"So, Summ," Elle asked - making herself comfortable in her seat at the bar. "What the /hell/ happened?"
I took a deep breath.
Gossip Girl hadn't even dropped the bomb about Aidan and I - but everyone already seemed to have heard /something/ about our breakup.
"I...I kissed someone else," I told her. "And Aidan dumped me."
It was as simple as that.
Elle rolled her eyes.
"Things happen," she shrugged. "Aidan's pissed now but you'll convince him it was some /meaningless/ kiss with some /random/ high school boy and he'll get over it."
I looked away for a moment.
"Summ," Elle's tone was curious. "It /was/ some meaningless kiss with a random high school boy, right?"
I shook my head - watching as Elle took a long sip of her drink.
"It was...Carter," I confessed.
Elena eyes got wide - and she pulled her glass away from her mouth.
"Chrissy's brother Carter?"
"Sexy marine Carter? /That/ Carter?"
I nodded. Again.
I picked up my shot glass and downed it before gesturing to the bartender.
He wasn't keeping them coming fast enough.
"When? Wha-how?" she stammered.
I told her the whole thing.
The falling asleep in his bed.
The whispered promises.
Our /amazing/ kiss.
Our sad goodbye.
And Aidan confronting me the morning after.
I was telling her things that I hadn't brought myself to talk about with Chrissy.
"Holy sh*t," Elle said again.
I took another shot.
"I take it the kiss wasn't meaningless?"
"No," I shook my head. "Not at all."
Elle smiled a bit.
I couldn't tell if she was impressed.
Or if I sounded so ridiculous she couldn't help herself.
"But, Aidan," I said weakly. "He was right. Nothing was wrong with us, Elle. We were...great. He was amazing to me. I...I don't know why I did this."
What /is/ wrong with me? Why did I have to f*ck everything up?
"Things happen, Summ," Elle said - sounding very matter-of-fact. "People get attracted to other people and sometimes they act on it. Trust me - I know."
"But I hurt him," I said weakly. "And he.../hates/ me now."
"He doesn't /hate/ you," Elle explained. "He's just...a guy with a bruised ego."
"Look, I know that both you /and/ Aidan think he's pretty much perfect," Elle tossed out. "But he's not. He makes mistakes too."
Elle - of course - was right but...
I couldn't get over how awful I'd been.
It was just a kiss.
/One/ kiss with a guy who wasnt even in the country right now.
But I understood.
To Aidan it wasn't about a kiss.
It was about my being distant.
It was about broken trust.
It was about me ruining something that was working.
"I just don't know what to do now," I frowned.
"You're a single girl, Summ," Elle smiled at me - obviously trying to cheer me up. "You can do /whatever/ you want."
I smiled back - before looking down.
Too bad I didn't actually /know/ what I wanted to do now.
I took another shot - waiting for that feeling.
That blissful feeling that comes from being completely wasted.
But Elle's cell phone buzzed.
And so did mine.
"Should we?" Elle asked.
But I was already scrolling through the latest blast.
There it was.
Now the whole world knew about Carter and me.
Only Gossip Girl made it seem like we totally had sex.
And - as if that wasn't bad enough - there was a picture of Aidan and...Chris.
Aidan. He tried to kiss her?
My /best/ friend?
Is he f*cking serious?
I scoffed - glaring down at my screen - then I took another shot.
Oh, Mr. Riley - I thought to myself - anger rushing though me. /This/ you were going to have to f*cking explain.