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EP 12: Life after Ecstasty

“We didn’t find semen but there were traces of spermicide so he must have used a condom.” The doctor said.

Arianna looked sick. The nurse, Abigail, felt for her. This was her first time dealing with a rape victim and it brought tears to her eyes.

“We found traces of methylene-dioxymethamphetamine in your system which is why you remember doing it but don’t feel like you consented.”

“Oh my God, what is that?” Arianna asked frightened.

“It’s Ecstasy.” Abigail clarified.

“It’s what?!” Tears trickled down her cheeks. She felt violated.

“Your blood alcohol level was still high, especially since you haven’t drank since last night,” The doctor continued.

“I drank before I went over there.” Arianna exhaled, shaking her head.

“I know you’re a little shaken up right now. It’s not your fault.” Abigail tried to comfort her.

“It’s fine.” Arianna dried her tears.

She got into her car and headed home. It was like her World was crashing around her. There was too much going on. She called Shane to make herself feel better. He answered right away.

“Hi, Shane.”

“Ari, is everything ok?”

“Yes, I’m fine. There’s a lot going on. I just found out my best friend is in the hospital… and Malachi left.”

Shane smiled to himself. Maybe he would get the satisfaction of having Arianna to himself. “You’re feeling alright?”

“Not really but I’m handling everything as it comes.”

They talked until Arianna reached her house. “Um, let me call you back,” she said then hung up the phone.  She was surprised to see Malachi’s car when she pulled up and was hesitant to walk in.

“So, I leave and you stay out all night?” Malachi accused when she walked through the door.

“I went to Danielle’s because she didn’t answer.” Arianna wishes she would’ve stayed home last night.

“Bullshit.”

“Malachi, I don’t want to argue. I’ve had a really long day.” The tears formed in her eyes, falling gently down her face.

“What’s wrong? What happened?” He was pained to see Arianna cry.

“Nothing.” Arianna got in the shower and turned the water as hot as it would go. She attempted to wash away the shame and betrayal she felt.

“What’s going on Arianna?” Malachi asked from the door.

“Can I just please have a minute?” She begged from the shower. She broke down, crying hysterically. She had cried before but it finally hit her what had happened. Scenes from that night flashed in and out of her head making her nauseous. When Danielle finds out she’ll be devastated. And Arianna was ashamed. She was so ashamed. She scrubbed her skin raw under the hot water turning it red.

“Arianna, what’s wrong?” Malachi had never seen her break down. He had been with her through some pretty hard times. He was worried.

She wouldn’t answer. The hot water pelted her body. She wanted to wash the dirtiness away. She wanted to forget this whole thing happened.

She got out the shower and Malachi was waiting for her when she opened the door. He wrapped his arms around her and she found comfort in his arms. She needed him right now.

Her phone rang surprising her. She didn’t recognize the phone number, but she answered anyway.

“This is Arianna,” She said pushing Malachi away. She went into Carter’s room and closed the door.

“Hey beautiful,” she heard.

“Stacey?”

“Yeah. How are you? I really want to talk about what happened between us last night.”

“What do you mean between us? You drugged me. I would’ve never slept with you if you wouldn’t have put something in my drink. Loser.”

“That may be true but you had a good time. Orgasms don’t lie.”

“Stacey. What is wrong with you? Don’t call my phone ever again.” She hung up.

“What’s wrong?” Malachi asked from the other room concerned.

“Nothing.” She claimed. But there was something wrong. There was a lot wrong. The tears flowed freely from her eyes onto the pillow she held to comfort her. She rested in Carter’s twin size bed feeling horrified by what happened to her.

The next morning Arianna woke up and headed to the police station. She looked stressed and sad to the officer. The officer helped her with the police report but it was very uncomfortable. The details they asked for traumatized her all over again. She was embarrassed that she went over there drunk and even more embarrassed that she didn’t catch on to the extra sugar being something else.

She called to see if Danielle was still at the hospital. She’d been released and Arianna wanted to see her.

“Danielle, where are you?” Arianna said after Danielle answered.

“I’m at home.”

“With Stacey?”

“No she went to work, or wherever she goes.” Danielle commented suspiciously.

“Cool. I want to swing by.”

