Chapter 2

September 2016

School had been in full swing for a month now. Katie had been going through the motions, but her heart wasn't in it. Eden had convinced a few weeks ago to go out for college night at the local clubs. They had found a place that seemed to be pretty popular with the students. Club 2010 had been packed every night. Patrick had called several times a week, and written her emails everyday but she still longed to touch him. Thanksgiving still seemed so far away.

"You need to come tonight", Eden begged.

"I don't feel like it", Katie whined. "I wanna stay here, Patrick's suppose to call me."

"So take your phone with you. You can't mope around anymore. I'm tired of watching it.", Eden threw her hands in the air. "Here, wear this", she came out of the closet that they shared and tossed some clothes on the bed.

"Eden, I can't do this", Katie huffed.

Eden looked over at her and held up one of the hockey jerseys that was hanging over Katie's desk chair, "yes you can, he wouldn't want you sitting around like this missing out on college life. Now get dressed!"

Katie picked up the clothes that Eden had thrown on the bed and pulled them on. She was wearing a pair of dark skinny jeans and a black tank top that had silver sparkles on it. She finished the look with a pair of black ballet flats.

"Much better", Eden smiled. "Now run a brush through that beautiful hair of yours so we can get out of here."

Katie rolled her eyes, "what am I going to do with you?"

"You know you love me", Eden giggled. "Now let's get out of here."

The girls walked down to the subway station and hoped on a train to take them into the heart of the city. Eden was so happy that Katie had lived in NY before. Katie had managed to get them anywhere they wanted to go. Hannah had met up with them several times, and tonight they wouldn't have to worry about taking the wrong train.

When they got to the club it was packed as usual. There was a long line that wrapped around the side of the building.

"Look at this, we're never going to get in", Katie threw her arms up and slung her head back.

"Oh no, you're not getting out of this that easy", Eden grabbed her by the elbow and pulled her over to get in line.

After waiting for about 20 minutes, they finally made it to the front of the line. Just as the bouncer was getting ready to let them in, Katie's phone chimed.

"I gotta take this, it's Patrick", Katie looked over at Eden.

"Take it inside, we're not getting out of line", Eden glared at her.

"I'm not going to be able to hear him from in there", Katie huffed.

"Go in the bathroom then, we've been waiting too long to back out now.", Eden paid the bouncer the cover charge and drug Katie in through the door. "Go take your call, I'll meet you over by the bar in a few."

Katie shook her head and made her way to the back of the room. She clicked the phone on and shouted into it, "Hold on, I can't hear you". Once she made her way into the bathroom, she plugged her other ear. "Hello?"

"Hey baby, where are you?", Patrick sounded cheerful.

"At a club, my room mate made me come", she groaned. "What's up?"

"I wanted to call you tonight, because I'm going out of town. I won't be back until sometime Sunday night. I didn't want you to worry about me."

"Where are you going?", she questioned.

"Just to see an old friend. I haven't seen her in a while", he sounded so cheerful.

Katie could feel the blush on her cheeks rising. What did he mean "her"?

"Who is she? Anyone I know?", Katie pried.

"Just someone I want to see that's all. I've really gotta go. I'm packing right now", he tried to get her off the phone.

"Fine, don't let me stop you then", she barked back and clicked the phone closed.

She was furious right now. How could he be so nonchalant about this? Here she was pining for him day and night and he was going off to see some girl. She turned on her heel and made her way out to where Eden was sitting.

Eden turned to see Katie come storming up to the bar, "You ok?"

"Fine, I need a drink", Katie slammed her phone on to the bar.

Just then a bartender came over to get their order, "What'll it be?"

"Tequila", she shouted.

"Make it two", Eden smiled.

"You got it", the bartender poured the shots and took the money Eden was waving at him.

"Keep em coming", Katie yelled in his general direction.

"What happened?", Eden looked shocked. "I can count on one hand how many times I've seen you drink."

"I'm here to have a good time, getting drunk is part of the college experience, right?", Katie shrugged and threw back the shot.

She shook her head as the alcohol burned it's way down and slammed the shot glass back on the bar. "Let's dance", she looked over to Eden.

Eden was shocked at the turn of events but smiled and jumped up when Katie began to walk away. The night wore on, and thanks to the fake Ids that Eden had gotten for them, the alcohol kept flowing. Katie was in a haze and had soon forgotten why she didn't want to come out in the first place. At about midnight the girls stumbled out of the club laughing and shoving each other. As they made their way back to the dorms Katie began to spill her guts to Eden.

