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This is a pseudo-chapter of the webcomic Best Friends Forever.

Chapter 16

The morning after, Vincent wakes up on the floor next to Kamri’s bed - she recounts how he bugged her until she agreed to leave the party with him, because he was too drunk to drive himself home. She also mentions that while Vincent was sleeping, Teddy called his phone wanting to talk. When Kamri answered instead, Teddy asked if they wanted to go on a double date.

Kamri wants to go because she didn’t know how rich Teddy was until she saw his house at Vincent’s birthday party - she remarks that even at the posh Victoria high he’s probably one of the most wealthy. She’s hoping he’ll be trying to show off for Penelope and take them somewhere luxurious.

Vincent gets annoyed, not wanting to go, and asks if Kamri is really that bored with her life. Kamri shoots back that she is really bored - with Vincent.

KAMRI

“You should at least take me on a cool date. Y’know, as thanks for not telling the rest of the football team you can’t get it up.”

With that, Vincent begrudgingly agrees, and leaves in a hurry. He runs across the street of the luxury neighborhood back to John & Louis’ house to find his car. Just as he’s about to drive away, Louis appears, ushering the previous night’s sexual conquest out of his house.

Noticing Vincent in his driveway, Louis makes a conspicuous show of deeply kissing the guy goodbye. He throws Vincent an unsettling smirk, at which point he speeds away.


Later that night, Teddy is getting ready while Penelope waits for him. She regards a pinboard in Teddy’s bedroom that is mostly photographs of him and Vincent. She wonders aloud if the double date might be going “too far” - Vincent seems to understand their relationship, do they really need to rub it in his face? Teddy is surprised, restating that there’s nothing between them, and that Vincent is happy for him as a friend. Penelope agrees that Teddy certainly doesn’t seem to have any romantic feelings towards Vincent - but she still thinks Vincent likes Teddy.

Teddy finds this laughable and impossible, and tells Penelope that she’ll see on their date:

teddy

“Vincent only has eyes for Kamri. Well, Kamri and 4 or 5 other girls at our school.”

After a ride in a helicopter owned by the Bijapurs, the foursome arrive at an upscale restaurant in the city. As they sit down to eat, they talk about their family plans for Thanksgiving, which is quickly approaching.

We learn about their families: Penelope’s dad is a dentist and her mom is a former dental hygienist. Kamri’s dad is a Michelin-starred chef and her mom holds a high position in a large accounting firm. Teddy’s dad is, as we know, a psychologist, while his mom is a neurosurgeon & scientist. Vincent… avoids sharing. The mood becomes awkward when Penelope asks why Vincent prefers to spend the holiday with Teddy’s family rather than his own.

Teddy quickly changes the subject to the football team’s recent success. He hopes they’ll win the next game and advance to the regional playoffs. Kamri smiles snarkily into her drink as she remarks how well Vincent plays when Teddy isn’t on the field cheering.

It’s Vincent who interrupts this time - asking Teddy if he wants to share a dessert they both enjoy. Teddy jokingly remarks that his girlfriend wouldn’t approve. Vincent feels that he’s missed something, so Teddy reveals with great amusement that Penelope thinks Vincent has a crush on him.

This catches Vincent speechless, and Teddy takes the opportunity to explain why it's so funny to him - he thinks they would make a terrible couple. The height difference, for one - they have sore necks as it is just trying to talk - imagine if they had to kiss, Teddy laughs.

As he goes on, Penelope really starts to feel bad for Vincent, and shoots Teddy a concerned expression. Unwavering, he concludes with the fact that neither of them would ever endanger their friendship like that - besides, they’re both straight! Vincent smiles and agrees, but something stills seems off.

Kamri, somewhat annoyed by the conversation’s turn, announces she’s going to the bathroom, and Penelope follows.


To Penelope, it seems like Vincent may be leading Kamri on. She feels a little bad, and tries to carefully ask what Kamri thinks about how Vincent acts towards Teddy. Kamri takes offense to her pity, firing back that Penelope should worry about her own “gay boyfriend”. Penelope laughs, and states with a coy confidence that Teddy definitely isn’t gay.

Kamri, surprised, replies that Teddy is “more fun” than she thought - and so is Penelope. Wondering how much she can say, Kamri asks Penelope what it is about a football player & so-called ladies man that makes her suspicious. Penelope accidentally lets slip what she knows about their summer trip - mistakenly thinking Kamri and Vincent had been dating at the time, and thus someone should tell her.


Meanwhile, Teddy and Vincent finally have a moment alone. Teddy remarks that he’s had something to tell him all day while Vincent was busy at his part-time job. After beating around the bush a bit, Teddy eventually manages to tell his best friend that he and Penelope had a bit of an intimate experience the previous night. Vincent earnestly tries to be excited for him, but is having trouble stringing words together. Teddy clearly notices a weird vibe, but their conversation is interrupted.

