Chapter Fifteen: It Was Only a Matter of Time
“Where are you going to stay?” Donna asked.
Jackie shrugged. She didn’t have any other friends in Point Place. “I just know I can’t stay here.” It was too painful being so close to Steven. “Maybe I’ll try to get my job back in Chicago.”
Donna sat on the bed next to Jackie’s pink suitcase. She seemed at a loss for words. It wasn’t like Donna not to have some meaningful advice. Jackie closed the suitcase and sighed. She felt like her life was over. How did it happen so quickly?
Just a few weeks ago she was perfectly happy. She had turned eighteen, graduated from high school. She had a boyfriend who supposedly loved her and a career ready to take flight. Now she sat in Donna’s room with nothing—no job, no place to live, and no Steven. Tears burned her eyes again, but she refused to cry anymore over Steven Hyde.
Steven had made it perfectly clear how he felt about her. It wasn’t so much in what he had said to her—she knew that he had been angry and probably didn’t mean any of it—but he still said it, and that was what hurt the most. How could he say those things in such a callous way without even flinching? Steven could be so cold sometimes.
He had stood there and told her he had slept with that skank with a straight face. He had purposely tried to hurt her. Jackie was pretty sure he hadn’t slept with Missy. He promised never to do that again, and she trusted him, but seeing that tramp draped around him had sent her head spinning. She couldn’t think of anything else. Read more…