Casey lives about twenty minutes away from her parent's home in a high rise penthouse in downtown Chicago. She's done well for herself over the years. She graduated from GW with her law degree, passed the bar exam and was instantly offered a position at the district attorney's office in Chicago. She first started out doing mostly legal aid work and research but over the past year she has worked her way up as one of the assistant district attorneys and handles mostly misdemeanor and minor felony cases.
"Good to see you Miss Cartwright," said her doorman Tony as she pulled up to her apartment. He was very friendly black man in his late fifties. He was a little on the pudgy side but carried it well with the nice suits he wears to work every day.
"Tony, could you help me take this box up to my place?" Casey asked as she attempted to wiggle the box out of her backseat.
"It would be my pleasure," said Tony as Casey stepped aside and he easily lifted it out of the car.
"Thanks," she said as the two of them headed towards the elevator and up to the twenty-fourth floor.
As she opened her door Tony started to laugh next to her.
"What's so funny?" she asked as she directed him to set the box on the kitchen table.
"My daughter used to have these stickers," he said as he picked up her journal. "She would put them all over the walls of her room and her books. It drove me crazy."
"Yeah, I guess they were pretty popular back then huh?" Casey asked as she watched him set the journal back down and began to walk him over to the door.
"You ring me if you need anything else Miss Cartwright," said Tony with a smile.
"I will. And thanks," said Casey as she handed him a tip and closed the door behind him.
Casey kicked off her shoes, grabbed the journal and sat down on her couch which faced the windows showing off the gorgeous view of downtown Chicago. She knew her mom was right and she shouldn't be bringing back all of these old memories of her and Cappie but she couldn't help it. Over the past several years all she's thought about was the arguing and the bad times. It was nice to actually relive some of the better times.
She skipped ahead several pages to the end of September when she and Cappie had been together for about a month. Things were going really well in that area, but not so much in other areas.
"I need help," said Casey as she stormed into Evan and Cappie's dorm room.
Evan wasn't there but Cappie quickly spun around in his desk chair and looked at her.
"What's wrong?" he asked.
"I'm not going to get into the sorority," said Casey as she shut the door and sat down on Cappie's bed. "I can't seem to do things right."
"What do you mean?" Cappie asked as he came over and sat next to her.
"Well for starters I forgot to turn in my study hours," said Casey with a sigh. "And then we have so many mandatory meetings that I forgot one. I miss one meeting out of the five we have a week and they put me on probation. Probation! And on top of all that I'm still missing ten of my philanthropy hours and they're probably going to flip even more when they find out about that."
Cappie reached over and put his arm around Casey. She immediately drove her head into his shoulder inhaling his familiar and intoxicating scent. She told herself she wasn't going to cry, even though she wanted to.
"I think you need a break tonight," Cappie finally stated.
"A break is the last thing that I need," said Casey as she lifted her head up to look at him. "I need to get all of this stuff done."
"Well tonight you're taking a break," he said as he stood up and put his jacket on. "And if you must, you could always say you were helping me for your philanthropy hours. Cause lord knows I need help sometimes."
Casey couldn't help but smile.
"That's what I wanted to see," he said as he extended his hand out to her. "Now let's go."
Casey reluctantly took his hand and he led her out of the dorm and to his car. They drove for a little bit until Cappie finally pulled into a small parking lot of what looked like a bar.
"The Lite and Easy," said Casey reading the sign. "What in the heck is this place?"
"It's my secret place," said Cappie as he got out of the car and walked over and helped her out of the car. "It's where I go to get away from school and Greek life and whatever might be bothering me."
Cappie opened the door for her and the instant smell of beer and cigarette smoke overcame her. It was definitely a dive bar filled with a few locals and certainly no college students. He led her over to one of the pool tables and handed her a pool stick.
"I suck at pool," said Casey as she took the stick from him.
"Who cares?" said Cappie as he took off his jacket and set it on a table near him. "This night is all about relaxing and not worrying about school or Greek life or anything else."
Casey took her jacket off too and laid it on top of Cappie's.
"You wanna break?" Cappie asked as he racked up the balls.
"Sure," said Casey as she lined up the cue ball for her shot.
Casey took a deep breath, pulled back the stick and hit the cue ball which went sailing to the right and didn't hit any of the other balls.
"I told you I suck at pool," she said with a small laugh.
"Here, let me help you," said Cappie as he set the cue ball back in place.
The next thing Casey knew he was behind her, breathing his warm breath in her ear and his arms wrapped around her to hold the pool stick with her.
"The key is to hold the pool stick nice and loose," he said. "You don't want to hold too hard and it might jerk and make the ball go the wrong way."
"Are you sure you're talking about the game of pool?" Casey asked with a laugh.
Cappie also laughed. "I'm really trying to help you here," he said through his laughs. "You're not making it easy."
"Sorry," said Casey as she tried to stop laughing. "Go ahead."
