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Medicine (Wo)Man
By Sweet Tangerine


Where We Went Wrong

"It's over, Aid."

He looked up at her, all pleading gone, he knew this would happen. He had figured it out a long time ago.

"I'm sorry, I-"

He started shaking his head, "No. I get it. I do."

Relief shone in her light blue eyes. She leaned over and gave him a kiss on the cheek. When she pulled back, she smiled sadly.

He cleared his throat before speaking, "I'm still here for you. You know that, right? I-I want to be friends with you."

She nodded, and looked up at him; "I know, and I love you, Aid; I do, it's just-"

"Love me as a friend?"

She looked down guiltily, and nodded.

He moved in and wrapped her in a hug, "And, I love you, as a friend, and more. But, I understand. And, I'm still going to be here for you."

She wrapped her arms around him, and nodded into his chest. Relief flooding her.


Tides Change

Spencer laid in bed, unable to sleep. Her mind was racing with thoughts of Aiden, school, her grades, and Ashley. But why Ashley?

She sat up, frustrated, and defeated. She made her way over to her desk and sat down sighing.

She turned her laptop on and stared idley out the window into the trees outside her room and the sky beyond.

The laptop chime signalled to Spencer that it was booted up. She drew her attention back to the machine in front of her, opened up iTunes and turned on some Bob Dylan; a messanger window popped up:

Ash: Hey

Spence: hey back

Ash: :-p

Ash: How'd things go with Aiden?

Spence: ugh, i dont wanna talk about it, ash

Ash: That good, huh?

Spence: oh yea, terrific :[

Ash: Want me to come kidnap you?

Spence: i wud love that, but u kno i cant

Ash: Who says anyone has to know?

Spencer paused for a minute, her fingers hovering over the keys. A grin on her face. Finally she gave in.

Spence: fine, but if i get in trouble, ill have your head!

Ash: You won't, you love me too much for that. :-p

Ash has signed offline and will receive your messages when they are available.

The blond felt her insides shutter at reading the word love. She shook her head to try and shake the feeling.

She shut her console down, and clamored over to her closet; she grabbed a pair of jeans, and a random t-shirt and threw them on.

Just as she was finished, she heard her cell phone vibrate against the hard wood on her nightstand.

She hurried over to it, and checked it. 1 new text message. Ashley Davies.

Ash: Im outside. Where r u?

Spence: On my way b there soon

She snapped her phone shut and silently maneuvered out of her house.


Out Through The Curtain

Ashley was parked on the side of Spencer's street, lights off, car quitely idleing.

She saw the door to Spencer's house open, and she smirked.

Spencer ran over and got in.

"Hey." A smile accompanied Ashley's soft greeting.

"Hey back."

"Where to?"

The blond shrugged, "Where ever."

With that, Ashley turned the lights on, and put the car in drive. "How about the beach?"

The younger girl nodded her head, and rested her head on the head rest, her gaze was somewhere off in the distance.

Concern laced the older girls voice as she spoke, "Hey... You okay?"

Spencer looked at her, and shrugged.

Ashley pulled over into the break down lane, and turned the car off.

"Hey... Spence, what's wrong?" She reached a tentative hand out, and placed it on her shoulder.

The younger girl turned and looked into deep brown orbs so full of concern that it hurt. "I'm just thinking, Ash, that's it. I'm fine."

The brunette shook her head, "You're not fine, you're just stubborn."


"Spence, it's me. Remember? Your best friend? You can tell me anything."

Spencer shook her head, "This I can't..."


"Ash, don't push it, please."

"No, Spence. I want to know why you can't tell me. I want to help, but I can't if you don't let me in."

Spencer shrugged off Ashley's hand, and shook her head again. "You can't help me with this."

Fury colored Ashley's eyes, "Is that so? I can't help? Why the hell not, Spencer?"


"No! Spence. I am not stupid. There's something bugging you, and I want to help, but you won't let me in. Why won't you let me in?"

Spencer sighed, unbuckled, and got out of the car.

Ashley followed suit. And, soon Ashley was pursuing Spencer into the pitiful grove of trees just off the freeway.

Spencer sat down on a rock, and sighed.

Ashley kneeled in front of her. "Spence. Don't ignore me. Don't do this."

The taller girl kept her gaze to the ground avoiding Ashley's look completely.

Several moments passed in silence between the two girls. Finally Ashley became frustrated, and stood up. "Fine, be a brat. See if I care because at this point, I don't. Nope, not at all."

Spencer looked up at her. "Ash-"

"No, Spence. You don't want my help. So, I don't know what to do anymore, Spencer."

Spencer rubbed her temples, "God damn it, Ashley! I-I don't know what's wrong with me, okay!? I'm confused, I can't stand it, but you can't help me... You don't get it, Ashley. This is about me... And, my..." She hesitated.

The older girl got quiet, timid almost. The next words to leave her lips were reverent, and barely audible, "Your what, Spence?"

"My infatuation with you!" With her outburst aside, Spencer rested her head into her hands, and sighed.

"Y-Your what?" Ashley whispered, stunned.

Spencer began shaking her head; "Ashley, please." Her voice was quiet, and full of defeat.

"Spence..." A hand rested on her shoulder, moved up to the side of her face. Spencer felt herself leaning into the touch, enjoying every minute of it. She pulled away suddenly, "Don't, Ash."

"I-" Ashley paused for a second, Spencer looked up at her and into those endless pools of chocolate, "I feel it, too, Spence..."

Spencer tilted her head, a small smile graced her lips.

The End

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