July 19, 2012
Carters 10 - Round 23
"Yeah, I got it real cheap," Jeremy told her. "Maybe we should name it the Middle Child Syndrome!"
Meadow laughed. "Well I certainly understand why you got it so cheap!"
"Come on, it's not that bad! Let's take a look inside!"
"Heck yeah, and I brought some friends so we can give you a house-warming party right!"
"Well, I'm off. Thanks for last night," Nicole said as she left.
Jeremy shuffled over towards the couch. "Man, my head is killing me!" Pausing awkwardly, he apologized, "Sorry about... you know... last night. I kind of don't remember anything, so...."
Jeremy frowned. "Yeah, something like that."
"Yeah, well, I'd gone off with some old friends for a ride. You must've gotten jiggy with it while we were gone. But, heads up... find something to do tomorrow night. I have a date, myself!"
Popping out of bed, she kissed Travis and grinned. "I'm just going to run in the bathroom real quick," she told him after they'd woo-hooed.
She might've taken a few minutes extra to shower & get dressed again, but she wouldn't have thought it was that long.
"Oh, I just saw him head out a few minutes ago. Figured it was safe to come back in."
Distracted from the sports game, Jeremy shrugged.
"I can't believe he left!" Meadow fumed. "Men are such pigs!"
"Yeah, but that's because you live here!"
"No it's not! I'm not like that!"
Jeremy watched her awkwardly and sighed. He wasn't quite sure what she needed, he'd never had a sister and girls generally didn't break down crying in front of him.
Laughter bubbled through her tears. "Maybe. I'll let you know," Meadow said as she dried her eyes.
"Thanks. I think I'm going to hit the hay. Mind if I have the bed tonight?"
"Nah, feel free," Jeremy said.
She'd put off making noise for as long as she could. Feeling frustrated, she plopped down in front of the tv & switched it on. Loud.
"No, it's cool," Jeremy said as he sat down next to her. "What are we watching?"
"Cooking shows!" she announced gleefully when he rolled his eyes.
Meadow might get annoyed at times with Jeremy's lazy ways, but really, she was glad that she'd moved in. He'd become such a great friend!
Even if he did party too much...
Nicole tightly smiled. "Look, Jeremy, we should talk..." she said hesitantly.
Meadow frowned. "I'm sorry, Jeremy. That's gotta hurt. Are you okay?"
"No! Yes! No!" he said as he threw the empty glass down.
"There's no talking to you when you're like this," Meadow fumed. "Good night."
He could start by cleaning up!
Jeremy smiled. "Yeah, I'm not a total slacker!"
"I never said you were! At least... not out loud," she joked. Meadow sighed inwardly. She was worried she'd come home & Jeremy would tell her to leave since she couldn't mind her own business. But, he seemed to have taken everything she said to heart!
Jeremy must've missed what Kent was saying because Kent was looking at him as though he expected a response. "Umm... what?"
Kent laughed. "Nothing. You just answered my question."
"What? What's so funny?"
"Nothing, little brother."
"Told her what?" Jeremy was exasperated. Kent had been so cryptic and weird tonight.
"That you love her?"
Jeremy choked on the lettuce that slid down his throat the wrong way. "What?!" he gasped.
Meadow & Elise glanced over. "Is everything okay?" Meadow asked worriedly.
"Yeah, I'm fine!" Glaring at his brother. "What the hell, Kent? Are you trying to kill me?"
Kent laughed again while Jeremy mumbled darkly, "Glad I amuse you!" Then sighing, he asked his sage older brother for some advice.
"Hey," she said simply as she started to walk by.
"I'm really sorry," he said, confused by how she was reacting.
"No worries. Not like you've never seen someone naked before."
Jeremy's eyes shot down towards her chest. "Yeah... I mean, no. I mean, I'm sorry!"
Only one way to find out!
Jeremy grabbed Meadow and pulled her close for a kiss, releasing all the pent up tension that had been building inside of him.
"I dunno. I'm an idiot," he said as he kissed her neck. "A huge idiot!"
"I dunno. Huge idiot, I guess," he said.