Brother's Best Friends

Ashley Bing is the younger sister of the awkward Chandler Bing. After being apart for a few years, the Bing siblings are back together. Ashley is happy to become a part of the friend family that Chandler has built. She's also excited to work her way up the employee ladder at her job at one of the biggest newspapers in New York City. Plus, who doesn't want to find a little romance in a new chapter of life.


7. Shopping with Rachel

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          “Rachel, thank you so much for doing this,” I grasp her hand as we enter the mall.

          “Oh, no problem sweety,” Rachel pats my hand. “I love to shop.”

          “Christmas is just a few days away now,” I sigh. “God, I should not have waited so long.”

          “It’s fine. There will be great deals, and I promise we won’t take too long. So you can get back home and wrap it all up.”

          “No rush, I want to talk anyways.”

          “Well, we can do that. But, first things first, what store?”

          “Um, any clothes store, I’ll do the girls first.”

          “Sounds good,” Rachel begins dragging me towards a store of mainly dresses. “So, what do you want to talk about?”

          “Um, well, I heard Joey got fired by Monica. Is she doing better at her job now? Chandler told me that the whole point of hiring Joey was to fire him so her co-workers would see her as the boss.”

          “Well, the firing went as Monica wanted, but I don’t know if her co-workers are treating her better.”

          “Oh, I hope so. She seems so nice and sweet.”

          “She’s a bit of a control and neatness freak,” Rachel bitterly sighs.

          “I guess we all have something,” I giggle as we finally enter the store. “Time to shop for some dresses, though.”

          “Aw, I wanted to ask you some questions.”

          “Don’t worry, you’ll be able to.”

          “Okay,” Rachel nods. “So, who do you want to shop for first?”

          “Phoebe,” I quickly answer. “I’ve been living with her for a week now, and I know so much about her.”

          “Bright colors, jean jacket, a scarf, and boots.”

          “You really like fashion,” I grin as I follow Rachel around the store.

          “It’s a passion,” she hands me clothing items for Phoebe as we walk through the shop. “I’m a personal shopper at Bloomingdales.”

          “That’s very cool,” I decide to hold onto a red scarf, black jean jacket, and a rainbow polka dot dress as we make our way to the shoes.

          “These are perfect,” Rachel almost squeals as she holds up a pair of black boots. “This outfit will be perfect for Phoebe.”

          “I agree,” I place all the clothing I have on one arm. “Can you hold the boot box?”

          “Of course,” Rachel holds the shoe box close to her stomach. “I’m guessing Monica is next.”

          “That would be a correct guess.”

          “Hm, single color, sweat, heels, tights.”

          “You are so good at that.”

          “Thank you,” she grins and we begin walking through the store again.

          This time I keep a dark red dress, black button up sweater, black tights, and black heels.

          “So, it’s your outfit to pick now,” I adjust all the clothes to be comfortable on my arm.

          “Well, I already picked out what I want.”

          I chuckle, “Perfect. I’m still going to wrap it up.”

          “Fine by me.”

          “So, what did you pick out?”

          “A black dress, black flats, a belt, and a black scarf with small red polka dots.”

          “Go get it, and meet me at the check-out,” I smile.

          “Thank you so much,” Rachel places the shoe boxes on my arms and rushes off.

          I walk over to the check-out and place my items on the counter.

          “Ah, last minute Christmas shopping I see,” the lady at the register smiles as she begins ringing up my clothing.

          I chuckle, “Yeah, I just moved so this is the first time I have had to shop.”

          “Well, I hope you found all that you needed.”

          “Here’s my outfit,” Rachel steps up and places her items on the counter.

          “Will that be all?” The check-out lady asks.

          “Yes,” I pull my credit card out of my wallet and hold it out.

          Once I’ve paid and have my two bags, Rachel and I exit the store.

          “Lead the way to a sports shop please,” I grin at Rachel.

          “Just follow my lead,” Rachel links arms with me. “How come you can afford all that?”

          I chuckle, “I had a feeling you would ask that.”

          “Is it too personal?”

          “Not at all. The reason I can buy more expensive things is thanks to my mother.”

          “Norma Bing?”

          “That’s her. With all her book sales, she gave me a credit card to use whenever I want. Our, um, relationship is quite strong.”

          “That’s sweet.”

          “Yeah. Chandler would say different. Say, how did your fling go?”

          “It was good. The guy I went out with was so sweet, and I wanted to get to know him more. But you idiot brother. Sorry.”

          “It’s fine.”

          “He told the guy I was looking for a fling, so he doesn’t want to see me again.”

          “Oh no, that sucks. But, I’m sure you’ll find someone even better.”

          “Sure, whatever. Ross just keeps going on dates, and I can’t land one.”

          “Oh, forget about him. Do not let him hold you back,” I smirk as we enter the store full of all kinds of sports memorabilia.

          “I’m guessing we are getting Joey and Chandler’s gifts.”

          “Yeah. I can’t figure out what to get Ross.”

          “There’s a store that sells little dinosaur stuff. We’ll go there and grab something random for him,” she sighs.

          “That’s perfect.”

          “So, what will you get the two cool boys?”

          “A Knicks jersey for Chandler, and maybe a hat. For Joey, a Penguins sweatshirt and something Knicks.”

          “You really keep up with sports.”

          I chuckle, “It was a thing Chandler and I could watch and enjoy as our parents bickered. I love hanging out with my brother in any way we can.”

          “That’s sweet.”

          The two of us begin walking around and continue talking.

          “I think I still have to ask you some questions.”

          “Oh yeah. What do you want to ask?”

          “Do you like Joey?” Rachel smirks.

          “Wha? I mean, I’ve been in the group for such a short time. I don’t think I can say for sure if I like him.”

          “But you think he’s cute?”

          “Well, yeah. Chandler says I have to stay away from him, though. And Joey won’t even date me because my brother is his best friend.”

          “That shouldn’t stop you. He could be your lobster.”

          “My lobster?” I confusingly stare at Rachel.

          “It’s a Phoebe thing. It means you two are meant to be together.”

          “Oh, that’s oddly sweet.”

          “Phoebe for you.”

          “Only time will tell if we are lobsters.” I laugh, “Did I use it right?”


A kind of long chapter, since the last one was super short. Hope you liked it! :D

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