I woke up with a pounding in my head, and I noticed that I was in my room. My vision was blurry for a few seconds, but when it cleared I saw some aspirin and water on my nightstand.
Before I could take them, I was rushing to the bathroom to empty my stomach contents. I groaned as I got up and brushed my teeth. I glanced in the mirror and cringed at my appearance. I looked awful.
Since Alex was use to all of my looks, I quickly took two pills and headed to the kitchen for food.
"I feel like someone ran me over with their monster truck" I mumbled as I rested my head on the island.
I heard chuckles from two people and I quickly whipped my head in the direction of the sounds, regretting it instantly when my head throbbed again.
I met eyes with Cameron, then I glanced at Alex in confusion. What was he doing here?
"Surprised to see me? " He asked with a hint of amusement in his voice.
"Uh yea. What are you doing here? "
"I brought you home" He said simply.
I raked my mind for the events of last night, but apart from talking to Cameron in the kitchen, I didn't remember much.
"Why would you bring me home? Where was Alex?"
Alex tried to hide his grin as he bit into an apple. "Oh he was there. He gave me permission to bring you home, given the circumstances because he wasn't quite ready to go home as yet"
"What circumstances? "
My heart pounded at my chest as I thought about the possibilities. I can be a really dumb drunk. I think the universe was doing me a favour by not letting me remember how I might've embarrassed myself.
"You don't remember, don't you? "
I slowly shook my head as I waited for him to answer.
"Well after we went to the room I -"
"What room? " I cut him off, panicking.
"After you demanded that I sleep with you -"
"I did no such thing! "
I didn't! Right?
"You did" he answered my internal question. "You demanded that I sleep with you and when I tried to talk some reasoning into you, you went to another dude"
I threw my head in my hands, trying to hide my embarrassment. I can't believe I did that. It made me afraid to hear the rest.
"So-so we slept together? "
"Oh dear no. I couldn't get to the good part " he smirked and took a sip of his coffee, watching me carefully.
"What do you mean? " My eyes darted between the two of them, begging to put me out of my misery.
"Nature had other plans" He simply said.
And that's when it all came rushing back. Everything that happened after we left the kitchen to the moment I passed out came back to memory.
It made me actually wish someone ran me over with their monster truck.
They must've read my expression correctly since they shared a look and laughed.
"It's not funny you dweeps! " I huffed as my face turned red as a tomato. Or as your romper last night.
It was then that I realized that I was clean, and I shifted slightly to notice that I was wearing a tampon.
"Whi-which one of you-"
"That would be me" Alex announced, which made me slightly more comfortable. "I wasn't smart when I let Riley stay with you alone given the circumstances " He smirked at that before continuing.
"So I came home right after and got you sorted out"
"You couldn't have used one of my pads?!" I felt slightly uncomfortable that he used a tampon instead. Cameron too looked uncomfortable, but I'm sure it was because of the awkward conversation.
"I don't know how to use those" He defended. "And in my defense I only saw the plug ones"
I groaned and rested my head on the island again. Could this even get any worse?
"Come on Jamie. It's not like I haven't been in there befo-"
"Okay! I'm gonna get ready for work" I quickly jumped up and scurried away.
My shift at the library wasn't for another hour, and it was only fifteen minutes away but I had to get out of there. I didn't even give Cameron another glance.
I took as much time as possible to get ready, then I returned to the living room where Alex and Cameron were watching a game. Hopefully the whole 'I almost slept with a stranger but my period stopped us' phase was over.
"Why are you still here? Are you guys even friends?" My question was directed at Cameron, but instead of being offended he just beamed.
"We talk. And I'm taking you to work"
I quickly looked to Alex who was still watching the game, not even sparing me a glance.
"Why don't you take me like usual Alex? "
"I got this urgent thing to do. Riley offered to take you"
But whatever that was so urgent didn't look urgent at all, since he was glued to the couch.
"Ready? " Cameron asked. My eyes flashed back to Alex as he just waved, still not taking his eyes off the screen.
"Have a great day babe! I'll pick you up later"
"Don't you babe me you little-"
Cameron caught me before I could launch myself at my victim. Despite my protests, he lifted me and brought me to the elevator before setting me back on my feet. I adjusted my hair and smooth my dress before crossing my arms over my chest stubbornly.
