"So you're going over there tonight?"
"Yes Chelsea, in an hour, for the thousandth time."
"Shut up. What are you going to wear?"
"Clothes." She rolls her eyes and mouths help me to Kyla, who just laughs and continues looking through a magazine on the couch.
"I don't know Chelsea, we'll probably end up out on the beach so something comfy."
"Well gosh don't go over there in sweats."
Ashley sighs, "You're worse than a mother. I have to go, I still have to shower and file this paperwork for Madison to look over, so I'll call you later."
"Alright," she pauses for a moment, "hey Ash, be careful."
Hanging up, Ashley frowns. Why should she have to be careful with Spencer? Sighing, she turns to look at her sister, "Thanks for your help!"
Kyla smirks, "You looked like you were handling it just fine. What paper work do you have to file? I thought I filed all of it for you earlier."
Smiling, Ashley makes her way toward the stairs, "You did, but I had to get her off the phone somehow. I'm going to go shower, then as my sister you're required to come help me pick something out to wear." Halfway upstairs she pauses, "Oh by the way, Aiden called." Kyla frowns at this, "He mentioned something about Charlie wanting you and him to take her somewhere. So call him and don't give me that look! 'Cause no one says no to that little girl, otherwise you're messing with me, got it?" She doesn't wait for a response, but instead turns around and continues up the stairwell.
"Tell me again why we had to go grocery shopping?" Jay asks as she sets a bag up on the counter.
Spencer shuffles into the kitchen, setting the rest down, "Because for one I'm cooking dinner tonight for Ashley and I, and two you haven't left the house all day, so it was good for you."
Jackie sticks her tongue out at this last part, "What are you making? And how come I'm not getting any?"
Spencer glances at Jackie as she begins to rifle through all of the contents of the bags, "Ravioli's, and no one said you couldn't have any… you just can't eat with us."
Rolling her eyes, Jackie begins to help pull the contents from the bags, "Right because you two need to discuss everything and have time alone… how quaint."
Spencer stops her movement at the tone Jackie just used and turns to face her, "Please Jay, don't be like that."
"I'm not being like anything Spencer."
"Yes you are Jay."
"I'm trying Spencer. I'm trying."
Spencer grabs Jackie's hands and laces their fingers together, squeezing her hands lightly before bringing one to her mouth to kiss softly, "Thank-you."
Sighing, Jackie nods, "I'm going to go lay down for a bit, and I promise I'll stay out of your way."
"You're the best Jay."
"Yeah, yeah," she makes her way out of the kitchen, "there'd better be some garlic bread left for me."
"Tell me why she's been in the closet for an hour now?"
Kyla sighs as she rolls over on Ashley's bed and looks up at Madison; "She's going over to Spencer's tonight."
"Oh, so they're speaking again?"
Kyla nods, smirking when she sees another shirt come flying from the closet and incessant cursing coming from Ashley, "Yup. Spencer showed up in the store and pretty much told Ashley she wants her and has been waiting for Ashley to call since the kiss."
"Wow." Madison falls back onto the bed, joining Kyla, "It's about time." Kyla nods her head in agreement. Madison begins to stretch out across the bed and nudges Kyla in the process, "So what's this I hear about you and Aiden going out somewhere?"
Rolling her eyes, Kyla shrugs, "Charlie wants us to take her to some theme park and insisted that it be Aiden and I that take her… I was going to say no, but Ashley threatened me with physical violence."
Madison laughs lightly, "That won't be awkward at all. You'd better keep an eye on Charlie, she's way too smart for her own good, she'll manage to sneak off when the two of you aren't looking so you two will have to spend the day looking for her."
Kyla's eyes bulge out at this, but whatever she was about to say is cut off when Ashley finally joins them wearing dark skinny jeans and a black fitted tee shirt. "How's this?"
Kyla lets out an exasperated sigh, "That's what I picked out for you in the first place! Unbelievable!"
Madison can only laugh, "You look good."
