I have nothing to hide from you, nothing. Porchey is a friend, and yes there are those who would’ve preferred me to marry him. Indeed marriage with him, might of been easier, might of even worked better than ours…
Chloe agrees to let Jesse set her up on a blind date. The big surprise is who Chloe’s date ends up being… (You guys know who it is…. ;)
“What’s up, Red?” Chloe heard a
familiar voice call from behind her. She was surprised to turn around
and see Jesse approaching her.
“Jesse, hey, what’s up?” She
continued to scroll and look at her laptop.
Jesse came over and sat down beside
her, smiling. Chloe gave a slight smile back. She felt weird. While
she had talked with Jesse on numerous occasions, it had never been without Beca there, unless it was a “Hey, have you seen Beca?”
Either way, her best friend, and also his girlfriend, was the center
of Jesse and Chloe’s relationship. She knew Jesse knew that Beca was
at work at the radio station. So he had to be talking to her for some
Chloe waited for him to say something.
He seemed to be trying to figure out how to start the conversation.
Chloe sat her laptop down at her feet and turned toward him,
“Something you need, Jesse?”
He looked up and chuckled, “Uh,
yeah… Kinda. Are you seeing anyone?”
This question took her by surprise.
Not just because of who was asking, but because no one had really
asked her that in almost 3 years. She had dated since she had been at
Barden, but nothing had been serious. A few guys here and there, and
one drunken night with a small brunette girl who reminded her so much
of the reason why she couldn’t give her heart to anyone else.
Jesse could see the surprise on her
face, but misinterpreted, “Oh, hey, it’s not… I don’t want to
know for me. I have this friend who’s looking. Really nice, guy.
Tall. Good smile. I just thought maybe you guys would hit it off.”
Chloe’s expression didn’t change. “Oh.
Jesse, I don’t know… I’m not really all that into blind dates…”
He reached over and grabbed her hand
and squeezed, “Please, Chloe. Trust me on this. I think that you
are really going to like who I am setting you up with. I think I know
what you like better than you think I do.”
“I seriously doubt that,”
she thought to herself as her mind drifted to Beca. That’s really the
only person she wanted. Beca. Jesse’s girl. The long-term lover of
the guy who was trying to set her up on a date.
She had been infatuated with her ever
since she first saw her walking around at the activities fair, hair
pulled back showing off her “ear monstrosities” as Aubrey so
often called them. Beca’s stand-offish attitude and innate disgust
for group activities had been threatening to her college bestie, but
Chloe had seen right through her tough attitude and immediately felt
drawn to the caring, passionate person underneath.
Plus, she was beautiful.
Breathtakingly so, and as the years had drawn on and their friendship
had grown and deepened, Chloe couldn’t stop thinking about her. About
wanting to kiss her, wanting to caress her soft cheeks or lace their
hands together. No matter where Chloe went or what she was doing,
something always seemed to remind her of Beca.
The Bella’s often went out and did
things together, and whenever they would, sometimes Chloe would let
her emotions, and her hormones, get a little out of control and she’d
Like the time the Bella’s all took a trip to Six Flags. They
were standing around deciding what ride they wanted to get on first,
but their large group was in the way. A woman was trying to walk past
them with her family, but Beca was in her path, so Chloe casually
slipped her hand around Beca’s waist and pulled her back. It was a
simple thing. Something she would’ve done to any of the girls, but
she left it there just a little too long. She found herself almost
pulling Beca into her and when she realized this, she immediately let
go. Beca didn’t notice, or if she did, she didn’t say so. Beca always
seemed to miss Chloe’s “slip ups.”
Jesse waved a hand in front of Chloe’s
face, “Earth to Chloe, you in there? Come on, just say yes. It’s
one date. It won’t kill you, and you’ll be surprised by how into it
you’re going to be.”
Chloe sighed and racked her brain for
a good excuse as to why she shouldn’t give it a try. “Okay, fine.
When and where?”
