You wanted to talk?
McKenna and Carolina pulled her along through the crowd. "Just find a guy and start dancing with him!" Carolina encouraged as she followed McKenna through the crowd.
Lily looked around at all the people. "Yeah, um, I think I'm just going to go to the bar; get a drink first to loosen up a little."
Carolina nodded before disappearing in the crowd.
Lily made her way over to the bar and plopped herself down on a bar stool.
"Hey," The guy sitting next to her said. "Can I buy you a drink?"
Lily looked up at him and smiled. "Yeah, sure. Thanks." She said before looking back down at the shiny wood counter top.
After a few moments, a glass was passed over to her. "Thanks." She mumbled.
"So what's your name?" The guy asked, scooting his bar stool closer to hers.
"Lily..." She sighed.
She knew this guy was trying to pick her up and in all honesty, she wasn't interested. She just wanted Andy back.
There was a long pause and she looked up at the guy who just sat there staring at her.
"Lily?" He asked when their eyes met. "Lily Caden?"
Lily raised one eyebrow. How did he know her last name? She never told him that. And no one could know who she was already. She had been in the city less than a week. She worked at a little restaurant downtown. People couldn't possibly know who she was. She began to think that maybe he worked for Rob and Ronda. From what she could see, his arms were heavily tatted.
"Yeah," She said skeptically. "I'm Lily Caden..." She eyed the guy sitting in front of her.
"Lily, it's me. Ashley Purdy. Don't you remember?"The guy said.
Lily blinked a few times; her facial expression softening each time. "Oh my god." She finally realized it. "Ashley? It's really you... Wow... It's been so long. I barely recognized you."
"I could say the same, Miss gauges." He chuckled. "It's good to see you, though."
"Yeah, yeah." She began to stand up. "It's great to see you too, but, could you excuse me? I just need to go get some air. I'm feeling light headed."
"Want me to tag along to make sure you're okay?" He offered.
"No, no, that's alright." She said. "I'll only be a few minutes."
She turned and pushed her way through the crowd. When she stepped outside, the cool night air hitting her warm cheeks felt like such a relief. She looked to her right and saw a tall lanky guy--clad in leather--leaning up against the brick wall, blowing smoke into his face with a cigarette lingering between his long fingers.
Lily stood by him, leaning against the wall as well. "Think you could spare one?" She asked him, looking down at her black Vans.
She heard rustling as the guy looked for his pack, tapping one out of the box and lighting it up for her.
She looked up to take the now lit cancer stick from the tall stranger. She looked at his face, illuminated by the dull street light a few feet in front of them and almost dropped her cigarette when she saw who she was looking at.
"Didn't know you smoked." Andy said with a small chuckle.
"Oh...Yeah..." She brought the stick to her lips and watched the end turn a flaming orange as she took a generous drag. "So," She began again. "You wanted to talk?"
He looked at her and gave her that heart-melting smile that she now remembered so well. His hair, his smile, his eyes, him. He made her go weak at the knees.