"Okay, here's one in Tribeca for three thousand." Paige pointed out. Carly looked hopeless.
"That's still way too much. All the money I saved up won't even cover two months' rent. I'm going to have to work every minute I'm not in class until graduation." Carly put down the newspaper and rubbed her temples.
"Carly, don't you even think about not going!" Riley said looking up at Carly.
"I'm not." She said
"Good. Because you know how proud we are of you." Paige said while Riley nodded in agreement.
"It's just an internship,"
Riley stopped Carly before she could continue, "At InStyle magazine!"
Paige nodded, "Or you could just stay at the Waffle House as a waitress forever?" Seeing the disgusted look on Carly's face Riley knew what she was thinking.
Scrunching her nose just at the thought, "No, thanks."
"Yeah, that's what I thought. Now pass me the paper beside you." Riley said pointing to the paper under Carly's elbow. The girls were so engulfed in looking at the paper to notice Wade sit down next to Carly.
"Hey, babe," Dropping a kiss on Carly's forehead before smiling at Paige and Riley.
"Sorry, there were two drunk rednecks wrestling in the bathroom." Wade said turning to face Carly.
Seeing the two talk to each other, Paige put down the paper, "I'm going to go see what Blake's doing," She got up and fixed her shirt taking note of the car he was in, "He seems to like that car more than me nowadays."
With Paige gone, it just left the three sitting there in the awkward silence.
"Alright, I can take a hint." Smiling down at the two she set off to see what Nick was up too. She stopped short of the building door to see him picking on a poor homeless man; typical Nick.
"Babe, leave him alone." Riley walked over to Nick and pulled on his arm. But, he still had to be an ass and kick the cup out of his hands.
Smiling he wrapped his arms around her waist, grazing her stomach before kissing her exposed neck, "Sorry."
Pushing to get out of his grasp, she rolled her eyes, "No, you're not." Riley grabbed Nick's arm, pulling him in the direction she just came from.
When they reached the table, Wade looked up with wide eyes when Nick, Riley, and Dalton sat down at the table. Giving the look that told Riley that Carly and Wade were probably just talking about Nick. Wade and Nick never really got along, and Wade was a little shocked to find out he was coming with them to the game.
"So, what do you think guys? Gonna be a sweet game tomorrow, huh?" Wade nervously said trying to break some of the tension.
"Yeah," Nick mumbled. Riley elbowed him in his ribs to keep him from saying anything further.
"Dalton, please don't film me." Carly covered her face in attempt to get Dalton to turn the camera off.
Acting like nothing was going on Dalton spoke, "What," laughing, "I'm not filming now."
"The red light is on, dumbass." Riley said, kicking Dalton under the table hoping he would just put down the damn camera.
"Put the camera down," Nick said pushing the camera down toward the table, "She doesn't like having people up in her face. She folds under pressure."
Great, here we go.
"You got something to say to me?" Carly yelled while her eyes turned to slits as she looked over at Nick.
Matching Carly's actions Nick replied, "No, I think you've already spoken enough for the both of us, don't you?" Alright, that was Riley's queue to get Nick away.
Rolling her eyes, Riley got up from the table taking Nick's hand in hers, "Come on Nick."
Seeing Dalton with the camera still in his hand just pissed Nick off more, "Dalton put down the camera. God."
When Nick and Riley were out of ear shot Riley pushed Nick against the car, "Why do you have to be an ass?"
"Because the guys a douche!" Nick grabbed Riley's hips to pull her closer, playing with the hem of her shirt.
"Can you please, just please, try and keep the peace?" Seeing the expressionless look on Nick's face she knew that it wasn't going to happen.
"If anything just during the car ride?" Riley placed her hands on his chest and looked into his eyes, pleading with him.
"We'll see." Knowing that was the best she was going to get from him, she just smiled at him and placed her lips on his.
"Thank you." She said pulling back and just holding him in a hug.
"…Record crowds are expected for college football's biggest game of the year…"
"Man, it's gonna be packed tomorrow."