Ashley nods, "Thanks," and checks herself out in the mirror one last time before glancing at the clock, "Shit, I gotta go. You too be nice to one another and stay out of trouble!"
Both girls smile innocently at Ashley as she leaves the room; when Kyla suddenly jumps up from the bed to call after Ashley, "Don't forget the wine on the counter Chelsea made you buy!"
When she pulls up behind Spencer's car she take a deep breath, trying to calm her nerves. She quickly glances at herself in the rear-view mirror before grabbing the bottle of wine and getting out of the car. Once she knocks, she wipes her hand on her jeans, trying to rid the sweat that was forming. The door is swung open after a minute, with Jackie standing behind it with a small smile that doesn't quite reach her eyes, "Hey Ashley, good to see you again. Come on in, Spence is just in the kitchen finishing up."
Ashley smiles and steps into the house, "Thanks." She makes her way to the kitchen expecting Jackie to follow, but is surprised when the older woman disappeared to somewhere else in the house. Suddenly the nervous feeling is back when she realizes it really is just going to be the two of them tonight. When she reaches the island that separates the kitchen and the living room, Ashley can't help but smile as Spencer has her back turned and is pulling something out of the oven. She takes this time to look over Spencer unabashedly, scanning over the dark jeans that make her legs look impossibly long, the teal Henley long-sleeved top she's wearing, that undoubtedly will make her eyes bluer than ever, and her long blonde hair that covers her face right now, a little wet still and wavy.
Spencer pulls the food out of the oven and sets it on top of the stove before she turns around and smiles, "Hey you." She walks over to Ashley and kisses her softly on the cheek, "Glad to see Jay actually let you in." Her smile is for the first time since they've reunited, shy, as she looks Ashley over, "You look great, and hey, you brought wine!"
Ashley can't help but smile back, "You do too, you always do." This comment earns a small tinge of pink to creep its way onto Spencer's cheeks.
They stand there like idiots smiling at one another until Spencer clears her throat and glances away, "So would you like something to drink?"
Nodding, Ashley holds up the bottle, "I can get it if you just point me in the right direction."
After quickly pointing out where everything is at, Spencer begins to pull out everything else while Ashley makes busy with pouring Spencer and herself a glass of wine; both sneaking shy glances at one another.
When everything is ready they quickly make their plates and sit down together, falling into conversation easily, talking about the past two weeks. Spencer telling Ashley about her photo shoots in New York and her classes, Ashley telling Spencer about her latest antics with Charlie and walking into the living room to find Kyla putting Madison in a headlock.
When they're finished they both clean up together, casually flirting with one another in the kitchen as they load everything into the dishwasher. Once everything is done Spencer refills their wine glasses and takes a sip of her own before turning to face Ashley who is standing a mere foot away from her. "Want to go for a walk?" With a smile, Ashley simply nods. "Ok, I'm going to go check to see if Jay needs anything," she reaches up and rubs her hands up and down Ashley's bare arms causing goose bumps to form, "and get you a sweatshirt to wear, it's chilly out there tonight." Spencer smirks when Ashley is incapable of a response, and leaves the kitchen in path of the bedrooms.
Letting out a breath she didn't realize she was holding, Ashley shakes her head mumbling to herself, "Get a grip, one touch and you turn into a pile of mush." Reaching for her wine glass, she takes a big gulp, downing half of the glass. She quickly refills her glass and awaits Spencer's return. After a minute or two Spencer returns with a hoody in hand and Jackie in tow. "Ready?"
Ashley frowns slightly thinking Jackie is coming with, but it quickly disappears when Jackie starts making herself a plate of food and Spencer hands her the hoody, "Yeah, lets go." She pulls the hoody over her head, loving that it smells like Spencer, and follows her out the back door. They pause at the deck to allow Ashley to slip off her shoes and they roll up their jeans a bit and start to walk side by side in a comfortable silence, bumping shoulders every once in a while.
