Chasing Elliott

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Chapter 22

Erlebnisse - (n.)
the experiences, positive or negative, that we feel most deeply.

I tiptoed down the stairs, trying to sneak into the kitchen to grab a late night snack. I grabbed a bottle of water from the fridge and stood on the balls of my feet to try and reach the bag of chips from the cabinet when I heard a car door close outside.

I quickly darted towards the stairs before realizing I wouldn't be able to make it up to my bedroom in time. Glancing down the hallway, I slipped into the hall closet and closed it behind me. The front door burst open and I heard my mother laughing loudly.

"You're my hero," she slurred as I saw two shadows make their way down the hall towards me. I watched my mother's feet stop outside the closet before she was suddenly pushed against the wall.

"Tell me how you like it," a deep voice said as my eyes widened. I put a hand over my mouth as my eyes began to water once I recognized the voice.

My eyes shot open but I relaxed quickly as I noticed I was in my room. I felt a strong pair of arms wrapped around my waist and the sound of soft snoring behind me. I smiled as I held onto his arms and sighed in content.

I felt Cooper start to stir before he yawned loudly which caused his grip to loosen. I rolled over and faced him, pressing a quick kiss to his lips before I beamed at him. I trailed a finger down his bare chest as I bit my lip before looking up into his eyes.

"How'd you sleep?" I questioned. Cooper smiled as he brought a hand up to push some of the hair out of my face.

"Best sleep of my life," he answered. "What about you, beautiful?"

"Great," I informed him before pressing a quick kiss to his nose. Cooper's phone suddenly went off and he groaned loudly before rolling over to search for it. Finding it on the floor, he quickly shot out of the bed and started reaching for his clothes that were scattered around the room.

"Shit, I'm so sorry, El. I'm late for practice," Cooper rushed before he leaned on the bed to place a short kiss to my lips. "I'll call you after, okay? Have a great day."

Before I could even climb out of bed, I heard the front door closing. Chuckling quietly to myself, I slid out of bed and grabbed my silk robe before making my way out the door and toward the kitchen.

Opening the fridge, I sighed as I noticed we were out of milk and settled on a bottle of water. As I closed the door and turned around, I jumped as Kingsley stood there with a smile on her face.

"So what'd you two get up to last night?" She drawled out as she giggled. I rolled my eyes and brushed past her to head toward my room to take a shower.

"Sadly, nothing," I informed her with a sigh as she followed me down the hall. "Can I help you with something?"

"Well, you're up before nine so I was wondering if you wanted to go to the farmers market with me for once," Kingsley said as she leaned against the frame of my bedroom door. I laughed quietly as I nodded my head which caused her to clap and bounce on her feet.

"Just give me ten to get ready," I told her as I pushed her out of the doorway to close it. Spinning around, I walked into my closet and grabbed a lace spaghetti strap crop top and threw on a pair of light washed skinny jeans. Grabbing my hair brush, I attempted to brush out the knots in my wavy hair before I gave up and threw it up in a messy bun.

Exiting my room, I walked toward the front door and slipped on my blue chacos before waiting for Kingsley. A few minutes later she came sauntering out of her room in a pair of leggings and a white lace tank top.

"Okay, lets go," I rushed out as I grabbed my wallet and headed toward the door. Waiting for her to lock it, I followed her down the stairs toward the car.

"Don't we have enough fruit?" I questioned as I looked down at the four full bags hanging off my arms as we walked around the farmers market.

"You can never have enough fruit," Kingsley said as she started sifting through the peaches.

"Normally I'd agree but how the hell are we going to eat all this before it goes bad? I think we need to get rid of at least one bag."

Kingsley wiped her head around and narrowed her eyes at me. I shook my head as I set the bag down and walked to the other side of the table to look at the broccoli. After she finally decided on three peaches, we headed over to the beans but I froze in my tracks as I saw Laura.

"We'll be fine," Kingsley said as she grabbed my arm to pull me after her. "She learned her lesson and if not, you'll put her in her place again."

As we approached, I saw her do a double take before she flashed me a smile. Raising a brow questioningly, Kingsley and I brushed past her before stopping at the table. Grabbing a small bag, I started scooping out some rice when I saw Laura stop on the other side of the table.

"Look, Elli," she started to say softly. "I just wanted to apologize. It wasn't fair for me to blame you for Cooper's actions after what happened with us or take my anger out on you like that."

"I appreciate that," I told her as I forced a smile on my face. "I'm not the only one you owe an apology to, though."

"I'm really sorry for what I did, King," Laura said as Kingsley came to stand next to me. "I never used to be the jealous type but Cooper was just such a catch and when I fucked up, I just kind of lost it. I'm sorry I dragged you into this."

"I accept your apology," Kingsley said happily before her face contorted slightly. "What do you mean though that you fucked up?"

Laura's eyes widened slightly as she looked between the two of us but as quickly as the look of panic was there, it was gone and replaced with another smile.

"I'll see you girls around," she said as she spun on her and walked away. Turning to Kingsley, I raised an eyebrow as she shrugged her shoulders and picked up the bag she had set on the ground.

"So I have a surprise for us," Kingsley said with a smile as she led us toward the checkout counter. "We're having a movie night, just us girls."

I sat sprawled out on the couch with a blanket over my legs and Kingsley resting her head on my stomach and an arm and leg wrapped around my body. We were into our fourth movie of the night which was a miracle considering we couldn't agree.

"Have you ever thought about how different things would be if your childhood had gone differently?" Kingsley asked me quietly. My eyebrows furrowed slightly as I brought a hand up to play with her hair.

"All the time," I mumbled. "You hear from your mom today I take it?"

"Yeah," she groaned as she tightened her grip on me slightly. "I mean, the ten year mark is still like three months away but she's having a tough time again."

"I'm sorry, honey," I whispered. "You know I'm here for you always."

"You know, we never talked about why you were there that day," Kingsley said as I stiffened slightly. Suddenly a knock on the door startled us both before she sat up and cocked a brow in my direction. I shrugged my shoulders as she stood up and headed over to the door.

Suddenly she was picked off her feet and I saw Benjamin walk into the apartment as he hoisted her over his shoulder. She squealed loudly as I chuckled and finally saw Cooper come walking in after him.

"I thought we told you boys it was a girls night," I informed them as I folded my arms in front of me.

"Yeah but we all have more fun together," Benjamin said as he sat down by my feet and set Kingsley in his lap.

"I beg to differ," Kingsley chuckled as she looked over at me. "I always have more fun with my best friend."

I felt my stomach knot up as I smiled and nodded before Cooper fell into the chair near the couch.

"Cute pajamas," he teased as he gestured to my onesie. I grabbed the hood and flipped it over my head as Benjamin chuckled, noticing that I had elephant ears.

"So what are you guys doing here anyway?" I questioned as I flipped the blanket off me and put my feet on the floor.

"We wanted another game night and this time it's you girls in the hot seat."
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