“Okay, spill!” Dinah demanded.
Ally, Dinah, and Camila were all sitting on Camila’s bed, and their monthly girls’ night was in full motion.
“Yeah, what do you mean you met someone? How dare you not tell us before?” Ally asked, playfully pouting.
“He or she?” Dinah asked.
“She,” Camila said with a slight smile. Dinah whooped, causing Camila to laugh. Ever since she had confided in her friends that she was bisexual, Dinah had been anticipating Camila’s first real girl crush. Camila had no idea why she found it so exciting, but it was amusing to watch either way.
“So who is she?!” Ally practically yelled, unable to contain herself.
“Well, you guys actually know her, she goes to our school. It’s Lauren Jauregui,” Camila admitted.
Both her best friends’ jaws dropped. “Lauren Jauregui?! Like, senior Lauren Jauregui? One-of-the-most-popular-girls-at-school-Lauren Jauregui?” Dinah exclaimed.
“That would be the one,” Camila giggled.
“Is she… you know, in to girls?” Ally asked carefully, trying not to crap in Camila’s sandbox. “I mean, she is known to have had quite a few boyfriends. I just don’t want you to get your hopes and then have them crushed.”
Camila’s shoulders slumped. “That’s why I need your help, I have no idea! Since we met last weekend, we’ve texted four times. One time it was for like two hours! And whenever she walks past me in school she smiles at me. But I can’t tell if she’s flirting or just being friendly. I’ve never been in this situation before and I’m so bad at decoding people – especially through text.”
“That, my dear, is why you’ve got us,” Dinah told her with a smirk. “Ally’s had a boyfriend for two years, so I think she knows a little something about flirting and relationships.”
“And Dinah’s the biggest flirt I know,” Ally laughed. “So you really like her?”
Camila felt her cheeks heating up. “Yeah, I really do… Whenever I see her in school I go all red, and she’s constantly on my mind – it’s exhausting!” she sighed dramatically and fell backwards on to her bed. “Ugh.”
Dinah laughed and grabbed her arm to pull her up. “Well what are you waiting for? Show us those texts!”
Camila handed over her phone, which Dinah and Ally immediately grabbed and started going through her and Lauren’s conversation, occasionally nudging each other with knowing looks. Camila felt herself blushing furiously, wishing they could just finish already and rescue her from this oblivion.
At long last, they set down the phone and looked at each other before saying in unison, “She likes you.”
Camila felt the corners of her lips tugging upwards. “You think so?”
“Definitely,” Dinah smirked. “No one tells you they loved your pants today and adds a winky face emoji, unless they’re trying to say your ass looked hella.”
“And I gotta give it to you, Camila, your flirt game isn’t so bad,” Ally added.
“Really?” Camila asked, suddenly feeling rather embarrassed.
“Definitely,” Dinah said once more, then looked at Ally, who nodded. “And you know what we’re gonna do now?”
Camila eyed them suspiciously. “What? Why do you guys look so excited?”
“You’re gonna text her!” Ally squealed, and Dinah nodded enthusiastically in agreement.
Camila’s eyes widened. “What? No! I can’t initiate the conversation! It’s always been her!”
“Oh yes you can – and you will! Don’t you think she’s tired of always having to be the one to start the conversation?” Dinah asked, thrusting the phone at her.
“I wouldn’t even know what to say! And it’s a Friday night, she’s probably partying or something!” Camila tried to protest, but she could tell from the looks on her friends’ faces that it was no help.
“We won’t know unless we find out. Just ask her how she’s doing!” Ally suggested.
“Yeah, do it!” Dinah urged.
Feeling extremely apprehensive, Camila typed up a message. To her great relief, Lauren responded within a minute.
Camila: hey, what’s up?
Lauren: Just chilling at home, cbf to go out lol. Wbu babe?
Camila gasped as her friends squealed.
“She called you babe!” Ally exclaimed.
“Oh my god, what do I do?!” Camila asked in a panic.
“Reply!” Dinah and Ally yelled in unison.
Camila: same here, haha
“Okay, okay, wait…” Dinah said, lifting a finger to indicate that she was thinking up Camila’s next move. “Compliment her! Did you see her today?”
“Yeah, I did, she looked great. What do I say?” Camila asked, the rapidity of her breathing increasing. She couldn’t believe Lauren had called her babe, no one had ever called her babe. Did Lauren mean it casually? Did she call everyone babe?
“Tell her she looked great! Just say anything!”
Camila: btw your hair looked gorgeous today ;-* and your outfit was on point
Lauren: Why thank you xx You looked stunning today
Lauren: And every other day this week
“Shit!” Camila yelped, throwing her phone on to her bed.
