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Appetite For Love

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“Where are we going?” Jessica asked, following her friend up the street. They had just gotten off the plane in Toronto. She was getting tired of carrying her luggage. Alison was looking at the GPS on her phone. She stopped abruptly.
I'm trying to figure out where this restaurant is.” She answered. Jessica sighed.
Can't we just go to the nearest one?” She complained. Alison laughed.
It's our first time in Toronto. Can you enjoy yourself?” She asked. Jessica shook her head.
I'm just hungry, and tired. And I'm really sick of this luggage.” She insisted. Alison nodded.
I know. Me too. I'm just trying to find the place Dave recommended.” She explained.
He should be our personal tour guide. He grew up here.” Jessica joked. Alison nodded.
I'll definitely agree with that.” They kept walking straight. Jessica tapped her shoulder.
It's across the street. Your GPS was off.” Jessica pointed out. Alison shook her head.
No. That's a different place.” She argued. Jessica laughed.
Really? Because Dave is outside that one.” She observed. Alison looked across the street. She hit herself in the forehead and headed across the street. Jessica followed.
We were so lost.” Jessica greeted. Dave laughed, passing his smoke to Alison.
Why couldn't you just meet us at the airport?” She barked, smacking him. He laughed.
I'm performing tonight. Otherwise I would have been happy to pick you both up. I'm sorry.” He replied. Jessica shook her head.
Performing with who?” Alison asked.
My band, you know this.” Dave reminded her. She shook her head.
Did we miss your set?” Jessica asked.
Well, you missed the first half. But, you'll get to see the second.” He assured the pair.
I'm excited now.” Alison announced clapping her hands together. Dave laughed, motioning to Jessica. She was staring at the sidewalk, shuffling her feet.
What's up with her?” He asked. Alison looked over and shook her head.
She's still obsessing over you know who.” Alison answered. Dave laughed, nodding.
Understandable.” He agreed. Alison shook her head.
No it's not. It's insane, and random, and insane.” She argued. Jessica laughed.
Yes, yes it is.” She agreed, smiling to herself. Alison rolled her eyes.
She's having a quarter life crisis.” She insisted, looking back at Dave. He laughed.
Isn't that Martin's thing?” He questioned. Alison shrugged.
I think it works for her. I mean, what else would cause this?” She asked. Jessica laughed.
Falling in love?” She offered. Alison shook her head.
You haven't seen the guy in more than 4 years. How would you fall in love with him? It's not possible. At all. It's just insane.” She argued.
I actually think it's cute, in a way.” Dave announced. Alison and Jessica both raised their eyebrows. Alison put one of her hands on her hip.
What?” They asked in unison. He shrugged.
Or not.” He added. Alison laughed, putting out the smoke Dave had given her.
I've got to get back on stage.” He announced. Alison nodded.
I need to feed this one anyway.” She agreed, motioning to Jessica. She clapped.
Yes please!” She agreed, sounding like she was dying. Dave laughed opening the door.
Hey, Dave, do you want me to order for you?” Alison asked as he started towards the stage. He turned around with a contemplative look on his face.
Yeah. You pick though.” He hollered, walking off. Alison threw her arms in the air.
How does he think I'm going to know what he wants?” She asked out loud to herself. Jessica laughed as one of the servers greeted them. He looked about 19. He was tall, and skinny. He was dressed in black dress pants and a white dress shirt. There were random tattoos showing through the fabric. His name tag said 'Chris'. Jessica nodded in response to his greeting. Alison turned.
Hello Chris.” She greeted cheerfully. It almost sounded like a sarcastic cheerful though.
Table for 2?” He asked. Alison shook her head.
No, the moron from the stage will be joining us.” She corrected. Chris laughed.
So, table for 4 then.” He said, grabbing three menus. Alison nodded.
Follow me ladies.” He instructed, leading them towards the back.
Why 4? There's only 3 of us.” Jessica questioned. Alison shook her head.
There's no such thing as a table for 3.” She insisted. Chris laughed.
We do have tables for 3 people. But, if you want my opinion, they're a little small. It looks like you two could use the extra space.” He corrected, referencing their bags. Alison motioned to him, nodding.
See, that's why we're getting a table for 4.” She agreed, laughing. Chris lead them to a booth at the back. It was raised about 2 feet off the ground, with steps up. There were 4 booths like it, each in the corners of the restaurant. Each booth was rounded, facing out. Theirs gave a nice view of the stage.
