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“Jason, it's been four months!” Vicky yelled, covering her face. Jason sat down in front of her.
“I know.” He mumbled.
“Do you love her more than me? Is that what this is actually about?” She asked, starting to cry. Jason pulled her hands down, holding them in his.
“No, no. I love you baby, more than anyone or anything.” He assured her. She shook her head.
“If you mean that, truly mean that, you'll leave Nicole.” She insisted. Jason stood back up, pacing.
“I can't.” He argued.
“I'm tired of feeling second best to her, Jason.”
“How can you feel second best? I don't even love her.” He mumbled. She sighed.
“Obviously you do, or we wouldn't be having this conversation. If you didn't love her, she wouldn't still be in the picture.” Vicky continued. Jason knelt back down.
“I know this is hard Vicky, and I know it keeps getting harder, but, I need you to believe me. If I could leave Nicole, I would.” He defended. She shook her head.
“Why can't you?” She asked. He was quiet.
“I just need you to trust me.” He repeated. She nodded, then shook her head.
“I can't. I'm sorry Jason. As long as she's still around, I can't.” She insisted. Jason sighed.
“I can't do what you're asking of me.” He argued under his breath. She nodded.
“Neither can I.” She mumbled, wiping her eyes with the back of her hand. His eyes went wide.
“Are you leaving me?” He questioned. His voice cracked, and she could see he was starting to tear up. She looked up at the ceiling, shaking her head.
“I can't do this Jason. I won't.” She repeated.
“Please think about this.” He begged, taking her hands in his. She nodded, swallowing hard.
“I have. But, I think I deserve to feel like more than your runner up.” She continued. He sighed.
“You've never been my runner up.” He muttered. She shook her head.
“I am, Jason. I'm living in the shadows of your life, like a fucking mistress. I'm sick of feeling this way.” She explained, standing up. He nodded, slowly.
“I guess I can't change your mind.” He questioned. She shook her head.
“It's too late. I'm done.” She answered. He nodded.
“I love you. I always will.” He mumbled. She nodded.
“I'll always love you too Jason.”

Vicky sat surfing through the channels on the TV. She was getting bored of everything. She shook her head, turning it off. She threw the remote on the coffee table, and stretched out. The front door opened a minute later. She sat up to check who was coming in. It was just her room mate Alison.
“Hey.” She glumly greeted. Alison laughed.
“You're never going to believe who I ran into today.” She announced. She put the bag from her hand into the fridge. She walked over and sat down on the couch. Vicky raised her eyebrow.
“Who?” She questioned. Alison smiled.
“Nicole.” She answered. Vicky rolled her eyes.
“And why are you telling me this?” She asked. Alison shrugged.
“I thought you might find this interesting.” She answered, handing Vicky a piece of cardboard. It was an invitation to a baby shower Nicole was having.
“Baby shower?” She questioned, double checking the invitation.
“Yup.” Alison answered.
“Nicole is pregnant?” Vicky asked for double clarification.
“Apparently.” Alison answered, taking back the invitation. Vicky was quiet.
“It's only been 3 weeks.” She trailed. Alison laughed.
“She's like two or three months pregnant.” She clarified. Vicky shook her head.
“He promised me he hadn't touched her.” She mumbled. Alison raised her eyebrow.
“What?”
“Jason. He promised that he hadn't touched her since we started dating.” Vicky clarified. She shrugged.
“I don't know what to say.” She added, turning on the TV. Vicky stood up, grabbing the invitation. She headed towards the door, put on her shoes, and grabbed her purse.
“Where are you going?” Alison asked. Vicky waved.
“To find out what's going on.”

Vicky knocked frantically at the door. She heard someone running down the stairs. She kept knocking. After another minute, the door opened.
“Hello?” Joey questioned. She pushed right past him into his hallway. He laughed.
“Well, come in.” He pointlessly invited. She handed him the invitation.
“Make it make sense.” She demanded. Joey shut the door, reading over the card.
“I guess Nicole is pregnant.” He mumbled. She shook her head.
“Jason didn't tell you?” She asked. Joey shook his head.
“No, I'm sorry.” He apologized. She paced back and fourth.
“Damn him.” She mumbled.
“What's wrong?” Joey asked. She threw her hands in the air.
“That slimy little worm lied to me.” She answered. He shook his head.
“About what?” He questioned. She raised her eyebrow.
“You guys were all there when he made the promise. Geez. Why do I have to keep explaining this?” She questioned. He laughed, shaking his head.
“Calm down.” He suggested. She shook her head.
“Jason, he promised me he didn't touch her. But he clearly lied.” She ranted. Joey grabbed her shoulders, and stopped her from pacing. She shook her head.
“You're just getting yourself worked up.” He reminded her. She nodded.
“I need a drink.”

