Cassandra is Mad is the thirty-first chapter of The Gift of a Best Friend. It was first published on November 19, 2016.
The next morning, Annabeth, Toothless, Komodo, and I found Luke holding Emily on the couch, and they were asleep.
“What are you doing?” I asked them.
They woke up and saw us, and then they realized how close they were to each other and quickly moved away.
“We saw you kiss last night,” I said.
Their eyes widened.
“You did?” Emily asked.
I nodded. “Uh-huh.”
“Jasmine woke me up and made me watch,” Annabeth said.
“Yep. Are you and Luke dating now?”
“Uh . . .” Emily started, but stopped.
“Aren’t you dating Cassandra?” Annabeth asked Luke.
Emily stared at him. “What?”
Luke was acting odd again. He wouldn’t look at her.
“Luke,” Emily said, sounding mad. “Is she your girlfriend?”
He looked at her from the corner of his eye. “Yes.”
Emily looked sad and mad. She stood up from the couch, went to the door, and left our grounded tree house, slamming the door behind her.
“Emily!” Luke called.
He ran outside after her. We followed.
Emily was walking toward home.
“Emily,” Luke called to her again.
“No,” she called back. “Leave me alone, you fucking asshole.”
“Emily, I didn’t mean to do that to you.”
“To me? What about your fucking girlfriend?”
She was running now. We ran after her.
She went to her house. The animals were in the back yard, but they moved away when Emily came near them.
“What happened?” Amber asked us when she saw us.
Luke just ran by her.
“Luke made Emily mad somehow,” I told her.
“Ok . . .”
We all went inside the house since that’s where Emily went.
Grandma and Nick were in the kitchen. Emily went to her bedroom and I heard the door slam shut. Luke was about to follow, but Nick stopped him.
“Whoa, Luke,” Grandma said. “Emily just came in here and said ‘I hate him’. What happened? What did you do to her to make you hate you?”
“She kissed him last night,” I said.
Grandma looked at me, then back at Luke. “Did she?”
He nodded. “Yes.”
He told her what happened.
When he was done, Grandma sighed. Then she looked at us. “And you two watched?”
“Jasmine made me watch,” Annabeth said.
Luke held up his hands. “Hey, I didn’t know that they were watching us.”
“I’m sure you didn’t,” Grandma said. “But I told you to tell Emily that.”
“Then why didn’t you?”
“I—I . . .” He sighed. “I don’t know. For some reason, I didn’t want to tell her. I’m sorry.”
“I’m not the one you need to apologize to.”
“Emily won’t talk to me.”
“Just let her calm down first. But she’s not the main person that you should apologize to.”
Luke looked at Grandma. She was silently telling him something, and he sighed.
But I was confused. “Who?”
We went to camp and found Cassandra training in the arena.
“Cassandra!” Annabeth and I called. We ran to her and gave her a hug.
“Oh, hi,” she said, giving us both a hug back. “I didn’t expect to see you guys today.”
“Your blueprint was cool,” Annabeth said. “We finished building our on-ground-tree house, and we stayed in it last night.”
“That’s great. I’m glad my blueprint worked for you guys. Did you bring pictures?”
“No, sorry,” I replied. “But we saw Luke and Emily kiss last night.”
Cassandra looked surprised to hear that. She looked at Luke. He looked sad and in pain.
“Is that so?” Cassandra said. “You girls stay here. Luke and I need to talk.”
“About what?” I asked.
She didn’t answer.
She walked up to Luke. “Follow me.”
She sounded mad, then she walked out of the arena. Luke sighed and followed her. We watched them go into our cabin and shut the door behind them.
I heard that a boy and a girl couldn’t be alone in a cabin at camp, but they were.
“I think Luke’s in trouble,” Annabeth said.
I nodded in agreement.
A few minutes later, Luke came out of the cabin, the door closed behind him, and he came back to us, looking sad.
“We should go home,” he told us.
“What about Cassandra?” Annabeth asked.
“She needs to be alone right now.”
“I want to see my sister.”
Annabeth ran toward her cabin. I ran after her.
“Cassandra?” Annabeth called when she opened the door to our cabin.
She was sitting on her bed, crying.
“Are you ok?” I asked.
“Do I look like I’m ok?” she asked back.
Annabeth climbed onto the bed. “What happened? Why are you crying?”
“Why do you think?” Cassandra said. “We just broke up!”
“You and Luke aren’t dating anymore?” I asked.
“That’s what broke up means.”
“Why? Maybe because he kissed your aunt.”
“Is that bad?”
“How is a kiss bad?”
Cassandra sighed. “You’re still too young to understand. But a guy can’t date two girls at the same time. Nor can a girl date two guys at the same time.”
“Why?” I asked.
“Because it’s wrong! Jasmine, have you ever seen your parents kiss someone other than themselves?”
“Me and Jonathan.”
“Well, that’s different.”
She rubbed her head in her hand. “You’ll know what I mean when you’re older. Now, if you two don’t mind, I’d like to be left alone.”
Annabeth and I both were sad for her, but we did what she told us.
“Goodbye, Cassandra,” Annabeth said.
We left our cabin.
We found Toothless hitting Luke in the face with his tail. Apparently, Luke had told him to do that.
I wanted to be mad at him for what he did to Cassandra, but he already was at himself. He hurt her, and hated himself for it. I couldn’t be mad at him too. Annabeth couldn’t either.
We went home, feeling sad for the whole day.
You gotta love Jasmine: Always straight to the point. I'm pretty sure Luke wanted to choke her sometimes, even if she is still just 8 years old, lol.
I wasn't even sure if I was going to update today, because I got Pokémon Sun, and I wanted to work on that. But since this was a short chapter, why not? But I really need to start writing this story again.
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