I pulled my hair up into a ponytail and put on my make up. I had been so busy at work lately that Olivia and I didn't get to hang out much. We needed a night out so bad! I poured another cup into my travel mug and turned on some music to listen to before Olivia got back. Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie" came on and I started to sing along to all of Rihanna's parts. Every time I turned on the radio in my car the song was always playing. It was just one of those songs that sticks in your head for a long time, but I didn't mind.
"Having fun in there?"
I turned around to see Jared and Olivia standing there. "Of course I am! So are you coming with us J?"
"Yeah! Eric and Marc are taking Jord out to the golf course while we get things ready for the party" Jared said.
"Sweet! Are you two ready to go?" I asked.
"Yep!" they both shouted simultaneously.
"Well come on now!" I said as I grabbed my coffee and headed out the door. "I call shotgun!"
"No whining, Jared" Olivia said as we both stuck out our tongues at him.
"You guys are mean" Jared said.
"Oh just get in the car before we leave without you!" I yelled out to him.
"Fine!" Jared said climbing into the car. "Can we at least listen to some music?"
"Alright you big baby"
Olivia popped in the cd and we were on our way. Jared kept screaming the lyrics to every song obnoxiously making Liv and us laugh. A few songs later we arrived at the grocery store. In the store we picked up some doritos, tortilla chips, salsa, and queso. Next stop was the liquor store. We got a few cases of bee, smirnoff, and a bottle of Jack to get the party started. Olivia and I of course made Jared put everything in the back of her car.We were on our way to Jordan's camp to drop off all the drinks and snacks we had bought. Olivia was going to meet Jordan up at the golf course and take him out for lunch while Jared and I set everything up. This summer we had all grown closer to each other than ever before. Eric wasn't really around too much this summer. The Canes had him doing PR work for the upcoming season and All Star Game. Olivia dropped Jared and I back at the apartment so we could get my car to take back over to Jordan's. She ran into the apartment and into the outfit she was going to be wearing tonight at the party and also for lunch.
"That's real cute Liv! So we'll see you around 6 tonight?"
"That's the plan! Thanks so much for setting up everything up you two!" Olivia said walking out the door.
"It's no problem! Have fun!" Jared and I said as we shut the door.
"Hey are you hungry for some lunch?"
"Do you really need to ask me that cuz?"
"Well that is true" I said starting to laugh. "Do you want me to put a pizza in the oven?"
"That sounds delicious!"
I went into the kitchen and pulled out a pizza from the freezer. "Hey, help yourself to a drink from the fridge." I said as I turned the oven on.
"Thanks, what can I get you?"
"Just throw me a Mountain Dew, bud"
"Catch!" I turned around just in time to grab it.
"Thanks" I said as we took a seat at the kitchen island.
"So are you excited to go down to N.C. with Eric?"
"I'm pumped! I love it down there, it reminds me so much of home. Plus I'll get to see my little buddy Parker all the time."
"Don't be teaching Parker bad things, Tanya will have a cow."
"I know, I know. I really hope you come down to see us."
"You know I'll try my best to get there. Trust me, I'll find a way." I said walking back over to the oven to put the pizza in.
"You better! Believe me, you'll love it down there! You need a break from work."
"Oh don't worry about me. I'm a Staal, you know I'll be fine."
"Well that is true. Promise me you'll take a break."
I walked over to Jared and put my hands around his face. "I promise I'll take a break, you dork."
"Now was the dork part really necessary?"
"So how's the love life going?"
"What the hell are you talking about? You know that's non-existent."
"Come on you know that's bullshit."
"Umm no, it's not."
"Oh please. I know someone who will be exicted to see you tonight."
"Well that's news to me. Who?"
"You do know Tom will be there tonight. Marc invited him."
"Our Tom Pyatt?"
"Yep. You do know he's still in love with you, Zoey."
"I need to think about this. I'm going to get the pizza out of the oven before it burns."
I couldn't believe that Jared had just dropped this bombshell on me right before the party. I guess it was better that he told me now instead of finding out at Jordan's. After our breakup earlier in the summer we really hadn't talked much. I still really cared about him but I would have never guessed that he was still in love with me. The truth was I thought about him the entire summer wondering if he was thinking of me.
"Well what do you think I should do?" I said to Jared handing him a slice of pizza.
"Zo, we all want you to be happy. I know for a fact that you two make each other so happy."
"So you're thinking I should go for it" I said taking a bite of pizza.
"Just see how it goes. I'm not saying jump right in it."
"Alright. Thanks for telling me."
Jared and I finished up the pizza. We started packing up my Charger with the decorations and cake. I went back into my bedroom and packed my bag with my outfit to change into later. I grabbed Jordan's birthday bag and went back into the living room.
"Ready to go?"
"I'm ready when you are."
"Alright, let's head out!"
Jared and I walked out to the car and got in. I turned up the radio and started to drive to Jordan's. The entire way there I couldn't stop thinking about what would happen at the party. Was Jared serious about Tom? Jared couldn't lie even if he tried to. I would have to wait and see in a few short hours.