Holly had already left to go home. Phyllis and I were staying after for art class and Taylor was going to go to a practice. I finished early and decided to go out to the car and sit and wait for them.
I stopped just outside the door to the school when I could see Taylor leaning against my car. He had changed into his jeans and t-shirt and I was going to go walk over to him. I stopped suddenly when I could see Vanessa walking over.
“Oh shit.” I thought to myself. I couldn’t believe it. She just didn’t get it. I could actually hear them, I was so close. I hid behind a tree and watched intently.
“Hi Jordan.” Vanessa smiled. I cringed as I watched her approach him. What would happen if Phyllis came out?
“Uh…hi.” He said and looked towards the door of the school.
“Alone?” She asked and stood in front of him.
“I’m waiting for Felicia and Amanda.” He answered bluntly.
“Would you like a lift?” She smiled.
“Amanda is giving me a ride.” He answered.
“Jeez, don’t you guys ever do anything separately?” She laughed.
“What’s that supposed to mean?” He asked, narrowing his eyes.
“I mean…you’re always with your sister…like constantly.” She said and leaned on the car parked next to mine.
“What’s your point?”
“I mean, sisters and brothers aren’t normally that close.” She answered.
“Well, we are.” He said and rolled his eyes.
“Are you sure you don’t want a ride?” She said and took a step closer to him.
“I’m waiting for them.” He said.
“Are you sure…” She persisted.
“Yes…” He was cut off when she grabbed him by the back of the neck and kissed him, full on the lips. His eyes went wide with shock as he looked around nervously. He spotted me and looked at me in desperation.
“MANDA!” He yelled through his thoughts at me.
“What the hell!” I began.
“GET HER OFF!” He said.
“What am I supposed to do?” I asked.
“ANYTHING!” He screamed.
“All right…” I said.
With that, I let out an ear-shattering scream. Vanessa let go and turned around. I ran over and looked at the two of them.
“WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU’RE DOING!” I screamed.
“Amanda?” She said with a puzzled look. I glanced over at Taylor who was desperately trying to wipe her lipstick off his face.
“THAT’S MY BOYFRIEND!” I yelled. Taylor looked at me with wide eyes. His jaw dropped and looked at me like I was nuts.
“Boyfriend?” She said in a shocked tone.
“I’m so sorry…” She said and began to apologize as she began to back away.
“You should be!” I said angrily.
“I apologize Jordan…” She began to stutter.
“Uh…yeah…uh…” Taylor stuttered. Vanessa turned and ran away, back into the school.
“BOYFRIEND! ARE YOU FUCKING NUTS!” He screamed as soon as she was out of sight.
“What did you want me to do!” I said angrily and put my hands on my hips.
“Anything but that!” He announced.
“Would you rather me have said that your shacked up with your sister?” I smiled.
“No…I …just…well…” He began to stammer.
“You should thank me! I saved your ass.” I smiled.
“THANK YOU! Phyllis is going to…”
“I’m gonna what?” We both turned around fast to see her standing there, narrowing her eyes at us.
“Uh…uh…” Taylor stammered.
“What’s all over your mouth?” She said as she walked over to him and began to wipe Vanessa’s lipstick off of him.
“SHUT UP!” Taylor yelled angrily at me.
“Vanessa what?” Phyllis said, and took a step back from him.
“I…” He looked at her with a look of terror crossing his face.
“Vanessa what Taylor!” She said angrily.
“She kissed me.” He announced.
“SHE WHAT!” Phyllis yelled. I could see her eyes flash green and I knew that at any second, all hell was going to break loose.
“Calm down Phyl…Taylor didn’t…” I began. Phyllis turned her head fast and looked at me.
“WHERE IS SHE!” She growled, showing her enlarged canines.
“Phyl…come on…” Taylor said, putting his arm around her.
“I’LL…” She began.
“Listen…Phyl! I broke it up.” I said.
“I…I…” I stammered. How in the hell was I going to tell her that I told Vanessa I was his girlfriend?
“SPIT IT OUT!” She yelled.
“I TOLD HER I WAS HIS GIRLFRIEND!” I blurted and stepped back.
“Huh?” She said with wide eyes.
“I heard you.” She answered. Suddenly, a laugh escaped her. She was practically down on the ground in hysterics.
“HA…HA…You…you and MAN! HA.” She laughed.
“You’re joking right?” She smiled as she wiped the tears of laughter away from her eyes.
“I’m afraid not.” I said and sighed.
“You…you’re not?” She said with a shocked look.
“Phyl…please don’t be mad…I did it to…” I could feel myself start to stammer as I began to apologize profusely.
“You’re not joking?” She questioned again.
“No.” Taylor spoke up. Phyllis just stood there and stared at us.
“Phyl…I’m so sorry…”
“It’s all right. You did it to get him out of the situation…”
“IT IS!” I said, shocked.
“Yeah…but you do realize you’re going to have to live up to it now.” She said and looked directly in my face.
“Live up to it?” Taylor interrupted.
“You’re going to have to act like a couple.” She answered and pursed her lips together.
“No…no way…” We both began to protest.
“You have to…to make it believable.” Phyllis said as she put her hand up to silence us. Taylor and I looked at each other.
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