**Two Days Later**
"Okay,we just quit our job at the coffee shop. This better work out." I tell Sydney and we laugh. "Hey,is that-" Sydney stops in the middle of her sentence,and I don't need the other part of it to understand who she's talking about. It's Max. Haven't seen him in awhile. "Let's try to avoid him." I tell Sydney and she nods. We start walking,and i just can't stop looking at him and I notice who's standing beside him. Jeremy. Of course. They were sort of friends. Jeremy was Max's brother,Conner's,friend. But Conner and Jeremy both liked my sister,Sarah,and eventually stopped talking to each other. Jeremy and Sarah split and then for the rest of Sarah's life,it was Conner. I stop in my tracks and Sydney stops beside me too. "What are you doing?" Sydney whispers. I shake my head and start walking fast,my eyes locked on anything but Max or Jeremy. I hear my name being called from across the street. Max and Jeremy are across the street. I give Sydney a frightened look and she nods,and we walk to them. I plaster a fake smile across my face. "Hi! Wow,Max,it's-it's been awhile." I say in Max's direction. I still remember that night. The last time I saw him. He had kissed me for no reason,which kinda made Ashton break up with me,which lead to me crying. Then,Luke asked me out. A day or so later,Luke and I broke up. Ash and I got back together. Long story,I know. Max nods,smiling brightly. "And this is?" Jeremy asks,smiling as well,gesturing to Syd. She looks at the ground. "This is my band mate,Sydney." I explain,slowly,hoping they'd catch the 'band mate' part. It's unsure in my mind of why,though. "Right. I saw that. 2HopelessSkies goin' on tour with 5 Seconds of Summer," Max says. Then,he nudges Jeremy. "You know,5SOS," I cringe a bit since he pronounced 5SOS as 5 es oh es. He turns to me. "What?" I shake my head. "Nothing. It's just Sydney kicked my ankle,and it hurt." I say,quickly. "Anyway,5 es oh es is actually Emily's-" He stops,looking at me to make sure,I'm assuming,Ash and i are still dating. I nod slightly. "Boyfriend,Step-Brother,and friends." Max explains. Jeremy nods. "Yeah." Is all he says. "So,Max,what are you doing back here?" I ask and Sydney tugs on my arm,showing me her phone. It reads 2:45 pm. I push it away,even though we're late to practice. "Oh,I got a job. From your father,actually." Max tells me. Wow,Dad. Just gotta hand out jobs to the guys from my old life. Making life harder than it already is. I nod. "Well,gotta run. Bye." I say and Sydney pulls me down the sidewalk before they could answer.