″I thought Sam finding out that Kyle and Trisha were coming to the wedding as well, was going to be the worst part of your trip. Good to know that your mom didn’t change one bit!″ Tyler says while we put our trays down.
I take a bite out of my sandwich and shrug my shoulders.
″The only thing that changed was me telling my mom how I felt about everything. She can continue to pretend that she is perfect and that our relationship is too, but I’m done with that.″
″Good for you, man! Took you long enough, but at least you told her! Can you now tell why Trisha is avoiding you or how Kyle got that black eye? Did Sam finally get her hands on him or was it you?″
″Neither,″ I answer with a huge grin. ″After the rehearsal dinner, my lovely new stepdad took me and Kyle to a strip club.″
″Very classy of him,″ Tyler smirks. ″Go on!″
″Kyle got drunk and he put his hand on the ass of a stripper, who was not amused by that. Impressive right hook by the way, but then we were asked to leave. Apparently, Kyle didn’t learn his lesson the first time. He did the same thing in the hotel, but he didn’t realize that the girl’s boyfriend was standing right there!″
″NO!″ Tyler laughs and I nod.
″Can’t wait to see the pictures, but what happened with Trisha? She hasn’t tried to sit with us all week and she actually walks away when she sees you!″
I sigh and grab my water bottle.
″Did Sam threaten her with something? I wouldn’t pass it by her, especially since Trisha always acted like you and Sam were not a thing.″
″Trisha has seen a whole different side of Samantha and I think that intimidates her. Although the reason why she stays away is most likely because I said that me and her is never going to happen. She is not someone that I like or consider a friend. All she is to me is a girl who attends the same school as me.″
″No, you didn’t. Telling your mom the truth is one thing, but you said that to Trisha? Who are you and what do mean by seeing a different side of Sam? Dammit, Alex! What else did I miss?″
I grab a candy bar out of my bag and slide it over to Tyler, who immediately unwraps it and takes a big bite. It was always better to give Samantha or Tyler something to eat when they were starting to get impatient.
″My mom decided that Samantha wasn’t good enough for me and she thought it was alright to lie to me about trying to set me up with Trisha. That’s the reason why I told them both how I felt about them and I think that this picture will explain the rest.″
Tyler actually forgets about the candy bar and he grabs my phone. He looks at me a couple of times as he keeps shaking his head in utter disbelief.
″I figured she would wear a dress, but she looks...″
″From beautiful to drop-dead gorgeous, I know.″
I smile when I remember the stunned faces at the rehearsal dinner. Samantha took my breath away when I saw her in that wine red evening dress. She looked gorgeous and she knew it. Although she still got shy when I told her that.
″You two look good in this one!″
Tyler shows me the picture and I chuckle. It’s probably the only photo of the wedding where I’m genuinely smiling. Samantha looked beautiful in her black floral dress, but she was still herself.
Just before that photo was taken, Samantha kicked off her heels. She ate the food that was on my plate while informing me that she was going to kill Gabe for making her wear those heels. All I could do at that moment was smile because this was the Samantha that I knew and loved.
″I’m glad someone took pictures. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have believed that she could look like this!″
Tyler nods at something behind me and I turn around. Samantha is walking into the cafeteria with her coach. She is wearing sports leggings and an oversized sweater. She has an apple in her mouth and she is putting her hair up in a messy bun, while she is listening to her coach.
″Ladies and gentlemen. May I present my cousin, the picture of elegance!″ Tyler laughs.
″That’s my best friend you are talking about, so I won’t hesitate to show her that picture that I have of you!″
For the first time, I see Tyler’s cheeks turn red and I’m intrigued.
″What picture, Millie?″
″Don’t you dare!″ Tyler hisses.
″Or what?″ Millie taunts. ″I already proved that I can kick your ass at Fifa and the same goes for that boring shooting game!″
Tyler’s cheeks turn darker red and he mutters something.
″No, you didn’t let me win! I beat your sorry ass fair and square!″
″Millie, let’s go!″ Samantha yells.
″Yes, please go!″ Tyler snarls.
Millie makes a face at Tyler and she snatches the candy bar out of his hand before she runs after Samantha.
″Dammit, she hangs out with Sam way too much!″
I continue to eat my lunch and I look amused at Tyler. Of course, he has another candy bar in his bag and he takes a very angry bite.
