"Well that is good to hear. I think you’ll even like this one. It’s about some of the conspiracy theories from the Cold War and it should be really interesting," he told her excitedly. He loved history. It was one of his favorite subjects. He looked over at her and smiled a little. "You really don’t care, do you?" he asked her. He figured she was just agreeing to make him happy which left a warm feeling in his chest. He nodded. "Of course we can. Not gonna lie though, we’re gonna need to come up with something to do with Pete too. He’ll be really mad if we leave him out of all our adventures. Maybe we could do the amusement park with him and then something special that’s just for us?" he asked, wondering if that would be acceptable.
Jasey smiled and shook her head. “Not really, no.” She admitted. “But you do so I’ll watch it with you. And I’ll even try and pay attention when it starts. But I make no promises that I won’t just play games on my phone and cuddle with you until it’s done.” She told him with a smile. She didn’t really care what they were doing, just spending time with him made her happy. And they’d spent plenty of afternoons doing homework together where just being near each other was enough so she was sure it would just play out the same way. “Oh god, he’d kill us both. The amusement park would be fun with the three of us. I’m sure Pete would like that a lot. Maybe you and I could go up to the beach together? I like the idea of it just being us and the ocean, don’t you?” She asked, grinning over at him as she gave his hand a gentle squeeze. “We could even go to one of the tourist-y spots so it wouldn’t seem as weird if we had to ask for somebody else to take a picture of us by the water.”
"You’re totally sweet," Sarah argued, grinning at her friend. "Well, you can be. Usually when you want somethin’ And you’re always nice to me because of unknown reasons." Sarah made a face. "Please don’t shake me. That sounds unpleasant." She shook her head. "No, they would not even a little. She’s great and I’m me and those things just don’t add up." She made a face, realizing that she had slipped. "But yeah, let’s not talk about it." Sarah copied her, looking over the selection. "I kinda want somethin’ with peanut butter. Maybe a Reeses sundae." She looked over at her friend. "You can have some of mine if you wanted that. Then you can get somethin’ else."
"I’m nice to you because you’re my friend and I love you. Shouldn’t you have been able to figure that out? You’re the smart one, after all." Jasey said with a smile. She chuckled at the face Sarah made. "Stop bein’ so down on yourself then! Or I really will do it. Don’t you test me, missy." She threatened. "She’s great and you’re amazin’, so those two things totally go together. But we can drop it and not focus on this dream girl." She’d figured it out somehow. And then she’d totally help even though Sarah didn’t want her to. The girl really needed to put herself out there just a little more. "Well aren’t you just the sweetest thing? I like this idea. I’m gonna get the cookies and cream sundae and you can have as much as you want. If I eat too much, I won’t fit in my cutoffs."
He looked over at her and grinned widely before turning his attention back to the road. He had always been a pretty cautious driver. Unless fun things were being offered? He’d figure that out when it happened. “Yeah, we can definitely do that,” he told her, pleased that she would be staying the night. “We’re watching the history network though. There’s a special on later tonight that I wanna see. It’s non-negotiable.” Normally he’d let Jasey pick to make her happy, but normally there wasn’t a special about the Cold War he wanted to see. “Yeah? We should do that. We could make a small weekend trip out of it if we wanted? I wanna go to Palace Playland because they’re opening some new thrill rides this summer. You wanna make a trip out of it?” he asked hopefully. Palace Playland was his favorite place growing up and he just wanted to go one more time before senior year. “And you do have good taste in music, so I like the playlist idea.”
She grinned back and, once his attention was back on the road, leaned over to press a gentle kiss to his shoulder. “Great. I missed our little sleepovers.” She admitted. She chuckled a bit. “Kyle, we can watch whatever you want. I’m not gonna fight you on it.” She told him. She just wanted him to be happy. And if sitting through some boring history special made him happy, she’d do it. She wouldn’t even complain or try and distract him. She would, however, demand cuddles and probably fall asleep at some point. “Oh my god, yes! Let’s do it! It’d be so fun, Kyle!” She exclaimed. “We have to do it. We have to. And if we have fun, we should do it again next summer and then the summer after too. Turn it into some big tradition.” She was really excited about the idea. “This is gonna be so fun. You always have the best ideas, Kyle.”
