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The Florrick household could face another scandal, and this time Grace decides she's not sticking around for it. So the teen girl goes on a road trip without her parents permission looking for answers.Chapter 15: Happy Birthday Madam President
Grace is finally back in Chicago, but she and Marissa take a little "detour"
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Marissa arrived early to Alicia's apartment with a box of fresh donuts, a bag of bagels and cookies that her boss asked her to get.
"Good morning, Marissa" Alicia let her in "You can put those on the table, please"
Marissa looked at all the food and the three jars of orange juice. "Are you sure you have enough orange juice?"
"My mom is also here, my brother is coming, Zach, you and me"
"So it's a party for Grace" Marissa said.
"Mom almost put on 'Welcome back' banner. Can you believe it?" Zach entered the kitchen and grabbed a bagel. "I was away in college for a year and I didn't get a party"
"Poor little you" Marissa mocked him.
"Zach, I'm just happy I'll have both of my kids here, even if it's just for a day" Alicia looked at the kitchen's clock. "Okay, it's time to pick her up"
"I go with you" Marissa said.
"Alright, Zach please wake up your grandma and make sure the coffee is hot" Alicia put her coat on "Let's go"
On the hallway, Alicia stopped in front of the elevator but didn't push the button.
"What's the matter?" Marissa asked her.
"You go pick her up from the bus station"
"Marissa, I want to see Grace...What if is awkward at the bus station or we don't talk in the car?"
"You're afraid of awkwardness?"
"More than you would think"
"I think you're a wuss." Marissa told her.
"You have been waiting for a month and now you getting cold feet? Therapy isn't working for you."
"You realize I'm still your boss, right?" Alicia looked at her very seriously.
"Sorry, ma'am" Marissa said
"It's not the awkwardness, is more what the awkwardness means. When Zach came home we didn't had to talk, we understood we were fine with each other"
Alicia told Marissa "I don't know where I stand with Grace, I never know what to expect. Please, go pick her up and taste the waters for me"
"Alright. Give me your keys"
"I'll text you or something" Marissa pushed the elevator's button. "But I expect cake when we come back"
"Good idea" Alicia snapped her fingers.
At the bus station Marissa wrote down 'Grace' on a paper and waited for the teen girl to get out of the bus.
"Hey" Grace frowned when she saw Marissa holding the paper "I know you, you don't need the sign"
"It makes more official. Welcome back to Chicago. I know you were expecting your mom but I'm your ride home"
"Its okay, actually, I want to go somewhere else first. Would you drive me there?"
"Uh…okay. But it has to be fast"
The girls arrived to an apartment building.
"My friend lives here." Grace rang the door bell.
"What if your friend isn't home?"
"Sunday morning, she's home"
"Grace?" What are you doing here?" Becca opened the door.
"Hi. May we come in?"
"Fine..." she let them in. Becca was having brunch, she liked to treat herself on Sundays "You could've called first"
"You don't answer my calls anymore" Grace replied.
"Who is this?" Becca pointed at Marissa.
"I'm Marissa Gold" Marissa shook her hand.
"Any relation to Eli Gold?"
"He's my dad"
"You don't say. I'm friends with old Eli" Becca smirked.
"Well, my dad always says he has friends everywhere, but I don't see you being friends with my dad"
"Sure, he slut shamed me when I was 17 years old but if you ask him, I'm sure he'll say I deserved it for meddling with his campaign"
"Okaaay" Marissa frowned.
"Becca, come on" Grace said. "She's not her dad"
"Its all just fun" Becca shrugged. "Why are you even here Grace? Don't you go to church?"
"I want to know why you stop being my friend"
"Are you serious?" Becca said.
"Seriously?" Marissa also said.
"Yes, I am. You just cut me off. It never made sense to me. We were good friends; despite all the things you said to undercut our friendship."
"Take this as a lesson. People enters and leaves your life at random"
"Just like that?"
"Yes. Get over it Grace"
"I don't believe you." Grace crossed her arms.
