All in Time – Chapter 5
All in Time
A Life is Strange Story by OuTsYdeR
Before Tomorrow Comes
Max entered her apartment and locked the door behind her. After her little graffiti incident, she had cried for half the walk home. But, now, she was back in her comfort zone. Dropping her messenger bag on the floor beside the door, she bent down to remove the three bottles from the drugstore and snapped it back shut. She walked into the bedroom and placed the medicine bottles in her nightstand drawer. After making herself more comfortable (meaning removing her shoes, hoodie, then her bra and jeans), she walked across the living room, into the kitchen, and made herself a glass of water. Sitting on the edge of the bed in just her t-shirt and panties, she set the glass down atop the nightstand. She took out the medicine bottles and began to take one of each of the prescribed pills. She didn’t even care that it was mid-afternoon, she was tired as hell, and she was going to take an Ambien. After downing the trio of drugs, she picked up her phone. She had a text message from Warren asking how she was. “Warren, I’m so sorry we haven’t really talked since yesterday. I haven’t been sleeping well, and am exhausted. Just took an Ambien, gonna try to crash until morning.” She typed before tapping Send. Lying back, she swung her legs up onto the bed, covered herself with the blanket, got comfortable, and closed her eyes. The Xanax was definitely fast-acting. She couldn’t remember the last time she felt so relaxed, so at ease. The Ambien was fairly quick to kick in as well, and she was out like a light in no time.
Max suddenly found herself in a haze. She had to blink several times to be able to see. Peering through the fog, she soon realized that she was in the junkyard. She was sitting on the hood of the car that she had sat on with Chloe during the week that never happened.
“Hey, everything okay?” She was startled by the sound of Chloe’s voice. Looking to her left, she saw her blue-haired beauty, who was actually…Smiling?
“I’m fine…I think. Are you gonna shoot me, or bitch at me about letting you get shot?” Max asked, tentatively.
“What? No way!” Chloe replied. “When did I ever get shot? Why would I have any reason to bitch? Are you sure you’re okay, Max? You’re talking crazy.” She said, eyeing Max suspiciously.
“I’m fine, Chloe.” Max replied, letting out a heavy sigh of relief. Through the haze of the drugs and the surreal nature of dreams, she forgot that she even was dreaming, and accepted what was before her as reality. “Chloe, I’m so glad to see you. I missed you so much!” She blurted out as she tenderly took Chloe’s hand into her own. Chloe’s expression was equal parts shock and confusion. She didn’t immediately pull her hand back, but did so after a moment.
“Max, what the fuck? You are acting hella weird right now. How could you miss me, when we’ve been together all day?”
Oh shit! She thought. This is taking place before the week that never happened ended. Just play it cool, Max… “I mean, I missed you the last few years, when I was in Seattle… I know I’ll never be able to make it up to you, but I’m really sorry I never called or anything.” She was now frowning and clearly on the verge of tears. “Seeing you again, now, makes me realize just how much I missed you, Chloe. I can’t believe I was such a dick.”
“Oh, you were a dick, alright.” Chloe made a fist and punched Max in the upper arm sharply.
“Ow!” Max exclaimed, a bit over-dramatically, while rubbing her upper left arm with her right hand. “I totally deserved that… But, seriously, I can’t tell you how happy I am that we’re back together.”
“Totally!” Chloe replied, sliding her right arm around Max’s shoulders. “Let’s just forget about the past for now, okay? Just promise me you won’t leave again.”
“I promise!” Max replied as she leaned into Chloe’s warm embrace. Just then, she had a moment of lucidity and looked over to the spot where she now knew Rachel was buried. The ground was relatively undisturbed, so she knew that Chloe’s friend was still there, slowly decomposing. Thankfully, her mind quickly went back into dream mode when Chloe gently leaned her head against her own. Slipping her own arm around Chloe’s waist, she let out another sigh, this time a sigh of contentment. This is exactly what she’d been longing for. More time to spend with the woman she loved. The fact that they were basically cuddling was just icing on the cake.
“Max?” Chloe spoke, softly.
“You know as soon as the Xanax wears off, I’m gonna make you search for bottles, right?”
“Yeah.” Max said, remembering what a pain in the ass that task had turned out to be the first time.
“Okay. Just so we’re clear.”
Max just smiled and hugged her tighter. She felt her cheeks flush slightly just at the feeling of Chloe’s body pressed against hers. Suddenly, a sense of urgency swept over her as she vaguely remembered that she was dreaming and didn’t have all the time in the world. No matter how difficult it was, she had to confess…
“Chloe, there’s something I need to tell you, but I don’t want to freak you out.”
“Okay, shoot.” Max had to cringe just a bit at Chloe’s choice of words.
C’mon, Max, out with it… You don’t have time for a slow burn here, cut to the chase! “Well, I know we just reconnected a couple days ago, but I just… I love you, Chloe. And not just as a friend, not even just as a best friend. I am completely, totally, head over heels in love with you, and I can’t keep it to myself any longer.” She stopped and tried to read Chloe’s expression. Her jaw had dropped and her eyes had gone wide.
“Are you fucking kidding me, Caulfield?!” Chloe finally managed to reply. “I’ve had a crush on you since I was fourteen years old! But, stupid, awkward middle school Chloe never knew what to say or how to say it, or if she should even be having those feelings!”
Now it was Max’s turn to be completely taken by surprise. She felt like her heart would sprout wings and fly away. This was even better than she’d hoped for. She could feel a goofy smile growing across her face.
“Lucky for you, grown up Chloe has some ideas of how to express her feelings…” With that, Chloe threw her arms around Max’s neck and pulled her close, giving her the deepest, most awesomely passionate kiss she’d ever experienced. A wave of heat seemed to wash over her as she wrapped her arms around Chloe’s waist, returning the kiss with equal enthusiasm. She audibly moaned against Chloe’s lips. She never wanted to let go, never wanted this moment to end.
Suddenly, Chloe broke the kiss and pulled away. “What the hell is that god-awful noise?” She asked. “What noise?” Max replied. “I don’t hear any…” Oh shit…No… Suddenly, she felt the shrill scream of her morning alarm pulling her back into reality. “No… Not now… NOOOOOO!!!!!”
“God dammit!” Max exclaimed as she hit the Dismiss button on her phone so hard that she almost cracked the screen. She flopped over to lie on her back, in the middle of the bed, her arms spread out, eyes shut tight, trying to recreate the dream in her mind. Catching only fleeting glimpses of what she’d just experienced in her sleep, she came to the sudden realization that her skin and hair were soaked with sweat. Kicking the blanket off of herself, she stared up at the ceiling for several long moments. Though she could not get back into the dream, she remembered that kiss very clearly. Just the thought of it made her shiver. Impulsively, she brought her knees up and slid off her panties, then, lying flat once more, she bit her lower lip as her right hand glided down over her belly and between her thighs…