Speaking of things being packed only made Riley's legs hurt. She was currently squashed between Nick and Dalton in the limited space in the back of Wade's car. Trying to make this as comfortable as possible, Nick placed his arm around Riley, so she could scoot closer to Nick, giving a little more room for the bigger people in the back.
"Speaking of packed, my legs are killing me back here, man." Dalton said groaning for the thousandth time since they've been in the car.
"Don't worry, man, it's not Wade's fault his little Hot Wheels car only fits two."
"Nick, seriously, shut the fuck up!" Riley yelled while elbowing him in the ribs once again. Rubbing his chest, he looked down at Riley and just shrugged not knowing what he did wrong.
Laughing at Nick's comment, Dalton went in to add his two sense, "What did you do, go to the barber shop and ask for a He-Man haircut?"
Finally speaking up Carly turned around to glare at Dalton, "Shut up, Dalton."
"Okay, so who wants to play the quite game?" Riley said clasping a hand over Nick's mouth to keep him from saying anything.
After what seemed like hours being jammed in the back of Wade's car, someone finally spoke up.
"So much for his nice little shortcut." Seeing the car turn toward a new direction, Riley could feel her nerves start up; she was never the one to like woods. She grabbed Nick's hand for a little reassurance.
"Oh, my god."
"Look at her. Look at her!"
"You're caught on tape."
Hearing the murmurs start up in the car, Riley turned to the car next to them only to find Paige going to town on Blake.
"Look at his face!"
"You are so busted." Carly said laughing into the phone.
"Lip balm. I dropped my stupid lip balm." Paige said from the car holding up her lip balm to prove her innocence.
"She says she dropped her lip balm." Carly said relaying the message to the others in the car.
"Yeah, right." Riley said rolling her eyes at the blonde.
In a desperate need to change the subject Carly asked, "So, what's up?"
Pulling the phone away from her mouth Paige looked over at Blake, "It's getting late, what do you wanna do?"
Rolling his head to look at Paige, "Keep going, we don't even have tickets." He said like it was the only option they had.
Riley leaned closer into Nick, not liking where this conversation was going.
"Why don't we just camp out? We're close enough, right?" Just what Riley had hoped she wouldn't say.
Riley looked over into Blake's car, hoping Blake would shake his head no and decide to keep going. But, he shook his head yes and they we're pulling on to another dirt road.
"Hey, wax museum." Wade said driving by and pointing to a sign.
Never the one to pass up an opportunity Nick chirped in, "You like that kind of stuff, Wade?" Riley looked up at Nick with a warning in her eyes.
Shrugging Wade looked in the rear view mirror at Nick, "Yeah, I don't know. Sometimes."
Feeling Nick intake a breath, Riley took her queue to talk up, "I think a wax museum would be cool. To see everything made out of wax and stuff. It takes a lot of patience and skill." Riley noticed the thankful look in Wade's eyes.
Before another argument could break out, they pulled into a vacant lot and parked the car.
Not waiting any longer the three were pushing on the seats to get out of the tinny little car, "Your car sucks, dude." Riley started to get out of the car, but was slowed when Dalton was taking forever to get out.
"Come on Dalton!" Riley yelled pushing Dalton's back to get him to move faster.
"Paige, Riley, come with me." Carly said pushing the two in the direction of the woods.
When Carly thought they were out of ear shot from Blake she asked, "Well?"
"I couldn't," She said shaking her head, "There's no point in freaking him out right now."
"As opposed to when you find out you're pregnant?" Riley said looking over at Paige.
"Guys, I'm not sure, okay?" Paige defended looking over at Blake through the trees.
Sighing Paige looked from Blake back to the girls in front of her, "He's been looking forward to this game for months, I don't wanna ruin it by starting a fight."
Carly rolled her eyes at the blonde, "Paige, he's not going to marry you."
Hearing the harsh statement come from Carly's lips, "His parents won't let him." Riley said trying to make what Carly said not so bad.
