Sad Girls by Lang Leav

Sad Girls by Lang Leav

Author:Lang Leav
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Published: 2017-05-02T20:10:32+00:00

Lucy came home later to find me balled up on the couch.

“Audrey,” she said, approaching me tentatively, “are you okay?”

I looked up at her, my eyes aching from the effort.

“Duck and I broke up.”

“Oh, sweetie,” she said, sitting down beside me. She pulled me into her arms, and I cried softly against her shoulder.

“Is Duck okay?”

“No.”

“Poor Duck.”

I put my head into her lap and lay there, feeling almost catatonic. “I didn’t know it could hurt this much. Honestly, I didn’t.”

Lucy stroked my hair. “Do you want me to do anything? I can get Freddy to check on Duck.”

“Okay, thanks, Lucy.”

My phone had been charging on the coffee table, and now it rang suddenly. I reached for it quickly, hoping it was Duck. My heart dropped when my mother’s name came up on the screen.

“Shit, this is the last thing I need.”

I let the phone ring out, but later it started up again. I sighed and picked it up.

“Hi, Mum.”

“What the hell is happening, Audrey? I just got off the phone with Zoe. She said you and Duck just broke up. Is that true?”

I winced at the shrillness of her voice.

“And what’s this about Rad coming back on the scene? How can you do this to Duck, Audrey?” I could tell she was gritting her teeth. “I did not raise my daughter to sleep around.”

“I haven’t slept with Rad,” I said, angrily.

“Well, something must have happened between the two of you! What’s the matter with you, Audrey? I knew it was a bad idea—you moving out.”

It was unbearable. My nerves were already shot, and this was way too much. I felt ready to take it to DEFCON 1. “Mum,” I said, “what makes you think you can judge me like this? At least I wasn’t married to Duck. You know, like how you were married to Dad.”

She fell silent, and I knew my accusation was like a slap in the face.

“How could you—”

I hung up the phone and switched it off, slamming it down onto the coffee table. “Hypocrite,” I spat.

“Audrey, your mother cheated on your dad years ago. You can’t keep punishing her for it.”

I knew Lucy was right, and it made me feel even worse.

“You know what they say about the apple not falling far from the tree,” I said bitterly.

“You didn’t sleep with Rad, though, did you?”

“No, we only fooled around. I know that still doesn’t make it right.”

“Oh, Audrey, you should have told Duck earlier about Rad, before it got to that point.”

“I know; I’m a shitty person.”

“No, you’re not. You’re just human; that’s all. We all make mistakes.”

I looked at Lucy, the eternal optimist. “At least I don’t ever have to break up with you,” I said, with a wry smile.

She reached over and took my hand in hers. “No, you’re stuck with me for life.”



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