It's not that I didn't want to travel with him, but I was still very very embarrassed. A car ride with him wasn't what I needed.
"So are you not gonna talk to me? " He asked lowly.
"I have nothing to talk about"
"I have a lot to talk about "
My temper was heating up and I tried really hard not to let it show.
"I'm not in the mood for your teasing Cameron"
"Oh no I'm not gonna tease you, Ruby"
My face scrunched into confusion as I faced him. "My name isn't Rub-ooooh"
Realization hit me, and I had to try extra hard to keep my temper at bay as he snickered away like Muttley.
"Don't call me that"
"Fine, Goldie" I rolled my eyes at him again, already dreading this car ride. I waited until we reached the parking lot before answering him.
"You know, just because I'm blonde doesn't mean you should give me some stereotype nickname" I said.
He stopped walking and gave me a genuine smile before talking. "You hair had nothing to do with the nickname"
And with that, he resumed walking. I followed closely behind him, already annoyed by his game.
"Then where did it come from?" I pressed. He pulled the passenger door open and gestured for me to go in, but I simply crossed my arms and raise an expectant eyebrow at him.
Giving in, he finally sighed and gave me his answer, "Your eyes. Their amber colour is closer to a beautiful golden hazel"
"You think my eyes are beautiful?" I asked. It was my time to smirk.
He quickly recovered from his trance, as he cleared his throat and tried pushing me in the car.
But I had other plans. I quickly grabbed his keys, ducked under his arm and ran to the drivers side. I quickly slipped in and closed the door before he could get to me.
It was his time to be annoyed, as he entered the passenger side and peered at me. "Give me my keys"
"No" I simply said, as I attempted to start the engine. However he quickly grabbed them before I could start it.
"Hey give it back" I whined.
"No. Do you even have your license? "
"No" I smiled sweetly and innocently as he gave me a horrified look.
"And you want to drive my baby? Do you even know how much it costs? "
"Quite frankly I don't care. Now give me the keys" I demanded.
"No. You're the one who's going to work. You should know what time you want to arrive"
I huffed in annoyance and shot him my fake smile.
"Can I please drive? I have my driving exam in a month and Alex has been given me lessons. It's our thing to make me drive to work"
He looked unsure for a minute, and I had hoped that I got through to him. But just like that, his face went stern again.
Groaning, I reached over to his side and tried to grab the keys. But he was quick in his movements as he shoved them into his pocket away from me. I continued to try and reach for them, but he kept me off him as much as possible.
Before I knew it, I was on his lap, still trying to reach his pocket. It was him who stopped fighting first when he noticed our position. Shortly after, I too stopped fighting, and I found myself staring in his eyes.
I relaxed onto him and he watched me with an unreadable expression. He adjusted my legs so that I was straddling him, and his hand went to my neck where he gently gripped the back of it.
I bit my bottom lip as he slowly brought my head to him, and I saw as his eyes dart to my lips then back to my eyes.
"Cameron" I whispered once we were only inches apart.
"Yeah?" His voice was low and husky as his tongue flicked out and licked his lips.
"I got it" I smiled.
With that, I quickly jumped off him and into the drivers seat again. I started the engine and was backing out before he could process what just happened.
By the time he was out of his daze, I had already pulled out of the parking lot and onto the main road. There was no going back now.
Cameron-0, Jamie- 1.
"You -I -why- ugh!"
I laughed at his rambling, loving the feeling on victory. I didn't intend to end up on his lap, but when I saw how it distracted him, I thought it was my perfect shot.
"Just be careful " He mumbled. His face was as red as a ruby.
"Awe is Cameron blushing" I cooed, which made his ear turned even pinker.
"No I'm just scared for my car, focus on the road"
"Yea right" I laughed out loudly.
He turned his head to stare out the window and I heard him mumble something about 'getting under his skin in less than 24 hours'.
We sat in silence for about five minutes. Since I didn't want to hurt his precious car, I was going slower than usual.
"So I thought you said you weren't Alex's girl"
"I'm not. " I shrugged.
