damn i had so much coffee today

No More Secrets

In which Hopper finally reveals the final secret he had been keeping from Eleven. (Because let’s be honest, this shit should’ve been explored in season 2 and I need some Closure.)

Hopper sat at the small kitchen table, waiting for whatever El was making for him in the kitchen. They had just returned from an evening of eating leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches and watching movies with the kids over at Joyce’s house. When they had returned, El had announced that she had a surprise for him. She had spent a lot time in the kitchen with Will during their visit, and Hopper wondered if it had anything to do with whatever she was doing in their kitchen now.

“Are you sure you know what you’re doing, kid?” Hopper asked, “I can help if you want.”

“No, I told you, it’s a surprise,” she said, “and no peeking.”

A few minutes later, El appeared beside him, carrying two mugs full of hot cocoa. As she set them on the table, he could see that she had even put tiny marshmallows on top. El looked at him expectantly.

“Well, aren’t you gonna try it?”

“Oh, yeah, of course.” Hopper had never been a hot cocoa guy. He preferred the strong bitterness of coffee, but he could tell how much this meant to El, so he gingerly took a small sip. Much to his surprise, it was actually pretty good. It wasn’t the overly sweet stuff he had come to expect from hot cocoa. There was an earthiness to it. He took a bigger sip.

“Damn kid, this is good. Where the hell did you learn to make this?”

“Will showed me today,” El replied with a hint of pride. She sat down in front of him, picking up her own mug. “I just wanted to do something nice for you. For letting me go to the Snow Ball.”

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Damn Good Coffee

pairing ; chris x reader (!!!)

summary ; “i have to get a damn good coffee kiss.”

words ; 1699  ─ so close

warnings ; fluff!



You were slowly brought to consciousness as the light of the morning peaking through the dark curtains. You took a deep breath through your nose and let it out as a sigh, snuggling into the warmth behind you. One arm was tucked underneath your neck, the hand connected to it resting gently against your shoulder. There was no doubt in your mind that your husband had woken up before and tightened the grip he had on you, because normally that arm would just be laying limply underneath your face for you to use as a pillow.

Bringing it a little closer, you felt Chris stir a slight bit behind you, snuggling his face into your neck and wrapping his other arm a little more around your waist. It seemed as though he were awake, but judging by the still even breaths and the steady movement of his chest on your back, you knew better.

Yet another sigh escaped your lips as you opened your eyes and blinked away the blurriness of sleep. Your eyes drifted down to Chris’ hand, still resting against your shoulder, and noticed that he hadn’t even taken his wedding ring off when he came in last night. Though, you weren’t surprised.

He had come in extremely late from a meeting with some people producing the show Bull, and although he tried to make it seem like he was perky and awake, you knew that he was just about ready to collapse in his recliner that he had dubbed his “second home, away from you, of course.” The most you had gotten him to do in his tired reverie was take off his jacket and dress shirt to exchange it for a more comfortable, Got Hamilton? t-shirt and basketball shorts.

After that, he really did collapse in his recliner, and as amazing as it is, fell asleep. He rarely got good sleep, no matter what was happening in his life, so to see him be able to fall into a rather deep slumber, it was relieving. But, as the good wife you were, you didn’t want him waking up with some crick in his neck or anything, so you woke him up by kissing his forehead a couple times and gently shaking his shoulder.

“Chris, baby,” you whispered, watching his thick eyebrows furrow for a second. “C’mon baby,” you whispered again. This time he stirred, taking in a deep breath and opening his brown eyes just enough to squint at you.

“What time is it?”

“Time for you and I to go to bed,” you joked, cupping his cheek with your palm. He naturally rested against your hand, his eyelids fluttering closed at the comfort. “Don’t go to sleep, baby. You gotta get to the bed, first.”

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One Last Dance

Nalu commission for @roxychild94! Thank you so much, Jess! <3

rating: t for implications, swearing, and drinking (let me know if you need me to tag anything)

pairing: nalu with mention of gruvia

characters: natsu, lucy, gray, gajeel, loke. mention of juvia.

word count: 1823

inspired by ‘shape of you’ by ed sheeran

“I’d like to make a toast,” Gray said as he lifted his bottle, grinning from ear to ear. “To the bastard who I thought would never get married. To Natsu!”