"You really think highly of yourself, don't you? Friendships end, I ended it"
"Okay, but I was still an asset for you" Grace stated "The daughter of the Florricks. I was your 'Get out of Jail Free card'. Why would you let that go?"
"This is a weird conversation" Marissa said. "I'll stand over there and pretend I'm not listening"
"Damn it Grace. Why can't you let it go?"
"Because I care"
"Ugh, of course you do. Because you're a loyal like a dumb puppy"
"Loyalty is a good thing"
"Sure, loyalty to your friends is important. Hold on to that believe for as long as you can, puppy" Becca smiled.
"Stop calling me puppy, tell me what happened."
"I let you go Grace because I was going to disappointed you one way or another. I'd sell information about your family to a newspaper, I'd steal your boyfriend or I'd make up rumors about you."
"Why would you do that?"
"Because this is who I am."
"The frog and the scorpion story? That's a cliché" Marissa said; still paying attention to the conversation.
"And the worst part is that you would probably forgive me" Becca said.
"That is a ridiculous reason to end a friendship. This might go wrong, so I'll end it now?"
"But is the best for you. It's what we decided" Becca shrugged.
"We? Who is 'we'?" Grace asked.
"I didn't say we"
"Yeah, you did" Marissa said.
"Wait…" Grace had a realization "You mean Connor? Is that why Connor punched Evan? Is that why he broke up with me?"
"Yes. We thought you were better off without us in your life"
"What's wrong with you?" Grace with annoyance.
"Exactly, I'm not good" Becca took a sip of her coffee.
"Stop it! You're not a bad person. You can't live your life thinking you don't deserve to have friends or any kind of fulfilling relationship"
"Thank you Dr. Phill, you have changed my life. Now beat it"
"Listen to me" Grace put her hands on Becca's shoulders "I saw you overcome and incredibly painful experience"
"You didn't let it define you as a person. So don't let this idea of being a bitch define you. I know you have to be tough but don't be tough on
"You're getting good at the pep talks"
"I mean what I said"
"I know" Becca looked longingly at Grace's eyes "Why did you have to fall for the guy and not me?"
Grace frowned "What do you mean?"
"I love you" Becca took a step forward and gently kissed Grace on the lips. Marissa couldn't look away.
"You don't have to say anything" Becca told her "I made my decision, we'll go separate ways. Goodbye Grace. You have better things ahead of you"
"Okay, goodbye Becca. Good things are coming your way too" Then they hugged.
"Hey Marissa, do you want to see your dad go crazy? Tell him I kissed you"
Grace and Marissa left the apartment and headed for the car.
"So you and that girl?" Marissa raised her eyebrows.
"It wasn't like that" Grace said.
"Hey it's all love. I don't judge" Grace didn't respond, she was sad and Marissa noticed it. She patted Grace on the back "Come on, lets get you home. There
"Wait…I need to do a phone call real quick" the teen girl took her cell phone out of her pocket.
"Call from the car or better yet from your house"
"It'll be just a minute" Marissa rested her arms on the car's roof while Grace made her call. The conversation didn't last long.
"Yeah, okay. Thank you, Karen. Bye" Grace hung up the phone
"Ready?" Marissa asked.
"Actually, I'm going to Indiana"
"Terra Haute. I'm going to Indiana State University"
"What?! Are you kidding me?"
"Marissa, I need to talk to someone there"
"Then call them from your apartment. 'Cause I'm taking you to your mom"
"No. I'm going to Indiana, what Becca told me changes things. Could you drive me back to the bus station?"
"No, I'm not driving you back to the bus station"
"Fine, I can go by myself" Grace started to walk away from the car.
"Grace, you're not going to Indiana!"
"What are you going to do? Stop me?"
"Yeah!" Marissa threw herself at Grace and grabbed her by the waist.
"What are you doing?!" Grace tried to get free from the grip.
"I'm taking you home, damn it! Your family is waiting for you; don't be selfish, Grace"
"Sometimes is good to be selfish"
"You had all summer; it's time to come home" Marissa pulled Grace to the car.
"I can't go home yet. I need to see him" Grace kept fighting.
