“Alright,” You replied, frowning at Josh as he walked back over to join the boys playing FIFA.
Jim and Tanya were hosting a party at their house, and as far as you knew, almost everyone was coming. Josh, however, kept asking if you were going to the party, which was a bit puzzling seeing as you had already confirmed it with him about a hundred times.
Truth is, you had possibly fallen for Josh. You had been best friends for years now. You were best friends with Zoe, who then introduced you to her brother, Joe, who then introduced you to all his friends, which is how you met Josh. You two instantly seemed to click, and became very close over the years. However, in the past couple of months, your feelings had begun to blossom, blooming into a flower as time went on. You knew you had fallen for him, but admitting your feelings was not an option. If you admitted your feelings, it could quite possibly shatter your friendship, and you would much rather only be friends with him than not be friends with him at all. There was no way in hell you could lose Josh, he has always been there for you. He was always there if you needed to rant, always there if you needed a shoulder to cry on, he could always make you laugh until your stomach hurt, and he knew even the smallest details about you; like how your eyes squint slightly when you’re concentrating, or how you run your hand through your hair when you’re stressed. He knew.
“Y/N!” Tanya squeeled as she opened the door, pulling you into a tight hug.
“Hey, Tan,” You giggled, surprised at the sudden embrace.
“Glad you could make it!” She exclaimed, pulling back from the hug, “You look gorgeous.”
You looked down at your black dress, patting down the skirt.
“Ditto,” You grinned, admiring her gorgeous flower patterned baby pink dress.
She stepped aside, motioning you into the house. You stepped inside, looking around. It wasn’t a huge party, obviously, just one for friends, but it was clear she had still put effort into the decorating. There were plates on the table, each one varying with different kinds of food and treats. There was soft music playing, and some fairy lights here and there.
“The place looks lovely!” You smiled, turning to look at Tanya.
“Thank you,” She replied, returning the smile.
From the corner of your eye you spotted the boys, and it seemed they spotted you aswell, as Josh sat from the couch he was sitting on and started to walk his way towards you.
You turned to look at Tanya as you felt her nudge you with her elbow, sending her a questioning look, but all you got in return was a wink as she turned and made her way across the room.
“Hey, Y/N,” Josh said, stopping to stand infront of you.
“Hey,” You smiled, looking up at him.
“You look nice,” He said, lifting his hand to run it through his hair.
“Thank you,” You grinned, a bit confused as to why he seemed nervous, “You don’t look half bad yourself.”
He blushed a little at that, causing you to giggle softly. You looked over at the rest of the boys over where he was previously sitting, and furrowed your eyebrows at their whispering and the numerous smirks sent your way.
“Want to come?” Josh asked, making you turn your gaze back to face him.
“Sure,” You smiled, following him over to the boys.
You had been at the party for around an hour now, and you planned to head home soon as it was nearing later into the night. You made your way into the kitchen, needing to just clear your head from the scene. You leaned against the kitchen counter, picking up a chocolate covered strawberry from some of the snacks, when someone walked in. Although Tanya and Jim knew everyone at the party, there were quite a few people you didn’t know, and he was one of them.
“Hey,” The stranger said, sending a smile your way.
He made his way over to you, reaching beside you where the snacks were, grabbing a cookie.
“I’m Austin, and you are?”
He shuffled closer to you until you were almost shoulder to shoulder.
“So, are you a friend of Jim and Tanya?” Austin asked, looking down at you.
“Mhm,” You hummed in response, staring ahead of you to avoid eye contact seeing as you two were uncomfortably close for people who had never met before.
“Why are you here?” Austin asked you, feeling his gaze lift away from you.
“Do you have a boyfriend?”
You frowned, looking up at him as he turned to look at you again.
“And why do you ask that?” You questioned him.
“Just wondering if you came to the party with anyone, that’s all,” He shrugged, turning to look ahead of him at the wall.
“Well to answer your question, no, I don’t,” You replied, shifting a bit to the side to clear some distance between the two of you.
“That’s a surprise,” He grinned, looking down at you again.
“Why?” You said, looking up at him.
“You’re really pretty,” He replied simply, moving closer to you.
“Uhm, thank you?” You replied hesitantly.
Suddenly you turned your head as Josh walked into the kitchen. He glared at the stranger, and you could feel the uncomfortable silence in the air.
“What are you doing?” Josh snapped, looking over at Austin.
“Nothing,” He said, moving away from you.
“Are you flirting with Y/N?” Josh growled, walking over to Austin. Your eyes widened at the tone of his voice, surprised at his sudden outburst.
You watched as he walked closer to Austin, his hands clenching and unclenching into fists at his side. You watched him as anger bubbled inside him, until you suddenly stepped between the two. You put your hands on Josh’s chest, pushing him away from Austin.
“Josh! What the fuck are you doing?” You snapped, more shocked than angry.
“He was flirting with you!”
“Is there a problem with that?”
“Yeah, there is,” Josh replied, his voice lowering as the anger slipped from him.
“What?” You frowned, quickly glancing at Austin as he made his way out of the kitchen.
“Well, y-you see,” Josh stuttered. He sighed, scratching the back of his neck, “I like you, Y/N!” He blurted out.
You tilted your head, stepping back a bit.
“Really?” You questioned him, a soft smile spredding across your lips.
“Fuck, sorry, I messed up. Dammit, I can go, I’m sorry. Just forget I said anything, I didn’t mean to, like if you don’t feel the same way then-” You cut him off by slapping him softly on the arm, laughing.
You reached out, grasping his hand, intertwining your fingers.
“I like you too, you dork,” You smiled, moving your free hand up to his neck, pulling him down into a kiss.
The surprise only lasted a moment as he snaked his arms around your waist, pulling you closer.
When you pulled apart, you looked at each other, smiling.
“About bloody time you morons!”
You both snapped your head over to the door, stepping back from each other as Conor and Jack stood there, leaning against the doorframe with smirks plastered across their faces.
You laughed, looking up at Josh, who was already looking down at you.