Long overdue, this is the "date" or whatevs and then maybe another story. Idk I have nothing planned, haha.
By the way, Adam = Matthew Morrison ooooor Michael Vartan, alright thanks.

{ the pretty reckless }
ruby collins

Frankie looked at me in shock. "He's picking you up from here at seven?"

"I guess." I shrugged lightly.

"What are you gonna wear?!"

"Frank, I don't think he really cares. Heck, I don't. We're friends." I shook my head at Frankie's distress but inside, I was thinking the same thing.

"You're so lucky we work in a department store." Frankie sighed and grabbed my hand, leading me toward the back. "Seven o'clock is in approximately eight minutes, so let's go going miss."

I looked at him in awe. "No. No. No. No, Frank. I can wear this, I'm sure he won't mind."

Frankie stopped in his tracks and looked up at me with big, doe eyes. "Are you sure, sweetie?"

I only sighed. "I'm sure."

"Your choice." He shrugged, giving me a light hug. "Good luck."

"I won't be needing it." I rolled my eyes at him.

"Oh, you just might." Frankie winked. "Well, I'm off, too. Have fun and good luck. Call me once you get home because I wanna know every little detail. Love ya snookums." Frankie chuckled and kissed me on the cheek.

"Bye, Frankie." I smiled at him.

He walked off to leave and coming in, I saw Tyler. Once Frankie waved and passed by Tyler, he turned around and winked at me, scanning Tyler up and down and waving his hand like a fan. I only shook my head at Frankie and Tyler seemed to catch on, turning around to look at Frankie. Frankie just smiled and continued to walk off.

"He seems happy." Tyler commented when he finally reached me.

I nodded, sucking in a deep breath. "He kind of is. Wanna go?"

"Yeah, let's go."

I grabbed my bag and left work with Tyler by my side. We started to walk on the cold, dimly lit streets of New York before curiosity kicked in me. "Where are we going, anyway?"

"Superdive." Tyler smiled down at me, a grin on his face.

I chuckled at him. "The bar with keg service?"

"Why not? Try something new everyday." He chuckled.

I shook my head and just smiled. "Sure. I guess."

"You look cute tonight, by the way. I forgot to mention it when I dropped by earlier." Tyler smiled down at me warmly.

I couldn't help but return the smile. "Thanks. So do you. You didn't change?"

He shrugged and exhaled deeply. "I figured it wouldn't matter."

I nodded and wanted to tell Frankie, 'In your face!' but unfortunately, he wasn't here. We sat down at the Superdive and obviously ordered alcohol. It was a bar afterall, but we did end up ordering food.

"So, tell me about you." Tyler had a smirk on his face, resting his elbows on the table and looking at me.

I chuckled quietly and stared back into Tyler's hazel-green eyes. It made me shudder a little so I looked away after a while and just examined his features and hair. "What do you want to know?" I said, returning the smirk.

"Anything. Something random. Something funny. Something loving. Something scary. Something you'd tell a stranger. Something you'd tell nobody. Something you'd tell me." He nodded with a light smile on his face and eyes that were intriguingly digging into mine.

I sucked in a deep breath and shut my eyes for a quick second with a smile on my face. When I opened them, I began. "Something random: I have a tattoo on my lower abdomen."

I saw Tyler raise an eyebrow that went along with his smirk and it was rather seductive, but he didn't say a word so I continued. "Something funny: When I was younger, my older brother told me that dinosaurs weren't actually big monsters or animals. He told me that dinosaurs were actually spelled dinosores, s-o-r-e-s and that the cold sore that was on my lip was actually called a dinosore. I told him dinosaurs were extinct but he said they aren't because there's one on my lip."

Tyler's lips quivered and then he just let out a long laugh, but he still didn't say anything. Once he was done laughing, he nodded and licked his lips, becoming silent again with that smirk on his face and his elbows on the table, his hands clasped together and holding up his chin. So I continued.

"Something loving: My brother and I sent our parents away on what would've been their 25th anniversary and thankfully, it went okay." I sucked in my lips, reminiscing on that moment. That moment, we actually felt like a family again.

I think I noticed a sparkle in Tyler's eyes and I realized that I had water in mine. I immediately washed them away by blinking multiple times and thankfully, they got out. Tyler just nodded with a smile.

"Something scary: Divorce. It scares the hell out of me. Simple as that."

Tyler nodded but still said nothing. "Something I'd tell a stranger: My parents are divorced and I've been through countless step-parents and have countless step-siblings."