"Him? No man is worth it. Whoever he is, get over him"
"It's not like that!" Some bystanders stopped and stared at them.
"We're sisters; don't worry" Marissa told them.
"We're not sisters!"
"She's adopted but we love her equally"
"Marissa stop joking and let me go!" With one final pull Grace was free. The girls felt down on the street, they needed to catch their breath.
"Grace, go to Indiana next week"
"It has to be now, otherwise I'll lose momentum" Grace said "Also I have school and I'll probably be grounded for a month"
"Grace, no boy is worth traveling 200 miles on a bus instead of going home"
"Well I'm going. I've been traveling all summer, I'm used to it. And is only 181 miles" Grace got up and started to walk down to street. "Don't worry I'll call mom and explain it to her"
"Stop! I'm taking you to Indiana" Marissa yelled.
The teen girl stopped and turned around "Promise?"
"Yes, I promise. Help me up"
In Alicia's apartment the elected State's Attorney was reading her speech for the ceremony the next morning. Zach, Owen and Veronica were her audience.
"I will earn your trust and we will work together for a better Chicago…uhm…I don't like how the last part sounds" Alicia walked around the living room "What do you guys think?"
"I like it mom"
"You deliver is good" Owen said.
"It is a nice way to end your speech" Veronica adds.
Alicia stood in silence for moment "No, I'll re write it"
Everyone sighed then Alicia's phone rang.
"Marissa, did you pick Grace up? How is she?"
"Yeah, she's with me right now but there's been a change of plans. She's going to explain you."
"Hi Grace, what's going on?"
"We're going to Indiana State University"
"Don't worry; we'll be back tonight. I promise you, okay mom?"
"Why are you going to Indiana?" Alicia asked still very confused "You are already in Chicago, right?"
"I'm meeting a friend. I'll tell you all about it when I comeback"
"A friend? Who?"
"It's important to me mom"
"I...uh...alright" Alicia sighed "Be careful. Can you put Marissa back on the phone?"
"Okay, bye mom"
"What the hell, Marissa?! You were supposed to pick her up and bring her home" Alicia yelled.
"No, you're not blaming me for this one. You were supposed to get her. I literally try to drag her home, but Grace is feisty" Marissa replied "Anyway, I'll take
care of her and you can stay home thinking on ways to punish her for being so unconsidered to her family"
"I heard that" Grace complained.
"Thanks Marissa. Bye" Alicia hung up the phone. She looked at the cake they just bought for Grace; she got a fork and started to eat it.
"Why are you eating the cake?" Zach asked when he entered the kitchen.
"Because Grace is taking a detour to Indiana and she's not coming home yet"
"Oh come on" Zach said.
"Here" Alicia gave him a fork "Eat cake"
Two days before Grace's 17th Birthday.
In Alicia's apartment, Grace had just arrived from school and she wanted her mother permission to go out late tonight. But catching her mother's attention
was hard during the campaign. Alicia, Melissa, Elfman were in the kitchen discussing something with Josh and Eli over the phone.
"Hi Grace" Alicia smiled "How was school?"
"It was good"
"Everything is so bla bla bla right now. You should come to the HQ's immediately." Josh said.
"We're on our way"
"Can you come to my office first?" Eli asked
"No dad, you meet us in our offices" Marissa told him.
"I'm busy" Eli replied.
"So are we. Bye Eli" Elfman hung up on Eli and then he headed for the door.
"Hey mom, so my birthday is this Sunday" Grace put her hand on Alicia's hand to make contact.
"I know. We'll go to a restaurant for brunch" Alicia told her "I won't forget. It's on my agenda, right Marissa?"
"Yeah, it's on the agenda" Marissa said.
"We have to go Alicia" John Elfman said from the door.
"You go get the car, I'll be right there" Alicia put on her coat "Do you want something for your birthday?"
"No. Brunch is fine. Actually, my friends are having a gathering tonight, for my birthday" Grace said.
"That is nice"
"Can I go? I know it's short notice but my friends wanted to surprise me"
"Are there going to be boys in this gathering?"
