Too Many Secrets
Written by: Juana
Story Summary: The tables have turned on Felicity. Ben is keeping his distance as well as keeping secrets. Felicity enlists Javiar’s help to mend things between her and Ben and Noel gets to the real truth.
Disclaimer: I do not own any of the characters. They belong to the rich people of the WB, Felicity’s writers and creators. I am merely borrowing them.
FELICITY: (Voice over to Sally) It’s official Sally, Ben and I are avoiding each other like the plague. At first I thought it was just my doing, but lately I’ve come to realize that things are not really what they seem.
FELICITY WALKS INTO ENGLISH CLASS AND SITS DOWN NEXT TO JULIE. BEN WALKS IN A FEW SECONDS LATER, LOOKS AT JULIE AND FELICITY AND WALKS TO THE BACK OF THE ROOM TO SIT DOWN.
JULIE: You and Ben still not talking to one another?
FELICITY: Yeah….I guess not.
FELICITY: (Voice over to Sally) All the sudden I realized the tables had been turned. As much as I was sure that I didn’t want to talk to Ben….I was floored and hurt that he had given up so easy.
AS BEN IS EXITING ENGLISH CLASS FELICITY RUSHES TO CATCH HIM.
BEN KEEPS WALKING.
FELICITY: Ben…Please wait!
BEN TURNS AROUND AT THIS SECOND REQUEST.
BEN: (annoyed) What do want Felicity? I have a class I have to get to.
FELICITY: First of all….since when is this not your lunch hour? And secondly I think we need to talk Ben.
BEN: Not that it is any of your business but….I changed my lunch hour.
FELICITY: You did? Why?
BEN: Do we really have to do this right now?
FELICITY: Why are you avoiding me Ben?
BEN: Because Felicity….this is what you wanted.
FELICITY: Ben….I was angry. I never met for you to completely faze me out of your life.
BEN: Didn’t you? You could have fooled me.
FELICITY: Can we please go somewhere and talk about this?
BEN: I told you….I have a class.
FELICITY: Then later, after your classes are over?
BEN: I can’t. I have a date with Lyssa tonight.
FELICITY: (stunned) Lyssa? You’re back together with Lyssa?
FELICITY: But I thought that….you told me that you didn’t love her. Was that a lie?
BEN: No. I meant that. But things have changed for us since then.
FELICITY: What do you mean? What things?
LYSSA COMES WALKING AROUND THE CORNER AND SEES FELICITY AND BEN TALKING. LYSSA WALKS UP TO BEN.
BEN: Lyssa….hey. (kisses her on the cheek) I was just coming to meet you.
LYSSA: I’ve been standing like a fool for ten minutes in front of my class…..where we agreed to meet and the reason I had to do this is Felicity?
BEN: It’s not what you think.
FELICITY: It’s not his fault. I stopped him to talk about…..
LYSSA: (interrupting) No doubt. (turns toward Ben) Ben I thought we talked about this.
BEN: We did. Please Lyssa let’s just go and I’ll explain it to you.
LYSSA: No. I want Felicity to explain it to me.
FELICITY: (shocked) What?
LYSSA: I want you to explain to me why you detained Ben.
FELICITY: I just wanted to talk to him.
LYSSA: About what?
FELICITY: I’m pretty sure that’s none of your business.
BEN: Come on Lyssa….let’s just go.
LYSSA: No….not yet. Not until you tell Felicity that you can no longer continue your friendship with her.
FELICITY: That’s ridiculous. You can’t tell Ben who he can and can’t be friends with.
BEN: She’s right Felicity.
BEN: I can’t be friends with you.
FELICITY: Ben….I don’t understand.
BEN: I know. And I can’t really explain. It’s just for the best.
FELICITY: (starting to tear up) Who’s best?
BEN: Felicity…please don’t make this any harder for me.
FELICITY: Oh….I’m just suppose to make this easy. Well I’m sorry I can’t do that.
BEN: Well that’s up to you….because Felicity….you can’t change it.
LYSSA: Now we can go.
FELICITY: (pleading) Ben….please don’t do this.
LYSSA: You really should try and retain a little dignity here Felicity.
BEN: I’m sorry.
BEN AND LYSSA WALK OFF LEAVING FELICITY CRYING. JULIE AND NOEL HAVE BEEN STANDING THERE WITNESSING THE WHOLE THING. JULIE WALKS UP TO HER.
JULIE: What just happened there?
FELICITY: (crying) I don’t understand….he said he can’t be my friend.
FELICITY: He didn’t tell me….He just said it matter of fact. Like that’s just the way things are.
NOEL WALKS UP.
NOEL: Are you okay?
FELICITY: (goes into Noel’s arms) No.
FELICITY: (Voice over to Sally) So there I was back in Noel’s arms…..with him comforting me. And Julie by my side….Déjà vu.
L ATER THAT DAY: BEN IS AT HIS APARTMENT WITH LYSSA.
BEN: (angry) Why did you have to do that?
LYSSA: I was trying to make a point.
BEN: You were being vicious. She didn’t deserve that.
LYSSA: Ben….this is the girl who….though you won’t admit it….slept with my boyfriend. I think it’s perfectly natural for me not to want her around you.
BEN: I told you I would stay away….you didn’t have to put on that little show for her.
LYSSA: You see Ben you make my point for me. You should be defending me…..not her. Until that changes I have no reason to feel comfortable around her.
BEN: Just promise me that you won’t get into anymore altercations with her.
LYSSA: Afraid I’ll tell her about the baby?
BEN: It wouldn’t surprise me.
LYSSA: Let’s face some facts here Ben. Felicity is going to find out sooner or later.
BEN: I’ll settle for later and not finding out by you in a fit of jealous rage.
