Laws of Attraction
I parked the car in Melody’s driveway, looking up at her house. This was the right thing to do, right? She’s had feelings for me for years yet, I’d regret it if I didn’t act on them. Still, my heart was telling me differently.
I loved Melody, right? No, there was definitely love there but what kind of love? Friendly? Yes, maybe it was! Maybe it's wrong for me to do this.
I’d only be hurting her in the long run and Natalie looked crushed when she confessed to me. I felt like such an ass. What could I say to her? Could I really tell her how I felt when I knew my best friend was in love with me? Of course someone was going to get hurt but I didn’t want it to be her. I didn’t want it to be Melody either. Damn it! Why did they both have to fall for me? Why couldn’t Melody have stayed with Daniel…I mean, Duncan. Yeah, Duncan.
This was all too confusing but I had made my choice and there was no backing out now. So, I got out the car and headed towards Melody’s front door.
“How long has she been like this?”
“For a while. I didn’t know where else to take her. I know you’re going through too now with Beck situation…but I just didn’t know what to do!”
“It’s okay, Mark. I forgive you. Besides, I’ve needed something to distract me from-”
“Yeah, I’m really sorry, Nat. I don’t know what Beck’s thinking but she would never hurt you like this on purpose.”
“I just feel like such an idiot. I thought she liked me but, I guess I was wrong.
“No! Don’t say that. She does like you! The only reason she’s going out with Melody is because she’s afraid to hurt her. Melody’s liked Beck for a long ass time and I guess, this is Beck’s way of apologizing for being so dense.”
“Beck’s a prick! Lee’s a prick! I hate them both so much!”
Natalie and Mark both looked over at a sobbing Jessie and the both of them felt for the girl. “Jessie, I’m so sorry to hear about what happened between you and Lee. He’s an ass for doing that but you have to be strong now. Show him that you’re not going to take his shit,” she encouraged, walking toward her.
Jessie sniffled as she looked at Mark, who nodded his head in agreement. “I just can’t believe everyone knew but me!” she exclaimed, tearing up again.
“If it makes you feel better, I didn’t know either Jessie. No one told me,” Natalie said, trying to calm her down.
“Really?” Natalie nodded and Jessie ran her hand over her face, wiping away at some of the tears.
“Look at me. Crying to you when you have your own problems. Stupid Beck. She’s my friend but, I can’t believe she would want to be with that bitch Melody,” she muttered, crossing her arms over her chest.
“It was her choice, Jess. We promised to support her,” Mark reminded her. “I know but it still pisses me off. I mean, Natalie’s so nice. She’s much better for Beck,” Jessie stated, like a mother talking to her child’s ex-fiancée.
Mark sighed and looked over at Natalie in apology. She smiled and waved him off. “I know. I’m mad at Beck too but, for different reasons. I still love her and…I guess, and don’t think ill of me for saying this but, I’m hoping things with Melody don’t work out,” she said mischievously.
Jessie looked at her, a small smile crossing her facial features as well. Mark looked between both girls as he slowly shook his head.
“Unh-unh. This will not end well. I don’t know what you two are thinking of but, whatever it is, don’t do it,” he warned.
“Why Mark, whatever could you mean?” Natalie asked innocently, bashing her eyebrows at him. “Nope. I know that look. Hope does it to me all the time. This is not a good idea!” he exclaimed.
Jessie smirked and Natalie did the same. “If Beck and Lee wanna play then, we’ll play back full force,” Natalie said, getting off the couch and walking over to her phone.
“Oh! Please don’t do this,” Mark begged, realizing he was witnessing something that could get him in trouble with both his friends.
“Mark, if you tell Beck or Lee about this, I’ll chop off your sack,” Jessie remarked bluntly, picking up the phone and dialing a number.
Mark cringed and looked down at his pants. “Maybe staying quiet is a good idea too,” he thought.
Natalie stared out her window at Beck’s house, sighing when she realized their car wasn’t there. She didn’t know exactly how she was going to get Beck but she knew she wasn’t going to go down without a fight.
I knocked on the hard brown door with my good hand, waiting for the door to be answered. It swung open as Melody looked at me wide eyed.
“Beck,” she whispered, pulling me into a gentle hug. I smiled, hugging her back. She felt warm. A bit warmer than I anticipated, but warm none the less.
“How are you doing? God, you don’t know how scared I was when I saw you hit that pole,” she said, her eyes running down to my cast then back to me with concern.
“I’m fine. Thanks a lot for calling the police or I probably would have-” She cleared her throat and I took that as a sign to stop talking.
She opened the door wider for me as I stepped inside and walked over to her living room couch. “The doctors told me you had been sent home when I went back to visit you but I decided to come see you another time. I didn’t wanna just rush you when you got home after-”
“You felt like it was all your fault? Brandon told me,” I said, interrupting her. She looked down at her lap and nodded slowly.
I groaned but she quickly defended herself by saying, “It was, Beck! If I hadn’t sprung all of that on you at one time, you would have paid more attention to the road.”
“Melody, that isn’t your fault though. I’m in this cast because of me. Just because you told me you loved me, doesn’t me I had to go crashing into a ditch!” I exclaimed.
Melody grew silent as I turned around to face her. “…I thought about it,” I said softly. She looked up at me, blushing slightly.
“And I’m willing to give this a shot. I’m so sorry that I was so dense but, maybe this could work out. I just feel like if I didn’t, I would regret it,” I replied.
She took my hand, smiling at me…but her smile faded as she asked the one question I didn’t want her to. “And Natalie?”
I looked down at the ground for a second and stopped myself from doing my usual nervous quirk. “My feelings for Natalie…aren’t as strong as I thought,” I lied.
Melody seemed happy with the answer because she leaned in, kissing me soundly on the lips. I tried to kiss her back but all I saw was jet-black hair and brownish green eyes. Damn Natalie. You’ve got me bad.