August 21, 2016

Jason: Week Thirty, Day Three

"Ah, man! I'm so glad to see you!" Jason said, greeting Liz on the porch.  He'd been eagerly peeking out the window every few minutes to see if she'd arrived yet.
"This is going to be awesome!" Liz said cheerfully.  "You, me, living the care-free life!" she joked.

"Yeah, and Ash whenever she gets back from Champs le Sims!" Jason added.

Liz made a face.  "And Ashley," she said grudgingly.

"Come on! Let's get your stuff inside!" Jason said, pulling Liz's arm towards the truck.
"Dang, girl! How much stuff did you bring!" he joked.  "A whole house?"

Liz set down another heavy box near the stack going inside.  "NO!" she said testily.  "I just brought some clothes, some books, some of my posters, my protest signs, and..."

"I was kidding!" Jason said with an eye roll.  "But wait until I give you the tour of the house! You're going to flip! Come on!"

"Wait!" Liz called when he headed for the stairs, "We have to get all this inside! I can't just leave it out here in the driveway!"

Jason glanced at her over his shoulder.  "Come on, Liz. This is Sunset Valley! Nobody's going to take anything!"

"Are you sure?" Liz asked, following behind him. 

"I'm sure!" he said confidently, pushing open the door.  "So, this is the livingroom!" he announced proudly.
Liz made a face when she saw the plate of old food on the side table.  "You're such a slob, Jason!"

Jason grinned sheepishly.  "Oh yeah, that was from breakfast. I guess I forgot to clean up."
Liz glanced into the dining room.  "OMIGOD!" she trilled, racing into the room.
"Is that you when you were younger?!" she asked, glancing at the picture from when Johnny took all the boys to the game. 

Jason shrugged.  "Yeah. My family has a thing for pictures," he said, obviously embarrassed.
"Aw! You were so cute! What happened?" she taunted playfully.

"Alrighty then, moving on," Jason said, tugging her from the memory wall.
"This is the downstairs bedroom.  My tia Maritza stayed in here."

Liz turned around and faced him.  "Your tia?" she asked.  "I didn't realize you were multi-lingual!"

Jason rubbed the back of his neck.  "I'm not really," he said.  "My Mom and her friends, Rachel and Maritza raised us.  And Rio, he's like my older brother... he always called Mom and Maritza tia. And I guess I always wanted to be like Rio, so I did too," he explained.

Liz was staring at him with her mouth dropped open.

"What?!" he asked tersely.

"Nothing!" Liz said, "I've just never really heard you talk about growing up. I'm learning so much more about you!"

Jason rolled his eyes.  "Come on!"
"This was my mom's room," Jason said, glancing around the nearly empty room.  He pointed to the corner.  "She used to have her easel set up here.  She's such a great artist!"

Liz glanced at the painting on the wall that had been left behind. "I can tell.  Pretty!"
He led her to the next room over.  "And this is kind of the master suite.  It has the bathroom attached.  Tia Rachel was in here."

Liz glanced at the crib in the room then to the bathroom door.  "Dibs!" she said quickly.

"Hey! That's not fair! I didn't know we were going to be picking rooms yet!" Jason protested gruffly.

Liz peeked back out in the hall.  "I don't get it, Jas.  Where was your room?" she asked.

Jason pointed up the stairs.

"But I thought you said that was the attic."

Jason nodded.
"See - half room, half attic!" Jason said proudly, beaming at the room.  He had some great memories growing up in here.

"You lived in the attic?" Liz asked, dumbfounded.

"Well, it wasn't this crowded.  We can take the tables and chairs back downstairs," Jason told her.

"But, you lived in the attic?" she asked again, looking around.  "I'm so sorry, Jason!" she said, reaching out to touch his arm.

Jason glanced back at the room.  He'd always thought he and Rio were lucky.  But, maybe that's not what other people thought.

"You don't still want to stay up here, do you?" she asked worriedly.

Come to think of it - now that other rooms were empty, why would he? He shook his head.  He couldn't believe his Mom had stuck him up in the attic!