"He called you babe" He pointed out.
"He calls me babe when he knows I'm mad at him. And yea we live together but it's normal for us"
"You're still in high school. Where are your parents? "
I suddenly tensed at the mention of my parents, which didn't go unnoticed by Cameron. When I didn't answer, he asked another question.
"You guys slept together?" I gaped at his boldness and just nodded once.
"Well yes but it's no big deal though. It happened like four times, then we agreed to keep things strictly friendly"
I glanced at him for a second, seeing that he looked slightly uncomfortable.
"You sure do act like a couple. He practically washed you clean last night, fix you up, comb your hair and tuck you into bed"
I laughed at how he sounded like a jealous boyfriend. "He's my best friend. We're cool that way"
"Too cool" I heard him mumble.
"Do you have a problem Riley? "
"Don't call me Riley. Everyone calls me that. "
"Aren't I someone? " I cocked an eyebrow at him and he looked like he wanted to be anywhere but in this car with me.
"Yes but I prefer when you call me Cameron "
I simply nodded and decided not to push it, but he seemingly hadn't finished our previous conversation, though it was obviously uncomfortable for him.
"I don't have a problem. Alex is a cool guy and I can see that he cares for you "
"Well I'm glad you see tha-"
"Was he your first?"
I took my eyes off the road to stare at him a little too long. Was this guy for real?
"And how exactly is that your business? " I asked once I processed his question.
"It's not. I just want to know"
I rolled my eyes and nodded. "I was sixteen, we were watching a steamy movie, one thing led to another and then boom"
He was quiet for a while, and I was glad when I noticed that we were almost there. Twenty minutes never felt so long.
"Do you regret it? "
I inwardly groaned when he again continued the conversation, but I answered him honestly. "No I don't. I'm glad he was my first. What better person could there be? "
"Someone you're actually in love with"
I winced at the mention of love, as I thought about Ryan and how he humiliated me.
"People break up all the time. Then they regret giving something so precious to someone who turned out to be a jerk. So I'm glad it was with Alex. At lease I could look back and not feel bad about myself"
"Sounds like you're speaking from experience. Did an idiot hurt you? " His voice had an edge to it that I didn't understand, but I ignored it.
"Not exactly. I've never had a boyfriend " I blurted out before I could stop my self. Why did I just tell him that!?
"You've never had a boyfriend?" he asked and without looking I could hear the smile in his voice. I was sure he was about to tease me, but instead he said:
I threw him a confused look before focusing on the road again. This guy was the most unpredictable dude I've ever met.
"Me neither" I heard him say which made a light chuckle escape my lips.
"You didn't strike me as the gay type Cameron."
"Not like that " He laughed. "I mean I've never had a girlfriend either"
"You liar" I laughed. "You dated almost every hot girl in school"
"I didn't date them. I might've hooked up with some of them and they felt like we were an item so they spread news or stuck to my arm for a few days"
I tried to hide my surprise and acted as cool as possible.
"Why hadn't you dated before? " He asked me. I turned into the St. Claire Library parking lot and shut the car off before answering.
"You should know why. " I simply said as I unbuckled my seatbelt.
"I don't know why. "
"I wasn't the type to catch the guys' eyes and I don't care either. Boyfriends are overrated"
He looked like he was about to say something but I beat him to it.
"Why hadn't you dated? I'm sure appearance wasn't an issue. And you don't strike me as 100% jerk dickface, so I'm sure you must've had requests"
He chuckled at my choice of words and leaned his head against the headrest.
"I didn't find anyone who interests me"
My breath caught in my throat as I understood what he meant completely. He must be stupid if he thought I would fall for his act.
I saw how he was in high school, he must've told a hundred girls that same line at their job's parking lot. I'm just plain old Jamie. No body ever liked me and even if I am thinner, nothing has changed.
"Thanks for the ride. I'll see you around"
And with that, I quickly rushed out and ran inside before he could say anything else or stop me.
Davion, my supervisor who just up hated me for no reason one day, gave me an unsatisfied glare.
"You're late Jameila. And I don't appreciate that the reason is for some make out session in your boyfriend's hot car"