“Did you buy out the grocery store?” Dani asked when I came back to the dorm. My arms were overflowing with bag of chips and candy.
When I set our goodies down on my bed, I saw that Dani had changed. She was put together and looking like her regular self. Damn. If only I could pull that off after pulling all-nighters while tending to my plants.
I shrugged and wandered over to the fridge for a beer. “I don’t mess around when it comes to snacks. You’ve known me forever. The Wells—we’re taught to go over the top.”
She laughed and reached for a pack of sour skittles. “I know, I know. Plus you know I’ll end up eating half this shit.”
“And you won’t even gain an ounce, you jerk!” I joked, although it was true. I’ve never seen anyone eat so many sweets and not gain weight, or even break out from all the sugar! If I even breathed in the sweet aroma of bacon, I could feel myself gain weight. A joke, of course.
As we were getting closer to the boys’ arrival, I worked on getting our movie-watching area comfy. I threw down pillows and moved seats around for a prime viewing experience. But while I worked, I noticed out of the corner of my eye that Dani was pacing until she decided to sit down.
“Are you breaking in a new pair of shoes?” I asked jokingly. “Really, though, are you okay?”
Dani scratched her head and groaned. “Um, please don’t tell me you’re doing this out of pity…”
I shook my head.
“You sure you didn’t tell Sabin about what happened and you felt sorry for me?”
“Pretty sure I just want my best friend to watch some movies with me. Also, you won’t be a third wheel, or anything like that.”
That caught her interest for sure. Rather than asking me to explain, she stared at me with her hands flat in her lap.
“Sabin’s friend, Otto, didn’t have any plans for today, so I offered to have him join us as well. Thought it would be nice to have more people. Nothing better than poking fun at ridiculous movies, right?”
“Again,” Dani started, “this isn’t because you feel bad?”
I nodded. “Exactly.”
Dani couldn’t get another word in when I heard a knock on the door. Perfect timing, so I didn’t waste any time letting the boys in. They were equipped with the movies and their smiling faces. Otto was standing behind Sabin, but since he was taller than him, he couldn’t exactly hide.
“Nice to see you again, Otto!” I grinned. “So glad you could make it.”
“Well, when Sabin mentioned you were going to watch Mars Attacks, I had to be there. Tim Burton aliens—yeah, truly a classic.”
Once the guys walked in and managed to make themselves comfortable, I motioned to Otto for him to come meet Dani. He walked right up and held out his hand for her to shake. I didn’t even have a chance to say anything before he spoke.
“I’m Otto, by the way. I might have seen you a few times, but never got a chance to say hi.”
“Danika, but you can call me Dani.”
“Nice to meet you, Dani. You ready to crash this movie night? I’ll warm all of you know that I am notorious for incorrectly narrating character lines.”
Dani snorted. “Oh god. Like those classical art memes?”
He nodded and pointed to Sabin. “He loves going to museums with me.”
Sabin rolled his eyes and gave us thumbs up. “The shit that comes out of his mouth is outstanding.”
The energy in the room was definitely a lot more relaxed. Everyone was chatting and having a good time. I had no doubt that Dani was heartbroken, but at least she was in good company. Sometimes we all needed a distraction to help get through sad times. That didn’t change the fact that I wanted to kick Saul’s ass.
Eventually we ended up actually getting to the movies. We were all seated in front of the TV and took turns commenting on the ridiculous dialogue, or sometimes even making up some of our own narrations. They were often so good that I had a hard time enjoying our snacks.
Otto leaned forward and did his best falsetto. “Well, I do admit that the dog’s body suits her personality. Frankly, I like her more like that!”
“My god!” I exclaimed before Sabin pat me on the back. “Ugh! Thank you. Otto, I swear I’ll choke if you don’t stop!”
He shrugged and messed with my hair. “That’s okay. Sabin is certified to save you. But if I’m really so funny, I’ll just share with Dani so Sabin doesn’t have to worry about you choking.”
Dani furrowed her brow and sat up. “You know, all this talk of choking makes me want to say something dirty, but ya know…”
I quickly threw my pillow at Dani before the color of my face caught up. “Filthy!”
Sabin had to join in laughing. Yeah-yeah, it was funny and we basically walked right into that one. Amazing. But that what was what I really liked—I loved how freely we could laugh and enjoy the moment. I only hoped that Dani was having a great time as well. I watched her laugh and talk with Otto. They were certainly on a roll with making fun of the movies we watched. I lost track of how many times Sabin had to smack me on the back to make sure I didn’t choke on a pretzel.
Time flew by and before we knew it, it was midnight.
“Wow, we definitely got through a few movies,” Otto commented looking at the stack of DVDs on the floor.
Sabin nodded and shifted his position to look back at Dani and Otto. “You ladies want to call it a night? Get some rest before classes start back up again?”
I shrugged and glanced at Dani. “We can certainly hang out tomorrow, but sleep sure does sound nice.”
Once we agreed to finish up with our movie night, the boys helped us clean up before heading back to their apartment. Every little bit helped because once the sleepies kicked it, it was difficult to do anything!
“Alma,” Dani started while I started throwing pillows off my bed.
When she didn’t answer, I looked up to find her right beside me, ready to wrap her arms around me.
“Thank you for tonight. Just—thank you.”
My arms wrapped tightly around her as I sighed happily. “I’m so glad you had a good time. That’s the fun you should be having, not dealing with some little shit.”
She snorted before giggling. “Oh man, you’re right about that. But in all seriousness, you’re not going to go sneak into Sabin’s bed right now? Lord, the way he looks at you even when you’re choking on snacks. It’s incredible!”
I shoved her playfully and rolled my eyes. “Oh hush!”