Paige smiled, "Who says I want to get married? Besides, I've been late before." Paige looked at the girls hoping they would just stop talking about it, but seeing the look on their faces she knew they were just going to keep bringing it up until she talked to Blake.
Releasing a deep breath she spoke, "When I know for sure, I promise to talk to him, okay?" Seeing the nod from both girls she nodded too.
"Are we done here? Let's get out of these creepy woods." Riley said, wrapping her arms around herself while walking back to the boys.
Paige and Carly walked back out and laid out on a blanket watching the boys unload everything. Riley walked over to Nick and wrapped her arms around his waist.
Feeling warm arms around his waist, Nick turned around and wrapped his arms around her.
"Mhm, what's up babe?" Nick whispered in her ear.
"You said you were going to be nice in the car."
Pulling Riley back to look her in the eyes he said, "No, I said I wasn't going to promise anything."
"Well, from now on I want you to promise to stop being a dick to Wade. I want this to be as stressless as it can be."
"Fine," Nick whispered bring his head down with his lips close to hers, "If it means that much I will try and be nice."
Pulling away from Nick's grasp she shook her head, seeing the confused look on Nick's face she smiled, "You're not going to get a kiss until you prove you'll be nice."
"Yeah, don't help us or nothing!" Dalton yelled looking at Nick who wasn't carrying anything.
Nick looked up at Dalton and yelled back, "Good, I wasn't planning on it!"
Deciding to 'take a load off' Nick walked over and grabbed a chair to sit on, placing it next to the cooler with all the beers in it. Taking the cap off of one beer bottle, he kicked his feet up to relax and watch as the rest of the boys unpacked everything. While Nick did that, Riley walked over to sit with the other girls on the blanket.
"Pass it! Pass it!" Wade threw his hands up for Blake to throw him the ball. Riley looked up to see that Blake had got the football out to pass the time with. She looked over to see Nick still sitting there by himself, and got up to keep him company.
Shoving her hands in her pocket she looked over at Nick, "Why don't you go pass the football with them?"
Nick looked up just as Riley was standing in front of him, "You said you wanted me to be nice, I don't want to tempt myself."
Feeling something hit her leg she looked down to see the football laying there.
"Hey, Riley a little help?" Laughing she bent over to pick up the ball.
"Don't laugh if it doesn't go far." She tried to remember what Nick had thought her about how to throw a football. She placed her fingers in the white stitch and attempted to throw it. When Dalton busted out laughing she knew it hadn't gone as she had planned. The ball had made it to Wade; it just landed a few feet in front of him then rolled the rest of the way.
"Shut the hell up Dalton." Riley yelled turning around to sit in the chair next to Nick.
"It's alright babe," Nick said getting up, "It wasn't as bad as it used to be."
"Oh gee thanks so much." Riley took a deep breath taking in the smell of something dead.
She stood up and covered her nose walking over at Nick and shoving her nose in his sweatshirt, "Oh, my god. What's that smell?"
Nick turned around to look at Dalton, "Dalton, did you crap your pants again?"
Stuttering Dalton looked around, "No. I don't know. Maybe," He started smelling his work clothes, "I mean, I'm wearing my work clothes, so…"
"Something's dead out there." Wade said looking out in the woods.
Blake shook his head and walked over to the group, "No, something's dead right here. And we need to drink it back to life!"
He turned toward Nick and held out his hand, "Bless me, dog!" Nick threw a beer his way.
Riley groaned knowing that because the alcohol is coming out things were bound to pick up.
Riley couldn't believe it. They had dressed Dalton up and he looked completely stupid. The girls couldn't contain their laughter.
"You're coming out." Carly said laughing as she stepped out of the tent, with Dalton's camera in her hand.
"I don't know." Dalton mumbled backing away from the entrance of the tent.
"If you don't, I will be so mad."
Shaking his head no, Dalton went to turn around and take everything off.
"Oh, no you don't" Riley said giving Dalton a push outside.