Jesse bounced with excitement, “Okay,
awesome! Tonight, Grace’s, say… 7?”
Chloe whined, “Grace’s?… That
place is expensive and fancy… That means I’m going to be broke AND
I have to wear a super nice dress.”
Jesse got up to leave, “Don’t worry
about paying. That will be covered. When you get there, the
reservations will be under my name.You’re not gonna regret this,
Beca got off work and had a message
from Jesse telling her to meet her at the restaurant. It was odd of
him not to come pick her up, but he said that he had some things to
take care of before meeting her.
Beca was happy with Jesse, but over
the course of the past year they had become more like friends than
boyfriend and girlfriend. They still went out, held hands, and
kissed, but that initial spark between them was gone, and she was
sure that he felt that way too. Tonight’s date was probably his last
stitch effort to fix it.
She expected that he would have some
kind of elaborate night planned. Dinner at Grace’s, a walk in the
park where she would then be serenaded by the Bellas or the Trebles,
and then probably some poem that we would read aloud to her. Jesse
was a big romantic and Beca could get into it sometimes.
She got ready, grabbed her coat, and
headed out the door. When she arrived at Grace’s she didn’t see Jesse
waiting for her outside. She tried calling him, but he didn’t answer.
“He’s probably already inside,”
stopped at the hostess desk, “Excuse me, I’m looking for my date. I
was supposed to meet him here at 7.”
woman stepped from behind her desk, “Right this way, Miss.” She
led Beca to a table towards the back.
waited for almost ten minutes and she was growing anxious when she
saw the hostess heading back toward her table. She was taken aback to
see Chloe step out from behind her. “Chloe? What are you doing
was just as confused as Beca, “Um, I’m supposed to be meeting
Jesse’s friend here for a date… What are you doing here?”
supposed to be meeting Jesse here. He didn’t say anything about
double dating tonight.” Beca felt her phone buzz in her hand. It
was a text from Jesse.
Beca, you and I both know that
things have been kind of dialing down between us for some time now.
But there’s someone in your life things haven’t dialed down with. At
first, I tried to ignore it. I thought you guys were just really good
friends. But the more you were around each other the more I could see
it. You like her, Beca. And she likes you. You and I have never
looked at each other the way that you two steal glances all the time.
I may be the craziest man in the history of the world for this, but
I’m setting you up with Chloe. Enjoy yourself. No hard feelings. I
expect details as to how this night goes. Love you (in some weird
twisted maybe platonic, maybe not kind of way.)
stared at her phone for a long time just re-reading what Jesse had
just sent. She looked from her phone to Chloe, who was still standing
with her coat on. “Umm…”
Beca’s head was spinning. She was kind of embarrassed that she had let her feelings for Chloe show so openly, but she also felt butterflies in her stomach. She always got that feeling when Chloe was around. She looked at her friend, her potential date, and she was short of breath because of how beautiful she looked. Her hair as curled and falling on her shoulders. Her bright blue eyes were sparkling with eye shadow she had on. Beca’s eyes drifted to her lips which were bright red. Damn, she looks amazing…
Beca could try to explain what was happening, Chloe’s phone went off.
Chloe, she’s all yours. Take care
of her, will you? She really likes you.
heart skipped a beat. She couldn’t believe what she was reading.
“Beca… Um, Jesse just text me, and… Well… I think that…”
set us up.” Beca finished Chloe’s sentence.
face was as red as her hair. “Look, Beca… We can just leave. We
don’t have to do this. I don’t know what he was thinking. I swear, I
had no idea…”
went around the table to Chloe’s side, “No. Don’t leave. Here, let
me take your jacket.” Chloe let Beca pull her coat off her
shoulders and watched her hand it to one of the employees. She came
back and pulled the chair out, “Sit down.”
shook her head, “Beca, I… Are you sure you want to do this? I
mean, really sure because we can just forget it all and go home.”