After you, ladies.” Chris insisted, motioning to the booth. Alison walked up the stairs first, sitting on the right. The booth had a foot wide ledge against the wall. Alison threw her bags up on the ledge. Jessica sat down on the left, across from Alison. She did the same with her bags. Chris handed Alison the menus, but stayed at the bottom on the steps.
Can I get you ladies something to drink while you're waiting?” He asked.
Do you have Heineken?” Jessica asked. Chris nodded.
I'll have one of those.” She answered. Chris looked back at Alison.
Just a Caesar.” She ordered, sounding disappointed. He nodded.
I'll be back in a minute with your drinks.” He announced, heading towards the bar.
This place is really neat.” Jessica observed. Alison nodded. She seemed distracted.
Hey!” Jessica barked, causing Alison to jump.
Where the hell are you?” She questioned. Alison shook her head.
I don't fucking know. I just dazed off.” She replied, laughing. Jessica raised her eyebrow.
I thought I was the distracted one.” She trailed. Alison looked over at her.
At least I'm not obsessing over my ex from like a million years ago.” Alison added. Jessica shrugged.
I can't tell my heart what to do.” She defended. Alison shook her head.
No, but you can make a conscious effort to stop thinking about him.” She insisted, crossing her arms over her chest. Jessica shrugged again.
Who said I wanted to?” She asked, half smiling. Alison shook her head.
"Well, at least stop burdening me with the thoughts." She muttered. Chris came back a second later with their drinks. Alison took Jessica's beer from Chris.
I don't know if you should have this. Are you going to start whining about that kid if you drink this?” She asked. Jessica laughed.
Probably, but, I'm going to whine either way.” She reminded. Alison rolled her eyes, reluctantly handing her the bottle. Jessica smiled, taking a sip.
I love this taste.” She moaned, leaning back. Alison shook her head, but Chris laughed.
Are you waiting to order?” He asked. Alison smacked herself in the forehead.
No, but we are going to need a couple minutes. I didn't even look at the menu. I'm sorry. This one distracted me.” She defended, motioning to Jessica. She laughed.
I didn't do or say anything.” She argued. Alison shrugged.
Your thoughts are distracting me.” She insisted. Jessica rolled her eyes.
Stay out of my head then.” Chris laughed, shaking his head.
I'll check back in a few minutes.” He offered, heading off. Alison looked over the menu.
I want a bacon cheeseburger.” She announced after a minute. Jessica shook her head.
So, you're not just eating a cow, you're eating a pig too. Really? Do you not remember those videos we watched last month.” She reminded. Alison laughed.
Of course I do.” She assured. Jessica shook her head.
Well, even though they didn't affect you apparently, they still affected me.” She whined, pretending to pout. Alison laughed, shaking her head.
And?” She asked bitterly. Jessica laughed.
I would think you would be sensitive to that.” She clarified. Alison rolled her eyes.
Fine. I'll get nachos. I'm still getting bacon bits on them.” She insisted. Jessica shrugged.
It's better than a massive slice of dead cow." She defended. Alison laughed.
Are you trying to ruin meat for me?” She asked. Jessica nodded.
Uh, yes.” She assured. Alison shook her head.
You're going to have to try harder than that lawn gnome.” She teased. Jessica rolled her eyes. It was a nickname Alison had given her when they were preteens.
Shut up.” Jessica muttered.
So, what are you getting?” Alison asked, changing the subject. Jessica sighed.
I don't know. I'm not as hungry as I thought I was. I was thinking of appetizers. But, I don't just want one kind.” She answered, biting the side of her lip. Alison nodded dismissively. She was quiet for a minute, then clapped her hands together.
You know what, that's a great idea!” Alison announced. Jessica raised her eyebrow.
I don't follow.”
We'll just order a bunch of appetizers. Then, Dave can pick off what he wants. It's perfect.” Alison elaborated. Jessica nodded, finishing what was left of her beer.
Sounds good.” She agreed, closing her menu. She put her menu on the edge of the table. Alison repeated the motion. Then Jessica put her bottle beside the menus.
You drank that fast.” Alison observed. Jessica shrugged again.
I haven't had a Heineken in a long time.” She defended. Alison laughed.
Fair enough. It is a rare lager for restaurants to carry.” She agreed. They both looked to the stage as Dave and his band mate were starting the second part of their set. Dave made an announcement about his friends being in town, and it being their first time. He dedicated the show to them. Jessica laughed.
He's such a freak.” Alison teased, looking back across the table at Jessica. She nodded.
It was sweet, I guess.” She trailed, slightly tilting her head. Alison raised her eyebrow.
