Author’s Note: Ok, so I know this post is going up way, way, way earlier than usual, but I’m going to be traveling all day and right now was the only time that I was guaranteed to post until much later tonight. Of course, this also means I’ll be a lot slower to respond to comments, but I will make sure to respond as soon as I can! Anyway, enough rambling, enjoy the chapter :)
Josh was already awake and in the shower by the time that you woke up the next morning. You immediately started grinning as you remembered what had happened last night. Your heart started to beat a little bit faster as you remembered how soft Josh’s lips had been. He walked out of the bathroom, fully dressed and ready for the day.
“Morning,” you said, sitting up and smiling at him.
“Hey,” he said, avoiding eye contact with you as he packed up his stuff.
You were a bit taken aback by the way he was acting towards you, but you brushed it off. Something upsetting could have happened this morning that you didn’t know about. Rather than questioning what was going on, you got up and quickly began to get ready. You were expected to be down in the lobby in the next thirty minutes so that you could leave and you still had to pack up all your equipment.
Josh barely spoke to you as you packed up your things. It was almost like the conversation had never happened last night and you two were still being weird around one another. The thought of the kiss meaning nothing put a bad feeling in your stomach, but you tried your best not to think about it. Maybe Tyler would have something to say about the situation.
Unfortunately for you, Tyler had still yet to come downstairs by the time that you and Josh were stepping out of the elevator. You went and took a seat in the same chair as last night while Josh handed your room keys off to the tour manager. There was still a bit of time left before you had to leave, so you pulled your laptop out and got a head start on the day’s editing.
“Morning,” Tyler grumbled.
You looked up at him. His hood was pulled up over his head and there were deep bags under his eyes. One look at him told you that he hadn’t gotten enough sleep.
“Troubles sleeping?” you asked.
Tyler rolled his eyes and dropped his voice to a whisper, “The crew member that I got paired with wouldn’t stop snoring. It took me two hours to fall asleep. Two hours.”
“Yeah, my night wasn’t much better.”
Tyler’s eyebrows furrowed and he took a seat in the chair next to you, “What happened?”
You shut your laptop and glanced over to where Josh was standing with the rest of the crew, completely out of earshot.
“We kissed.” Tyler brought his hands up to the sides of his head in shock. You smiled at his reaction for a moment. “There’s more to it than that.”
“No, please, I don’t want to hear it,” he scrunched his nose up.
“No, not like that,” you laughed. “We talked through the entire situation and I told him why I was upset and he apologized, but when we woke up this morning he acted like none of it happened. Things are just like they were before, except now he’s being the distant one.”
“I was hoping you might have some insight.”
Tyler shook his head, “He’s liked you since the beginning of the first leg. I have no idea why he’s chickening out now that you guys actually know you have mutual feelings.”
“Great,” you muttered, leaning back into the chair. “That’s helpful.”
“Sorry. I can try to figure out more if you want.”
“No, no. This is something for Josh and I to work out.”
“Ok. Then I’ll be here for emotional support,” he smiled.
“Y/N! Tyler! Let’s go!” the manager called.
You let out an audible groan and rubbed your eyes. It seemed like the number of photos that you had to edit wasn’t getting any smaller, no matter how many you finished.
“Are you ok?” Tyler asked, looking over to you from the couch.
“No,” you sighed, burying your face in your hands. “I’ve been editing for so long that I can hardly see straight.”
“Why don’t you take a break and have a snack?” Tyler asked. “You’ve been working all morning.”
“I just don’t want to get behind.”
“It’s fine. You deserve a break, Y/N/N. Besides, if we don’t have enough photos we can just use some from other dates that didn’t get posted. They’ll never know the difference,” he laughed.
“But I will,” you said, closing your laptop and taking a moment to stretch.
Josh had been sitting on the couch next to Tyler for the entirety of your conversation, but hadn’t said anything. Usually he was the one that would force you to step away from your computer when you got frustrated.
“How many do you have left?”
“I think two, maybe three hundred to sort through. Then I just have to edit my favorites.”
“That’s not bad, plus we still have an hour until we get to the venue.”
“Ty, I’m already taking a break. You can stop coming up with more excuses,” you laughed, taking a seat next to him on the couch.
He held out a hand and you dumped some of the popcorn that you were eating into his hand.
“You guys excited for night two?”
“Always am,” Tyler answered.
“Josh?” you asked, leaning around Tyler so that you could see him.
He glanced up at you and met your eyes for a second before looking back down at his phone, “Yeah.”
You and Tyler shared a look. This back and forth of being distant that was happening between you and Josh was quickly growing tiring. All you wanted was some sort of straight answer as to what was going on between the two of you.
“I think we have an interview before the show tonight. Are you going to try and take some pictures, Y/N/N?”
“Oh, there is? I didn’t know that, but I can totally tag along for pictures.”
“Great,” Tyler smiled.
You watched as Josh stood up and walked off towards his bunk. Tyler turned to you and frowned.
“I don’t know why he’s being like this,” he whispered.
“It’s fine,” you lied, giving a slight shrug of your shoulders. “I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough.”
“So, this interview. Who’s doing it?”
“Some local radio station, I think. They just want to talk about the new album and the first part of the tour. It’s normal stuff.”
“That doesn’t sound too bad.”
“It shouldn’t be, as long as they don’t ask stupid questions,” he laughed.
“If they do, just give them equally stupid answers.”
Tyler reached up and rubbed his chin, “Yeah, I like that idea. I’ll get Josh in on it too.” He stood up from the couch and stretched his arms for a moment, “I think I’m going to take a nap.”
“Good idea. You look tired.”
“Thanks,” he laughed with a roll of his eyes.
“I didn’t mean it like that,” you said, reaching out to lightly swat at his leg.
He walked off to his bunk and you returned to your laptop. Now that you would have a ton of interview photos to edit later that night, you needed to get even more work done now. A quiet tour bus was the perfect opportunity for you to get ahead.
You were nearing the end of the photos when Josh walked back out. He looked around the bus for a moment with furrowed eyebrows.
“Where’s Tyler?” he asked, eyes never meeting yours.
“Sleeping,” you muttered.
Your eyes followed him as he moved across the room to grab some water. He sat down on the couch with a sigh and began to scroll through his phone. You almost asked him what was going on, but decided that was a bad idea with the potential of Tyler waking up at any moment. Besides, you weren’t really feeling up to that conversation right now.
“How are the photos going?” he asked.
You looked up, surprised that he was even talking to you. His eyes were still locked on his phone.
“Pretty good. I’m almost done, if you want to see some.”
You flexed your hands to stop them from shaking. It was just Josh, there was no need to panic about asking him a simple question.
Even though that was the answer you had been expecting, hearing him say it still felt like a punch in the gut. You nodded and went back to editing photos, chewing on your lip to distract you from what Josh had said. If you didn’t figure out what was going on with him soon, you were pretty sure that you were going to lose your mind.