Stormy asked Jane to accompany him
to Magnum's party without realizing she was allegedly
R.J.'s biological mother. Quinn Rainer staged an elaborate
rouse to lure Eddie into the mountains, hoping to start
a relationship with a wealthy suitor after her parent's
divorce left them penniless. Fed up with Miranda
refusing to choose between him and David, Eddie threatened
to hook up with Quinn at the party. Miranda and
Benji paid Summer a visit to tell her about Cassidy's
death. After Sierra turned him away, Benji came
close to having sex with Summer. Later, he went
to Paradise Cove and was harassed by a homeless man.
Angry, he beat the man up. Summer professed
her love for Benji to Duke, who said he would help her.
But when Summer revealed that she and Benji had
hooked up while they were dating, Duke decided to teach
Benji a lesson. He suggested Summer claim that
Benji attacked her, claiming that would ensure he and
Sierra didn't reunite. Duke urged Hunt to continue
forcing drugs on Sierra, hoping she would become a junkie
and thus destroy Benji. Benji manipulated Marilee
Wells-Walker into going to Renee with information that
Hunt was a drug user. Summer saw Hunt and Sierra
doing cocaine and videotaped it. She anonymously
sent the video to Benji. Blake grew jealous of
Summer's infatuation with Benji.
was that hairy elephant that Big Bird was dating,” insisted a girl named Elana
who was positioned at the kitchen island quartering limes.
isn’t Big Bird a guy?” another girl named Valerie asked while handing her a
my God,” Elana gasped and stabbed a lime with the knife so she could take a
hit. “Big Bird is gay?”
think he is. Yeah, I’m pretty sure he’s gay.”
can’t fucking believe this,” Elana said as she stood at the island and inhaled
the pot. “How did I never know
this? Jesus, how many limes do we
need? Like I’m going to stand in the
kitchen all night and cut limes for these drunk assholes. Where’s Magnum? He should be in here doing this. Or like, the maid.”
anyone seen the maid?” Valerie called out into the next room where it was
standing room only.
don’t expect me to clean up after you guys,” said Duke Summerfield with a grin
as he entered the kitchen with two paper bags full of bottles of alcohol. Elana took one while he set the other on the
Duke, do you think you brought enough booze?” Valerie asked while snooping
through the bags.
going to have to cut more limes,” Elana complained as she picked up the knife
placed a hand on her arm. “I’m sure
you’ll find some sap to do it for you, Elana.
You always do. Has anyone seen
you checked the bathrooms?” Valerie asked with a snarl. “Odds are she’s purging up the cracker I saw
her eat five minutes ago.”
smirked and started off through the house while the girls erupted into a fit of
laughter, causing Elana to slice her finger with the knife and scream at the
top of her lungs while blood seeped onto the kitchen counter.
weaved his way through the crowd.
Magnum’s mother’s house in Bel Air was an enormous estate that at one
time had been the embodiment of luxury.
Since her marriage to Magnum’s father ended, however, she’d had to sell
off a great deal of their possessions, leaving a lot of the floors and walls
surprisingly bare. Good thing, he
decided, because with the crowd that had amassed for the birthday party, things
were bound to get messy.
into the living room, he spotted Magnum Rainer and gave him a high-five. “There’s the birthday boy,” he said,
screaming over the music that blared through the sound systems. The
third song in a row by Blink-182. “The big 2-0 huh?”
said Magnum, already slightly inebriated and it was only a little after
nine. He was wearing a phallic looking
balloon hat that Duke eyed suspiciously.
“Where’s your drink, man?”
get one in a minute,” Duke said, screaming over the music that blared through the
sound systems. “You seen Summer?”
guy with a tray of shots arrived and thrust them in Magnum’s face. “With Blake in the other room,” he shouted,
gesturing with one hand while throwing a shot of tequila back with the
Duke said and meandered through the crowd.
He smiled at a few passing acquaintances and nodded to a few
others. He stepped cautiously over a
broken glass or bottle, edged his way around a couple making out in a hallway,
and avoided eye contact with a girl he screwed over back in New York.
he arrived in the sprawling family room with direct access to the pool, he
spotted Blake standing with several guys holding drinks. Beside them, summer was perched on the arm of
a tacky paisley sofa in a short skirt and sheer blouse. A pair of designer heels hung delicately off
of her foot.
guys,” Duke said, patting Blake on the back and shaking hands with Van
Edgewater and Ashton Childers and two other guys he didn’t know. “Summer, you look great tonight. Is that your bra I can see under that
looked down and nodded uncomfortably.
how’s medical school?” Duke inquired. He
never understood how the guy could function in a classroom, let alone a
hospital environment being high all the time.
He suspected that his father, Deacon Edgewater the B movie producer had
a lot to do with how far he’d gotten. It
didn’t instill much confidence in the medical school profession.
interning this semester,” Van said, sweeping blond surfer locks away from his
face. “It’s awesome. Last night some homeless guy got brought in. Someone beat the shit out of him at Paradise Cove. He’s still in the E.R., poor loser.”
was there. It was brutal,” confessed
Duke said with little empathy while patting Blake on the back. “Well, at least we know who to call if
there’s another accidental shooting, don’t we, Blake?”
groaned and tipped his drink back.
Memories of the gangrenous stitches Van had administered two years ago
turned to Summer who looked slightly uncomfortable. “Can I talk to you for a minute?” he asked,
then looked at Blake. “You don’t mind,
go ahead,” Blake said, running a hand down Summer’s bare arm and kissing her on
the lips. “I’ll be here.”
led Summer outside to an empty corner by the pool where it was quieter. “What’s wrong with you?” he asked her.
looked at him crossly, folding her arms across her chest to cover her sheer
blouse. “What do you mean?”
acting like you got caught with your pants down,” he replied, then grinned at
the irony of the remark. “Which is
usually the case, but-“
you blame me for being a little unsure about this?” Summer said, glancing
around the crowded pool deck to ensure no one could hear them. “Benji’s going to hate me, which is exactly
the opposite of my intentions. Do you
have any idea what we’re about to do?”
we’re going to make sure that when Benji succeeds in splitting up Sierra and
Hunt Roberts that she doesn’t go running into his arms for comfort.
Once she hears what Benji tried doing to you in the pool house, she’ll
is dangerous, Duke. If she’s that
screwed up, we don’t know how she’ll react.”
frowned at her. “What do you care about
Sierra Merteuil? As long as she’s far
away from Benji then you’ve won. You can
seduce him back into bed, or on the hood of a car or whatever it is you
she looked into his dark, scheming eyes.
