Chapter 38

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The living room is swarmed with people trying to get to the twins so I use that as the perfect moment to escape into the kitchen, in need of a minute to myself.

I grab a can of soda from the fridge and lean against the kitchen island taking small sips. He knows I don't like her. I mean, I didn't go into heavy detail about what she's done to me over the years but he knows that we don't get along. So why would he think now would be right time to get us to bond? Couldn't he have just done it privately? I sigh thinking that I should walk around the party one more time before I can fully relax.

Standing back in the living room I give the area a once over, noting that the snacks are going to need a fill up in the next ten minutes but other than that everyone seems to be enjoying themselves. Leaning against the doorframe, I catch Olivia's concerned face and see her take a step towards me. I shake my head slightly, letting her know I needed to be alone for a bit. Courtney and Quinn are standing with Lilly and her sister Georgiana, laughing at something Georgie was telling them.

Lost in thought I don't realize Nathan stepping out of the crowd and heading towards me. He stands a few feet away and doesn't make a move to come closer.

"What did I do wrong?" He asks quietly, looking around to see if anyone can overhear us. I gesture towards the kitchen without replying and we move to lean against opposite counters.

"Look, I understand where you're coming from with the whole wanting Summer and I to become friends but did you have to do it at my twin siblings' birthday party?" I ask calmly, not wanting to shout or come off as angry.

"I didn't think it would be a big deal-."

"But you know that we have never gotten along and you brought her to my house where you knew I was going to be anxious; running around trying to organize everything. I am all for having a sit-down conversation with her whenever you want because she is someone close to you and I would never want to get in the way of that, but I would appreciate it if we did it privately instead of at a public party, and I actually knew what was happening instead of her showing up out of nowhere," I tell him without a hint of anger in my voice.

"Do you want her to leave?" he asks, raising an eyebrow.

"No of course not, I don't want to make a scene here and I'm not about to kick anyone out. She can stay, just next time let's talk it through before you randomly bring people to my house, okay?" I ask crossing my arms over my chest, showing him that I still wasn't happy but I didn't want us to fight.

"Okay, lesson learned, I'll run things by you next time, I promise. Now, can I please show off my girlfriend to the rest of my team?" He asks in a hopeful tone. I try and keep my face passive but let a little smile slip.

"Fine, if you have to," I roll my eyes and he grabs my hand, holding it tightly as he brings it up to his lips.

"You know, you're kind of scary when you're mad. I was expecting screaming and shouting but Quiet Charlotte is definitely more terrifying," he nods his head, confirming his own thoughts as we walk through the groups of people.

"Nate, Yo man, where have you been?" Carter Reynolds, Nathan's best friend, walks over to us, slapping Nathan's hand in greeting and hugging me lightly, "Hey Char, awesome party!"

"Thanks!" I reply with a smile on my face.

"I'm surprised we all kept it quiet and didn't spill the surprise," Carter chuckles surveying the room.

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