Episode Eleven « The Caliente Affairs
Act 2: Strange Kind Of Friendship
Her good deed for the day now out of the way, Lilith was ready for some serious chilling. She was going to head down to the Swimming Pool and just hang out on her own. But on her way out, she bumped into a familiar face. “Oh! What are you doing here?” She asked.
Alexander Goth stood awkwardly, as he greeted Lilith. “I’m sorry about turning up like this but I didn’t have your number, so I couldn’t call.” Lilith had known Alex for a while. He had started hanging out with her, Dirk, and some of her goth-friends – back when he had tried to dress more like them. She always wondered why Alex suddenly appeared to want to be a part of her crowd, but before she ever got to have a proper conversation with him, he stopped hanging out with her and started following Meadow around. Since then, she had to admit her opinion of Alex had significantly dropped. But then, she broke up with Dirk, and it seemed as if her own friends no longer wanted to know Lilith.
Alex was a younger teenager than Lilith, but he was a genius and had skipped grades in school at the age of eleven. Now, she and Alex shared a few classes together.
“More specifically, something about me and Dirk. And it effects me and you – that is, if there even is still a me and you. I really hope there can be, I liked hanging out with you, and that’s why I didn’t want anyone else to tell you about this thing between me and Dirk because they don’t know what really happened and even I really can’t remember it all too well but..” Lilith put up a hand to stop Alex.
“Okay, you’re going to need to slow down a bit. You’ve been hanging out with Meadow too long.” Lilith joked, but Alex’s face drooped.
“Oh, don’t tell me you cheated on her.” Lilith asked Alex, but he just looked away in response. “God, you men are all the same. Why can’t you keep your lips to yourselves?”
“It gets worse. They guy I tried to kiss… it was Dirk.” Lilith’s face remained in a look of shock, as she contemplated what this meant. “I didn’t mean to, but I thought he felt the same and I just ruined everything and I didn’t even think that I could be hurting you by kissing your ex-boyfriend but then Meadow found out and she made me come to terms with my sexuality but then she broke up with me and I was left feeling empty and then it hit me that if Meadow knew she might tell you and you might do to me what you did to that one girl who you found out was kissing Dirk and…” Alex stopped for some desperately needed oxygen. Lilith was right; hanging around Meadow too long had caused her personality to rub off on him, and he realised he’d just been rambling again.
“Okay. Let me try to think about this.” Lilith started. “You’re gay. That’s fine, I don’t have a problem with that, it’s none of my business. But I guess, when you tried to kiss Dirk, it became my business. But, whatever you heard about that incident involving me and Dirk’s other grilfriend – forget it. It’s just a load of bull created by the gossips at school. I’ve never hit anyone in my life, and even if I did, the only person I’d be hitting would be Dirk!” Lilith smiled. “I’m glad you came to me and told me. It shows you’re a good friend… one I didn’t know I had.” Alex breathed a sigh of relief.
“Why are you being so nice to me?” Alex couldn’t stop himself from asking. After what had happened with Meadow, he had just come to expect rejection was standard from now on.
Lilith was interupted by her mother calling her downstairs for dinner. Not wanting to cut off their conversation so early, Lilith persuaded Alex to stay. “I’ll be right back, you can amuse yourself with the TV or whatever.” Lilith started to leave but stopped, as a look of pleasure crept across her face.