“Well, it may not be necessary to turn Sierra against Benji.”
the hell not?”
fished her cell from her tiny purse. “I
sent this to Benji earlier. Anonymously,
course,” he said and waited as the video of Sierra and Hunt in the dressing
room at Fred Segal cued up. Once he saw
the evidence that she’d captured, he groaned with frustration. “You sent this to Benji?”
she replied proudly.
you are more stupid than I thought.” He
shoved the phone back at her and rubbed his eyes with his thumb and index
“Why? Don’t you get it? All this time we thought
Sierra would freak when she learned Hunt was a coke head. Benji was going to use that to get her back. This video proves she’s just as much a loser
as Hunt is. Now Benji won’t want to have
anything to do with her, and I don’t have to make up some lie about an attack
that never happened.”
she was right, Duke realized, but the development put a kink in his plans for
getting back at his old friend Benji Rydell.
It was too soon. He’d suggested
to Hunt that he should get Sierra as hooked on the junk as he could, and when
Benji found out he’d been crushed. That,
on top of being labeled the town monster for forcing himself on Summer would
you see what this is going to do?” he asked, deciding to spin things around to
his favor again. “It’s going to launch
Benji into full hero mode. He’s probably
looking for Sierra right now, ready to convince her that she’s throwing her
life away and that she should leave Hunt for him. Did you really think that showing him this
video was going to magically turn him against her? I’m starting to think anorexia is causing
your brain to deteriorate.”
expression turned to one of panic. “I
just thought that-“
you didn’t think at all,” he cut her off.
“Now listen to me. The only way
to fix this is to go ahead with our original plan.”
nodded eagerly. “What should I do?”
got to find out how to spread our rumor so that it will get to Sierra, and
fast. I only hope it’s not too
late. Your little stunt could have cost
you Benji for good and driven Sierra right into his arms.”
Summer realized she had to act fast.
retreated to her car after having dinner with Marilee Wells-Walker at the Yacht
Club. Devastated, she buried her face in
her hands and wept silently. She’d spent
so many years protecting her daughter.
She’d carried on with the pretense that she was adopted for nineteen
years just so she wouldn’t find out that her father was Nathan Blackthorne. She kept her hidden away at boarding schools
and universities in Europe just so she
wouldn’t have to endure the humiliation of having a child molester as a
father. Then she blackmailed T.T.
Levitt’s son into staying as far away from Sierra as possible. He wasn’t good enough for her daughter. No one was.
Until Hunt Roberts, or so she thought.
have it on very good authority that Hunt uses cocaine,” Marilee had told her at
dinner, and although she wouldn’t reveal her sources, claimed it to be the
you sure?” Renee had asked, a horrified look on her face.
so sorry. I thought you should know
before things got too out of hand.”
already were. Renee sped back to her
penthouse at Moonshadows and, after finding Sierra not home, searched through
her room until she found a small wooden box under the bed containing a vial of
white powder. Her worst fears confirmed,
she threw the box across the room and raced back out into the night.
just got done having dinner with Renee,” Marilee said into the phone as she sat
drinking a glass of chardonnay at the Yacht Club. “Is something wrong?”
told her about Hunt Roberts?” Benji wanted to know. He was in his car headed to Moonshadows,
visions of the anonymous video still playing over in his mind.
yes. You told me that I wouldn’t be a
good friend if I didn’t. Is everything
he clicked off the phone and threw it onto the passenger’s seat of his
BMW. “Moron,” he murmured to himself.
Things had taken a
very wrong turn. Exposing Hunt’s drug
usage to Renee DeWitt would have been a good idea until he learned that Sierra
was doing it too. Now he’d opened up a whole
other level of misery. Who knew what
Renee would do if she learned Sierra was doing drugs. She’d probably send her away and then he’d
never see her again. He had to get to
her and talk some sense into her.
he arrived at the penthouse, he found no one to be home. Checking his watch, he realized it was almost
ten o’clock and Sierra was probably already at Magnum’s party. Quickly, he set off toward Bel Air.
Miranda did everything she could to get her
argument with Eddie out of her mind.
Nothing worked. She played an
excruciating game of Scrabble with Leilani, and when she spelled out the word doofus she thought of Eddie. She looked at old photo albums, grimacing at
the horrific Goth makeup she wore in the tenth grade, and thought about the
crush Eddie had on her back then. Finally
decided to look on line for baby names, prompting her to wish she’d have
leveled with him about her pregnancy.
it was impossible to think of anything else.
Earlier that day he’d threatened to hook up with Quinn Rainer at
Magnum’s party. The thought made her
scream with jealousy, so she put on skinny jeans, a ruffled blouse and did her
hair and makeup before heading off to Bel Air.
she pulled up, she thought she saw Stormy with some girl she couldn’t place. It was too dark. She got propositioned by the valet, which gave
her a boost of confidence. And when she
entered through the giant front doors of the house, all eyes were on her. It wasn’t often that Miranda Blackthorne made
an appearance at a party like this one.
When she did, people flocked toward her.
sweetheart,” said Sheldon Novak, flanked on either side by a group of guys.
she turned, she groaned and rolled her eyes.
“Forget it, Sheldon. I’m looking
for Eddie. Have you seen him?”
do you need with him for when I’m right here?” he said, sidling up alongside
her and placing a hand on her arm.
serious,” she said, slapping his hand away.
“How many times do I have to tell you I’m not into teenagers?”
“Why? You could totally be a cougar.”
mouth opened in shock. “Cougar?” she
gasped. “Jesus, I’m not that
much older than you. Have you
seen Eddie or not?”
shrugged and waived her off. “Blake said
he was in the hot tub with Quinn Rainer.” Before he turned away, he leveled his
beady eyes on her and grinned. “If you
wanna get back at him just let me know.
I’ll think about it.”
tub? It was worse than she’d
thought. She made a face and started off
through the growing crowd of people. She
stopped and asked a girl where the hot tub was.
that an offer?” the girl asked coyly and with something resembling a wink.
mind,” Miranda said and continued on her way until she ran into Summer Solomon.
Miranda,” Summer said.
hi. You look so pretty.”
she replied with a shrug. “Listen, can I
talk to you for a minute?”
looked around, eager to find Eddie but at the same time feeling like the girl
may need a friend. “Yeah, sure,” she
said. “Hey, I’m sorry that I haven’t
reached out to you since I came to you house that night. How are you holding up?”
okay,” she replied and led her into a nearby room. “I heard your mom was coming back to the show
for the tribute to my mom. That’s
they were….friends.” She couldn’t even
keep a straight face while saying it.
“So are you really okay? I heard
you were staying at Eddie and Blake’s.”
“Yeah. I think I need to get out of there
though. Blake is sweet, but I just can’t
give him what he wants right now, you know?
It’s too hard with my mom being gone and all that.”
take some time to feel like a whole person again,” Miranda said and sat down
across from her. She was anxious to find
Eddie and possibly kick the crap out of Quinn, but she felt a connection to
Summer and she felt bad for what she was going through.
more so now,” Summer said with calculated efficiency.
do you mean? Has something else
serious, Summer leaned in and squeezed out a few tiny tears. “I don’t know if I can talk about it.”
can tell me anything,” Miranda said and placed a hand on hers.
thought back to one of her mother’s scenes on the soap and tried to emulate her
faux vulnerability. The benefits of
being the daughter of a legendary actress.