“To Natsu!” everyone echoed, downing a swig of their beer or throwing back their shot. Laughter ricocheted off the walls of the bar, and Natsu grinned and raised his bottle up in thanks.

“I never woulda thought you’d find someone either.” Natsu clinked his bottle against Gray’s, silently thanking him. He would thank his best friend later when he was good and drunk and his inhibitions were gone.

“Until I met Juvia, I didn’t even think about getting hitched. The right girl can change your life,” Gray said, and Natsu grimaced. Ever since Ice Princess and Juvia had gotten married and had their son, they had been more lovey dovey than even Natsu and his fiancee. It was a little weird seeing him be so sappy, but Natsu smiled at the thought. Years ago Gray wouldn’t have said anything like that about someone, no matter what their relationship was.

“She’s certainly changed Natsu’s life, that’s fer sure!” Gajeel let out a laugh as he drank the rest of his beer and called to the bartender for another one.

Natsu grinned as he thought of his fiance. She was as gorgeous and she was smart, and he was lucky as hell to have her. They had met in college and he became smitten sooner than he ever had in a relationship, causing him to fall head over heels for her within weeks. He knew he wanted to marry her, so he popped the question after a year of dating. To his excitement, she had said yes.

“Yeah, she’s one of a kind,” Natsu said as he tipped his beer back to finish it. His eyes looked around the bar lazily for a moment, counting all the couples that were spending time together that night. It was only a Saturday, but there were people out on the small dance floor swaying to the beat of a popular song. Natsu didn’t pay much attention to any of the people until his eyes locked on a gorgeous blonde in the shortest shorts he’d ever seen and a babydoll top.

Her hair whipped around her as her hips snapped with every movement, and Natsu dragged his gaze up and down her body. Everything about her was toned, even her ass which tempted him with every shimmy. How she could even dance in those heels was beyond him, and he raised his eyebrows when she turned toward him and gazed into his eyes.

He pointed at himself, and she nodded. She wiggled her upper body at him then, and Natsu felt quite faint at just the sight of her cleavage. Tugging at his collar, Natsu turned toward his friends, who were all staring at him.

“I wasn’t gonna go over there!” he protested, and everyone chuckled.

“C’mon, you gotta go over there now! You’ve only got one more night to do whatever you want before you get hitched. One dance isn’t gonna hurt anything, Natsu,” Loke told him, eyes wandering over the blonde as well.

“But I’m…!”

“If you don’t go over there,” Loke said with a catlike grin, “I will.”

Natsu growled at the man, cursing his protective instincts. He knew that Loke would be bad for the girl. The man had a player streak of being a woman eater where he would chew one up and then spit her out, leaving her in the dust. He didn’t want that to happen to her.

“Alright, fine. But don’t tell my fiancee about this, okay?” Natsu turned to leave, raising his hand in the Fairy Tail sign they used when they were kids.

“Sure thing, boss,” Gajeel yelled back with a smirk, but Natsu didn’t mind.

The woman was now holding onto his tie, pulling him onto the dance floor. She looked even more gorgeous close up.

“What’s your name?” she asked with a toothy grin, wrapping her arms around his neck. With her heels, Natsu was only just a bit taller than her, which was perfect for the close dancing they were doing.

“Natsu Dragneel. Yours?” he replied with a grin of his own. The woman’s cheeks dusted with a pink, and he knew he charmed her instantly.

“Lucy Heartfilia. Pleasure to meet you,” she said, pulling herself slightly closer to him.

“No, the pleasure’s all mine, Luce,” Natsu responded before making a confused face. “Do you mind if I call you Luce? Cause if you do–”

“Not at all,” Lucy said, pressing her hand in a swooping motion across his chest, further and further down until she reached his abs. All the blood in his body rushed south, and Natsu fought not to think of her pushing her hand further down. He was engaged. What the hell was he doing thinking of another woman?

