Pick Your Poison (Part 3) // Zach Dempsey & Justin Foley x Reader
A/N I decided that there will be five parts to the series! I’m sorry it took forever to update this. If you have not read part 1 or 2, it will be located in my master list here. Enjoy!
Today would be the final day of the erratic attitude of the boys. You sat in your bed eyeing the dress you’d wear tomorrow for winter formal. Zach and Justin swooned you and you had such a hard time deciding. Maybe today would make sway your decision in the right direction.
“Honey! Zach and his friend are here!” your mom yelled from downstairs.
His friend? Which one of his friends?
“Just send them up, please!”
You heard heavy feet shuffling up the stairs as you put away your dress. Your door opened to reveal Justin and Zach. What an odd pairing.
“What are you two doing here?”
“Well, Zach and I made a deal,” Justin explained.
“Wait, first off, would you like to go on a date with me?” Zach smiled.
You were taken aback and brought your hand to your chest.
“And me?” Justin added.
Now you were confused. “At the same time?”
They laughed in unison.
“No, loser. Zach will take you out later tonight and I have you in about,” Justin looked at his watch. “An hour.”
“An hour?!” you exclaimed. “Well get out then! I need to get ready!”
You pushed both of them by their chests. They placed their hands up in defense and walked out of your room. You did your makeup lightly and straightened your hair. You decided with a casual outfit: jeans, vans, and an off the shoulder top. Your phone vibrated from your night stand.
I’m at your door - j.foley
You stared at your reflection on last time before leaving the room.
You trotted down the stairs and opened the door to a wide grinned Justin, holding a fresh bouquet of white roses in his hand. You delicately took it from him and admired the beauty of nature.
“Thank you, Ju-”
“Justin,” your mom completed your sentence.
You turned around in surprise. Justin cautiously stepped in and shook your mother’s hand.
“Yes, and you must be (Y/N)’s sister,” Justin joked.
“Oh honey, if I could fit into my jeans from my twenties, it would be a miracle,” she laughed.
You observed their odd conversation and stepped towards the kitchen.
“I’m going to put these in a vase. Be right back!”
“Justin, you sit here sweetie. I don’t even think (Y/N) knows where the vases are.”
You knew they were stored in the cupboards above the dishwasher, but you didn’t understand why your mom would make an excuse to talk to you. You opened the door to the cupboard and grabbed the perfect sized glassware.
“Yes mom?” You answered while filling the glass with water halfway.
“Weren’t you into Zach for awhile? We’ve had multiple nights of us just binge watching chick flicks and talking about him for hours. What happened?”
You loved how your mom could be your best friend, but hated the fact that she’s also the person who made you think deeply about your decisions. After pouring the packet that came with the bouquet in the water, the arrangement of roses followed. You leaned your back against the counter while staring at the way your mom crossed her arms in front of her chest, holding a concerned look in her eyes lined with faded black eyeliner.
“I like both of them and I can’t decide. They made this deal on who could win me over and take me to Winter Formal tomorrow,” you chuckled.
“Well, babe, you have to go with what your heart wants.”
You scoffed. “That’s so cliche, mother.”
She took a step forward and rubbed the side of your arm. “It may be cliche, but it’s the truth. When you spend time with the right person, you’ll have those dragons flying in your stomach that no one else could give you.”
You raised your eyebrow. “Dragons?”
She shook her head as though it was a common phrase. “Yes. Forget the butterflies. Anyone could give you those. But only one person can cause a flame in you. A heat wave of love that you’ve never experienced.”
You wrapped your arms around her and leaned your head in the crook of her neck. “Thank you, mom.”
She kissed your temple and rubbed your back. “Tell me how tonight goes.”
You nodded your head and swung your purse on your shoulder. Justin looked up from his palms pressed together once he heard your footsteps.
He smiled and waved goodbye to your mom. Once both of you were out the door, Justin laced his fingers with yours.
“I hope you don’t mind walking, it’s just, I don’t have a car and I swear where we’re going is not that far-” he rambled.
“Justin, it’s okay. I understand.” You squeezed his hand in reassurance.
He eyed you in adoration and guided you down the sidewalk.