Cappie showed her how to use her left hand to steady the pool stick and then the two of them hit the cue ball together, causing the other balls to disperse at the end of the table. The two of them took turns trying to hit the rest of the balls in the pockets with Cappie mostly making them and Casey mostly missing them. She had the last shot and the cue ball was perfectly lined up with the five ball near the corner pocket.
"Remember what I taught you," said Cappie. "Nice and loose."
Casey lined up the shot and loosened her grip on the pool stick. She took a deep breath and hit the five ball right in the pocket.
"Oh my gosh! I did it!" she said excitedly.
"You see, I told you it's all about how you hold the stick," said Cappie.
"Nice and loose, I'll remember that," said Casey as she winked at him.
"Well, maybe not loose all of the time," said Cappie smiling back at her. "There are some shots where you just have to grip it a little tighter."
It didn't take long for Casey to burst out laughing with the sexual innuendo they were going back and forth with.
"I'm sorry Cap," she said. "I've just never played a more sexual game of pool before."
"You've just never played pool with a guy like me then," said Cappie as he stepped closer to her and grabbed her waist to pull her closer to him.
Casey looked up into his eyes and continued to smile. "I haven't thought about school or the sorority or anything since we got here," she said. "Thanks Cap."
"Anytime my lady," he replied as he leaned down and kissed her softly.
Casey shut the book and walked over to the pool table she had in her den. She found it kind of ironic that the couple she bought the penthouse from had the pool table and offered to include it for her. She couldn't turn it down as she was pretty good at pool, she just didn't play a whole lot.
The balls were scattered around the table from the last time she stopped playing so she took it upon herself to line up a couple of shots and nail them right in the pockets like it was nothing to her. She wondered if he still played pool at all and if so if she could still beat him like she did but didn't do junior year.
After just the cue ball was left on the table she made her way back to the couch and re-opened the journal and couldn't help but laugh at her next entry.
"Wow, I don't think I've ever seen the Kappa Tau house so quiet," said Ashleigh as her and Casey walked into the house.
"Yeah, that is kind of weird," Casey replied as they made their way to the back yard to see Cappie, Evan and several other brothers sitting in lawn chairs and staring into the sky.
"Ew, what's that funky smell?" Ashleigh asked.
"I'm not really sure," said Casey as she stood in front of Cappie to try and get his attention.
"Hey, what's up?" he asked as he finally looked at her.
"Cap, you're eyes are all bloodshot," said Casey as she looked at him. "Are you sick or something?"
"He's not sick," said Egyptian Joe. "He's high."
"Wait, are you guys doing marijuana?" Ashleigh asked rather loudly.
"Shhhhhh!" said several of the brothers.
"You girls so have to try this," said Evan without moving his gaze from the sky. "The clouds are like little bunnies and fairies chasing each other."
The next thing Casey knew Cappie was handing her a joint.
"I don't know," she said sitting in a chair next to him. "I've never even smoked a cigarette."
"You've got to at least try it once," said Cappie as he continued to motion for her to take it from him.
"Casey, maybe we should go," said Ashleigh as she saw Casey take the joint from Cappie.
"I just want to give it a try," said Casey. "Let's live a little on the wild side Ash."
Ashleigh just rolled her eyes as Casey brought the joint up to her lips and inhaled. She coughed a couple of times as she handed it to Ashleigh.
"I don't really feel anything guys," said Casey after a couple of minutes.
"I just feel a little lightheaded," said Ashleigh as she closed her eyes.
"Just keep passing it back and forth," said Joe. "You'll get the feeling eventually."
Casey and Ashleigh did what they were instructed until the entire joint was gone. Casey eventually leaned back in the chair and looked up at the sky.
"Whoa! I see the bunnies Evan!" she said.
"Aren't animals amazing," said Evan in a very sweet voice.
They all sat there for a little while longer just staring at the sky, hardly saying a word. Eventually the guys all started to come down from their high.
"Whew, that was a good batch Joe," said Cappie as he sat up. "I really felt at peace with nature."
"Very good," said Joe. "Next time we'll work on being at peace with ourselves."
Most of the brothers went back inside when Cappie turned to Casey who was still staring at the sky.
"We should probably head back to the dorms now," said Cappie as he reached for her hand.
"But I was trying to find God in the clouds," Casey whined as he helped her up.
"Maybe you can see him the next time," said Cappie as they began to walk towards the side gate.
"AHH!" Casey screamed suddenly and jumped into Cappie's arms. "What in tarnation is that thing?!"
"It's a special tree," said Ashleigh who was being escorted home by Evan. "They traveled here from space."
"No, no, no, no, no," said Casey. "I don't like space and I don't like trees. Cappie save me!"
"Case, the trees aren't going anywhere," said Cappie as he put his hand on the trunk. "There is nothing to be afraid of."
"You just touched it!" Casey gasped.
"Come on, let's get you guys home," said Cappie as he opened the gate and instantly regretted it as they had to walk through a few trees to get on the main path to the dorms.
"I can't do it," said Casey as she froze in place. "I'm scared."
