Her excitement is adorable. I don’t want to be here but for her I can suffer a little bit longer.
“Why don’t I see a drink in your hand?” Clay says, coming over to us.
“She doesn’t drink,” Andi pipes in, grin stretching from ear to ear. “I’m Andi by the way.”
“Cool. Cool. And you are?” He looks at me expectantly. Shit. I can tell by the way he is looking at me the dude is trying to hit on me. Not good.
“Wylla, but um hey. Can you do me a favor?”
“Name it, but you’ll owe me.”
“Right. I need to make a phone call. Will you keep Andi company? It’d mean so much to me.”
“Who you calling? I’m right here, Wylla.” Clay rolls his tongue over his lips.
“I’ll be back in a few.” I wink at Andi and hurry outside. Pulling my cell phone out of my back pocket, I dial East. I know he said he’d call but I miss him.
It rings five times before going to voicemail. He’s probably on the road. I look around the yard. I’m not ready to go back inside and I don’t want that Clay guy to hit on me in front of Andi. She has been crushing hard on him. My phone vibrates. East is returning my call.
“Yeah, fine. I just missed you is all. Are you going to be back tonight?”
“Yeah, come downstairs.”
“Yup, thought I’d just pick you up on my way through.”
“Oh. Well I’m not at the dorm exactly.”
“Eat shit and die bro,” some dude shouts from behind me.
“Fuck you, man.”
I look behind me just as a shoving match starts.
“Who the fuck is that? Where are you?”
“A few blocks from campus. Andi was dying to come to this party.”
“Want the address. I’m coming to you.”
“You don’t have to just give me a few minutes and I’ll grab Andi.”
“Baby, I said I’m on my way. Not gonna ask for that address again.”
I chew on my thumb and the fight is escalating. People are coming from inside to watch. One guy has the other on the ground and people are chanting for him to kick his ass.
I fire off the street and East hangs up. I tuck my phone in my pocket and go looking for Andi. I find her in the kitchen getting herself another beer.
“Hey, um East is on his way here to get me. Where’s your dude?”