Ava's POV:

When I finished eating, I set down my fork, and sat back to watch Christian eat.

He ordered so much food, that my small bowl of salad only had a corner of the table.

"Wow." I stated, my arms folded over my chest as I watched him.

"What?" He said through chewing. That was so gross.


He nodded and continued shoving food into his mouth.

After about ten more minutes of watching, he finally put sown his fork. Then, he burped so loud that everyone in the room around us turned to stare.

I sank down into my seat and tried to hide my face. Christian just laughed.

"Christian! Shut up!"

"Aw c'mon! You have to admit, that was funny!"

I shook my head. "You are so embarrassing."

He laughed and then called a waiter over. "Check please."

He nodded and headed to the desk to get our check. Then Christian looked at me.

"Did you think this was…fun?" he asked, twiddling his fingers.

I nodded. "Yeah, it was."

He nodded again. "Okay, good. I just wanted to make sure I was boring you."

"Trust me, you're not boring."

The waiter handed Christian the bill, and he started to pay for it.

"Wait! I want to help pay." I said, pulling money out of my pocket.

"No, I got it." He said, waving me off.

I sighed and sat back, and watched him place money in the little folder, and then place a tip on the table.

"Come on, let's go." He stood up and helped me out of my seat in the booth.

He led me to the escalator.

"Wait, I have to go to the bathroom." I said, letting myself out of his grip.

He nodded and said, "Okay, I'll be waiting out front."

I slipped away from him and walked into the girls' bathroom. As soon as I walked around the corner and saw the stalls, I saw a group of girls at the mirror applying makeup.

"Did you see how cute that guy was?" one of them asked.

"Yeah, I know right? Why was he with that blonde anyway? I mean, he ordered all this food and all she got was a salad. What a waste of his time." The other said.

It was obvious that they were talking about me. When they finished making themselves look fake, I quickly walked out of the bathroom and hid behind a nearby plant.

When they were out of sight, I hurried back into the bathroom and rushed back out. I didn't want Christian to be waiting for too long.

I walked down to the escalator and walked outside to meet Christian.

At first I didn't see him, but then when I turned to my left, I saw him. But he wasn't alone.

He was with Lena.

My face started to heat up. Why was he talking to her?

I got a little curious as to why she was even out here, so I quickly walked up to them.

"Hi." I said, as I walked up behind Christian.

He turned around to face me. "Hey, this is Lena." He said.

I was taken aback. "I know. She's my best friend." I said, peering at her through squinted eyes.

"You two know each other?" He asked, looking confused.

"We've known each other since the 5th grade." Lena said, looking at me.

Four years too many I thought to myself.

"Um, is everything alright? You two seem…"

"Pissed?" I finished.

"Betrayed?" Lena responded.

"How long have you two known each other?" I asked them.

"I met Lena a few weeks ago." Christian stated, smiling at her. She smiled back.

"Oh. Okay."

So that's the reason she's been bailing on me all this time. She was with Christian.

Why didn't she tell me she met him? She always tells me everything. She's been sneaking around all this time, and I've been believing her crazy little stories about how she had to bail on our plans.

"Is Christian the one you auditioned with?" Lena asked me.

I nodded slowly. "Yeah, why?"

"No reason." She looked a little mad, but then she quickly got rid of the face she was making and smiled at Christian. Then she linked her arm in his.

"Well, do you two want to walk around? I could introduce you to my sister Caitlin. Lena's already met her." He said.

My heart sank. She's already met her? "Oh. Well, uh, no that's okay…I have something else I have to do anyway. You two can hang out without me."

I didn't even let him respond. I just turned around and pushed my way through the crowd of people on the sidewalk and kept on walking.