It took me a day and a couple of lectures to realise that Anna wasn't going to answer any of my texts. And considering the fact that my last one was to ask her whether we were still together having explained everything...
Either she didn't want to be together or she hadn't read the texts. I leaned towards the latter, Ali the first.
"I told you, I think she was just upset and kissed you and found it new and exciting but... she's never struck me as gay."
The fifth time she said this I got really annoyed.
"And how would you know?!"
"Because I'm gay remember?" She said, coming and sitting next to me on my bed. I hung my head.
"Sorry. I just... I hate not knowing what she's doing, what she's thinking..."
"She's probably sat at home thinking how stupid she's been to let someone as hot as you get away. Actually no, that's what I'd be thinking. She is probably thinking how stupid she was to let you go as a friend and get herself in to something she didn't understand."
"You really believe that?"
"I've told you a million times..."
"...No, not about her liking guys. About me being hot."
"Oh." She gave me a devilish smile. "Yeah, I do."
And I did it. I did it and I could have kicked myself.
I leaned in towards her. Her lips reached for mine...
"No, wait, I can't do this. Sorry Ali."
"It's alright. I get it." She said, stroking my hand. "But trust me, when you want to... I'm here."
I smiled and leaned in to her.
"I do like you... it's just with Anna..."
"I know." She kissed the top of my head and hugged me to her.
My phone rang. I leapt from Ali, grabbing it and staring anxiously at caller ID. Not Anna. Damn it.
"Hey Liam, what's up?"
"I locked myself out, let me in?"
I laughed and headed downstairs to help. He appeared through the door with a huge bag.
"What's in that?" I asked, staring at it.
"Booze. Tonight, we're having a house party. You've been glum for too long."
"No worries." He put down the bag and then lifted me off the floor. Liam and I had immediately got on like a house on fire, and he was like a brother to me, without the arguing. He was brilliant.
"Liam put me down!" I yelled as he span me round.
"PLEEEEAAAASSSE!" I yelled from the air and he put me on the floor, patting my head as he straightened. "You're such a dick."
"I've been told that's why the ladies love me."
"Not all of us."
"Hmmm, sure. I reckon you were eyeing up my muscles earlier..." He winked.
"Oh yes!" I cried dramatically. "Please, let me touch your biceps!"
He bared his arms. I had to admit, the muscles were impressive. He looked pretty much like the guy who played Thor...
As we laughed Ali entered the room. She spotted the alcohol.
"What's with the booze?"
"Party. Tonight. Here. To get Miss Grumpy Pants back on the scene."
I mock punched him.
"Excellent!" Ali gleamed.
I had to admit Liam threw a good party. He'd secretly invited all my friends and Ali's and his. Even Matt came out of his room and joined in, before pulling and taking the girl to his room.
"Let's play spin the bottle!" Ali said.
I groaned. Here we go. But I was too out of control to say no.
We sat around and every bottle spin missed me. I laughed.
"No one is getting their lips on me!"
As soon as I'd said that, Liam's spin landed on me. We kissed quickly, barely able to contain our laughter. I span the bottle. Ali.
She kissed me, and although I was hesitant, I was pleasantly surprised about how soft and caressing her lips were. She was a good kisser. Mmmm.
We broke apart.
"Nice kiss!" Liam laughed and then Ali spun the bottle. As she leaned across to kiss Liam's friend Kyle, her hand brushed my leg, and as she returned to her seat, she rested her hand on mine.
I let it stay there.