and you drive me wild
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PART SEVEN: Game Night, Part One
“In short, tonight is going to be lit,” Peggy said as she led Alex and Laf into the living room.
Angelica, Eliza, and Hercules were already there.
“Where is he?” Angelica asked as soon as Alexander came into view.
“Wow, hi to you, too, Angie,” Alex said teasingly.
“You better have come through with your end of the deal, Ham, or else I might just have to––”
“Relax, mon ami,” Laf interrupted. “I was there when our dear Alexander invited him. All is well. He will be here.”
Angelica visibly relaxed at that. Alex noticed that she was dressed up–– a peach colored dress, beaded dangling earrings and a matching necklace and bracelets.
He then turned his attention to Eliza, who was more dressed up than Alexander ever remembered seeing her outside of a formal event. She had on flawless yet subtle makeup, a white collared shirt, and a high-waisted teal skirt that she tucked the shirt into, some of the fabric puffing out, hiding exactly where the shirt ended and the skirt began. She also had a long necklace on a silver chain with a single teal teardrop shaped stone dangling on the end of it. Alex couldn’t help but stare for a moment.
Eliza tucked a strand of her dark hair behind her ear and looked Alex’s way, as if she felt his gaze.
“You look beautiful,” he said before he could think.
She blushed, smiling shyly at him. “Thanks. That sweater looks really nice on you.”
“Laf chose it.”
“I figured,” she said with a laugh.
“So,” Alex asked, sitting down on the couch next to her, “you suddenly got really dressy on us. Are things different at that fancy school of yours?” He was clearly just teasing her, but he was also curious. Eliza had always been more of a tomboy–– a t-shirts, leggings, and converse kind of girl.
Eliza blushed an even deeper shade of red. “I, well, first of all I discovered that I like to wear dresses.”
Alex beamed at her. “And you look gorgeous in them, clearly!”
“Thanks,” she said with a nervous laugh. “And, well, Peggy may have invited someone here tonight that I have a crush on…” She began to fiddle with her hair anxiously.
“Peggy is quite the handful,” Alex said with a sigh. “But who is this mystery person?” He gently nudged her in the side with his elbow, eliciting another soft laugh from her. He always thought that Eliza’s laughs were the audio version of fairy lights–– soft, gentle, and beautiful.
“Her name is Maria,” Eliza whispered.
Alexander grinned at her. “She’d be silly not to like you, Sweet Lizard.”
Eliza’s laugh appeared again, widening Alex’s smile. He always felt warm inside when he managed to make Eliza laugh. It was such a glorious feeling.
The two friends were distracted by the sound of more voices filling the room. From the way Eliza froze and her face turned a brighter red than Alexander had ever seen (and that was saying something), he figured the girl he didn’t know, who was dressed in what looked like an incredibly soft red sweater and dark blue skinny jeans with a few gold bangles around her wrist, and who had dark brown hair that fell to her shoulders in luscious waves, was Maria. The other girl with her was Adrienne de Noailles, the other ⅓ of the Laf-Herc-Adri trio.
He was about to ask Eliza if she wanted to go over and say hello when a third new person walked–– no, sauntered–– in.
The boy was tall, dressed in a deep purple cardigan with black jeans tucked into golden high-tops converse. His puffy dark brown hair bounced as he made his way over to the couch and smirked down at Alexander.
“Hamilton,” he said.
“Jefferson,” Alex grumbled.
“Thomas!” Angelica exclaimed, conveniently coming in from the kitchen at that exact moment. “I am so glad you could make it!”
He leaned down and they air-kissed each other on each cheek. Alexander rolled his eyes and Eliza gave him a look.
“I would never miss an opportunity to be in the presence of the dazzling Angelica Schuyler,” he said smoothly.
“Ugh,” Alex muttered. He motioned to Eliza, and the two of them made their escape as Angelica and Jefferson started flirting with each other through an exchange of witty remarks that neither Alexander nor Eliza had any desire to overhear.
“I’VE GOT THE GAMES!” Peggy hollered from the hallway. She then entered the room with a stack of games that was almost larger than she was.
Eliza and Maria rushed forward at the same time to help her, and, from the look on Peggy’s face, it was evident that that had been her intention all along.
Alexander went up to Peggy once the games were safely in Eliza and Maria’s hands. “Hey, uh, where’s John?” Alex scratched the back of his neck.
Peggy just smirked. “He and his sister Martha are coming, don’t worry your butt off or anything.”
“Mon ami, if you worry anymore butt off you will have none left!” Laf came up behind Alex with Adrienne on one arm and Hercules on the other. They winked at Alex in unison.
Just then, the doorbell rang.
Lafayette beamed at Alexander. “Are you ready to meet your, how you say, Prince Charming?”