"Are they going to drink alcohol?"
"I don't know…maybe"
"So it's more like a party"
"I really don't know" Grace shrugged.
"Fine, be home at midnight. Or do you want me to pick you up?"
"No, it's okay. Thanks mom" Grace kissed Alicia.
"Let's go" Marissa gave Alicia her purse.
"Bye Grace. Be a good girl" Alicia and her body woman walked to the door.
"Why did you inquired her like that?" Marissa asked. "She's Grace, what do you think she'd do? Read the Bible to hard?"
"Don't say that" Alicia closed the apartment door "She could hear you"
"I'm defending her from your paranoia. She's not gonna get in trouble"
Unfortunately, Grace heard Marissa's comment and she didn't feel like she was defending her. The teen age girl couldn't ponder too much on the conversation, she had to get ready. An hour later, Grace was leaving the apartment.
Outside the building Grace waited for her ride. She smiled when the green volkswagen beetle arrived and the windows rolled down.
"Get in loser! We're going to your party" Becca yelled from the driver's seat and Grace got in.
"Hi Grace. You look pretty today" Becca started to drive "Ready for your party?"
"When you say party, you mean like a party, party?"
"It's your birthday isn't? You're getting a party"
"Actually, my birthday is this Sunday"
"Good, because I didn't get you anything"
"It's okay. I was just wondering about this party, because I feel like a small reunion is better, you know? I mean, who did you invite?"
"ZZzzzzz" Becca faked to snore.
"Becca, you're driving!"
"Oh, I'm sorry. You bored me with your questions. Just enjoy the day, okay Grace?"
"Okay" Grace kept smiling all the way to the party. The last time she actually had a birthday party was when she was just a kid, but after her dad's scandal the birthday parties stopped.
"Whose house is this?" The teen girl asked when they parked in front of a one story house.
"I recognize that car" Grace said "Who is here?"
"Who else? Your friends"
Grace entered the house and felt happy. The living room had colorful balloons, a happy birthday banner over the fireplace, a table had chips and sodas for everyone and Jennifer was already there acting as a DJ. Grace's friends from school and church were mixing together, having a good time.
"Wow" Grace she said.
"Hi...thanks...have fun" Grace greeted her guests. Then she saw Connor in a corner away from everyone and she headed that way.
"Hey birthday girl"
"I didn't know people from school were going to be here" She told him
"I know. Surprise!" Connor smiled "What do you want to do?"
"Hey don't just stand in the corner" Becca came for her "Come with me. Connor, keep an eye on the door"
Becca took Grace to the open kitchen, where she set an improvised bar.
"What do you think? I delivered or what?" Becca gave Grace a soda.
"Yes, you did. Thank you very much"
"Just a heads up, I'm charging for the hard liquor. But everything else is free for your friends, okay?"
"Okay. Who paid for everything else?"
"Don't worry about it"
"Who was in charge of the guest list?"
Grace looked at Jennifer who was dancing to the beats.
"I'll go talk to her" Grace went to her friend. "Jennifer!"
"Hey Grace, happy birthday!" Jennifer gave her a big hug. "I have a rad mix of your favorite tunes"
"Thank you. Listen, how did you come up with the guest list?" Grace had to raise up her voice, they were to close to the speakers.
"I looked through your contacts on your phone"
"I'm sorry Grace, this was a surprise party. I had to send the invitations without you knowing"
"This wasn't exactly a surprise party. Forget it, who did you invite?"
"Your church group, but I didn't invite Pastor Cam. I knew that" Jennifer smiled "All the girls that were on the choir video we made"
Grace sighed, the girls from the choir were from school, and people at school didn't know she was dating Connor, only her church group knew that. She had
complicated her life in an unnecessary way.
"You invited Sarah?"
"Cute little black girl? Yeah I invited her. She's bringing cake"
"Did I make a mistake?"
"No, is okay" Grace gave her a thumb up "Keep the music going"
After dealing with some traffic, Marissa and Grace made to the the highway.
