Sophia couldn’t believe her ears. Was it really Jon’s fault that her sister and Richie had split up? Why would he make up such a horrible lie? Was this the reason Richie went to rehab? Her head was spinning at the thoughts that raced through. She had to find Jon and confront him. Surely David had got it wrong. Jon wouldn’t do something like that. But did he? It’s a stunt she would have thought him more than capable of when she first met him. Had he been playing her along all this time just waiting to hurt her like he had with her sister? Sophia got up from the bench and said goodbye to Dave, interrupting him in the middle of a story she hadn’t been listening to. She found Jon in the kitchen and took him out the front of the house where it was quiet and they could be alone. Her anger started to build as she blurted out, “Are you the reason Richie and Victoria split up? Did you make up stories about her to get Richie to leave her and cause her so much pain?” Sophia said in a steady voice although she was trembling inside. Jon looked shocked at first, he paced the garden path before speaking, “Your sister is a nasty piece of work, she was taking him for a ride.”
Sophia looked angry at his words. He wasn’t going to lie to her, she would have to hear what kind of person her dear sister really was. “I heard her, Sophia. I was looking for you when I passed the room and heard her speaking. She must have been on the phone to some other little bitch because she blatantly came out and said she’s with him for his money and the fame it would bring or words to that effect. I’m sorry Sophia, she’s not as innocent as she’s made you believe,” Jon told her, moving in to take her hand until Sophia pulled hers away from his reach. “I had to tell Richie. He’s my best friend. Are you telling me that if the situation was reversed you wouldn’t have told Victoria?” Jon started pacing again. “I’m sorry to have to be the bad guy here and tell you what she’s really like, but it’s true.” Sophia turned towards him, “You know what I would have done Jon? I would have found out the whole story before I went spreading stories around and wrecking a great relationship.”
Jon looked amazed, “What do you mean the whole story? I heard her say they things, what more is there to find out?” Sophia took a deep breath, “I was the person she was talking to that day Jon. I was in that very room with her.” Jon shook his head, “You were part of the plan?” Sophia almost laughed, “The plan? There was no plan Jon. If you had heard the start of that conversation you would know that she was telling me how much she was in love with Richie. I made a stupid comment, like you know I always do and my sister replied with what you said. She was being sarcastic Jon. Can you see her looking for fame? I don’t think so. I can’t believe you broke them up over a silly comment. She’s never loved anyone the way she loved Richie. She was devastated when he said it was over and didn’t even give her a reason.” Jon was silent for a while. He was studying the floor when he finally spoke, “So it’s really my fault that my best friend ended up in rehab? I’m such an idiot. Please, Sophia, I’m so sorry about all of this. If I had just known or you had said something then none of this would have happened.” Sophia was unsure what to do. He looked so sad and blamed himself for what Richie went through but Sophia was still angry about the pain he had caused her sister. “We couldn’t say anything because no-one told us why he suddenly wanted to split up and sent her packing from the house,” she moved closer to him and tilted his chin so he was facing her. “You have to tell Richie what really happened.”
“I can’t do that, he would go mad. His best friend landed him in rehab, he’ll never speak to me again!” Jon blurted.
Sophia couldn’t believe what she was hearing, he really didn’t want to tell Richie the truth. “Are you really too proud to admit your wrong for a change?” Sophia almost shouted. “Two people have gone through hell because of you and you won’t even go to the effort of telling them and giving them the chance to make it right. They could still be together! But you would rather see them suffer than admit your mistake. Well Jon, sorry but I thought you were better than that.” Jon reached out to touch her again but she moved away. “It’s not like that Sophia, you don’t know Richie, you don’t know what this has already done to him. It could make him worse if he finds out it was all for nothing.” Sophia studied him for a moment, watching him fight back the tears that welled in his blue eyes. “Goodbye Jon, your not the person I thought you were if you’ll let pride stand in the way of love,” Sophia said as she fought back tears of her own and walked away.