It was six in the evening the next day when the doorbell rang.
Zara heard Susan yell for her from the bathroom and she suppressed a laugh. Looking down at herself, she straightened the front of her shirt and brushed her just-above-the-knee floral skirt.
She refused to admit that she had dressed up a bit more today. Her hair was tied at the back of her head in a long, sleek ponytail and her eyes had smoky eyeshadow on their lids, thanks to Susan. Her plump lips had been painted a light shade of pink and she thought she looked pretty good.
Her heart already fluttering at the prospect of seeing Nathaniel again, Zara made her way to the door.
Yesterday had been one of the best days of her life. They had talked and laughed and made out so much, Zara’s lips could still feel the tug of his teeth and the nicks he had left on them. He had told her a lot about himself and his childhood and she had listened. She in turn had told him about her mom, tactfully avoiding mentioning much about her dad and she had been relieved when he hadn’t pried.
Then they had ordered Chinese takeout and had watched one of the Transformers movie. She had always loved Optimus Prime. When it was time to go, Nathaniel had taken her in his arms and kissed her like he meant it, giving her a bite on her neck that she had been embarrasingly pleased to find had left a hickey on the spot.
When she pulled the door open, the smile fell from her face.
Matt stood outside, alone.
He seemed to sense her disappointment because he let out a laugh and hugged her.
“Cheer up, sweetheart.“, he teased.
“He’s on his way here.”
Zara blushed a deep red when she realized how plainly she had showcased her feelings.
“Sorry, Matt.“, she hugged him back as he placed a kiss on her cheek.
Holding her at arm’s length, he winked at her, “You look great by the way.”
Zara blushed even more, self-consciously tucking her hair behind her ear.
“Thanks.“, she hit his shoulder in a mock punch.
“Hey! That was a compliment!“, he teased as he shut the door and walked into the living room.
“Matt did you get the Thai food?“, Susan poked her head out of the door to the bedroom.
“Hey, sexy.“, Matt lowered his voice to a husky tone as he made to enter the room as Susan stood there, only a towel covering her curvy body.
“Yup I did. Wanna say thank you?-“, he froze in his tracks when she banged the door shut in his face.
Zara let out a snort of laughter which made Matt turn around and glare at her.
Unsuccessfully trying to stop the laughter from escalating, Zara went to the refrigerator.
“I’m gonna go return the damn food if this is the sort of treatment that I get.“, he growled as he took a seat at the table.
Zara rolled her eyes, still laughing.
“Yeah go ahead. Laugh at me.“, he scowled again as he abruptly stood up and came to where she was standing and pulled open the door to the refrigerator, snagging a bottle of energy drink.
“Sorry, sweetheart.“, Zara stressed, managing not to choke at the comical look of anger on Matt’s face.
At her continued stare, he finally cracked up and joined her, putting his arm around her shoulder and pulling her to his side.
“I don’t know what I’d do without the two of you.“, he said absently as he took a long swig from the bottle.
Zara looked at him in concealed surprise.
Matt glared at her.
“What the heck is the two of you supposed to mean, smartass?”
Zara punched his arm.
“Got it, dummy.”
He rolled his eyes, imitating Susan.
Zara laughed again.
Matt stuck out his tongue at her and gave her a squeeze.
When they had quieted down, his arm still around her, he shot her a glance and then tentatively asked.
“How’s your mom doing?”
Zara didn’t flinch.
Shrugging her shoulders, she leaned into his side.
“She’s pretty good actually. She finally began dating again.“, she smiled.
“Wow that’s great! So who’s the lucky guy?”
“He’s a dentist.”
“Hmm... sounds good. Is she happy?”
Zara chuckled, “More than I’ve ever seen her.”
Matt took another sip.
“That’s the best thing I’ve heard this week.“, he grinned down at her.
Zara smiled gratefully.
The sound of a door opening made them look up. Susan walked into the room, her blonde curls bouncing around her face as she jumped up and down.
“Zara! How does this look?“, she turned around and thrust her butt out, showing her the new pair of corduroy pants that she had purchased yesterday.
From the corner of her eye, she saw Matt’s jaw drop open and she couldn’t help but snicker.
“They look great, Suz.“, she winked at her friend whose eyes were wide with excitement as she clapped her hands.
“I know right?! I swear I loved them the moment I saw them on that rack!“, then she quieted down, running her hand down the front of her thighs.
“Maybe they are a bit tight, because I’ve put on a little weight with all the fucking ice cream.“, she frowned, lost in thought as she sucked her stomach in and pulled the waistband higher.
Matt’s arm left her shoulder and she saw him visibly gulp as he discarded the almost empty bottle and made his way to his girlfriend.
Zara watched in fascination and slight envy as he seemed to drink in her image.
Susan, still lost in contemplating where exactly on her butt she had managed to put on the extra weight didn’t pay him any attention till he had grabbed her by the waist.
“I think I shouldn’t wear this today- Matt!”
He pulled her to him and the next thing Zara knew was that he was kissing her savagely.
"Ewww!“, Zara made a gagging sound and turned away from the intimate scene.
She could hear the murmured words clearly, “That’s for shutting the door on me.“, he growled, his tone playful.
Susan didn’t answer and Zara cringed when she heard the smack of lips again.
“I want you wearing just these pants tonight.“, he said again and this time Susan laughed.
“Thanks for the visual and stop discussing your sex life!“, Zara yelled.
Susan burst into fits of laughter and Matt chuckled loudly.
Zara had barely turned around when she felt Susan wrap her arms around her.
“I love you, Z.“, said Susan as she hugged her tight.
Surprised at the sudden gesture, Zara looked over her shoulder at Matt.
He smiled at her and then winked.
Zara rolled her eyes and hugged her best friend back.
“I love you too, babe." he said lightly.
Susan laughed and kissed her cheek.
It was going to be a good night.