"Here's to another kissless new year," I say to myself as a take a sip of Mountain Dew, then return to my video games. Not long after, I get a call. Looking at the caller I.D., I see Zoey's name. That's odd. She went home with Claire to spend the night. I start to worry about what could be wrong. She never calls me this late. Especially if she's at someone else's house.
"Hello?" I hesitantly answer. All I hear on the other end is sobbing.
"Oh, just give me the freakin' phone," I hear Aria say in the background. "Look, we saw Michael kiss someone else on tv. We can't help Zoey. We've tried everything-thought you could help," she explains.
"Get her stuff packed back into her bag. I'll pick her up and bring her to my house."
"Okay, sorry to bug you Kaiden, but we didn't know who else could help."
"It's totally fine. I don't mind a bit." I hang up the phone without saying goodbye while I'm in a rush to get out the door. I put on some shoes and run out the door in just my sweatpants. It's a 20 minute drive to Claire's house. I may or may not have sped practically the whole way there...
On the drive, I just think. Think about how I was right about Michael. I knew it was gonna end like this one day. I even warned her.
*Cue dramatic screen ripple*
"OMG OMG OMG OMG! YOU'LL NEVER GUESS WHAT HAPPENED TODAY!!!!" Zoey screams as she runs across the parking lot to meet me.
"WHAT WHAT WHAT?" I scream back, very over dramatically.
"Michael Shaver asked me out!" she says with stars in her eyes. Zoey has had a crush on Michael "badboy" Shaver for a few years now. That news just ruined my day. I don't know why though. It's not that I like her, I guess I'm just worried he'll take my best friend away from me.
"Congrats," I say with a smile, "but I've gotta say this. Don't get mad though."
"You know his reputation Zo, just please be careful. For me."
"He promised me I was different than the rest, Kaiden. He wouldn't do that to me, " She replies, getting a little defensive.
"I'm not saying you aren't different than the rest, you might be, I'm just saying to be careful."
She stormed off.
"How are you gonna get home if you're not riding with me?" I ask. I don't want her walking that long distance.
"Michael can take me, thank you very much," she says. I mumble something incoherent to myself then get into my car and drive home.
*End of Flashback*
After the drive that seemed to take forever, I finally pull into Claire's driveway. I just jump of the car and leave it running, and run into her house. Thankfully, her door is unlocked. Once inside, I walk into the living room and see a crying Zoey. Rushing to her side, I pull her into my arms. She sobs into my shoulder as I sit there just holding her. Aria rubs her back and Claire runs outside to put her bag and stuff into my car.
"C'mon, babe. Lets get in the car," I say, standing up. Zoey wraps her legs around me and lets me carry her to my car. I sit her down in the passenger seat, close the door, and was walking around the car when the other two girls suddenly stop me.
"Thank you for doing this. We couldn't do anything and you're her closest friend. Please, just keep her safe for the next few days, okay?" Aria says.
"Okay," I reply. I hug them both and tell them goodbye.
When I get into the car, Zoey is still crying, but silently now.
"Lay your head down, Zo"
She doesn't reply, but lays her head on my lap. I back out of the driveway and start the trip back to my house, absentmindedly playing with Zoey's hair. Soon, her breath evened out and I could tell she had fallen asleep.
When we reached the house, I shut my car off then walk over to the passenger side. I shook Zoey's leg and say her name to try and wake her up. She slowly sat up before reaching her arms out towards me, wanting me to carry her. I obliged and carried her up to the guest room, which she had basically claimed as hers. She spent the night fairly often and came over a lot so she had some things in the drawers. She also had picture set up in there. I think it's cute.
I lay her in the bed and kiss her forehead.
"Everything's gonna be fine, Zo. I promise," I say, then turn and walk towards the door.
"Kaiden..." I hear.
I turn around to find Zoey propped up on one elbow, facing me. She is struggling to keep her eyes open.
"Yeah?" I ask.
"Will you stay with me tonight?"
I gently slide into the full size bed next to her. She snuggles into my side and wraps one of her legs around one of mine.
"Goodnight," I whisper before falling asleep with Zoey in my arms.