He jolted awake and threw some clothes on before jogging down the steps.
Jason grabbed his old bike and hopped on. "Dangit, Liz! Why didn't you wake me?" he asked grumpily, not even waiting for a reply before he started pedaling furiously.
Good thing it wasn't a real game!
Liz flushed. She knew he was talking about the garden, but he said it while eyeing her to get a rise out of her. It was so annoying how easy it was for him to tease her!
Jason shrugged. "Sure. Might as well use the dirt for something!" he glanced at where the garden used to be. "Thanks for cleaning it up," he told her seriously. "Mom would've been real sad to see the state of her garden. She sure did love veggies."
Liz beamed, feeling proud of her morning efforts.
"Speaking of veggies..." she said, trailing off coyly.
Liz reached for her little knife, cutting into the pumpkin. "You wanna push me while I had a knife in my hand?" she asked sweetly, smiling wickedly at her.
"Jason! You're making a mess!" Liz admonished him.
"Nuh uh! It landed on the newspaper!"
"Lemme see!" Jason told her, craning his head.
Liz picked her pumpkin up protectively and headed over to the table. "No way. Finish yours first!"
"What do you think, Liz?" he asked.
Liz smiled, clinking her glass against his. "I know!" she countered smoothly.
Jason phone started ringing and he grabbed it to check the number.
Liz made a face behind Jason's back and downed her drink, wincing as it burned its way down her throat. Ashley still called once or twice a week, just enough to keep Jason interested. It annoyed Liz to no end how Ashley seemed to be leading Jason on.
Summer had come and gone and Ashley still hadn't made a trip to Sunset Valley to visit Jason. First she was in Champ le Sims with her sorority sisters, then there was the visit to Lucky Palms to see her family, and now - finally - was a modeling contract in Sunlit Tides.
Poor Jason had bought it hook, line and sinker. He'd actually told Ashley she could probably stay with some family friends if she needed a place to stay. Boy, she would've paid to have seen the look on her face when he said that!
"Yeah, we're just having a few people over. It'll be a real small party," Jason was telling Ashley.
Jason looked at it questioningly.
"Hold on, let me get the lights!" she said, hurrying around the downstairs and turning off lights.
"Liz! What are you doing! I can't see anything!" he told her.
Liz grinned. "I know! That's perfect!"
"AWESOME, isn't it?" she asked eagerly.
August waved back, looking a little bored.
Liz glanced over her shoulder and bit her lip. "I don't know, Jas," she said wearily.
"Aw come on! Do it for me!" he said, pushing her towards his buddy as his kitty cat headed his way. "You should tell him about that time we added ginseng to our pizza. I bet he'd get a kick out of that story!" He pushed her a little too forcefully and she stumbled over towards August, who reached out to make sure she didn't fall on her face.
"Yeah, it's pretty awesome, isn't it?!" Jason said. He peered under the make-up. "Have we met before?" he asked.
Liz glanced over across the room and saw Jason with the lady in body-hugging tiger stripes. No wonder he'd been in such a hurry to get rid of her! she fumed.
"Oh man, I'm going to have to razz him about that at practice tomorrow!" August chuckled. "So, you're his friend from college right? Liz?"
"Yeah. We really hit it off."
August shook his head with amazement. "Man! Jason gets all the hot girls!" he said, a little in awe of Jason.
August grinned, looking her over with new appreciation. "Oh yeah?" he asked with interest. "His loss, my gain!" he teased.
"No, no, I'm okay!" Liz was saying, waving off the help as she staggered around.
Cheri raised a feline eyebrow. "Your friend that just did a face plant after drinking too much?" She glanced over at Liz.
Liz nodded emphatically, reaching for his hands. "You know what I've always wanted to do?" she asked him in a slurred voice.
"What's that?" Jason asked, pandering to her now that he knew she was drunk as a skunk.
"Promise you won't laugh?" she asked.
Jason did a quick X over his heart. "Cross my heart."
Liz leaned forward, giving him the stink eye with one eye squeezed shut. "Promise!"
"Liz! I promise! What?!"
Liz stumbled forward. "You promised, Jason!" she told him as he reached out and grabbed her elbow to keep her steady. Man, he'd never seen Liz this wasted before. "You know, we could just go home, you know."
Liz shook her head. "Nuh uh. I'm getting my fortune read!" she told him determinedly.
"What if they're sleeping?" Jason whispered furiously. He wondered what mad gypsies did to trespassers.
Liz rolled her eyes. "They're not sleeping!" she said testily, just as the door opened.
His gaze was caught by the bush near the front door with a whole bunch of jelly beans clustered like grapes.
Jason took a few calming breaths through his nose that seemed to help. He was left with a vague sense of discomfort.
"Everything okay?" Jason asked, tensing.
"What'd they say?" Jason asked, falling into step beside her.
Liz shrugged. "Just stupid stuff," she told him. "Why'd you let me blow my money on that baloney?" she asked.
Jason released his pent-up breath. For some reason, he'd thought that Liz was upset from whatever they gypsy told her. But apparently she was just mad that she wasted her money on a charlatan! Throwing his arm around her shoulder, he gave her a half hug. "Sorry, Liz. I told you it was a bad idea!"
Liz nodded, resting her head on his shoulder as they headed back to the street. "Yeah. It was real stupid," she told him.