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Love of My Life
"Do it!" Dean said giving his friend a playful shove towards the blonde standing at the other end of the backyard. She was cradling her purse in one arm and holding onto her martini glass with the other hand.
"Not now, she just got here." Fulton said making his way back over to Dean.
"Excuses, excuses. I'm doing you a favor. If you hadn't pushed me to talk to Jules, we would never be together."
"I dunno man, it wasn't how I thought it would be." Dean said as he ran his hand over his bandana before ripping it off.
"You put the pussy on a pedalstool." Fulton said.
"Well, leave it to you to quote the Forty Year Old Virgin." Dean said rolling his eyes. "And that's not what I'm talking about, that part was amazing. But, the next morning, not so good."
"Awkward?" Fulton offered.
"You have no idea." Dean replied shaking his head.
"Well what do you normally do the next morning?"
"It's different with Julie, she's special, ya know? I never thought about anything past the actual hookup. I mean, I never thought she would actually be into me and wanna be with me. I got scared."
"So, what'd you do?" Fulton asked in anticipation.
"The worst possible thing you can do to a woman."
"I was emotionally slutty." Julie said quoting her favorite fictional character, Carrie Bradshaw. She could hear Connie chuckle over the phone. "Cons, I told him I loved him."
"Well do you?"
"Yeah, but I don't want him to know that, I was on an endorphin high!"
"Why, he obviously loves you too, he said he did. I thought you guys had a talk right after?"
"I know, but after we told each other, things got so awkward between us. I feel like I lost my bestfriend." She said sadly.
"What exactly happened?"
"The next morning when we woke up, he couldn't even look me in the eye. He mumbled something about having to go to class and got up out of there as fast as he could. I just sat in his bed and felt so..."
"I'll kill him!" Connie said interrupting her friend. "If he thinks he can use-"
"I don't think he meant to act that way." It was Julie's turn to interrupt Connie. "I know he wasn't using me. When he told me he loved me I knew he was being truthful. I'm just afraid our friendship will never be the same again." She knew they couldn't go back, nothing would be the same.
Julie paced around her apartment as she waited for Dean. He had called her and she had agreed to a casual dinner at her apartment. He hadn't said anything, but she knew he wanted to talk. She didn't force the issue on the phone because it had been the first time they had spoken since the morning after and she didn't want to drive him away.
She couldn't figure out why she was so nervous to talk to him. The man had already seen her naked. They had SLEPT together. He had seen her at her most vulnerable and vice versa. For a year they offered each other friendship and support, could they handle the next step?
Dean pounding on her door with their take-out food interrupted her thoughts.
"You're not gonna pounce and maul me as payback?" He said with a smile on his face as she allowed him in the doorway. He looked so handsome and sure of himself, she hated that.
"Nah, you didn't even get the expensive Chinese food. You brought ninety-nine cent burritos. I don't think you deserve a good maiming." She had on a pair of jeans and a regular t-shirt but she still looked beautiful to him.
This banter broke the ice and something of their old friendship returned for the rest of the afternoon. They eventually retreated to her kitchen for more drinks.
"Why didn't you ever say anything? I never thought you were even slightly interested in me, otherwise I would have made a move. I was really attracted to you." He said.
"You were so occupied with the cheerleaders, I didn't think you'd want to hang out with your sweaty, boyish team-mate." She said opening another Molson for herself.
He looked down, avoiding her eyes, "I always thought you were one of the few people who understood me the most."
Julie was speechless. She knew that during highschool they had some sort of mutual respect for each other, but she didn't think he valued her opinion so much. "I just felt like you were so out of my league. I spent the weekends studying while you and Fulton were sneaking out to keggers or holding beer pong tournaments. I didn't think you even noticed me."
He reached over and took her hand in his. "I noticed you the moment I saw you walk through the locker-room doors." He was referring to the famous Iceland game where they both got ejected.
He was standing in front of her and placed a slow kiss on her lips. He wrapped his arms around her small frame as he crushed her body against the counter. Her arms wrapped around his waist in response. The familiar feeling of excitement took over both of them as their bodies locked together tightly.
When the kiss finally ended they were both at ease. "How come we can't have a serious conversation without going at it?"
He shrugged. "Babe, do you know how hard it was for me to restrain myself all those times we flirted?"
"Why did you?" She said arching her brow.
"You were with Kevin, I wasn't going to mess that up."
"I wish you had, I mean I was content but I wasn't as happy as everyone thought." Dean didn't look convinced at this explanation. "There was so much pressure from both of our parents, everyone thought we would get married and have beautiful blonde children. Oh and they would be lawyers and doctors."
"Wow, you never mentioned telling your parents about him." Dean said sounding a bit hurt for not knowing. He hated that he sounded jealous but he knew her parents had no clue he and Julie were so close so why should Kevin be any different.
"Trust me, it wasn't by choice. He had answered my phone when we were out to dinner. I came out of the ladies room and found them discussing my future."
"I think he just wanted to read through my text messages from you." She said smiling over at him.
"Good thing we stopped having text-sex."
Julie rolled her eyes at him.
"Speaking of sex..." he said as he wrapped his arms around her. "Do you think we could try this again, without the weird next morning thing?"
"I'm not gonna leave you alone until you talk to her." Dean said standing in Fulton's way.
"Fine." He said submitting to his friend. Julie watched the scene unfold from her spot on the patio. When she saw Fulton leave his side she approached Dean.
"I see you finally got him to talk to Tammy." Julie said slipping her arm through Dean's.
"He'll thank me later." Dean said as they watched the pair from across the yard. "Besides, it's the least I could do."
"Yeah seeing as you ditched me the first time we got together."
"Jules, you know I would never do anything to intentionally hurt you. You're my bestfriend." He said kissing the top of her forehead.
"Sorry, that's Connie and Guy's song."
"Fine, then you're the love of my life."
"I'll take it." She said smiling up at him.