Chapter 17

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Elliot arrived at Sid's apartment to pick her up to hang out with the group at their bar. He sat on her couch while she finished applying her makeup in her bedroom, door open.

"So, should we make things official between us before we see everyone tonight?" Sid called out from the bathroom, which was only accessible through her bedroom.

"You're asking if I want to be able to call you my girlfriend?" he answered.

"And I'd call you my boyfriend," she said as she walked into the living room.

"Are you crazy?"

Sid stopped dead in her tracks.

"I didn't think so until just now."

"Sid, I thought I was making things pretty obvious." Elliot stood up and moved in front of her and she stared at the floor and twisted her bracelets. "I've wanted to be able to call you my girlfriend, and to be called your boyfriend, from the second time you came to the bar. It would've been from the first time, but I wanted to make sure you were coming back."

Sid looked up and Elliot was smiling from ear to ear, his electric blue eyes shining, and he took her hands in his and kissed her.

"Jerk!" Sid exclaimed as she playfully smacked his arm, before throwing her arms around his neck and kissing him again.

They walked into the bar hand in hand and sat down at the table where the others had already gathered. Everyone took note, but Alexa was the one to point it out.

"I knew it!" Alexa chirped. "I knew it! His tiny cars got to you, didn't they," she teased.

"Oh yes, I just love tiny things," Sid sarcastically said, laughing.

"That's what she said," Brian winked.

"Hardy har har," Sid eyed Brian and Monica, daring them to come clean, too, but they still simply held hands under the table, hoping nobody would notice.

A few more comments were made throughout the evening about Elliot swooping in on the new girl or how they wasted no time, but, although Sid was a little red with embarrassment, she was happy and not anxious in the least. When Elliot took her home later, he kissed her on the doorstep "like a proper gentleman" and bid her goodnight there. And Sid felt at ease for the first time in a long while.

Sid was spending a lazy evening at home after a long day at work a week later. She and Elliot were texting sporadically but, otherwise, she changed into a pair of sweatpants and ate take out on her couch while browsing Netflix. Beside her, the phone rang. It was Lil, who normally preferred texting.

"Hello?" she answered.

"Hey! Just wanted to see how your life in the big city is going."

"Good. Today was a long day. What's up? You don't normally call unless something is going on."

There was a long pause on the other end of the line.

"You're dating someone, right?" Lil asked anxiously.

"Yes," Sid's response was hesitant and wary. "Elliot."

"Good, okay, so this won't matter. But, I went home this weekend and Jake and I went to a party. I don't normally see Donnie when I'm home but, he was there this time. He was clearly drunk off his ass but he was hanging around with this brunette I've never seen before and he kept calling her Sid."

The words punched Sid in the gut and she could not formulate words. The friends sat in silence for a while.

"Sid? You're not upset, are you?"

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