From my peripheral vision, Jax glanced at me curious at my reaction. “Do you know him?”
I nodded. He could obviously sense the change in my attitude.
Seeing Ezra at the house was kinda strange. No matter how hot he was, I didn’t think I wanted him seeing me right now. I was still mortified after what happened and how I treated him.
Jax reached the handle and went to open the car door. I gently grabbed his arm to stop him. “No. Please wait.”
He closed the door and looked at me. “Why?”
“I don’t want him seeing me.”
“Is that another ex?”
I shook my head. “Not my ex. I only met him at the airport coming back from Bali with my best friend. He asked me out, but when I realized that he didn’t seem like the relationship type, I said no. I guess he didn’t like people judging him and he kinda got angry with me.”
“Yeah, that doesn’t sound too good on your part.”
I couldn’t help but smile at how honest and open Jax was.
“Not good at all,” I agreed. “I guess I’m just scared of getting hurt again after what happened with Layton.”
“Your ex was a dickhead,” Jax blurted. “You’ve made a mistake judging this bloke, but it seems as though you realize it. You’re only human.”
“I’m embarrassed by what I’ve said to him, which is why I don’t want him to see me.”
Jax scratched the back of his neck. “Well, he’s a fucking idiot if he doesn’t give you another shot. You seem like a great girl.”
A smile appeared on his lips before he turned his head away from me, and I couldn’t help but blush at his compliment.
I didn’t know what it was, but there was something about Jax that drew me to him. It could have been his smile. It could be that I noticed him nervous sometimes when he talked to me, though I’m usually the one freaking out. Or the smooth look that my eyes can’t seem to move away from. Those lips. Those damn kissable lips I can’t stop imagining kissing.
And suddenly, I forgot that Ezra had walked out of the house until I heard a knock on my window.
I shifted my attention and wound down the glass to see E’s smile. “I came by to see you, but your mom said you were busy with your boyfriend.”
I shuddered inside. My mom should have known what I was trying to do, unless Layton was still there when Ezra came by.
“Hey, bro,” Ezra said as he noticed Jax.
“G’day. How’s it going?”
“Good, man.” Ezra looked down at me and shook his head. “Enjoy the rest of your day. I’ll see you at the party, I guess.”
“Um, yeah. I’ll see you there.”
He walked away without saying another word. I wanted to say something to him about Jax not being my boyfriend, but I didn’t want it to get back to Layton.
“Why didn’t you tell him the truth?” Jax said. “He’s not your ex.”
There was a slight annoyance in Jax’s tone. Rightly so.
“God, I’m so sorry. I’m not doing anything right. I just don’t want it to go back to Layton. I’ll tell your parents and mine right now.”
“We should get back inside.”
“Oh, yeah. Of course.”
We both stepped out of the car and made our way inside the house and to the kitchen, where everyone was seated drinking coffee.
My mom stood and walked over before she grabbed my arm and led me to one of the lounge areas. “What were you thinking?”
I covered my face in my hands. “I’m so sorry. I wasn’t thinking. I was just desperate.”
She furrowed her brows at me. “What are you talking about?”
My hands dropped to the side and I glanced up at her. “Wait. What are you talking about?”
“I’m talking about Ezra, sweetheart. You rejected his date and now he thinks you’re with Jax.”
I groaned and shook my head. “I made a mess of things.”
“What did you think I was talking about?”
“Telling Layton that Jax and I were going on a date.”
She went to say something but we were interrupted by Jax’s mom. “So sorry. We have to head back to our hotel. We need to catch an early flight. We’ll come back for Chrissy.”
“Make sure you stay here instead,” my mom smiled. “We have plenty of room.”
I walked up to Jax’s parents and smiled before I placed a kiss on his mom’s cheek. “It was lovely meeting you both.”
“You too,” she replied. “Listen---your mom told us-.”
I interrupted her. “I know. I’m so sorry. I’m completely embarrassed by the whole thing.”
She smiled at me. “It’s okay. I remember what things were like when I was younger.”