“Alright then. You want me to pick the next song?” Natsu asked, desperately wanting to move away from the situation. Lucy was so beautiful that he knew he wouldn’t be able to help himself if she did want to sleep with him.

“Sure!” Lucy grinned again. Her smile was so gorgeous that he wanted to see it forever.

The sad part was that he couldn’t.

“I’ll be right back,” he told her before moving toward the DJ and requesting a special song.

When he came back, Lucy pressed herself firmly against Natsu’s body with movements that he knew was to be his demise. Letting out a breath, he secured his fate when he began to sing to her.

“I’m in love with the shape of you, you push and pull like a magnet too. Although my heart is fallin’ too, I’m in love with your body,” his rough voice growled as she thrust her hips against his, shimmying down slowly and back up. Natsu huffed as he felt her against himself, and he liked the fact that she was so trusting of him.

“I think I’m falling in love with you too, Natsu,” Lucy said, turning around and grinding her behind against him, and Natsu had to bite his tongue to not let out a large moan. How could she be so damn tempting? He could even see her thong now!

Natsu bent over her as he wrapped his arms around her waist, dipping down to whisper in ear. “Let’s get outta here, Luce.”

Lucy cupped his face and kissed him fiercely before whispering in his ear. “I think you’ll like what you see once you take these clothes off me,” she sing songed, and Natsu whimpered softly.

Both of them stood up and danced for a few more seconds toward the exit, and Natsu looked over her shoulder to secure the fact that his friends were now gone. It had been about an hour since they started dancing, and it had gone by so quickly that he hadn’t realized time had gone by.

Once in the car, Natsu started it and asked what hotel Lucy would want to go to. He wanted to be polite, but he could practically smell her wetness underneath her shorts and it was killing him.

“Magnolia Hotel, please,” she said with a smile, and Natsu started the car and backed out faster than he ever had in his life. He was about to do something really stupid, but he didn’t regret it one bit.

Natsu woke up around 6 AM with no alarm as the light shone in from the window in the hotel. Lucy was still asleep, which gave him tons of time to get to the wedding. As he made coffee, he sighed as he sat down on the couch next to the bed and stared out the window.

Today was the day he was to get married.

“Good morning, Mr. Sunshine,” Lucy teased with a grin, stretching herself awake. Natsu smiled, jumping on her with a huge smile of his own.

“Good morning. How are you?” he asked, cupping her face in his hand. Her hair was like a halo around her head, and even though she had makeup under her eyes she looked like an angel. She was so damn beautiful.

“Well, I didn’t sleep much last night. I had to go find my future husband and see what he was up to at his bachelor party. Thankfully I found him and he was doing more than alright. How about you?” she asked, a smirk rising on her face.

“I slept like crap. I was at my bachelor party and this gorgeous woman pulled me onto the dance floor and practically fucked me with my clothes on. My fiancee is going to be so pissed,” Natsu replied, and Lucy chuckled.

“Oh yeah, I’m sure she’s real angry right now that you had sex with another woman,” Lucy said, barely containing her giggles.

“Especially in the room that we reserved for our wedding night! She’s gonna rip my head off, Luce!” Natsu lamented, beginning to cry fake tears into his hands. After a few moments of faux crying, he looked into his fiancee’s eyes with a goofy smile. The two burst into peals of laughter, falling onto the bed.

After the laughter died down, Natsu put his arm around Lucy’s shoulders and looked at her intensely. Lucy’s eyes widened as he gazed into her eyes, coming closer and closer and finally knocking foreheads with her.

“Luce,” Natsu said, his voice a low whisper, “I would never cheat on you. Not in a million years. And today, you’re gonna be my wife. So I want you to know that.”

“I know, Natsu.” Lucy closed her eyes with a soft smile, reveling in the moment she had with her future husband. There weren’t going to be many moments like this that they were unmarried, so she knew that she better take it for what it was worth right now.

Sighing softly and stared into his eyes gently, she told him the same. “I will never cheat on you, Natsu Dragneel. You are my love, my life, and everything that I have ever wanted in a life partner. I would never abandon you like that for anything.”

