JUST MOMENTS LATER IN
"What are you talking about?"
looked at Stephanie
intently. What could Stephanie possibly have to tell her about Reginald
that would change her life? Stephanie stood confidently and
relished her moment of triumph.
That's it, Jillian, squirm! she thought to
herself as she watched her rival grow impatient and nervous.
Stephanie thought for a moment about exactly what words to use to tell
Jillian everything about her and Reginald. She grinned wickedly
and began to reveal the entire story. "Jillian, not long
after you and Reginald started dating, he started seeing someone
"W-what are you talking about?" Jillian
began to grow nervous. She felt her pulse begin to quicken as she
tried to process what Stephanie was beginning to tell her.
"He was sleeping with someone else behind your
back!" The announcement felt like a weight had been lifted
off of Stephanie's shoulders. "You thought you were the only
one, but you weren't! Your dear, precious Reginald was cheating on
you and he did it for months!"
"H-how do you know all of this?" Jillian
sunk down into a chair and buried her head into her hands.
Reginald had betrayed her? How could he? She looked up at
Stephanie and saw her sly grin and began to grow angry. "Tell
me, Stephanie, how do you know about this!"
"Because the other woman was me." She
was surprised how easy the revelation had come. At last, the
secret was out. She watched Jillian closely. Jillian looked
defeated as she began to process Stephanie's announcement.
Suddenly, Jillian stood straight up with a fire in her eyes.
"I thought so." It was now Jillian's
turn to surprise Stephanie.
"I'm not stupid, Steffi," she spat as she
walked closer. "When Reginald and I started seeing one
another, I knew he was seeing other girls. We weren't exclusive.
Neither one of us wanted to become seriously involved. I knew
there was someone else!"
"H-how? How did you know?"
Stephanie began to feel the wind disappear from her sails.
"There were signs. Times when he couldn't see
me, but wasn't at home or at work...2 movie ticket stubs that weren't
for a movie he and I had seen...strange phone calls that he wouldn't
explain." Jillian folded her arms across her chest.
"I knew! Reginald had quite the reputation as a playboy.
My friend Helen
told me all about him. You know what? I didn't care!"
She paused and eyed Stephanie closely. "There's something
else that I know, too."
"W-what's that?" Stephanie began to grow
"I know that despite what went on between you two,
Reginald chose me!" The fire in Jillian's eyes grew more
fierce. If Steffi thinks her little announcement is going to
keep me from marrying Reginald, she's dead wrong, she thought.
"I bet I even know what night it happened."
"I bet it was the night of my sorority's fall
formal." Jillian let her mind drift back to that night.
She'd known something wasn't quite right about him that evening, but
could never figure out what it was. Now that all the pieces were
fitting together, she knew exactly what had happened.
"He was a little distant all evening. I was beginning to grow
worried about us. When he made that phone call and had to rush
out...he was going to see you, wasn't he?"
"Yes! Yes, he was." Stephanie
began to feel some of her spirit return. She hadn't given up hope
"That was the night he dropped you like a rock and
came back to me!" Jillian began to walk closer to Stephanie.
"He chose me, not you! When he got back to the
dance, he surprised me by telling me how much he loved me and how he
wanted to be with just me and no one else! Secretly, I'd wanted
the same thing, too, but I'd been too nervous to tell him. I knew
right then that any other woman he'd been involved with was out of his
life for good."
Stephanie quietly began to remember that night.
Reginald had left the formal to come see her. She'd thought
it was a sign that he was leaving Jillian. She'd been wrong!
It was the night he'd told her that he couldn't see her anymore; he
loved Jillian and couldn't betray her again. It was the night
Reginald ended his affair with Stephanie and dedicated himself to loving
only Jillian. "You're not what he needs, Jillian! He
needs someone like me! When he realizes how trapped he feels with
you, you're gonna find him back on the prowl again!"
Stephanie found her assertions met with a sound slap across the face.
"Get out!" Jillian shouted.
"Get out of her, you gold digging tramp! You were just a
thrilling diversion for him. If he'd really wanted you, he would
have chosen you! I love him and he loves me and there's not a
thing you can do about it!"
"I'm leaving," Stephanie muttered icily.
She walked to the door and opened it. Before exiting, she turned
to face Jillian. She grinned slightly. "If you love
Reginald so much, than how do you explain Dane?"
Jillian felt the color drain from her face. How in the world could
she explain her past with him?