Chapter 3: Captivate Me
The bright sun shined in my eyes, my head was pounding, and I wanted to throw up. The after affects of alcohol for me.
I finally opened my eyes, and looked to my left seeing Collin right next to me.
I don’t remember anything last night, and I don’t wish too.
I opened the car door and ran out as best I could, I walked up the stairs when Sydney yelled my name. “We were supposed to leave hours ago where have you been?”
“I’ll talk about it later. We’re leaving.”
I walked to my car, opening the unlocked door. and grabbing my keys from the visor. When Sydney got in I drove off.
I looked over at Sydney as she was staring at me with a smile on her face, it made me very uncomfortable, and kind of forced a smile out of me. “Why are you staring at me?”
“Did you have s*x?” I stopped to think trying to recall last night but it’s all a blur.
“I don’t think so?”
“How could you not remember if you had s*x? You would remember if you lost your virginity.”
“I had four half-way-full cups of Tequila, you tell me if you would remember what you did.”
“Okay, first. Why? Second of all I can have a bunch of alcohol and remember everything. I have a very high alcohol tolerance.”
“I was trying to keep up the college appearance so I didn’t get kicked out you know?”
“With a girl with your body, and your face, you don’t look like a college student, sorry to burst your bubble, Tessa.”
“Well, you are just as skinny as I am, so you don’t look like a college student.”
“You must of slept with someone, I mean your hair just shows it. It’s disheveled, and your jacket is gone.”
My eyes went wide, and I looked at Sydney, “My phone is in my jacket! and my Jacket must be back at the party.”
“Turn around. You’re the driver.”
We haven’t got to the gate so I know we’ve only been driving for a few minutes, I turn the car around and drive back up to the house, at this moment, I know I’m officially hung over.
I park the car and walk over to the other patch of grass, it was freezing cold outside and I was looking for the white Jeep I ran out of this morning.
I hate college parties.
“So what brings you back, Tessa?” I turned around and faced Collin, who must know me pretty well, to know I don’t do interacting very well.
“I left my Jacket, it has my phone with it. I thought I must of left it in your car. I don’t remember really anything about last night.”
“Well, I have your jacket, I came in the house to look for you, but you were gone.”
“I got scared. Your shirt was off and I couldn’t remember anything, I thought we did something, and it scared me.”
“Are you one of those girls who run away from commitment?”
“No. I’m one of those girls who’s never had a commitment. I’m a volleyball player and I focus on my studies, I have no means to be in a relationship.”
“We didn’t do anything, I kissed you, you kissed me back, we made out and then you fell out of my car. You told me you wanted to go to sleep, so I brought you into my car wrapped you into a blanket, then you talked for awhile, but when you fell asleep I watched you and made sure you were okay.”
“So you’re one of those non committal guys.”
“I was but for some reason you’ve captivated me.”
“Yeah, sure, Can I have my Jacket please? I don’t want to listen to the same lines you give other girls.”
He handed me my Jacket, I looked for my phone finding it in the left pocket, I walked off saying goodbye in a pissed off tone.
“I don’t say it to all the girls. I’ve just said it to you!” he yelled. I continued to walk back to my car, throwing my Jacket into the backseat of my car.
“You’re coming home with me, Sydney. I need a serious detoxing meditation and girls day.”
“That sounds fun.”
“That’s hilarious. Does he even know how old you are?”
“I don’t think I told him. I know I told him that I attend college at home, or did I?” We flipped through magazines of models wearing clothing I’m tempted to buy.
“What did he say to you that got you in such a bad mood?”
“He basically said he’s a non-committal guy, but I captivated him and he’s all of a sudden interested in one girl. Who he doesn’t know is 16.”
“Don’t you think you should tell him?”
“I’m never going to see him again so what’s the point?”
“When you see him again maybe you should tell him.”
“I’ll think about it. But for right now, I just want to relax, maybe you want to watch some kick a*s movies? I kind of in the action movie phase right now.”
“Whatever floats your boat, Syd.”
About an hour later Sydney and I both fell asleep watching Lucy. I couldn’t bear the headache anymore and I got defeated by my eyes closing.
“It’s going to be okay, Tessa. I’m not leaving. And no matter what. I love you.”
“You don’t love me you love the idea of me. You don’t know what love is, you’ve never had a committal relationship. Just like me.”
“I don’t care what you think, Tessa. I love you, I’m the only one that cares about you, I’m the only one left.”
I cried on his shoulder, my attitude and mood fluctuating
I woke up, to my father saying my name, waking me up.
“Tessa, we have to leave for Denver, Sydney has to go home.”
“Okay, I’ll get her awake, get dressed, take her home, and then meet you two over there.”
“Well don’t take to long, it’s been over a year since we’ve seen Nick and you can’t make him wait as long as he has.”
“I understand dad.”
“What about Nick. Is he alright?” Sydney woke up saying.
“Why do you care about Nick? You’ve seen him twice in like the 4 years we’ve been friends.”
“I just know how much you’ve been through and I was just asking.”
“He’s fine? But I have to drop you off at home, so we have to wash off the mask, get you dressed in some different clothes, and then out the door we go.”
She jumped out of the bed as she ran to my bathroom, turning the shower on. I went into the guest bathroom and just washed off the mask, walking back to my room. I walked to my dresser pulling out a gray long sleeved shirt putting it on, I then scattered through all of the clothing on my floor and bed finally finding a light pink overall dress.
“Girl, you’re just seeing your brother, it’s not like you’re seeing a boyfriend for the first time. Why are you dressed so hot?” Sydney said as she scrambled through the guest clothing, I leave for her when they get to big for me to wear.
“I haven’t worn this since I bought it. I felt like I should wear it before winter comes you know?”
“Tessa it’s like 96 degrees outside are you actually crazy?”
“I don’t care, I’m wearing it. We have to get going now, or my parents will be on my case.”
“I just have to get your clothes on and then we can leave.” She said smiling.