Chapter Three: Can't Help Myself
Andre waited until later that night to finally go out on his search for Jade.
Maybe she's at Jet Brew. he thought, walking down the heavily lit street.
At this point, Andre was fully focused.
His mind was never clearer than at that moment.
He knew what he had to do.
He had to take the risk.
He had to tell Jade the truth.
He only prayed that her reaction would not destroy his friendship with Beck.
"Hey, Andre." said a voice behind him.
It was Beck, walking out of Jet Brew and sipping on a large cup of coffee.
Remain calm. Andre thought to himself, Can't afford to make him suspicious.
Andre had to play this off well in order for Beck to remain oblivious of his feelings for Jade.
Let's see how he does.
"Sup, Beck." Andre responded.
"Just walking around town. actually I was looking for Jade."
"What do you need her for?"
"I need her to hear a new mix of the song that she helped me with."
"Well, do you have it on a flash drive? Cause I could take it to her."
"Uh… well, I couldn't find a flash drive of mine that actually had room for the song. So I had to save it onto my phone."
"Well, can I hear it?"
"I really wanted Jade to hear it first, so she could help add some new ideas to it. Once the song is perfect, that's when everyone else can hear it."
"Oh… well, Jade recently left to go to this outdoor horror film festival down by the park downtown."
"How come you didn't go with her?"
"Couldn't. Have to help my dad install a new air conditioner into the RV."
"Oh… well… I'll talk to you later."
Awkward. Seriously awkward.
Both of them began to walk away from each other.
Eventually, Andre wasn't able to see Beck at all.
With Beck nowhere to be seen, Andre took off running towards downtown.
This was insane.
Mad dashing through the streets, bumping into pedestrians, avoiding oncoming cars and for what?
His best friend's girl.
Andre knew in his heart that this was ridiculous.
He was doing something completely crazy…
But wait… love does make even the sanest person do crazy things.
Or is this infatuation?
Only Andre knew the answer to that.
After running four blocks straight, Andre was quickly approaching the park where the film festival was.
Almost there. Almost there.
Five minutes of running through the streets and he finally arrived at the park.
Now for the hard part: Finding Jade. he thought.
Walking throughout the crowd, Andre found it difficult to pinpoint Jade from the rest of the similarly dressed people.
It wasn't until he heard that familiar voice ring through the crowd.
"What do you mean you're sold out?"
"You heard me. We're out of tickets."
"That's bull! The two guys that were in front of me asked if there were any more tickets for their friends and you said there were only 20 left."
"That's your word against mine."
"I can't believe this!"
Andre saw the opportunity to intervene and took it.
"Excuse me, but what's going on here?"
"This insane bitch won't take no for an answer." said the very short ticket vendor.
"I'll show you what a bitch I am!" yelled Jade.
Blocking Jade from the vendor, Andre then said, "Don't call her a bitch. That's disrespectful… Now do you have extra tickets or not?"
The ticket vendor stared at Andre for a moment and felt intimidated by his muscularly presence.
"Oh, alright! I was lying! We do have more tickets, but I wouldn't sell them because I was planning on selling them to some friends of mine."
"You sick son of a-." said Jade, trying to get around Andre.
"Now was telling the truth so hard?" asked Andre, cutting Jade off and continuing to hold her back.
"I'm sorry. I'm sorry! I won't do it again. It was wrong of me." responded the vendor, who looked frightened.
"Thank you. Now two tickets please." said Andre, as the vendor ripped two tickets from the roll of tickets.
Andre never found himself to be intimidating in any way, but at this moment he felt empowered.
He also found it pretty cool how he refrained from cussing to intimidate someone. It was more of a "sophisticated" version of threatening someone.
He did however felt like blurting out "Now fuck off!" or "Kiss my ass!" but he decided to keep it clean… for now.
After giving Jade the other ticket, Andre leaned over the ticket counter and said, "I hope that this has taught you that lying, calling women "bitches" and being an asshole towards others will get you nowhere. And that if anything like this ever happens again, some very unpleasant things will happen. And don't take it as a threat, no no, consider it a promise yet to be fulfilled."
"Okay. Sorry for the trouble. Enjoy the festival."
After the intense situation, Andre now faced the horrific challenge that awaited him.
"Hey, I really appreciate what you did. What exactly are you doing here?"
"I'm a lover of horror films. Blood, gore, can't get enough of it."
"No, seriously, why are you here?"
"Um… I came here because I actually had to tell you something."
"Sure, what is it?"
Andre took a deep breath and prepared for the worse.
"Don't take it the wrong way… but… during the past couple of days… I've had a crush on you."
Jade began walking close to Andre. A feeling of fear began to rush through him.
"You do know that Beck and I have been dating for more than two years?"
"What kind of idiot are you? I'm dating your best friend and you go ahead and say that to me?"
"No! I didn't mean it that way!"
"And what do you expect me to do? Break up with Beck and go out with you?"
"No! If you would just listen!"
"You asshole! Get away from me!"
"Don't ever talk to me again!"
As Jade walked away, Andre felt a deep resentment for what he had done.
His entire friendship with Beck was sure to end due to this and his friendship with Jade was sure to end as well.
Even though Andre wasn't looking for anything serious with Jade, especially since she was dating Beck, Andre still needed to get it off of his chest that he loved Jade.
He was an idiot.
What did he expect for her to do?
Admit that she was in love with him from Day One?
Break up with Beck?
Go out with him and live happily ever after?
It was all in his mind…
Andre found himself standing in front of Jade at the film festival.
He didn't talk to her yet.
And found it hard to form words.
Not surprising to say the least.
Jade was standing there with that curious look on her face.
That really cute, curious look.
"Andre? Is something wrong?"
The tension was increasing.
Words were rushing around in his head.
Out of all of the millions that were there, three simple yet complex words blurted out.
He couldn't help himself.
"I love you."