Natsu kissed Lucy then; their last kiss before the wedding. Their teeth clacked against each other’s as Lucy deepened the kiss, rolling her tongue across Natsu’s. He wove his hand through her hair as she reached up and rubbed her thumb across his jaw in desire.

When the kiss was broken, Lucy and Natsu smiled at each other for a few moments before falling back asleep together for a few more hours before their wedding. Lucy laid her head on Natsu’s chest and fell asleep with Natsu following soon afterwards with the trust in both of their hearts and minds that they would never cheat on one another.

After all, it was always more fun when they were together.

hehehe, Natsu would never cheat on his fiancee! Sorry if anyone thought that lol. I don’t write “cheating” in stories very often, so please let me know if I need to tag anything. Thank you! 

Commissions are open, btw ;) Message me for details!

17 Days

Taking a shot at an AU! This is Jensen x Reader for the let’s go crazy challenge hosted by @chelsea072498. I had the song 17 days and the prompt ‘he knew he was home when his lips touched hers’. Please note that this is a work of fiction and in no way is hatred towards the Ackles family (I love them all) Also I tried to go a bit different with this so hopefully you enjoy it as much as I did writing it!

Word count: 1,109

Characters: actress Reader, Jensen, Jared, mentions of other Supernatural cast

Warnings: a ton of swear words

DAY 1.

Holy hell. I was in…well hell. Or at least the set of hell used on Supernatural. I had been acting for just under 4 years and this – a 2 episode guest arc as this bad-ass hunter that helps out the Winchesters – was by far beyond anything that I could’ve imagined getting when I’d moved to L.A. Not to mention that I had watched this show from the beginning and my inner fangirl was jumping around like an excitable puppy.

I had been introduced to the cast and crew, been in make up and wardrobe and now I was preparing to film my first scene – opposite Jensen Ackles no less. OK Y/N deep breath. Don’t make a fool out of yourself. You worked your ass off for this. You deserve to be here.

DAY 2.

As Bobby Singer would say, balls. My alarm had started beeping, not that it mattered when I’d already been up a couple of hours. Every time I’d closed my eyes all I could see was the utter car crash my first day had descended into. Literally. Day 1 and I crash the impala of all things. Couldn’t have just broken a glass or one of the prop guns – nope that would’ve been too kind. F my actual life. These next 15 days were going to drag.

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Written with Lies | Part 2

|| Jun Au

|| Prompt 1 

|| It had been cursed upon the loving, lies written upon your skin by a soulmate who was or wasn’t fully committed. Some had been lucky, to have such a never-ending and loving relationship, and some unlucky to have such a regretful one. However, even in the most seemingly perfect relationships there will be lies.

|| Genre: Fluff Angst, Soulmate au where a lie they tell will appear on your skin and disappear after a week