He nodded. “Friday’s good, but if you’ve got any spare time during the week, you should stop by the shop and see Hades. He misses you, too.” And maybe it would put the furball in a better mood. Alexi was still surprised at how angry the cat had been. He gave her a small smile. “I’ve heard you’ve been doing well. Congrats, love.” He was proud of her, but he didn’t want to offend her by saying so. It was still good to see her doing so well. He had never expected that sweet little southern witch from all those years ago to become such a strong black magic practicer but he was glad she had.
"I’ll definitely stop by to see him this week. I miss him too." And it was true, she really did. In fact, she always thought that her shop felt a little empty because there was no cat around. She smiled. "Thanks. I’ve been having a lot of fun running my own place. It’s different, but I like it." She told him. She loved her shop. Loved the set up, the loved the clientele, loved being the one in charge of everything; it was just the best. She could only she continued to be successful.
He shook his head. “Nah, you didn’t. And I would never tell you what to do, Jase. I have too much respect for you. Just know that if you ever do decide not to wear makeup around me, well, I definitely won’t be complaining.” Besides, her mascara was a bitch to get out of his pillowcases. He’d keep doing it for her so long as she was happy though. “How about tonight when we get home from the movie?” he asked her, looking over at her with a smile. He reached for her hand, linking their fingers together. “Well, road trips obviously. We need to go on the best kind of adventures. Late night ice cream runs because we’re young and still have the metabolism to burn it off. There’s no better time to shop than at night too, so there’s that.”
"I will definitely keep that in mind." She nodded. She could maybe manage a day or two makeup free for him. But not anytime soon. She’d have to wait so he wasn’t expecting it. It would be nice to surprise him. She smiled at him. "Tonight sounds great. Maybe we can stop at mine real quick to pick stuff up and then I can sleep over? We haven’t spent the night together in a while." She suggested. And she didn’t even have dirty thoughts attached to the offer. She just wanted to wake up in his arms the next morning; it seemed like she slept a little better with him around. She gave his hand a gentle squeeze. "I’ll never say no to ice cream or shopping." She smirked. "We should go on a day trip to one of the beaches, you know? Just me and you and the ocean. I’ll even make a playlist for the trip and pitch in for gas."
"Woah there!" He said, looking over at her. "I wasn’t trying to imply anything. If you like the makeup, wear it. You should never change how you look for some guy, which I’m pretty sure you know. I’m just saying that I personally prefer when you don’t because then you look less like you’re ready for battle and more like you’re ready to cuddle. I’m not complaining about the makeup, I just have a preference is all." He didn’t think that was a bad thing? Maybe he was overstepping. She’d kick him into shape if he was. "Something other than love dust? How about affection flakes?" he asked, smirking at her. "You can go on the wild adventures too. I’m sure Jenny wouldn’t get too jealous."
"Sorry." She sighed. "I probably overreacted a little bit. But you have no idea how many fucking guys in this town have tried to tell me that I wear too much make up or that I shouldn’t even be wearing it all. It’s not their business." She smiled softly at him and leaned over to press a gentle kiss to his cheek. "I’m always ready to cuddle with you, Kyle. All you have to do is ask." She assured him, letting her hand rest gently on his thigh. She didn’t know what it was about Kyle, but she acted a little different around him. Suddenly displays of affection didn’t seem so stupid. She giggled. "Affection flakes is much better." She looked over at him with a wide grin. "Oh yeah? What kind of wild adventures are we talking about?"
He pursed his lips, thinking about what she had to stay. He’d love to have her back in the shop again and he knew it would make Hades happy, but she deserved to have her own place and working together didn’t seem to work for the two of them. “I think if you’re willing to do this again, we should do it the right way. At least maybe a little more normally than we have done. Can I make you dinner one of these nights?” He’d never really cooked for her, aside from morning after breakfast. Something about that didn’t feel right.
