Chapter 5: Mr. Bright Side

Coming out of my cage

And I've been doing just fine

Gotta gotta be down

Because I want it all

It started out with a kiss

How did it end up like this?

It was only a kiss

It was only a kiss

Now I'm falling asleep

And she's calling a cab

While he's having a smoke

And she's taking a drag

Now they're going to bed

Now my stomach is sick

And it's all in my head

But she's touching his chest now

He takes off her dress, now

Let me go

I just can't look

It's killing me

And taking control

Jealousy

Turning saints into the sea

Turning through sick lullabies

Choking on your alibis

But it's just the price I pay

Destiny is calling me

Open up my eager eyes

Cause I'm Mr. Brightside

I'm coming out of my cage

And I've been doing just fine

Gotta gotta be down

Because I want it all

It started out with a kiss

How did it end up like this?

It was only a kiss

It was only a kiss

Now I'm falling asleep

And she's calling a cab

While he's having a smoke

And she's taking a drag

Now they're going to bed

And my stomach is sick

And it's all in my head

But she's touching his chest now

He takes off her dress now

Let me go

I just can't look

It's killing me

And taking control

Jealousy

Turning saints into the sea

Swimming through sick lullabies

Choking on your alibis

But it's just the price I pay

Destiny is calling me

Open up my eager eyes

Cause I'm Mr. Brightside

I never

I never

I never

I never

I never

I was sitting at the new vanity that I had bought with Jenny during the day. I was dusting on some light make up and fixing my hair to perfection. I knew why I was getting all dolled up and the reason scared the shit out of me but I would never admit that reason out loud. I had on my second best club out fit. Wearing my first would make me look too eager and then I would actually have to rationalize that I was out to impress another girl… Wow… But, I was looking hot if I could say so myself. Jean mini skirt that flew out at the ends, light pink quarter length v-neck top showing of my boobs which were ultimately my best feature, and a pair of pink wedges that laced up my calf. My hair was pin straight making it easy to see all the different colors and shades swirled in. I did a pose right in front of the mirror, smirking at my reflection. If this didn't get me noticed nothing would. And I meant by the guys at the club by the way!

I heard a knock at the door and sprinted toward it. I threw it open and shrieked happily. Jenny was Jenny once more! Her hair still short but she has dyed it brown again and she wore a simple pair of jean shorts, a red tank top and red stilettos. I jumped into the air and threw my arms around her.

"Oh my god I'm like sooooo happy to have my Jenny back!" I squealed as loud as I could.

"Okay okay okay, I get it now get off." She laughed and I stepped back giving her one more once over before running and grabbing my keys of the board.

"Alright let's go." I said opening the door walking out making sure she was behind me before closing and locking it. I ran down the stairs smiling over my shoulder at Jenny as I flung the metal door open. I clicked the button unlocking my mustang. I walked around opening the drivers seat door climbing into the seat and quickly starting the motor. Jenny opened the passenger's door and sat down. She leaned in quickly putting the destination in the GPS.

"Alright just listen to the nice lady and we should be there in no time flat." She told me going into my glove compartment where my i-pod was. She went to one of our favorite songs turning it up a loud as it could go and opening both windows. I rocked my head up and down in time with the music and let out a small whoop as I turned a corner super fast still listening to the annoying ladies voice. She began to sing beside me and I joined in.

"There it is!" she told me pointing at the big sign that what Stang in bright blue neon letters. There was a line half way down the block. I decided to part a little way away because I figured there would be no more parking new the entrance. I pulled the key out of the ignition before opening the door and climbing out. Jenny came to my side.

"Nervous?" I asked.

"No… Not really… only a tiny itsy bitsy bit." She said looking toward the extensive line.

"Well you still have Josh so it's like you lost the war but you still have the battle to go… Or something like that…" I pondered over it.

"Something like that." She laughed.

"Fair enough." I shrugged walking to up to the back of the line. I saw them easily rejecting the ugly people and allowing in the hotter people. Not to be all Hotter then thow but we were shoe ins. The line began moving up until we were only five people behind, two were turned away and three entered quickly.

"IDs?" The bulky bouncer said. I pulled mine out of my pocket and showed it to him. My ID was the best in our school I had never been turned away with it. Jenny didn't have to hold hers up before he opened the door for us. The beat was pulsing and grinding sweaty bodies were all up on the blue neon dance floor were bolts of electricity kept flashing through. There were two poles on two of the five little plat forms right by the edge of the dance floor. The bar was black with blue neon lights going around the ridges. Behind it was a tan sandy blonde haired boy with bright blue eyes in a white wife beater and baggy dark jean.

"Josh!" jenny said out loud pushing people out of the way so she could reach him.

"Jenny!' He said jumping over the bar and planting a kiss right on her lips. I smiled waiting patiently for them to stop. When the suction finally ceased I held out my hand to him.