"Thanks for doing this for me Marissa" Grace said.
"Yeah, yeah, whatever" Marissa replied "If we're going to Indiana, can we at least have waffles at J.J.'s diner?"
"We're not going to Pawnee"
"Hey, you got the reference. I didn't think you would"
"Because I didn't think you watch sitcoms. You read the bible all the time"
"I do not" Grace exclaimed "And you spend 2 years in Israel, if anyone should be out of touch with pop culture is you"
"God, just admit you don't like me."
"I don't have a problem with you" Grace replied.
"Fine, don't admit it...I'll just drive you to Indiana State so you can act like freaking Felicity"
"Felicity from the homonymous TV drama"
"It doesn't ring a bell" Grace said.
"Felicity follows a guy to college because she had a crush on him. It's the same actress who is a Russian spy now"
"It must be an old show"
"An old show?
"Well, you're old"
"How old do you think I am?" Marissa raised her voice in indignation.
"I'm 22! Oy, this is going to be a long trip"
"Why do you have that look on your face?" Becca asked Grace.
"My friends from school didn't know about me dating Connor, so I either ignore him all evening or I tell everyone and face the consequences"
"Good lord Grace. Listen, all these people are here for you. They are your friends and if they want to start rumors then they're not really your friends" Becca
smirked "But just in case we confiscated their cell phones. No one is going to take a photo of you if you don't want to. We got you back"
"And they agreed to that?"
"They have to or we kick them out"
"You're welcome. Now enjoy your damn party" Becca shook Grace by the shoulders in a playful way.
At the door Carey Zepps arrived and refused to obey Connor "No, I'm not giving you my phone. Grace! Grace!"
"Hello Carey" Grace met him at the door. "So you got an invitation"
"Yeah, I thought it was a family affair but I can see you are teens" the lawyer looked around "so I'm leaving. Happy birthday, here is a gift certificate. Bye"
"Don't tell my mom"
"Believe me I won't" Zepps ran from the party. Grace and Connor watched him leave.
"Who is that guy?"
"He's partners with my mom. Jennifer invited everyone"
"Okay" Connor said "Have you decided what you want to do? People from school are staring me at me. They think you hired me as muscle"
"What do I want to do? Drink!" Grace and Connor went back to the kitchen where Becca was selling her drinks. "I want a shot"
"Are you sure? You don't drink "Becca said.
"Come on, it's my birthday. It's a special occasion. My first birthday party in years"
"Alright...There you go." Becca served Grace alcohol on a plastic cup.
"Well, I don't want to drink alone" Grace told them.
"You heard the birthday girl, hit me" Connor said.
Becca served another two shots. "Cheers" They all drank up.
"Aah…what is that?" Grace stuck out her tongue "Oh God, it burns"
Becca and Connor laughed.
"Are you okay?" Connor asked her.
"My stomach is getting warm" Grace smiled and then she kissed Connor. "Let's go dance"
"So you don't care what people say?"
"No. I want to have fun" She took his hand and they headed to the center of the room to dance.
Outside the house Sarah arrived with a cake for Grace.
"Need any help?" A young woman told her.
"Please, ring the bell for me" Sarah's cake was big and heavy for her.
"Of course. I'm here for Grace's party too. I'm Shannon"
"Hi I'm Sarah. Where do you know Grace from?"
"We went to the same school before she transferred to Capstone" Shannon smiled "I was surprised to get her email"
Connor opened the door. "If you're here for the party, I need you to give me your phone or any recording devices. You can get it back when you leave"
"Why?" Shannon asked.
Shannon took a look at the party and decided it was worth it. "Fine"
"Thank you. Next!" Connor finally noticed Sarah "Oh…hey Sarah. Let me help you with the cake"
"No" Sarah moved the cake away from him. "Why are you here? Where is Grace?"
"I'm here!" Grace ran to the door "Sarah, thank you for coming and for the cake. I can't believe you didn't say anything this morning in school. Please, come
"No" Sarah took a step back "Why is he here?"
"Because…Connor is my boyfriend"
"Him?" Sarah sounded very offended.