She only hoped Miranda couldn’t see right through it being as she was in
the same boat.
other night I was feeling really sad about my mom,” she began. “I went to see this guy – someone I thought
was a friend. He….”
tried to rape me,” Summer said and hung her head low so as not to look her in
Miranda asked. “Oh my God, Summer. I’m so…
Did you file a police report?”
shook her head. “No. I just got out of
there as fast as I could. I was so
humiliated. You’re the first person I’ve
Miranda pulled her into an embrace. “No
wonder you’re such a wreck,” she said.
“Summer, you have to go to the
she said firmly, then shook her head and wiped her eyes. “It was a couple of days ago. Besides, I stopped him before he could go
through with it. There’s no proof. It would be my word against his.”
sighed. “Who was it?”
pausing for an appropriate amount of time, Summer looked into her eyes. “Benji.”
blinked. “Benji? Benji Rydell, my step brother?”
nodded. “Please don’t tell anyone,
Miranda. I just want to forget it
happened. I knew that I had to at least
tell someone. You know, to get it off my
chest and all that. And you were so nice
to come to my house that night to tell me about my mother. That’s why I thought I could trust
Benji. He seemed so sweet that night. Little did I know-“
know Benji has some issues, but to take it this far is really a shock.”
watched her expression, satisfied that the chain of events had been set into
handed the keys to the valet and escorted Sierra up the walkway to the front
door of the Rainer’s house. Music emanated from the inside, reverberating off
the walls and rattling the windows.
Before they entered, Sierra’s phone went off. She paused on the porch and fished it from
my mom,” she said to Hunt with a frown.
“Mom? What’s up?” she asked after
answering. “Yeah. Where?
hung up and looked at Hunt. “My mom’s
pulling up in her car. She needs to talk
about?” Hunt asked and followed her back down the driveway to the iron gates
surrounding the estate.
have no idea,” Sierra said and waived when she saw her mother’s car come into
view. “I told her we were coming
here. Maybe there’s an emergency.”
beside the car, they watched as Renee made her way around from the driver’s
side. She approached Hunt and slapped
him hard across the face.
bastard,” she hissed.
Sierra exclaimed. “What is wrong with you?”
DeWitt, if there’s something-“ Hunt began, placing a hand instinctively on his
dare you treat me with such disrespect,” Renee cut him off indignantly.
beg your pardon?”
what is this all about?” Sierra demanded in a shrill voice. She shivered in her strapless mini
tell you what this is all about,” she said and reached into her purse for the
vial of cocaine. “You’ve turned my
daughter onto drugs, you son of a bitch.”
eyes flashed open in shock. “Where did
you get that?”
your bedroom,” she said. “The maid found
it while cleaning. Now I want an
explanation, Sierra. How could you bring
this into my house? How could you do
this to your body?”
in panic, Sierra couldn’t speak. She
looked at Hunt and then back at the vial.
The last thing she ever wanted was for her mother to find out about her
recent behavior. She still hadn’t told
her she’d been kicked out of school.
mine,” Hunt said and reached for the vial.
“Sierra didn’t know anything about it.”
pulled it from his grasp. “How did it
get under her bed?”
put it there while she was out of the room,” he replied. “I was stupid and I was holding it for a
friend of mine.”
friend?” Renee demanded skeptically.
Branigan,” he replied. “He’s a
dealer. He asked me to give it to
someone for him. I know, it was stupid,
what’s stupid is that you think you can pull the wool over my eyes,” Renee
said, her eyes flashing major danger signals.
“I just had dinner with a friend who filled me in on your sordid history
with drugs, Hunt. I know that you’re a
told you that?” Sierra shrieked.
I’d like to know who’s spreading tacky rumors about me,” Hunt said, calm as
ever. “Because I assure you, I’ve never
touched the stuff.”
doesn’t matter who,” Renee said,
emptying the contents of the vial into the grass and throwing the vial across
the lawn. “What matters is that I
trusted you to take care of my daughter.
My God, I pushed the two of you together. All your talk about your upbringing and your
family’s’ social status. All the while
you’re doing drugs in my home and corrupting my daughter.”
isn’t corrupting me!” Sierra lamented.
“Mom, you’ve got this all wrong.
If Hunt says the drugs aren’t his then I believe him.”
looked into her eyes and took a step toward her. “Tell me you didn’t know about this, Sierra,”
she said, her eyes pleading. “Tell me
you aren’t into this stuff too, because it would break my heart if you were
throwing your life away like this.”
Sierra said, her voice trembling and her eyes threatening to explode with
tears. “Please just go.”
please tell me that you aren’t doing drugs.”
finally rolling down her face, she turned and ran up to the house. After she’d gone, Renee looked at Hunt and
issued him a look of warning.
want you gone by tomorrow morning,” she said.
DeWitt, if you’d just-“
me be perfectly clear,” Renee began, an ominous tone to her voice. “You have no idea what I’m capable of, Mr.
Roberts. You are not to see my daughter
again. If I find out that you have, the
police will find enough cocaine in your possession to put you away for the next
thirty years. And when you are fortunate
enough to get out, you’ll have nothing because your family will have disowned
you. I’ll make sure of that. No trust fund, no estate on Shelter Island,
no job at your father’s company. You
will have nothing. Do I make myself
couldn’t remember the last time someone actually made him question his
future. Renee DeWitt seemed capable
enough. Behind all of that beauty and
glamour was someone willing to do anything for her daughter.
and Jane got to the party a little after ten and she said she had to go to the
bathroom. While she waited in line, he
set off to find them drinks and to wish Magnum a happy birthday.
for coming man,” Magnum said, flopped onto a sofa with two girls positioned on
either side of him and his hand up the blonde’s skirt. “Help yourself to the bar.”
Stormy could say anything, Miranda approached and shook a threatening finger at
Magnum. “Where is your skank of a sister
hiding?” she demanded.
Stormy said, surprised to find her there.
“What are you doing?”
for Eddie,” she said. “He told me he was
coming here and was going to let Quinn have her way with him. Can you believe him? He knows how pissed I got when she tried that
stuff last summer at Storm
wouldn’t do that,” he said and led her off away from the crowd. “He was probably just angry about you and
David. Can’t say that I blame him. You did
kind of screw him over.”
not helping,” she said, looking at him with eyes flaring. “What are you doing here anyway? Did you come by yourself?”
I have a date,” he said proudly.
she folded her arms. “A date? With who?”
girl I met.”
looked around and dropped her hands to her sides. “Okay, well where is this alleged date? Or are you imaginings people like Michael?”
in line for the bathroom. Come on, I’ll
help you find Eddie.”
she shook her head. “All right, but I
have to get into kick ass mode first. I
got some surprising news a little while ago that kind of knocked me off track.”
kind of news?”