"I don't know why I let myself fall for him. I knew he'd do something stupid", Katie whined.

"What are you talking about?", Eden looked her in the eyes.

Katie was far drunker than Eden. She had her arm around Katie's waist now helping her walk.

"He called to tell me he was going out of town to see some girl. I mean who does that? Who calls their girlfriend to tell them that they won't be reachable because they're going to see another girl?", tears began to trickle down Katie's cheeks.

"I think you need to get some sleep and time to think about this in the morning", Eden shook her head. "Getting drunk over a guy is never the answer."

The girls had made it back to the dorm at this point and Eden deposited Katie on her bed. She turned the lights out and climbed in herself.

At around 1am there was a knock on the door. It persisted for several minutes before Eden was roused from her sleep. She pulled herself out of bed and shuffled over to the door. When she opened it a small crack, she saw a tall blonde haired boy standing on the other side. She opened the door a little farther and gasped.

"You've got some nerve showing up here", she whisper shouted. "She's a mess tonight."

Patrick's eyes attempted to scan the room, "what's wrong?"

"She's drunk", Eden rolled her eyes. "She thought you were going to see some girl, so she got wasted tonight."

"I wanted to surprise her. Can I come in?", Patrick's eyes pleaded.

Eden backed up and let Patrick come through the door, "I'll give you two some privacy."

Eden grabbed her blanket off her bed and made her way down the hall to the commons area to crash on one of the couches. Patrick came in and placed a duffle bag on the floor by Katie's bed. He leaned in and kissed her temple.

She stirred slightly and blinked her eyes open, "what? Patrick? What are you doing here?"

"I came to see you. I told you I was going out of town, I wanted to surprise you.", he smiled.

"but?", she groaned as her head spun slightly from the alcohol.

"It's ok baby", he leaned in and placed a kiss to her lips.

"Oh I missed you so much", she sobbed.

He climbed up on the bed beside her and laid down next to her.

"Hold me?", she begged.

Patrick was conflicted. He wanted so much to snuggle under the covers with her, but he did not want to push her into anything she didn't want. She was drunk and he didn't want her to sober up and regret something.

Katie saw his eyes dart back and forth, "it's ok".

She threw the covers back. Patrick pulled his sweatshirt off and tossed it to the floor along with his jeans, shoes, and socks. He climbed over her and positioned his back against the wall. She slid back next to him and snuggled into his embrace. When Patrick reached around her, he realized she was only wearing some sleep shorts and a cami. She turned slightly in his arms.

"I missed you so much. I don't think I can do this much more", she craned her neck to kiss him.

"Shhhh, let's not talk about this right now. We'll discuss it in the morning", he returned the kiss and pulled her into him tighter.

Katie sighed and deepened the kiss. Patrick started to pull away, but Katie reached up and pulled him into her. "Not yet", she whispered.

He trailed his fingers down her back as his tongue swept across her lips begging for entrance. She gladly let him in as she ran her hand up his chest. He shook slightly as a wave of pleasure coursed through his body. She twisted her fingers in the soft hair at the nape of his neck as he moved his lips from her mouth to her neck and over to her shoulder. She pressed herself into him even more and he could feel his body reacting. As she reached down and trailed her fingers along his waist band, he slowly broke the kiss and pulled back.

"What's wrong", she gasped.

"We can't", he groaned. You've been drinking and you don't want this", he panted.

"Maybe I do", her eyes were glazed over. "Don't you want me?"

"Oh baby, more than you realize but trust me when I say, this is not how our first time is suppose to be."

A hurt look spread across her face. She turned her back to him and a sob left her body.

"Don't cry. I love you. I'm trying to do the right thing here. Tomorrow when the initial excitement has worn off you'll feel different.", he leaned over and kissed her shoulder.

"I'm sorry", she whined.

"Let's just go to sleep", he whispered. "We'll talk tomorrow. I'm gonna be here all weekend if you let me.", he smirked.

"All weekend?", she smiled a lopsided grin and reached behind herself to grab his hand.

"All weekend", he repeated.

She pulled his arm around her and rested it right on her stomach. His fingers flexed and he slid up flush to her back. He leaned over and rested his head right above her shoulder.

"Sleep, we'll talk tomorrow", he whispered and he let a yawn escape.

The two drifted off to sleep in each others arms. Katie hadn't felt so secure in weeks.

There you go guys….What do you think? Patrick's trying to be the good guy here despite his hormones. This will be the last chapter posted this week. Read and review, please…