|| Admin Angel

Originally posted by withjunhui

Part 1

  • Over the next few months, you began school as normal
  • trying to make your first semester of college as joyous and wonderful as can be
  • but soon as you set foot on campus you regretted not taking the summer semester 
  • You remember Jun playfully mocking you for not choosing the summer session like he had, but unlike him, you weren’t born wealthy or extremely gifted and had troubles gathering the funds to go to college
  • So instead of a summer semester, you had chosen to work, all summer long
  • And though the minimum physical labor you had been doing working at a department store cash register was easy,
  • It had been more mentally challenging not to curse out a few rude customers once in a while
  • Besides the point, it had been your first day on campus, you were given a small map of the buildings, and most had large labels stating their name
  • Out of all the universities in your area, you had supposedly chosen the easiest one to a navigate according to Jun and your three other friends
  • As you walked around, looking for a building that seemed to not exist, your alarm rang, signaling you that you only had fifteen minutes to get to your lecture
  • Out of panic, you called Jun, praying he would pick up and help you to class
  • After seconds he picked up, already knowing why you had called, “let me guess you’re lost? And your lecture starts in a few minutes but you can’t find the building" 
  • You heard him laugh, making light of your troubling situation. 
  • "Don’t laugh you brat, are you almost here? Because I know we signed up for the same lecture." 
  • "Yes yes, where are you then? Can you already tell me that before I go walking around campus with a search party for you" 
  • You sighed at his sarcasm, not finding it funny with the current predicament you had gotten caught in. 
  • "Alright alright, calm down sweetheart, I was joking I can see you right now,” he spoke, ending the phone call as soon as you found him
  • He walked up to you with a joyous smile, he almost seemed to be fawning over you in his thoughts 
  • “Hello gorgeous,” he greeted, seemingly looking past you and at the reflection in the glass behind you
  • You sighed, trying to understand how he had been so at ease
  • “I’m joking, I’m joking,” he reassured, misunderstanding your sigh. “My beautiful girl looks amazing everyday,” he complimented with a wink, patting the top of your head affectionately before grabbing hold of your hand and walking the opposite direction of where you thought you were supposed to go 
  • “So when did you get here?” He asked, trying to make conversation 
  • “Half an hour ago, I wanted to try and find my classes, and luckily I found most of them. Just this one was hard,” you explained. 
  • “Well, I got here three minutes ago, and you see that map you have in your hand is old. They update them every few years, but they added a new building far on the east, sits right on the lake, but because they haven’t updated the map, no one knows besides the older students.” He explained, reassuring you that you wouldn’t be the only one getting lost today. 
  • “So then how did you know where it was?” You asked, although knowing Jun for most of your life, he always seemed to surprise you with his abilities, whether physical or mentally he easily got through the problem
  • “I had a short class in that building during the summer, the first day I came I got lost a bit, just like you had. And a nice dude named “Soonyoung” came up to me and asked if I needed some help, and that’s how I found it.” 
  • You hadn’t known it at first, but Jun had been lying to you. His story about ‘Soonyoung’ had been completely backwards, the boy of the same age being lost and helpless like you had, walking back and forth across the courtyard like a true newbie. Jun had walked up to him, not wanting to see the kid embarrass himself even more than he already had been, and they went off to class together, talking along the way and becoming fast friends 
  • But of course you believed Jun’s story, thinking that he got lost a bit such as a freshman in college would, but after all, the boy had lied for obvious reasons. 
  • skip to December lmao rip 
  • It had now been the end of your first college semester, you had successfully passed your classes with flying stress, the work you had given yourself too much to handle for a bit
  • But Jun had been there to help you through the stress and exams, tutoring you when you needed the help 
  • And being there to cuddle you to sleep when you stressed over homework and projects 
  • And even before you both had begun dating Jun was there to mentally support you, even if busy with his own homework or stressed about some problem you’d pry about until he’d tell you he had always been there
  • And you had been doing the same for him
  • You had been waiting in a cafe nearby, waiting for Jun to come after turning in his eight paged report 
  • You sat there, a cup of coffee in front of you, your head in your hands as you closed your eyes, hoping you had passed your last exam of the year.
  • A soft bop came down on your head followed by his familiar laugh,
“what are you thinking about now?” He asked, raising your head up with his gentle fingers 
  • He cupped your face in his hand, squeezing your cheeks like you would with an infant
  • “Is this baby still worried about her exams?” He asked playfully, letting go of your face and taking a sip of your coffee. “(Y/N), you studied for that damn exam for like 37 hours, and you’re an ace in that subject. I’m sure you did fine, just try not to worry about it too much, exams are over, and so is the Autumn semester.” 
  • “Alright alright, I’ll stop visibly worrying about my grade” you joked, altering your voice in a sarcastic tone
  • He laughed, making you smile as well before taking your coffee back and sipping 
  • “So what are we doing today ?” You asked, “we got out early, Christmas is soon. I got all my gifts already,” you spoke proudly. 
  • Jun had congratulated you lovingly, patting your head and ruffling your hair a bit before letting go and standing up
  • “We can go back to my place, it’s too cold to be outside” you nodded your head in agreement, standing up with him to leave the booth
  • You both arrived at his house in a matter of minutes, the house empty as his brother had gone back to school in China and his parents away on a business trip. 
  • Subconsciously walking up the stairs and towards his room Jun hadn’t stopped you but followed you up, opening the door and falling onto the bed 
  • You sighed in relief, the warmth of his house and bedsheets finally reaching you as you stripped from your extra outer layers jackets and hoodies ya nasties
  • “It seems to be getting colder and colder for some reason,” you stated, cuddling into his blankets and leaving room for him on the left side of the bed. 
  • “Funny considering everyone is complaining about global warming, maybe you’re just not used to the weather up here,” he replied as he took off his hoodie and joined you on his bed
  • He laid his head on your stomach, reaching for the remote on his windowsill to switch the television on.
  • “Your head is so warm,” you said with a laugh, finding the statement somewhat ridiculously funny. 
  • You played with his hair, massaging his head at the same time as he scrolled through the movie file. 
  • “Are you hungry?” You asked him, pulling up a takeout website and scrolling through the savory foods. 
  • “Uh, a bit I guess. It is almost dinner, you want pizza or something?” You nodded your head, turning your phone to show him the electronic menu. 
  • He adjusted himself on you, now lying in-between your legs, his head now on your chest as he looked up at the screen. 
  • In the end you ordered pizza and pasta, Jun oddly craving the combination of both
  • “So what do you want to watch?” He asked, flipping through the files once more, seemingly bored. 
  • “I don’t really know, you could play Barbie for all I care” You stated with a laugh, obviously not caring what movie he put on.
  • He had picked a movie at random, having already seen all the movies in his files and you watched, your gentle hands still playing with his soft hair, him cuddled up against you as if you were a giant stuffed bear. 
  • In the end, the movie was background noise, drowned out by Jun and yourself as you lay on the bed, the food you had ordered and paid for waiting out in the cold under the covered porch. a lovely atmosphere surrounding the two of you as the daylight faded away.
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Anon: i keep having this dream and i thought it would make a good imagine: y/n is good friends with the omaha squad and at one point in time had that almost dating kinda friendship with skate and thought he might actually like her.. then he starts dating/hooking up with ana & y/n gets jealous & insecure (bc have u seen how much of a baddie ana is like damn) - and then she has a breakdown about it and jj & swazz cheer her up (and idk maybe add a convo with nate at the end)?

