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“It’s just you and I tonight, why don’t you figure my heart out?”
Recommended song : The 1975 – Heart Out
Josie and Raymond never realized how awkward they are with each other until this night. It is a warm night in the beginning of April, when Raymond is driving his black Mustang while Josie’s sitting on the passenger’s seat, quietly fidgeting with her dainty fingers while looking outside the window. They’ve been friends for years, yet feeling awkward to start a simple conversation with each other. Maybe because all this time they’re always with Ian who tends to be loud, Samantha who’s always throwing sarcastic jokes, and Alex who would separate those two immature kids before they start their own World War III.
Those three should know better than put Josie and Raymond together. Josie is way too quiet and Raymond can’t get along with quiet people well (Alex is also quiet but he will spit bad words at Raymond whenever the dark-haired boy asked him stupid questions). Josie needs to buy a book for her college enrollment test and Raymond is the only one who had time to drive her to the bookstore.
“Hey, Joan,” Raymond finally speaks, referring to Josie’s first name.
“Hmm?” she hums in response.
“Mind if I turn on the radio?” he asks.
“It’s fine,” Josie replies as she shrugs.
Soon after Raymond turned on the radio, a quiet familiar song filled the whole car. It’s one of Ian’s favorite song from The 1975, entitled ‘Heart Out’. “I feel like I’ve ever heard this song before,” Raymond mumbles and Josie slightly chuckles.
“Ian listens to this song a lot, Ray,” she says and Raymond hums in acknowledgement.
“I don’t really like this song, though,” he says.
“You don’t even like listening to music.”
“Yeah, you’re right.”
“I also don’t really like this song but it’s quite good,” Josie adds, before singing some parts of the song that she remembers.
“You have a melodious voice,” Raymond compliments her. “Why do I just discover it now?”
“That’s because whenever I sing, Ian would try to join me,” Josie answers and Raymond snorts.
“With his horrendous dying whale voice? Seriously, that boy needs help.”
Josie was chuckling at his comment and Raymond doesn’t understand why his heart has to thump a little faster than normal upon hearing her sound of laugh. Okay, Raymond has to admit that long time ago (I repeat, LONG TIME AGO) he had a crush on the petite blonde girl. But it was when they were on middle school, that means it’s already more than two years.
Damn it, Ray. Stay on your fucking lane, Raymond says to himself as he steps on the gas pedal. You’re not going to fall with your own best friend, unless you want to be fucked up.
They fall into another pregnant silence for minutes. Raymond hates how this awkward atmosphere and his ridiculous thought about falling in love with Josie make this ride feels longer than it should. Josie on the other hand rather enjoys the silence.
“Josie,” he calls out. “What if the person you’re close with falls in love with you all of a sudden?”
“Huh?” Josie blinks confusedly. “Is that thing even happened in real life?”
“Do you think it’s only fictional stuff?”
Josie nods in response. “Well, if so… It’s all depending on that person itself.”
“What if the person is your best friend?”
“Like- Someone between you, Ian, or Alex?”
Josie shrugs. “I don’t know. If you’re not confessing, than it wouldn’t really cause a trouble.”
Raymond sighs to himself. Yes, you better not confessing.
“Why did you ask out of the blue?” Josie asks. “Is one of the boys has a crush on me?”
“No! I mean- I don’t know! I just… Had the urge to ask?” Raymond quickly answers. “You know, Alex says that I always have the tendency to ask pointless things?”
“That makes sense.”
Josie fixing her loose braid, not even realizing that Raymond is occasionally (and unconsciously) stealing glances at her. “Ray, what will happen if we and the others are falling in love with each other?”
“We’ll be fucked up for sure,” Raymond says. “And things will be so complicated.”
“What if I fall in love with you or the opposite?”
Raymond tilts his head slightly and shrugs, turning to meet Josie’s curious gaze and raises an eyebrow at her. “Don’t know. Why don’t you try to figure my heart out while there are only two of us tonight?”
-this is not the end yet