I always felt like Ruby was prettier than me. Ever since we were little girls on the playground. I mean I had the nicer clothes since her mom could never get her shit together enough to buy her new ones.
Still, she had thick red curly hair that anyone would die to have and every feature on her face is damn perfect right down to lips that were plump and a rosy shade of pink to boot. Her body curved in all the right places once it caught up to mine and damn, her ass was damn near perfect too.
She and I were thumbing through Cosmo magazines by the swimming pool looking at the stylish models and reading the usual garbage on how to get and keep a man happy in the sack. None of that shit ever worked except maybe in porno movies.
"Megan is such trash."
I don't know why I suddenly brought that skanky bitch up except that I'd seen a model that kind of looked like her clinging to an older man dressed like a sugar daddy.
"Why don't you just forget about her?"
I just stared at her.
"How can I? It's not like she fucked your father for anyone who'd be watching."
"I don't have a father," she said, "So I wouldn't know and yeah it sucks but if you're not going to tell your mom, why not just forget about it?"
"Because I want to get back at him for treating her like crap that's why," I said, "How fucking dare he screw around on her and not care who watches?"
Ruby fell silent looking at her hands. Truth be told, she didn't look as pretty as usual. She looked pale and hadn't hit the nachos preferring to nibble on some of the leftover garlic bread.
"Maybe he's sorry…I'm sure he's staying away from her."
"Not good enough…god I thought I had a father who didn't cheat like everyone else's father," I said, "Guess I was wrong about that."
Ruby sipped her iced tea.
"You could have a mother who's slept with most of the town."
I knew that already about her mom and Ruby had never acted like she cared about it when she heard the gossip. But I knew she did and just hid it so no one would know. So I was lucky that way but I didn't feel it. If my mom ever got a clue what dad did, then they'd split up right? I didn't think my mother could take it if she found out her husband cheated on her with a girl young enough to be his daughter. How embarrassing was that, like some man stuck in one of those stupid midlife crises.
"I'm sure he cares about you at least," Ruby said, "I can't even really put a face on mine anymore."
"Yeah but you've got all those guys trying to impress your mom being nice to you…"
Ruby shook her head.
"Hardly…ever keep a baseball bat close to you at night?"
I blinked my eyes. No not lately, but I knew from how she looked at me she meant it.
"You do that?"
"I've had to tell a couple of her boyfriends that when they wandered into my bedroom after getting lost in the hallway."
"Really…you mean they tried to…"
Ruby looked down at her hands and I knew she was remembering a life I couldn't imagine. I'd had the same two parents all of my life. No interruptions, everything seamless and for the most part, without wrinkles.
"Yeah…well when I started to look like her," she said, "you know like a woman and not a girl."
I couldn't imagine what I'd do if some strange guy wandered into my bedroom at night intent on slipping his cock inside me when his girlfriend, my mother wasn't looking. For one thing, my mom never cheated on my father. Of that I could be sure; the thought of doing that would probably paralyze her.
"Sounds like your mom likes perverts."
"She doesn't know what they're doing," Ruby said, "I never told her…except once and she thought I was lying."
"She wants them to like her so much so they won't leave…but they always do or she kicks them out before they have the chance."
I sighed reaching for the nachos. I never liked her mom much. She seemed like she was trying to be our age and not a grownup. The few times I saw her because that wasn't often. Ruby didn't invite me to her house much and when she did, mostly she'd been alone.
"I'll be glad when next summer comes," she said, "I think I'm going to get my own place…work another job at school this year to save up the money."
"That makes sense," I said, "Maybe I can room with you so we can split the rent and costs."
Ruby seemed to think that might work but she still looked guarded.
"Maybe Brock will be over Caroline by then," I said, "and you can live together."
She shook her head.
"No…I'm not serious about him," she said, "When it's time to go back to school, it'll be over then. We both want that."
"Maybe he'll change his mind," I said, "and he's pretty hot."
Ruby didn't respond to that except to finish off her iced tea. She said she'd go get some more in the kitchen. So she did that and I just sat finishing up the nachos. We'd be heading off to the movies again later today since Brock had left town again.
My father left this morning to fix a security system at a corporation in Boston or so he said. I really had no idea what he did to pay our bills. I don't think my mother really knows either.
Ruby returned with the pitcher and we both refilled our glasses because it was still so damn hot in the late afternoon.
"Gary's still texting me," I said, reaching for my glass.
She sat down across from me again.
"I thought you told him to get lost."
"I did but he's saying all this crazy shit like how he's dying to suck my pussy," I said, "Says his wife hates it."
"You could do worse…"
"I know but I didn't feel right doing him," I said, "I think I want my next guy to be unattached."
Ruby looked away and I knew that had affected her. But she'd picked a guy to fuck during the summer who had a girlfriend out of the picture.
"So tell him it's done," Ruby said, "You aren't interested anymore."
"Is that what you're going to tell Brock at the end of the summer?"
Ruby paused and then she looked at me.
"He'll probably get tired first," she said, "He's older after all and knows this is just a summer fling."
I sighed, seeing the resolve on her face. The girl had this routine down pat interesting considering she'd started the summer a virgin.
"Enjoy it while it lasts…so you're on tonight for the movies?"
She appeared to consider it.
"I don't know…I'm feeling so tired these days," she said, "God this heat…"
I looked at her carefully. She didn't look like herself and she had wimped out on the club deal last night. She'd spent the summer so far fucking a guy like they were bunny rabbits. I didn't know how to put this delicately.
"Hey Ruby…you are using aren't you?"
She just looked at me strangely.
"Using…you mean with him?"
"Yeah of course," she said, "I've been on the pill for a while now. So I'm covered of course."
"Of course I am," she said, "Haven't missed one…why are you asking?"
I tread cautiously looking at the expression on her face right now.
"Because you're tired…and you don't have much of an appetite…some of the time," I said, "I'm just wondering…well are you late?"
"Yes late…you know what I mean. Stop playing coy."
She looked annoyed with me.
"I'm not…I don't think so," she said, "I'm due soon and I'm only tired when it's hot like this. I'm not pregnant if that's what you're asking."
She sounded defensive and a bit angry…but in her voice I detected fear as if she were at least considering it.
"Get tested if you're late," I said, "Then you'll know if Brock's given you something."
She rolled her eyes but then she looked away for a moment.
"I'm not pregnant," she said, "My period will come in a couple of days and that'll prove it."
"Okay…don't get all sensitive," I said, "I'm just worried about you, that's all. God, could you imagine getting knocked up at 19?"
Talk about history repeating itself in her family. But I didn't say that out loud. I saw on her face she didn't need any reminding.
"Look I'll even buy you the test and hold your hand if you want."
She gave me the strangest look just then before she shook her head.
"Nothing to test Tiffany," she said, "I'm not pregnant but I do have to pee."
She got up and left me walking back into the house. She'd gotten riled up just at the thought of it. Damn if Brock's cum had gotten her knocked up, what would happen then? Brock had a girlfriend already and if Caroline found out he had fucked some other girl who now carried his baby, she'd have a shit fit. The whole town would hear about it. No, I hoped that Ruby was right in that she was fine.
But I had my doubts. Still she wouldn't be alone in this if she did find herself pregnant. What were best friends for anyway, if not to be there when the other one needed them?
Inside my head I already started making plans in case she needed me. Whatever she chose to do with it, abortion, adoption or keeping it…I'd help her especially since Brock hadn't been looking for a baby mama when he lured her into his bed.
I had no idea she harbored a secret.