"Hey, I'm the cream of the crop, I rise to the top I never eat a pig cause a pig is a cop"
"What?" Both girls stared at him.
"Nothing. I'll let you guys talk alone" Connor returned to the party. Grace stepped outside to talk with Sarah.
"I can't believe you" Sarah said
"Sarah if you just let me explain"
"For how long have you been dating him? I mean, did you at least wait after Grace Banskin's funeral?"
"Come on that's not fair"
"Not fair? You didn't know Grace Banskin. I did, okay? I remembered Grace at 14 destroying her reputation for having sex with Connor behind the bushes.
The entire school knew about it"
"You're right I didn't know her" Grace said "But that was years ago"
"You know what? Forget about him, this isn't about him. This is about you lying to me, we're friends, we trust each other"
"We don't tell each other everything"
"I told you about my very bad first kiss with Darryl, Taylor told you she had a crush on your brother and you never said anything about your boyfriend. Who
does that? Seriously Grace, what kind of person does that?"
"Everything in my life is tainted. My family, my school, my church. I got to keep my guard up all the time. I can't share a note in class, I can't make
comments about politics, I can't take photos in my party because everything can be use against my family. Everything is taken out of context"
"You think I'd hurt your family?"
"Not you but people could try to use you, use Taylor's drug problem or use Connor's past. I saw it happened to my brother's girlfriends" Grace told
her "Everything is tainted"
"I dunno Grace. If your life sucks so much you could use a real friend to trust. Here is your damn cake" Sarah handed over the cake "Bye"
Grace stayed for a while holding her cake. It said 'Happy B-day' and it had a bee smiling. She returned to the party feeling sad.
"Are you okay?" Connor asked her as he helped with her cake.
"I need another drink"
"No, I don't think that is a good idea"
Grace ignored him and took another drink, and then she went to dance next to Jennifer on the couch. Becca and Connor observed them.
"Why is Grace friends with her?" Becca asked.
After an hour and half of driving Marissa and Grace stopped for gas and food.
"Well, we're half way there" Marissa said. "Or we can turn back and forget about it"
"No. I must go" Grace told her. Then she got food from the store. "I'm not sure what you like so I bought you a hot dog and a coke"
"Thanks" Marissa accepted the food "Listen Grace, I told you I wasn't trying to replace you"
"It was an unnecessary comment. You work for my mom, I'm her daughter"
"But you don't like me"
"Not everyone in the world has to like you"
"Aha, so you're admitting you don't like me"
"I didn't like that when I came back from school, you were already there. I didn't like that mom gave you her keys to the apartment, or that you spend
Election Day with mom playing videogames"
"It was for the campaign…and where were you that day, by the way?" Marissa put her hand on her hip "You didn't think it was important to support
your mom on Election Day?"
"You made me feel awkward at my own home. Elfman, the bla bla guy and you fighting to get my mom's attention"
"You know what? You stole my dad!"
"My dad used to move from job to job. He moved to the next candidate, the next PR crisis, the next campaign and he never looked back. It changed with your dad; he's stuck with the Florricks"
"Eli likes working for my dad"
"You think he likes to fix your scandals every 5 months"
"I don't know why he stays with Peter. It's like they have the hots for each other…" Marissa wondered for a second "Wait…they're not, right?"
"Well, you never know with my dad" Grace shrugged.
Marissa stared at Grace "Did you just make a joke about your dad?"
"Yeah" Both girls laughed.
"I hope you don't really think we stole your dad from you" Grace said "My dad and Eli are good friends"
"I didn't try to steal your mom from you" Marissa tells her.
"I know. It wasn't about you, I was jealous that you could talk to her about anything"
"Maybe if we go back to Chicago…"
"Get in the car Marissa, we're going to Terre Haute"
After two hours, the party was still going strong. There were no fights, nobody was too drunk and the birthday girl was having the time of her life.
"Are you complaining about the booze prices?" Becca confronted a guest in the party "You're a minor, get the hell out of here"
"Fine" the boy waked away.
