Friends / Girl Meets World Crossover: Rachel never got off the plane, instead she raises her daughter Emma Maya in Paris and sends her to the states for the summer, Ross’s son Ben Lucas moves in with him, Phoebe and Mike have a son named Farkle and all of them, of course, are best friends with Monica and Chandler’s twins Erica and Jack. Oh, and Joey ends up having a daughter he never knew about: Riley. Previous Chapters:Prologue | 1 Word Count: 2,390 Chapter: 2
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[The One With Riley’s Ex Part 1]
New Year’s Eve comes and goes and with it brings a fresh start. Not just in the literal ‘new year new me’ sense but for Riley and Joey in particular it means the beginning of a newly found kinship. Now with the holidays over and the promise of a better year ahead Riley for the first time feels like a weight has been lifted off her chest.
Things were starting to look up. She’s finally living in New York, the one place she’s wanted to live since hearing wonderful stories about how magical it is as a child, she has a job, an apartment and a small group of sweet but eccentric friends. She even found something she didn’t realize she was looking for: a family.
But with every good comes a little bad…
Riley pulls herself out of bed, peering out over the balcony before getting ready. Her eyes take in the bright colors squeezing through the clouds. The scent of rain hung in the air as she watched the sky darken and the colors fade away as morning fully arrived. She takes a deep breath, reminding herself that today was going to be a good day, before turning back inside to get dressed.
Central Perk is surprisingly crowded when she arrives. Although it was Sunday it was also the day after New Years so she was half expecting everyone to be too hungover to leave their homes. But then again what better hangover cure is there than a hot cup of coffee?
The brunette wastes no time getting behind the counter to take orders and make drinks all while assisting the other new girl that Gunther just hired three days prior, Mona. She wasn’t the best waitress, or barista, but she was sweet and easy on the eyes so she understood why her boss kept her around.
Her shift is coming to an end when she hears a familiar voice. A voice that makes the hairs on the back of her neck stand up, a voice that she once considered home, a voice that she was hoping she’d never have to hear again.
It takes everything in her to look up at the man standing on the side of the counter. Her eyes quickly take in his appearance. His short dark hair perfectly slicked back, the mischievous smirk on his face, his eyes as grey as the ash in a dying fire. For a moment everything is frozen, and all she can do is grip the pencil in her hand to keep herself from exploding.
“Kev.” She finally manages to say as their eyes meet for the first time in over a year. “What’re you doing in New York?”
“I live here now.” His eyes rake over her body, flicking his tongue over his bottom lip before he continues to speak. “I was hoping I’d find you.”
Before Riley can assemble a response, Lucas approaches the counter with a big smile on his face. He unintentionally cuts off her conversation with Kevin and she’s never been so grateful for his terrible timing. “hey I’m about to buy tickets for the new Top Gun movie, you in?”
Kevin quickly glances at Lucas, annoyance clear on his face before looking back at Riley. “This your new guy?”
“No.” Riley exhales, “This is my friend Lucas, Lucas this is…Kevin.”
“Oh, hey man.” Lucas extends his arm to shake the guys hand. “How do you know Riley?”
“We go way back.” Kevin smiles, shooting Riley a knowing look that makes her skin crawl. “Anyway, I should probably get going, it was nice to see you again Riley – and good to know where you’re working.”
Riley swallows the lump in her throat as she watches him make his way through the coffee house before heading up the street. A feeling of relief washes over her the second he’s out of sight. She looks down at her hands, finally letting go of the pencil that was now broken in half.
“Who was that guy?” Lucas asks, pulling her out of her thoughts. “He seemed kind of intense.”
“That was my lovely ex-boyfriend.” Riley sighs, making her way around the counter to clear some dishes.
“And by lovely you mean?”
“The anti-Christ.” She answers, only pausing when she notices that Lucas’ mood and curious nature have changed. In place of the big grin he was sporting when he walked in was a much sterner kind of scowl.
“I’m only half serious.” She nudges him, trying to lighten the mood.
