Alicia was stunned to see it was even the same duplex that Liam lived in – the very one she had left early this morning. Even so, she didn’t want to jump to conclusions. After all, there were two homeowners in this duplex and she never did meet Liam’s neighbor.
“He’s home!” Tracy exclaimed. “That’s his car right there.” Alicia looked closely, “What?” she asked. “His car, right there,” Tracy repeated. Alicia could see the car. The only problem was that it couldn’t have been Tracy’s boyfriend’s car because it belonged to Liam.
No Longer A Coincidence
Alicia looked over at the parking spaces in front of the building and saw something that made her blood run cold. Alicia’s worst fears were realized as she read the car’s number plate. There was no doubt what was going on now.
He Lied To Her
The car was indeed Liam’s – the one he had allegedly driven to the airport that very morning. So he had lied to her about going to see his mom? Her blood was beginning to boil. She took a deep breath and counted to five. Not wanting to cause a scene, she decided to confront Liam after the passenger had left. But what she saw next made her snap.
After they parted ways in the evening, Liam drove off to New York to see his sick mother. He was to spend his night in the hospital. But as Alicia grappled with the reality of things, Liam strolled out of the door. He was smiling at Tracy, waving as he hurried over. Then he looked closely and saw Alicia.
Alicia’s stomach plummeted, then she stiffened as the adrenaline rushed through her body. She gripped the steering wheel, digging her nails into it until her knuckles turned white. They were both waiting for Liam to make his appearance, but for different reasons. Liam took a step back, shaking his head in disbelief. Alicia was trembling behind the wheel, her foot half an inch above the gas pedal.
He lied about going to New York. He lied about his sick mother. He lied about everything. He had been cheating on her with the woman who was sitting right next to her. And Bre was livid. She hurled her door open and rushed to him, needing an explanation for what was happening. She caught Liam running away and yanked him to a stop.
Deer In The Headlights
Alicia looked right in his lying face. It took a few moments for him to register that she was there, but when he did, his smile fell.
Now, he looked like a frightened deer. And Alicia was going to eat him alive. He started to run, but he wasn’t quick enough. Alicia leaped out of the car to deliver a special brand of swift, painful justice.
How Could He Do This?
Alicia was ready to let all hell break loose. « How could you do this? » She said through tears. “Because you work too hard,” Liam told Alicia. But his voice went low when he said, “And you forget stuff, Alicia.” “You forget a lot,” Tracy said behind them, and Alicia snarled. Alicia’s teeth ground. Her fists balled, and she whirled around to face Tracy. What she found made her step back with a gasp.
“My cousin says you forget even your birthday,” Tracy said, a wrapped present in her arms. She jutted her chin at Liam and added, “He wanted to surprise you, even called me. And I’m the last person he calls.” Alicia’s blood ran cold and her face flushed when she finally realized what was actually going on.
You see, Liam was quite a prankster. That’s what she loved about him. He was always trying to “get her,” but he hadn’t succeeded yet. This time, he’d gotten her good. He’d concocted an elaborate scenario just to surprise her on her birthday. “But, your mom!” Alicia gasped. “She’s fine,” Liam said with a wink.
A Terrible Mistake
Suddenly, all of Alicia’s friends sprang out of nowhere, screaming ‘surprise’ as they showered her with confetti. Her heart thundered within her chest, and her breath hitched. Although she could still feel the adrenaline rushing through her body, She knew she’d made a terrible, terrible mistake. Liam came and hugged her. “Happy birthday,