Chapter Twelve (Part 5)

“Yeah I did. And now you’re about to die,” I hissed, getting to my feet. I stood up too quickly though, giving myself a head-rush. Jensen quickly caught me when I wobbled, but that didn’t soothe me at all as I glared at him. “Why didn’t you tell me it was going to be this kind of a party?”

He blinked, genuinely confused. “What kind of party did you think it would be?”

“A quiet one.”

Awareness struck him and he quickly asked, “If you’re feeling claustrophobic, we could leave.”

“No, no, I’m fine.”

Letting go of his arm, I moved away from him and towards Nancy who was watching the whole exchange with a growing smile on her lips. “You two made up, didn’t you?” She whispered into my ear. My going red answered her question.

“Who’s hosting this party anyway?” Drew asked, slipping his hands into his pockets.

“Marcus, a friend of mine from university. He’s quite a party-head so-”

“I can tell,” I interrupted, throwing a dark glance at Jensen who smiled.

“His parents went out of town so he took advantage of the opportunity. Let’s head off to a quieter part of his house.”

Without hesitation, Jensen took my hand into his and led us through the different rooms and halls, then up the stairs where we entered a living room. It was occupied by about four others, two girls and two guys. One of the guys looked quite familiar, and upon seeing us, his blue eyes widened.

“Roxanne, Nancy?”

Then before we knew it, the guy walked right towards us and lifted us both into a bone crushing hug. I heard Drew mutter something to the guy, clearly jealous after he set us down.

“Who the hell are you?”

“You’re kidding, right?” The guy laughed, looking at the puzzled expression on all our faces. “It’s me, Zach!”

Zach? My mouth dropped open. He looked so…different. He still had the same blonde hair, captivating blue eyes and that mischievous grin hadn’t changed at all. But he’d gotten taller, and so much more in shape that it made me wonder if he lived at the gym.

“Oh right. You changed schools,” Jensen stated dully, not at all thrilled.

“Yup. I didn’t think I’d be running into you three again but wow, does it bring back memories.” Zach flashed a grin and Nancy twitched uneasily by my side, instinctively leaning towards Drew who put his arm around her protectively. The fact that he’d called out our names probably had her suspecting that his play-boy nature hadn’t died away completely. But Zach’s attention seemed to rest purely on me. He was totally checking me out.

“You look great Roxanne,” he said in a low voice, as if he wanted only me to hear those words. I thought I saw Jensen tense by my side, his jaw clenched as he threw a deathly glare in Zach’s direction.

I simply shrugged in response. “I grew up.”

“And you did a good job of that.” Zach winked and confidently put his arm around my waist and steered me in the direction of the couch.

The End

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