“That slimy worm.” Vicky repeated for the sixteenth time. Joey shook his head.
“I can't take this anymore.” He mumbled. Vicky raised her eyebrow, grabbing the almost empty bottle of whiskey. She took a drink right from the bottle. She handed it back to Joey.
“Jason didn't lie to you.” He assured her. Vicky shook her head.
“Obviously, he did.” She argued. Joey took another drink. They bottle only had another shot in it.
“No. He was loyal to you. I know for a fact.” He assured her. She raised her eyebrow.
“Then how is Nicole 3 months pregnant?” She questioned. Joey was quiet for a minute.
“Good question.” He added.
“Is it, not Jason's?” She asked. Joey shrugged.
“That, I don't know. I mean, how do you get pregnant if you're not having sex?” He questioned.
“But he believes it's his.” Joey added. She sighed.
“How? Why?” She stumbled. He shook his head again.
“She said it was. That was all he needed to hear. He's so desperate for a family.” He trailed off.
“Is that why he wouldn't leave her?” She asked, mostly to herself. Joey laughed.
“No. He left Nicole anyways.”

“Hey, are you okay?” Joey asked softly. Vicky sat up, holding her head.
“What happened?” She asked.
“You passed out, literally.” He answered, pulling her to her feet.
“You're not going to be able to make it home. You can just crash in my room. I'll sleep on the couch.” He offered, starting her down the hall. He poured her into his bed.
“What do you mean Jason had left her?” She asked. Joey laughed.
“Jason left Nicole.” He answered. She shook her head.
“No he didn't.” She argued. Joey nodded.
“Of course he did. He was done with her a long time ago. He stayed with her because he didn't want to be alone.” He started to explain. She shook her head.
“He wouldn't be alone. He had me.” She insisted. Joey nodded.
“Right. So, he dumped her.”
“When?” She asked. Joey shrugged.
“About a month and a half ago. She told him she was pregnant. He said he'd still be there for the baby, and her, but as a friend. He said he was done with her in the romantic sense.” Joey explained.
“Jason never told me that.” She mumbled. Joey nodded, sitting on the edge of the bed.
“He never got the chance. Her dad got to him.” He added. Vicky raised her eyebrow.
“What do you mean? Got to him how?” She asked.
“He said if Jason left Nicole for you, he'd made sure that Jason never saw the baby.” He explained.
“So, Jason was blackmailed into staying with her?” She asked. Joey nodded.
“Exactly.”

Vicky woke up and rolled over. Her head was pounding so loud she felt like she had a train station inside of it. She sat up and looked around the room. Slowly, the night before came back to her. She yawned, and headed out of the room. She wandered down the hall, holding herself up with the wall. Joey was sitting in the kitchen, reading the paper. He put it down as she approached.
“Good morning.” He greeted. She nodded.
“Thanks for letting me crash here.” She thanked, sitting across from him. He nodded.
“You're more than welcome. I couldn't very well send you home like that.” He joked, making her a coffee. She smiled to thank him.
“Do you remember our conversation?” He asked. She nodded, sipping at the coffee.
“The one about Jason being blackmailed, yeah.” She mumbled. Joey laughed.
“Well, I just wanted to add something to that conversation.” He started. She raised her eyebrow.
“I don't want to stop you from doing whatever you're going to do.” He continued. She laughed.
“I'm not going to do anything, Joey.” She assured him. He nodded.
“But if you do decide to, you didn't hear it from me.” He insisted. She laughed.
“Alright Joey. But, again, I'm not going to do anything.”

