It's Not Too Late For A Second Chance
Chapter 1. You Did A Bad, Bad Thing
Author: j_rock873/twin who likes to travel
Summary: This is a sequel to "Too Late For Apologies".
Disclaimer: I own nothing.
Reviews: I would like them. Constructive criticism is ok.
Author's notes: After recently reading "Too Late For Apologies" again, I decided to write a sequel. I made some slight changes to "Too Late For Apologies", so you might want to read that one again. I realized that I didn't give names to Katie's roommate or the girl she cheated with in that story, but I will in the second chapter of this one.
After Katie left the funeral home
Grace walked to the front entrance of the funeral home and made sure Katie was nowhere to be seen before walking over to Jessie's coffin.
"She's gone," Grace said before rolling her eyes.
"Are you sure?" a voice asked from inside the coffin.
"I promise," Grace answered.
"Good, I didn't know how much longer I could have done that," Jessie replied before opening her eyes and sitting up.
"Do you need any help, Jessie?" Rick questioned his daughter.
"No, I can handle it," Jessie announced before she stood up and jumped out of the borrowed coffin. She turned around and began to walk over to her family when she saw frowns coming from her parents, "What?"
"Don't you think what you just did was too cruel?" Karen inquired.
"Maybe, but you remember what I went through before I decided to do this?"
"Yes," Rick responded before hugging his daughter, who was now standing in front of her parents.
"So what are the plans again?" Zoe declared.
"Well, I was going to call Tad soon. I guess he's probably talking to Katie right now. He's supposed to find out what's going on with her. Like where she is and how she's feeling, then I can decide on how to surprise her."
Before anyone could say another word, one of the employees of the funeral home entered the room.
"Is everyone done in here?"
"Yes, and thanks for helping us out with this," Lily stated as they all prepared to leave.
"You're welcome," the man told them as he walked past them and rolled the coffin out of the room.
Meanwhile, outside the Singer home
"Hello?" Katie sighed.
"Hi, Katie, how did it go, how are you holding up, and where are you?"
"How do you think it went, Tad?" Kate yelped before wiping away a tear.
"If I knew, I wouldn't have asked."
"I didn't even get to stay for the funeral. I only got to say goodbye to Billie. I mean Jessie. When I tried to apologize to the rest of them, they handed me a suicide note Jessie had supposedly written. Then they asked me to leave. I'm both angry at both of us and sad at the same time. By us, I mean me and Jessie. I'm outside of my house. I figured I'd look at it one last time."
"One last time?"
"I'm leaving and probably never coming back. I guess if you want to see me after today, you'll have to come up to New York."
"Ok, anything else?"
"I'm angry at myself for cheating on her, not trying to apologize earlier, and not working it out with her. I'm angry with her for killing herself over me. I wasn't worth dying over. Finally, I'm sad that I will probably never see her again."
"Yeah, but now you have to go on with your life and find a way to get by without the same thing happening to you," Tad advised as he felt bad for lying to his best friend in order to help another very close friend, "So what are you going to do now?"
"Well, if you want to, maybe we could hang out tonight. Then I'm getting onto a plane and heading back to New York."
"A few close friends at NYU got decent part time jobs, so they're going to rent an apartment kind of close to the school. I was going to get a job as well. Then the three of us were going to split the expenses of living there from the summer until the end of the next school year."
"Would any of them be the girl you cheated on Jessie with or future girlfriend possibilities?"
"No, she's already made plans and found another boyfriend. She's happier than she was before, but she still wants to be a friend," Katie admitted before starting to cry.
"Are you going to be ok?"
"I guess I'll have to be. Do you still want to hang out with me?" Katie muttered between sobs.
"Yes, be at the same movie theater we always go to at 7:00 PM. After the movie, we can go out to eat and maybe find some girls to hit on if you're up for that."
"I was with you up until the last part. I couldn't do that. I'm not sure when I can do that again without thinking about Jessie."
"Ok, see you then."
"Goodbye and thanks."
"For telling me about Jessie and always being there for me."
"Sure thing," Tad mumbled before hanging up and feeling worse than before the call.
About twenty minutes later
"Hi, Tad, well, how's she doing and where is she? Oh, do you mind if I put this on speakerphone before you answer that?"
"No, I don't mind," Tad assured her and waited for Jessie to set it to speakerphone.
"Ok, go," Jessie insisted.
"She started crying during our call. She's at home. I don't think she's going to be there much longer."
"What makes you say that?"
"She told me she's going back to New York after we hang out."
"Uh, ok. Tell us everything you two talked about."
Tad went through the whole conversation he had with Katie to Jessie and her family. They looked at each other and the phone as they heard the regret in his voice and felt the same.
"Why is she heading back so soon?" Jessie gasped without thinking about how he could respond.
"WHY? Why do you think? She thinks you're dead. How would you feel if the first person you truly loved in that way died, especially with how you died? I can't believe I went along with this hoax," Tad growled as the anger became clear.
"I'm s-sorry, Tad."
"You better be. Now FIX IT before you lose another friend."
"You're going to take my place at the movies tonight. I don't think I could look her eyes without telling her the truth. Be at the usual theater a little before 7:00."
"Whatever," Tad scoffed before hanging up.
After ending the call, Jessie looked at each family member's face.
"I know, ok. You don't have to say it," Jessie revealed before tears started to show on her cheeks.
"Jessie, sweetie..," Karen began to say as she moved closer to hug her daughter.
