♫ Suggested Soundtrack: The Dandy Warhols – We Used to be Friends
Chris: Hey, Dylan.
Dylan: What’s been going on with you, dude?
Chris: What do you mean?
Dylan: Well, you’ve been ignoring my calls for a while now, we didn’t hang out since the white party and…
Chris: Well, do you really want to hang out with me?
Dylan: You are my best friend, bro! Of course I do!
Chris: So, you don’t mind everything that happened to my family?
Dylan: I mind the fact you didn’t come to me for help… I mean, we were really close before you went on your trip and before all of that happened, I don’t see why it would change anything between us…
Chris: You guys are partying once or twice a week at least… You’re eating at fancy restaurants and you don’t even care on what you spend your money. I can’t do that anymore, Dylan. I had to get a job just to make sure Zoey and I don’t starve. My mum is a complete mess and…
Dylan: I’ve fixed it.
Dylan: I missed you a lot, man. I went and talked with your mother since you didn’t want to answer my calls and I gave her enough money to get you out of that motel you’re currently living in. Besides, didn’t Lydia fix the things for Zoey? She’s in boarding school now?
Chris: Yeah, how do you know that?!
Dylan: I know about Lydia and my dad, don’t worry. I was the one who suggested them to help you guys out in the first place. My dad didn’t want to help Corina, as he says she is a pure gold-digger and nothing else, but he likes you. And he likes Zoey…
Chris: Lydia made me think she was doing all of it because she wanted me to keep quiet about their affair! And how do you know about them?!
Dylan: That’s nonsense. As soon as I heard what happened at the white party, I talked with my dad and her and got them to agree to help you guys out. And affair? What affair? Oh, man, you don’t know what’s going on, do you? Come, let’s grab a sit.
♫ Suggested Soundtrack: Safetysuit – Anywhere But Here
Chris: I heard something today and I don’t know how to tell you this…
Sam: What? *laughs*
Chris: No, I’m serious, Sam… This might be a shock to you, but I think I’m supposed to tell you.
Sam: Well, we are dating now, mister. And I don’t want us to have secrets.
Chris: But… I’m not sure if it’s my place to tell you.
Sam: Chris, you’re scaring me…
Chris: Your aunt and uncle… apparently they’re getting a divorce. They’ve been going through it for a while now and it’s almost finalized.
Chris: Yeah, Dylan told me…
Sam: Dylan? That’s bullsh*t. How would he know?
Chris: Well… It seems as though Lydia and Maxwell are dating. They’ve been dating for months.
Sam: Does my uncle know about this?
Chris: I’m not sure. But my guess would be yes.
Sam: But… Why?
Chris: I don’t know. Dylan told me that just today. I had no idea… I guess they haven’t told anyone yet because they don’t know how to tell it to Scarlett.
Sam: Scarlett? It’s not like she’s this fragile thing you need to protect. Yeah, I get it, she’s their daughter but…
Chris: No, you don’t understand. Scarlett’s been struggling with bulimia before. She’s been okay for at least two years now, but they’re worried that if they do it in the wrong moment, she might fall apart again. That’s one of the reasons why it was really hard for me to fully break up with her. I was always afraid for her on some level.
Sam: We’re talking about the same Scarlett?!
Chris: Yeah, she puts up this facade of being a confident person, but she’s just an insecure girl taking out her insecurities on other people. And after a while, all of that turned her into a mean, mean person… And even though I somewhat understand what she went through, I really don’t care anymore. What she did to you, for example, is unforgivable. She drugged you, she sent out old photos of you being drunk and what-not and almost got you expelled…
Sam: I had absolutely no idea…
Chris: Not a lot of people do. But that’s her problem. She was honestly an okay person when I first met her. But Jennifer, Hannah and honestly, her mum too, they all influenced her in some way. And now, she’s just like them. If not worse.
Sam: I… I’m just taken away with all of this. I mean, I’m living with them and I had no idea about any of this…
Chris: Welcome to Sunset Hills, Sam. It’s a place where everyone has a secret and no one is who they appear to be.
Sam: And… Dylan… Aren’t you ignoring him?
Chris: He opened my eyes a bit today. I mean, he’s an ass at times, especially when he wants to be. And he is definitely not the best person in the world. But neither am I. And he is still my friend. He’s shown me that he cares about me, and I need people like that in my life. He actually got his dad to pay for Zoey’s private school and he went behind my back and helped my mum out too but with his money.
Chris: Yeah, Dylan. He sacrificed a part of his inheritance and gave it to my mum so we can at least get an apartment or something. I was blow away. I never expected that from him.
Sam: Yeah, me neither.
Chris: I was pissed off because it made me feel a little like a charity case but…
Sam: Don’t! Don’t go there… That was amazing of him and don’t ruin it, Chris. He never saw it like that if he did all that you’ve just told me he did, I’m sure. He just saw you as a friend in need. And seeing as he has literally enough money to live three lives, it was not a big deal for him…
Chris: You sound just like him! *laughs*
Sam: You told him you felt like a charity case?
Sam: You moron! *laughs*
Chris: Heeeey! *laughs*
Chris: Now I have to go back home and talk with my mum about the money she never mentioned. *laughs* Maybe she wanted to surprise me with a place to live. *laughs*
Sam: Yeah, you go do that. I have to go to lunch with Jennifer…
Chris: Jennifer? As in Jennifer Ferris? Why?
Sam: Well, she ambushed me during Cotillion. I didn’t even know she was one of the mean girls then. But I do now, thanks to you, Chris. I’m just going to go there and let her know I’m not interested in her little games.
Chris: Smart. She’s really manipulative, Sam, so… Take care!
Sam: I will!
Chris: Bye, beautiful!