"Excuse me?" Another boy approached Becca.
"I brought this gift for Grace" The boy had a pink and orange box on his hands "I'm leaving but there isn't a table for presents, I was wondering if I could
leave it with you"
"Why don't you give Grace her present…" Becca read the card on the box "…Evan?"
"I don't want to interrupt her"
"Come on Evan, I'm sure Grace is going to be happy"
Becca took Evan to the dance floor and they interrupted Grace and Connor.
"Hey Grace, your friend Evan is leaving and he wants to give you his present" Becca said "Connor, have you met Evan?"
"No, hey man"
"Hi, I saw you wait for Grace outside the church" Evan shook his hand. "Well, here is your present"
"Oh...thanks Evan" Grace gave him a hug.
"Connor, what did you get Grace for her birthday?" Becca asked knowing the answer. Grace reacted quickly and held Connor's hand.
"This party is my present from you and Connor" Grace said.
"Anyway, goodnight Grace" Evan said.
Grace took a break from dancing and talked to Becca on private.
"You did that on purpose. Did you want them to fight?"
"No...Maybe. A good party must have drama"
"I already had drama with Sarah. I don't need more" Grace said "I probably lost my friend"
"Grace, for what you told me about Sarah she's a good friend and she's going to forgive you. Just tell her you're sorry" Becca said "Like I'm sorry for trying to
start a fight between Connor and Evan. Okay? Go back to dancing with Connor"
"No, it's my turn to dance with you" Grace grabbed her hand.
"I thought you'll never ask"
Later that night, the guests were starting to leave. Connor was giving back the phones and Becca was closing the bar.
"So Grace is drunk" Becca said.
"Yep, what did she have like 3 drinks?" Connor said.
"Well she never drinks so she has little tolerance for alcohol"
"We should sober her up and take her home"
"Yeah…You know? I was thinking about what you told me yesterday when we were stealing the liquor; concerning Grace"
"And?" Connor took a sip of his drink.
"I didn't see it before but now that her mom is running for office. It all fits together. Grace is going to be a politician when she grows up"
"Right?" The boy smiled with satisfaction.
"The political family, the higher education, the issues she's interested in"
"She actually cares about people" Connor said.
"She is getting better at talking to people, dealing with them. When I first met her she was this awkward little thing" Becca recalled.
"She is getting better at lying too"
"She's gonna need it at her job as... US senator, Attorney General or Secretary of State?"
"Freaking President of the USA" Connor said and then finished his drink. "Florrick 2048!"
"Aww. You're so cute feeling proud of your girlfriend. I bet you picture yourself as the First Gentleman. Keep dreaming boy, we won't even be foot notes on
her Wikipedia page"
The young woman observed Grace dancing with Jennifer and then she sighed.
"Becca, do you have feelings for Grace?" Connor asked her.
"Please Connor, keep your male fantasies about girls kissing to yourself."
"I didn't say it was sexual. I just think you have feelings for her. Maybe because you're an awful person with no real friends, so you cling to the one person
who is nice to you."
"You're the one who is clinging to her to get out of the 'hood." Becca laughed "Girls like her end up with boys like Evan; you're nothing
but a distraction"
"Hey guys?" Jennifer interrupted them "Grace needs a time up"
"Okay. Jennifer, go change the music for something calmer and you go get your girlfriend. Let's kill this party" Becca order them.
"Why is Grace friends with her?" Jennifer asked Connor.
"Beats me" Connor answered then he went for Grace. "How you're feeling Grace?"
"I feel perfect…bye guys" She waved at the last guest leaving and almost fall down.
"I got you" Connor said.
"The music changed, let's dance" She held him closed.
"Aren't you tired of dancing?"
"We haven't slow dance, come on"
"One song" After the song ended, Connor carried Grace to a bedroom and put on the bed.
"Oh God, the room is spinning" Grace shut her eyes "Make it stop"
"I can't" Connor sat on the bed "You need to get some sleep."
"Fine" Grace hugged the pillow "Wait, whose room is this?"
"Don't worry about it" Becca said.
