Hello everyone and happy Thursday! Today I have posted the second installment of my 4 PART SERIES: Murder She Wrote. I hope you enjoy it.
“So, how did it go last night?” asked Ashley.
“Shhh! Lower your voice, Ashley,” Jessica giggled. “Mason’s here.”
Ashley and Adrianna walked quietly through the doorway. Jessica closed the door behind them and quickly extended her arm to show the rock on her finger. Ashley’s eyes widened, and her hands flew to her mouth to stifle a scream. Adrianna gasped, “I can’t believe this! She always gets what she wants!” Her mind was reeling. Ashley and Jessica were having a giggle fest when Mason walked in, startling the girls.
“What’s with all the squealing, giggling and jumping around?” he asked.
“Congratulations, Mason!” said Ashley, running to hug him. “I’m so happy for the two of you!”
Adrianna walked over to Mason and patted him on the shoulder. “Congrats,” she muttered.
Jessica raced to Mason. They embraced each other and kissed. Ashley got on her tiptoes and clapped her hands quickly, wearing a big grin. Adrianna’s eyes flashed before closing into slits. When Ashley turned around, Adrianna quickly lowered her head. Her breathing was shallow and her mouth quivered. Ashley scrunched her brow, wondering what was wrong.
“Well, I have to go,” said Mason.
“Aw, no, stay a little longer,” Jessica cooed in a sultry voice. Adrianna stared at her.
“I’m sorry I have to go, my love, but I leave you in great company,” said Mason as he shot a smile at the other girls and headed toward the door. “Goodbye, girls! Have fun!” The girls waved farewell as he walked out the door. Jessica closed the door behind him and spun to face her friends.
“I am now Mason Richmond’s fiancé!” she squealed.
“Stop the yelling already, Ashley,” shouted Adrianna. “I’m getting a headache from all the shrieking!”
“It’s not every day a close friend gets engaged,” said Ashley looking askance at Adrianna. “What’s the matter with you, anyway?”
“Nothing’s the matter. I told you, I’m getting a headache.”
“Now, now, girls. This is no time for a fight,” said Jessica. “This is a very happy day!”
“Yes, it is,” Ashley agreed, giving Adrianna a look.
“Lets talk about my wedding!” said Jessica in a sing-song voice. Ashley nodded repeatedly while Adrianna rolled her eyes.
“Let me ask Siri what she thinks about my engagement,” said Jessica. She picked up her iPhone and pressed the round button. Ding-ding.
“What can I help you with?” said Siri.
“Siri, I’m engaged to Mason! What do you think about that?” Jessica sneered and laughed.
“I don’t know what that means,” said Siri. “If you like, I can search the web for ‘I’m engaged to Mason.”
“Ugh! You are so dumb, Siri!”
“But what? You dumb Robot!”
“I would rather you didn’t.”
“Oh, so now you’re getting insolent, Siri?”
“Enough already! It’s a damn phone, you idiot!” yelled Adrianna, but she immediately gasped and placed a hand over her mouth. “I’m sorry.”
“No, you’re not!” said Ashley, flaring her nostrils. “You’re not the least bit sorry. As a matter of fact, I bet there’s a lot more you’d like to say to Jessica, isn’t there?” Jessica looked at Adrianna sideways.
“Well, what is it you need to say to me?” asked Jessica.
“I have nothing to say to you,” Adrianna grumbled.
“Really?” said Ashley. “Because I think it’s obvious that you’re not happy for Jessica. For the past few weeks, all you’ve done is whine, bitch and roll your eyes whenever Jessica and Mason are mentioned. You are jealous and envious!”
“Liar!” yelled Adrianna.
“Admit it!” shouted Ashley.
“Why would Adrianna be jealous or envious?” asked Jessica.
“Tell her, Adrianna!” yelled Ashley. “Tell her, or I will!”
“I have nothing to say to either one of you,” said Adrianna, picking up her bag and heading toward the door.
“Adrianna and Mason were an item!” blurted Ashley. Jessica’s eyes opened wide. Adrianna stopped dead in her tracks. She froze with her hand on the doorknob. Jessica took steps toward her, but stopped an arm’s length away. Adrianna could feel Jessica’s eyes boring a hole in the back of her head.
“Is this true?” hissed Jessica. Adrianna turned listlessly to face her. She nodded slowly.
