Chapter 43: The Blast From The Past

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"I petition to go shopping," Samara stated, slamming her book shut and placing it on the glass coffee table.

I rolled my eyes and let out of snort. "I can't go out with this!"

I point to the lingering bruise that was on my face from encounter with Noah a week and a half ago. It was no longer that dark violet colour, nor was it swollen anymore but it still had a presence of a yellow and nearly green bruise. Going to school was a nightmare because all I received was looks of sympathy, pity, and disgust.  But I couldn't miss, not with finals happening in nearly a week.

Samara ignored my remark and simply walked to the bathroom and I heard her rummaging through my things. She came back to the living room and was careful not to step on her clothes that were still in piles around the room. Sam then had a smile on her face, hold up a bottle of foundation, concealer, and my go to eyeshadow palette with a couple of brushes and mascara. "Now that it's nearly gone, I can cover it up without it hurting too much."

I gave her a grim look. "I suppose you can attempt to cover it up. But if it doesn't work we aren't going - we should be studying."

"Psh," Sam squatted her right hand. "It'll work. And studying? Study what? We're English majors. How do we study English?"

"Well, you could study the notes we read in class, review the lectures and our assignments, maybe reread our reading list if you really want to go above and beyond," I started rambling but Sam held up her perfectly manicured hand. "And we have done all of that. You have been Study Mode Audrey since you got back. Relax and enjoy the day."

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The makeup worked and I was glad of it. Sam ended up giving me a natural look and even did my hair in a nice high ponytail with strands still lining my face and had them and the ponytail curled in such a way it didn't look curly, instead it looked like messy waves. Nevertheless, it still looked good.

I dressed in my usual - leggings, ankle boots, and a petal pink knitted sweater. It was mid-April so the weather was still cool, but not cool enough you had to wear a winter jacket.

We started off our shopping day like all of our other shopping days and went to Starbucks. Eventually we made our way down to the Eaton Centre which is the biggest mall I have ever stumbled upon but absolutely love because there is so many stores there. They even have a Disney store - Sam and I spent a good hour in there playing with all the plushies and looking at the cool items they have for sale. Eventually, we left that store and made an expensive stop to two of our favourite stores - Kate Spade New York and JCrew. After we got way too many things at too expensive of places, we went to my  ultimate favourite store - the book store.

I was exploring the Fantasy section, reading the first few chapters of the Hobbit when Sam poked her head around the giant book shelf and said, "Don't you already have that?"

I nodded my head but quickly added, "Well, technically, but only on Ebook. But I have the Lord of the Rings series in paperback, so maybe I should buy this to complete the collection."

"But you already have the complete collection, just with one on a different platform," she argued, looking quite confused.

I rolled my eyes and let out an annoyed breath. "Okay, yeah, but I want them all on one platform aka paperback."

Sam held up her hands in surrender. "You do you, boo."

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Three hours later, mine and Sam's hands were completely full and our stomachs were empty. Sam groaned as we approached the restaurant. "If they make us wait to be seated I'm going to eat them."

I let out a laugh. "I don't think we'll have to wait to be seated but if we do, I'd prefer if my best friend didn't result to cannibalism because than that would be an awkward story to tell my best friend's boyfriend."

"Hayden wouldn't mind," she simply responded.

I cocked an eyebrow. "Your boyfriend is a weird dude, my friend."

We got in the dimly lit restaurant and luckily was seated almost immediately. The waiter handed us two menus and without looking up from hers, Sam says, "Speaking of boyfriends, what's up with yours? I haven't seen him in almost a week."

I shrugged my shoulders. "I don't know. Darian said that he picked up a bunch of shifts at Ed's because someone is on vacation or something."

Sam nodded her head stiffly and I could tell she sensed something was off. She wasn't wrong. Nathan and I have barely spoken and he's been incredibly distant. Darian told me not to worry and that he's just been swamped with work but I'm me, and I worry a lot.

I was just to add that everything was okay when I heard a familiar voice from behind me. "Audrey?"

I turned my head trying to locate who it was but I failed to realize who it was until they approached me with a huge grin on his face. I jumped out of my seat instantly. "Max!"

He enveloped me in a hug and I was smiling like an absolute idiot. After I let go, I smacked him on the chest. "What are you doing here? I thought you were going to U-Vic!"

Max gave me a lopsided grin and scratched the back of his head. "Wasn't for me, switched to U of T."

I shook my head with a smile and inspected him. He has not changed a bit. Still had messy chocolate brown hair, the warm brown eyes, and plump pink lips. He's even wearing the same leather jacket he always wore. "Glad to hear it."

I turned to Sam who looked completely confused. Gesturing towards Max, I said, "Sam, this is Max. We went to high school together and also helped me not murder my math teacher during algebra."

Max shook her hand and she inspected him up and down. "Nice to meet you, Max. Are you here with anybody?"

I face palmed and shook my head. But Max was unfazed. "Nah, I just heard this place served giant milkshakes so I came to see if it was true."

Samara smiled sweetly. "Want to join us?"

Max smiled brightly and nodded his head. "For sure! I just need to make a phone call."

Sam smiled as Max left and I gave her a weird look. "What the hell was that?"

"You're telling me you didn't notice?" She asked, giving me a pointed look.

I squirmed under her gaze. "Uh, no?"

My best friend shook her head and smiled knowingly. "That boy was staring at you like he struck gold."

"So?" I arched my brow.

Sam rolled her eyes. "So, something is clearly going on with you and Nathan and I can see that you maybe just maybe had a crush on Max in the past. It's good to have options."

I scoffed and crossed my arms. "I don't know what's going on with Nathan and I. But I do know, just because I had a crush on this guy a million years ago, doesn't mean we should be together."

Sam just smirked and Max returned with his usual beaming smile and I could see what Samara had meant about how he looks at me. He clapped his hands together and said, "Lets eat!"

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