His face relaxes slightly but it’s obvious he’s still in his head. “Why did you break up?”
Riley purses her lips trying to think of how to answer. “We wanted different things you know?” Lucas nods his head as she continues. “He wanted to do whatever he wanted whenever he wanted… and I wanted a boyfriend who wasn’t a cheater.”
“He cheated on you?” Lucas frowns, “Why on earth would anybody cheat on you I mean you’re –” He stops himself.
Riley playfully raises her eyebrows and gives him another nudge. “I’m what?”
“Nothing.” He chuckles, shaking his head. “Never mind.”
“Riley, can you show me how to do the –” Mona stops mid-sentence as she approaches Riley and Lucas, but her gaze doesn’t leave Lucas’ face. “Oh, hi there.”
Riley glances between the two, and although she couldn’t tell what Lucas was thinking it was clear what Mona was thinking. And even though she initially felt something between them when they first met, she wasn’t at all ready to be in a new relationship. Least of all with someone she’s already considering as one of her best friends. So, she steps back. “Mona this is my friend Lucas, Lucas this is the new girl Gunther hired.”
“I thought you were the new girl?” He crooks an eyebrow up at her, a soft small on his face. When Riley shrugs a response, he turns to look at the blonde standing between them. “It’s nice to meet you, Mona.” He awkwardly pauses as he shifts his attention back on Riley. “So about the movie–”
“Oh yeah, you know, I’m not really an action movie kinda gal but Mona here was just telling me how bad she wants to see it so, why don’t you take her instead?”
Mona furrows her brows together, giving Riley a confused look. “I was?” Riley elbows her in the side and nods enthusiastically. “I mean, I was!”
Riley steals a glance at Lucas before taking a few steps backward, “You guys have fun.”
After seeing Kevin and passing up on Lucas’ movie invitation, Riley’s not really in the mood to be alone at her apartment so she walks around the corner to Joey’s.
Luckily, Joey gave her a spare key just in case he wasn’t home so she lets herself in instead of having to wait around. To her surprise he’s sitting at the kitchen table, eating alone. His face lights up when he sees that it’s her and she can’t help but smile.
“Hey, I hope I’m not intruding.”
“Not at all.” He smiles, sitting up straighter in his chair. “Come in, sit.”
A bit of silence falls between them before Riley speaks up. “Can I ask your advice on something?”
The look on Joey’s face makes it blatantly obvious he wasn’t expecting that. He stammers slightly, “Y-you want my advice?”
Riley nods and although he’s pleasantly surprised he also can’t help but feel slightly terrified. He wasn’t the one people went to for advice, at least not about anything she could want to know. What if he gives her terrible advice? What if she follows it and it somehow makes matters worse? He wouldn’t want to sway her in the wrong direction. “This isn’t about like, feminine things, is it? Because I could call Rachel or Moni –”
Riley snorts a laugh, “I’m afraid you’re about 7 years late on that one.”
“Right.” Joey relaxes, stifling a small chuckle as he sinks into a more comfortable position in his chair. “So, what is it you want advice on?”
Riley hesitates. She knew this was new territory for both of them and she was the one who reached out to him but now that he was waiting for her to bare her heart and soul, or at the very least her issues, she couldn’t bring herself to say anything.
Her mom was the one she went to about everything and it never failed to amaze her just how good she was at giving advice. All she wanted right now was to talk to her but unless Joey knew a medium or had a Ouija board stashed somewhere that wasn’t happening. Not that she’d ever actually do that.
Instead she had to find it in herself to let someone in, but not just anyone, her father. The brunette takes a deep breath before looking over at him. “How do you forgive someone for breaking your heart?”
Joey was hoping for a much more lighthearted topic. He felt an array of emotions flood through him as he let the question sink in. Truth was he knew exactly what she was talking about although he was sure their experiences were different. He was no stranger to heartbreak and it killed him to know she was no exception either.
“Who broke your heart?” He asks, a snarl present on his face.
