Jason chugged down the slimy green concoction. "Heck yeah. Got a game today, gotta be top notch today!"
Liz rolled her eyes. "That totally ruined my appetite," she teased.
"It's for a good cause!" he declared.
"No, I'm so pumped! This is what I've been working towards! I can't wait!" Jason told her. "I got you and Ashley front row seats!"
Liz couldn't help but frown.
Liz shrugged. "Yeah, I'm sure. It's just taking awhile," she said non-committally, unable to meet his eye.
The truth was that she'd already started searching through the classifieds for someplace else to stay. Ashley had declared psychological warfare. Anytime Liz said something was cool, Ashley would find something negative about it. If Liz got something for the place, Ashley replaced it with something else. When Jason was gone, Ashley completely ignored her. In short, Ashley was making her life a living hell.
"...it means a lot that you're gonna be there!" he told her, chucking her playfully on the shoulder. "This year is going to be awesome!"
Haley glanced at the bus with a frown. "Do you know how much fuel that vehicle uses?" she lectured.
During a game, he was completely focused. This is what he practiced for.
Quickly, despite his flub, Mickey grabbed the ball from the ground and managed to make the winning goal for the team.
She stopped mid-step, hesitating...
Jason grinned. "Good thing you recovered from your butterfingers," he teased.
"Believe me, I don't have a problem grabbing on to something that's worth holding on to!" he said suggestively.
"You're welcome to stay, Mom! I'm sure there's a crib somewhere up in that attic!" Jason told her.
Haley laughed lightly. She eyed the keg Mickey was lugging inside with a knowing smile. "I have a feeling this is not the kind of party I want to know you throw," she admitted. "Or that Kimi should be introduced to as such an early age!"
Johnny clapped his step-son on the shoulder. "That's juice in there, right?" he asked, quirking an eyebrow.
Jason grinned widely. "Exactly, Johnny. Just juice," he lied without blinking.
Jason sighed a breath of relief when his family members were out the door.
Jason tilted his head to the side. "We've met before?" he asked. He racked his brain, trying to place her. He'd remember someone as pretty as her...
Cheri giggled, pretending the scratch at him. "Meow!"
Liz grinned. "Good to see you, too! I had a blast the other night!"
"Who?" Jason asked as he finished off his beer.
Ashley rolled her eyes. "Nothing," she said, not wanting Jason to spend any time whatsoever thinking about his frumpy friend. Turning, she wrapped her arms around him. "Kiss me!" she goaded him.
August was nice, but as a friend.
August waved him off. "I'll catch up with you," he said distractedly. Lady Luck had stepped in & given him a chance to be alone with Liz again.
Liz glared. "Let me get this straight?" she said with a lethal tone. "I don't want to kiss you and now all of a sudden I'm playing games?"
August pouted spectacularly. "Well, what am I supposed to think? You're running hot and cold!" he exclaimed with frustration. "Did Jason put you up to this?" he asked in genuine confusion.
Liz huffed indignantly. "Look, maybe you should just go," she fumed. Damn. And she'd thought August could be her friend!
If he hurried, he could still probably meet up with Mickey & the cheerleaders, but instead, all he could think about was going home and licking his wounds.
He'd really liked her...