After We Collided (After, #2) by Anna Todd Read Online (FREE)
The house is more crowded than I’ve ever seen it, and Hardin is nowhere to be found. Half of the living room has been taken over by a long card table filled with rows of red cups. Drunk college students throw Ping-Pong balls into the cups and then swallow the contents down. I’ll never understand the need for them to play all sorts of games when they’re intoxicated, but at least this one doesn’t seem to involve kissing. I spot Tristan sitting on the couch next to a redheaded guy who I remember seeing here before. He was smoking a joint with Jace the last time I saw him. Zed is seated on the arm of the couch and says something to the group, causing Tristan’s head to fall back from laughter. When Tristan looks up at Steph walking toward him, he smiles. I’ve liked Nate’s roommate from the first time I met him. He’s sweet, and he seems to really care for Steph.
“How are things between the two of you?” I ask her before we approach them.
She turns her whole body to me and beams. “Great, actually. I think I love him!”
“Think? You guys haven’t said it yet?” I gasp.
“No . . . God no. We’ve only been dating three months!”
“Oh . . .” Hardin and I said the words before we were dating at all.
“You and Hardin are different,” she says quickly, only lending support to my suspicions that she can read my thoughts. “How are you two?” she asks, then looks past me.
“Good, we are good.” It’s great to be able to say, since we are good, for once.
“You two are really the oddest couple.”
I chuckle. “Yeah, we are.”
“It’s a good thing, though. Could you imagine if Hardin were to find a girl like him? I would never want to meet her, that’s for sure.” She laughs.
“Me either,” I say and join in her laughter.
Tristan waves to Steph, and she pads over to take a seat on his lap. “There’s my girl.” He gives her a swift kiss on the cheek, then looks at me. “And how are you, Tessa?”
“I am very well. How are you?” I ask. I sound like a politician. Relax, Tessa.
“Fine. Drunk as shit, but fine.” He laughs.
“Where’s Hardin? I haven’t seen him,” the boy with the red hair asks me.
“He’s . . . well, I have no idea,” I answer and shrug.
“I’m sure he’s around here somewhere. I don’t see him going far from you,” Steph says to try and comfort me.
Actually, I don’t mind that I haven’t seen Hardin in a while, because the alcohol is making me less nervous, but I do wish he would return and hang out with me. These are all his friends, not mine. Except Steph, who I’m still deciding on. But right now she’s the person that I know the best, and I don’t want to stand here awkward and alone.
Someone bumps into me and I stumble forward slightly; luckily my drink is empty, so when the cup hits the already stained carpet, only a few drops of pink liquid dot the surface.