Riley’s lips curve up into a smile because it’s the same kind of reaction her mother would’ve had. It was strange, it almost felt like she was there sitting at the table with them. Her eyes gloss over and she has to blink away the tears she felt making their way to the surface. “This guy from Philly.”
“You tell me his name and social security number and I’ll tell you how to forgive him.”
Riley throws her head back in laughter, ignoring the unfamiliar feeling swelling in her chest. “Come on seriously.”
Joey exhales, his eyes scan the room as he tries to think of what to say and while he’s looking around he sees a picture frame he received from Rachel over a decade ago that contains a photo of them smiling ear to ear, wrapped up in an embrace. The memory pulls at his heart and he has to look away before it becomes too painful to remember.
“By doing it for the right reasons.” He finally says, locking eyes with his daughter. “Don’t forgive him for him Riley, forgive him for you. Forgive him because you deserve better than to hold resentment over someone who didn’t know how to love you the way you wanted.”
Riley’s eyes glance over to the picture that just held his attention and she can hear it in his voice and see it on his face that he’s speaking from experience. He’s speaking from the heart. “Is that what you had to do…with Rachel?”
The older man nods ever so slightly, “Rachel and I were best friends first which really only complicated things further. Not only did I have to forgive the girl I love for unintentionally breaking my heart but I had to forgive my best friend too. More importantly though I had to forgive her for myself. For a while I put a lot of the blame on my shoulders. I convinced myself that it was my fault we didn’t work out but in reality, that’s just life. I mean, we can’t all be Chandler and Monica.”
Riley nods in understanding. Erica had told her about the love story that is Monica and Chandler. How they were friends first and eventually fell in love. And while it was endearing she knew Joey was right, not everyone would be so lucky as to fall in love with their best friend and have that love reciprocated.
But he was right about the other things as well. She had to forgive Kevin for what he had done. But she had to do it for the right reasons. He may not deserve her forgiveness but she deserves to be rid of the awful feeling he left her with. And the only way that was going to happen was if she forgave him and never looked back.
“Thanks Joey.” She smiles half-heartedly. “I really needed this.”
Dario’s Pizza was the perfect way to end the night and to Riley’s surprise 6 friendly faces were smiling back at her the second she walks through the door. The most surprising of all was Mona.
“What, do you guys live here or something?” She teases, pulling a chair up to their booth.
“We got hungry after the movie.” Erica answers, greeting the brunette with a quick side hug.
“Oh…you all went to the movie?”
“Yeah.” Lucas answers this time, a smirk on his face. “It was a group thing.”
Riley looks down, trying to hide the embarrassment on her face. To say she felt stupid was an understatement. “So, how was it?”
“You’re lucky you didn’t go.” Erica pouts, sliding her over a napkin before plopping a slice for Riley onto it. “What a waste of a Sunday night.”
“Hopefully that won’t be the case next weekend.” Jack speaks up flashing the brunette a smile. “Mona was just telling us about the party she’s throwing on Friday.”
“Riley knows.” Mona chimes in, “I told her about it like two days ago.”
“And you weren’t going to tell us about it?” Farkle raises an eyebrow although Riley can tell it’s all in good fun she stills feels a little guilty.
She had every intention of inviting them but she couldn’t seem to get out of her own head lately. Her entire life was just turned upside down and her anxiety definitely wasn’t making the situation any easier. She didn’t expect any of them to understand anyway.
“I was I just – had a lot on my mind…”
Lucas picks up on her mood and tries to take the attention off her by asking about the guest list. “Who else did you invite? Anyone we might know?”
“Hm I doubt it. Mostly just a few friends from school oh and that cute guy friend of Riley’s.” Mona shrugs, taking a sip of her drink. “You know him.”
Lucas and Riley share a look. What friend? She could count on one hand how many friends she had in New York and they were all sitting at the table with her. It couldn’t be. Could it? “Wh-what cute guy friend?”
There’s a brief pause where Mona purses her lips to think back on what his name was before turning to look at Riley.
