I know, I slaaacked and I suck and I'm sorry, but I've just been feeling so lazzzyy.

If the story begins to suck a little bit, it's because I decided that I want to focus more on 'Some Nights' (even though I haven't been working on that one either), which you guys should check out if you haven't yet. Anyway, this story doesn't have much of a plotline that I can think of (besides the obvious) unlike WTLO and I have great ideas for SN, so yeah.

She's got a smile it seems to me

Reminds me of childhood memories

Where everything

Was as fresh as the bright blue sky

Now and then when I see her face

She takes me away to that special place

And if I'd stare too long

I'd probably break down and cry

-Guns n' Roses

Chapter 6 Joseph

It was like falling for Charlotte all over again. And Joseph hated it.

Not that Noel was a bad person, because she wasn't. Then again, he'd thought that about Charlotte as well.

Noel began coming to the bar several times in those next few days. Sometimes, she wouldn't even order a drink; she would just sit and chat with Joseph.

Not that he minded, at all. She was friendly and gorgeous, and what guy could resist that?

But Joseph felt a wall building up, that wasn't letting him get any closer to her. Of course, it was because he'd been hurt before. But as he'd told himself a million times, the thing that had happened with Charlotte was in the past.

He slunk down the stairs to the mailbox outside of Jam and unlocked it.

Ads, which he threw away immediately. Bills, which weren't exciting. And then, at the bottom of the pile, was a letter from Carlson, the community college.

Joseph dropped all of the other mail on the counter excitedly and ripped open the letter.

"Joseph, we received your application to our school and would like to let you know with our highest congratulations that..." Joseph's smile broadened as he mumbled through the letter.

"Dad!" he called, holding up the letter as his father appeared at the top of the stairs. "I'm accepted."


"Tell me more about yourself," Liam said gallantly, smiling at Selena as they walked through the park, Charlie jumping all around them.

"What do you want to know?" Selena asked, smiling at him.

Liam glanced down at the ground, smiling as well. "I could ask you where you work, what your interests are, whatever. But we can figure those things out later."

He looked at Selena.

"Go on," she prodded.

"The truth?" Liam said, "Are you single?"

He said it so bluntly, eyes revealing no emotion that Selena began to laugh aloud.

"What?" he asked defensively. "I had to know at some point."

Selena began to laugh harder. "No," she said through her giggles.

"No, you aren't single?" Liam asked. Selena looked up, noticing the worry in his eyes.

"I meant no, I'm not dating anybody," Selena reassured him. "Are you kidding? I have a kid."

"So what?" Liam replied easily, "Your kid's great."

Selena blushed and looked at the ground, and then Liam took her hand lightly as they walked.

"Not to be pushy," Liam started, "But... I'm assuming that the father isn't in the picture?"

"What? No," Selena replied quickly, "No way."

"So," Liam's eyebrows wrinkled, "He's not paying child support, or anything?"

"No," Selena answered, this time her voice laced with irritation. She let go of Liam's hand.

"Look, I'm sorry,"Liam said, stopping with Selena as Charlie ran to play on the playground. "I didn't want to push..."

Selena sat on a bench and shook her head. "No, talking about him is just a sore spot for me. He was just a stupid guy, I was only eighteen."

She drew her short legs up to her chest and rested her chin on her knees. The light, cool wind made goose-bumps rise on her bare skin that wasn't covered by her tank top and cut-offs.

Suddenly, she felt a soft fabric cover her shoulders and back as Liam give her his coat.

"Thanks," she muttered, shoving her hands through the sleeves. She gave him a half-smile.

"You were right about one thing," Liam told her.

"Mm? What's that?" Selena asked.

"He was a stupid guy. He gave up on someone as amazing as yourself."

Selena's eyebrows shot up in surprise as yet another blush rose on her cheeks. "I'm not amazing," she said, shaking her head, "I'm boring."

"How do you know?" Liam teased. "How about this. We'll get to know each other better, and then I'll decide if you're boring. Which, I know you're not. Okay?"

Selena shivered at his words. Getting to know him meant spending more time with him. Was she ready for a relationship?

By the way her heartbeat was quickening, she knew it was a yes.

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Later, after the sun went down and Charlie grew sleepy, Liam drove Selena home. The setting sun cast shadows in the car, shadowing Liam's face, and luckily Selena's too. Her face was the color of the pink sunset, after all, Liam's hand was on her leg. The contact wasn't much, but it was the most she'd had from a man in literally years. Sweet Child o' Mine was playing on the radio.

"Let me walk you up," Liam said after he'd turned off the radio.

"Oh, such a gentleman," Selena replied, unbuckling her seatbelt. She woke up Charlie, who grudgingly trudged up the stairs holding her hand.

"I had a good time," Liam said softly at the door.

"Me too," Selena whispered back.

Liam's hand cupped her neck and he leaned in.

At the last second, Selena's head turned and his lips landed softly on her cheek.

"Sorry," she whispered, "I... I don't know if I'm ready to-"

"I understand," Liam said quickly.

"See you later?" Selena asked hopefully.

Liam nodded. "Bye, Lena."

She blushed (again!) at the nickname and waved goodbye, then went inside and shut the door softly behind her.

She smiled and touched her lips, wondering what his would have felt like on hers.