Vicky yawned as she unlocked the door to her apartment. Alison was sitting on the couch watching the music channel. She stood up abruptly. Vicky headed into the kitchen.
“Where the hell did you go last night?” She questioned.
“I went to Joey's to get an answer.” She dismissed. Alison tapped her foot.
“And?” She asked, realizing she wasn't going to. Vicky shrugged.
“I got an answer.” She mumbled pulling out a Starbucks energy shot. Alison nodded.
“Okay?” She continued questioning.
“I don't know. I might have been better off without knowing.” Vicky mumbled, drinking the shot. Alison walked into the kitchen, leaning on the counter.
“What do you mean?” She asked.
“I'm not supposed to say anything.” Vicky dismissed. Alison laughed.
“Come on.” She continued. Vicky shook her head.
“You have to promise you won't say anything if I tell you.” She insisted. Alison nodded.
“I promise I won't say anything.” She assured. Vicky nodded.
“No, I need more than a promise.” She insisted. Alison shook her head putting her hands in the air. “What did you find out?” She barked. Vicky sighed.
“Nicole and Jason apparently broke up.” She answered, faking a smile. Alison raised her eyebrow.
“I never heard that.” She argued. Vicky nodded.
“No one did. Before he could tell anyone, her dad started blackmailing him about the baby.” She answered. Alison walked back into the living room and dropped down on the couch.
“Wow.” She muttered. Vicky sat beside her.
“It gets better.” She added. Alison laughed, looking over.
“How could it possibly get better?” She asked. Vicky laughed.
“There's a good chance the baby isn't his.”

“So, what are you going to do?” Alison asked, poking the chicken on her plate.
“Eat my dinner?” Vicky questioned laughing. Alison shook her head.
“No. I meant about Jason.” She clarified. Vicky raised her eyebrow.
“Let him live his floor model life.” She dismissed.
“No. We have to help him.” Alison insisted. Vicky laughed.
“Is that what you've been thinking about all day?” She asked. Alison nodded.
“You love Jason, don't you?” She asked. Vicky shook her head.
“It's not as simple as that, and you know it.” She dismissed. Alison shook her head.
“You love Jason, don't you?” She repeated. Vicky sighed, nodding.
“Of course I love Jason.” She mumbled. Alison nodded.
“Then, we have to do something.” She insisted.
“What exactly do you have in mind?” Vicky asked. Alison was quiet.
“We have to expose Nicole.”

Vicky sat kicking her feet off the edge of the bed.
“I know what we can do!” Alison announced, bursting through the door. Vicky shook her head.
“I'm not exposing Nicole.” She dismissed. Alison shook her head.
“No, hear me out.” She asked. Vicky shrugged.
“Okay.” She agreed. Alison sat on the chair beside the foot of Vicky's bed.
“I know you're not into revenge. I know you don't like to meddle with other people's lives. I know that this is going to make you feel like a crazy ex. But, at the same time, can you really stand by and watch Jason build his entire future on a lie?” Alison explained. Vicky raised her eyebrow.
“I hadn't thought of that.” She confessed. Alison nodded.
“My friend Denise is second cousin to Nicole. Fortunately, Denise hates her, well, and unfortunately, she hates Jason. But we can use that too.” Alison started. Vicky laughed.
“How is this helpful?” She asked.
“Denise has invited Nicole out for dinner. She's going to try and get Nicole to confess that the baby isn't Jason's.” Alison detailed. Vicky nodded slowly.
“Then we're going to convince Jason using hear-say?” She questioned. Alison shook her head.
“Of course not. Denise has an app on her cellphone.” She answered. Vicky laughed.
“She's going to record it?” She clarified. Alison nodded.
“And we're going to make Jason listen to it.”

“This is stupid.” Vicky whined, dropping her head down. Alison pulled her head phones down.
“Can you take this seriously? I mean, he's your boyfriend.” She barked.
“He's not my boyfriend. I dumped him. Besides, this is such an invasion of privacy, and basic human rights.” Vicky reminded her. Alison smacked her shoulder as someone knocked at the door.
“Go get that. It's Joey.” She demanded. Vicky rolled her eyes, and opened the door. Joey looked over.
“She wasn't kidding.” He observed. Vicky shook her head, walking into the kitchen. Joey headed to the living room and sat down on the couch. Vicky sat beside him, handing him a beer.
“This seems wrong.” He argued. Vicky nodded, laughing.
“That's because it is wrong.” She agreed.
“Why are you doing it then?” Joey asked, looking over at Vicky. She shrugged.
“I don't know. To be honest, when you told me, my first thought was to try and expose her. But, I don't know. I'm not feeling it. I mean, Jason wants a family. I don't want to be the one who takes that away from him. He'll hate me.” She whined. Joey laughed.
“Then, why are you doing this?” He asked again. She looked over at Alison.
“Because I can't sit back and watch his entire life being built on a lie. What if he finds out later on in life? What if he finds out I knew the whole time? He'll be mad now, but, I think with time he'll understand we were doing it to look out for him.” She ranted. Joey nodded.
“You don't believe that for even a second, do you?” He asked. Vicky laughed.
“Not at all.” She mumbled, dropping her head against the couch. Alison came walking into the room.
“I've got it.” She announced. Vicky sat up.
“What do you mean?” She asked. Alison smiled, crossing her arms.
“Nicole confessed Jason wasn't the father, and I put the confession on this flash drive.”

