NYE Part 2

I stared at Mallory, mouth partially open. I gave her the once over to make sure I wasn’t imagining things. Nope, that was the same dress I was wearing, down to the leather trim and pink accents. The only difference I could tell was that she must have had the neckline taken in because it plunged lower than mine, showing off her perfect double Ds. Her hair was tied back in its signature short afro, and even her strappy studded stilettos looked fierce. Next to her, I looked like the little sister playing in Big Sister’s closet.

My face was flaming and my eyes watered. Normally I’d be praying that Mallory wouldn’t notice, but I didn’t have to worry since she was too busy giving Nic a kiss on the cheek hello.

“Come on this way!” Mallory lead us over to the corner of a room where a bar was set up. If she noticed the dress yet, she didn’t say anything.

Didn’t take long for the bitch to act like she owns the place, I thought bitterly to myself. I ordered a glass of champagne and had it drained in less time than it took for Nic and Mallory to place their orders.

Nic blinked at me. “Wow. I haven’t seen someone chug something like that since college,” he said half amused, half weirded out.

“Thirsty,” I said lamely as I held out my glass for a refill. While the bartender was refilling my glass, I took the opportunity to look around a bit. The living room was massive and opened up onto a huge deck, complete with a gazebo and what looked like a swimming pool with hot tub. To the left, I saw another sitting room and gigantic office.

“Nice place, huh?” Nic said casually, grabbing the gin and tonic handed to him.

I nodded. I couldn’t hardly even fathom that I was in such a beautiful house, must less dream about owning one, and said so while Mallory ordered a glass of white wine.

Nic nodded to the right. “See that? He’s got his own indoor basketball court.”

“How old is TJ?” I hissed under my breath, not wanting Mallory to hear me for some reason. TJ looked so young and I couldn’t imagine what he would do with such a huge house.

“22,” he said as she turned back to us. He started to say something else, just then Mallory turned back, glass of white wine in her hand. I was still trying to wrap my head around the fact that a guy younger than myself had a house this fantastic and huge while I crunched numbers right and left trying to figure out mortgage on a condo when Mallory looked over my head.

“Hi TJ!” she cooed, speaking over my left shoulder.

I turned, and looked up. And up. And up. TJ easily stood a good foot taller than me, even in my black pumps.

“Hey Nic,” TJ said, resting his hand on Nic’s shoulder. He leaned forward and gave me a little one armed hug. “Good to see you again, Maddie.” Finally, his gaze rested on Mallory. “And you must be Nic’s other friend?”

“Mallory Anders,” she said, stepping forward and offering her hand. TJ’s huge hand engulfed her tiny one as they shook. “Thank you so much for having me. What a beautiful house.”

TJ looked around like it was the first time he had seen the place and gave a little shrug. “Yeah, I like it,” was all he said.

Mallory waited a beat for him to say more, and when it was apparent TJ was done, she opened her mouth the same time Nic did.

“Hey are you two wearing the same dress?” he asked, looking between the two of us, noticing for the first time.

“Oh my god, too funny! I didn’t realize it at first! I just grabbed this quick in Chicago last week when I was in town visiting my parents!” Mallory said with a little laugh. “You look fantastic in it, Maddie!”

Anyone in the world would have believed she was sincere by the tone of her voice, but it grated on my nerves like nobody’s business.

“Yes, she does,” TJ said, giving me a smile.  I imagining things or did his eyes look a little sympathetic? I shot him a grateful look back and thanked him. TJ seemed like a genuinely nice guy and gave no vibes whatsoever he was interested in being more than just friendly. Thank god. I wouldn’t have wanted to deal with it if there was anything behind the friendly gestures.

TJ excused himself to go greet incoming guests and left the 3 of us alone again.

“Dance?” Nic suggested, and shrugging, I followed the two of them towards the makeshift dance floor in the corner of the huge room, figuring one way I could ditch Mallory was to find her a good looking man to pair up with. Looking around the room, I figured it’d be pretty easy.