What are you looking at?” She asked briefly turning around.
I must have finally lost my mind.” Jessica answered. Alison looked back over at her.
Why do you say that?” She asked, still trying to see what Jessica was looking at.
That can't be him.” Jessica continued. Finally, Alison saw what she was looking at.
Oh, wow. No, that's him.” She assured, looking back. Jessica was sinking into her seat.
No.” She muttered, covering her face with her hands. Alison laughed, standing up. She waved at the pair who were standing at the door way. Jessica grabbed her dress.
What are you doing?” She barked, pulling Alison down. She laughed.
Come on, you've been obsessing over the guy for weeks. Now you're going to tell me you don't want to see him?” She questioned. The pair started walking towards the table. Jessica covered her face.
I can't breathe.” She mumbled. Alison kept laughing.
You're fine.” She dismissed.
No. I'm gonna die.” Jessica ranted. Alison stood up to greet the pair.
Hi Andrew!” She enthusiastically greeted, throwing her arms around him.
Alison! Long time no see!” He replied just as enthusiastically. Alison motioned to the booth. The second guy moved past Alison, sliding into the booth across from Jessica.
Hi Jessica.” He greeted nervously. She faked a smile.
Hello Jason.” She answered with a noticeable lack of enthusiasm. Andrew sat down where Alison had been sitting, so she sat beside Jessica, pushing her over.
Are you two sticking around?” Alison asked, grabbing her drink. Andrew shook his head.
We're meeting Dave. Well, he's meeting Dave. He invited us out. But my girlfriend's in town, so, I'm taking off when she gets here.” He dismissed. Alison nodded, looking over at Jason. He seemed as nervous as Jessica was. Alison kicked him from under the table. He jumped, which made her laugh.
Jason, are you taking off too?” She asked. He shrugged.
Speaking of that, where is Dave?” Jason questioned, looking around the restaurant.
Stage left.” Jessica mumbled, motioning to the front of the restaurant.
He's performing?” Jason questioned. Alison nodded.
Yeah. I was just as confused when he told us.” She agreed. Jason nodded.
So, what are you two doing in Toronto?” Andrew asked.
Mostly, just for the change of scenery. Dave invited us to stay in his guest bedroom for a couple weeks. We just got off the plane.” Alison explained. Jason smiled.
You're in town for a couple weeks?” He asked. Alison nodded.
Yeah. By the way, what are you doing in Toronto? Don't you live out west somewhere?” Alison questioned. Jason nodded, playing with the nightly specials insert.
I guess you could say I'm also looking for a change of scenery.” He mumbled.
Why? What happened?” Alison asked. Jason shook his head as Chris came over.
Can I get you gentlemen anything?” He asked.
Nothing for me. I'm meeting someone.” Andrew answered. Chris looked over at Jason.
Anything for yourself?” He asked.
I'll take whatever you have on tap.” He answered. Chris nodded, looking to Jessica.
Would you like another?” He asked, grabbing the empty bottle. She nodded.
You drink Heineken?” Jason asked. She briefly looked over at him and nodded.
Actually, I'll have one of those as well.” Jason decided. Chris laughed, nodding.
Have you had the chance to look over the menu?” He asked, looking at Alison. She nodded, listing off the appetizers they had decided on.
And cheese sticks.” Jason added. Alison shook her head.
And cheese sticks.” She repeated. Chris scribbled down the list, and nodded.
Alright. I'll be right back.” He announced, heading off.
Dave has a nice voice.” Jessica randomly stated. Jason nodded.
He does. He never uses it though.” He added. Alison laughed, looking at the stage.
He's using it right now, dumb ass.” She argued.
I'll reword. He doesn't usually use it.” He corrected. Alison nodded.
That, I'll agree with.” She agreed. Jason leaned across the table, putting his hand on Jessica's. She jumped, pulling her hand away.
Am I making you nervous? You've barely said a thing since I got here.” He asked softly, sounding concerned. Jessica moved her hands to her lap. She swallowed hard.
It's hard to think of someone when they're sitting in front of you, isn't it?” Alison teased, laughing. Andrew also laughed. Jessica kicked her from under the table.
I'm not nervous.” She choked out.
Uncomfortable then?” He asked. She shook her head, looking up at him. He looked up at the same time and she caught his eyes with hers. She looked away.
Are you blushing?” Alison asked, lightly pushing Jessica's shoulder.
Shut up.” She mumbled. Andrew laughed again.
Jason is too. It's a little harder to see with that dark skin of his.” He observed.
Thanks.” Jason commented sarcastically. Jessica smiled, still looking down.