“Nathan!” I playfully hit my friends chest. I pull him closer by the collar of his shirt, “Don’t pinch my ass around the guys” I look up at his smirking face. 

Johnson turns around, “You good, Y/N?” 

“Yeah,” I say laughing and give Nate the side eye. He grins at me so big his dimples show and then leans down so no one else can hear him. 

“Sorry, it just looks really nice today.” He pats my shoulder. I shake my head.

Nate and I have been hooking up for a couple weeks now. It all started at Gilinsky’s birthday party. He had been flirting with me since the day we met, but I was really cautious. That night, something just changed between us. No one else knew about it, but things were really nice and fun right now. 

One Month Later  

Nate hasn’t called or come over in over a week and I usually don’t worry about guys I’m hooking up with, but he’s a close friend too. I can’t go to the guys about it because they still have no idea that we’re FWB.

 I decide to get my mind off of it and go for a hike in the hills with Madison and the Jacks. When they pick me up, it takes me less than five seconds to realize they are talking about Sk8. 

“Yeah they just started talking a week ago, but he’s already super into her.” Gilinsky says as we pull out of the driveway. 

“Boy doesn’t usually fall, but I don’t blame him at all” Johnson says. “She is a dime. I’m proud of the man.”

“Hey Y/N” Madison says, smiling at me from the passenger seat. “We’re talking about the girl Nate hooked up with last night.” She clearly has already heard a lot about this subject and is a little tired of it. 

“Oh” I nod. My palms begin to sweat and suddenly it feels so stuffy in the car. I try to not let it show on my face and promise myself I will keep my mind off of Nate and whoever this girl is during the hike. 

“Look at her” Johnson shoves his phone in front of me. 

Holy fuck this girl is just Nate’s type. 

“Jeez Nate. Wow”  I say, trying to act casual about the whole thing. 

