Fourth period had come and ended a lot sooner than Veronica expected and she was now meeting Travis for their movie date.
Wait, it’s not a date is it? Veronica suddenly thought. Nothing was ever said about a date, but with how she and Travis had been, she figured that it would be. With all the kissing and cuddling, how could she not assume that maybe he had meant for this outing to be a date. But then she realized.
Travis hadn’t exactly asked her out.
Despite how intimate their relationship had gotten recently, there wasn’t really a title on it. Veronica didn’t know what they were, and that left a dull ache in her chest. She didn’t know whether to feel upset or not. Do I even have a right to be upset? She wondered. Maybe this was all just games to him, but she couldn’t be sure.
The last month had been pretty great for Veronica, but all thanks to Travis. He had consoled her when she was in a fit of tears over her idiot ex-boyfriend, when she woke up from horrible nightmares, he had been there to calm her down. She finally had someone who cared for her, and she hated that she was now questioning his actions, but she just couldn’t tell if they were completely sincere or not. She just wasn’t sure.
“What’s got you down doll-face?” A voice suddenly said.
Looking up she met eyes Travis and anything she was going to say at that point got caught up in her throat. Coughing nervously, she shook her head and smiled. “Nothing, let’s get going.”
“So what movie are we watching?” Veronica asked while unbuckling her seatbelt and getting out of the car. Travis followed after her and grabbed her hand, sending shockwaves up Veronica’s arm to the point that she couldn’t help but flinch. It wasn’t out of fear though, but rather in surprise.
Travis didn’t know that though, his grip on her hand loosing, hoping he wasn’t making her uncomfortable. He had just broken down her walls and he she would never flinch when he touched her ever again, so it made him upset when she did. But that thought soon flew out of his head when she stunned him by lacing her fingers through his. She didn’t want him to let go of her hand and was glad when his grip tightened again.
“We’re watching Oz: The Great and Powerful.” Travis told her, while leading her to the ticket counter. They got their tickets and were now heading for the concession stand when someone caught Veronica’s eye. Even as her an Travis continued walking, her eyes were trained on the short girl walking across the theatre with a mysterious boy hand in hand. It was Amelia no doubt, but Veronica had no idea who she was with. She didn’t let it bother her though, so she turned her head and ordered herself a drink and popcorn.
“So how’s your day been?” Travis and Veronica were now seated in the theatre waiting for the movie to start.
Turning to look at him, Veronica noticed just how close he was sitting her and her breath caught in her throat. He sure had a way of leaving her speechless she noticed, but after taking a deep breath, she answered, “My day was good, how was yours?”
Travis draped his arm over her seat and shrugged with a frown. “Decent I suppose.”
“Why only decent?”
Travis grinned, his bright white teeth nearly blinding her, before she watched him lick his lips, and his face turned serious. “Well,” he began, “there’s this girl, real beautiful, medium height, long black hair, and the most stunning blue eyes with a little green they almost look turquois if you ask me. Anyways, I’ve kissed her before, and lip me tell you, her lips left me wanting more. Very addicting,” Veronica chuckled and couldn’t stop the grin that spread across her face, but she continued listening. “Today I asked her for a kiss, expecting one similar to the one we had at the beach, but all I got was a measly peck.”
This time Veronica’s laugh rang out, making Travis join in with his own chuckle.
“So your day wasn’t great because some girl didn’t kiss you the way you wanted?” She teased, biting her lip to keep from laughing when his eyes widened and his mouth hung open.
“Th-this girl isn’t just some girl doll-face,” Travis sputtered. “She’s amazing, smart, cute, funny, and so much more.”
Veronica went to say something back, but no words came out. She hadn’t been expecting that kind of reply from Travis so she had no idea what to even say, so she didn’t say anything. Rather, she brought her face closer to his, inhaling the intense smell of cologne that filled her senses, along with another scent that she couldn’t put her finger on. It was faint but she could smell it, and the only way she could describe it was that it was Travis. It was his own scent. One that drew her in and before she knew it, she had closed what little distant there had been left, their lips colliding in a heated mess.
Veronica felt Travis place his hand on her cheek and brought her closer, his lips moving with hers with so much passion that she felt like she was drowning. Her face was growing hot and she found herself clutching his shirt. They soon pulled away, but not too far, their foreheads resting against each other, and uneven breathes fanning each other’s faces.
The moment their eyes met, Veronica’s heart stuttered and she inwardly cursed. She was in deep for this guy and if she wasn’t careful, then she would get hurt again. But she felt like she wouldn’t. She felt like after everything they’ve both been through together, for Travis to hurt her, he would have to be the worst person on the planet, and due to recent events, she learned that he was quite the opposite. So maybe they could make it work. Maybe he could actually be the greatest thing to happen to her.
