Chapter 6: Rookie Move

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It hurts to know that you will never look at me the way I look at you.
-Unknown.

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Chapter 6: Rookie Move

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'What do you want?' I ask.

'I'm sorry.' He apologizes.

'I punched you. We're even.' I reply.

'I was being a jerk and I'm sorry. I'm just not used to this you. I'm used to Gavin's little sister and you're not just that anymore. I guess I have to get used to that.' He says sheepishly.

'You better.' I say firmly with a smile to take the sting out of my words.

'I'm sorry though.' He reiterates, rubbing the back of his neck sheepishly.

He looks so cute and contrite. I'm melting on the inside.

'You're forgiven.' I smile and reach for my purse when I notice it's missing.

'My purse.' I frown, looking at my hand as if it's going to magically materialize there.

'What?' Leo frowns.

'My purse. I think I left it at the party. My phone and house keys are in there.' I say, slapping my head.

'What am I going to do now?' I grimace.

We stand in silence for a while and my mind works double time.

I could hurry back to the party but the chances of me finding my purse in the dark house with all those writhing bodies are very slim.

I would have to search for at least an hour and the prospect of fighting a throng of drunk and dancing teenagers doesn't hold much appeal.

Sensing my reluctance, Leo says; 'You don't have to go back if you don't want to. Frankly I'm not too sold on the idea of you going back to some sketchy party by this time.'

'Leo, my house keys are in there. I have to go back or where am I going to sleep?' I ask.

My shoulders sag as I accept the inevitable. I have to go back to the party.

Awesome. Not.

'I'll see you when next I see you.' I say, forcing a smile for Leo's sake.

I feel like I'm going to a gaol rather than a party.

I'm such a rookie. No one forgets their purses at parties anymore.

I resist the impulse to slap my head.

'You can crash at my place.' He offers.

'You don't have to put up with me just because I was stupid enough to forget my purse at a party.' I reply. I turn around and start heading back to the elevator but Leo holds my arm and stops me. He turns me back to face him.

'You're anything but stupid and I want to you to stay at my place. I'm not comfortable with the idea of you going back there.' He states, his electric blue eyes boring into mine.

'Are you sure? I mean you're on your way out.' I point out.

'You're more important. Besides Gavin would kill me if he found out that I let you go out by this time of the night.' He answers.

Whatever joy I may have felt at his first statement is completely vanquished by his second.

Of course he's only doing this to fulfil some obligation to my brother.

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