“Ok, I’ll be here. I’m not cleared to go back to work. They sent the work anyway.” She laughed. I’m getting rest though.”

Arianna headed to Danielle’s house. She walked in and found Danielle in her living room on the pull out bed.

“I thought you would be in your bed.”

“I figure if I have to stay in bed another week I want to be in a bigger space. The hospital made me want to pull all of my hair out.”

“I’m glad your back home.” Arianna smiled then sat next to her best friend.

“There has been a lot going on lately. Malachi left the other night.”

“Really?”

“Yeah.” Arianna said hesitantly and looked away.

“Why? I thought you two were good.”

“Well, there’s this guy at work. Shane.”

“Shit, I guess I’m not the only one then.” Danielle laughed. “Shane huh? What’s he like?” Arianna told her about Shane.

.

“Girl, you a hot ass mess.” She laughed, “What is wrong Malachi?”

“His jealousy for one.”

“He should be jealous, you’re messing with a coworker.” She laughed uncontrollably.

“He’s jealous of you.”

“Of me?” Danielle looked puzzled.

“Yeah, he thinks you and I are… you know.” She looked at Danielle suggestively.

“No I don’t know.” Danielle raised her eyebrow.

“He thinks we’re sleeping together.” Arianna confessed.

Danielle’s eyes widened, then she burst into laughter, “Arianna!” She threw a pillow at her.

Arianna laughed with her. This wasn’t the reaction she expected but it was making her feel so much better. “Why are you hitting me, that’s what he said?”

“Ew, you told him about the time we made out.” Danielle smiled and made kissy faces at Arianna.

“Oh my God you’re so gross.” Arianna slapped her shoulder. Then lay in her lap. “Remember those college days?” Danielle nodded. “I miss them.”

“Well, they were good times,” Danielle agreed smiling.

“I’m thinking about taking the bar again. I just need something new,” Arianna blurted out.

“Well, I can help you study.” Danielle offered.

“Thanks.” Arianna said. A tear fell down her cheek, Danielle was more than her best friend. She was her support system.

EP 10: No Honor Part II

Arianna opened her eyes slightly. Everything was blurry. She tried to focus and then squinted in pain from the sunlight that fell on her eyes. Where was she? She turned to see Stacey lying next to her.
 
Her heart raced in fear. She let out a scream “Stacey?! What the Fuck?!”
 
Stacey was startled awake by a confused and upset Arianna, “Good morning beautiful,” Stacey said smiling.
 
“Stacey, what happened last night?” Arianna asked concerned.
 
“What, you don’t remember?”
 
“You’re a stupid bitch,” Arianna said with tears in her eyes, “Where is Danielle?!”
 
“She was in a car accident, she’s been in the hospital since Tuesday.”
 
“Three days and you didn’t tell me? What is wrong with you?”
 
“Nothing now. We had a great time last night. I really needed that.”
 
“You needed what?”
 
“That dope ass head you gave me.”
 
“Ew, I would never subject my mouth to the likes of somebody like you.”
 
“Well you did.”
 
Arianna was disgusted. “I think I’m gonna throw up.” She ran to the bathroom as Stacey laughed.
                                                                                                                                         
Her phone beeped and she saw that Marissa called five times last night. She called her back. “Hi Arianna.” She answered.
“Is Carter ok?” Arianna asked praying he was fine.
“He’s fine. Are you ok? I tried calling you but I didn’t get an answer.”
“I’m alright. I fell asleep. I’m sorry. Can you take Carter to daycare for me?”
“No problem. I don’t have class until three.”
“Ok. I will pay you tonight. Thank you for your help?”
 
She hung up the phone relieved that Carter was fine, then left out the door. “Shit.” She didn’t have her car. She called a taxi to take her to the hospital.
 
She was worried about what happened with Stacey and she wanted a rape kit done before going to see Danielle. She needed to know what happened to her. The nurses did their best to make her comfortable but she was shaking and upset.
 
Danielle would have a fit if she knew that she slept with Stacey. Everything was slowly coming back to her. She wasn’t sure if it was the drug or Stacey but she was conflicted with the feeling of anger, betrayal, and pleasure.  She hated Stacey for what she did to her but every time she remembered an event from last night it filled her with lust. 
 
