they did know. the way i figure it in my head is that they confronted cricket and she told them that they were right and that she would put a stop to it as long as they swore not to tell lottie - so by the time they got married, cordy and casper figured it had stopped and that it was no harm done so long as it wasn’t going on anymore, and since todd had been the one to propose, they figured he meant it and wanted to commit to charlotte. which is reasonable to assume.
from cricket’s side, i always saw it as being more of todd’s fault why it didn’t stop. from the beginning, he was the one who made her feel special. when they met, she was just a freshman in highschool, and he was a senior. he told her she was pretty and sexy, and since in my head she’s always had sort of a thing about trying to get out of lottie’s shadow, it made her feel really special that he would choose her over his own girlfriend/her older sister. so it was almost equal parts todd’s fault and cricket’s fault. later on, though, i think cricket probably wanted to come clean, but at that point she was too far in. i think todd probably told cricket whatever she wanted to hear, you know?
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"You mean this was the guy you were sneaking around with, Cricket?!” Charlotte spat, suddenly putting it all together. “My boyfriend?!”
"Hey," Todd said, trying to calm her down. "You don’t have to yell at her. I was the one who started it."
"And then when we got married,” Charlotte continued, ignoring him, “you two didn’t think it appropriate to, I don’t know, stop? Did you really think I wouldn’t find out eventually?”
"Char, baby, please. Let’s talk about th—"
"DON’T YOU FUCKING CHAR BABY ME,” she yelled, stepping back from him. “No. We’re not going to fucking talk about it, Todd. We’re not going to talk about it because we’re done here. In fact, we’re just done.”
Charlotte turned on her heels and stormed out of the room, slamming the door behind her with a loud bang as Cricket crumpled onto the bed in hysterics.
They had sprung apart as soon as Charlotte had spoken, Todd’s eyes widening with the realization that he’d been caught, and Cricket’s face turning beet red.
"Are you kidding me right now?" Charlotte yelled, staring at the scene with horror as she filled with rage. "My sister, Todd?! My little sister?!”
"Lottie, I—" Cricket began, but Charlotte put her hand up, silencing her.
"I’ll deal with you later," she said angrily, and then turned back to Todd. "I literally can’t believe what I’m seeing. How long has this been going on?!"
The room was silent, and then Cricket spoke up in a small voice. “The whole time.”
Five hours later, Charlotte returned to her house, her face blank as she walked through the front door in a state of disbelief and bewilderment. After leaving the audition room, she had gone back to her car in tears, leaning over the steering wheel and clenching her stomach in anguish. The pain had gotten so sharp and unbearable that she had taken out her phone and mapped out directions to the nearest hospital. Somehow, she’d managed to drive herself there, bleary-eyed and squinting, and had almost passed out in the waiting room before finally getting seen by a doctor.
She’d woken up two hours later on a bed in the same room she had first seen the doctor in. Confused, but feeling much better than she had been when she came in, she had sat up in the empty room, trying to figure out what had happened. Finally, the door had opened and the doctor walked in, smiling cheerfully at her when he saw she was up. He was glad she was awake, he had said, because he had good news for her. She wasn’t sick or dying— she was merely pregnant. Then, he had given her some pain relievers and sent her on her way.
Pregnant. How could she be pregnant at a time like this? Somewhere, faintly, behind her confusion, she knew she was happy. She just had to work through the rest of her emotions to get there. And that began with telling Todd.
So now, here she was, later than she would have liked to be, but earlier than Todd was expecting her home, since she was supposed to have had auditions lined up for the entire day. He would be surprised, she knew, but part of her also hoped, however foolish, that this would make him want to try, finally, to be a real family.
"Todd?" She called, peering into the living room to look for him. She knew he was home— his car was in the driveway— but where was he? Taking a nap? She made her way up the stairs to her bedroom, taking deep breaths to steady her nervous heartbeat. "Todd, are you here?"
Right there, in front of the judges and all of the other auditioners in the room, Charlotte felt herself lose her breakfast onto the rough carpet below. She stared at what she had done for a few seconds, almost as though she were waiting for time to reverse and give her a second chance, just like that audition day back in high school, but of course, it didn’t. There was no guardian angel around anymore to keep her life from falling apart. Her guardian angel was lost somewhere in the vast expanse of time, and now, suddenly, she was in this all alone.
Horrified, she uttered a defeated apology and ran out of the room as fast as her weak legs could carry her.
Steady and focused, Charlotte belted out the notes of her audition song with all the professionalism and finesse of someone who was auditioning for a part on Broadway. She’d practiced this a hundred times in front of the mirror in her bedroom, much to Todd’s complaint whenever he was home, and she knew without a doubt that she had it down. For the first time in almost two years, she began to feel like there was hope again. Sure, her marriage might be in shambles, and yes, she was in love with a boy that she could never truly be with while everyone around her was happy and succeeding and starting families, but suddenly, Charlotte started to believe that if she could just act and sing and make music for her entire life, then maybe she could be happy too.
And then, all of a sudden, she felt her stomach lurch, halting her song in one shaky breath.