1985 Part 9

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The wind howled against Christine’s bedroom window and rain began to spatter it. Glancing away from her vanity mirror to the window she groaned as the rain began to fall harder. She slipped the last bobby pin into place as she crossed over the stare out the window at the falling rain.

“Perfect,” she muttered. Crossing back over to the other side of the room she began to rummage through her packed closet for an umbrella. She spent the past 45 minutes on her hair, and she wasn’t about to let the rain ruin it. Finally, she pulled an umbrella from under a large pile of clothes that littered the floor of her closet and threw it onto her bed. Turning to go back to the mirror, he stopped when she saw Benny standing in the doorway.

“Can I help you?” she asked, hands on her hips. She was running out of time to get ready so whatever Benny had to say was unimportant at the moment.

“Where are you going?” he asked.

“A party,” Christine replied shortly, double checking her hair and makeup in the mirror.

Benny snorted with laughter. “You were invited to a party?” A second later realization slid across his face, “Wait, it’s not Seth’s party is it?”

“Totally,” Christine rpelied.

“You’re not going.”

She glared at him, “I totally am. Besides who are you to tell me where I can and can’t go?”

“I’m your older brother, and if I say you can’t go then you aren’t going. How are you planning on getting there anyway? There’s no way in hell I’m driving you.” Just as the sentence was out of his mouth he heard a car horn from outside.

“Well it’s a good thing John just got a car now isn’t it?” Grabbing her jacket and umbrella off her bed, she pushed past Benny and left.

The rain has let up a little by time Benny pulled in front of Seth’s house. Turning off his car the little rain that was still falling began to cover the front of the windshield.

“Are you sure this is a good idea?” his friend Janine asked. “How do you know Courtney wasn’t totally lying to you?”

“Cause I trust her more than I trust Seth.”
“I wouldn’t trust her farther than I could throw her. We both know she has a major crush on Seth. She could just be using you.” Ignoring the accusation, Benny got out of the car and headed toward the house, Janine following reluctantly behind.

The music was so loud he could hear it on the front step. Letting himself in, Benny walked through the living room in search of Christine and Seth.

Christine stood in the kitchen with Seth. Once her and John had arrived they parted, John more excited than Christine to be at a party. All she wanted to do was find Seth and hang out with him. Unfortunately, they couldn’t be alone. Seth’s friends stood around them, downing beers and smoking. Christine was getting nervous because there were a lot of people there and everything seemed to be getting too loud and out of control. Seth, on the other hand, seemed calm, laughing and having a good time with his friends. He didn’t seem to notice that already several beer bottles had been spilled on the carpet, or that at least two picture frames were cracked. It also didn’t seem to bother him that there was a group of people getting high in his bathroom. But he did notice Christine. Every now and then he would steal glances at her, making sure she was having a good time. He wrapped his arm around her waist, pulled her close and kissed her.

“Hey dickhead, get your grody hands of her.”

Pulling away from him, Christine turned to see Benny standing in the kitchen doorway.

“What are you doing here?” Christine demanded, but he ignored her. Striding across the small space that separated them, Benny shoved Seth off Christine and started dragging her toward the front door. Recovering, Seth rushed at Benny, turned him around and punched him in the jaw, knocking him into the wall. The whole house seemed to go silent. As the two stared daggers at one another, a girl who stood leaning against a nearby wall alone said, “Do it.” Before anyone could stop them the two were throwing fists at each other. Christine’s ears seemed to be working again because she suddenly heard her own voice rising above the blasting stereo and the crowd that was forming around the two.

“STOP IT!” she screamed. “BOTH OF YOU! STOP!” Once again the room grew quiet as Christine shoved herself between the fighting boys. Both were breathing too heavy to say anything. Benny’s nose was bleeding and Seth had the beginning of a black eye. Christine turned to her brother, “We’re leaving.” Without looking at Seth, or saying anything else, she walked out of the house tugging Benny along with Janine and John following behind them.

Monday at school Seth met up with Christine at her locker before homeroom.

“Hey,” he said, leaning against the neighboring locker. “I haven’t heard from you this whole weekend. What’s up?” Slamming her locker shut, Christine turned from him and headed toward her homeroom. Seth followed closely behind. “What are you not talking to me now?”

“Nope.”

“What the hell did I do?”

Stopping, she turned to face him. “You punched my brother, that’s what you did.”

“He started it though!” he said, following her as she began to walk again. “I had to defend myself or else I’d look like a complete pansy.”

“I wouldn’t have thought you were a pansy.”

“C’mon Christine, I have a reputation to look out for.”