The random flashbacks of the night before sent her body into involuntary orgasms. She felt awful and grossed out but turned on at the same time. She hated herself.
 
Her heart had been racing for the last hour and she felt she may lose it. She asked the nurses how long it would take for the results and told them she would be back.
 
Danielle was waking up as Arianna walked in. “I’m so glad you’re ok!” Arianna said with tears in her eyes.
 
“Where is everyone? I tried calling Stacey but the phone here doesn’t let me call anyone’s cell phone and I don’t have the charger for mine.”
 
“I went to check on you last night and Stacey said you were out with your friend. I asked again this morning and she told the truth.” Arianna shook her head in disappointment.
 
“Why would Stacey lie about that?” Danielle asked puzzled.
 
“She’s stupid. I can’t believe you’ve been here this long and she didn’t even tell anyone.” Arianna hugged her friend.  She wanted to tell her about Stacey but she felt like it was a bad time since Danielle just gained consciousness.
 
“I want my charger. Call and have Stacey bring it.”
 
“You seriously think she’s gonna bring you something? She hasn’t even checked on you.”
 

“Oh shit, Jordan!”

“Who is that?” Arianna asked suspiciously.

“Someone,” Danielle responded smiling.

“Girl why haven’t I heard of this Jordan?”

“I haven’t talked to you in a while, or her either. I thought I would try to work it out with Stacey but her not being here right now hurts. So I don’t know now.”

“It’s not going to work out with her. She knows about this Jordan?”

“Of course not. I know you don’t like her and she messes up but she was actually trying to be there for me before this accident.”

She tried sitting up but grimaced in pain. Arianna ran to her side. “It’s ok, just lay down.”

“I’m tired of laying down, I’m tired of being here. I feel trapped and anxious. And alone because I haven’t had any visits before now.” Tears streamed down her face. At that moment Arianna felt a rage building inside of her.  Tears fell for her friend and herself.

Why would Stacey treat her like this? Why would she not tell anyone that Danielle is in the hospital? Arianna’s heart hurt for her best friend. Stacey has to be the worst person on Earth. 

“It’s ok girl, don’t cry.” It was too late. Danielle was completely inconsolable and Arianna wasn’t much help.

“It’s not, I wanna sit up!”

“OK, ok, I’ll help.” Arianna rose the bed to sitting position. Then she helped Danielle adjust. “Better?”

“Yes. Thank you.” She wiped Danielle’s tears.

“You’re welcome. You want me to bring you anything?”

“Just my phone charger and my laptop.”

“Ok, I’ll go get it.” Arianna was apprehensive because if Stacey was still home, she might kill her. The hospital wasn’t far from her condo so she went to get her car first.

She went over every scenario in her head that could happen if she were to see Stacey. None of them ended well.

Arianna knocked on the door first but there was no answer. The anger in her turned into rage again and she struggled to open the door with her key because her hands were shaking.

This time she opened the door and checked the house to make sure Stacey wasn’t home. She exhaled in relief when she didn’t find her. She grabbed the laptop and the charger, then headed back to the hospital.

Danielle was on the phone when Arianna came back. “I don’t know ma, I haven’t talked to her.” Arianna had to assume Ms. Raquel, Danielle’s mom, was talking about Stacey. Arianna told Danielle’s parents right away that she was in the hospital.

“I don’t know when you will be fed up honey. I know I’m on the outside looking in but I don’t think I can come close to understanding how Stacey could really love you and treat you this way.”

“Me either but I don’t want to talk about it now. Can you call me later on tonight? Arianna’s back.”

“Sure baby. I love you.”

“Love you too.” Danielle hung up the phone.

“Mommy troubles?” Arianna laughed.

“Seems that we aren’t the only two people pissed at Stacey.”

“I can believe that,” Arianna said. “I brought your laptop. I also grabbed the charger for you.”

“Great, thanks girl, I love you. And I missed you.”

Danielle called Jordan and invited her over. After that Arianna and Danielle talked for about an hour until Jordan got there.

The results for the rape kit had been available for a while and she wanted to see if Stacey drugged her. She was sure she had. When she has proof, she definitely intended to make Stacey pay for what she’d done to her.