Cassidi Jay walked down the hallway with tears in her eyes. Cody had dumped her without warning. For Layla.

She knocked on the door of her best friend's locker room, waiting for him to open the door.

Alex Riley opened the door to his locker room, looking at his best friend.


"Lex, Cody dumped me."

Alex growled and hugged her.


"What did I do, Lex? Why would he dump me for Layla of all people?"

"I don't know, Cass. Come here."

He pulled her into his locker room, shutting the door.

"What happened?"

"I caught him with Layla in the locker room. I thought he loved me."

He growled.

"I'll kick his ass."

"Don't. Please just leave it alone."


"No. Please don't."

He hugged her and she cried on his shoulder.

"I can't forgive him, Lex. It hurts too much."

"I know, babes. I know."

Cassidi stood up and walked across the room, holding her arms around her.

"I can't do this, Alex. I can't."

"Do what?"

"Keep getting my heart broken. It hurts so much."

"Then don't stay with him."

"What choice do I have?"

"Me," he muttered. "You can choose me."

Cassidi froze.



She walked back over to him, hugging him.

"Lexy, look at me."

"I'm sorry."

"Lex please."

Alex turned away from her, walking over and sitting on the bench.

"I love you, Cassidi Jay."

"You-you love me?"

He looked up at her, eyes wide.


She grinned up at him.

"I love you too, Lex."

Alex leaned forward, kissing her gently, and suddenly Cassidi was glad she hadn't gone out with Cody tonight.