I bolted down the street and saw Dirk outside in his backyard playing basketball. I had to stop and lean over the sidewalk just to catch my breath. He saw me and walked over.
"Hi," he said as he gave me a big sweaty hug.
"Hi, yourself," I had almost forgotten how much I loved his sweaty, shirtless basketball hugs.
"How's your sister?" Of course that was the first thing anyone would be saying to me for a while.
"Fine. She's still sleeping, though. But she's stable."
"Great," he said and reached into the pocket of his basketball shorts.
"I was going to bring this card over to the hospital later, but since you're already here..." He handed me a Get Well card. I opened it & saw his signature, his dad's, Ms. Goth's and, curiously, Ginger's.
"When did you see Ginger?" I asked, confused.
He reached his right arm behind his head, so I knew he was about to lie.
"Well, this morning she came over..."
"Dirk Dreamer don't lie. You know I always know when you're lying to me."
He sighed & put his arm down.
" Ok, you got me. Ginger and I have been talking."
"What do you mean by that?" I crossed my arms and pointed my left foot.
"You know. Like texting and hanging out and-"
"When would Ginger have time for all of this? She has five siblings to take care of! She couldn't even come to the game with me last night." I was immediately furious.
"Yea, about that. I was the one who texted Ginger."
"But you were at the game."
"We hung out before the game because we knew you'd be there with Dustin."
I couldn't believe what I was hearing. My ex boyfriend and my bestfriend hanging out behind my back.
"Why would you hide it? Do you...you like her, don't you?"
There was a long silence.
"I can't believe you." I shouted at Dirk.
"What can't you believe? That I haven't been pining over you for the past six months, waiting for you to show interest in me again?" Dirk yelled at me.
"Your dad made us break up because of bad grades. You should've come to me." Now I moved my hands to my hips.
"It's been six months, Lilith. My grades have been great for an entire semester. If I wanted to make a move, I could've."
"And you didn't because..." I just stared at him menacingly.
"You think I don't know about you and Dustin." My jaw dropped when he said that.
"Ugh, Ginger." I sighed.
"You think I wanna date someone who would go behind her own twin sister's back like that and then embarrass her in front of everyone?"
"But it's over. I ended it." I explained.
"After that huge display at the game last night? After Angela got hurt? Of course, you did. Guilt always makes people do the right thing."
"It isn't like that, Dirk." I mumbled.
"Why are you here, Lilith?" That was the most meaningful echo I ever heard. I remembered when I asked Dustin the same question months ago. Unfortunately, I didn't have an answer for it. Dirk crossed his arms this time.
"I'll answer it for you, then. You left Dustin and now you expected me to be your fallback guy. Well, I'm not. Tell Angela I said 'get well soon.'
Then he just walked into the house and left me standing in his front yard. I stood there for a few minutes fuming in anger. And not because I didn't believe any of the things he said, but because I knew he was absolutely right.