Cappie couldn't help but smile as he watched his girlfriend turn into a scared little girl.
"I'll get you through it," he said trying to get her to start walking. "Trust me."
But Casey didn't move. Instead she sat down on the ground and buried her head in her hands.
"Woo hoo! Now I can't see them!" she said.
Cappie and Evan exchanged glances and continued to laugh without trying to make the girls feel bad. Then Cappie did the only thing he knew how to do.
"Make sure you keep your eyes closed hun," he said as he scooped her up in his arms and carried her through the trees.
"My hero!" said Casey as they got to the clearing and she knew she was nice and safe in his arms.
Casey's growling stomach was the only thing that shook her out of her thoughts. She remembered how hungry she was after she came down off her high. She practically ate the entire stash of Twinkies she had in her room. But she also couldn't forget how Cappie had stayed with her until he knew she was back to her old self. It was one of the many moments that she realized how much he did care for her at the time.
Casey eventually got up and went into the kitchen. She grabbed a TV dinner out of the freezer and put it in the microwave. Sure it wasn't the most sophisticated of dinners but it would certainly quiet her stomach down. She ate quickly and didn't waste any time going back to the journal. She knew the entry coming up next wasn't ever significant to her at the time but became much more meaningful after Valentine's Day her senior year.
"Casey, it's fine. I don't need any groceries," whined Cappie as he watched Casey open the drawers next to the refrigerator to find them empty. "Evan's parents will restock us after midterms are over."
"Even you said things are a little weird between you and Evan since he left Kappa Tau to pledge Omega Chi," said Casey as she opened the refrigerator to find nothing but beer. "Plus if we are going to pull an all-nighter studying tonight we're going to need some snacks."
"We can just grab something out of the vending machines," said Cappie.
"No, just come with me," said Casey as she pulled him off the bed and out the door.
Casey drove to Cyprus Snacks and parked the car. They went inside and Casey wasted no time in putting all kinds of chips and snack cakes into the cart.
"You really don't have to do this," said Cappie just standing by her and refusing to touch anything.
"Cap, I swear you've lost like ten pounds since we started dating," said Casey as she put some cheese crackers in the cart. "I want to make sure you're eating."
"I eat," said Cappie hesitantly.
Casey glared at him.
"Okay so maybe it's only once a day but the cafeteria is just too far to walk sometimes," said Cappie in a defeated voice.
"So that is why you need this stuff for your room," Casey said as she put a bunch of bananas into the cart.
She noticed Cappie giving her a sour look.
"What?" she asked.
"You can buy me all the snacks you want," he said reaching for the bananas in the cart. "But healthy food is out of the question."
"Fine," said Casey as she watched him put the bananas back where they were.
After grabbing a couple packs of soda they were off to the checkout counter. Cappie helped Casey unload all the groceries on the belt as the cashier rang them up.
"Stocking up for midterms I see?" asked the elderly lady who was ringing them up.
"You could say that," said Casey digging out her credit card. "But more like making sure my boyfriend doesn't go hungry."
"Well you're a very good girlfriend then," said the cashier as she took Casey's card.
"Thanks," said Casey as she tucked her hair behind her ear and turned to look back at Cappie.
He was leaning against the cart staring at her like she was the only person in the room. She smiled in hopes to break his trance and he instantly smiled back at her.
"Are you okay?" she asked as she got her card back from the cashier. "You seem a little out of it."
"Yeah, I'm fine," said Cappie finally breaking his stare. "Maybe I'm just a little hungry."
"Well you'll have plenty to eat once we get back to your room," she stated as they each grabbed a couple of bags and made their way back to the car.
It was nearing three in the morning and the two of them were still up in Cappie's room cramming for their midterms. Even though they weren't taking the same classes they were there to quiz each other and to help stay motivated when they began to get tired.
"I've been sitting in this chair all night," said Casey as she stood up. "My back is starting to kill me."
"Come lay in the bed with me then," said Cappie scooting over to give her some room.
Casey thought about it for a second but didn't see any harm in it. They were expecting Evan to come back from the library soon so she knew nothing crazy could happen. So she grabbed her sociology book and joined Cappie on the bed. He instantly put his arm around her and she snuggled close to his chest.
"Much better," she said as she opened her book to where she left off.
But she didn't remember reading much more because Cappie's arms felt like a big blanket wrapped around her and she couldn't help but fall asleep cuddled next to him. It was the first night she ever spent the night with him but with as comfortable as she felt it certainly wasn't her last.
Casey yawned as she thought about Cappie's strong arms wrapped around her as she slept. She hadn't felt any mans arms around her for quite some time but every guy since Cappie has been compared to him. And no one has come close to making her feel as warm and secure as he did every time he was with her. Just thinking about Cappie's arms wrapped around her caused Casey to begin to fall asleep herself as the journal slipped out of her hands and rested gently against her chest.
A/N: Thanks for the reviews last chapter everyone. Glad to see there are still people out there reading Greek fanfiction :0) Hope you liked this chapter too. Next one will probably be up next week again.