“I know right? Damn.” Gilinsky says, making eye contact with me in the rear view mirror. I see Madison’s hand go flying and hit him in the chest. “You’re hot too, you know that” He laughs, squeezing Madison’s hand. 

“Aw thanks” She laughs. 

Normally I really enjoy their antics, but all I can think about right now is that two weeks ago his hands were all over me and last night they were all over her. He’s not in trouble or anything. Our arrangement was hooking up as friends only, open, casual. That’s how I wanted it, how we wanted it. I just didn’t realize him actually meeting someone else would feel like a mini heart attack. 

We get to the trail and I tell the Jacks that I have to make a quick phone call, that I’ll catch up with them in a couple minutes. I find my best friend’s name in the contacts and pray that I have service. 

“Hey Babygirl” Swazz’s voice comes in clear and I thank the cellphone gods. 

“How’s Omaha Johnny boy?” He’s been home for almost two weeks for a family wedding and then Thanksgiving. 

“Cold. You never call. What’s up?” John always sees right through me. 

“So you know how I told you I was having a casual hookup thing?” I can barely breathe. 

“Yeah with the ‘best you’ve ever had’“ he laughs. 

“Yeah well I couldn’t tell you this at the time but it was with Maloley.” 

“What the fuck, really? For five weeks you didn’t tell me? Wow. I knew I saw you guys flirting at Gilinsky’s party. Johnson told me I was crazy.” He keeps talking to himself essentially for another two minutes before I cough to interrupt him. “Sorry. Continue.” 

I laugh a little then go on. “Well I hadn’t heard from him in nine days and I just found out it’s because he just started hooking up with this really hot Ana girl and it’s not like he’s cheating or even in the wrong, we kept things open and casual. But I feel like there’s a huge brick on my chest and I’m with Jadison and Johnson and they keep talking about it cause they don’t know, obviously. And I’m freaking out and feel really alone and help.”

“Shit. AnaMontana I didn’t make the connection when you told me about you two 5 minutes ago. He mentioned this girl about a week ago. I’m so sorry babe. I wish I was there for you right now.”

“Yeah get your ass home, Swazz” I laugh into the phone and then sigh. 

“Have you tried talking to him about it?”

“Who, Nate?!?” 

“Yeah, it might help actually.”

“I just found out forty minutes ago and you were the first person I called.” 

“You know who might be a lot of help if you’re willing to tell him. Johnson. Johnson was really great when Maisy and I broke up and he helps G when things are up in the air with Madison all the time. But I do think you need to talk to Nate at somepoint. Nate’s a good guy, he might even come to you first.” 

“Yeah I know. Why are you always right about everything?” I sigh. 

“Cause I’m a fucking genius.” 

“Nope that’s not it.” I laugh. “I’ll try talking to Johnson, but can I call you back tonight?”

“I fly home early tomorrow morning, we’ll get lunch, okay?”


“Hang in there Babygirl. It’s gonna be alright”

“I know. Thanks Johnny Cakes” 

Talking to Swazz always calms me down. People always joke that we should date because of how close we are, but we’ve kissed a few times and it’s always like kissing a brother, we just don’t have chemistry. His encouragement was enough to help me get through the hike and the fresh air helped a bit. 

When we get back in the Jeep and head home, I lean over to Johnson. “I need to talk to you about something when I get back to my place. I can make you lunch or coffee or something if you want to hang out.” 

“Yeah sure. You okay?” Johnson scans my eyes. 

“Yeah, it’s not a big deal, I just need some advice about something.” 

“Okay” he smiles. 

We walk into my apartment and I start making the coffee. Johnson sits at my counter. “So what’s up?” He puts his chin on his fists and grins at me. I laugh and then sigh. 

“It’s about Nate.” I say softly as the coffee maker drips and gurgles behind me. 

“What?” He says, confused. 

“Since Gilinsky’s party up until about a week or so ago, we had been hooking up.” I say biting my lip, awaiting his reaction. 

“Shit. Swazz was right? Damn.”