It took some time, and a lot of hard work, but Jason and Liz had made tons of progress on the house.  He'd turned the downstairs room into his personal gym. 
Wiping his hand across his brow, he mopped up the sweat and reached for the towel hanging on the wall.  He threw the towel over his head and neck, hanging it back up to dry.
Pushing open the door, he stepped into the living room.  "Whatcha mixing?" he asked.
Liz was in the middle of flipping her juice bottle when she glanced up and saw Jason... shirtless...
She made a face as pink bloomed on her cheeks.  Damn her natural red-head's tendency to burn when she blushed. 

She glanced up at Jason to see if he'd caught her flub.  By the size of his smirk, she would say he knew exactly why she dropped the bottle.
Jason chuckled as he pulled his shirt over his head.  He loved messing with Liz like that.  She blushed bright red when she was embarrassed.  It just made him want to embarrass her all the more!  "You're supposed to pour it in the cup!" he teased.
"You're supposed to pour it in the cup!" she mimicked testily.  She pointed a finger at him.  "You're not supposed to walk around without a shirt on!" she grumbled, reaching for the pitcher to pour a few drinks.

"Why? Does it make you horny to see me in all my glory?" Jason teased with an eyebrow waggle as he walked up and grabbed one of the drinks.
Liz choked on her drink, feeling it burn on it's way down.  "Hardly!" she declared indignantly. "I just feel sorry for all those bimbos that throw their numbers at you when they see you shirtless!"

Jason shrugged.  "Doesn't matter. I've got a girlfriend," he said.  "Man, I can't wait for Ashley to get here!"  He took another drink and glanced across the bar towards Liz.  "So what's up with Moudy? I haven't heard from him lately."

Liz busied herself with the drinks, not meeting Jason's eye. 

"Liz?" Jason pressed curiously.  "What's up?"

Liz straightened and put her hands on her hips.  "We're taking a break, okay? Geez!" she blustered. 

"Aw, crap, Liz! I'm sorry! I didn't realize!" Jason said with concern.  "Do you wanna talk about it?"

Liz rolled her eyes. "No! It's not the end of the world! Let's just not talk about it again, okay?" Geez, she'd forgotten Jason's penchant for talking things to death! Just because she wasn't in a relationship didn't mean she was missing out on anything!

"Yeah okay, I'll drop it," Jason promised, eyeing her over his glass.

True to his word, Jason didn't bring it up again.  They were watching the kick-off for a college football game.
"Get it! Get it! Get it!" Liz said excitedly, bouncing up and down in her seat.  "YES!" she crowed, jumping in the air and pumping her fist. 

Jason found himself watching Liz and not the game. 

When she noticed him watching her, Liz blushed to her roots.  "What? I get into the game," she admitted, alittle embarrassed.
"I noticed!" he joked.

Liz rolled her eyes.  "Stop looking at me!" she said, turning her gaze back to the game.  If he didn't stop looking at her, she might do something ridiculous, like throw herself at him.  

He didn't stop watching her, merely quirking his eyebrow up and he gazed at her, as though he were trying to puzzle her out.

She squirmed in her seat...

And she was saved by the bell...

Jason popped up and went to answer the door.
"RIO!" he said with surprise, pulling his blood-brother into a fierce "bro-hug."  Behind him was his wife Nadine and their cute-as-a-button daughter, Caitlin.  "Ah, man, how's it going? It's so good to see you!"  He stepped back and checked Rio out.  "You're looking good man!"

Rio clapped Jason on the shoulder, pulling him in for another hug.  "You, too! Look at you all grown up! You've been beefing up!"

"It's all those green-egg smoothies!" Jason said with a grin.  He smiled at Nadine.  "Come on in, guys. Make yourself at home!"
"I'll just take this!" Jason said with a grin, grabbing Caitlin from Nadine's arms. 
"I'm a hungry monster! I love to eat little red-heads!" he growled playfully, tossing the girl up in the air.  Caitlin immediately started crying a little and reaching for her daddy.  Jason immediately gentled his approach.  "Ah, no, don't cry, sweetie. I'm your tio Jason! I'm sorry!" He placed her hands on his face and let her pinch his cheeks and nose.

Jason set Caitlin down and he and Rio joined the ladies in the living room. 

