He knew this was bound to happen. That his secret would be exposed. He just couldn’t believe how careless he was. ‘Stupid me. I really need to lock my phone.’ Doug had found out about Jenny through the text messages she sent Jared when Doug “borrowed” his phone and he appeared to be not so pleased about his friend being in a relationship again.
”I don’t get it? I thought you said were through with long term relationships?” asked Doug as he paced back and forth in Jared’s apartment one evening. Jared just hung his head low. He felt ashamed that he kept his best friend in the dark about what was going on in his life.
Jared had hoped to break the news to Doug about Jenny during Grammy week. That way the two could meet face to face and Doug would be able to see how really good she is with Jared. He even hoped that maybe the two of them could become friends.
”So the reason you have been blowing me off was because of this chick? The reason why you haven’t been hanging out at the clubs as often as you use to is because you have a girlfriend?” The word girlfriend left a bitter taste in Doug’s mouth when he said it. ”Or when you do decide to grace us with your presence you completely ignore all the hot girls that hang all over you because of this girl back in Nashville? Who your now seeing and apparently in a relationship with.” Doug stated. He was clearly upset. He started to feel lightheaded and sat down on the couch to regain his composure.
”I can’t believe you took the time to make her a care package of things from New York.” informed Doug as he looked through the box that Jared would send Jenny which consisted of The New York Times newspaper, The New Yorker magazine, an assortment of bath products from Sabon Bath and Body, a bag of Murray’s Bagels, and a Dylan’s Candy Bar gift card. “You must really like this chick to do all this.” he added with a sigh.
”I really do.” Jared spoke up.
”Is it because I’m not that good of a wing man so you decided to get a girlfriend. I promise I will do better.” pleaded Doug pitifully.
Now it was Jared’s turn to sigh, “Doug you are a great wing man. Probably the best wing man I have ever had. None of this is your fault. With Jenny and I, it just happened. Look we can still go out and have fun.”
”It won’t be the same.” uttered Doug as he slumped down into the couch.
”Yeah, now the girls will be all over you.” Jared giggled trying to ease the tension in the room.
”Whatever.” replied Doug rolling his eyes. ”How long do you think this one will last?” he questioned Jared.
Jared didn’t want to answer Doug. In all honesty he wasn’t thinking that far ahead with Jenny. He took their relationship one day at a time. You had to with someone like Jenny. She wasn’t predictable and he wasn’t either.
”Look, once you meet Jenny you’ll like her. I know you will.” said Jared now taping up the care package and setting it aside for it to be mailed.
Doug sighed for the second time and stood up from the couch. “I hope you’re right. I better head on out. I’ll talk to you later.” He said and walked to the door with Jared on his tail.
”Okay, talk to later. Hey, we’re cool, right?” asked Jared.
”Yeah, of course.” implied Doug, “See ya.”
“Bye.” But Jared wasn’t so sure he believed him. Doug wasn’t the type of person to hide his feelings and wasn’t shy of expressing those feelings as well. So when Doug came of rather nonchalant about Jenny, Jared was worried. It would suck to have one of his closest friends not get along with his current girlfriend. ‘If the friend and girlfriend don’t get along than that just makes my life a living Hell.’ thought Jared.
’This is all my fault. If I had just come out and told Doug about Jenny than he wouldn’t have felt blind sided about the whole situation. That’s probably why Doug is upset. I’m sure once his head clears and is fully able to process the news than he will be happy for me. I am his best friend after all. If he was the one in a relationship I’d be happy for him. Maybe. Probably. I don’t know.’
Now Jared felt even worse. This reminded him of the time that Matt and Johanna eloped two years ago. Jared was crushed that he was not only left out of experiencing one of the happiest days in his cousins life but also that he wouldn’t get to be Matt’s best man. He knew Caleb and Nate would pick each other for that honor at their weddings leaving Jared to sit on the sidelines watching and wondering if he would ever find someone who would want to spend the rest of their days and nights with him, again.
But like he told Doug, Jared wasn’t thinking that far ahead with Jenny. ‘I think I’ll give Doug the courtesy that wasn’t given me and not let him feel like he’s left out. I can’t be one of those guys that abandons my friends just because I now have a girlfriend. Everything will be good. I just need to give it time.’