. I told him that the person who told me had my complete trust and that I felt like a fool for ever believing HIM. I got out of his truck, went into my house and woke up the next morning a changed person.