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Chapter 120

SS 120

"Why am I so nervous?" Cassidy asked, staring at Maya in the mirror, her legs bouncing uncontrollably. Maya was standing behind her new friend, carefully curling Cassidy's hair into perfect ringlets and then racking her hands through them, giving off the perfect effortless ' I woke up like this' look.

"Yeah. Why are you so nervous? I've met this guy and he's 50 shades of boring" Sasha called from her place sprawled over on Maya's bed, absentmindedly flipping through a magazine and taking lazy sips from her mug filled with vodka and orange juice.

Maya rolled her eyes at her roommate, keeping her attention on the hot curling wand in her hand.

"Don't listen to her. Sasha wouldn't know a good guy if he hit her with a car" Maya stated, shaking out Cassidy's hair and stepping back to admire her work.

"Maybe not. But I can recognize a guy good with his hands from 30 paces and I think that's much more useful" Sasha proclaimed, throwing her magazine aside and getting to her feet. She walked over to the mirror that Cassidy and Maya were crowded around and elbowed her way in, pouting her lips in the mirror and tossing her hair over her shoulder, admiring her face from each side.

"Would you fuck me?" Sasha asked seriously, turning around so she could admire the way her body looked from behind.

"In this outfit in specifically I mean" Sasha clarified as the two other girls gaped at her.

"Obviously i'm very bangable in general, but tonight we're really going for that irritable without knowing it look, you know"

Sasha had on a pair of high waisted straight leg leather pants that Maya knew cost about the same as everything she had in her own closet. Sasha had paired it with a lavender bustier top and a soft beige waffle button up shirt that made the whole outfit feel effortless.

"If I was Austin I would probably have sex with you" Maya confirmed as she moved on from Cassidys hair and began exampining the different makeup products that were spread out on her desk in front of them.

Sasha scoffed.

"Who said anything about him?"

Maya gave her friend a knowing look.

"Yeah alright I want him to want to tear my clothes off. It's all part of the plan"

"Plan?" Cassidy questioned as Maya tilted her chin up to better examine the planes of her friend's face.

" My foolproof plan to get him to fall in love with me. You find the hot guy. You make the hot guy become obsessed with you and then bang. You hold all the cards"

"Do yourself a big favour and don't listen to anything she says' ' Maya advised Cassie as she carefully dabbed her brush into a shade of pale pink shadow that would compliment the girl's completion.

"Are we sure this is a good idea?" Cassie asked, " I mean what if this guy doesnt even-"

"If you say what if he doesn't like me I will throw up in my mouth" Sasha threatened, pouring Cassie a glass of juice with a healthy glug of liquor.

"If this Raymond"

"Randy" Maya corrected

"Randy guy doesn't like you" Sasha continued, pressing the cup into Cassidys hand

"Then you'll look around the party at the countless other drunk strangers that'll be there and pick one of them instead"

"You are a true romantic Sash. You are going to make some lucky guy extraordinarily confused someday"

Sasha gave a fake little curtsey and waltzed back over to the bed.

"I'll let you do your own mascara," Maya decided, handing Cassidy the wand.

" I feel like you'd prefer not to be blinded, and I need to get going if i'm going to make it to Josh's in time to meet you guys at Austins by 11"

Sasha rolled her eyes.

"Why exactly do you have to pick up your boyfriend to go to this party? Do you think he's going to get lost or something? Does the guy not have google maps?"

"Haha" Maya scoffed as she reached for the jacket she had hung on a hook by the door.

"Randy is meeting us there so we can all head over together, and I really don't trust Josh not to say something stupid to him if I'm not there"

Maya dropped a hand on Cassidys shoulder "He's a little nervous too you know"

Cassidy blushed slightly, looking down at her folded hands in her lap.

"I'll see you guys there" Maya promised, pulling on her jacket and slipping out the door.

….

The knock on the door to his apartment startled Josh. He glanced down at his watch. It seemed a little early for Randy to have arrived yet. He assumed his friends nerves had been running a few minutes early. There was really no one else Josh could think of that it would be. Maya had her own key now. She hadn't bothered with knocking in months.

Josh's hair was still damp from the shower and he was only wearing a pair of sweatpants. He;d figured he'd have a bit more time to get ready before his friend showed up to be escorted to his blind date. Randy would just have to hang out on the couch while he finished getting ready.

Josh pulled open his apartment door, not even bothering to look through the peephole.

"Hey man I-" his words stopped abruptly. It wasn't Randy standing in his doorway. It was Kate. She smiled warmly at him.

"Sorry to drop by unexpectedly. I'd say I was in the neighbourhood but we both know that that would be a lie" Kate joked. On more than one occasion Kate had admitted her disdain for the neighbourhood of Alphabet city that Josh resided in. She was constantly trying to convince him to move uptown, brushing aside Josh's concerns about the price.

Kate moved past him into his apartment before he could recover from the shock of seeing her and actually invite her inside.

"I was hoping I would catch you before you left," Kate explained, shrugging off her jacket and tossing it down on his couch.

"Are you coming tonight?" Josh asked, recovering himself. He hadn't mentioned the party to Kate, knowing how difficult her relationship with her brother was. Kate rolled her eyes playfully as if she found the idea ludicrous.

"God knows. I know where I'm not wanted. Besides, spending too much time in Austin's presence gives me a migraine"

Kate turned back to face him. She didn't say anything, just stood there and stared at Josh meaningfully, as if she was waiting for him to say something.

"Oh umm" Josh was at a bit of a loss as to what to say next. Kate sighed playfully.

"I kind of figured I'd have to take the lead on this," Kate teased. Josh narrowed his eyes at his friend, unsure what she meant.

"Josh, how long have you known me?" Kate asked, taking a step towards him. He thought for a minute.

"Five years?" He replied, unsure of the exact date. Kate had been one of the first people he had become fast friends with at NYU.

"And in those five years, how many times did I try and set you up?" She continued.

Josh let out a laugh.

"Way too many times" he thought of some of the outrageous blind dates he'd gone on to appease Kate and her constant attempts to find him a girlfriend.

"And why do you think that none of those girls worked out?" She pressed.

Josh thought of Maya. The long years that they danced around each other, the timing never right. Yet he'd always known that good things were worth waiting for.

"It was just never the right person," He said simply, a soft smile spread across his face as he thought about how much in his life had changed since those nights spent making polite small talk with whatever girl Kate had been trying to pawn off on him that week.

"Exactly!" Kate encouraged, her eyes sparkling. She took another step closer to him.

"You always make fun of me for loving romantic movies but there is always truth to them. Two characters running around each other for years, never seeing what's right in front them. What's right in front of us"

Josh narrowed his eyes, confused at what Kate was getting at. Then Kate stepped forward placing a hand on Josh's chest.

"What are you-"

"Don't you get it? This is the end of the movie. It was always going to be us"

Before Josh could really comprehend what Kate was saying she had closed the gap between them, pressing her lips to Josh's just as the handle to Josh's apartment turned.

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