″So, since when is this going on?″
″You and Millie.″
Tyler looks at me and he starts laughing.
″There is nothing going on between us. We hang out, I annoy her and she annoys me. That’s it!″
″What, it’s the truth! She is always on my case or bugging me about something. That’s why she annoys me so much!″
″But not enough, since you spend most of your weekend with her. Hiking together, going to the arcade and the movies.″
″How the hell do you know that?″
″Because women talk and they talk a lot, idiot!″
″Still alive?″ Alexander asks amused when I’m finally ready to go home.
″Barely,″ I groan. ″I think he is still making me regret that I missed two sessions with him.″
″Maybe, but you still love it,″ Alexander says with a smirk. ″You love working out with him and with the team.″
″True, but that doesn’t make the pain go away!″
Alexander starts to walk faster and I groan, he knows me too well.
″Pick up the pace, Jones!″
That’s it and I try to jump on Alexander’s back, but again he knows me too well. He turns around while I jump and simply throws me over his shoulder.
″Of course, I will carry you, my dear! Not a problem at all, although you are heavy!″
I can’t stop laughing and I can’t free myself out of Alexander’s grip.
″Then put me down, idiot!″
″You wanted me to carry you and I am, so who are you calling an idiot?″
″Still you!″ I laugh.
″Well you chose me and you are supposed to be a genius. So, what does that say about you, Jones?″
″That I fell for an idiot!″
Alexander tickles my side and the tears are starting to roll down my cheeks from laughter.
″Fine, it means that you are my idiot!″
Alexander finally puts me down and he wipes away the tears before he kisses me eagerly. Things were definitely heating up between us, but we still took our time. Although that was more Alexander’s doing than mine.
He was the one who said that he didn’t want to rush anything and especially not us having sex for the first time. That’s why we didn’t go all the way when we were in Vegas and part of me felt disappointed. It actually made me feel insecure, rejected even.
But it all came down to the same thing and that was that Alexander knew me. He knew that what we already did in Vegas was a huge deal for me and he was right. When I actually managed to think clearly again, I agreed that it wasn’t the right time or place.
I wasn’t ready. How could I be ready for sex if I couldn’t get myself to call him my boyfriend? We were together, but I never said that out loud. I knew that bothered Alexander, although he would never admit that. He would always put his feelings aside for me, but Tyler most certainly not.
He basically told me to get over myself or that I should let Alexander go because this was not fair to him. It was probably the smartest thing that Tyler ever said to me and the first time that I had to admit that he was absolutely right.
Hopefully one day I would be ready for sex but I think that I’m ready for the other thing.
I bite my bottom lip as I wrap my arms around Alexander's neck.
''What difficult decision are you trying to make, love?''
″The decision if I should ask my boyfriend to take me home or to take me to Burger Joe because I really want a chocolate milkshake.″
Alexander frowns when he realises what I just said.
″You never called me that before.″
″Then why now and don’t say it is because of the milkshake!″
He really knows me too well.
″Because we are together and you are my boyfriend. Also I know that me not saying it was bothering you, I still really want that milkshake and I can’t live in a world where Tyler is the smart one.
I see a hint of a smile and Alexander shakes his head.
″What? I thought it was bothering you that I never said it.″
Alexander chuckles and he wraps his arms around me.
″It was, but I never told you that. Which means that Tyler couldn’t keep his big mouth shut and that I was wrong.″
″Wrong about what?″ I ask curiously.
″Tyler asked me how I knew that he spend his weekend with Millie and I told him that it was because women talk.″ Alexanders says in an amused voice.
″And that assumption was wrong?″ I ask confused.
″No, I was definitely right about that. Women do talk a lot, but apparently not as much as Tyler and for once I’m thankful for his big mouth!″
Alexander laughs and he removes my hands from his neck.
″So, we are going to get that milkshake now?″ I ask hopefully.
″No,″ Alexanders says with a straight face as he opens the car door for me.
″Why not?!″ I pout.
″Because I know my girlfriend and that’s why I bought a bucket of Ben & Jerry’s yesterday.″
″Chocolate fudge brownie?″ I ask while I get in the car.
″I really know my girlfriend.″ I hear Alexander chuckle while he closes the door and I smile.
Calling him my boyfriend felt good.