"So..." Aaron said, trying to break the silence, "How long were you
working there? I've never seen you in there before."
"We just moved here about five months ago, but I wasn't working at
Botticino's until two months ago." she replied.
"So you're still kinda new in town?"
"Yeah, Chrissy and a few other people are really the only people I
know around here."
"Well, I'm going to meet back up with Nick and the guys,
I'm sure they wouldn't mind if you hung out with us. Unless you have to be home..."
"Nah, I can call home and let them know I'll be back
late... Are you sure I won't be ruining your plans?"
"I'm positive." he said. 'What the fuck am I doing?
I just broke up with Dani...' he thought, glancing over to see Becca pulling out her cellphone.
"Hello?" She asked, pausing for a reply, " Hey, Mom. No,
Mom, I'm fine, I- I got fired. Yes, I know... Listen, I met up with someone at the restaurant and we're gonna go hang
out for a while, okay? I'll be home around 11. Yeah, Mom, I'll be careful. Thanks. Bye." she hung up the phone and looked
at Aaron with a sigh. "I'm to be home by 11, and no more than 2 minutes later. Got it?"
"Got it." Aaron said with a smile. "Luckily, my house is down this
"Your house? We're meeting them at your house?" she asked, surprised.
She suddenly sat up straighter in her seat.
"Yeah... Didn't I mention that before?" he smirked.
"Does it make a difference?"
"I guess not." she put away her cellphone. 'His house...' she thought to herself as she looked out the window. 'I
hope I know what I'm doing...' Aaron turned down another road and pulled into a long driveway, where he and Becca could
see a car already parked.
"Here we are..." Aaron announced, taking the keys out of the ignition
and undoing his seat belt. He opened his door and got out of the car. "You coming?" he asked, noticing that Becca wasn't getting
out of the car.
"Yeah, I just need a sec." she answered, looking down at her bag. 'I really hope I know
what I'm doing.' Becca opened her door and adjusted the strap on her bag as she hopped out of the car and walked
over with him to the door, unzipping her hoodie as she walked. They were in a small entryway, on
the left side of which was a flight of stairs leading upward. Becca followed Aaron as he walked
through to the living room, where they found Nick and Alex watching television on the couch.
"Took you long enough," Nick commented, turning around and looking over the back of the couch at his brother.
He smiled when he saw Becca walk in. "Hey, Becca. Its been a while."
"Yeah, I know. Ages." she laughed, walking over to the couch and standing next to Aaron, who sat
on the edge and waving back to Alex who had silently waved hello to her from his spot.
"I barely recognized you." Alex joked.
Becca looked around: they were in a big, open room with sand-colored walls. The large
tan couch Alex and Nick were sitting on was facing a wall that had what looked like an entertainment center against
it: there was a wide, flatscreen television sitting atop a short, black console that held several electronic devices. A tall,
black tower of shelves sat next to the console, filled with what she assumed to be DVDs and games. Two large, silver
colored speakers were on either side of the television. Connected to the living room was a dining room and a kitchen,
where Becca saw patio doors that led out to a deck, beyond which she could see the ocean. The living room and dining room had
large windows that also revealed the beach behind the house.
"You can put your stuff down on the couch," Aaron suggested. Becca nodded and took off her bag and hoodie
and placed them both on the couch, leaning them on the arm.