Benji,” she said quietly into his ear.
“He tried to rape Cassidy Solomon’s daughter.”
Stormy asked. “Are you kidding? Like that girl hasn’t been through enough
know,” she said, throwing her hands up.
“I mean, what’s next?”
met a girl named Jane while in line for the bathroom. They talked for a few minutes about how Jane
didn’t know anyone there, but Summer assured her that everyone knew everyone in
one way or another in Hollywood. Jane thanked her and went into the bathroom
when it was her turn. Summer thought she
recognized Jane from an audition her mother drug her to a few months
before. Then Duke approached and leaned
against the wall beside her.
is our little game of telephone going?” he asked with a grin.
far so good," she replied meekly.
“That little time bomb
shouldn’t take long at all to get back to Sierra. And speaking of Sierra, she got here a few
minutes ago. Hunt is out back. I don’t think they’re speaking.”
guess is it had something to do with your amateur filmmaking in the ladies
lounge at Fred Segal,” he said. “Benji
just texted me and he’s on his way.
You’d better hope that word of his attack on you spreads before he gets
here or you can say goodbye to any chance of being with him.”
to her stomach, Summer watched as he sauntered off through the crowd. Forgetting about her need to use the
bathroom, she headed down the hall, through the living room, and spotted Sierra
standing miserably by herself, tears in her eyes and a drink clutched in her
she turned, her heart stopped at the sight of Benji walking inside the house, a
determined look on his face. Paralyzed
with fear, she began to assume the worst was about to happen.
there you are,” Blake said when he approached her. “I’ve been looking all over for you.”
“Sorry. I got caught up talking to some people,” she
said, distracted and praying that Benji wouldn’t see Sierra.
well this party is getting kind of lame.
What do you say we take off and head home?”
nodded without even looking at him. “You
can go. I want to stay.”
don’t want to leave without you,” he said with a coy smile and moved closer to
her. “I was hoping we could be alone for
she pushed him away. “Blake, I said
no. Leave if you want but I’m staying
frowned at her hostility and backed up a few steps. “What is your problem?” he asked. “You’ve been ditching me all night. First with Duke and now…” He paused, finally seeing what it was that
had her attention. “Of course. Benji.
How could I have not known?”
shook her head dismissively and headed off to the kitchen.
set off on her own while Stormy found Jane and told her they had to try to find
Eddie. They made their way upstairs and
into the master bedroom.
“Eddie? You in here?”
Stormy called as they crept inside.
Light from beneath the bathroom door cut through the darkness.
are we doing in here?” Jane whispered, clinging to his arm.
here,” he said and went to the door.
“Eddie?” he called. “Are you in
hey Stormy,” Eddie called through the door. “Yeah, it’s
uh…not a good time. Kinda busy.”
Stormy tried the door and found it unlocked.
“I’m coming in,” he said, slowly opening the door. Once inside, he saw Eddie in the hot tub, a
girl with dark hair whom he couldn’t identify with her back to the door.
man,” Eddie said. “Sorry you had to walk
in on this. I know it’s a low blow but
what’s good for the goose is good for the-“
Stormy asked and moved forward. As he
did, it became clear what his friend was up to.
He’d risen to new heights in the goofball department. Reaching down, he grabbed the girls’ hair and
gasped when it came off in his hand.
don’t do that-“ Eddie exclaimed in a panic.
Edward,” Stormy said, throwing the wig onto the floor and picking up the
inflatable doll. “What is going on
inside that tiny little brain of yours?”
with defeat, Eddie sunk back against the whirlpool tub. “It was a rouse,” he said. “I was hoping you’d come in and find us
together and tell Miranda.”
and your inflatable sex dummy?” Stormy asked with a laugh. “Yeah, that’s sure to get her jealousy
man, I thought you’d come in and see the back of her head and think I was with
Quinn!” Eddie proclaimed. “Then she’d
know what it felt like to get screwed over.”
Quinn here?” Stormy wanted to know.
shook his head. “No, I found out she’s
hooked up with some military guy from Calabasas. This whole idea has been a waste of
time. How did I think Miranda would get
jealous of me? She probably doesn’t even
got news for you, bro. Miranda’s been
here for an hour looking for you.”
what?” Eddie asked, jumping out of the water and exposing himself.
put that thing away,” Stormy said and turned away. “Miranda’s here. At the party.
She’s been looking all over for you.
And news flash: she is jealous.
She thinks you’re up here with Quinn right now.”
gotta go find her,” Eddie said, grabbing a towel and wrapping it around his
waist as he rose out of the water.
before you do,” Stormy said. “There’s
something else you should know.”
Blake and Summer Solomon still going out?”
“Yeah. She’s staying with him in his former lair of
sighed. “Well, apparently she went over
to Benji’s the other night and he tried forcing himself on her.”
Eddie exclaimed, pulling on his pants.
“Are you freakin’ serious?”
“Yeah. She told Miranda. Miranda says she’s really upset.”
Eddie said in disbelief. "Poor
Summer. And poor Blake. If he wasn't such
a boner I'd almost feel sorry for him."
last thing on Benji’s mind that night had been going to any trouble to make
himself look good for Magnum’s party. He
threw on some jeans, tennis shoes, and the same black hooded sweatshirt that
still reeked of smoke from the fires at Paradise Cove. People still stopped to talk to him as he
wove his way through the house. First
was Blake, and for the third time he had
to tell him that he wasn’t interested in Summer. Despite being his best friend, he was
starting to get on his nerves.
second person to stop him was Sheldon Novak, who claimed to have seen him at Saw
3D a few
nights ago and thought about saying hello but he was with people, and Sheldon
was with people, so it didn’t seem like the right time.
okay,” Benji said with disinterest.
Where was Sierra?
man, I haven’t told anyone about that time at Van’s pool last summer,” Sheldon
went on, eyes darting right and left. “I
just want you to know that.”
mean when you jerked me off?” Benji asked with a trace of a grin. “Okay, man, whatever.” He continued scanning the crowd for Sierra or
so if you ever…you know…want to do anything again that’d be cool with me,”
Sheldon was saying. “I won’t say
anything to anyone.”
that he wouldn’t leave him alone, besides still being pissed because of the
video he snapped of him with Scott Kelly, Benji stopped and picked the first
person from the crowed to address.
Novak gave me a hand job last summer,” he said and then walked away.
girl stifled a fit of laughter with her hand and turned to her friends who all
gawked at Sheldon. He stood, glaring at
Benji as he disappeared into the crowd.
the backyard, Benji found a group of guys gathered around the barbecue
pit. Among them was Hunt Roberts, smugly
sipping a vodka soda while leaning against a rock pillar.
telling you, she cut her fucking finger off in the kitchen,” Magnum was saying,
barely able to formulate a coherent sentence.
