“Just tell me the truth, the real truth, I deserve that. Your daughter deserves that.”
“She does and the truth is I know she is mine, I knew the day I walked away, I wanted to be with you, but I couldn’t, the truth would come out, and you would hate me. My parents would not allow it.”
“I don’t understand.”
“Of course you don’t.”
“Vinnie is in love with your sister.”
He was not making any sense. I narrowed my eyes and stared at him.
“Maybe I should start from the beginning,” he said, sitting beside me and taking my hand. I attempted to pull away, but he held on tight as he told his story.
“We met at the bowling alley, that much is true. Vinnie was the guy you met, that much is true, but he was a player back in the day. He liked you, he did, but he also liked another girl and since you and the other girl had no idea about who we were, we did what he always wanted, swapped places.
It was not the first time we had done this, he was not sure which of the two of you he liked and rather than lose one of you he got me to be the other him. I never liked doing it. I was born three minutes after Vinnie. He always liked to rub that in. No one ratted us out, they did not care, they found it funny. We always did it at school, we got out of so many detentions that way.
Anyway, he chose the other girl, but me, I liked you and for once he allowed me to see you as him, how could I tell you I was me. I could not do it. It was all based on a lie. The kiss you shared was not with Vinnie, but me, those few minutes he disappeared was switching places with me, and jumpers. I had been on his date until the swap, but I was glad he did it.
I was meant to end things with you as per the plan, it was always the plan with Vinnie, but when he found out I never ended it, he wanted in. I am not proud of it, but for a few weeks, we took it in turns to date you. Six weeks later, he wanted it to be over. That I really had to end it, but I couldn’t, wouldn’t. I had no choice but continue being him. He wanted to date other girls. He was too young he said to be tied down to one blonde girl.
Truth is Vinnie wanted me to tell you everything, but I just knew if we told you I would lose you.”
I continued to stare at him, what the hell did he just say, who the hell is he? I still had no idea, but twins, I understood that much, he was Vinnie’s identical twin. It made sense, it did. Had I ever loved Vinnie or had it always been him, was my sister in love with the real Vinnie? I was glad I was sitting, my head was spinning.