Each time, I waited for Tyler to respond but he had spoken not even one word. But each time, there was a different look in his eyes that spoke for him. This time, it was a feeling of sympathy. I didn't need that, so I moved on. "Something I'd tell nobody: I wouldn't tell you if I wouldn't tell anyone else."

A sweet and low chuckle escaped Tyler's mouth and he nodded. "Something I'd tell you: You're really interesting and intriguing. I love spending time with you. But right now, I need you here as a friend." I said slowly, wondering if I'd regret it later.

Tyler nodded slowly and then his hands slid down to his side, where I could no longer see them. He looked at me with that same eyebrow raised and nodded. "Your tattoo fact is intriguing. I suddenly wanna know where it is. You shouldn't have told me.

"Dinosaurs was," he chuckled softly, "that was funny, actually. You and your brother seem to really care about your parents. It's cute. Divorce scares me too, so I know how you feel. Countless, that seems never-ending, it must suck. And right now, I'm here for you as a friend, Ruby. I am." He responded to everything I said.

I nodded slowly and just smiled at him. "Thank you."

"You're welcome." He said, raising his glass and knocking it against mine gently. "Cheers."

"Cheers." I said and chugged almost half of it.

"Slow down there." Tyler chuckled.

I set the glass down and giggled softly. "Sorry."

"No big."

I smiled at him and then let my eyes focus elsewhere, which probably wasn't the smartest idea. "Adam." I breathed out in a whisper. I saw him sitting at another table, laughing it up with another girl who I assumed to be his wife. I couldn't see clearly but I saw long locks of golden-blonde wavy hair and it made me almost sick to my stomach.

"Hey, you okay?" I heard Tyler's voice distant in the background.

I closed my eyes shut and rested my head back against the wood. It was a good thing we chose the lounge/booth area. "Yeah, I think so."

I opened my eyes slightly and saw Tyler looking back over his shoulder to where I was previously staring at. "A step-dad or something?" Tyler asked.

I looked at him and sucked in my lips. "Yeah, a long time ago." I lied.

"Are you worried, Ruby?"

I shook my head. "N-no. No. I'm sorry. It just caught me off guard to see him again, you know?"

"Yeah." Tyler grabbed my hand from across the table. "You wanna leave?"

I nodded quickly. "Yeah."

"Alright, I'll walk you home." He offered.

I nodded slowly. Tyler paid in a hurry and we were out of Superdive. I ran my hand through my hair quickly and roughly as we walked out the door and into the cold streets. I shivered in response to the weather.

"Cute hair." Tyler chuckled. "Here, you need it more than I do." He shrugged off his leather jacket and wrapped it around my shoulders.

I looked up at him with a smile. "Thank you. And my hair? Is it okay?"

"You're welcome. And yeah, it's cute." He laughed but brushed a few strands back into a better place, I would guess.

Once we got to the front of my apartment, I handed him back his jacket and he put it back on. "Thanks for tonight, Ty."

Tyler only nodded, a half smile drawn across his face. "Anytime. I'll see you later."

"Goodnight."

"Goodnight." He waved and was on his way.

I stood by the front of my apartment before walking backwards and hitting the front door. "Who was that?" I heard a deep, familiar male voice say.

I looked up and saw Adam there. "Shouldn't you be with your wife?"

"Yeah, I should. But I didn't expect to see you in a bar."

"I'm old enough to be in one, thank you." I said harshly.

Adam shook his head with a mocking grin on his face. "No, you're not."

"Just leave, Adam."

"What's going on here?" I saw Tyler come out of nowhere and suddenly speak, looking at me.

"Nothing." I mumbled.

"I was just saying hi to Ruby. I haven't seen her in a while." Adam shrugged. "I'll be off now. My wife's waiting. Goodnight guys." He rushed out and left.

Tyler just looked at me once Adam was out of sight. "Are you okay?"

I felt the need to cry. The need to cry hard and desperately. "Yeah. I'll be fine."

"Are you sure?"

A tear slid down my cheek, and then another, not helping to prove my words. "No." I breathed out and broke down at the front of my apartment steps.

Tyler was immediately at my side and had an arm around my shoulders, pulling me in and rubbing my arms. "Come on, let's get you inside, okay?"

I nodded slowly. "Thank you."

"I'm here for you. As a friend. That's what you need, right?" I heard him whisper before helping me to the elevator.

I guess Frankie was right. I did need the good luck, but the luck didn't want to come my way tonight.

[ Comment with Superdive if you read it all. ]
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