"Well...." Cory thought he might faint before he said it, there at the jam session with Casey and the guys. Ali was there too. "She's with the band. Got it." He glared at Casey who still had his butt to him and was messing with the amps.
Valentines day would be a big deal at the club. Pink lights to endure in the dark. This was a show for lovers, and Cory had a whole play list of love rock songs they could go through.
"Jesus, what did she do to you. Give you a blow job?" Casey looked back at him angry. Benny, added a lazy drum roll to Casey's line as if it were the worst line ever.
"We, need Ali, stop being an asshole." Cory wondered if all bands went through this, or just him. He was pretty sure they were a unified group. Casey was their weakest link. Only he was the one who had gotten them together in the beginning..down at the comic bookstore where they hung out.
Back then, they were just a nerd herd. Spencer fancied Benny who was pretty much oblivious to Spence's swooning. Casey had his little fan girls. Lucy, included, who'd follow him anywhere. Sarah clinged to him as if he was the best fast food fix ever. But times had changed. And just when Cory thought things might get better, they hadn't.
"All right." Casey sighed and strummed his electric just to test it. Cory could see he had something else on his mind. Probably that Nina chick.
"Ali moved in with me." Cory announced. He got sizzling drum roll from Benny then and hoot, too.
"What?" Casey looked horrified then. "You're grandma would go for that?"
"She..she just doesn't know yet." Cory nodded. Maybe it was a plus that his grandmother's mind wasn't all there. She thought Ali was her old friend from Vermont.