I wake up a few hours later to dark hair tickling my nose. I’m confused for a second, wondering what the fuck Kendra is doing in my bed. She’s never been to my new house, and I don’t want her here. Before I can flip the fuck out, my vision sharpens, and the girl rolls over towards me. I let out a breath I didn’t know I was holding. It’s Avery, not Kendra. I breathe out a relieved sigh and smile to myself.
Avery is fucking gorgeous, and she’s asleep in my bed. I hadn’t meant for this to happen last night. I didn’t think I was ready, but every minute of it was amazing. I study Avery’s face a little while longer before she turns again and is facing away from me. I gently get out of bed, making sure she’s covered before grabbing my phone and slipping out of the room.
I pad quietly towards my music room and sit heavily on my piano stool. My first thought is to call my friends, but it’s like four in the morning. My brain is moving too fucking slow to calculate the time differences between here and L.A.
“Fuck it,” I grumble to myself before video calling the three of them.
“Do you have any idea what time it is?” Evan complains, but I see him getting out of bed, leaving Brooke sleeping.
“What’s up, bitches?” Kristie yells. She must not have been asleep yet, and there’s music in the background.
“Is everything okay, Noah?” Allie asks, sitting up in her bed and turning her bedside light on.
I already feel calmer now that I can see them. Then I feel bad that I woke two out of the three up.
“Yeah, sorry. I was just kind of freaking out,” I say in apology.
“What’s going on,” Evan asks finally seated at his desk in his office.
“A friend from work convinced me to go on a blind date with this girl,” I start.
“Ooo, spill. How was the date? What does she look like and will you see her again?” Kristie bombards.
“The date was great. We saw a musical and walked on the beach. It started pouring so we can back to my place. I made dinner, and we hung out,” I say.
“You can cook?” Allie asks and I don’t feel offended because she would never mean it insultingly like Kristie.
“I’ve learned. I live on my own now,” I explain.
“You didn’t answer my other questions,” Kristie complains.
“She actually kinda reminds me of you. She’s got black hair and green eyes like you, but she’s a lot shorter. Like maybe she clears five foot.”
“And do you want to see her again?” Evan asks.
“That’s the thing. She’s in my bed and I freaked out,” I say sheepishly.
“You little slut,” Kristie laughs.
“What are you freaking out about?” Allie asks, ignoring Kris’s jabs.
“I thought she was Kendra for a second cause of the hair, and I almost yelled at her. God, that would have freaked her out, and she’s stuck with me here until at least tomorrow night,” I say.
“Why is she stuck there?” Evan asks.
“Hurricane. There’s a shelter in place advisory right now. We were here, so here we stayed.”
“Oh, are you going to be okay? You live right by the beach,” Allie asks concerned and I smile at her.
“Yeah Sweets, we’ll be fine. I just feel weird. Like, I like Avery. She’s gorgeous and I forget about Kendra and Zack and all the hurt when I’m with her. She down to earth and everything Kendra’s not. But then I think too much about how I’m not ready for something so serious, and I shouldn’t have done this. What if I get hurt again? It’s confusing.” I try my best to make sense of my feelings for them.
“If she makes you forget your hurt, I don’t see how that’s a bad thing,” Allie says.
“You were with Kendra a long time. She was the only girlfriend you’ve had. You don’t know any different, but relationships are supposed to make you happy the way you’re describing. I know you only just met the girl, but if she can make you happy and help you heal, go all in. It’s just until the advisory lifts. After that you can decide if you’re ready to pursue something more serious,” Evan says.
“If she’s down, go hog on the girl. Erase every memory of Kendra with her,” Kristie says, and everyone groans at her indecency.
“She could have been more delicate, but she’s got a point. You’ve already slept with her. Might as well make new, better memories now that Kendra isn’t the only girl you’ve had sex with,” Allie says.
“Last thing, anything worth having is going to come with the potential for pain. Don’t run away because you might get hurt. I know Kendra did a number on you, but you can’t be happy again if you close yourself off to all possible causes of hurt. I’m not saying this girl is your Brooke or anything, but she could be,” Evan says.
I’m uncomfortable with their advice. I know it’s right, but it makes me anxious. Instead of sincerity, I go for humor. It’s something the old me before Kendra crushed me would have done.
“Fuck, Ev. Marriage is making you all mushy inside,” I laugh. So does everyone else, and Evan gives me a wide smile.
“Damn straight. I’m the mushiest motherfucker now that I’ve got a wife and kid.”
“Speaking of, how is real marriage treating you?” Kristie asks.
“Much the same as my arranged, not legal marriage did. Brooke and I are great and Summer is… I don’t even know how to describe the love I have for her. It’s some next-level shit,” Evan says with a dreamy look on his face.
I’m happy for him, but I’m also kind of jealous. He has everything I always wanted. My mind drifts, imagining Avery as a mom with a brown-haired, hazel-eyed kid, and I shock myself.
“You’re such a loser, Ev. I’m off to find some guy to fuck tonight. Wish me luck. Love ya bitches,” Kristie says and her box disappears before we can even ask what happened to Willa.
“I better go too. It’s my turn to get up with Summer,” Evan says, then disappears.
Now it’s only me and Allie left. She smiles sweetly at me and I remember a crush I had on her long ago. It’s long since disappeared, but I should have always been with someone sweet like her… like Avery.
“You seem just a little less unhappy and lonely tonight,” she comments.
“For several hours there, I was,” I say with a sigh.
“Hold on to it. Remember what it feels like, at least for now. Once the advisory lifts and Avery’s not there, then you can decide how you want to proceed,” Allie says.
“Thanks, Sweets. I love you, you know,” I reply ridiculously lucky to have such an amazing friend, er, friends. They all had good advice.
“Love you too, Noah. Night,” Allie says, then hangs up too.
I’m left in the dark of my music room feeling lighter than before. I smile a little before making my way back to the room. Avery moves a lot while she sleeps because the covers are all askew, leaving her boobs splayed out beautifully. My dick twitches at the sight of her, but I make no move to do anything about it except climb in next to her and pull her close so I can get some uninterrupted sleep.