Aj had never felt more awkward in her life. She didn’t like meeting new people let alone make physical contact with them and to make matters worse he knew about her. “Awkward, I thought we were your only friends,” joked Will. “I was thinking the exact same thing!” continued Hayley. “If a friend you mean the older guy who knows everything about you and you know nothing about him then yes, he is my best friend” explained Aj. “That is actually the definition of a stalker though I can see how it can be confusing,” grinned Will. They all continued to joke about AJ’s “new friend” as they made their way to Wills's truck. Aj instantly felt her heart drop, standing next to Will’s truck was Charlie. She turned around as soon as she heard Will and Hayley’s voices. “Hi” she excitedly announces at them. “Well hi there yourself,” replied Will. “I was just wondering if you guys were going to David’s party?” she asked looking toward Aj. “We don’t get invited to the jocks drunk fests, unfortunately,” sarcastically answered Hayley. “Oh…” mumbled Charlie. Aj looked at Will confused as to what to do he took the plea for help. “Well we were going to do our own thing you’re welcome to join us,” he encouraged. “Its nothing extravagant like the jocks do but it’s still nice,“Hayley said following Wills lead. “Cool, I have to make an appearance at David’s but Ill definitely stop by after” beamed Charlie. Will gave her instructions to the warehouse while AJ was still trying to process what had happened. She waited until Charlie was out hearing range “Why did you do that!” Aj smacked Will on the arm. “She was begging to hang out with you, spaz!” Will explained. “Did you forget that I completely made a damn fool of myself in front of her that being the whole reason iv been avoiding her” yelled Aj. “But she likes you” interrupted Hayley. “She what?” stammered Aj. “Yeah she totally likes you actually if it wasn’t for Will shed probably think you’re uninterested,” Continued explaining Hayley. “So it seems like you oh him a thank you.” Aj was taken aback but understood where Hayley was coming from. “Thank you,” she told Will. “Think nothing of it, you seriously need to get laid, so grumpy lately.
They all headed back to the warehouse to, when Aj walked in she instantly panicked looking at all the empty cans and various fast food containers laying about. “We need to clean everything!” yelled Aj. “Wait, what?” asked Will. “I have a girl coming over. She doesn’t even know us she can't come into a place filled with trash! What would that say?” Aj explained. “We eat food and we drink” joked Will. “Give her a break you know she is panicky with this girl, fine we’ll clean but we have plenty of time. She said she would come after the party which pWillably won’t start till its dark. So calm down” encouraged Hayley. “Shes right well get some food, drinks and we can even stop to get some new releases,” Followed Will. “Awesome. Let me call my dad so he knows I won’t be home tonight.” Aj knew her father was comfortable with underage drinking as long as she didn’t drive and it wasn’t in public. “Well hello, my queer child” spoke her dad through the phone. “That really never gets old” sarcastically answered Aj. “I'm actually in the middle of something so make it fast princess.” Continued to joke her dad. “I was just letting you know were drinking at the warehouse tonight so don’t wait up.” “Alright thanks for letting me know, want me to forward some money t your account for food?” “Actually that sounds great thanks” “No problem, call me if you want a ride anywhere” “Gotcha bye dad” “I love you queer princess” “Yeah I love you too, pain in the ass king.”
By the time they picked up all the supplies it was already dark. Aj went head and sent another thank you text which he responded “Got some good news, about to go break up that football players underage drinking party.” Aj relayed the news to Hayley and Will they joked about how great it would be if his football career ended with a night in jail. Though inside her head she thought to herself I hope she isn’t there when it happens. When they pulled up to the warehouse she was shocked to see that Charlie was already there waiting. “I was beginning to think I had the wrong address,” Charlie smirked. “Sorry…we thought you were going to be later,” responded Aj embarrassed. “What happened to your appearance at the party?” asked Hayley. “I walked in and the stupidity in the air alone made me nauseous,” answered Charlie. “Sounds like the perfect time to show you our place!” announced Will. Will unlocked the warehouse and let Charlie in first. Overall the place looked nice Aj managed to speed clean the place and even tidy up Hayley and Will’s love nest. Aj scanned the expression on Charlie's face and it wasn’t hard to read. Charlie was grinning, though the warehouse wasn’t much it seemed perfect for those who needed somewhere to get away from what was outside, the only question was what Charlie was trying to get away from.
Will was able to use his charm to score the drinks and Aj’s dad had sent enough money for them all to live in a junk food coma. Aj had cleared off their table earlier and they all took a bag and began to set up their food. Charlie started going through the movies they had picked up “iv been wanting to see this one but my parent doesn’t allow anything R-rated in the house. “ she spoke. “That must suck,” Aj said without thinking. “Yeah, it does. They’re super religious. We were really broke when I first started growing up dad was in college and mom worked at a daycare where she could work and watch me. Well, one day my mother was driving home when a car ran a red light and hit the car on the driver’s side. We both walked away without a scratch. Well right before she said she heard a voice and saw a light and swears to this day that it was God sparing us. Soon after my dad finished college and started investing, we no longer had to live paycheck to paycheck.” She finished explaining. “But isn’t that more your dad than god?” questioned Aj. “Not a believer are we?” Charlie grinned. “ I wouldn’t say that. I believe something created all this I just don’t believe that whoever did is just babysitting us. I mean we don’t babysit our children once they’re grown, we had to learn that from somewhere” Aj explained. “That’s actually well thought out” Charlie smiled. “Look if we’re going to start getting deep lets at least start some shots” Hayley cheered with a bottle of Vodka in her hand. “Well, what are we waiting for? Let's play a drinking game with the movie!” volunteered Will. “What's the rules?” aj inquired. “Simple every time they do anything R-rated we drink!” he yelled. “That’s the best game iv ever heard of” smiled Charlie.
They only made it halfway through the movie before they were too drunk to pay attention. “Fuck this sitting shit I want to dance!” slurred Charlie. “Holy shit dance party!” screeched Hayley. She ran over to an old radio sitting in the corner. Hayley plugged it in and was scanning through the stations. “Wait stop! Go back. Yes, this is my favorite song.” Charlie cheered. Hayley turned the radio up as “Supermassive Blackhole” by The Muse played. “Ask her to dance” nudged Will. “No way I don’t dance” enforced Aj. “I double dare you to dance with her” encouraged Will. “I'm pretty sure we're not 10 and that’s not going to work,” Aj said amused. “So you're scared?” he asked. “NO, I'm not scared” raised Aj’s voice. This stopped Charlie from dancing and she walked over towards AJ. Iv went too far thought Aj, she could hear her heartbeat faster and faster with every step Charlie took towards her. “You should dance with me” grinned Charlie. “I don’t dance” Aj responded bluntly. “When a pretty girl asks you to dance, you dance with her” Charlie insisted. “Says who” questioned Aj. “It's literally an unwritten law of society” explained Charlie. “But you just ranted about ignoring man-made laws” rebutted Aj. “Look I'm drunk just dance with me just this once I won't ever ask again” begged Charlie. Aj finally agreed to dance with her, Charlie took her hand and pulled her to the center of the room. Charlie started dancing first due to Aj feeling incredibly awkward. Quickly Aj’s body began to move to the beat thanks to the alcohol coursing through her bloodstream. Everything seemed to slow down for a minute, she stumbled back on the couch as the lights began to swirl she looked towards Charlie and watched the lights blur as Victoria began to come into focus. Aj eyes began to close, she strained to keep them open she was afraid if she closed her eyes it would all be gone.