"I'm Natalie." I told him.

"Josh." He replied.

"I assumed that I mean Jenny's told me so much about you." I told him with a sweet smile. Jenny pretended to act modest and quickly slapped me in the arm.

"Nat!" She scolded.

"Sorry." I shrugged but looked off to the dance floor. There was a hot black haired guy in a green button up looking straight at me. I smiled at him softly before turning toward the bar.

"Can you hook me up with a sprite and vodka?" I asked.

"I can get that." The hot boy said.

"Thanks." I smiled at him tossing my hair over my shoulder.

"One sprite and vodka and a rum and coke." He said looking over the bar. I knew I heard some one back there…

"Give me a second." Some one's pale hand went up holding up a finger. "I spilled a huge bucket of ice and it's melting all over the place." The person growled out. "JOSH! Get me another mop!" She yelled getting to her feet and my fears were made realities. Andy stood before me hands dripping with water.

"Wait Andy! I'm kind of busy." Josh said pushing Jenny against the bar and kissing her.

"Mother fu-." She cut herself off grabbing a huge thing of paper towel and getting back on her knees.

"Do you need a hand?" I asked softly leaning over the bar.

"What?" Her head snapped up her blue eyes annoyed, suddenly she smiled. "Hey Red."

"Hi…" For the first time that name didn't annoy me… I kind of liked it… "Do you want help?" I asked grabbing a rag from next to Josh.

"Sure, hop over." She told me. I climbed up onto one of the bar stools sliding one leg at a time over so I was sitting on the inside of the bar. Andy got up and softly held out her hand for me to grab on and helped me down so I wouldn't land on the ice.

"Thanks." I told her. She didn't reply she just dropped down to her knees and began picking up some of the ice piles and dumping it in the garbage. I dropped down and began collecting the cold lumps and cleaning up the water.

"Can I just get my drink?" The hot guy asked looking less hot by the second.

"Red, grab me the bottle right up there." She pointed. I reached up snatched it, and then passed it to her. She reached into the refrigerator behind her and pulled out a bottle of coke. She snatched a clear glass of rack poured in the two and ten picked up some ice of the floor and plopped it in. She got up and smiled at him.

"Here you go that's five dollars." She told him. He dropped down on the counter.

"What about her drink?" He asked.

"I got that covered." She said nonchalantly then grabbed another rag and dropped down beside me again.

"Nah I got it." The guy protested.

"Its okay." I said softly.

"What?" He raised a brow.

"It's okay I need to finish helping Andy any way." I told him.

"What ever." He shrugged stiffly before getting up and walking away. Andy snorted under her breath.

"You gave him dirty ice?" I squealed. She just smiled sopping up the last of the water.

"I'm surprised you actually showed." She snickered.

"Why wouldn't I?" I challenged.

"I don't know, why wouldn't you?" She asked her eyes gleaming under the neon lights. I didn't have an answer.

"Can I get my sprite and vodka now?" I asked attempting to pull myself back on to the bar. She gripped my hip pushing me up and over. I blushed and took my seat across from her.

"Sure." She went under grabbing a clean glass, vodka, and a can of sprite. I went to pull out a five but she stopped my hand with her own.

"You earned it." She told me pushing the drink towards me. I flushed once more but nodded taking a small sip. She leaned down pulling out a Corona and popping the cap off. She reached under and pulled out a piece of lime before taking a long sip.

"Busy night?" I asked awkwardly.

"No, not really, couples get in half price." She snorted once again taking another sip.

"Don't you have a girl friend or something?" I asked curiously.

"No and even if I did we wouldn't count as a couple." She laughed.

"Oh." I replied quietly.

"What about you? You have a boy friend?" She asked cocking her head to the side.

"No I don't. We broke up a couple months ago." I told her toying with my glass.

"I see." She nodded reaching back under and pulling out a piece of gum.

"May I have a piece?" I asked hoping it may calm my nerves or something.

"It's Nicoret." She said simply.

"Are you trying to quit or something?" I asked in surprise.

"No, I have a six hour shift and they don't allow smoking in here so it cuts down on the cravings." She said putting it back under.

"Oh." I nodded in understanding.

"Yeah, It looks like your friend took my directions." She chuckled under her breath.

"It would seem so." I nodded looking at the happy couple hooking up on a bar stool.

"Where are you going to college?" She asked.

"University of California." I told her looking down as my fingers.

"Oh, Nicky and Kadin go there." She told me taking another sip of her beer.

"I know Nicky, who's Kadin?"

"She's just another friend of mine." She said then held up a finger to me. She turned toward the brown haired boy who was waiting by the side of the bar with his girl friend. "What can I get you?" She asked.

"A sour apple martini and a Heineken." He said pulling out some money from his pant pocket.

