ALISON

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A FEW MONTHS LATER

The rest of the month went by fast, I know because I am currently in L.A preparing for my finals.

In a couple of weeks, I would be walking across the stage to receive my diploma, the sad thing is that I won’t get to that with my best friend this time,

”do you miss him?”

Tessa asked snapping me out of my reverie.

“Huh?” I uttered

“Do you miss Dylan?” she asked again,

I huffed slightly, “He’s my best friend, Tessa, of course, I miss him, these past few months have been terrible without him.” I said, I just wish he could at least talk to me or better still look at me.

“If it makes you feel any better, he hates me too,“ she added, “he’s not picking any of my calls or replied to any of the numerous voicemails I’ve left him.” she scoffed out in frustration,

Tessa had told me about their little secret, apparently, they had something going while I was away, I was really happy for Dylan when she told me about it. Tessa is really amazing, I just hope he realizes that soon.

Silence.

“I really do like him Alison.“ she mumbled, “I mean he’s cute, adorable and a really big baby sometimes.“ she chuckled mistily, “but that’s what makes him different from any of the other guys I have ever met.” I reached out and grabbed her hand giving it a tight squeeze,

“I’m sorry.” I apologize, knowing it’s partly my fault.

“Don’t be It’s not your fault...” she said, gathering herself together, “from now no more sobbing over Dylan.“ she let out, her lips twisting into a mischievous smile, “let’s go clubbing tonight.”

I threw her skeptical look,

“Have you seen me lately?” I pointed at my slightly bloated bump, there’s no way I am stepping into the club looking like this, “pregnant women go to clubs all the time.“ she added, “I mean c’mon Ali, when was the last time you had actual fun?”

I huffed.

She had a point,

“Okay, fine....“I gave in to avoid the argument I was going to lose anyway, she grinned,

“There’s an exclusive new club that just opened up a month ago it’s called Truth, and I happen to know someone that can help get us in.” she said with a smug,

A few hours later, we arrived in front of the famous club, Tessa dragged me by the wrist and pulled towards the overcrowd entrance of the club, suddenly we made it in front of the huge bouncer, ignoring the constant rants and glares we got from the desperate crowd behind us,

“Tessa.” the bouncer acknowledged her with a smirk.

“C’mon, let us in Ben,” she said winking playfully at him.

“Who’s your pregnant friend?“He asked his eyes landing directly on me.

“She’s with me.”

He stared at me quite unsure before stepping aside letting us in, “Thanks, Ben.” Tessa uttered excitedly dragging me quickly into the club as we made it further in, I couldn’t help but frown at the loud music, I could feel a migraine coming up already.

We made it to the tightly packed bar, “hey, Lucas.” she called out the bartender like they were old friends,

“Tessa.” the bartender exclaimed as he made it over to us.

“Hey! cutie.” she winked at him, “can I get 8 shots of tequila and something really light for my friend,” she said referring to my bump.

“Sure, coming right up” He nodded and walked away, but a few minutes later I was now sitting alone on the stool sipping what tasted like orange soda, Tessa got really drunk after her 7th shot and vanished into the dancing crowd with some cute stranger.

“Hey, beautiful.” My face scrunched up in disgust as a man’s heated drunk voice blurted to my face, “Are you alone?” He asked, I ignored him and looked away, wishing he would just leave.

“Let me buy you a drink, beautiful” he spoke up again.

“No, thank you.” I said and tried to move past him but he dragged me by the wrist and yanked me back to him, “Where do you think you’re going beautiful?”

“What the hell? get your filthy hands off me you perv.” I yelled jolting his sweaty hands on me.

“Let’s just have some fun, beautiful,“ he said, his eyes scrolling lustfully at my body. I knew this dress was way too short and revealing for the pregnant me, but Tessa insisted I wear it.

“She said no, you asshole” A familiar voice spoke up suddenly from behind, I turned around and was faced with a furious Dylan.

“This is none of your business boy” she-man spat and within seconds Dylan’s fist collided on the man’s Jaw making him stumbled to the hard ground, the crowd began gathering up to watch the fight.

“Dylan, please stop.” I held to his arm as he was aiming for another hard blow, I mean the man was passed out on the floor already.

Dylan grabbed my forearm and dragged me with him out the club,

“let go of me.” I struggled as the hold was really tight on my wrist.

As we got to a place completely quiet,

He let go of my arm, “what the hell are you doing here Alison?” he scolded me like he was dealing with a toddler.

“I’m here with Tessa.”

“You should be more responsible.” his eyes landed on my bump, but he immediately looked away, “You should be more careful Ali.” he whispered,

“do you know what would have happened if I didn’t show up-”

I cut him off, “thanks for saving me Dylan, but I can take care of myself.”

He huffed sarcastically and nodded, “Sure you can.”

We stood in the quiet dark street silently for a few minutes before he decided to speak again,

“I am sorry.” he started.

I cringed, “for what exactly Dylan?” I folded my arms to my chest, waiting for what he had to say.

“I shouldn’t have reacted the way I did,“he started,” I was a total jerk to you and for that, I am sorry Alley.”

“Let’s not forget, how you completely avoided me for months.” I really want to ask him about Tessa, but I don’t think this is the right time for that,

“I’m sorry. I just needed some time to accept everything, the thought of losing you Ali is far worse than being away from you, I realize that now.”

I nodded slightly, “Those this mean you’re willing to accept David?” Who I am hoping hasn’t heard about my little stunt tonight.

He moved towards me, “It means, I am willing to try.” he smiled, “for you.” he added, and I couldn’t help but smile back,

“thank you, Dylan.” I whispered.

He chuckled,“You’re always welcome pops.”

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