Series: Opening Act (chapter 5)
“Sorry if I woke you” I said as Andrea walked downstairs
“No you didn’t. You wanna grab breakfast?” She questioned as she fixed her hair in the mirror.
“uh I actually gotta head home, gotta pack some things for tour.”
“Alright well text me later.”
I grabbed my bag and walked out to my car, I started the car and drove home.
“Mom I’m home.” Silence, I sighed, although I’m used to being alone.
I texted Nate
Dimples🙈: hey, I have some tracks and verses in my head that I want to get out. I’m going to head to the studio. See you tonight 😊
From Dimples🙈: ok lil mama, want me to meet you there?
Dimples🙈: no it’s okay, unless you want too. Is anyone there?
From Dimples🙈: Derek might be..idk
I headed towards the studio anyways. If I was going to be stuck on a bus with him for 5 months I might as well get used to having him around.
Before walking into the studio, I took a deep breath “here goes nothing”
I walked into the room, to see Derek in the booth and John and Andrea sitting on the black leather couch. “Hey what are you doing here”?, I asked Andrea. “Oh, I left my charger here last night and I thought I would hangout”, she said. “Hey, uhh Nate isn’t here Pey, John said. "Oh I know i’m meeting him later at Ooki for dinner, I just had some song ideas”. Just then Derek walked out of the booth and handed me the headphones. “Thanks, I said quietly.
Being in the same room with Derek gave me the creeps, we exchanged minimal words and his glances caught my eyes a few times. After a hours or singing and clearing my head I was ready to head home to get ready for my date with skate.
Once I got home, I ran up to my room, starting the shower and grabbing towels and my clothes for after the shower. Once I was done washing my hair, I turned the water off and grabbed a towel wrapping my hair in it and my robe to put on my body while I did my makeup.
I put on a little makeup, some neutral eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara and foundation.
I got dressed in my long sleeve, black and white stripped shirt and tucked it into my black skirt. I put on an army green vest over my shirt with knee high black socks and black,chunky boots. I loosely curled my hair and put on my vanilla perfume and lotion.
Just as I walked downstairs, my mom walked in from her late shift. "Hi honey, wow you look nice where you headed”?
“Oh, um I have a date” i said shyly.
She looked at me shocked with sparkles in her eyes
“Who’s the lucky guy”, she said nudging my arm.
“Nathan Maloley”, i said blushing.
“When do I get to meet Mr.Maloley”?
“In about 10 minutes”.
About 5 minutes later, I heard a knock at the door.
“Peyton, he gets extra points for actually coming to the door”, my mom shouted.
I giggled and opened the door to see Nate holding light pink roses.
“Oh Nate, they’re beautiful”.
“Not as beautiful as you Pey”, he said making my cheeks turn pink.
“Peyton, who is this”?
“Oh, mom this is Nate-”
“Hi Mrs. Thatcher i’m Nathan Maloley”, Nate interrupted.
They talked for about 2 minutes and I knew mom fell for his boyish charm like I did.
“Nate, I want her home by 11 and take good care of her please”,she said.
“Yes ma'am and I will like my life depended on it, he said smiling at my mom.
We walked to the jeep and he opened the door for me.
We arrived at Ooki and walked toward the hostess desk.
"Table for two”?
“Right this way”.
“Your server will be right with you”.
Just then a boy about our age with brunette hair came to our table.
“Hi my names Luke and i’ll be your server”. “What would you want to drink beautiful”?
“Oh um waters fine” i said smiling.
“And for you”?
“Water, Nate said through his teeth staring Luke down”.
After we got our drinks and ordered our food we talked a lot about our childhood and tour. Luke then brought us our plates and he winked at me.
“I swear if whatever his name is flirts with you one more time i’m gonna have to beat his ass”, Nate said.
“Oh he’s just being nice, he doesn’t like me”, I said innocently.
“Nah Pey he’s got a little crush on you”.
“You jealous Maloley”, I said raising my eyebrows.
“Peyton, I will always be jealous who is with you that isn’t me”.
As I was about to say something just as cute someone approached the table that wasn’t Luke.
“Well, well, well if it isn’t Peyton and Nate”. “Hey Peyton don’t eat the whole buffet this time honey”. “One the reasons I brokeup with you”, Derek said.
“Woah, woah Derek whats your problem”? “Wait, whats he talking about Peyton”?
“Oh, I’m guessing Peyton never told you about us did she”?
“Derek please don’t, I said in a hushed tone.
The flashbacks of us being highschool sweethearts (she was a sophomore and he was a senior). The weight/weight loss struggle. The anxiety and depression. The abuse. Tears started to form in my eyes and they met Nate’s confused.
"Look Derek, thats the past now please leave us alone okay”, I said.
Nate’s hands now turned into fists.
“Aight, Aight see you later Peyton. You look good now baby, I wouldn’t mind hittin it now”, he said.
“C'mon Peyton lets get you home baby” Nate said taking my hand.
We got into the Jeep and sat there for a good 5 minutes and I kept my head down.
“You wanna talk about it”, Nate said looking into my now bloodshot eyes.
I nodded my head and told him everything, every detail. After explaining everything to Nate, we both ended up with tears streaming down our faces.
Nate’s hand came toward my face and I flinched. He look shocked and sighed.
“Peyton, I would never ever do anything to you that he did”, he said caressing my cheek.
“I’m sorry, its just whenever I cried he always ‘gave me something to cry about’”, I said putting air quotes up. I began to cry
Nate then embraced me and began stroking my hair
“Shhh, hey i’m here now baby, he said soothing me.
After about 10 minutes, we began to drive home. He had his hand on my thigh. I then became self conscious of the size of my thigh, but it was also comforting. We pulled up to the driveway and walked towards the front door.