(n) a face badly in need of a fist
An annoyed groan escaped my lips as my phone started beeping. After what I thought was a few minutes of getting more and more annoyed at the noise, I finally sat up in my bed and grabbed my phone from the nightstand next to the bed. "SHIFT AT 7AM" the message across the screen read. Shit, I had work. I'd completely forgotten when I'd agreed to go out last night. Then I looked at the time. It was 6:45. I'd overslept.
I quickly got out of bed, and got out of the dress from the night before. Then I threw on some clean underwear, a pair of jeans l, and the t-shirt with the coffee shop's logo on it, and rushed to the bathroom to get ready. On my way I heard noises from the kitchen.
"Parker?" I called out. Why would he be up that early after having such a rough night?
"Mhm", I heard him groan back. I couldn't help but roll my eyes, because I could already tell he was in a grumpy mood. Maybe that was fair enough, seeing the state he'd been in the night before. But even though I was running out of time, I still walked to the kitchen where I found Parker roaming the fridge.
"Hey", I said as I leaned against the kitchen counter.
He didn't answer.
"Are you okay?" I then asked, frowning a bit.
"I guess", he answered, and pulled out a bottle of orange juice. He then opened it, and drank directly from the bottle, but I didn't comment on it. He probably felt like shit even though he'd said he was fine.
"Parker, what on earth happened last night? What did you do?"
He just kind of looked at me for a second, like the answer to my question was fucking obvious. Which it kinda was, but I was still looking for an explanation.
"Shouldn't you be heading to work?" He asked, suddenly changing the subject.
"Shouldn't you be answering my question?" I answered, crossing my arms. Parker just kinda sighed, and rolled his eyes before answering. He sure did have an attitude.
"Well, you were hanging out with all these different guys, so I'd figured I could have some fun on my own."
"It sure looked like you had a lot of fun when you were puking on every street corner on the way home", I said, getting a bit annoyed at him.
"Oh yeah, you brought that dude... What was his name... Collin?"
"Calum," I corrected him.
"Right. When did he leave anyway? He didn't stay the night, did he?" Parker asked. It sounded like he had some sort of problem with Calum, which I didn't quite understand. Sure, they started off a bit strange in the coffee shop, but Calum did help him yesterday. He kinda owed him one.
"What are you referring to?" I asked, raising one of my eyebrows.
"I just hope that you're classy enough not to fuck a guy you barely know, that's all", Parker answered as he placed the now empty bottle on the counter.
"What is your problem?" I asked, raising my voice. Then I quickly checked the time on my phone once again. 6:50. Fuck, I had to leave but I hadn't even gotten ready yet. "We'll have to discuss this later, Parker, and don't you think that I'll forget it." Then I turned around, and stormed out of the kitchen and into the bathroom, quickly washing my face, brushing my teeth, and putting my hair into a ponytail. There was no time for anything else. Then I grabbed my stuff and left.
When I got to work, I couldn't stop thinking of the conversation that me and Parker had had. Why had he been acting up the way that he did?
"You seem distracted", Anna, one of my co-workers, commented. She was supposed to be making coffee, and I was standing at the cash-register. For once, we were two people in the front of the shop, making it a bit less boring as we weren't exactly busy. In other words; the shop was pretty much as empty as always.
"Oh, sorry", I answered, shooting her a quick smile. She was nice actually. Other than Parker, she was probably the closest thing I had to a friend at the moment. I didn't want to include Calum in that equation as I was trying to block him out of my mind. The previous night had been embarrassing in every way. I'd asked him to kiss me, and he'd left. It was terrible, horrible, and a whole lot of other adjectives.
"Well are you?" Anna kept on.
"Do you feel distracted?"
I guess it wasn't really any of her business, but I wanted to be in good terms with her, so I didn't tell her off. She was probably just trying to be nice anyway. It felt nice that somebody was worried about you. Especially when your best friend was being a jerk.
"A little bit. I had a long night", I answered and sighed. Anna just nodded before turning her attention to her phone. She didn't seem that much of a talker, but it was nice to just have company.
The time flew by as I cleaned, made coffee, filled the shelfs, etc. It was nice to have something productive to do for once. It helped me focus on other things than the strange shenanigans my life consisted of at the moment. Before I knew it my shift was over, so I went out to the back, grabbed my stuff, and said goodbye to my colleagues. Then I left.
For the first time in a while, I actually felt quite relaxed as I walked down the street on my way home. It was a beautiful day, and today's shift had been nice for once. It made me feel content. I grabbed my headphones from my bag, plugged them into my phone, and put them on. Then I turned up some feel good music, and felt how a small smile spread across my lips for no apparent reason.
I decided to take a longer way home, as the weather was so nice. I also didn't want to hang out with Parker for too long, if he was still in that sassy mood he was in that morning. I knew we would be okay, though. We always turned out okay, that was just us.
Suddenly somebody slammed into my shoulder as they passed by, and I couldn't help getting irritated.
"Watch it!" I snapped, and rolled my eyes, but then suddenly a somewhat familiar voice answered.
"Sorry, didn't see you there."
I frowned, took of my headphones, and turned around once again. It was Chloe. She just kind of stood there looking as annoying as ever instead of leaving, almost like the collision was on purpose. But just because I had a bad feeling about her, I didn't need to start unnecessary drama. Yet.
"Oh, Chloe, right? I'm sorry", I answered. I knew her name, but there was no need to make her feel more special than she was. Okay, I was probably being a bit more bitchy than necessary, but she'd called it upon herself right from the beginning.
"Yeah," she answered, "anyway, I couldn't help but notice that Calum never came back yesterday. Do you know what happened?" Calum apparently didn't go back to her at the club last night. The fact made me smile a bit, because I didn't like the fact of her being all over him, even though it seemed like that was something that happened quite frequently.
"He was with me, why?" I answered, slightly tilting my head to the side.
"Well, where were you?" She asked, almost instantly.
"We went to my place." It wasn't a lie, even though it sounded like something happened when it didn't, and I could tell that it set Chloe off. She was jealous, and it obvious.
"Oh, well, it's nice to see that you two are getting along", she snapped, before obviously forcing a smile.
"I'm not trying to be rude, but what's this about?" I asked, raising one of my eyebrows. I knew damn well what this was about, but I wanted to her it from her. I didn't know what her problem was, but she acted like Calum's crazy girlfriend or something.
"Well, me and Calum are usually together after a night out, so that's just that", she answered, tightening her grib on the strap of her bag, her knuckles getting almost white. God, she was so pathetic. She was totally acting up for absolutely no reason.
"But it's not like you're dating or anything, so it's not really your business, is it?" Then I just kind of shrugged.
"What do you mean by that?" she snapped once again, taking a step closer to me. For a second, I was almost afraid that she was going to slap me.
"That's just what Calum said."
Then Chloe just kind of looked at me for a second.
"Whatever", she answered before she turned around, and quickly walked away.
"What on earth is wrong with people today?" I whispered to myself, shaking my head, as I put on my headphones once again, and continued walking.