“What the fuck are you doing here?” Sidney growled.
Elaine took a few steps to stand in between him and Brendon. She looked at him with pleading eyes, as if to ask him to let her handle it. Sidney was giving her five minutes to explain what the hell was going on before he dropped everything and murdered Brendon right there on her kitchen floor.
Brendon glanced between Sidney and Elaine with a know-it-all smirk. “You still going to deny it?”
“I never once cheated on you Brendon. Believe it or not but I was in a relationship with you, I liked you. Though for some reason,” she laughed lightly, “I can’t quite figure out why.” her voice dripping with disdain.
“Oh fuck you,” he spat.
Sid came at him, but Elaine put her hands on his chest and shoved him lightly. He couldn’t help but put a hand on her hip protectively, like he’d be able to keep her out of the way when he threw a punch.
“Leave Brendon. I’m not going to let you come into my home and accuse me of shit like this. There’s nothing else to deal with here. Leave,” Elaine discreetly leaned back against Sidney’s chest for support.
Walking over to the family room, Brendon grabbed his jacket off the back of the couch. He stopped just short outside the doorway. “You can have her Sidney, she’s shit in bed,”
In the blink of an eye Sidney decked Brendon right in the face. Brendon stumbled to a knee and clutched his nose.
“Don’t you ever fucking come near her again,” Sidney barked, slamming the door. They could hear the faint shouts on the other side of the door.
Sid whipped around and pulled Elaine into his arms, holding her tight. “Are you ok?” he asked.
“Me?” she tried to hide a sniffle and reached for his right hand, “Are you ok?”
The remnants of lunch covered the coffee table while they watched Friends on TV. Elaine was sprawled out on the chaise lounge part of the L couch and Sidney sat comfortably beside her head.
A bag of ice was resting on his right hand at his side. He told her he didn’t need it. “Patty,” she glared.
Elaine giggled at a witty comment, bringing Sid out of his daze. He hadn’t been paying attention to the TV at all. His mind was elsewhere.
She told him what had happened, from the beginning. Why they broke up, why Brendon came over… it only made Sidney even angrier. How could someone be such an asshole, and to Sid’s best friend? Hell, how could Elaine fall for someone like that? Though that wasn’t fair to Elaine, he could tell she was upset even though she did her best to hide it.
“It’s done. My heart didn’t break—just a little bruised. Nothing to worry about.” Elaine had told him rationally.
His eyes fixed on the girl who was snuggling with his left arm, holding it tight against her like a teddy bear. Sidney stared at her while her body shook his arm in laughter.
Brendon had been wrong about one thing: Sidney and Elaine hadn’t been together. As for there being something between them, he wasn’t going to deny it.
The past couple months flew through Sid’s mind. The first time they met and how much fun they had together. The numerous nights they spent together, grabbing dinner or a movie. Being each other’s sidekicks out at the club. Trusting each other and spilling secrets, something neither of them had done before.
Sidney didn’t know why he never thought of it before, how he never caught on that he always mentioned Elaine to his mom on the phone, or always factored her in to his future plans.
He had fallen for his best friend, and in just a matter of months.
The only thing that scared him more than that, was that after everything that had happened, she might run away to hide behind her castle walls.