A/N: Hey all, I'm back! Enjoy!
"Spencer, where are you?"
"I'm on my way. I'm just leaving now."
"You were supposed to be here ten minutes ago. You always take forever and never show up on time."
"Madison I don't know if you remember but I have this thing called a job. I'm on my way, I'll be there soon." I hang up the phone before she has anything else to say.
I make the walk around the corner to the neighborhood bar. Madison and I have been best friends since we were kids.
The only time we've ever really been separated is when I went to Berkley and she decided to go to NYU. It was hard being away from each other for so long but we stayed in touch and got together when she came back to LA for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
She's been dating somebody new for the past six months and now wants us to meet. Madison usually doesn't introduce me to anybody she dates unless it serious.
I walk into the bar and notice Madison laughing across the bar with a petite brunette sitting in front of her. I catch Madison's eyesight and she waves me over. I make my way through the crowd towards Madison and her…
"Ashley?" I question.
"Wait you two know each other?" Madison asks confused.
"Yeah, we went to college together. We had a class together senior year. How are you Spencer?"
"Well, I've good."
"Okay, enough with the reunion. So let's get some drinks. Spencer, beer?" Madison possessively wraps an arm around Ashley.
Ashley Davies. I never thought I'd run into her again. It's been maybe three years since we've last seen each other. It feels like a lifetime ago.
"Spencer?" Huh? "Spencer?"
"Yeah? Sorry. I guess I was in another world." I look down and see a beer sitting in front of me. I must have zone out.
"Obviously, I was just telling Ashley how you and I have been best friends since we were in grade school. I have so many embarrassing stories about Spencer." Madison laughs.
"Yeah let's not go down that road." I pick up the beer and take a sip.
"Hey, sorry I'm late. I had to deal with crazy traffic." A raven-haired woman says coming up to our table.
"It's okay, Carmen this is Spencer, Spencer, my oldest friend Carmen."
"Well hello there gorgeous." Carmen sticks her hand out of me to shake.
"Hey." I say awkwardly.
"So what did I miss?" Carmen asks signaling over the waitress.
"Well Spencer and I actually know each other from college." Out of the corner of my eye I can see Ashley looking at me. I'm trying to avoid direct eye contact.
"Spencer? That's Spencer? The college Spencer? Oh." Carmen says looking me up and down.
"What can I get you?" The waitress asks approaching our table.
"How about your phone number?" The waitress gives Carmen a smug smile.
"Okay I'll settle for a beer." The waitress saunters off and Carmen is clearly checking out her ass as she leaves.
"Wait, what do you mean that's Spencer?" Madison asks not liking the way Carmen suggested Ashley has talked about me. I try to hide my blush by taking another drink of my beer and avoiding eye contact with Ashley.
"What she meant was lots of time back then I refused to hit the bar scene because I had study sessions with Spencer and others from our class." Ashley wraps an arm around Madison and gives her a chaste kiss on the lips.
"Yeah those were Ashley's boring years. I had to pick up chicks alone." Carmen says laughing.
"You better still be picking up chicks alone." Madison says while snuggling closer to Ashley. I catch Ashley's eye while she moves into hug Madison. I quickly look away.
I'm seriously going to fail this class. I'm trying to write notes as quickly as I can but I can't keep up with the professor. Why am I even taking Art Appreciation? I'm majoring in journalism.
The teacher stops the lecture when a small brunette enters the room, she says something to the professor and the professor nods her head and continues on with the lecture.
The brunette takes a seat next in the empty chair next to mine. I'm quickly writing trying to keep up with the professor
I look over and see the brunette smiling at me.
"Can I borrow a pen?" She whispers out. I dig in my bag and pull out a black ballpoint pen and hand it to her.
"Thanks." I nod at her and return to my note taking. Throughout the class I can feel eyes on me. I look over and the brunette quickly looks away.
Thirty minutes later the professor ends class and people start to file out.
"Hey thanks for letting me borrow a pen. I've had a disaster of a morning." She sticks the pen out for me to take.
"Yeah, no problem."
"I'm Ashley by the way. Ashley Davies." She extends her arm out for me to shake.
"Spencer. I like it. Since I was late do you think we could maybe get together so I can copy your notes?"
"Sure." I think I forgot how to form sentences. She's unbelievably beautiful.
"Okay, well can I get your number? We can meet up and I can buy you a cup of coffee as a thank you."
I quickly scribble down my number with the pen she just handed and hand it to her.
"Spencer? SPENCER!" I zap out of the memory of when I first met Ashley with a hand being waved in front of my face. A rose color coats my cheeks when I see both Carmen and Ashley smiling at me.
"Seriously, Spencer this zoning out shit is weird and not to mention embarrassing."
"Madison. Hey, come on that's not fair." Ashley says coming to my defense. Sometimes Madison can be a handful, I just like to blame it on her need to be at the center of attention. I'm used to it. She's been this way as long as I can remember.
