Chapter 26

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"You were supposed to be my BFF right now. You know the one who is supposed to be on my side?" I folded my arms and pouted.

He chuckled then became serious. "I'm sorry. He sounded really worried. You didn't tell him where you were?"

I scoffed, "He was busy."

"Right. Give me your phone." He ordered.

"It died a while ago." I told him honestly.

"Oh. Well give me your number so I can give you a call." I raised an eyebrow questioningly.

"Is this how you pick up women?" I laughed as I tried to make light with the situation.

"Uh no. Plus, it's been awhile. I'm here as a friend." He stated a little too seriously.

I gave him a toothy grin and punched his arm lightly. "I'm kidding, god!"

He relaxed a bit after that and smiled. Trying to push me off of the swing but he just made me kept swinging. I just laughed at his attempt. After a while, I gave him my number as he told me to call him if something went wrong. He wouldn't hesitate to come get me. It was really sweet. I had the chance to talk to him for like what? A few hours? Instant BFFs, son. I didn't know why I said that in my head. It was the beer. Yeah, that must be it.

"I really like you, Olivia. I just wished I've met you first." Charles opened up when we slipped into a comfortable silence. I craned my neck to look at him, not knowing on what to say. I flushed in embarrassment since he was so direct and honest with me.

He chuckled lightly, "Don't worry. I just want to get it out there. I hope that we'd see each other again though." He smiled but I could see sadness in his deep blue eyes. I wanted to see him again too. Our flight back to New York would be on the second. Technically, that would be tomorrow.

Suddenly, an idea popped up in my head. "You could always visit New York. Bring Corrine with you and we could see the city together. Don't count on me as a tour guide though. I really haven't seen the city since I started working there." I smiled sheepishly. His eyes glinted with excitement.

"You would like that?" He smiled as he had a hopeful expression.

"Of course, I don't really have many friends. You could also meet Hugh." I told him with a smile.

"Hugh?" He questioned.

"He's my best friend." I replied.

"But I thought we're BFFs?" He frowned jokingly.

"I can have two awesome BFFs." I laughed as I really valued Charles as a friend. If I had met him before Pierce, I would have fallen for him instantly because of his personality. He smiled genuinely then got off the swing.

"Come on, BFF, I have to take you home." He outstretched his hand for me to grab then pulled me up to stand. I suddenly felt the dread creeping in as I tried to keep it hidden somewhere dark and unreachable when Charles drove me back to Pierce's.

When we finally arrived in front of Pierce's townhouse, I let out a huge sigh. I stared at the door when I felt Charles' hand on my shoulder. "It's going to be okay. Just call when you need me. I'll text you my number." I nodded and slowly reached for the door handle. I stopped and turned to face Charles.

"Thank you...for everything." I muttered softly. He nodded and gave me a reassuring smile.

I reached for the handle again and opened the door. When I was about to get out, Charles called out my name.

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