Is It Worth The Buzz?

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"How long have you been in Houston?" Geoff asked curiously, finishing his first beer. Before he got the chance to wave down their server, Chloe did it for him. She requested another drink for the both of them despite the fact she still had half of her martini in her glass. If Geoff had to guess, he assumed she was accustomed to large amounts of alcohol.

"A while now." Her answer was less specific than he was expecting. Geoff had been anticipating some sort of time frame but instead got an undetermined amount of time. "I moved here from Ohio. Awful place. Never visit." Her words about the place might've been cold but there was a smirk present with the delivery, giving Geoff the impression that maybe Ohio wasn't so bad after all. She was hard to read to the average person and to someone as inexperienced at reading others as Geoff, he stood no chance.

"I'll keep it in mind." He shot her a look that Geoff would later learn some people called bedroom eyes. His glance wasn't intended to have that sort of vibe to it. Geoff might've been in his late twenties but he didn't exactly have the experience most people had at that age. He had mostly kept to himself in the years of his young adult life. It was mostly intentional. He didn't have time for people that couldn't understand that video games were among his top priorities. "I'm from California. Anahiem."

"Didn't take you for a Cali boy." Chloe remarked more to herself than to the man in front of her. She was more nervous than she let on, which was out of character for the brown eyed girl. She had a confidence about her that made most people intimidated about her. They took her self belief as arrogance and spun the narrative that she was self absorbed and egotistical which couldn't have been farther from the truth. Chloe wouldn't have agreed with the statement everyone in her life told her; she was selfless.

"Thought I was a naive Texan?" The server had come around and gave the two another round of drinks, earning a smile from Geoff. Chloe wasn't sure why his smile made her feel like she was staring at the sun. There was a warmth to the look that she couldn't explain that put her a little at ease. He took a long sip of the beer in front of him, fighting the urge to hum the song that was named after the blonde drink. It tasted better than he thought it did.

"Not really." The brown eyed girl confessed. Although Chloe had spent her time thinking of Geoff she hadn't thought much about where he was from. There was an ethereal vibe to him that she couldn't put her finger on. There was something that drew her to the brown haired boy. It made her want to protect him from the cruelty of the world around him. Chloe didn't believe much in love at first sight but if there was anything along the line of soulmates, she thought Geoff might've been her's. "You're a bit of a mystery."

"You don't know the half of it." She might of thought that he was joking but he couldn't have been further from the truth. He couldn't just tell her that a purple haired boy accidentally rose him from the dead and his life depended on him finding the love of his life. His mind wandered to Awsten. The other boy was on a date of his own and a part of Geoff was happy for him. Awsten was finally making a move towards one of his soulmates. Another part of him felt hollow. There was only one problem; it wasn't Geoff. "I'm full of surprises."

"Oh really?" Chloe wasn't usually one to go on dates often. She got asked out every now and then but she never felt a connection from any of the suitors. She would've much rather gone out and grabbed drinks with friends. It wasn't usually like her to make a move on someone, let alone someone like Geoff. She might've been confident but his ocean eyes made her feel like she could've easily been pulled out of her seat and stranded out to sea. "I'll have to keep it in mind."

"I'm on your mind often then?" Geoff could let the words flow naturally instead of overthinking every single one before they left his mouth when he was drinking. It was one of the thinks he loved about the bad tasting beverages. For once in his life he could say the things he couldn't manage to say sober. Although alcohol was an elixir of truth for Geoff, every so often it got him into trouble.

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