“The weather is actually amazing. I don’t mind this one bit.”
“Really? Weather talk?”
You shrugged. “A girl can’t point out the beauty of nature?”
“You’re a loser.”
You gasped in shock. “I believe there’s only one loser here, and that’s you.”
“As a matter of fact, I’m the winner because I’m on a date with you,” he smirked.
“Nice one, Foley.“
You strolled up to a cute street village filled with trinkets and organic foods. You and Justin stood in front of a vintage farmer’s market and you couldn’t be more pleased.
“I heard you liked hidden gems so I uh-”
“Justin, it’s perfect.”
You pecked his cheek and his eyes bulged out of the sockets. He laughed nervously and wiped the sweat off his palms onto his jeans.
You ran up to a stand with sunglasses and chose out a pair of round aviators.
“How do I look?” you pursed your lips together.
Justin smiled at your pose.
“Adorable.” He motioned to the vendor. “How much for these?”
Justin pulled out his wallet and paid the man before you had a chance to speak. You slipped them off and threw them in a bag provided by the cashier.
“You didn’t have to pay, Jus.”
His hands glided into yours as though it was meant to be there.
“I wanted to.”
You thanked him and dragged him to the goats you spotted in the corner of your eye. You were struck with excitement at the farm animals.
“Two dollars to feed,” a woman announced.
You dug into your purse and puled out two one dollar bills in exchange for a cup of food. You entered the gate and Justin followed behind you nervously. You felt his hand rest on your waist.
“Are you scared, Foley?”
“Psh, it’s just a few-”
“Ah!” Justin shrieked.
You covered your mouth as you chuckled. You turned to find a baby goat digging in your cup. You grabbed Justin’s hand and initiated him to notice the hungry animal. You guided his shaky arm outwards and two goats approached the food.
“I’m okay. This is okay.”
Your stomach growled. “These goats eating make me hungry.”
“Let’s go get dinner then.”
Justin wrapped his arm around your torso and led you out the gate. You threw away the cups and took his hand, following him to a small Italian restaurant decorated with fairy lights. You recognized the subtle jazz music in the background as the waiter sat you two at a table outside.
“I’ll have the spaghetti with one meatball and a fettuccine Alfredo for the lady,” he ordered politely.
You thanked him and took a sip of your water.
“So Justin, tell me something I don’t know.”
“What do you want to know about me, (Y/N)?”
You placed your finger over your nose in thought. Justin’s eyes averted to your finger.
“What?” you questioned.
“I’ve never seen anyone do that. Put their finger on their nose.”
You squinted your eyes. “It’s a habit, okay?”
You continued to think deeply.
“What do you want to be in the future?”
He leaned his head to the side as it rested against his propped up elbow on the table.
“I’m thinking of being a social worker, but I don’t know.”
Your eyes lit up. “That’s a great choice! I think you should go for it.”
“You think so? I just want to find a good home for kids that have gone through what I’ve experienced.”
You reached across the table and caressed his hand with your thumb. “You’ll be an amazing social worker.”
His eyes glinted with happiness. “Thank you, (Y/N).”
The food arrived and both of you ate in comfortable silence. After finishing, Justin glanced down at his phone.
“It’s almost time to hand you over to Zach.” Justin’s eyes fell. “Should I call Zach to pick you up?”
“No, I rather walk with you.”
You felt bad that your date had to end, so the least you could do was walk with him to spend more time together. He nodded his head and you linked arms with him. Both of you strolled mindlessly away from the farmer’s market and towards your house.
“Are we going back to my house?”
“No, the next place happens to be past your house.”
Soon enough, you arrived at the park you and Zach snuck out to as kids. You swiveled on your heel and wrapped your arms around Justin.
“Thank you for an amazing date,” you mumbled into his shoulder.
He pulled away and stared into your eyes. “Listen, I respect either decision you make. If you choose me, I’ll be ecstatic and the luckiest guy alive. But if you choose him, I understand why. I just want you to be happy.”
You leaned in and delicately kissed his cheek. “Thank you, Justin.”
You slowly walked towards your spot while still holding onto his hand. You two disconnected and you felt empty again.