"Alright." She said. "Josh!" She yelled.

"Hm?" He unattached his lips from Jenny.

"Heineken, now." She told him simply but in a voice that said 'don't argue with me'.

"Alright." He sighed giving jenny one more kiss on the lips and pulling going around the bar grabbing a beer out of the fridge. While he was on that Andy got busy with the Martini.

"That'll be eleven dollars." She said simply putting down the green drink in front of the boy and josh placed the beer on the table sliding it down to me. I tapped Andy's shoulder and held it out to her.

"Thanks." She placed it down next to the martini and the boy slapped down twelve dollars. "Thanks." She smiled at the boy and he flushed. The girl grabbed his arm and hauled him away.

"One dollar tip, dick wad." She muttered putting the dollar in her shirt. I laughed quietly. "Its not funny Red I need to make a living." She told me taking my empty glass and refilling it. I was about to pull out more money but once again she stopped me.

"What?" I asked.

"I got this covered." She told me.

"What about, 'I need to make a living.'" I used air quotes.

"I do but I can afford two drinks." She snorted. "Let's just call it payment for keeping me entertained." She said slapping the glass I held up with her Corona.

"Deal." I sighed. Then a question sparked in my mind. "What college do you go too?" I asked curiously.

"I'm not in college." She said shrugging.

"How old are you?" I asked cocking my head to the side.

"Twenty one." She said pulling out a glass and pouring in some Malibu rum and pineapple juice.

"So wouldn't you be in your junior year?" I asked.

"Let me rephrase I have never been to college." She smiled.

"Oh." I said biting my lower lip between my teeth.

"Yeah." She shrugged before going over and helping another customer. I began to think, how could she possibly support herself not having even one year of college under her belt? Or maybe she lived with her parents… I wanted to know but I knew it wasn't my place to ask. She came back with a five dollar bill in her hand which she shoved in her shirt.

"Fuck couples night! I don't make nearly enough on these fucking nights!" She exclaimed rolling her eyes. I laughed.

"How long are you working till?" I asked raising a brow.

"Another hour till I get off." She said refilling her glass.

"Cool." I said. She pulled of her apron and threw it underneath the bar. She walked around the inside of the bar until she reached the exit. She came out and tapped Josh on the head.

"Josh take over, I'm taking a break." She said walking toward me. She wore a simple tight black t-shirt and a tight fitting jean skirt with silver chains across it on her feet a pair of black high tops. She came right up to my chair our eyes at perfect level.

"Want to dance?" She asked her eyes seemed to be looking right through to my brain and it was screaming. YES YES YES but I said…

"No thanks." Her face seemed to fall in disbelief but then a small smug smile came to her face.

"What ever you say." She shrugged. And with that she turned toward the dance floor eyes trained on something I couldn't seem to locate. Then she disappeared through the mass of sweating bodies. I lifted my chin high as if to get a better vantage point. That's when I saw it. She was talking to that boy the one who was up at the bar with his girl friend.

She leaned down and whispered something in his girl friends ear and she blushed scarlet but none the less she turned to her boy friend who seemed to be kind of lost. She said something I couldn't quite catch. Then he was on his feet his girl friends hand in his the Andy had both their hand in hers as she towed them toward the dance floor. My brows rose almost off my face. They walked to the center of the floor and every one around was either watching very obviously or looking from the corner of their eyes.

"Watch this." I heard Josh mutter to some guy sitting at the bar. Andy smirked at the world with out a care. She turned and pressed her body flat up against the boys and then she placed her hand on the blushing brunette girl's face. She seemed to look straight at me before bringing her head forward and pressing her lips to the girls. The girl seemed still flushed but she also seemed like her whole body had turned to butter.

The guy seemed to have decided it was time to get in on the action. He began to kiss his way up Andy's throat and Andy moved her opposite hand back to grip his hair between her fingers. Their bodies all moved together in synchronization. Then Andy removed her lips from the other girls and gripped both their hands and towed them off the floor people still staring at them but they one emotion not on any ones face was… surprise.

"Tell Diego I'm leaving and he can dock my pay, but your gonna give me half of your pay for the night because you didn't do shit tonight." She told him demandingly.

"Okay, have fun." He told her. I could still feel my mouth open. She walked back over to me didn't say anything leaned over and grabbed purse from the other side. Then she turned to me.

"Thanks for the company Little Red." She winked and just like that… She was walking out the door with the happy couple nearly coming in their pants…

I could just picture her getting into his car and driving to his place where the three of them would do thing that I probably couldn't even imagine. Jealousy burned within me like a wild fire. Tonight I learned something that would probably be useful for the rest of my time in Cali. Playing hard to get with Andy…I didn't even know her last name, would get you nothing but hung over…

AN/ Haha I love Andy. So I loved the reviews they inspired this chapter so keep em coming ;)