It had been a bear of a week, and she took off work early and texted Piz, wondering if he was in town and wanted to grab a drink.
He was in the library at the university writing a paper, and asked her if they could meet up in an hour. She said sure and headed home. As she walked in the door she got a call from Piz saying he couldn't concentrate any more. When he walked through the door, he was smelly and looked very tired. He'd been at school working tirelessly and had moved into a trailer with his dad for the last few weeks of school. "Do you need a shower?" She asked, half joking. "Yeah, and maybe I could crash on your couch tonight."
They had trouble deciding what they wanted to do, so he headed over to her apartment where they talked for awhile before deciding on the local bar at the base of her building for the cheap drinks and apps.
She talked about how her grapefruit beer and avocado fries combo was a favorite of her and 21's, but with him being in England she never got to get it. When they were out last week they had an amazing conversation where she called him a coward and he told her she never took any risks. They survived that, and it was so nice to be with him again. After a few more stories and a second beer for him, they decided to go to the Speakeasy they had attempted to go to a couple of weeks ago.
They were a little disappointed that they didn't ask for the password, they just walked right in. Piz mentioned the password to the bartender, as it was a drink he had quite a bit when he was stationed in Brasil for awhile. The bartender was obsessed with flavor profiles, and pointed out that they had meatballs for customers as well by the bar. They each had a couple and agreed they were great, although the drinks were so strong that she could barely taste them anyway.
The BBQ meatball seemed to invigorate him, and he perked up for the first time all night. She couldn't help but keep smiling at him, he was such an adorable child when things made him happy, it was infectious.
He noticed her smiling and asked "What?"
Her smile lowered a little bit, and she said "I'm just going to miss you when you leave. I know you won't be coming back."
He looked at her, and she held his gaze. "You were just an important part of my life, and now it's over."
"I know I've said this before, but your eyes are so pretty. I could stare into them forever."
She melted. The spark was still there between them. She wasn't sure if it had always been that way or not.
They walked across the skyway back to her apartment. She grabbed for his hand to lead him inside, and they stopped by the saunas for a minute and talked about going in but couldn't reach a decision.
"I don't know Penny...what do you want to do?"
She looked him, and said "I want to go upstairs. What do you want to do?"
He searched her eyes, then leaned down to kiss her before answering.
"I want to fuck your brains out."