Two hours later after sharing every dance with the two of them, I realized how utterly wrong I was. Mallory had no intention of  leaving us alone and my envisions of a romantic night with Nic were dashed long ago when I realized I wouldn’t get a word in with him that wasn’t overheard or drowned out by loud music.

“Bathroom,” I shouted in Nic’s ear over the music and gestured to the other side of the room where I presumed they were located.  Nic gave me a little nod and gave me the thumbs up sign.

Locking the door behind me, I slid down against it until I was on the floor. I checked my phone. 11:14. At minimum I had another 45 torturous hours to go.

How’s girls night? I texted Katy, hoping for a little distraction.

great! we’re about to break out Dirty Dancing, and the pizza should be here any minute. How’s the fancy pants party?

I clicked my phone off instead of answering her right away. Rubbing my thumb in little circular patterns on the back of the case, I pondered what went wrong. I had such high hopes for the night. I bought a gorgeous dress, went to a fancy party, and even had plans to ask Nic to stay over at my place for the first time if all went well. Now? I just wanted to be in my own leggings and hoodie on Katy’s couch, fighting over the last slice of pepperoni.

sucks. Was all I wrote back.

Katy’s reply was immediate. Ditch it and come here.

Hope shot up, but I immediately squashed it. I couldn’t just leave the party early. My phone went off again and I looked down. We got both pepperoni and Canadian bacon and pineapple coming.

I stood up. That did it. Canadian bacon and pineapple pizza was my weakness in life. Before I could stop myself, I wrote back to Katy and told her I was on my way. I ordered a car, and saw it was supposed to be here in 3 minutes. Perfect. Just enough time to slink out before someone noticed me.

I was just grabbing my jacket when I heard TJ’s voice.

“Leaving already?”

I whirled around and saw TJ coming out of the kitchen with a case of water in his hands.

“Yes, I’m not feeling well. Thank you for the lovely party,” I said awkwardly. TJ was a really nice guy and I felt guilty bailing on a party he put so much effort into.

He gave me a level look. “Nothing to do with that Mallory girl, was it?”

I flushed, which seemed to be enough of an answer for him. He shook his head. “She seems nice enough, but Nic is a little oblivious, don’t ya think?”

Fortunately, my phone buzzed right then and I was spared the need to answer. Or think about what TJ meant.

“Car’s here,” I said instead, holding up my phone.

TJ smiled. “Have a good night then. Thanks for coming.”

I disappeared out the door. Just as I settled into the car, my phone went off again. This time it was Nic.

U ok?

I bit my lip, unsure of how to answer. Finally, I just wrote, Not feeling well. Too much to drink. Need to go home.

I felt like I stared at the 3 dots for ages before Nic’s response finally came through.

k. call you tomorrow.

I read the text over and over, trying to determine the tone. Did he sound disappointed? Nonchalant? Finally, I shoved my phone back into the bag and, happy I was able to salvage at least part of the evening, decided to quit overanalyzing things for once.






28 Responses to NYE Part 2

  1. mum says:

    Mallory…ugh!! Can’t wait to see if she makes a move. mum

  2. jenn says:

    Oh Mallory. …..girls like that are so annoying. I’m kinda rooting for a TJ and Maddie hookup. He seems genuinely interested and Nic just seems a little. ….off

  3. courtney says:

    NIC!? Why are you so OBLIVIOUS!?

  4. Poor Maddie. This was painful to read. I have a hard time believing that Nic is just THAT oblivious.

  5. Bri says:

    Seriously Nic, how dumb are you?!
    And “k. Call you tomorrow” ughhhhh
    I guarantee Mallory is going to make a move…really hoping something happens with her and TJ. He seems so sweet and wouldn’t that just drive Mallory crazy??

  6. Chris says:

    Shut the front door! Come on, Mallory, that’s totally bush league!

    And for you, Maddie… how can you be so pissed at Mallory for basicallyt crashing the party, wearing YOUR dress and seemingly moving in on Nic, when as you said, you haven’t defined your relationship? And then you bailed without even letting Nic know until you were already out the door? That’s bush league too!