“I heard they had to carry it to the hospital in a bowl of ice.”
is bullshit,” Ashton Childers interjected.
“She just cut it. Valerie drove
her to the hospital and she got like four stitches.”
she gets blood on my mother’s carpet she’ll freak,” Magnum said as his feet
slid out from under him and he fell to the ground. “Oops,” he said, looking up as Benji
appeared. “Hey Rydell, you made
need to talk to you,” Benji said to Hunt.
kinda busy, dude,” Hunt replied, clad head to toe in black Versace pants and
button up shirt. He looked away and
attempted to take up a conversation with Ashton.
bad,” Benji said and stepped closer.
your problem, Ben?” Hunt asked.
sorry, Benji,” he said patronizingly
and stepped away from the pillar. “What
is it you need? Besides a shower. Jesus, you reek of smoke.”
pulled his phone from his hoodie and played the video of him and Sierra doing
cocaine. “Look familiar?” he asked,
clenching his fists.
shit,” Ashton said with a laugh as he hung back and watched.
you get this?” Hunt asked, grabbing the phone from him.
matter. Did you get Sierra turned on to
flicked his nose with a thumb and glared at Benji. “You showed this to her old lady, didn’t
you?” he demanded angrily. “That’s how
she found out about the coke.”
realized that Renee must have confronted them already. “You haven’t answered my question. Did you get Sierra turned on to this stuff or
was this the first time she did it?”
smiled. “She’s been into it for months,”
he said with satisfaction. “She’s
snorted the stuff off my cock.”
as he said it, Duke emerged from the house.
Behind him, Summer followed.
his teeth angrily, Benji tried futily to control his temper. The smug look on Hunt’s face propelled him
into action. With blinding speed, he
attacked him, punching him in the face and sending him flying back into Ashton
him,” Summer said to Duke.
held her off, placing a hand between them as he watched with amusement. “Are you kidding? Things are just getting interesting.”
Hunt recovered from the blow, he retaliated, punching Benji in the jaw and then
slugging him in the gut. While he was
down, he brought his knee up to his face, sending blood spraying from his
Summer cried and ran to break it up.
you wanna do this, Benji?” Hunt asked
belligerently. “Cause we can go another
please,” Summer said. “Come inside with
me and Duke.”
out of this, Summer,” Benji said, wiping the blood on his sleeve.
stay out of this Summer,” Hunt mocked him and lifted Benji’s hood over his
head. “Listen to Benji.”
a flash, Benji was upon him again, pushing him to the ground and kicking him in
the ribs. He kicked him mercilessly as a
crowd began to gather. Sheldon Novak
stepped outside just as Ashton grew into a daze watching the attack.
was him on the beach,” he murmured to
was at the beach when that homeless guy got attacked,” Ashton said. “I swear to God it was Rydell.
don't know why but it just hit me."
finally went to break up the fight.
Pulling Benji away, he restrained him long enough for Hunt to climb to
dead, man,” he said.
away from Sierra or I swear to God I’ll fucking kill you,” Benji said through
gnashed teeth, Duke on one side and Summer on the other.
better get your boy out of here, Duke,” Hunt said in bated breath.
problem.” Duke pulled a resistant Benji
inside the house where the crowd parted for them. “Get a hold of yourself, man. I’m serious.
She’s not worth it.”
you,” Benji said angrily and pulled away.
He started off through the house, leaving Summer and Duke behind.
never going to give up on her,” Summer said somberly. “No matter what we do or what happens.”
just have to make it happen,” Duke said.
wandered through the upstairs, opening doors and peeking into rooms. She still hadn’t found Eddie and had somehow
lost Stormy, so she continued her search on her own. The thought of him being with Quinn Rainer
was enough to get her blood boiling. But
more than that, she actually felt jealous.
It gave her some idea of how he must have felt when he learned about her
and David. She had to get him to listen
at the master bedroom, she ambled through the darkness and paused when she heard
voices coming from the bathroom. Steam
hovering in the air informed her that she’d found the hot tub, or at least one
stopped, unsure if she wanted to go through with it or not. How would she feel walking in on them
together? They could be doing
anything. The image may never be removed
from her mind.
she had to know. Taking a breath, he
turned the knob and bolted inside.
she yelled, pointing with one hand and covering her eyes with the other.
the-“ Stormy called out and slid down beneath the water. “Miranda?”
she spread her fingers and peered through them.
“Stormy? What are you doing? Where’d Eddie?” When she removed her hand from her eyes, she
saw who was in the hot tub with him.
two know each other?” Stormy asked, trying to cover himself with his
course. Mom’s adopting her baby,”
R.J.’s mother?” Stormy asked in disbelief.
blinked a few times, he hands covering her breasts. “Yeah,” she said uncomfortably. “And you’re….?”
son,” Stormy replied.
brother,” Miranda added.
my God,” Jane said, the room spinning.
you didn’t know who she was?” Miranda asked.
how did you meet?”
the parking lot at...” He paused,
kicking himself for his own lack of perception.
“The friend you were there to see was my mother, wasn’t it?”
nodded. “Small world.”
laughed. “Well, this is certainly
interesting.” She backed up toward the
door. “I’ll just leave the two of you
alone to discuss. Good luck.”
that, she turned and raced out of the bathroom.
Stormy looked at Jane and she managed an awkward smile. They sat in silence in the water, unsure of
how to go about breaking the tense situation.
fuming over his run in with Hunt, Benji went off in search of Sierra. He found her in an upstairs bedroom. Much to his disappointment, she was sitting
on the bed next to Jeff Branigan snorting coke through a straw. They were seated dangerously close, him in
his trademark wife beater and oversized jeans, and her in a skirt that barely
peeked below her thighs.
he said, darting inside and pulling her to her feet.
she exclaimed. “Benji, what do you think
the hell?” Jeff said, rising from the bed.
coming with me,” Benji said, leading her out of the room and down the
hall. She fought him the whole way,
screaming and pushing him away until they arrived at a bedroom at the end of
the hall. He pushed her onto the bed and
slammed the door behind them.
you crazy?” she demanded, springing off of the bed and racing to the door.
you?” he asked, barely able to look
at her. She had traces of white powder under
her nose which made him cringe with heartache.
Quickly, he wiped it away.
“You’re seriously doing coke?
Sierra, I don’t get it. Why?”
me go,” she said impatiently.
until you tell me what the hell is going on.
You’re smarter than this. Hunt
Roberts and Jeff Branigan? This is who
you choose to spend your time with?”
I should spend it with you
instead? Benji, you may be clean but
you’re far from perfect. You said so
I’m not perfect,” he said. “But I would
never turn you into this person.”
the big deal?” she asked. “I’m not
allowed to have a little fun now and then?”
call this fun? What did you have to do
to get the stuff from Branigan, or do I even have to ask?”
an ass,” she said angrily, turning and pacing across the room. “I’m in love with Hunt.”
where is he right now?” Benji demanded.