"So? How was college life?" Rio asked curiously.  He'd joined the military right out of high school and married his high school love, Nadine.  He didn't regret a moment of it, either.
Jason grinned. "Oh man, you should've been there! The parties were off-the-chain!" he glanced over at Liz.  "Remember the one where Jeremy spilled the red punch on the floor and kept scrubbing the carpet saying 'turn blue! turn blue!'"

Liz laughed.  "What about the time you kissed the wrong girl?" she asked.

Jason frowned. "Ah man, that was awful! I can't believe you would even bring that up!" he said, clutching his heart and making a face. 
Nadine smiled as she watched Jason and Liz banter back and forth.  "And how long have you two been dating again?" she asked politely.

The room fell silent as Liz and Jason shared an awkward glance.
"Oh no, we're not dating!" she said, motioning back and forth between herself and Jason. 
"Oh!" Nadine said with surprise, adding apologetically, "Oh, I just thought, based on the way you two were teasing that you were..." she glanced over at Rio for help.

"So when does the season start?" Rio asked, turning the topic away.  He was pretty sure everyone sighed with relief when Jason started talking about tryouts and starting bonuses.

After Rio and his family had headed home, Jason and Liz were left in the living room by themselves.  "So, that was kind of crazy, Nadine thinking that we were dating!" Liz said. 

Jason shook his head. "Yeah, I don't know why people keep doing that!"

"Omigod! Other people have assumed we're dating? Who?!" Liz asked with surprise.

Jason scowled.  What was so weird about people thinking they were dating? She was acting like he was a total dud!  "I dunno," he said testily, "My mom, for one."

Liz closed her eyes and leaned back in her chair.  "I'm never going to be able to meet her eye again!" she declared dramatically.
"Yeah. Whatever," Jason said a little testily, abruptly standing up.  "I need to get to bed. You heading up?"
Liz nodded, wondering why Jason was ticked off at her.  He must be annoyed that his family thought he'd be interested in a socially awkward chick like her...

They headed up the stairs without talking.

Jason threw his shirt in the corner of the room, getting ready for bed.  He stopped mid-step.  "Damn. I forgot to tell Liz the towels were in my bathroom," he muttered. 
"Hey Liz!" he called out, heading to her room.  He tapped once and stepped in.
"Oh Plumbbob!" he said, pole-axed.
Liz was wearing a silky, lacy, clingy, sexy nightie to bed.
"JASON!" she squealed in surprise, turning to face him. "Don't you know how to knock?!"
Jason wasn't sure he'd ever be able to un-see it.  He couldn't pull his gaze from the way her breasts swayed under that silky material.  His mouth went dry...

"Jason! What did you barge in here for?" Liz was demanding with her hands on her hips. 
Oh plumbbob, don't do that! he thought as he watched how all her lovely bits jiggled with her agitation.  It made him want to....

Jason shook his head and squeezed his eyes shut.  "SORRY!" he said quickly, now that his mouth was working again.  "I... TOWELS... I... wanted to tell you... they're in guest bath. If you need them." He reached behind him, trying to locate the doorknob without opening his eyes.  He finally succeeded in grasping the doorknob and backed out into the hallway with his eyes firmly closed.

Since he eyes were so tightly shut, he didn't see Liz's bemused expression. Which was just as well.  The whole night might've ended entirely different if he'd known she were the slightest bit interested.
"Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. STUPID!" he said, hitting his palm against his forehead in the hallway. 


  1. Yikes, Jason and Liz are getting into some awkward situations! First Nadine thinking they're a couple and then the awkward nightwear thing...
    Awkward. Haha xD

    1. Lol! Lots of delightfully awkward moments! Don't forget Jason walking out into the living room shirtless! That definitely flustered poor Liz!

  2. Hurrhurrhurr. Y'all. There's a reason everyone keeps assuming. xD Oh Jason. Will he ever figure it out, or just keep fighting it?

    1. Lol. Of course people are going to assume it's Liz when they have such great chemistry together AND Ashley is never around.

      I wonder what people will assume after Ashley moves in? ;)

  3. Wait, does Jason seriously intend for him, Liz, and Ashley to all live happily together at his house??? He really is clueless.

    1. Jason seriously intends to live happily with Liz AND Ashley. What's wrong with having his two favorite people in the whole world living under one roof? :) Lol - I think he's too used to having a blended family!