“Awwwwww!” Dinah and Ally said in unison and shrieked.
“She doesn’t hold back,” Dinah said, sounding impressed.
“This is so adorable! Aw, look at Camz, she’s blushing so hard!” Ally said, giving her a hug.
“I can’t breathe I can’t do this oh my god what do I say?” Camila asked.
“Say thank you! Tell her she’s sweet! And put a heart!” Dinah commanded, then stopped. “No, wait – tell her it made your day.”
Camila looked horrified. “I can’t do that! That’s too much!”
“No it’s not! Let her know that it means something to you!”
Still looking horrified, Camila obeyed and typed up the message.
Camila: awyou just made my day haha ♥
“Yes, CheeChee, yes! You got this,” Dinah said.
“I’m so glad your parents aren’t home, it sounds like someone’s being murdered in here with all the shrieking,” Ally said with a laugh, as Camila’s phone sounded yet again.
Lauren: How was your day?? X
Camila: not bad, rather boring haha
Camila: yours? :)
Lauren: Mine was ok
Lauren: Then I saw you in school
Lauren: And it got a lot better ;-*
All three girls screamed.
“Holy fuck!” Camila shrieked.
“She is just going all in,” Dinah said with a laugh.
“I can’t handle this I’m so not cut out for this oh my god please help me!” Camila said, her panic growing.
Trying to suppress her laughter, Dinah put her hands on Camila’s shoulders and looked her straight in the eye. “Boo, this is a good thing. This is a really fricking good thing. She definitely likes you. Do you like her?”
Not able to trust that she wouldn’t start wailing in panic if she opened her mouth, Camila nodded.
Ally continued for Dinah. “Well then why the panic? She already likes you, and she likes you for you. Just be your fabulous self and charm the pants off her! Okay?”
“What she said!” Dinah chimed in.
“But… what if this is a prank? I mean why would she like me? I’m just Camila Cabello. Plus, I’m a girl. We don’t even know that she’s in to girls.”
“Correction: You’re Camila fucking Cabello. An amazing person, who’s hot as hell, and who anyone would be lucky to have. Trust me, at this point I can almost promise you, Lauren Jauregui is not straight. Now take a deep breath and text her back. What do you have to lose?”
Inhaling deeply, Camila nodded.
Camila: stoppp i’m blushing ♥
Lauren: I bet you’re cute when you blush
Camila: haha, i’m not
Lauren: I find that hard to believe B)
Camila: you better believe it
Lauren: You’re always cute ;-*
Lauren: Are you seeing anyone right now btw?
Dinah and Ally whooped.
“Ayyyy! She went there!” Dinah shrieked.
“Oh my god!” Camila said for the hundredth time that night. “I can’t believe I’m doing this. I can’t believe this is happening.”
Camila: i’m single as a pringle
Camila: oh god did i just say that
Lauren: Haha you’re so cute
Lauren: Well I’m glad to hear that
Lauren: Btw I heard a song today and it made me think of you
Camila: oh really? and which song would that be?
Lauren: Beautiful by Akon ;)
Camila: stoppppp my cheeks are about to overheat
Lauren: I also heard another song that made me think of you
Lauren: I Really Like You by Carly Rae Jepsen
Camila: okay can u not i’m smiling so hard right now i can’t feel my cheeks
Lauren: Actually I can’t not
Camila: you’re funny
Lauren: You love it
Lauren: Shit it’s 1am
Lauren: I would love nothing more than to stay up talking to you but unfortunately I have to be up at 7am tomorrow ew
Camila: yikes why?
Lauren: Driving down to see some relatives :)))))
Camila: you sound ecstatic
Lauren: They’re… eccentric
Lauren: But I actually have to go
Lauren: Sweet dreams ♥ ♥ ♥
Camila: have fun tomorrow ;-* goodnight ♥
Camila tossed her phone on to the other side of the bed and breathed out a huge breath she didn’t know she’d been holding in.
“Did I just make it through that?” she asked in disbelief, staring at the duvet. She looked up to see Ally and Dinah staring at her like proud moms.
“Hells yeah you did, and you did damn well!” Dinah squealed, clapping her hands together.
Camila let out a shaky laugh. “I couldn’t have done it without you guys.”
“We got you, boo,” Ally said with a grin. Camila smiled and pulled them both in for a hug, feeling extremely grateful for not only her friends, but the conversation she’d just had. Lauren Really Liked her!
Hope you guys liked it! I would love to hear any comments and/or opinions you have :) Btw, to any of you who want more Mani: be patient, she’s coming!