Once they get down to wear the tide is coming in, Spencer takes Ashley's hand in her own and squeezes is softly before letting it go, "Care to tell me what you're thinking about?"
She's quiet, not saying anything. At this Spencer sighs, a bit frustrated, but continues walking. Ashley pauses, grabbing Spencer's hand to tug her back, "Spence wait…"
She sighs again and stops walking, turning to face Ashley, "Yeah?" Looking down at their hands, she can't help but smile, their fingers have interlaced with one another naturally.
"I umm…" She swallows, and takes a breath signaling she's going to try again, "How does this not scare you?"
Her brow furrows, "How does what not scare me?"
"You and I, things never seem to work out with us. It took us forever to get together and then when we did finally get together we would fight all the time and when things finally did get good, you left." Spencer drops Ashley's hand at the last two words, looking saddened.
"I only left because you practically forced me to go Ash, I wasn't going to go."
Spencer sighs, deciding against starting a fight over something so unimportant at this moment, "Never mind." She looks up and locks eyes with the brunette standing in front of her, "I'm not scared this time because we don't have everything stacked up against us Ash. I'm not your teacher, I can't be fired for having feelings for you, we both live in the same city, and we're both done with school, happy with what we're doing. I'm 29 years old, I mean I know that's not old, but it's not young either. So when something amazing or someone amazing comes back into my life I'm going to do whatever I have to do to hold onto it. Listen, I'm not saying I want to jump into this and pretend it hasn't been years since we've seen each other, but I can't ignore the feelings I get when I see you or when you touch me. It's still there and probably stronger than before and I hope that doesn't freak you out." She reaches forward and brushes a curl out of Ashley's face, tucking it behind her ear before bringing her hand back to Ashley's cheek. "If you feel like this in any way then I think we owe it to ourselves to try this."
Ashley's eyes close at Spencer's touch, "So much has changed though Spence."
Spencer nods, bringing her hand down, "Yeah you're right a lot has, but I think that's a good thing. Our relationship was based off secrets last time Ash, we had to hide everything and that resulted in us causing a lot of pain to one another. This time we don't have to hide, no more secrets." She takes a step forward, closing the distance between them, resting her forehead against Ashley's and they interlace hands. "Please Ash, we can take it slow. No pressure. Just us getting to know each other again and seeing where it leads."
The younger brunette nods her head with a smile, "Ok," she barely whispers, "let's try it."
With a goofy grin on her face, Spencer pulls Ashley into a tight embrace, which Ashley quickly reciprocates. They both let out content sighs, basking in each other's warmth, until Spencer pulls back slightly to whisper in Ashley's ear, "I think I want to kiss you again." She pulls back further and looks into Ashley's eyes, letting her hands fall down to Ashley's waist.
Smiling, Ashley lets her hands fall onto Spencer's waist as well, "I'm not stopping you." They stand like that for another beat of a second until Ashley's brow furrows, "Change your mind?"
Spencer shakes her head, gaining a smirk, "No, I'm just afraid that if I kiss you I won't see or hear from you for another two weeks and I'm not sure if I want to take that risk…" she teases.
Ashley scoffs and rolls her eyes at this, "Get over here!"
Smiling, Spencer leans forward until their lips connect. The first kiss is short, but is quickly followed by a longer one that elicits a soft moan from both women. When they break apart they both stand there with huge smiles on their faces, staring goofily at one another. "SPENCER!! GET YOUR FINE ASS IN HERE! I'VE GOT SOME GREAT NEWS!"
Knocked out of their stupor, they turn their heads back toward the house. Spencer sighs and rolls her eyes, "That'd be Ally… perfect timing as ever… we should probably head in."
Ashley nods, taking Spencer's hand in her own, and starts to turn around but is quickly tugged back by Spencer who captures her lips with her own once again. "Mmm, missed those." With a tinge of pink making its way up Ashley's cheeks, they walk hand in hand back toward the house to hear Ally's news, stopping every few seconds to reacquaint their lips.