Currently, I’m heading back to Harvard University alone on a private jet. Derek is still with family and God knows who else. I’m excited to see my Kappa Delta’s when I get home because we’re off to Las Vegas!
Westchester, New York
“Momma, they’re here. They’re here.” I heard a little girls voice say pointing to Derek and I. I was quite confused to whom the little girl was then I realized it was a spitting image of Derek himself.
“Hi Momma.” Derek said hugging his mom. “Gabrielle.” He said to his little sister. “Derek.” She said hugging his legs. He picked her up and put her on his shoulders. “Gabrielle and Momma. This Caitilin or Callie.” He said introducing me. “Nice to meet you all.” I said to Gabrielle and his Mother. “You can call me either Kelsie or Mrs. McLaughlin.” She said shaking my hand.
“This way is the guest bedroom where we will be staying.” Derek said climbing up the stairs holding our luggage. “Nice.” I mumbled once we got to the room and he dropped the stuff. “Come here.” He said. I walked over to him and he kissed me. “What are the plans for today?” I asked ending the kiss. “Well, Dad will be home soon. We could go to Savv’s Sushi Grill at the Westchester Mall for some lunch?” He said to me smiling. “That’d be fun. Let me go freshen up.” I said laughing walking toward a bag.
Savv’s Sushi Grill
“Kate, will be your server.” Deliah, the hostess said after Derek and I were in the booth. “Hello, welcome to Savv’s. My name is Kate. May I start you off with something to drink?” She asked. “Virgin Pina Colada.” “Same.” Derek said.
“Derek McLaughlin, is that you?” Kate asked. “Yeah, Kate West?” He asked. “Yes!” “Well, hello. How have you been?” “Fantastic. You? What have you been up to since high school?” “I’m great. Attending Harvard in Mu Theta Phi Frat House and a Criminology Major. What about you?” “Attending NYU as a English Major.” “Oh yeah, this is Callie Elle. A friend from school.” “Hello there. Let me get your number, so we can meet up before school!” She said handing him a slip of paper and a pen.
“Who’s that?” I asked politely after she left. “Oh, Kate? She went to high school with me. We dated.” Derek said. “Oh.” I said before eating some of my California Rolls.
“Dad.” Derek said to his father. “Meet Callie.” He said gesturing to me. “Well aren’t you pretty?” He said. “Uh.” I said blushing. “Stop Dad with your charm.” Derek said.
“I made plans with Kate tomorrow.” I heard Derek say. “What?” I asked. “I made plans.” “What am I supposed to do then?” I asked. “Maybe hang out with my mom and Gabrielle?” He suggested. “Sure, fine.”
“Let’s go to Yacht’s Yachts. I need to buy some more furniture for the boat.” Derek’s mom said to Gabrielle. “May I come?” I asked. “Sure.”
After spending time with Gabrielle and Derek’s mother, I saw a nice quiet park by the house. “Can I get dropped off here?” “Sure, I’ll come back to get you in 30 mintues.” “That’d be nice. Thank you.” I said climbing out of the park.
I heard laughter and followed it. It sounded an awful lot like Derek’s voice. Sure enough, I saw what and who it was and it was Derek and Kate.
Derek & Kate
I snapped a photo. I walked over to the swings listening to everything they were talking about without them knowing. Finally, Derek’s mom came back to get me.
I walked through the door of the home with Gabrielle holding my hand. “Momma and I are making dinner.” Gabrielle said to me letting go and heading toward the kitchen. I instead, walked toward the guest bedroom. Although, I got stopped along the way. “Derek.” I heard Mr. McLaughlin say to his son in his home office. “Caitlin is a nice girl. A beautiful one at that. I wonder, are you as serious about her as she is about you? Are you committed?” He asked his son. Derek didn’t answer. “Well, son, I don’t personally think she’s the right one for you. She’s too privileged. Too perfect and prim. You on the other hand, come from a mother who stays at home with no other job. And, a struggling dad who owns a resturant.” “Dad, that has nothing to do with our relationship.” “Oh, but it does. Kate is going to college at NYU with a job whereas Callie is vegging all summer long traveling. Her mother is a model and her dad is a congress delegate. She gets her life handed to her on a silver platter. You and I both know that.” “Dad, stop.” “I’m not going too. Breakup with Callie. End it. Before you get hurt and stay with Kate.”
After I heard Derek’s father say that, I walked straight to the guest room with tears in my eyes. I started to pack.
“Um, I heard you and your dad earlier today.” I said to Derek after sitting in bed with pure silence. “When?” “During the conversation about us.” “Oh.” “Is it true? Are you going to end it?” “My father is right.” “Fuck you. And, the insult you just threw at me.” I said climbing out of the bed. “I thought you cared about me, that you loved me. When in actuallity all you cared about was the popularity. Its just like damn high school.” I continued. “I do love you.” He said. “No, you don’t.” I said through gasps of breath and tears. “If you did, you would of defended us. Fought for us. You didn’t. Go sleep and spend the rest of your life with Kate. Do what you do best. Give up. I’m leaving tomorrow. I guess I’ll see you at school.” I said migrating to the other guest room to go to sleep. That night I cried myself to sleep.
Stay Wishing You Were Me,
Callie Elle Andrews