Oh you two sicken me.” Alison commented, shaking her head. Andrew laughed. Chris came back to the table, sliding the two opened bottles towards the other side.
Hey, since I'm still here, can I grab a glass of water?” Andrew asked. Chris nodded.
Sure thing.”
Where is your girlfriend?” Alison questioned. Andrew checked his phone.
Apparently stuck in traffic. She said there was an accident. No one was badly hurt, but the road is a mess, and there's no way around it.” He detailed, putting his phone on the table. He looked over his shoulder at the stage. Dave was off the stage. He had been replaced by the next performer.
Is that, Martin?” He questioned. Alison stood up.
It is.” She replied, sitting back down. Jason looked over at the stage.
What is Martin doing here?” He questioned.
He's doing a small venue tour.” Jessica answered. The three looked over at her.
How do you know that?” Alison questioned. Jessica shrugged.
I've been keeping tabs.” She answered. Jason raised his eyebrow.
Why such an interest in Martin?” He questioned. She shook her head.
It's not just him.” She confessed. Jason smiled, looking down.
How close?” He asked after a minute. Jessica shrugged.
I know why you're here. I mean, in town.” She answered. He raised his eyebrow.
How? No one knows about that yet.” He insisted. She shrugged again.
I never said how I kept tabs.” She reminded him.
What does that mean?” Jason questioned. Jessica looked up at the ceiling.
So, wait, all four of you are in the same place at the same time. Are you going to do a reunion show?” Alison asked, sounding excited. Andrew shook his head.
Naw, it's entirely coincidental.” He assured. Alison half-smiled.
As coincidental as us running into you two?” She asked. Andrew shook his head.
No. There's no coincidence there. Dave had this planned.” He assured her.
Well, if he knew we were all going to be in town, why wouldn't he invite us all to his show?” Jessica offered. Andrew looked over at her and shook his head.
That's not why.” He corrected. Alison raised her eyebrow.
Why?” She asked excitedly. He laughed as Chris came back to the table with his water.
Thanks.” He said tipping the glass towards Chris.
Anything else I can get for you folks?” He asked. Alison looked at her still full drink.
I think we're good, thank you.” She answered. Chris nodded and took off.
Samantha.” Jason stated, seemingly randomly. Jessica laughed, nodding.
And Alex.” She added. He shook his head.
Why are you still talking to my siblings?” He asked. Andrew laughed.
If that isn't obvious yet...” He trailed as Jessica glared at him. He nodded.
Never mind.” He dismissed. Jason looked from Jessica to Andrew.
I'm so confused.” He whined.
That's not hard.” Dave teased walking up to the table.
Hey, the man of the hour.” Andrew greeted, standing up. Dave motioned to Alison.
I need a smoke.” He announced. Alison stood up, grabbing her purse.
Are you two going to be alright if we leave you?” She joked. Jessica rolled her eyes.
Just go.” She demanded. Alison laughed.
We'll be back then.” She assured, following Dave and Andrew outside. Jason quickly moved to where Alison had been sitting. Jessica jumped, looking up abruptly.
Are you alright?” He asked softly. She shook her head.
I was fine until right now.” She half-laughed.
You're nervous.” He observed. She nodded.
Insanely.” She muttered, moving away from him. He nodded, sliding over.
So, what did Sam tell you?” He asked, leaning back. Jessica shook her head.
She said you were staying with her and the hubby to clear your head for a while.” She answered softly. He nodded, looking over at her.
"Did she say why?" He asked. Jessica slowly shook her head.
"I know why." She mumbled. She looked over at him and smiled. He nodded again.
"Yeah." He agreed. She nodded. He moved closer to her, slowly leaning forward. When she didn't pull back, he put his hand on the back of her head. She put one of her hands on his chest and leaned forward, pressing her lips to his.
"I thought you hated me." He whispered into her smile. She lightly shook her head.
"I wanted to. I thought, after everything, I should. But I was only convincing myself to live a lie. I guess I've just realized that it's better to live the truth. Even if it's painful." She rambled. He smiled.
"What changed?" He asked. She slowly moved back.
The damnedest thing.” She answered, half laughing. He waited for her to continue.
I was dating this guy for a couple years. A waste of space, but, I thought I was happy. When it fell apart, I was so angry, and frustrated. Mostly about not getting to say anything I wanted to during the break up. So, I went to see a therapist." She paused. He smiled.
"I've been there." He commented. She nodded.