"But there are photos of people…."Grace couldn't point at the night stand "over there. You're not getting in any trouble are you, Becca?"
"I'm not in trouble Grace"
"Drinking was a bad idea"
"Then why did you do it?" Connor asked her.
"I wanted to be cool"
"No. I'm lame"
"I wouldn't date a lame person. A lame person wouldn't have this birthday party"
"I lied to my friend"
"Everybody lies, Grace. It doesn't make you a bad person"
"Of course everybody lies…the question is who do you lie to and about what" Grace poked Connor's nose and giggled "I really like you"
"I like you too"
"Aright that is enough" Becca said from the door. "We have to take the rest of bottles to my car"
Grace slept for an hour then their friends woke her up, gave her food with plenty water and then took her home.
"Do you feel better?"
"I do. Thanks"
"You don't have bad breath; but still, don't get to close to your mom tonight" Becca recommend her.
"I will, goodnight guys"
Becca and Connor waited for Grace to enter the building.
"Connor, I'm only taking you to the L. No way am I driving to your neighborhood"
"What if something had wrong tonight?"
"What do you mean?"
"We stole liquor and sold it to minors in a party for governor's daughter; how stupid is that?"
"I agree, I barely make a profit"
"I'm serious; can you imagine how damaging that could've been for Grace?"
"I see" Becca nodded "Connor what I said about Evan and Grace, I was just joking"
"Well, I'm not joking. I…I think we should leave her alone because we're nothing but bad company"
When Grace woke up the next morning, Alicia was there holding a cupcake with a birthday candle on it.
"My birthday is tomorrow"
"I thought this could be your birthday weekend"
"Go ahead make a wish"
"Okay" Grace blew the candle. "There"
"I'm sure your wish will come true. I have to go, but I'll see you before dinner, okay?"
Grace stayed in bed for another while, she was tired from dancing. Then she remembered something and called Becca.
"Grace, I dropped you home 10 hours ago. What can you possibly have to tell me?"
"It was your father's house, wasn't it? I saw his photo in the bedroom"
"Yeah, he wanted me to keep an eye on until he sales it"
"Did you trash the house because you're angry at him?"
"I'm here for you if want to talk about it"
"I'll call you" Becca hung up on her. Grace didn't know at the time, but Becca wouldn't call her again. That same day, Grace didn't waste any time and went
to see Sarah to apologize.
"Hello Mrs. Peppers. Is Sarah home?"
"Hello, Grace. Please come in, I'll get Sarah"
Grace stepped into the luxurious home of the renown surgeons.
"Hey" Sarah walked in to the living room.
"Hi. I don't want us to be mad to each other" Grace said first. "Well, I don't want you mad at me. I'm sorry I kept secrets from you"
"I thought about it, Grace. I wished you hadn't lie to me but I kind of get it. It's your private life"
"And it wasn't that I didn't trust you"
"So are we still friends?"
"Yeah" Sarah smiled.
Almost 4 hours later; the girls arrived to Indiana State University in Terra Haute.
"Now what?" Marissa said as she stretched her legs.
"We'll go to his dorm room. His sister gave me the info, Blumberg Hall is that way" The girls headed to the dorm rooms buildings. That part of the campus
was full with freshman moving in.
"So what are you going to say? Are you going to declare your love for him?"
"I told you it isn't like that"
"Grace?" A voice came from behind them and the girls turned around. There it was Connor.
"Fuck you, Connor. You're a jerk!" Grace yelled at him.
"Ha! This trip was totally worth it just for that" Marissa laughed.
To be continued…
Thank you for reading.
Next chapter: Is Grace going to make it on time to the swearing in ceremony?
Here is the thing: I like to set stories in my parties. Maybe because I watched "The Party" with Peter Sellers and "Can't hardly wait" with Jennifer
Love Hewitt when I was little and loved them both very much.
Also, FUCK ME SLOWLY WITH A CHAINSAW! Makenzie Vega isn't a regular cast and Grace will a have 'presence' in the show. So, maybe phone calls to her mom every 6 episodes?