“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.