Addie and Paisley left for Dallas two days after the party. Val went with them. Tyler was going home for a bit. He claimed it was to spend time with his family, but everyone knew it was so he could be closer to Vanessa. She had summer classes back at George Brown so she was going to be alone in Toronto once again.
Tyler was constantly in Toronto with Vanessa. He wasn't even hanging out with all his friends that were around. He was just spending time with his girl. He'd come early in the mornings to drive her to her classes, then sit in her apartment all day until she was done. He took up cooking while she was gone. He always had something made for her when he went to pick her up. It was sweet.
He was gone by five in the morning and home by eleven at night. His family was barely seeing him. Some nights, he wouldn't even come home. Cassidy was slightly upset that he hadn't been home. She loved her older brother and it wasn't like she saw him often. Candace was annoyed too. She never had anyone to party with.
One night, Vanessa was home so Tyler stayed home as well. Cass and Candace were both shocked when they walked into their house and Tyler was laying on the coach. Cassidy sat on the arm of the coach and Candace sat in the lazy boy. Tyler looked at both of them in confusion.
"Hello?" He spoke, propping himself up.
"Hi." The girls said together.
"Creepy." He shook his head, looking back to the TV.
"Weird that you're home." Candace stated.
"Yeah, well, I'm home." He said, eyes on the TV.
"Are we ever gonna meet your girlfriend?" Cassidy sang, plopping onto the couch.
"I don't know." He shrugged. "I don't know if she's even my girlfriend."
"You took her to the Bahamas. She's your girlfriend." Candace snorted.
"It's different when you're older." He argued.
"You know, you're a real dick." Candace spat
"Excuse me?" His brows furrowed as he looked up at her.
"Candace, don't." Cassidy whined.
"You come home and it's not even for any of us." Candace snapped. "You drive out to see some girl every day but god forbid you spend some time with your sisters."
"She isn't some girl, Candace." He hissed, sitting up. "I care about her a lot."
"Oh, I believe that." She laughed.
"If you're trying to say something about my track record, yours isn't much better." He pointed out.
"What's going on?" Jackie sighed, walking into the living room.
"Your daughter's are attacking me." Tyler growled, standing up.
"Well, attack him at the dinner table. Come on." Jackie said, walking back into the dining room.
Her kids followed. The dinner table was silent. Nothing but forks clinking on plates. Jackie glanced at her husband. He never said much to the kids. He was positive they despised him since he was their step dad. Tyler was pissed. His sisters were supposed to be supportive. How often did he actually have a girlfriend?
"So, I hear there's a new girl in your life." Jackie said to her son.
"Yeah, Vanessa." He smiled. "I've known her for a while. I just never really thought she was interested."
"How'd you meet her?" Jackie grinned, leaning forward on her elbows.
"We went to high school together, actually. She was really good friends with Addie,"
"Oh my god, Addison!" Jackie cooed. "She was such a nice girl. Why did you ever mess that up?"
"I was a kid, ma." He sighed.
"Do you still talk to Addie? How is she?"
"She's good. She's dating Jamie." He stated.
"I always thought you and Addie would end up married." Jackie chuckled. "Still a chance." She smirked.
"No, mom. There isn't. She's with Jamie and I'm with someone." He spat. "Actually," He stood up. "Excuse me."
Tyler walked out the front door. He drove to this bar the guys always went to. And he drank. For hours. He was there until close. Which was three in the morning. He decided he needed to see Vanessa. That was his next destination. He called Addie during the drive.
"Tyler? Are you alright?" She answered, sounding worried.
"My family thinks I'm an idiot for ruining things with us. But we're both okay, right?" He asked.
"What? Yeah. We're both happy and we love each other in a different way now." She agreed.
"Can you tell Jackie that?" He hissed. "Her and my sisters think there's no way I really care about Vanessa."
"You love Ness." She frowned.
"I know I do! I don't know why it's so hard for them to believe!" He hollered. "I'm going to see her right now."
"Are you driving?" She gasped. "Tyler, it's four in the morning and you're wast,"
"I'm in a cab." He cut her off. "And I don't care. I need to see her."
He ended their call. He was close to her apartment. He didn't notify her that he was coming or anything. He thought he was being spontaneous. But he was just a drunk mess. He paid the cab driver and got into the building. He typed in her code and made her way to the elevator. He clicked her floor number and went straight up.
Vanessa was terrified. Someone was pounding on her door at four in the morning and she didn't know what to do. She could call Tyler, but he was an hour away. She could call the cops, but she didn't even know who was at the door in the first place. She settled on holding her phone close to her while she answered the door.
Tyler was standing there. "I'm sorry. I'm so sorry." He rambled.
"Ty, it's okay." She exhaled.
He just stared at her before he broke down. He wrapped his arms around her, burying his face in her chest. He was mumbling and she couldn't really understand him. She held onto him, kissing the top of his head. He was honestly crying into her arms. Vanessa took a deep breath.
"Babe, go sit on the couch. I'm gonna lock up the door and then we can talk." She told him.
He nodded, walking into the living room. He didn't even look up. He was trying to hide how emotional he was currently. Vanessa closed her door and locked it quickly. She walked into the living room. He was wiping his face. She sat on his lap. He exhaled, wrapping his arms around her waist. She rested her head on top of his, rubbing his back.
"What's going on, Tyler?" She whispered.
He let out a long breath. "I don't want to ruin things with you." He told her, looking up.
"What's got you saying this?" She frowned.
"My mom thinks I was meant to be with Addie and Candace thinks I'm not capable of being with someone." He confessed.
"Well, what do you think?" She asked, rubbing his back.
"I think I wanna be with you, Ness. That's all I think about." He sighed, resting his head on the couch.
She smiled, running her hands through his hair. "That's all that matters then."
He smiled before he kissed her.