No More Daddy

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We found each other

I helped you out of a broken place

You gave me comfort

But falling for you was my mistake

I put you on top, I put you on top

I claimed you so proud and openly

And when times were rough, when times were rough

I made sure I held you close to me

Call Out My Name - The Weeknd

Chapter Seventeen - No More Daddy

"Vera? Is that you?" I got a good look at the person when they straightened up.

"Ari?" I whispered.

"Oh my god. What are you doing here?" Ari moved closer to me and opened her arms up for a hug. I hugged her for a quick second then pulled away. It seemed to bother her that I wasn't as happy to see her. Truth is, I was still hurt from the last time I saw her. I couldn't be fake and pretend like nothing ever happened. She said some hurtful things that I could never forget. I was haunted by her words still to this day. I couldn't care less that everyone else thought I was a slut, but hearing those words come from someone I loved fucked me up.

"I'm here with a friend," I tried not to look at her too much. I was feeling too many emotions right now, and I didn't need her seeing that.

"What friend?"

"Just a friend."

"Do I know him?" I glared at her when she said him as if she knew it was a man.

"How do you know it's a man? You just assume that it's a guy because you think I'm some slut?" Ari's eyes widened in shock.

"No, absolutely not! That's not what I meant, Vera."

"I haven't talked to you in years. You shouldn't be asking me personal questions. We're not cool anymore. It was nice seeing you, Ari." I made sure she knew the last part was sarcastic.

I tried to hold back my tears as I walked back to the bar. I was being a bitch because I was still angry. Ari was the first female friend that I trusted. I would have never guessed in a million years that she would betray me as she did. I understand I betrayed her in some way, but she threw some low blows. I expected her to be begging for my forgiveness, but it wasn't like that. It's like our friendship never existed.

"You alright?" Johnny asked. He could always tell when something was wrong with me. I looked down at the floor and shook my head. I wanted to go home so I could be far away from this place. If I stuck around then she would probably try to come up to me again.

Johnny let Andrew know that we would be leaving early. I wanted to find Amell but I knew he would ask me questions and I didn't need that right now. I felt bad but I knew it was time to go because my chest started to tighten up. I don't know why I was reacting like this.

We waited for the valet to bring Johnny's car. He held me close to him as I tried to focus on my breathing. I was ready to have a full breakdown right there. Johnny's car pulled up a few minutes later. I let out a deep breath as he opened up the passenger door for me.

"Vera!" I froze when I heard her voice. I slowly turned around as Ari tried to run over to me. It took her a little bit because she was wearing heels. I thought I would never see this day because she didn't know how to walk in heels before. "I know I'm probably the last person you want to see. This isn't the time or place to talk about things. When you're ready to talk then text me," Ari held out a piece of paper. I wanted to hate this girl so bad, but I could never do that. I grabbed the piece of paper then turned to get in the car. Johnny closed the door then ran to the driver side.

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