CUT TO: INT: DEAN AND DELUCA
FELICITY WALKS INTO WORK. IMMEDIATELY SHE WALKS UP TO JAVIAR, WHO IS TALKING TO ANOTHER EMPLOYEE.
FELICITY: Javiar can I please talk to you a second?
JAVIAR: (turns around) What can Javiar do for you?
FELICITY: I need you to call Ben into work tonight.
JAVIAR: Why exactly would I do that?
FELICITY: To cover my shift.
JAVIAR: Oh…are you not feeling well? Well you know the policy….you have to cover your own shifts.
FELICITY: No…Javiar. I’m feeling fine. I just want Ben to think I’m not and that you are in desperate need of his help tonight.
JAVIAR: I don’t understand. I thought that you weren’t talking to Ben. Are you talking to Ben now?
FELICITY: No…well sort of….it’s complicated. Will you call him in for me? Darlene already told me that she would cover my shift for me.
JAVIAR: I see…so Javiar would be lying to Ben to get him down here so that you can shanghai him and take him somewhere to make-up?
FELICITY: Something like that. Will you do it?
JAVIAR: No…..I’m just kidding. Of course I’ll do it.
FELICITY: (Voice over to Sally) So Ben was on his way down and I was praying that he would give me a chance to figure out….well everything.
BEN WALKS INTO DEAN AND DELUCA.
BEN: Hey Javiar. I got here as soon as I could….do you know what’s wrong with Felicity?
JAVIAR: No….she said she had a cold….but it sounded like she had been having the tears.
BEN: She was crying?
JAVIAR: I think so. Who knows. Ben could you go get more beans out of the store room for me?
BEN: Sure. (to Javiar) What’s Darlene doing here?
JAVIAR: I’m teaching her the closing things….now go….the beans are calling.
BEN WALKS INTO THE KITCHEN AND STARTS LOOKING FOR THE BEANS. FELICITY WALKS UP BEHIND HIM AND TAPS HIM ON THE SHOULDER.
BEN: (startled he turns around) Felicity? What are you doing here?
FELICITY: I’m here to talk to you.
BEN: I thought Javiar said you weren’t coming in?
FELICITY: I asked him to tell you that.
BEN: What? Why? Wait a minute….Are you telling me you set this whole thing up to get me down here?
FELICITY: Yes…I’m sorry. But I couldn’t think of any other way.
BEN: I should have known something was up when Javiar didn’t ride me about wearing the damn hat.
FELICITY: What’s going on Ben?
BEN: Nothing. Except I’m leaving…..since Javiar obviously doesn’t need my help.
FELICITY: You aren’t going to talk to me?
BEN: About what Felicity?
FELICITY: About today….the thing with Lyssa….why your avoiding me. You pick.
BEN: Why does everything have to have an explanation with you?
FELICITY: Because Ben things happen for a reason. They aren’t just random and chaotic.
BEN: Everything isn’t always black and white Felicity. Sometimes things are random….unexpected.
FELICITY: I need some answers Ben….please can’t you see that?
BEN: Like I needed answers after game night?
FELICITY: I told you….I was mad. Are you mad at me?
BEN: No. I’m not mad at you.
FELICITY: Then none of this makes any sense. Are you going out with Lyssa to spite me?
FELICITY: Okay…you're not mad at me, and you aren’t seeing Lyssa again to spite me. What am I missing here Ben?
BEN: Why do you have to be missing anything?
FELICITY: Because I thought I knew you….and your acting…..weird.
BEN: Please Felicity….do yourself and me a favor and just give it up.
FELICITY: You just want me to accept that Lyssa is who you want to be with now?
FELICITY: Well I can’t Ben.
BEN: Why not?
FELICITY: Because in order to believe that, I would have to believe that what we had together meant nothing to you.
BEN: If that’s what you need to believe then I suggest that you start entertaining that idea.
FELICITY: Why are you being so cruel Ben?
BEN: Because Felicity you just aren’t getting it.
FELICITY: Getting what?
BEN: You need to let me go.
FELICITY: If that’s what you really want Ben….then give me one good reason for why I should.
BEN: Just one?
BEN: Because it’s what I want.
FELICITY IS STUNNED BY THIS REMARK AND STARTS CRYING.
FELICITY: You’re a bastard you know that.
BEN: Whatever. You wanted a reason I gave you one. So will you please just let it go and move on with your life?
FELICITY: It’s so easy for you….isn’t it.?
BEN: I don’t like doing this Felicity….but you were only hearing what you wanted to.
FELICITY: Is this how it works Ben?
BEN: What are you talking about?
FELICITY: You sleep with me and then just discard me?
BEN: It’s not like that Felicity.
FELICITY: Isn’t it? I can see it now. Hell I heard about it enough in gym class.
BEN: What are you rambling about?
FELICITY: Sure school jock hooks up with the virginal school girl….boosts his reputation and ruins hers. Dumps her immediately afterward.
BEN: You have completely lost it. Felicity I’m not bragging in the halls about our time together.
FELICITY: Was it that bad?
BEN: What? No. Felicity you have got this all wrong. What’s going on with me now has nothing to do with you or us….or what happened with us.
FELICITY: Then what is it Ben? If this has nothing to do with our making love together…..then what?
FELICITY IS STANDING WITH HER BACK TO THE DOOR. AT THIS COMMENT SHE HEARS THE DOOR SWING SHUT AND TURNS AROUND.
NOEL: (stunned) Did you just say? (points to Ben) that you and he…..together (turns to Felicity) Felicity?
SALLY: (Voice over to Felicity) You know when I was younger….I always wanted to be on a Soap opera. My mom would watch them all….from nine in the morning until three in the afternoon. They were never as good as this. One minute I think you’ve got a handle on it and then I realize this is just today’s episode and there is bound to be an even more exciting one tomorrow.