“Not with you. He’s outside. Have you even spent time with him tonight? Or is that not how your relationship works?”
mother showed up and blew a gasket,” she said.
“We just need to figure out what to do.
We might leave tomorrow and go back to New York.”
“Why? So you can sit and get coked out of your mind
in peace? What happened to school? To your career as a singer?”
don’t need school to be a singer,” she said.
“Besides, I don’t do it that much.
Only when we’re out partying.”
shopping on Rodeo Drive,”
Benji mused with a laugh.
spun around and shot him a glare. “Are
you following me?”
but someone saw you and thought I’d be interested to know what you’d been up
to. Do you have any idea how that made
don’t care!” she screamed and went back to the door. She tried desperately to move him out of the
way so she could escape. “You’re nothing
to me. Don’t you get that?”
not true,” he said. “We share
something. A bond. And that night on the beach we made love and
we were closer than either of us have been to anyone. You’re just in denial.”
well that was a long time ago. You need
to move on, Benji. I have.”
went toward her and grabbed her by the shoulders. “To what, though? To a life of waiting for your next hit? You’re better than that, Sierra.”
I’m not, okay?” she cried. “I’m no
better than Hunt or Jeff or any of the people here. Look who my father is! Look at the genes I’ve been cursed with. I deserve exactly what I’m getting.”
doesn’t have to be that way,” Benji insisted, looking into her eyes. “But you can’t keep doing this. You’re fading into something that you’re
seeing escape in sight, she darted around him and pulled open the door. Before he could stop her, she was racing down
“Sierra!” he called
In the hall, he bumped into Summer who had just come up the stairs. She
looked at him and then back at Sierra. She felt destroyed. Would Benji ever look at her with the same
longing in his eyes?
she said softly, placing a delicate hand on his arm.
shrugged her away and ran down the stairs.
roaming around the party all night and still no sign of Eddie, Miranda decided
to give up. Maybe he’d already left, or
maybe they were destined to never cross paths.
Either way, she realized her adventure had been for nothing. All she’d succeeded in doing was learning
disturbing information about Benji and about Stormy. Now all she wanted to do
was go home and fall asleep in front of the television. Eddie had probably already left with Quinn,
as much sincerity as she could muster, she smiled and waved goodnight to a few
people who approached her on her way out.
One of the most startling things about the night had been the
realization that many of the girls she used to be friends with in high school
were still hitting the same parties with the same people. It was as if they hadn’t changed at all. Wasn’t there more to life than all of this?
handed the valet her ticket and waited somberly for them to pull her fire red
Porche to the curb. Sighing, she gazed
up at the full moon and wondered how she’d gotten to this place. She and Eddie had been so happy. A clumsy courtship had culminated in a
mutually respectful relationship. Then
she had to screw it up with David. The
sex was amazing, but there was more to life than sex. God, she was driving herself crazy. Why couldn’t she be satisfied with being happy?
the valet returned with her car, he handed her the keys and held the door open
for her. Smiling, she started to climb
in when she saw a familiar face leaving the house.
she said in disbelief.
he said with an uncontainable smile. “So
I heard you were looking for me.”
I guess I was.”
put his hands in his pockets and rocked on the balls of his feet. “So….you leaving?”
was going to. You?”
me too. I mean, I was going to.”
few moments of silence followed while they looked awkwardly around the
they both began in unison.
go ahead,” Miranda said with a smile.
she walked toward him. “Eddie, I’m sorry
about earlier today. I’m sorry about
David. I’m sorry about everything. I know I hurt you and I hate myself for
it. I didn’t realize how much I had hurt
you until I came here tonight expecting you to be with Quinn. Where is she, anyway? I thought you-“
wasn’t here,” he said with a shrug. “And
when I found out I still wanted to make you jealous so I…I got in the hot tub
with an inflatable woman.”
stifled a fit of laughter. “An
inflatable woman? Oh Eddie….”
it off. I saw it on some romantic comedy
the other night and thought it seemed like a good idea. Anyway, I wouldn’t have gone through with it
anyway. With the real Quinn, I
mean. I love you, Miranda.”
smiled as he leaned in and kissed her. “You
really weren’t going to hook up with Quinn Rainer?”
Besides, my lip still hasn’t healed from when she bit it. I’m not into biters.”
her arms wrapped around his neck, she leaned against the car door and looked
into his eyes. “I’ve made mistakes,” she
said. “It took tonight to make me
you and David through?”
Eddie pulled her into an embrace.
is something else you should know,” Miranda said, staring over his
shoulder. “I wasn’t sure how to tell
it is, it can wait,” he said with an amorous grin. “If we hurry we can still claim the hot
pulled away and looked into his eyes.
wide, Eddie staggered back a step while he processed the information. “Pregnant?”
nodded. “Yeah. I haven’t been to the doctor yet but all the
symptoms are there. It’s just like last
time. I found out when you were in Acapulco.”
my God,” he said. “I don’t know what to
say. A baby? “
more,” she said, biting her lip. “I’m
not sure if…..well….it’s just that….the baby could be David’s.”
course it was too good to be true. One
step forward and two back, Eddie decided.
He could forgive Miranda for her indiscretion, but this he
couldn’t. With one final look in her
eyes, her turned and walked to his car.
wait,” she called after him. “I’m sorry,
he was already gone, speeding out of the drive and leaving a trail of exhaust
behind. Miranda screamed inside, turning
and hitting the car with her purse.
what?” Duke asked as he approached
Summer in the living room.
at him,” she said, tears in her eyes.
“He can’t keep his eyes off of her.”
followed her gaze to Benji who did her best to stay in Sierra’s line of
sight. “You need to get him alone.”
tried but he ran after little miss black America.” Angrily, she folded her arms across her chest
and glared at Sierra.
