We All Fall Down: Chapter 1- Burning Bridges

His head was absolutely killing him, that was one thing he knew for sure. He also vaguely remembered drinking some Absolut Vodka, quite a few shots. But what he didn't remember was where he was or how he got there, but he figured the alcohol had something to do with that. And then as he realized his shirt was off and there was a girl lying next to him in bed he remembered exactly what he'd done and who he had done it with.


Oh yes, they had done that.

Simone. She looked at him and he looked back, horror staring him plainly in the face. This was so fucking wrong on so many levels.


Not only was Simone his girlfriend's former friend, but she was also the newfound nemesis of Daphne and girlfriend of Toby, who happened to be both Daphne's and Bay's brother. He wanted to throw up. What had he done? Someone must have knocked at the door because Simone got a look of "oh shit" on her face and gestured for him to get behind the door. He still had his shirt off.

What if it was Toby? How the hell would he get out of this?

Simone closed the door and he could make out her saying it was Daphne, but that she hadn't seen him. There was such a thing as small miracles, he guessed. He signed that he should go and ran to the bed to get the rest of his belongings. She asked him to wait and make sure that Daphne was gone and then she let him leave.

He put his other shoe on and leaned up against the wall, sighing. He didn't know if it was relief at not getting caught or because of what he managed to get himself into.

He tried to replay the previous night's events. There was the basketball game, his dad telling him that he was giving Melody full custody and there was the fight….with Bay.

Oh, god, Bay!

Had he really done that? Had he cheated on his girlfriend? Yes, yes he had. If it hadn't been so fucked up, he would have laughed at the irony. Only a few days ago he was jealous that Bay had been e-mailing Ty and here he had gone and slept with someone else. He didn't even know what he was going to do or how he would even begin to fix this. Not to mention that he had cheated, but he had said pretty horrible things to Bay and made her feel like shit. Oh yes, he was certainly out of the running for boyfriend of the year.

He checked his phone and there were a few texts he saw, all from Bay.

I'm sorry.

I just wanted to help.

I love you.

Are you okay?

Will you please write me back?

And there was also a notification of a missed call.

He felt his heart literally break into a million pieces. He imagined Bay at home crying, thinking she single-handedly destroyed their relationship probably believing with good reason that he hated her and he was the one that threw everything into the garbage.

Somehow in between feeling like he was going to pass out and cry simultaneously he made it back to his room.

As he entered, Jackson high fived him. "Yeah. Someone hooked up."

He just shook his head, hoping Jackson would get the message that he didn't want to talk about it, but no, of course not.

"Come on, bro. It's nothing to be ashamed about. That girlfriend of yours is fi-ne. How did Bay manage to get up here anyway? And why didn't you bring her by?"

But Emmett couldn't seem to bring himself to say the words.

"Wait, you mean….it wasn't Bay?"

He just shook his head.

"That's…bad. What are you going to do?"

He didn't want to think about it though, so he threw himself onto the next bed and put the pillow over his face, and screamed as loud as he could, hoping that even if he couldn't hear it, someone else would.