“It was nothing serious. I told him I wanted just FWB, casual, open, no strings attached. And that’s how it was. But today hearing about the Ana thing made my heart fall out of my stomach and I feel like shit.”

“Fuck. I’m so sorry for talking about her so much. Why didn’t you say anything in the car? We would have stopped.”

“I know, but I didn’t know if I wanted everyone to know. But then I called Swazz before we hiked and he told me to talk to you about it, so here we are.” I turn around to pour coffee into two mugs, adding almond milk to mine and cream and a sugar to Johnson’s. I slide the mug over to him. 

“That sucks” he looks up at me with sympathetic eyes. “Have you talked to Nate?” 

“Not for over a week. I’m not sure if I’m ready to.”

“I think you’ll feel better. I know this sucks to hear, but he’s a really good guy. I’m sure he’ll come to you soon with the news.”

“I know he is. That’s what Swazz said too. I just feel like shit, I’m not mad at him at all.” 

“Right” Johnson nods and sips his coffee. “Well I’m going to stay the rest of the day so you’re not alone. It stinks that Candace (my roommate) and John have to be away on the same weekend when all of this is happening.” 

I nod “Are you ever going to ask Candace out, by the way? We all know you guys like each other, you’re practically two tomatoes whenever you’re in the same room from blushing so hard.” 

“Hey let’s focus on one love life at a time.” Johnson laughs nervously. 

“Okay” I smirk at him and sip my coffee. 

Johnson and I are under a blanket on the couch, halfway into the second Indiana Jones movie in our marathon, when my phone rings. 

“It’s Nate” I look up at Johnson. 

“Answer it” 

I nervously press the green button and hold the phone to my ear, pacing down the hallway towards my bedroom. 

“Hey can I talk to you about something?” he sounds upset, but even that is almost too much for me to hear. 

“Sure. In person?” I ask, my throat clenching. 

“Yeah. I’m actually outside. Same place as always.” 

“Oh okay. I’ll come out.”

I hang up and quickly throw something nicer than sweats on. I throw my hair up in a nice messy bun and head downstairs. I turn out of the parking garage and head a block down the street: the same spot where Nate used to pick me up so Candace wouldn’t see us. I see him almost immediately. 

Shit he looks great. Why did I agree to this. 

“Hey” he half smiles. 

I wonder if he knows that I know. How would I have not found out by now. Our friend group is basically one big teapot. 

I manage a smile “Hi” 

“You know don’t you” He says, putting his hands into his sweatpants pockets. It’s one of those rare California evenings where you can see your breath and I’m starting to shiver. 

I nod. “She’s beautiful.” 

His eyes meet mine. “I’m really sorry.” 

I step closer to him. “No need to be sorry. We were just messing around anyway.” 

“Right that’s what you wanted” He says, nodding. 

I sigh. “It’s fucking freezing out here. Don’t we live in LA?” I laugh. 

He laughs too. “Last time I checked.” When he stops laughing his eyes meet mine again. 

“Hey Nate?”

“Yeah?” He looks at me nervously. 

“We’re okay. Don’t worry about it.” I say, almost against him at this point. 

“You sure?” He says, putting an arm around me. “I know I would have been not okay if it happened the other way around.” 

“Well that’s because I’m fifty times more awesome than you” I throw my arm around his waist. 

“Ah I see.” He laughs and squeezes me into his side. “Thanks for being so cool.” 

“Anytime Big Guy” I release myself from his arms. “Johnson and I are watching Temple of Doom upstairs so I should go.” 

“Are he and Candace dating yet?” Skate glances up towards my apartment. 

“That’s what I said!” I laugh and he laughs with me, our voices rising into the cool night air. Things might be a little tricky for a while, but Nate and I are going to be just fine. 

I hope you liked it! 

Thanks for your request, this was fun/complicated to write <3


i’m so annoyed because i had coffee with a guy who works for amc networks today and he started talking to me about humans. like wtf why can’t i escape colin morgan he is ubiquitous in my life i can’t even get through a damn cup of coffee without hearing about something involving him what the fuck what the actual fuck i can’t believe