[twenty six]

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"She's dead i'm telling you" Regina slapped Stefan on his arm as they stared at their best friend. Ariana hasn't been feeling very good these past couple of days. "This reminds me when Auston broke up with her, she was depressed for years" Regina brought up.

"Okay she's been in bed for a couple of days, I think it's time for her to get up" Stefan said as she helped Ariana out of bed. Ariana didn't have enough energy to fight back, she felt weak so she let Stefan do whatever he wants.

Stefan dragged her to the kitchen table, he placed Ariana on a chair and gave her a bowl of cereal. Ariana didn't do anything but lean forward causing her face to land in her bowl of cereal.

"Bestie I know exactly what to do right now. I'm going to get your favourite donuts from that bakery down the street and i'll stop by the cafe to have your favourite coffee prepared" Stefan said as Regina mouthed a "thank you" to him.

Regina sat down at the table and helped Ariana get cleaned up. "So tell me exactly what that jerk told you" Regina said. "It wasn't anything he said, it's what he had" Ariana mumbled "He had an engagement ring on the table". Regina let out a sigh "You're still not over him right?"

"I don't know Regina, i'm confused" Ariana got up and made her way to the couch "My heart is lost and confused and so am I. I don't know what to feel anymore" She sat down. "Well let's see, Auston was being a selfish jerk when he broke up with you, then he wanted you back according to Mitch and now it's the same process again where he steals your heart. Ariana he doesn't deserve you."

"Regina here's the problem, he already stole my heart. Even though he's been using me you cannot deny the fact that he stole it. You know Regina that he's the one for me, why aren't you helping me?! Now you're against me!! Weren't you the one that said true love takes time? Well Regina i'm still waiting and i've been for a long ass time!" Ariana yelled "I'm going to wash up" Ariana left the room leaving Regina to think to herself.

Ariana my job as a best friend is to protect you. I'm protecting you by not agreeing with you. I don't want to get your hopes up. Trust me Ariana, true love takes time.

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"Shopping with you was so much fun Steph!" Jordyn said as they both laughed. "Yeah it sure was!" Steph said still smiling. "Well I have to go back to the hotel but we should totally try this again sometime" Jordyn said. "Totally!" Steph waved Jordyn goodbye.

Mitch and Stefan were watching from behind the corner. Steph turned around to face them. "Today was the most horrible day ever" Steph placed her bags down as Mitch poured her a cup of coffee.

"What was all of that?" Stefan questioned as Steph took a sip of her drink. "It's called acting Stefan" Steph said "Anyways how's Ari?".

"She's um she's like so good" Stefan tried to find the correct words. "In other words she's not so good" Mitch said for him as Stefan nodded his head.

"Auston's an asshole for playing with her poor heart" Mitch said as they heard the door open. In comes Regina and Ariana.

"Hey Aria-" Steph tries to say but Ariana passes by them and walks into Jackson's office. "What's going on?" Stefan asked Regina. "Let's just say some words are going to be exchanged right now" Regina said as all of them decided to follow Ariana so they could watch what's about to go down.

"WHAT THE HELL JACKSON!!" Ariana yells which took Jackson by surprise. "Ariana I did-"

"YOU ASSHOLE!" Ariana slapped Jackson across his face leaving a visible mark. "YOU SET THIS WHOLE THING UP!!" Ariana was still furious while Jackson sat there confused.

"I'm still lost" Jackson said as he held his cheek. "I KNOW JORDYN IS YOUR SISTER AND THAT YOUR NERDY JJ FROM HIGH SCHOOL!! YOU'VE BEEN KEEPING TABS ON US FOR YEARS!! YOU'RE TRYING TO BREAK AUSTON AND I APART BECAUSE I DIDN'T LIKE YOUR ASS BACK THEN!"

Jackson took a deep breath "So you found out" He stood up "Im doing this for your own good Ariana, you deserve someone much better than him!". Ariana looked at him in disbelief "I actually thought you were a great guy Jackson but I was wrong". Ariana was about to walk out but had some last words to say.

"By the way you'll not be seeing much of me because I quit" Ariana walked out angrily. Regina, Steph, Mitch and Stefan scattered back to their areas before Ariana spotted them eavesdropping. Ariana walked passed by them and left the cafe.

Jackson walked out of his office, the others gave him a look. "I messed up didn't I?" He asked as all of them nodded their heads. "And you're the one that gonna fix this" Regina said patting his back.

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