"I'm not going to talk to you for the rest of the day."
"Little weird, let's do it."
"Alright, that's a time out!"
The words 'too far' did not even cover it.
Jade's eyebrows raised in the way that told someone they should probably run.
"Excuse me, Beck? Who were you talking to? Because I know you didn't just say that to me. "
Apparently, Beck had been contemplating suicide, because instead of an apology, the next thing that came out of his mouth was, "Go sit on the stairs!"
Tori shot up from her previous slumping position on the couch until she was sitting at the edge of her seat. This could not end well for Beck. Even she was on Jade's side with this one. A time out? Jade's his girlfriend, not his toddler.
Jade advanced toward him like a cat stalking its prey. "When did you get the idea that you were in charge of me? Did someone slap you upside the head with a 2 by 4 or what; because that's the only way you could get the brain damage necessary to make you think I'd allow you to give me a time out!"
At this point, Beck's back was pressed into the wall and Jade was poking his chest to emphasize her words.
"Well if you didn't act like such a brat half the time!" Tori's eyes went wide at Beck's retaliation. She half expected Jade to just tear him to pieces right then and there; there isn't a self respecting female on the planet that would blame her if she did.
Instead, Jade's face took on a look of extreme calm. "That's it."
She started walking towards the door. Beck grabbed her arm. "Wait, what do you mean 'that's it'?"
She turned around to look him in the eye. "I'm done! I am so sick of you treating me this way! I already have on asshole father, I don't need another one! I love you, but I will not be treated this way. I'm done. We're over."
Jade ran out of the room before Beck could argue, not that he could've anyway as he seemed to be temporarily paralyzed. Tori walked up to him, her 'heartbreak' forgotten. She'd only known the guy for like two days, he'd never had her heart in the first place.
"Aren't you going to go after her; apologize?"
Beck snapped out of his previous catatonic state to scoff at her question. "She'll be back. She, she wasn't serious."
His voice had taken on the desperate tinge of a man in denial.
She laid a comforting hand on his shoulder. "She wasn't in the wrong this time, she's not coming back."
He looked at her like she had somehow betrayed him. "How can you say that? I was sticking up for you!"
She withdrew her hand from his shoulder in disgust. "Do you think she's the only one that participates in our little rivalry?"
"B-b-but you helped her when she broke up with me."
Tori rolled her eyes. "And if I'd been in love with Jesse, she would've been nicer. You, of all people should know that she's not as mean as she wants everyone to think she is. She knows when someone can't take what she dishes out and reacts accordingly. You don't even know what she was going to say next! How do you know that getting me mad wasn't her weird way of making me feel better?"
Beck could do nothing but watch as the straws he'd been grasping at slipped through his fingers. He slid down the wall his back was once again pressed against until he was in a sitting position.
"She really meant it this time huh?" His eyes were glazed over with the tears he was too proud to shed and the hope that she'd come crawling back to him any second now.
Tori wanted, with all her heart, to say no. "Yeah, she really meant it."
He banged his head against the wall. "I am such an idiot."