“It might be time
for a more drastic course of action.”
what?” she asked. “It’s only a matter of
time before this thing about the attempted rape hits the fan. Isn’t that enough?"
smiled and leaned in next to her. “You
need to ensure that you have time alone with Benji tonight. That means making sure that Sierra isn’t
around to distract him.”
how?” she asked.
sure Branigan has something that could render her useless for the rest of the
pondered his suggestion. It did seem
drastic, but she was desperate. She felt
that if she didn’t get Benji alone tonight it would never happen. This was her only chance.
found Jeff in the game room playing pool with his brother Joba and a few other
guys from their apartment building. When
she spotted her he handed his cue to the next player and met up with her in the
that tool Benji and come back for more?” he asked, his breath hot on her
bit her lip and glanced around to make sure no one could hear them. “Actually I need something else. Can you help
over Benji’s rejection of his offer, Sheldon sought out a way to pay him
back. Luckily the fates had aligned and
Ashton had seed him attack the homeless guy on the beach two nights ago. Apparently it had only hit him when he saw
Benji with the hood over his head kicking the crap out of Hunt.
with the damaging information, he went to Hunt and filled him in on their
you’ve got to be fucking kidding me,” Hunt said with a laugh as she cleaned up
his cuts and bruises in the downtstairs bathroom. “Rydell’s picking on the homeless? Jesus, he’s even more fucked up than I
saw the whole thing the night he got home from Greece,” Sheldon went on.
is priceless,” Hunt said when he turned from the mirror. “Sheldon, you’ve come through again. Now to put that tool Benji Rydell in his
are you going to do?”
find out. First I need you to do me a
pretended to be talking to Valerie about Elana’s stitches while following
Sierra around the party. She hadn’t seen
Benji in a while so at least they weren’t together. Still, she didn’t want to take any
chances. She had to make sure she would
have the opportunity to be alone with Benji without Sierra interrupting.
followed her to the downstairs bathroom, which was occupied, so she followed
her upstairs. Sierra entered one of the
bedrooms, set her drink on the dresser while she went to use the bathroom. While she was out of sight, Summer quickly
went into action.
into her purse, she removed the pill that Jeff had given her. He said it was ketamine or something;
something that would make her totally unaware of anyone or anything around
broke the pill up with her nails, dissolving it into the drink and swirling the
glass a few times to make sure it was mixed.
The sound of the toilet flushing told her she was almost out of time, so
she quickly placed the glass back on the dresser and took off out of the
as she’d shut the door, Sierra emerged from the bathroom and walked to the
door. She started to leave, then turned
back when she remembered her drink.
Quickly, she grabbed it from the dresser, took a sip, and headed back
out into the hall.
was there when she emerged. She scowled
and attempted to skirt past him.
wait-“ he said.
me alone,” she insisted, jerking away from him and flying down the stairs.
and Jane dressed in silence, temporarily forgetting about how close they came
to having sex in the hot tub before Miranda had arrived to spoil the mood. With the revealing information that had come
to light, neither could think of an appropriate reaction. Finally, Stormy decided to break the
didn’t you tell me you had a baby?” he asked, pulling on his shirt and starting
to button it.
kept herself from looking him in the eyes.
She’d never considered herself a very good liar. “It’s not the kind of thing you tell a guy on
your first date,” she said awkwardly.
guess,” he said. “It’s just that my mom
is adopting him. It kind of complicates
was I supposed to know she was your mom?”
don’t know. I just assumed you knew who
I was. Who my parents were.”
rolled her eyes. “There’s the guy I met in the parking lot. I wondered what had happened to him.”
does that supposed to mean?”
Hollywood,” she said with a laugh.
“Knows everyone and expects everyone know him. Forgive me, but I don’t have time to keep up
with your family tree. Since I came to L.A. I’ve been trying to
make it. Whether it be acting or
didn’t mean it like that,” he said and sat down to put on his shoes. “I don’t know. This whole thing is so bizarre. My mom’s adopting your baby, who she happened
to name after me. Then we meet and it
seems like we could have some fun together.
It just goes to show I have terrible luck with women.”
well I don’t have much luck with men.”
you mind if I ask you about R.J.’s….er….your baby’s father?”
only minded because it meant more lies.
And yes, she had found herself starting to like him. He was cute, smart, funny, attentive. Why wouldn’t she like him? But now things were complicated and she
couldn’t see herself continuing anything with him.
Stormy, please,” she said somberly.
what? I feel like I don’t know you. I’m trying to change that.”
shook her head. “I can’t talk to you
about this. I can look in your eyes
and see the judgement.”
would never judge you.”
will. Just like everyone else. I’m giving my baby to your mother. It’s natural for you to have concerns. You’ll wonder if I’m going to change my mind
or do something to complicate things for her.”
never said that,” Stormy insisted, moving toward her.
you will. Look, you’re better off
without me. This thing between us,
whatever it is, would only get messy.
doesn’t have to.”
say we see each other, start dating or whatever, and then what happens when it
comes to your family? Can you imagine
me coming to Thanksgiving dinner with your mother and R.J.?”
knew she had a point, but it didn’t warrant ending things so soon in his
opinion. “I don’t know. We can work that out.”
she said, shaking her head as she backed up to the door. “You’re fooling yourself. This would never work.”
Stormy,” she said, turning and leaving the bathroom.
she’d gone, Stormy ran his fingers through his hair in frustration. Why did he always have to like the girls who
When Benji reached
the crowded foyer, he saw someone coming at him. By the time he realized who it was, it was
too late. Blake punched him in the eye
and sent him staggering back into a group of people.
what the hell?” he demanded, his eye feeling like it could explode out of its
tried to rape my girlfriend?” Blake screamed, obvious to the party-goers who
had flocked around the scene. “What the
fuck is wrong with you, man?”
are you talking about?” Benji replied.
had descended on the stairs, paused halfway down while she watched the events
unfold. Her heart pounded inside her
chest. This was the moment she’d been
waiting for. And just as she predicted,
she was positive the results would backfire.
heard about the other night,” Blake said, his face contorted in feelings of
hurt and disillusionment. “At your pool
Benji asked. Suddenly he remembered the
incident with Summer when she came to see him.
all you have to say?” Blake demanded.
“It’s okay to go around forcing yourself on people?”
got it all wrong,” Benji insisted. “I
mean, yeah, she came to my house and we talked.
She was upset about her mom.”
you decided to make her feel better by raping her?”
hearing the commotion, Duke came down the stairs. As it turned out, the girl he’d screwed over
in New York
wasn’t the type to hold a grudge. She
let him fuck her standing up in the linen closet as long as he promised not to
come inside of her. Happily, he obliged. Now it seemed the real fireworks were about
didn’t rape her,” Benji went on. He paused,
realizing he owed it to his best friend to tell him everything, no matter what
the repercussions. “I mean, yeah, I
started something with her. I had just
come from Sierra’s and I was pissed. But
I stopped it before anything happened.”
prick,” Blake said, rushing toward him again and drawing his fist back. “I knew you were after Summer.”
am not!” He shielded his face from another blow.
you mean not
today. No, because Sierra’s back. But when she rejects you again you’ll corner
my girlfriend and take your aggression out on her. You’re sick, man.”
I don’t know what she told you, but it’s a lie,” Benji insisted.
both turned and saw Summer standing on the stairs. Silence filled the foyer for a few moments
until she scampered down and raced through the crowd to the front door. On her
way, she intercepted Sierra.
it true?” Sierra asked, already staggering and slurring her speech from the
effects of the drugs.
turned just as Benji approached.
don’t listen to her,” he insisted.
that why they kicked you out of your boarding school?” Blake asked. “Because of those charges the dean’s daughter
made against you?”
rolled his eyes. “She was lying
course she was,” Blake said with a laugh.