“What are we doing?” Joey asked, leaning against the staircase. Alison motioned for him to be quiet. Vicky shook her head, grabbing the coffee from his hand.
“She's trying to get more concrete evidence. Apparently, a confession isn't enough.” She explained, taking a sip. She handed the cup back to him, nodding.
“Why?” He asked.
“She's persistent. That's why.” Vicky answered. Alison had a notepad, and she was writing down every where Nicole had gone. They had been following her all day.
“This is so stupid.” She mumbled. Alison stood up.
“Do you want to let her get away with this?” She asked. Vicky shrugged taking Joey's coffee again.
“Alison, we're no better for exposing her than she was for lying.” She defended. She smacked herself in the forehead, handing Joey his coffee. She grabbed the purse Alison was holding, and pulled out a USB stick. She dropped the purse, and headed towards where Nicole just came out.
“Where are you going?” Alison yelled trying to hush her voice. Vicky waved with the USB in hand.
“To do the right thing.”

“What are you doing here?” Nicole questioned as Vicky approached. She shook her head.
“Look, I'm not here to start a fight with you. I want to talk, just a minute of your time.” She started. Nicole took a step backwards, and nodded.
“So, talk.” She instructed.
“I know what you're doing, Nicole.” She continued. Nicole raised her eyebrow.
“I have no idea what you're talking about.” She lied. Vicky nodded.
“I know the baby isn't Jason's. It doesn't take a genius to figure that out, but, I heard your confession. I even have it recorded.” She argued. Nicole struggled for a response.
“I want you to know, I have no intention of telling Jason. For your sake, I really hope he never finds out. I never want him to feel that devastation. But I want you to listen to me carefully. What you're doing is wrong. It's not fair to anyone. It's selfish, at best.” She rambled. Nicole shook her head.
“I...” She went to argue. Vicky raised her finger.
“I don't want to hear your side. I want you to hear mine.” She dismissed. Nicole nodded.
“I could have made Jason happy. I don't know if you will, in fact, I highly doubt you're capable. What I do know, is that baby, whether or not it's even his, is going to bring him more happiness than I could have ever hoped to bring him. That being said, I'm not going to stand in the way of that.” She finished, handing Nicole the USB. Her jaw dropped as Vicky put it in her hand.
“You're not going to blackmail me? Or fight? Or...” She trailed. Vicky shook her head.
“That's not who I am. It never was. I can see that this isn't about you and me, and who's going to win Jason's affection. This is about what he wants, and who is going to make him happier. So, if I have to lose the man I love to do the right thing, I will. Because more than anything, I want Jason to be happy.” She replied. Nicole looked down at the ground.
“I don't know what to say.” She mumbled. Vicky shrugged.
“There's nothing you can say. There's something you can do.” She answered. Nicole looked up.
“Take care of that man for me. He deserves to be happy, and honestly, it's the least you can do.” She answered, starting to walk away. She turned back around.
“Oh, and by the way, congratulations.”

“I can't believe you did that.” Alison whined grabbing another beer.
“You did the right thing.” Joey dismissed.
“How can you say that? He's your best friend. And you, you claim to love him, yet you're so willing to just walk away.” Alison barked. Vicky half-laughed.
“That's exactly why I walked away.” She mumbled.
“I don't understand you sometimes.” Alison rambled. Vicky shook her head.
“To tell Jason the truth would have taken a piece of his soul. I honestly hope he never finds out.”
“What if he does?” Alison asked. Vicky shrugged heading into the kitchen.
“He'd be pissed if I told him, he'll be pissed if he finds out I didn't. At the end of the day, I think he'll be fine.” She answered, handing Joey another beer.
“What about you? Will you be fine?” Alison asked. Vicky smiled.
“Yeah. I will.” She answered confidently.
“Really?” Alison questioned, crossing her arms.
“I love him, more than anyone, or anything. But, at the same time, the best thing I can do for him is walk away. This is his chance to have the family he's always wanted. He'll never love Nicole, but, that baby... If you love something, set it free.” She explained. Joey put his arm around Vicky, and smiled.
“He'll never stop loving you. You know that, right?” He asked. Vicky nodded.

“I do. Besides, I have a feeling this isn't the end.”

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