She let out a slow, relieved breath at his suggestion. She had been so scared he wouldn’t want to give them another chance. “Dinner sounds great.” She told him with a wide smile. No matter how much they fought, it was always going to be Alexi. And she was starting to think that maybe, on a smaller scale even, it was the same way for him. “How about Friday? I’ve got a few things for clients I need to get done right away…things have been pretty busy lately.” She told him. She was proud of her little shop. It wasn’t much but it was making a lot of money and she wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Sarah rolled her eyes. She wasn’t the type who needed reassurance of how pretty she was. Sarah was what she was. And that was it. She had small boobs, a shit personality, and lived in Pete’s ever growing shadow. “Well, you’re really sweet, Jasey.” And she was not being ridiculous at all. Sarah had been crushing on Rowan Lambert for such a long time, that she just knew how far out of her league Rowan was. ’No hints for you Miss Nosy,” she said, stepping in. “Last thing I need is for you to try helping me but giving me a not so delicate shove at them.” She leveled Jasey with a stare. “It’s really best if we just leave it as it is.”
"Okay well now I know you’ve totally lost it. No one calls me sweet." Jasey said. She and sweet just didn’t mix. "And I’m not bein’ sweet, ‘cause I’m three seconds from grabbin’ you by those delicate little shoulders and shakin’ some sense into you." She added on with a quiet chuckle. Though it was much less of a joke than she made it seem. She sighed. "Fine, fine. I won’t push it anymore. But I still think that they would totally be into you." she told her, following inside. She looked over the boards. "Why do all the sundaes have to be so good? It makes it way harder to choose."
He shook his head. “I don’t want you to say anything, love. I just…” He didn’t know what the point of this was, except that he missed her so much. Far more than he thought he would. “You shouldn’t have to put yourself through it again. It’s not fair to you. And I can’t promise to stop being an asshole. We both know it’d be a lie if I did. But…” He shrugged, at a loss for words. He hadn’t thought this through at all. He just wanted her to know that he was sorry. He would take it back if he could, but it was too late for that now and this was probably for the best anyways. He gave her a small smile. “Hades called me a fucking idiot. Worst part was that he was right. I’m just… sorry.”
She nodded. “Alexi…” She thought she had something else to say, but any other words died on her lips. She swallowed hard and came out from behind the counter. She wanted so badly to just offer to let things go back to how they were, but maybe that was the problem. The ways thing were didn’t work for them. “I think maybe, if you wanted to, I’d be willing to try this one more time. But I need to know that you’re as invested as I am in this, in us. I don’t want to be the only one committing to this. And I want to keep my shop. I think working together and being together is just too much time together.” She said quietly, staring down at her hands. She glanced up at him. “What do you think?”
"It’s green crap that you think makes you prettier when really, you’re gorgeous already. It’s goup. Crap you don’t need doing a job it doesn’t need to do." He liked Jasey best when her hair was a mess, her makeup was streaked, and she content. When she didn’t look perfect and ready to go in for the kill, almost always after they’d finished, that’s when he knew he loved her. She was so beautiful all the time, but when she wasn’t, that was when she took Kyle’s breath away. He rolled his eyes, closing the door after her. "It’s love dust," he said when he got in on his side.. "Jenny gets a lot of use. She goes on every adventure with me." Kyle started the car and pulled out of the driveway, heading for the movie theater.
"Okay, first of all, none of what I put on my face isn’t green. Second, I don’t think it makes me prettier. I know that I’m pretty. I don’t need makeup to make me feel that way. I wear it because I like the way it looks.” She told him. What was it with guys and their obsession with girls wearing makeup? It was stupid. “Love dust sounds disgusting. Call it something else, please.” She laughed, shaking her head a little. He was just so ridiculous. But it was one of her favorite things about him so she definitely wasn’t complaining. “Well isn’t Jenny one lucky girl? Getting to go on all your wild adventures?” She asked.