“So how’s your day now?” Veronica asked softly, a small smile spreading across her face.
“Perfect.” His deep baritone voice shook through Veronica’s body, and all she could think about was how she really wished this was a real date.
“Great pick,” Veronica complimented as they exited the theatre hand in hand. Neither of them could wipe the smile off their faces, Travis especially.
He had expected the night to go well, but it went better than that, and to top it off, to Travis, it felt like a date. Never in his life had he ever been on an actual date and he was wishing he had gone on them more, but he was actually glad that Veronica gave him the closest experience to one. What he and Veronica had was real, and it warmed him down to the core. Hook ups weren’t as satisfying as the time he spent with Veronica where they spent hours talking about random things. She made him feel happy.
“Yeah, I know,” Travis agreed with a smirk. “And Mila Kunis is one hot tamale.”
Veronica chuckled, “I can’t even, lie, she is.”
The two stopped walking at the sound of the Veronica’s name being called. Travis could feel Veronica stiffen as they turned around and came face to face with none other than Amelia. She knew it was her before she even turned around, but she also didn’t think that Amelia would bother talking to her after everything that happened.
“Oh hey Amelia,” Veronica gave her a smile, but she couldn’t deny how fake it felt.
Amelia returned her smile nervously and ran a hand through her hair. “Funny seeing you here.”
“Yeah.” Veronica didn’t know what to say.
“How have you been?”
Veronica felt her eye twitch. What kind of question was that? How could she even ask that after how they ended? Veronica wanted nothing more than to yell at the short girl, let her know how hurt she was that her best friend would doubt her like that. Amelia was the one person she had hoped would stay by her side and help her through everything, but that wasn’t the case. A best friend was always supposed to be there for you and stick with you no matter what, not leave you at the worst possible time. Oh how she wanted to scream, but she didn’t.
“I’ve been alright, and you?” Veronica said calmly, her staggering slightly. Amelia didn’t catch it, but Travis did and he squeezed her hand reassuringly.
“Not too great,” Amelia said softly, a frown forming on her face. “I miss my best friend. I’m so sorry for not believing you. It was wrong for me to push you to tell me when you obviously didn’t want to talk about it. I should’ve waited till you were ready and should have been there for you because you obviously needed me. I’m the worst friend ever and I don’t expect you to forgive me, but just know I’m sorry.”
All the anger that had just filled Veronica was gone, replaced by shock and contentment. She smiled.
“An apology was all I wanted to hear.” Veronica opened her arms for her little friend.
Amelia have her an earsplitting grin and welcomed the hug. “I missed you big bird.”
“You two chicken little.”
“There you are!” A voice called, making the two girls pull away from their hug to see a flustered Avery coming their way.
Veronica’s eyes widened as she watched her best friend walk towards Avery and grab his hand. Her expression then changing to one that said “oh you’re in big trouble!”, specifically directed towards Amelia. The smaller girl blushed and mouthed ‘later’ to Veronica.
“Hey man,” Avery greeted Travis, leaving the two girls shocked as they joined in a typical male hand-shake hug thing. “How’s it going?”
The two boys conversed uninterrupted, leaving the two girls looked at each other confused, both wondering the same thing.
When on earth did these two start talking?
Before long, Travis and Avery’s conversation was basically finished. They were both men of few words, so really it didn’t last that long, and after saying their goodbyes, each couple headed in different directions.
Veronica and Travis both got home exhausted, but Travis was the first to call it a night. Sleep was having a hard time finding Veronica that night as her mind was constantly occupied with the call she had received that day.
The fact that her dad was out of jail was not a good sign in the slightest, and him wanting to be in her life again, was even worse. The trauma he gave her was in her past, and she always hoped he would remain there too. But that call had crushed all that hope. That man was persistent to ruin her life no matter how much she tried to get away from him.
The stress in her life was finally diminishing, and now this was happening. She felt like she was suffocating in so many emotions. Fear, frustration, annoyance, and just sadness. If she was lucky, maybe he wouldn’t try to contact her again, and she could continue her new life like normal. But all her life, Veronica had relied and hoped for luck to come her way, and it never did, so why should it now.
With a sigh, Veronica laid back on the couch and stared at the ceiling wondering what she was going to do. What could she even do about this? What did he even plan on doing if she continued to dodge him like this, cause Veronica knew damn well that her father was a force to be reckoned with when things didn’t go his way.
All these thoughts were putting a toll on Veronica, and without even realizing it, she fell asleep, possible solutions swimming through her head.