Trying to Get Over You Online - J.D. Rivera

I had just finished my last class for the day and arrived home. I opened the door and went to the kitchen. Cooper was rummaging through the fridge for a snack. I hadn’t thought he even noticed me until I heard him ask, “Hey, Josh is having a party tonight. Do you want go?”

I placed my school bag on the counter and answered, “Sure, sounds good, but I promised Jen I’d help her study. You go on ahead, and we will be over later.”

He put the makings of a sandwich on the counter and pulled me in for a kiss. “How was your day, Babe? I missed you.”

I kissed him back, pulling him into a hug. He kissed the top of my head as I answered, “It was long, but my classes were pretty interesting. How was yours?”

He released me and began making his sandwich, “Good. I really like it there. The CEO had a talk with me today. He wants to create a position for me when I graduate. We even talked salary. It would be six figures.”

I stopped unloading my bag and stared at him for a second. This was amazing news. I turned and wrapped my arms around his neck and jumped up, wrapping my legs around him. He grabbed the back of my thighs.

I kissed him deeply, then gave him kisses all over his cheeks. “Cooper, this is amazing news! I am so very proud of you. I knew you would be awesome! Now you can tell your dad that you made the right decision by not going to medical school.”

“Thanks, Babe. It’s still such a shock, but it feels great, knowing I already have a job.”

I kissed him again and pulled back. “I’m so happy for you, and I love knowing your job is here, where I’ll be next year.”

At about nine o’clock, Jen and I finally finished studying and headed to Josh’s house. Josh was a friend of Cooper’s, whom he met his first year of college. We got along great, but I didn’t really consider him my friend; he was Cooper’s friend. He was a great guy, and I was glad that Cooper had him.

As we pulled up, I looked around; cars were everywhere. The house was an older, small brick home, close to campus.

We started walking up the sidewalk when I saw my brother Chris. “Hey, Chris. Is Cooper inside?” He grabbed my hand and kept walking in the direction he was walking––away from the house.

“What are you doing?” I asked him. “I’d like to go inside with Cooper.”

He stopped walking and turned around to face me. “You don’t want to go in there. I told him to leave.”

My stomach knotted a little, “What are you talking about? Why would you want Cooper to leave?” I was so confused.

“Jason showed up with some weed. I know you hate it when Cooper smokes pot, but tonight he’s acting funny. Maybe it would just be best if you left. No one wants to see y’all argue.”

Great. Just great. Instead of celebrating Cooper’s good news together, he was celebrating by getting high. “You’re right. I hate it, but I’ll keep my temper in check. We can talk about it tomorrow. Just let me go inside.”

Chris nodded and let go of me. We walked into the house; people were everywhere. As I searched the small house for Cooper, I realized I didn’t know anyone here. It was easy to search the small living room; no Cooper in sight. I made my way through all of the people to search the kitchen, but I still didn’t see him.

I turned around to search elsewhere and heard a familiar voice say, “Oh, look who it is: Cooper’s nag.”

My anger flared, but I managed to keep it under control. Jason knew I couldn’t stand him, and he was just trying to piss me off. It was working. I decided to not even turn around; I just kept walking.

“She’s not going to like what she finds in the bedroom,” I heard him say behind me. My stomach was in knots as I realized I had searched everywhere but the bedrooms and bathrooms. I could feel something like fear creeping into every fiber of my being. I needed to get a handle on it; I knew Cooper wouldn’t cheat on me. He loves me.

As I started to make my way down the hallway, I spotted Cooper coming my way. Since I didn’t know where any of the rooms in this house were located,