The Runway Queen

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You're Alright

I walked around the house, cleaning up some of the plates and cups that my mom had missed on her way out. The party had ended an hour ago and I spent half of it upstairs in my room; trying to calm down after the way Antony came in and made an ass of himself.

My mom came upstairs when she was heading out and said, "You know how your brother is, and he means well, he just some times forgets that you can make your own choices now. That you're not that little girl who used to follow him around from room to room anymore".

I sighed. God knows I loved Antony and I know he loves me, but I'm getting fucking tired of him treating me like I can't stand on my own two feet without him. A knock at the door tore me out of my own thoughts. I walked toward the door and opened it.

"Good evening, Andie. I'm here to give you your first check!" she exclaimed, smiling at me. I just nodded and closed the door when she walked in. Her smile evaporated and she took the cleaning supplies out of my hand and directed me over to the couch. "What's wrong?" she asked.

"Today was Davey's birthday, and my seriously overprotective brother showed up and started screaming things about Paris. He was acting like a total douche and now…now I'm starting to wonder about Paris's past. I know I shouldn't because it's now of my business and I shouldn't get involved but…I'm wondering what about her could get him thatupset" I replied.

Liz's eyes widened and she got up from the couch. "Where's Paris?" she asked. "Upstairs. Sleep. I had to sneak out of the bed to clean up down here. She had a pretty strong grip on me" I replied chuckling. Liz laughed as well and then she put the envelope down on the table. "Will you be alright by yourself for a few days?" she asked.

I arched my eyes at her. "What do you mean 'a few days?' Does Paris have something coming up?" I asked. She nodded. "Tomorrow afternoon she has a photo shoot in Cancun. I'm…actually here to drop off your money and pick her up" she replied.

My eyes widened and she played with her thumbs nervously. "Is a little heads up too much to ask for?" I asked sharply. "I find out these things last minute as well. It's only for a week though. She'll be back by next Thursday" she replied. I brushed my hair back and looked up towards the steps. "Want me to go wake her up?" I asked. "Please do" she replied softly.

I walked up the steps to our room and slowly opened my door. Paris was stretched out under the covers and she had a firm grip on my pillow. A smile grazed my face and I crawled over to her and pulled her towards me. "Paris…Paris you have to get up" I whispered in her ear. She groaned and tried to push me away. "Liz is here and you have to go to Cancun for a week".

Her right eye opened and she shook her head. "No…go back to sleep" she mumbled. I sighed. I knew she was going to be difficult. I tickled her side and she moved away from me. "Andie" she groaned. I tickled her again and she lunged at me. ".Sleep" she growled. I smirked at her and picked her up.

"Come on Paris". I carried her downstairs with her whining in protest before placing her gently on the couch. Liz looked over at her and Paris rubbed her eyes cutely. "Do I really have to go to Cancun Liz?" she asked. Liz chuckled. "Yes. You do. Now go put some clothes on and pack your things. Our flight leaves in 2 hours" she replied. Paris groaned and went back upstairs.

I watched her go and looked over at the envelope on the table. I picked it up and sighed. "I'm starting to feel like this money is just to guilt trip me" I mumbled. Liz laughed. "No need to feel guilty. Besides, there is much more where that came from".

We talked for a while until Paris walked downstairs with two luggage bags and dressed in faded jeans and one of my shirts. "Whoa! Hold on. That's mine!" I exclaimed, pointing to the green tee she had on. She smirked at me. "Well, now it's mine for the next…" she looked over at Liz. "Week" she replied. "Week…week?!" she exclaimed, pouting at Liz.

Liz nodded. Paris's eyes widened and she shot into my arms, knocking the wind out of me. I wrapped my arms around her waist and she held me tighter. "If I knew it was a week, I wouldn't have packed" she grumbled. I laughed and she hit my arm. "Ow! What was that for?" I growled. "I bet you're thrilled that I'm leaving" she groaned, crossing her arms and looking at the floor.

I smiled at her and cupped her face in my hands. "Yeah, I'm ecstatic" I said sarcastically before leaning in and kissing her. Paris was stiff for a minute before she melted into it and grabbed my shirt. She deepened the kiss and my hands went towards her breast. She gasped and slapped my hands. "I thought you said I wasn't allowed to attack you anymore!" she exclaimed, wrapping her arms around her chest.

I smirked. "I did. But I didn't say anything about me attacking you" I chuckled. She arched her eyebrows at me and wrapped her arms around my neck, gently pecking me on the lips. She leaned in and bit my ear. "If Liz wasn't here…you would give it to me right?" she whispered huskily. I pulled back from her in embarrassment and stepped back.

"Well, I'm gonna miss you guys" I said, stretching my arms and looking at the ground. Paris giggled and Liz just smiled. Man, she does that a lot. "Well, miss you too Andie. Come on, Paris. We have to go," she said, walking toward the door. Paris nodded and followed her out. "Tell Davey I said bye! Don't fuck any other girls while I'm gone!" she yelled behind her. My blood boiled and I looked away from the door.

"Don't mess up my shirt!" I yelled back. I heard her laugh and then the door closed. I sighed and looked around the apartment. Great. Now what do I do?

XXXXX

Davey walked into Phoenix Down and immediately looked up at the Dj booth. He saw Katie spinning and he smiled as he walked up toward her. She was so into the music that she didn't even notice Davey walk in. He grabbed her sides and she jumped up in fear.

Katie looked over her shoulder at him and slapped her arm playfully. "You scared the hell out of me!" she gasped, grabbing her chest. Davey smiled at her. "Sorry, I just couldn't resist. How's work going?" he asked, sitting down at one of the seats she had placed in there.

