In the end
"Think, Andy. Think back to the very last letter you wrote. What did you do with it?" He asked.
"Hey, Ash. You think you could mail this letter for me? I have to go in to the studio for some vocal recording." Andy held out the letter addressed to Lily for Ashley to take.
"Yeah, I can do that for you. I'll be over a little later to work on some bass parts for Children Surrender. That cool?" Ashley took the letter into his hands and smiled at Andy. Unfortunately, Andy had no idea what Ashley was going to do next.
"Yeah, that's cool. I'll see you then." Andy turned to leave but then stopped. "Hey, thanks. You're a real great friend, you know?"
Ashley felt a pang of guilt at his words but let it melt away as he smiled and said "Thanks. You're a great friend, too, Andy."
"But why, Ashley? What did she ever do to you to deserve this? What did I ever do to deserve this? I've only ever been nice to you since we moved here. I thought..." Andy trailed off.
"Andy, she was getting in the way of the band. You were starting to get so focused on writing the letters to her instead of working to get this album out. We had to push the release date back three times because the vocals still weren't done. Everyone else got their part done on time except for you." Ashley explained. "Trust me, seeing you upset was hard but it was all for the best."
Andy shook his head. "You're wrong, Ash. It wasn't 'all for the best'. You put us both through emotional trauma. You even dragged Juliet into all this. I'm never going to understand why you had to put all of us through all that. You could have just told me that you thought I was becoming distant from the band."
Ashley shrugged. "I don't know what to say, Andy. I just thought that taking the letters would make all of this go away. And when it didn't, I was too scared to come out and tell you the truth... So I just kept it up..."
Andy shook his head again but didn't say anything else. He stormed off the bus and outside into the warm night air. He leaned up against the cool metal of the bus and slipped a cigarette out of his pack. He placed the stick between his perfectly shaped pink lips and struck the lighter, cupping the air around the cigarette to light it. He sucked in a large amount of smoke into his lungs and let the nicotine and tobacco calm his raging nerves.
"Hey," A voice startled him as someone reached into his pocket and grabbed the cigarette pack. Lily lit her own cigarette and took a deep drag before giving him back his pack. "So, what are you going to do about Ashley, now?"
Andy looked down at the pavement. "I have no idea. There's only a week left of tour. I guess I'm just going to have to live with it until we can go back to LA and deal with it then."
Lily nodded. "I'm not mad at him, you know."
Andy looked at her, shocked. "You're not?"
Lily shook her head. "Nope. I actually should be thanking him for doing all this. Because, I don't think you and I would be as close as we are right now if it weren't for everything he put us through. Just think: do you really think that you and I would be together right now like we are if we never had that break? I think that break was something we both needed to sort things out and really think about what we both wanted. We were only sixteen, then. Now we're twenty-two. I think we now know what love really is and I think now we can fulfill a meaningful relationship."
Andy took it all in. "I guess you're right. But he still had no right to fuck with my mind and your mind like that."
Lily shrugged. "Yeah, I guess you're right. But I'm not mad at him. You can be, but just don't stay mad at him for very long. He's your friend, after all."
Lily had a point. It seemed Lily always knew exactly what to say. It was going to take Andy a while, but he knew he would somehow manage to forgive Ashley. In the end, everything was going to be alright.
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