    • Amy says:

      Agreed, she should have at least gone and told him face to face (and maybe even a little upset) that she was leaving the party he brought her to on NYE. Kill some of that obliviousness. But it probably would have given Mallory an opportunity to be oh so sympathetic.

  7. Dawn says:

    Maddie, Maddie, Maddie, you need to start sticking up for yourself. If you were that uncomfortable you should have said so to Nic, you should have told Mallory to back off. Come on! You are not a little girl anymore.

  8. Ashley says:

    I can’t believe Maddie left without actually telling him face-to-face. That would strike me as very strange if my date did that. She should’ve stuck around and STUCK up for herself.

  9. Jackie says:

    I love love love that she is head strong in leaving. So many times have I spent waiting for a guy or even a friend in out with to come around and have a good time. Lately I’ve been practicing this…doing my own thing to make my own nigbt. Good job!

  10. Amy says:

    Yeah! If Nic doesn’t see the light, maddie should tell him if it really bothers her. Nice to see TJ gets it! Maybe TJ will enlighten him or use it to his own advantage!
    I wouldn’t tell Mallory anything anymore. She’s so not worth it.

  11. Chris says:

    NO WAY!! I would’ve told Mallory she needed to leave. Not that it would’ve done any good but I Can’t stand women like that! Aren’t they a little too old for the subtle mean girl act? Or is it just one of those things some of us don’t outgrow? And Nic is just so oblivious it’s absurd. If he really wants to make things to work with Maddie he’s gotta open up his eyes a bit more.

    I’m kind of rooting for TJ at this point. Never really liked Nic. He seems just off to me.


  12. Fran says:

    I thought you scheduled three additional posts this week per Wednesday’s post? Where are the other two?

    • Anonymous says:

      Seriously? Shut. The. Fuckkkkkkk. Up.

      • Kelly says:

        Seriously you shut the fuck up. I agree with Fran. It is s joke.

      • Fran says:

        Seriously mind you own damn business! I’m just asking about something that the author said she did a d promised. I’m not trying to be difficult. However I’m beginning to think the promises if scheduled posts is only to keep up checking. I’m fine with one post or however many the writer chooses to post. However when you say you’ve scheduled 3 posts for this week and there’s only one I kind of wonder what’s going on.

      • Anonymous says:

        Hahaha agreed!

  13. Jane says:

    Ugh, I’m kind of over Nic already. She probably should have told him face to face but good on her for leaving! OK, so they haven’t defined their relationship, but how would he have felt if TJ had been all over her? Pretty much the same, I would bet. If even TJ is noticing something, then it’s definitely a bit off.


  14. Meg says:

    Nic is absolutely going to sleep with Mallory, I know it!

  15. Heidi says:

    I think Nic is acting naive on purpose or at least subconsciously. At the bar when maddie got there they were all close. Nic loves the flattery and maybe he’s attracted to her. He’s not locking Maddie down but maybe trying to be a good guy while still flirting with other girls. Still it makes it easy for him to act like this when Maddie acts immature and just leaves without talking to him or confessing about being jealous. To beat a girl like mallory she’s gotta play like her too. If Maddie says anything she’ll act like a victim and get just what she wants. Be smarter Maddie! So Mallory is a bitch, get over it and get in the game! Or decide he’s not worth it and move on. Just make a decision and act on it!
    Now please stop leaving us in suspense! I’d love to read a new post! I’m dying lol

  16. Jackie says:

    You know what’s gross? Not only the behavior on this blog if people complaining about the consistency of posts. But that we can’t post on here without other people giving is a dislike or commenting negatively on it. It’s just plain gross. We are allowed our own reaction to the post and if it’s not disgusting or thoroughly negative, then don’t give it a dislike or a rude response. Grow up.

    • Anonymous says:

      Just like you are allowed to comment whatever you would like- whether it be unnecessary or rude or negative, we are allowed to comment back or dislike whatever we wish– sorry if reality is too “gross” for you. Don’t like it, don’t comment.

  17. Lisa says:

    Yay! Super excited for Wednesday’s post…. I’m lovin you’re blog and am so happy you’re through your rough patch and back to posting. Life happens and I’m glad you’re okay :) xoxo

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