"Pretty good. I've only been here for a few minutes. Have you seen Pete around?" she asked. Davey frowned and looked away in disgust. "Nope" he replied. Katie sighed. "I'm not surprised. He's probably off fucking his flavor of the week," she said dully. Davey glanced over at her in shock.

"You know he's fucking other girls?" he asked. Katie just nodded. "Then why do you let him do it?" he asked, sitting up on her chair. Katie put her laptop on shuffle and sat down next to him.

"Because…right now, he's what I need"

"You want someone who cheats on you?"

"No, not at all. But, I'm not looking for anything serious right now"

"But you two have been together for 2 years"

"I know. At first, he was what I wanted but somewhere along the way…thing changed. I realized I got tired of getting my heart broken every time he told me he wasn't cheating on me. Every lie he told me. So, I pretended not to notice. I let him get away with everything and it was like I didn't even care anymore. I was so scared of leaving him and finding someone who was just as much, or worse, of a prick than him"

"Not every guy is going to let you down Katie. Some people just need to be giving a chance"

"I'm so scared of getting my heart broken again. I'm not even trying to find someone else"

"Then don't. Stop trying to find someone else and look right in front of you. I'm not Pete. I'm not gonna let someone hurt you like that"

"…What are you trying to say Davey?"

"I'm trying to say that, if you let me, I could be that guy that you're looking for. I would never hurt you like that. I want nothing more than to see you happy and Pete is destroying you"

"Davey…"

"No! I won't stand for it. You're my best friend's girlfriend's best friend. And we can all see that you're hurting. I've been sitting on the sidelines just watching. And I wouldn't have intervened if I thought that everything was fine…but it's not. Let me help you Katie"

She stared into his eyes and Davey leaned over and took her hands. "I can't stand to see you like this. Even though we've just met…I" "No! Davey…please don't say it" Katie interrupted. Davey looked down at the floor and let go of her hand.

"I'm so sorry". She leaned down to kiss him and she wrapped her arms around his neck. Just when Davey was about to hold her, she let go of him and disappeared further inside the club. Davey watched her go and sighed when he couldn't see her anymore.

He got up and put his hands in his pockets, heading out the door of the club and toward his car. "I hope Andie's having a better night than me," he thought to himself.

XXXXX

5 days. 5 days without Paris and Katie around. Davey had told me what happened between them at the club and I had told him that Paris went to Cancun for the week for a photo shoot. I always thought that hanging out with Davey would be interesting enough but we were both bored without Paris around.

I was actually starting to miss her. Some of her things were still in my room and even in the bathroom but whenever I went to sleep at night, I could get comfortable without holding her pillow. I was so used to her body heat that I would toss and turn until I felt comfortable on her side of the bed. This was ridiculous! We've only been living together for a month and already she was taking control of things. She wasn't even here!

Davey had complained about it being too quiet without her around and we spent more time at the pub then was needed. Davey refused to go to Phoenix Down anymore. He was giving Katie space and I thought that was a pretty good idea. We found this new place across town called, "The Spot". It was a nightclub like Phoenix Down and since we had nothing better to do, we went there on Wednesday night.

I walked inside with Davey right behind me and the sound of the bass took over us. We danced for a while but then, I spotted someone out the corner of my eye. I tapped Davey's shoulder and pointed at the stranger. He clenched his fist and we marched over to him. "What the fuck do you think you're doing?" I growled, pulling Pete off of the blonde, whose tongue was down his throat. He stumbled back and glared at us.

"I told you, this was none of your fucking business Davey!" he shot back, pointed an accusing finger at Davey. The blonde was draped over his arm and I glared at her. "Fuck off!" I yelled. Pete looked over at me. "Don't you tell her to fuck off, you dyke!" he yelled in my face. Davey swung at him but Pete grabbed his arm and suddenly, three guys came from behind me and pulled us outside.

Pete threw Davey against the ground and kicked him in his stomach. The other three guys threw me against the wall and one of them punched me in the stomach. I gasped and tried to grab my stomach but the two guys held me.

"I warned you Davey! I told you to mind your own business but you just couldn't. My boys Flex, Matty, and Parker here told me you were at Phoenix Down and was all over Katie. Bad move Davey. Bad. Fucking. Move" he growled, punctuating over word with a kick to his stomach.

He snapped at the two guys who were Flex and Parker. Matty punched me in the stomach again and I yelled out in pain before they dropped me on the ground. Flex and Parker grabbed Davey but not before he decked Flex in the jaw, knocking his out cold. Parker grabbed his behind the back and Pete swung and hit him square in the face.

Davey grunted in pain and Matty walked over and pulled me up off the ground. I kneed him in the stomach and he grabbed my leg and swung me towards the ground. I hit the ground hard and Davey growled in anger. He tried to get Parker off of him but he had a strong hold.

Pete punched him in the face again and blood was running down out of his mouth. "STOP! STOP PETE! PLEASE!" I screamed out in fear. Pete looked over at me and smirked before punching Davey in the face again. I was on the verge of tears. I had never seen Davey beaten so badly before.

Despite of much pain I was in, I got off the ground and punched Matty in the face when he tried to grab me again. I sent a swift kick towards Parker balls and he let go of Davey with a grunt. He fell to the ground and Davey fell with him.

Pete grabbed me by my hair and pulled. I groaned and he wrapped his hands around my neck. "You little bitch!" he growled, chocking the air out of me. I coughed and looked over at Davey, who was bleeding profusely.

I was starting to lose vision and just before I passed out, Davey grabbed Pete's head and slammed it into the wall. I fell out of his hands and Pete grabbed his head and yelled out in pain. I tried to get air back in my lungs and Davey grabbed me and pulled me up on my feet. "Come on, And. You're alright…you're alr". He passed out on the ground and when I tried to lift my foot, I tripped and passed out right along with him.



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