"She gave me the typical response, that, it was time to let go. And she gave me the advice to start writing as a means of working through all the things I never got to say." She continued. He leaned forward, and brushed a strand of her hair out of her face.
"But all my writing was about you." She finished. He smiled.
"Good, or, bad?" He asked, almost shyly. She laughed, moving forward. She put both of her hands on his chest, and slowly leaned up.
"I could never hate you, Jason. And not a day goes by that I don't think about what we could have had." She whispered. He leaned down and kissed her.
"You were better off without me." He mumbled. She smiled, shaking her head.
"I never wanted to be without you." She corrected. He pressed his nose against hers.
"Then why did you leave?" He asked under his breath. She sighed.
"You never gave me a reason to stay." She answered. He shook his head.
"I will this time." He whispered. She smiled, slowly kissing him again. Someone coughed from behind them. Jessica looked past Jason to see Chris was standing there with the plates. Jason laughed, and moved back slightly. Chris also laughed.
I'm sorry to disrupt this beautiful moment.” He apologized. Jessica shook her head.
It's alright.” She assured. Jason stood up to help Chris with the many plates.
I'll leave you two get back to your business.” Chris said walking off. Jessica and Jason looked at each other, laughing. She shook her head, covering her face in her hands.
I'm embarrassed.” She whined. He laughed, moving her hands. He kissed her again.
Better?” He asked. She laughed, shaking her head.
Not at all.” She dismissed. He leaned over the table, grabbing his beer. She took the opportunity to grab hers as well. He put his arm around her as he leaned back, pulling her closer to him.
Okay, what did I miss?” Dave asked approaching the table. Andrew and Alison were trailing behind him. Jessica looked down, hiding her face in Jason's chest.
Don't try and follow them. They haven't said 4 words to each other, now they're all over each other." Alison complained. Andrew laughed.
"At least your plan worked.” He added, shaking his head.
What plan?” Jason asked, looking at Dave as he sat down across from them.
Oh, nothing.” He dismissed.
Jason, what are you doing in my spot?” Alison barked. Jason briefly looked over at her.
Stealing it?” He questioned. She shook her head, sitting down beside Dave.
My girlfriend just said she's waiting outside.” Andrew announced, laughing. Alison nodded.
We'll have to get together for lunch or something while we're both in town.” She insisted.
Definitely.” Andrew agreed, heading back outside.
Seriously, what the hell?” Dave asked. Alison laughed.
Wasn't the plan to get them back together?” She asked. He nodded, shaking his head.
I didn't expect it to be so... Wait, are you guys actually back together?” Dave asked. Jason and Jessica exchanged a look. Jason laughed.
Yeah.” He answered. Dave shook his head.
Really?” Alison asked, raising her eyebrow. Jessica nodded.
"Yeah." She repeated. Alison shook her head.
How are you guys going to work out the long distance thing? You live thousands of miles apart.” She reminded the pair. Jason half-laughed.
I have an idea.” He mumbled, looking down at Jessica. She raised her eyebrow.
I was thinking, if you wanted, and don't feel pressured, or expected to answer right away...” He started, trailing off. Jessica laughed kissing him.
"I would love to." She cut him off. He smiled.
Really? You're not hesitant at all?” He asked. She shook her head.
Of course she isn't. She's been obsessing over you forever. I mean, not crushing, obsessing. Are you sure you want her around? She redefines psycho.” Alison added, shaking her head. Dave laughed.
You haven't seen his most recent girlfriend, I'm guessing.” He started. Alison shook her head. Dave pulled out his wallet, paging through the pictures. He took one out and handed it to her. Alison looked from the picture to Jason.
Oh wow. Over compensating much, Jason?” She teased, laughing. Dave nodded.
The obsession goes both ways.” He assured.
I've never been in denial about my feelings.” Jason defended.
You're adorable.” Alison teased. Chris walked over to the table with a bottle of champagne and four glasses. He opened the bottle, placing it on the table.
Champagne?” Alison questioned. Chris nodded.
By request.” He assured, looking at Dave.
Thanks Chris.” He replied. Chris nodded, and headed back to the bar.
What's the occasion?” Alison asked. Dave motioned to Jason and Jessica.
I was going to give a nicely written speech about rekindling romance, but, it's too late to try and play cupid.” He joked, shaking his head. Jason laughed.
You can't play cupid to people who only needed opportunity.” Jason assured, looking down at Jessica. She smiled, looking at the table. Dave nodded.
True.” He agreed, pouring the four glasses. He passed them out.
To opportunity.” He toasted. Everyone raised their glasses.

To opportunity.” They repeated. 

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