3 - New Crushes and The Blind Truth

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Camila opens her apartment door and quickly tosses her keys into the bowl by the door and shucks off her boots, leaving them haphazardly on the floor. Normani looks up from her textbook with the characteristic sounds of Camila Cabello. After living with the other girl for three years, she's been able to pick up on Camila's quirks, especially the ones when she comes in the door. By the order or force of the noises, Normani could make a fairly good guess of the brunettes mood. But she can't read or understand the one's she heard just now, which is usually not a good sign.

The brunette walks into the living room and is filled with mixed emotions in seeing Normani. She's excited to see her best friend, but at the same time wanted a little bit of alone time and relaxation to think about all that Lauren had said and to really think about Austin some more. Nonetheless she smiled brightly at the brunette as the other girl cocked her head to the side. "Hey Camila!" Normani chirped. She took quick notice of the flowers in the smaller girl's hands, wondering who was crazy enough to get the girl multi-colored daises.

"Hey! How was your exam today?" Another reason why the Camila didn't go to the brunette's after the whole thing with Austin the other night was because the girl was freaking out and hardcore studying for her exam. "I think it went really well! I feel pretty confident about it, but I'm not going to think about it because I'll just jinx myself." The brunette had to chuckle at that. "I thought you didn't believe in that kind of stuff?" Normani just looked at her almost incredulously, "When it comes to Physical Chemistry, you tend to believe in a lot of things to get through unscathed." She shook her head, "Silly bio majors." Camila dropped her jaw at that. "Silly bio majors?! No way, it's not my fault you chose to major in chemistry. That's just asking for it. Plus bio is just as hard!" The brunette smirked at that. "Whatever you say Camila. So what's up with the flowers?"

The brunette almost forgotten she was holding the flowers and looked down at them as if she was surprised they were still there. "Oh, Austin gave them to me today." The brunette raised an eyebrow at her. "He gave you flowers?" "Yup." Normani cocked her head to the side once more. "He only gives you flowers when he's messed up though. So what's the occasion?" Camila began to look anywhere but Normani as the tried to figure out how to tell the other girl the story. "Camila... Just tell me." The brunette looked up and gave a small smile and sighed.

"Well short version is that Austin was kissing another girl at a party we were at and then basically told me while we were arguing that I was a prude that won't have sex with him so that's why he was kissing her." Normani's  jaw dropped. "Are you kidding me, Camila? Please tell me you didn't take him back." Camila dropped her gaze and looked anywhere but at hers. "Oh my God, Camila! Are you for real? I can't believe you're letting him trample all over you. What is this, the sixth time he's done this?" Camila sighed and sat down on the couch, "Normani I really don't want to go into this right now."

"Are you kidding me? First of all, you don't deserve to be treated this way and second those are multi-colored daisies in your hands and we both know very well how those are your least favorite flower. So if he's going to be an jerk to you, he could at least get your favorite flower right, because he hasn't even once."

"I know... I just, I think he really means it and will do better this time. I want to give him a second chance."

Normani shook her head and sighed, "I don't understand Camila. This is far past a second chance, you deserve so much more than him." Camila brown eyes looked straight into Normani's, "I love him, Normani."

"But does he love you?"

Camila cocked her head back and pursed her lips. Of course Austin loved her, he wouldn't apologize if he didn't. As if reading her mind Normani spoke up, "If he really loved you, he wouldn't ever do anything to hurt you like this or need a reason to give you some terrible "I really screwed up flowers" now would he?"

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