"Okay I'm getting shots." I get up from the table and make my way to the bar. I hear Madison and Ashley bickering as I walk away from the table.
For a Thursday night the bar is pretty busy. I wait until I can get the bartenders attention.
"What can I get you?"
"Let me get four shots of vodka." The bartender nods his head and starts pouring the shots.
"Fancy meeting you here."
"Aiden! What are you doing here?" I turn around and hug Aiden.
"Hey Spence. I was suppose to meet some buddies but they cancelled on me and I thought what the hell I'll still go get a drink."
"What about you? Are you here alone?"
"That'll be thirty dollars." The bartender says placing the four shots down in front of me.
"Here, I got it." Aiden opens up his wallet and hands the bartender a credit card.
"No problem. I just hope those aren't all for you." Aiden says jokingly.
"No, come sit with us." Aiden grabs the shots and follows me back to the table.
"Spencer, you didn't invite him did you?" Madison groans. For some reason Aiden and Madison don't get along. I've never understood the hostility.
"No, because if I had known you were here I wouldn't have come." Aiden says setting the shots down on the table. Sliding one to Ashley, Carmen and Myself. He keeps the last shot for himself.
"Aiden, this is Ashley and Carmen. This is Aiden." They all exchange hellos and shake hands.
"Where's my shot?" Madison pouts at me.
"Aiden paid for them." I quickly get out and Madison glares at Aiden.
"Ok, well let's shoot these." Carmen says trying to break the tension.
We all hold our glasses up except for Madison and throw the vodka to the back our throats.
"So how do all of y'all know each other?" Aiden asks.
"Oh well Ashley and Madison are together and I'm Ashley's best friend." Aiden nods at Carmen in understanding. "Oh and Ashley and Spencer went to college together." Carmen adds.
"Well we just had a together." I say nonchalantly.
"They were study buddies." Carmen speaks up again.
Aiden catches my line of sight with a knowing look on his face. I push him back playfully. "Shut it." I whisper to him.
"Let's go dance Spence." Aiden says grabbing my hand and pulling towards the dance floor. I let out an awkward giggle and let him guide me to the dance floor. I feel all eyes on us as we leave the table.
Aiden and I are work friends. We both started at the paper at the same time. They stuck us together for a lot of projects and we just struck up a great friendship. I can confide in him and he's always there for me.
As we are dancing I glance back at the table and see Carmen and Madison in conversation. I notice Ashley watching Aiden and I on the dance floor.
"So Ashley huh?" Aiden says realizing I was staring at her.
"What? No." I shake my head.
"Right. You can't be crushing on your best friend's girlfriend, even if Madison is the devil."
"I know. I know. It's just she doesn't treat you like a best friend should Spencer. I just wish you would realize that. She's a total bitch to you."
"I've known her forever. She's not that bad once you get used to her."
"Pfff. No, thank you. I know a fake Barbie when I see one."
We continue dancing letting the Madison issue go. I glance back at the table and I see Carmen and Madison throwing back some shots. Madison stands up, throws her hands in the air and stars to grind in between Ashley's legs.
"You wanna get out of here?" Aiden has always been able to read me.
"Yeah, let's go." We make our way back to the table with Madison and Carmen doing another round of shots.
"We're going to head out." I say to no one in particular.
"You're leaving with him?" Madison asks.
"Yeah, we're going to get out of here. It was nice meeting you Carmen."
"Spencer, seriously it's still early." Madison is not happy with me leaving so early but I don't care. I need to get out of this awkward situation.
"Well, bye." I say before turning on my heel with Aiden in tow.
When we step out of the bar the cool air hits me and I'm able to breathe again. I don't feel so suffocated.
"So, that was so not awkward?" Aiden says turning to me as we walk down the sidewalk.
"Spencer! Wait." I turn around and see Ashley walking briskly to catch up with us. "You left your jacket."
"Thanks." I grab the jacket from her and turn to leave again. But I stop when I feel my hand being grabbed. I turn around and Ashley smiles and drops my hand.
"It was good to see you again Spencer."
"You too Ashley."
"Ash, baby, let go back inside." Madison comes up behind Ashley ands wraps her arms around her.
"Yeah, I was just giving Spencer her jacket."
"Bye Spencer. I'll call you tomorrow so we can do something this weekend."
"Sounds good Mads. Bye." I turn around and see Aiden waiting patiently for me.
As we walk away I turn around and see Ashley and Madison walking back into the bar hand in hand.
"Oh Spencer, it was so nice to see you again." Aiden says in a girly voice. I bump shoulders.
"Shut it." I try to sound as intimidating as I can but Aiden just laughs at me.
"Let's go get another drink." Aiden throws his arm over my shoulder and we walk to next bar we see. "I think we need to get you drunk tonight."
"Let's get some shots Aid."
"That a girl Spence. Bartender we're going to need four shots."