“What are आप going to L.A. for Marissa?” Anna asked suspiciously

“Um, shopping.” Marissa lied

“So you’re taking two cars?” Seth asked

“No...in fact, if आप would be so kind as to drive my car home?” Marissa asked

“Sure...I guess.” Seth कहा as he ran a hand through his hair.

“Oh really, so you’re not going to visit a certain someone.” Anna persisted

“Uh..no. What are आप talking about? I don’t even know anybody who’s in L.A.-
Marissa stopped in mid-sentence as it dawned on her that Hailey was in L.A.
Seth grabbed Anna द्वारा the arm with an excused

“C’ mon Anna I’m starved.” as he dragged her away.

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“We’re not really going to L.A. are we?” Marissa asked as the two of them got into Alex’s jeep.

“No...unless आप want to, but I just thought आप could use some time away from all this drama.” Alex grinned.

“Thanks.”

“Nothing to it.”

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Marissa left a couple of singles for the waitress at the भोजन करनेवाला, डिनर as they exited.

“I guess I better get आप home.” Alex कहा as they entered नारंगी, ऑरेंज County.

“No, I’ve got a better idea.” Marissa smiled

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“Am I bleeding?” Marissa asked as she stood in front of the mirror in her room.

“Turn around, let me see.” Alex कहा as she walked closer to Marissa and peeled off the covering.

“Oh no, you’re not. That is so hot...have a look for yourself.” Alex कहा as she stared at Marissa’s tattoo.

“Nice tat Marissa.” Caitlin commented


“Caitlin?” Marissa कहा as she turned around.

“Mom is going to kill you.” Caitlin warned

“Yea, I know...but she doesn’t have to find out.” Marissa कहा with a sly grin

“My lips are sealed.” Caitlin smiled

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Marissa and Alex reached Alex’s apartment just as it turned 3:00. Alex walked over to the fridge and took out two beers. The girls sat down on the सोफ़ा, सोफे and Marissa turned on the T.V.
Twisting off the cap, Alex handed Marissa a beer. There was a clinking of glass as Marissa कहा ‘cheers’ and took a swig.