“How could you keep this from me?” Tears pooled in Jessica’s eyes.
“It was a long time ago.” Adrianna smirked, which irritated Ashley.
“You still have feelings for Mason. That’s why you’ve been acting so weird around him and Jessica, and that’s why you’ve been such a pill the last few weeks. It tears you up inside that Mason loves Jessica and doesn’t give you a second thought,” said Ashley.
“We dated a few times—so what!” said Adrianna, but her wounded expression proved that what Ashley said was true. “That was a long time ago. I don’t know why the two of you are being so dramatic.”
Jessica gaped at her. “You should have told me the moment you found out we were dating. You are supposed to be my friend. That’s what friends do.” Jessica’s chest heaved in rhythm with her rapid openmouthed breathing.
“What for?” asked Adrianna, brows high. “What good would it have done to tell you that Mason and I had a three-month long affair? That we had lots of sex. Great sex. Several times a day, every day. It was wild, and it was hot.” Jessica clenched her jaws.
“Adrianna stop,” gasped Ashley.
“No!” Adrianna continued, wearing an expression of pure apathy. “She wanted to know everything, so I will tell her everything!”
Jessica stared at Adrianna, unaware that her carefully applied make-up now resembled an oil painting that had been splashed with paint thinner. Adrianna ignored her agonized expression.
“He couldn’t keep his hands off me, Jessica. The more he had me, the more he wanted me. He was insatiable. We couldn’t get enough of each other, but why should I have told you that? So you could imagine us intertwined in each other’s arms every time you made love?”
Jessica’s usually serene and agreeable demeanor slowly changed, and her face contorted with all-consuming anger. Her hands closed into fists and she crouched forward, daring Adrianna to continue uttering words that threatened to tear her heart into bits and crush all expectations of ‘happy ever after.’
“Stop Adrianna!” pleaded Ashley. She stared bug-eyed at Adrianna. Adrianna glanced at her with a bilious smile and continued.
“I doubt he enjoys sex with you in the same way,” said Adrianna. “You’re such a prude.”
The veins in Jessica’s neck were strained, and she couldn’t hold back any longer. She let go with a left uppercut to her rival’s face that sent her flying from one side of the room to the other. Adrianna’s body made contact with the opposite wall, and she slid to the floor like a sack of spuds.
Adrianna rubbed her jaw. “You are going to regret ever putting a hand on me!” she shouted, trying to lift herself off the floor. Ashley went immediately to help her up.
“Get off me!” Adrianna pushed Ashley away and finally got to her feet on her own. “You’re not half the woman I am, Jessica!” Adrianna straightened herself and grabbed her purse. “You will never make Mason as happy as I did.”
“Is that why he dumped you and asked me to marry him?” asked Jessica, surprising herself.
Adrianna smirked and stared at her, her eyes glittering with the prospect of revenge. She bit her lip and said no more before slamming the door on her way out. Jessica crumbled to the ground and covered her face with her hands.
“Why?” cried Jessica. “I thought she was my friend.”
Ashley embraced her. “I knew there was something wrong with her. Lately, all she did was complain about everything whenever we got together. If Mason was around, she looked even more miserable. She’s been so unpleasant, and the way she behaved at the dress shop was deplorable.”
“I’ve been noticing certain things about Adrianna for a while now, but I didn’t want to ruin the happy, exciting feelings I’d been having about my relationship with Mason. Now it’s all wrecked.
“No, it isn’t! At least it shouldn’t be. You’re not going to allow a few words spoken by a jealous and envious false friend to ruin your plans, are you?”
“I don’t know.” Jessica rose and sat on her sofa looking bleak. She picked up her phone and stared at it.
“Siri, am I in trouble?” she asked her iPhone.
“I don’t know how to respond to that,” answered the built-in ‘intelligent assistant.’
“It figures. You are useless!”
“But what, Siri?”
“OK, here’s the weather between today and Monday,” said Siri, providing an on-screen weather map.
“Ugh!” Jessica threw the phone to the other side of the couch.
Ashley simply stared at Jessica, but remained quiet. She had decided a while back that Jessica’s animosity toward her iPhone and the voice-activated virtual assistant ‘Siri’ must be her friend’s way of dealing with misdirected anger issues. Siri had to bear the brunt of all her anger and frustration. It was a good thing that Siri was a cybernetic creation and not a real life person.
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