face softened at how nervous Chloe seemed to be. Chloe, who always
seemed so put together and in control. The girl who never faltered
when a guy would make a pass at her at party. The girl who could
confidently stand on a table and dance to the song “Get Low”
after only consuming two alcoholic beverages was nervous about
potentially being on a date with Beca. Beca the tiny, socially
smiled and crossed to Chloe realizing that tonight she was going to
have to be in control, and for some odd reason, she felt it. She felt excited and empowered. She wanted to be here with Chloe so badly that all her usual fear and anxiety seemed to melt off of her and pass onto Chloe.
do you honestly think that I don’t notice how you make excuses to
touch me? That you fight for the spot on the sofa next to me on Bella
Movie Night? Oh, and that you are constantly eye-balling my cleavage?”
The look of embarrassment increased on Chloe’s face. “There are
reasons why I never pulled away from you. Reasons why I always made
everyone else move off your spot on the couch… Look, I don’t really
do emotions and feelings well… But, you look incredibly beautiful
tonight. More so than usual, if that’s even possible. I want you to
sit down and have dinner with me. Just the two of us. And if you’re
up for it, I may even slip my foot over next to yours underneath the
table.” Beca gave a wink and Chloe laughed.
I’ll have dinner with you.”
ate, talked, and laughed all through dinner. When desert came, Chloe
felt a soft foot rubbing against her leg. “Oh my God, Beca…” Beca didn’t look up, but just grinned when she felt Chloe’s foot playing with her own.
were walking out the door carrying to-go boxes toward their cars. “So despite us
being set up in such a strange way, this has been pretty great,”
Beca said as she stopped beside Chloe’s car.
nodded, “It has.” She hesitated and looked into Beca’s eyes.
you knew that I liked you and you liked me, why didn’t you ever say
anything?” Beca looked up at Chloe, seeing she was kind of hurt.
could see Beca wasn’t expecting that and she kept shifting her weight
from one foot to the other. “I don’t know… At first I thought
that you were just fooling around. That you were “play flirting”
I guess. But the longer it went on, the more I wanted you to be real
flirting. But I just couldn’t imagine you being into me. You are so
great. You’re kind, sweet, caring, talented, gorgeous, and I am…
Well, I am me. Plus, I had never had feelings for another girl like
that before. It scared me, you know. Currently does scare me.
Especially with you standing in front of me with those blue eyes that
I could get so lost in…”
blushed and smiled rolling her eyes, “You don’t have to sweet talk
me, Beca. I’ve already fallen.”
had been different all night. She had been more confident in her
actions and words. Chloe could see that confidence fading now as she
looked up and fixed her gaze on Chloe’s lips. “Well… Good…
Then… Then I can… Uh, I can do this…” She reached up and
placed her hand on Chloe’s face pulling her lips down to her own. It
was soft and sweet. Beca pulled back slowly finding that Chloe was
following her not wanting the kiss to end.
owe your boyfriend big time,” Chloe giggled as she licked her lips.
She could still feel the tingle of where Beca’s hand and lips had
I think…” Beca said scratching her head.
smiled and put her hand on Beca’s waste dragging her closer, getting
to leave it there this time. “Well, since he is your ex, I won’t feel as bad
about doing this.” She pressed her lips to Beca’s. This time the
kiss was more urgent.
gently pushed her tongue to Beca’s barley touching it, but it was
just enough to make Beca want more.
Her whole body was beginning to
heat up. She wrapped her arms around Chloe’s waste and slowly let her hands fall lower onto Chloe’s
do you say we rendezvous some more back in my room?” Beca was
smiling from ear to ear.
returned the large smile, “I think that sounds great. I’ll meet you
there in ten.” Chloe watched Beca practically run to her car. Chloe
grabbed her phone and started typing:
have no idea what you have done. Thank you so much!! We owe you, big
hit send and then jumped into her car to race back to the Bella
house, where she could finally be with Beca in the way that she knew
it was always meant to be.