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By Tessa Dean March 2021
Cassie changed out of her uniform and into jeans and a colorful top that barely covered her midriff. She was done work early today since she took the early shift and after that little tiff with the customer she just wanted out of there. She decided to walk home rather than call someone for a ride. She had a lot of thinking to do and the walk would help her clear her head.
She pulled her cell phone out of her pocket and it fell, and bounced on the sidewalk. Oh great, she thought, hopefully the screen hasn’t cracked.
She called some friends and asked them to meet her at Ronnie’s house. She wanted to talk to them. Why can’t I have tiny problems? Why must everything be so difficult.
Cassie faced Ronnie, Winston, Charlie and Marianne. She was pulling on her hair which was now out of its ponytail that she had to wear for work. Aware of the shortness of her midriff top, she put her arms down at her side.
Ronnie had a huge sectional couch and Cassie envied it since she had four siblings all of which were under-age and they only had a tiny couch, which was barely big enough to hold a few of them. The four of her friends stared at her questioningly. “Where’s Peter,” Marianne asked, just now realizing he was missing.
“I have to talk to you guys and I don’t know how you are going to feel about this, but it is time to get it over with. As you know Peter and I had a big fight and I have refused to see him since he almost punched me in the face, not to mention his lack of a job and that we don’t date like a normal couple since he has no money except the little bit of gas money he makes off his mother for doing odd jobs. I told him that if he didn’t get a job we were through and I also told him that he had better never, ever try to punch me again. As you know he still isn’t working and so I have decided that I must move on.”
They all started talking at once and Cassie had no idea what they were saying. “Guys. cool it!” Cassie shouted and felt tears prickle behind her eye lids. She had wanted to do this without crying, but it didn’t look like that was going to happen.
“I know we have been friends for ages and I always thought that Peter and I would end up together. However, he showed me a side of himself that I can’t live with. I am afraid of him and I know he has no intention of getting a job and being a dependable boyfriend either. I told him to stay away if he can’t follow a few rules and he just stays away. Sooo…”
All four of her friends just stare at her. No one says a word. They are all waiting for her to finish what she had started. “Cassie, I am so sorry. I always thought you and Peter were together for life. I know you have told me things in confidence and I haven’t told anyone else, but I really thought you two would work it out,” Ronnie finally says to break the silence that had come up between them. “You know I told you that you should find someone else to date. I know a lot of the boys in school are interested in you.”
“Ronnie you mean well and you are right, however, I am through with high school kids. Tonight at the restaurant I met a guy. He is slightly older than us. He looks like he works in a fancy job. He was dressed up and well he has the most gorgeous blue eyes and a shaved head. He looks so cool with his head bald.”
Cassie takes a breath and then continues, “I had a really bad experience which he witnessed and he helped me calm down and then he asked me if I had a boyfriend. I said sort of and he says there is no sort of. It is yes or no and he asked me out. I told him all about Peter and how I was afraid to break it off as we have been together forever and he asked me if I wanted to stay in that situation all of my life or move on. He gave me a business card with his cellphone and asked me out for a date this coming Sunday. The only thing is that I have to be completely free of Peter. No other boyfriends and he doesn’t have any other girl friends.”
Her friends are just staring at her, no one saying a word. They are waiting for her to tell them what she planned to do. Peter was a part of the group and always had been. What would happen now if Cassie gets a new boyfriend, especially if he is older than her? They were all high school seniors.
“Cassie, what are you going to do? I don’t think he will fit into our little group and Peter is still our friend.”
“Look guys, I know I am asking a lot and I will respect any decisions you make, but I have to move on for my own sake. Peter is never going to be what I want out of life. I want a man who is independent, like I am, who wants a family and a nice house etc. I am working hard to create the life I want and if Peter can’t be there for me, then it will have to be over for us and well, Wayne isn’t going to fit into this little group very well and I am not asking you to give up being friends with Peter if you don’t want to.”
Charlie, cleared his throat and said, “To be honest, he scares me. I really thought he was going to hit me the other day, the same day actually that he almost punched Cassie and sprained her ankle as she tried to get away from him. I personally would rather not have anything to do with him. I don’t want to lose Cassie as my friend either. Perhaps her new friend would be willing to meet us and see what happens.”
Winston said, “I missed all of that while I was on vacation. Peter has been getting out of hand lately it seems. I know he is always riling people up at school too. Something is going on with him. I say we tell Peter that he is no longer welcome in our group. He has become very unlikeable.”
Ronnie and Marianne exchanged glances. Ronnie turned to Cassie and said, “I didn’t want to tell you this, but Peter has been hitting on other girls, me included. I didn’t want to hurt you.”
“Me, too!” Marianne chimed in. “He asked me out, just the other night. I told him no, because Cassie is my friend, but I think we can all agree that he is no longer one of us.”
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