“What is wrong with you, man?”
stood at a safe distance, smiling with satisfaction as he watched the events
have to get out of here,” Sierra said, turning and stumbling on a stair in the
aware that she was on something, Benji went to her aid, which was met with her
slapping his hand away.
me go!” she groaned, her eyes dropping more with every second.
commotion continued as Hunt and Sheldon came inside through the front door,
wicked smiles on their faces as they witnessed the debacle.
Rydell, we’ve got a surprise for you,” Hunt said.
the hell did you give Sierra this time?” Benji asked. “She can barely walk.”
barely acknowledged her, too caught up in his own revenge plot. He
motioned to Sheldon who ducked outside and returned moments later with an
inebriated and confused looking man in tattered clothes and with unkempt facial
like you’re having a bad night,” Hunt went on.
“So we went out and got you something to take your aggressions out
are you talking about?” Benji asked, his heart racing.
and silent gasps from the crowd began to fill the foyer. Everyone wanted to know who the smelly guy in
dirty clothes was. He looked like
someone they’d plucked off of the street.
wrong, Benji?” Hunt asked, enjoying every second. “We thought you got off on beating poor
homeless people to near death. You know,
like the guy at Paradise Cove the other night.”
flashing major danger signals, Benji glared angrily. He saw Sierra slipping further into
oblivion. No matter what childish act of
humiliation Hunt had decided to inflict on him, she was his number one
concern. Something wasn’t right.
out of my way,” he said and went to pull Sierra off the floor.
blocked him. “Come on, man. Take a swing at him.” He looked through the crowd and spotted Van
standing among the spectators. “Yo, Van,
remind Benji how many bones were broken in that guy they brought in the other
just wanted some money for the bus,” the intoxicated homeless man was
saying. He looked around, still
confused, until he found Sheldon. “And
you said I could have some money.”
patted the man on the back and shoved a hundred dollar bill in his jacket
pocket. “Here you go, buddy,” he said
smugly. “Looks like you’re going to luck
out tonight. Rydell’s not looking for an
grinned, leading the man back outside the house.
fucked up, man,” Hunt said to Benji.
“Attempted rape? Beating up the
homeless? And you said I was bad for Sierra?”
slid next to Summer and watched eagerly. She shook her head in despair, horrified by
the way things had played out. Why did
Hunt have to get involved? Things were
already out of control before he showed up with his little stunt. On top of that, Sierra didn’t look well at
all. She searched the crowd for Jeff and
spotted him standing nearby.
did you give her?” Duke whispered in her ear.
shrugged. “I don’t know. Something Jeff gave me.”
decided he had to take action. Hunt obviously didn’t care that something was
very wrong with Sierra, and everyone else was too busy looking at him like a
pariah, so he raced forward and knelt next to her.
“Sierra? Can you hear me?”
she asked, eyes barely open. “I don’t
feel so good.”
on, let’s get you out of here,” Benji
said and lifted her to her feet.
not going anywhere with her,” Hunt said and issued him a look of warning.
out of my way.” He slung her arm over
his shoulder and headed out into the night.
Hunt ran after him and pulled him back.
her, Rydell. You take another step and
I’ll fucking kick your ass.”
him, Benji went to his car parked in the driveway and helped Sierra into the
passenger’s seat. Hunt followed, with
Duke, Summer and several others behind. Hunt charged at Benji, pushing him hard and
sending him staggering back a few steps.
did you give her?” Benji demanded.
didn’t give her anything,” Hunt said.
“She’s been on her own all night.
I can’t control what she takes.”
a fucking asshole,” Benji said and charged at him.
helplessly to the side, Summer watched as they went at each other again. She began to regret trying to keep Sierra out
of the way. She hadn’t been positive
what Jeff had given her, and now it seemed that whatever it was was having a
dangerous affect on her.
looked around and spotted Jeff standing with his brother and some others. Quickly, she went to him and grabbed his
arm. “What was that I gave her?” she
demanded. “Look at her!”
“Relax. She’ll be all right,” Jeff said with a shrug.
she started off toward Benji. “Look,
you’ve got to get her to the hospital. I
think she took something. She’d been
doing coke too. Benji, I’m serious.”
she get it?” Benji asked, frantically running back to the car and prying
Sierra’s eyes open.
simply shook her head.
she get it, Summer?!”
she said. “She got it from Jeff.”
he turned and set his sights on Jeff.
“You son of a bitch,” he said, rushing toward him and grabbing him by
the shirt. “What was it?”
your hands off me, Rydell,” he said, pushing him away. “I didn’t give her anything.
It was your fucking girlfriend Summer."
lying! Now tell me before I fucking kill
in the distance alerted them to the arrival of the police. It was no wonder. Things had gotten out of hand and no doubt neighbors
had begun to complain. As soon as he
heard them drawing closer, Jeff bolted down the driveway toward the
street. He had enough drugs on his
possession to land him in jail until he was forty.
to let him get away with drugging Sierra, Benji ran after him. He caught up with him in the street and
pulled him back. They exchanged blows,
landing Benji on the pavement with scrapes on his arms. He
jumped up, retaliating by punching him twice in the face.
the commotion, Sierra jumped forward in the car. Eyes wide and alert, she felt as though her
heart was about to beat out of her chest.
Unable to think, unable to process her surroundings, she leapt from the
seat and went screaming down the driveway.
The spectators watched her drug induced reaction and a few people ran
saw her come into the street and he went to push her out of the way. “Sierra, go back!” he yelled.
came at him, pushing him to the asphalt again.
“I’m sick of you always getting in my face, Rydell,” he yelled, raising
his fist to punch him. “It’s time you
learned to mind your own business.”
illuminated the dark street and Benji could see a car approaching fast. Instinctively, he scanned the area for
Sierra. She was standing in the middle of the street in the same state of
confusion. He reacted immediately,
pushing Jeff off of him and racing to get Sierra out of the way. He shoved her out of the street and she
rolled onto the curb. Just as she
cleared the path of the car, Jeff attacked again. Benji pushed him and he went
flying up onto the hood of the car. The
windshield shattered from the impact.
The driver threw on their brakes and sent Jeff’s body sailing twenty
feet through the air and landing with a sickly sounding smack on the
stunned from his quick escape, Benji gazed over and saw the thick pool of blood
forming under Jeff’s body. His face
looked like it had gone through a meat grinder, his lifeless eyes pointed at
the sky. He knew he was dead. A person didn’t get hit by a car that hard
and walk away.
on the curb, Duke watched as the pandemonium dwindled.
How had making one suggestion to Summer on how to get rid of Sierra wind
up like this?
Mackenzie and Kyle are forced to make small talk.
Suzanne cries on her professor's shoulder. James
and Mackenzie take their relationship to the next level.
R.J.'s adoption becomes official.