"Save it, I don't deserve it after what I did," Jessie said before breaking down even more, running upstairs, and slamming the door to her room.
"I guess I'll go now. Call me later, ok?" Karen requested as she headed for the front door.
"We will," Rick assured her.
Around 6:40 PM
Jessie slowly made her way downstairs; only to be confronted by everyone in the house.
"Where are you going, Jessie?" Lily challenged with concern.
"I need to get to the theater before 7:00, like Tad told me."
"Do you need a ride?" Grace offered as she sat at the kitchen table.
"Thanks, but I need to go by myself. If Katie sees any of your cars, who knows how she'll react?"
"Ok, be careful," Rick warned.
"I will," Jessie asserted before giving a small smile and walking out the front door.
7:00 PM, outside the local theater.
Katie had arrived there about five minutes ago and spent the time either looking around for Tad or at the time on her watch.
"Come on, Tad, Where are you?" Katie griped softly while looking to see what was playing.
This caused enough of a distraction, so that Jessie could sneak up behind her.
"He couldn't make it," a strange voice informed as Katie felt someone tap her on the shoulder.
Katie turned to see if she could recognize the person who had walked up and tapped her on the shoulder. When it was clear she didn't, she spoke up.
"Who are you, how do you know him, and what makes you can just touch me like that?"
"Because he's a friend, and I used to touch you whenever I could," Jessie confessed softly as she took off the borrowed baseball cap and sunglasses.
"Jessie!" Katie hissed in surprise before she felt her hand rise to smack the blonde standing in front of her. At the look of slight fear on Jessie's face, she grabbed Jessie by the wrist as tightly and discreetly as possible before commanding, "Don't SAY a word."
Jessie nodded in silence as Katie led her to a nearby alley, so they couldn't be seen by anybody.
"WHAT THE HELL, JESSIE?" Katie yelled as she pushed the blonde up against a wall a little harder than normal, "I thought you were dead. Tad TOLD me you killed yourself. I guess that whole scene earlier was just a sick way to get revenge. What did it take for Tad to take part in this twisted scheme of yours? Did you promise to have sex with him?" When Jessie only looked on in shock at her, Katie immediately took that as confirmation, "Oh my god! My best friend lied just to have some sex with a girl he never had a chance with before."
"K-Katie, I-I never had s-sex with Tad," Jessie claimed as she watched the other girl lean up against another wall and start to cry, "After our break up, I was a total mess. He said if I ever needed ANYTHING, to just ask. "
Jessie sat down beside Katie after watching her slide to the ground and cry harder. Jessie felt herself to get choked up at the sight of Katie hiding her tears behind her hands. She tried to pull the crying girl into a hug but was having a hard time getting Katie to just let go and fall into her arms. A few minutes later, Katie gave in and clung to the blonde as if her life depended on it.
"I'm s-so s-sorry, Katie. I should have listened to my good side instead of my bad side before I did what I did."
"Y-Yeah, you sh-should have. I didn't think I could have hurt you enough for you to do something like that. J-Jessie?" Katie grilled before pausing to look up at Jessie and wipe a few tears away.
"Yeah?" Jessie interrupted her before brushing away some of the hair on Katie's face and the few tears as well.
Katie smiled for a few seconds before continuing, "Did…Did you ever actually think about killing yourself. I mean how bad did it g-get?"
"Yeah. It was only once though and just for a few minutes. There were some days after school where I would cry as I played the Billie Holiday CD. I would just cry until the CD was done. What about you?""
"I couldn't listen to her because I knew I would just break down. I saved the break down times for when I was alone."
Jessie watched as Katie cried for another minute. When she was sure that Katie was done, Jessie softly kissed her on the forehead. Then Katie stood up and helped Jessie stand as well.
"So do you still want to see a movie?" Jessie wondered.
"What would you like to do?"
"Maybe we could go back to one of your houses."
"Ok, when does your plane leave?"
"You know, the big, metal bird people get on so they won't have to drive or take a train," Jessie commented with the slightest trace of sarcasm before smiling at Katie.
"Who told you about that?"
"Tad told me. So?"
"I got an open ended ticket, so I can stay a little while. But then I need to get back to New York. I need to get a part time job until I'm done with school."
"Ok," Jessie sighed as she slowly and carefully reached for Katie's hand.
Both girls could see that Jessie was nervous about what Katie would do. Would she let her or would she stop her?
"Let's go then," Katie ordered slightly as she felt Jessie's soft skin touch hers.
As they arrived back at the Sammler/Manning home, Jessie tried to give Katie a soft kiss on the lips but stopped when Katie took a step back.
"Katie…," Jessie tried to say but was interrupted.
"Wait until we get upstairs," Katie insisted as she gently opened the door and walked inside, missing the worried look on Jessie's face.
"Ok," Jessie relented before following the older girl silently.
"So how did it go, Jess..?" Lily began to ask as they all looked to the door and assumed it was Jessie, "Uh…Hi, K-Katie."
"Hi, everybody. Do you mind if Jessie and I go upstairs and talk?" Katie asked them softly.
"Uh.., sure," Rick said as he tried to think of more to say, "Katie."
"Yes, Rick?" Katie replied calmly, easing the tension a little.
"We're sorry about earlier."
The rest of the family nodded along instantly.
"I understand," Katie assured them before grabbing Jessie's hand and leading the blonde up to Jessie's bedroom.
When Katie wasn't watching her, Jessie's worried look came back and wasn't missed by her family.