"Look how good you look!" Carly said laughing aiming the camera at Dalton.
Dalton cowered back a little looking at the guys, nervously waving, "Hey."
"He looks like Elton John, but more gay." Blake's comment made Dalton's eyes go wide.
"Elton John is gay?" Riley laughed and shook her head.
"Only you Dalton."
Riley started walking over toward the chair beside Nick, but before she passed he pulled her down to sit on his lap. She smiled down at Nick before cuddling into him for his warmth. She turned her head enough to see Dalton had got his camera back and was filming the other two couples make out. When Dalton was done with the other two, he turned the camera toward her and Nick.
"Don't even think about it. I ain't kissing you, dude." Nick joked at the look on Dalton's face.
"Come on, you know you want to, dude." Dalton joked back.
When a sudden bright light brought the young couples out of their comfort zone, Blake straightened up in his seat and yelled, "Hey, yo, man, you need something?"
"Hey, can you turn off your lights, please?" Wade said putting his hand in front of his face to try and block the light.
Holding Nick closer, Riley whispered, "Okay, this is getting kind of creepy."
Blake held his hands up and making a shooing motion, "Hey, come on, man, get out of here. Nothing to see here. Let's go."
"Can we help you?" Wade said getting up out of his chair.
"Maybe we're on his property." Carly whispered standing behind Wade.
Wade just shook his head, "No, we didn't pass a gate."
Looking back at the truck Blake yelled, "Hey man, turn off your lights!"
"Hello!" Wade yelled
Groaning in frustration Blake shouted, "I'm serious man, turn your lights off, or I'm whopping someone's ass!"
Blake started walking forward, but Wade stopped him, "It's alright, it's cool, man."
Riley couldn't get passed what happened next. One minute she was safely in Nick's lap, and the next he had got up, putting her behind him, while he picked up the nearest beer bottle throwing it toward the truck, smashing the front headlight.
"Nick!" Riley yelled looking up at Nick as he made his way to the front of everyone, glaring at the truck.
"What?" Dalton yelled from behind Nick, feeling a little brave.
The group was waiting for the person in the truck to do something, but instead he just drove away.
Watching the truck drive away, Dalton turned to Nick, "That was great, man!"
Blake walked up and slapped Nick on the back, "My man Nick here's hardcore!"
Rolling her eyes at Blake, Carly went to go sit back down, "Don't encourage him."
Nick rolled his eyes at what Carly said and went to go sit back down himself. Before Riley sat back down she glared at Nick.
"What the hell was that? He could have been a dangerous serial killer who could've hurt us, and you just pissed him off." Nick reached out to pull Riley back down on his lap. He wrapped his arms around her waist and kissed her shoulder.
"Don't worry; I wouldn't let that fucker hurt you." Smiling she nudged back into Nick's chest enjoying his warmth on the breezy summer night, engulfing the smell she has become used to.
Hearing movement outside the tint, Riley shot up looking around. She glanced down at a sleeping Nick and nudged him.
"Nick," She whispered, shaking him slightly.
When she got no response she looked over at the other side of the tent and saw Dalton sleeping peacefully.
Taking the matters into her own hands, she pushed the covers off and got up to go see what was outside. Stepping outside she walked over toward the fire pit.
"Riley?" Riley jumped and turned around seeing Carly standing there.
"What are you doing out here?" Riley said walking over to Carly.
"I thought I heard something," She looked around the dark area before looking back at the brunette in front of her, "You?"
"I thought I heard something, too."
"What are you girls doing out here?" Both the girls jumped at the deep voice that came from behind them.
Turning around to see Wade, Riley released a breath she was holding, "We thought we heard something. What are you doing?"
Wade reached out to grab Carly, "Getting you back to bed," looking Riley's way he said, "You should go back to your tent. There's nothing out here."
Nodding Riley made her way back to her tent. Reaching out to grab the flap of the tent, she stopped when she thought she saw a shadow in the woods. She shook her head thinking it was just an animal and carefully crawled back into the tent next to Nick.