John’s dad Dr. Kingsley and Louis’ mom approach them - they happened to be having a dinner date same restaurant. He says he feels bad that he’s been busy since getting remarried, and hopes that he and Dr.Bijapur can take the kids to visit their alma mater - they went to college together. He says that with everyone together, it’ll be just like “old times”. Teddy smiles politely.

Louis’ mom asks if they’ll bring Louis with them, saying that lately he’s got this idea in his head to skip college and go right to work with his father in California. Dr. Kingsley says he can come along, and so can Vincent.

Dr. Kingsley congratulates him on the great football game last night. He remarks that he wishes John was half the player Vincent is, and this his father must be proud. Vincent pauses, but the girls come back. Dr.Kingsley excuses himself, asking Teddy to say hello to Dr.Bijapur for him.


Later, back at Teddy’s house, Penelope and Teddy affectionately kiss goodbye, while Kamri pats Vincent’s ass with a “bye, loser.” The girls depart, leaving Vincent and Teddy alone again. Vincent, embarrassed, asks if he could use Teddy’s shower - his landlord is refusing to fix his fucked up hot water.


As Vincent showers, Teddy sits on his bed in his pajamas and contemplates his lukewarm response to Penelope. He mistakenly decides Vincent must not like Penelope.

Vincent soon emerges from the bathroom in a towel. Hoping it will make him feel better, Teddy is honest with Vincent about the arrangement he has with Penelope - and how she has a “real” boyfriend. Vincent is surprised and confused, wondering why Teddy is helping this girl cheat on her boyfriend.

Teddy insists that it’s not like that, and tries to explain the open relationship, but Vincent just doesn’t seem to “get it”. Vincent explains that even though he does casual hookups, he doesn’t go on dates with those girls or do couple things with them, it’s weird - he thinks that should be saved for someone he’s “serious about, like a long-term thing”. Teddy responds that even though it’s not meant to last, that’s okay - he feels the relationship is a good experience for him. Just because it’s short and non-exclusive doesn’t mean it’s not serious to him.

Vincent seems unconvinced, but they drop the subject awkwardly, not knowing how to continue the conversation. Teddy asks if Vincent wants to watch a movie and sleepover, but Vincent leaves with the excuse that he has to get up early for work the next morning.


After getting home, Kamri calls Louis and immediately tells him what Penelope told her about Vincent and Teddy’s summer trip - that Vincent tried to kiss Teddy. She bemoans her bad luck in picking the gay football player, saying the other cheerleaders will never shut up about it if it gets out.

LOUIS

“Please, they’ll all be just as embarrassed - they all tried to ride his limp dick too. You should’ve listened to me, I warned you.”

KAMRI

“I just couldn’t resist, okay? He’s so hot.”

LOUIS

“Ugh, tell me about it.”

KAMRI

“Excuse me? I thought you said Vincent was annoying...”

LOUIS

“...I can’t hate him and think he’s hot?”

KAMRI

“Maybe you should be the one dating him, huh?”

LOUIS

“Ew, I don’t do closet cases. I would rather fuck a drama dweeb than go out with Vincent Fawkes.”

KAMRI

“Uh-huh. So why’d you dare him to kiss you?”

LOUIS

“I always flirt with him to piss him off, it’s funny.”

KAMRI

Hilarious. Look, he doesn’t need help to make himself look gay, could you just lay off? For me?”

LOUIS

“......Hmmmmm, I’ll think about it.”

After hanging up, Louis returns to watching John play Call of Duty and taking turns with a bong. John asks with disgust why Louis is talking about dating Vincent. Louis shoots back “why, are you jealous?” John rolls his eyes and grunts.

LOUIS

“John, can I ask you something?”

john

“No.”

LOUIS

“Come on, seriously?

John finishes the mission he’s on, and puts down the controller. Louis is in a rare mood, and seems almost serious.

john

“What?”

LOUIS

“I know this is like, a shitty thing to ask, but…. did you… have a hard time? I mean like… when your mom died.”

John

“What the fuck?”

Louis

“When I asked Andre about your shit with Kennedy and Teddy, he said something about it, so…”

John

“...Is that all he said?”

Louis

“Yeah, I mean, he really didn’t want to talk about it, I was just-”

John

“Being a fucking asshole?”

Louis

“Hey, I didn’t mean anything--”

John

“Louis, listen. You’re an OK stepbrother, but if you ever bring up my mom to me again I will make you fucking regret it. Got it?”

Louis

“Jesus, sorry.
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