She stopped right outside her homeroom and faced him, “Yeah well then maybe we shouldn’t be together then. If you don’t have respect for my family then why should I even bother?”

“You know me and your brother don’t get along.”

“And I know that things can change. You should have thought about my feelings before you thought of your reputation.” The bell rang and Christine left Seth with plenty to think about.

The day was taking too long. Seth sat outside the school behind the dumpsters, a place he would commonly go when he didn’t feel like being in school. He had the urge to light up but he knew how much Christine hated when he smoked, and since he was already in trouble with her he figured he better not. The whole situation was frustrating. He had no idea that Christine and her brother were close enough that she would choose his side in a fight. Seth knew he had to accept it though. If Christine wanted the two of them to get along he would try to make it happen. He didn’t want to lose Christine just because of his image.

A shadow fell over him and without even looking up he asked, “What the hell do you want?”

Courtney slipped down next to him. “You weren’t in class so I figured I’d find you like here.”

“Yeah, you found me, now leave me alone.”

“What’s wrong?”

“None of your damn business Valley Girl.”

They sat in silence for a while, Seth hoping that Courtney would just get up and go away. “I like heard what happened at like your party.”

Seth’s head swung around so he was glaring right at her. He had no desire to talk to anyone about what happened at his party, especially not her. When he saw the small smirk that was plastered on her face he realized that she had something to do with the situation. “What did you do?”

“Oh nothing, just told Benny about how I totally caught you and his sister like all over each other at the park.”

“We were not all over each other,” he said getting angry. “What else did you tell him? I know there has to be more.”

Courtney’s smirk became wider, “Oh nothing really, just that you got her drinking alcohol and smoking pot.”

Seth stood up. He was so mad that he was shaking. Glaring down at Courtney his hands balled into fists. “Why the hell did you say those things?” he asked, trying not to yell. Courtney’s smug look had disappeared. She looked more frightened now and before she could say anything, Seth grabbed her by the arm and yanked her up. Holding her by her shoulders he got in her face and said, “You’re going to find Benny and tell him what you did. If you don’t I swear Courtney I will make sure your life is a living hell.”

Courtney’s courage finally came back to her. “No. Why should I do anything you like tell me to? You know that Christine totally does not make you as happy as I do. It should be me that you’re like going out with, not her.”

Letting her go, Seth took a step back and shook his head. “You’re one stupid girl Courtney.  I don’t like you and I never have. Maybe one day you’ll wake up and realize how selfish you really are.”

Christine sat at her desk, leaning back in her chair instead of concentrating on the homework that sat in front of her. Several hours had passed since she started the first assignment and she wasn’t done it yet. She couldn’t get her mind off Seth long enough to concentrate on even the easiest subjects. She felt that maybe she was being a little unfair to him about how he reacted to the attack. If it was any one else that had gone after him like that Christine would’ve wanted him to fight back. Suddenly there was a light tapping on her window. Thinking it was rain, she ignored it, but when it continued she realized it was too loud to be rain. Going to her window, she looked out and saw Seth on the lawn, throwing pebbles up. Opening it she stuck her head out. “What are you doing?” she asked.

“Trying to get your attention,” Seth replied. “Look, Christine, I know what I did was wrong and I’m sorry. I need you to know that your brother attacked me on false pretenses. Apparently Courtney told him some story that I got you drinking and smoking and that she caught us all over each other at the park. Your brother was stupid enough to believe it.” Christine glared down at him. “Sorry, shouldn’t have said that. The point is that it was all a mistake. It would’ve never happened if it wasn’t for Courtney. So do you forgive me?”

Christine knew that she couldn’t stay mad at Seth for long. She love him too much and knew that he was a nice guy no matter how much he wanted people to believe that he was bad to the bone. “Give me a minute,” she called down to him. Closing the window she slipped her shoes on. Running downstairs she rushed out on the front lawn, greeting Seth with a passionate kiss.

Courtney stopped bothering Seth after the truth came out. Christine and Seth told Benny that Courtney had been lying so he would break them up. Benny was devastated, thinking that Courtney really did have feelings for him. The two guys resolved their differences, and even though they never became good friends it was enough for Christine. After Benny stopped chasing Courtney he realized true love was in front of his eyes the whole time. Apparently Janine had a crush on him for years, but had accepted that he would never feel the same way and settled on just being friends. Luckily for Christine, Seth and John got along pretty well, although John still tried too hard to be liked by him. Seth and Christine were together for the rest of high school and remained happily ever after.

The End

Author’s note: kind of lame ending I think but I wasn’t sure how to end it. This will probably be a story that I work on more in the future to fix it up. I might change the time period just because I wasn’t sure about a lot of things from the 1980’s.

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