Haley looks around the house. She comes across a table that displays beautifully framed pictures of the happy family. There are plenty of basketball trophies also on display. She picks up a picture when Lucas comes up and folds one down. That's the last thing he wants to see, I'm sure -- reminders of Dan's choice for a life that doesn't include him or Karen. Haley notices that Luke's really upset, and asks him what happened. "Same old crap. He thinks if he keeps hammering me, I'll quit the team." Haley rolls her eyes. "What did he do this time?" Luke replies, "He made some feeble comment." Luke sighs. "Feeble" is such a great word. Very underrated in terms of television scripts. A+ for word use. He says, "I'm not going to let it get to me." Haley states, "Yeah. Obviously that's working out for you." They smile. "Luke, have you guys actually ever talked?" He quips, "Yeah, and we trade emails too." She makes a good point, though: blah they're hyper-sensitive around each other, blah she understands, blah maybe they take everything the wrong way, blah defending Nathan blah. Luke walks purposefully toward her: "There was no misunderstanding what he said." He steps even closer: "And why are you defending him?" Yes. Why, Haley? Wouldn't now be the time to be honest, because you know this whole tutoring thing is just going to come back and bite you on your ass? Haley stutters, "Um, ah, I'm just trying to bring some perspective, it's a really screwed-up situation." She looks up at him. "I'm sure that having you around isn't any easier for him than it is for you." Blah they should talk blah. Damn. Luke must feel like he's getting it from every angle. "Tell me," he bitches, "I'm not hearing this." Haley looks at him: "Then what are you doing here, Lucas? Obviously, you're looking for something, right?" Luke states that he's not going to let Nathan win. Seems to me that Nathan's not winning much these days. His girlfriend's always pissed at him, his dad treats him like a pariah, he can't control the team like he wants, and his mouth is always getting him into trouble. Luke's the golden boy in this situation. Haley sighs. She turns around. Then she turns back again. "Fine. Don't let him win." She pauses. "I'm going to go home." Good for you, Haley. Except maybe not, because you're kind of betraying the best friend you've ever had. Luke calls after her, but she's got that green hat on; she's making like a tree and growing right on out of there.
One Tree Hill
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One Tree Hill