God, how sweet is she.
“I should go. I’ll see you both at Christmas,” I said before I walked out of the lounge and headed to the kitchen to get water.
Jax leaned against the fridge and he smiled as soon as I walked in. “Your mum okay?”
“Yeah, she’s fine,” I replied. “Sorry. I need to get some water before I head off.”
He stepped to the side. “Thanks again for today.”
I opened the fridge and grabbed myself a bottle of chilled water. “That’s fine. If there’s anywhere else you want to check out, let me know.”
“I think I’m good for now.”
Great. I think I’ve scared him off.
That was a common thing for me. I thought about Ezra and Jax. Two guys I had pissed off in the span of one day. It was a gift.
I smiled before I walked out of the kitchen and made my way to the car. After stepping inside, I placed my forehead on the steering wheel.
“What the fuck is wrong with me?”
“So, let me get this straight,” Anastasia said. “You told Layton that you were going on a date with another guy?”
I nodded and took a slug of my beer. “Yep.”
“How did he react?”
“I walked away not giving him a chance to talk.”
“So, who is this guy?”
“An Aussie guy who came with his parents. He’s opening up some kind of bar with a friend.”
“And how cute did you say he was?”
I took a deep breath and widened my eyes as I flung my hand up and down. “Damn.”
“That good, huh?”
“Yeah, definitely that good. I don’t know what it is, babe. I can’t seem to stop thinking about him, but I don’t think he’s interested in me that way.”
“You never know,” she replied. “Guys are fucking clueless sometimes. They don’t know how to take a hint and never know how to give one.”
I did see Jax sneak glances at me every so often, but that didn’t mean he was interested in me.
“I don’t know,” I sighed.
“It sounds like we need to pay your parents another visit.” Anastasia wriggled her eyebrows.
“Not going to happen.” I shook my head. “You’ll meet him at the party anyway.”
“Did you find that sexy dress?” I reached over the coffee table and unlocked my phone to show her the few photos I took. “Wow. You look incredible. I don’t think Ezra or Jax will be able to keep their eyes off you.”
“I don’t think so,” I said. “I’ve pissed them both off in a matter of a day. I just wanna go there, enjoy my night drinking and hanging out with you.”
She stretched her lips. “So, I invited the tattoo guy, Morgan.”
Anastasia had a guilty expression on her face, but I knew she shouldn’t feel that way. She was into the guy the moment she locked eyes with him, and I didn’t want her to feel bad about spending time with the guy.
“I’m glad you’ve invited him.”
“Of course. I want to see you happy.”
“Thanks. I love you, you know that, right?”
I nodded. “I love you too---just don’t leave me the whole night, okay?”
“Oh, and if you see Layton trying to talk to me, remember that you love me, and you need to save me from doing something stupid.”
“Don’t worry,” she smiled. “He won’t want to go near you after I’m finished with him.”
God, I love this girl. “Thanks, A.”
I was seated on the lounge in my room watching Cobra Kai on Netflix when I suddenly received a text from my mom.
I need you to pick up Jax for the party next week. He doesn’t have a ride.
“What the hell?”
I was about to reply when another text came through.
Your father and I aren’t going this year. We’ve been invited to stay at the Fosters that weekend.
I’ll come by at 7 to pick him up.
I took a deep breath and placed my phone down. This is going to be one fucking interesting night.
It was Saturday night. I had just put the finishing touches to my makeup. Trying to clear my head, I took a deep breath and closed my eyes. My mind constantly thought of things it shouldn’t be.
Ezra and Jax were definitely things I shouldn’t be thinking about.
I grabbed my phone, bag and made my way out the door. When I arrived at my parent’s place, I turned in the driveway and parked the car. I made my way inside the house with my spare key, and closed the door behind me.
“Hello? Jax?” I could hear the faint chatter of people in the dining room. “Jax, I’m here!” I walked through the kitchen and headed to the sound of voices, when I was suddenly stopped in my tracks. “Oh, fuck.”