a/n I'm in a terrible mood, I hope the end of this isn't affected by it!
Despite the unvoiced truth between Aiden Carlton, Bonnie Nash and Mollie Jarrett, the latter would not hesitate to send an unfriendly glare to the former behind her back. Bonnie and Mollie had long gotten past their unrequited feelings for Alex Shelley, but they could not help but think that they were no longer playing an important part in his life. Neither wanted to be there for him every day – to be honest, that got old when they had dated him – but they still wanted to be his friends, as such a history could not be overlooked.
"Where were you last night?" Shannon asked his girlfriend,
"I was out to dinner." She answered with a smile, "With Alex, if you must know." He raised his eyebrow, wanting to know why his girlfriend was having dinner with her ex, "And Aiden and Bonnie." She told him, making him nod very slowly.
"That don't make any sense." He told her honestly. She smiled at him widely and sauntered over to him.
"It was my dad's idea. Last thing I wanted to be doing." She sat down beside him and dropped her head onto his shoulder, closing her eyes.
"Speaking of Jeff, does he know about this, us?" Shannon asked and Mollie sighed, "That's a no, then?"
"I don't really know how he'd react..."
"I'm only five years older than you, Mollie."
"No, it's not the age thing... It's the 'Alex is a fucking dickhead and now my dad has wrapped me in cotton wool' thing." She tried to joke. "Soon, I promise. Besides, I like you a lot more than I liked that prick, and I fought tooth and nail to be with him. Daddy's going to have to say yes." Shannon wrapped his arm around her shoulder and let her rest,
"I'm not competing with Alex, am I? Coz that's a fight I'd lose." He asked her quietly.
"He's my friend, Shan. I promise, nothing more than that."
"How as dinner last night, darlin'?"
"I think I want to rip Aiden limb from limb, but I pushed through." Bonnie said as she rubbed her temples, "And Mollie's a very, very loud drunk."
"Anyone coulda told you that, Bonnie."
"Alex is going to have fun with that one," the blonde said sarcastically, "That damn girl is as innocent as a Cabbage Patch Kid. Where's the fun in that?"
"He's a new man; let him do what he wants. It'll be good for him in the end."
"I don't even care what he does anymore... But I felt like I just lost a friend, ya know?" she asked with a slight frown, "Mollie and I talked about it... We're both worried that we aren't going to be allowed within a ten foot radius of the man. And we can be friends, we're adults."
"I don't know if 'friends' is an option with Alex." The loud laugh made Bonnie roll her eyes, "Talk to him about it, talk to Aiden about it... Don't talk to Mollie about it coz it'll just blow up in your face."
"For being Mollie's friend, you aren't very nice to her." Bonnie stated with a raise of her eyebrow.
"Mollie knows I love her, she also knows I think she's an idiot most of the time. But she feels the same way about me. This conversation wasn't about Mollie, anyway. It was about you talking to Aiden or Alex."
"James!" she shouted in exasperation, "I don't want to speak to them!"
"But you need to." Bonnie glared at the man in front of her. She knew he was right, but she was incredibly stubborn.
Things had gotten considerably quieter in Aiden's work station. Val still frequented the office, but Jess only dropped by if she needed an outfit made.
Alex had forced her to endure a dinner with two of his ex-girlfriends. Nothing had even really been accomplished by it except that now she wasn't so afraid to be in a room with either girl. Even after their talk in the hospital Aiden had been afraid that something would happen and Alex would be stolen away from her like a rug from under her feet.
Things had gone well, Bonnie and Mollie had made it clear that neither of them wanted to be anything more than friends with Alex and both of them had a boyfriend – Mollie was going out with Shannon Moore and Bonnie had pulled a twist and started dating James Storm.
"Knock, knock?" Aiden span around on her stool to see a hesitant Bonnie Nash leaning against the frame, "Could I speak to you for a minute?" Aiden nodded slowly, unsure if it was a good idea.
"Yeah... There's a seat just there if you want to sit." Bonnie closed the door behind her and took a seat, "Is this about costuming?" Aiden asked somewhat hopefully.
"No, actually, it's about Alex." Aiden had to force herself to maintain her smile. "I'm not here to tell you that I'm about to start another war if I don't get him back, I promise." Aiden bit back a loud sigh of relief, "It's just that both Mollie and I are afraid that we might lose Alex as a friend."
"Mollie isn't the kind of girl to let someone else do their dirty work, why isn't she here?"
"This isn't dirty work!" Bonnie said quickly and defensively, "And she's not here because, you know from experience, when we get together for the same cause... It doesn't end well." Aiden nodded for Bonnie to continue, "We're not asking for optimum alone time with the guy... We know that, for some odd reason, he chose you," Aiden didn't miss the cheap shot that Bonnie slipped in, "And we are going to respect that. I'm using a whole lot of 'we's here... And Mollie hasn't even agreed, she will though. I'll buy her beer, or something." Bonnie said with a slight laugh.
"I have no problem if either of you are friends with Alex," Aiden said quietly, "I just don't want anything like that stupid battle to happen again."
"It's not going to happen. Between Mollie and I, maybe... And that'll be for old time's sake."
"You can be friends with Alex." Aiden nodded her head.
"No offense or anything," Bonnie was quick to add, "But I don't think that necessarily means that we're going to be friends with you... Because, we don't really like you. You're a princess and Mollie and I are hard as nails and we don't particularly like you for stealing Alex, even if we are over him. Now it's just a pride thing." Bonnie took in what she had just said. "That was quite offensive, but unfortunately it's the truth."
Mollie coughed as she laughed, "You spoke to Little Miss Perfect? That's very good of you, Bonnie. What about?" she asked abruptly, getting to the point.
"Alex." Bonnie answered shortly.
"You're not getting him back. For one reason or another he's set on her and not even we could change that." Mollie said knowingly, Bonnie nodded in agreement.
"I know, I know... I spoke to her about being friends with him. She's cool with it you know."
The two women tried to look nonchalant as they leant against the outside wall of the Impact Zone, not looking at each other, but at the emptying car park before them. It would have looked somewhat nonchalant had it not been the two girls who were once bitter enemies.
"It wouldn't really matter if she was or not, I'd find a way." Mollie laughed to herself, "We don't have to be friends with her though, right?"
"I took care of that as well."
"She's not as bad as she thinks we think she is." Mollie laughed, Bonnie took a second to understand the statement.
"I know she isn't. But it's great fun messing with the little one." Bonnie smiled a small smile before she pushed off the wall and pulled her car keys from her pocket, "You take care of yourself back in Nashville, slut." She said as she flipped Mollie off over her shoulder.
"Don't get too hurt in the ring, whore." Mollie called after the tall blonde before heading back inside to find Aiden standing quietly. "Waiting on Alex?" Aiden nodded, "Congratulations, princess. You beat me, you beat Bonnie and you managed to tame Alex Shelley. You're a saint."Mollie said as she made her way to her father's office, "I still don't like you."
"I wouldn't have it any other way." Aiden said quietly to herself as she watched Alex walk her way.
a/n and we're done! Finally! =D thanks for everyone's reviews, you're amazing and I hope you liked the story and the way it ended!