Live and Don’t Learn
“Gee, I don’t know how anyone could have predicted this happening,” Guy Frank sneered sarcastically at Valentino Valley, who sat on his bed, gawping at Guy with a look of sheer confusion. “Close your mouth, Val, before you start catching flies.”
“Well, I didn’t expect the bitch to fly into a frenzy!” Val protested. “Hell, you’d think she’d be glad for the exposure. She’ll probably have lots of dudes calling her now. It isn’t like she’s ugly, really, she’s just kind of a nerdy-birdy, not really up to the Val Valley standard, you know.”
“You didn’t expect her to fly into a frenzy after you and Charlie and Heather spread nudes of her all over the school?” Guy sighed. “She was in love with you, Val. Stop fucking pretending you did her a favor by doing this. You and those bitches Charlie and Heather wanted to push her over the edge. The three of you are so lacking inside that the only way you can make your sorry selves feel better is by destroying other people.”
“Yeah, maybe, but I still think she went over the top,” Val said with a shrug. “I’m hungry. You want something to eat?”
“Do you expect that I’m going to go down to the kitchen and eat leftover turkey legs with you, la-di-da, like nothing happened? Or should we get out some pumpernickel and rye and make sandwiches? I haven’t got a fucking appetite, Val, and I don’t know if I ever will again. You’ve always been a bit of a shit, but I let it slide because I convinced myself that at the heart of things you were cool. Well, the stage was set when you convinced poor Claire that you had feelings for her, so she dropped her guard and let you take advantage of her.”
“Hey, Man, I didn’t force her to strip and pose for me!” Valentino protested.
“Bitch, you as good as raped her!” Guy snapped. “We’ll be lucky if we don’t end up in jail. Any lawyer worth their stuff is going to argue that she was legally impaired. She had Cousin Adam tripping balls through her bloodstream, and I’d argue that her taste in men was fatally impaired from the get-go, her being in love with you and all.”
“You don’t have to tell them that you supplied the drugs, and I’ll say that she asked me to take the pictures. I was tripping balls too, so maybe she took advantage of me.”
“You’re pathetic,” Guy groaned. “I don’t know why I was friends with you. Even if I don’t go to jail, I can kiss any scholarship opportunities goodbye. Worse than that, Charlie, Heather, and Jeanette are missing. I don’t give a shit about Charlie and Heather, but Jeanette seemed cool. Claire may spend the rest of her life in a mental institution if she ever regains consciousness. Helvey had a nervous breakdown and he may have lost his best friend. What the fuck did Helvey do to deserve that, Val?”
“Took up too much space in the hallway?” Val queried.
“You’re fucking hopeless. I’m going to try to do the right thing, even if it’s too little too late. I wish I’d never met you, Val. I hope that karma bites your ass hard. See you in court.”
Valentino Valley watched his only real friend walked out of his life forever and wondered if maybe he had gone too far with his scheme to humiliate a girl whose biggest mistake was falling in love with a good-looking popular boy while not being pretty and popular herself.
Light Motifs: Learn
October Spooky Writing Challenge: Midnight
Putting My Feet in the Dirt
Leftover Turkey Legs
Pumpernickel and Rye
Written in response to the Write about someone who’s so obsessed with a goal that it leads to the destruction of their closest relationship prompt. Also utilized the Write about a character who everyone thinks is guilty of something terrible but isn’t prompt, the Write about two people who know they’ve made a mistake, and one of them wants to tell the truth but the other wants to lie about it prompt and the Write about someone trying to atone for a mistake they’ll never be able to fix prompt.
The story was submitted to Reedsy Prompts on 4 December 2020.
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