End Note: I know this was a short chapter but I just wanted to move everything along. “Part two” I’ll honestly probably have up this week because I already have an idea of how/what I want to happen. Thanks for reading! xx
Did anyone notice how US groups break up when a member wants to go solo but in S. Korean groups they just stay together and freely do their solo projects without any or much fuss? And it ends up bringing more exposure and popularity to the group as a whole? Or in Korea they do “unit groups” where less than the original number puts out something together? Like One Direction is basically doing that right now with the exception of Zayn because he left.
For Korean groups, is it because it’s more difficult to get out? >.>
Whooo, it’s Friday Reads! And sometimes I really love the juxtapositions that pop up when people tell me their picks. For example, I am binging on Wendy & Richard Pini’s epic self-published comic Elfquest, which got tons of votes in our summer reader poll of comics and graphic novels – going live next Wednesday, whooo! Whereas our Big Boss Lady Edith Chapin has some light reading, Edward Luce’s The Retreat of Western Liberalism.
Code Switch’s Karen Grigsby Bates is excited about a new Michael Connelly book, The Late Show, while her colleague Kat Chow is on a Kevin Kwan binge with Rich People Problems.
And fellow Tumblrina Nicole Cohen says she’s finally getting around to Patti Smith’s memoir of her friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe, Just Kids.
Warnings: Cursing, drug usage, mention of abuse
On the phone:
Y/n: Hey Kian could you please come pick me up from this party I really don’t want to be here Kevin got really fucking drunk and I don’t know anyone I’m at some new club downtown.
Kian: Wtf I’m tired of this always happening to you, and that fucking douche bag I’m on my way okay stay put.
Y/n: okay… Sorry to bother you I know this is your guys night but you’re the best
Kian: Yeah yeah whatever I’ll be there in 5
“Who the fuck where you talking to on the phone” Kevin spat
“Someone who’ll treat me right” I thought “Kian” I mumbled
“Why the fuck are you calling him, didn’t I tell you to delete his fucking number you slut” Kevin rambled
“Yeah you did, I just don’t take orders from bipolar alcoholics.” I shot back
“You really wanna fucking dis-” Kevin said but interrupted
“Finish that sentence and lay a hand on her and I will hospitalize you, you understand?” Kian spat getting into Kevin’s face
“What the fuck are you gonna do you peace of shit?” Kevin fought back
Amd just the quick Kian pushed me behind him and begun to beat the life out if Kevin… I was so in shock I couldn’t move I til the security ripped Kian of of him and threw them both out.
“Y/n come get in the fucking car!” Kian ordered
I obeyed and he drove me back to my house in silence. I was
Speechless I didn’t know what to do, say or feel. No one has ever fought for me like that, maybe it was just his hate towards Kevin
I looked down at me phone
Kevv: It’s over bich you and the punk as guy can go fuxku youresekfs anf your a slut.
“Youre to good for him, you deserve better, I going to make a guess that was him calling you and I foul names, am I right?” I rambled
“Yeah, you are, he broke up with me.” She whispered
“Fiqured, hell he may even text you how sorry he is tomorrow morning when he’s covers in his vomit with a nasty hangover.” I joked
“Youre probably right, let’s do something crazy.” She insisted
“Like what? It’s 12am” I questioned
“Umm… Let’s uhh. I never did weed before.” Y/n stated
“The night just got interesting!” I laughed
After the weed trip
“Kian?” Y/n questioned
“Yes.” I replied
“Thank you for tonight, I haven’t had this much fun in a long time.” She confessed
I don’t know if I’m just high out of my mind but I believe I may have feelings for Kian, that may be why I call to him whenever I need help. Holy shit I feel deeply for him but we could never be together.
I really want to thank Kevin for being with Kris during his birthday every year without fail. I know in a recent interview Kris had acknowledged having only 1 or 2 close friends nowadays. Most of his close friends have married and have kids so he felt that their paths in life were deviating from each other. Although they have different paths, I know they still love Kris and consider him as a brother. It just saddens me to see less of his friends physically be there every year.