Kaylie opened the door, surprised she hadn’t heard Alyssa dashing down the staircase yet. And more surprised when she saw Alyssa daintily walk up to the door, ready to knock before noticing that Kaylie was in the doorway and Kevin standing there behind her. He grinned and waved at Alyssa, who smiled and waved back before moving aside and introducing a guy she had brought along.
“I ran into this one on my way home today – he helped me pick up my books and ended up taking the shuttle back with me to Laf. So Kevin, Kaylie, meet Shaun! Shaun, these are my two best friends, Kaylie and Kevin.” Kaylie and Kevin said hi to the newcomer, closing the door behind them.
“We’re all just chilling at my place tonight. It’s not a party but there’ll be jello shots ready later if you wanna stick around Shaun,” Kaylie told him, giving her boyfriend a sidelong glance and a smile as he nodded and pitched in. “Yeah man, party with us, it’s no problem. We have enough jello shots to go around,” he suggested.
“So Alyss, tell me who else is coming?” Kaylie asked.
“Hmm so far it’s just us. Jacob and Liz have papers due this Monday for their Lit classes so they’re staying in and starting those. Other than that, I think Daemon, Nora and Jess might come over later? They weren’t sure yet”
The talk eased into how their weeks had been and Shaun seemed genuinely interested in what they all had to say. He told them that he was into business (They didn’t need to know that he was heir to a quickly rising company just yet) and the small talk progressed at a rapid pace. They had settled themselves into Kaylie’s room. Kevin was on her bed leaning against a wall, his arm draped over Kaylie’s shoulder as she rested her head against his shoulders, nestling comfortably against him. Alyssa was sharing the large plush bean bag chair with Shaun, who was trying hard not to flirt with her too openly. He was here simply to scout tonight, and since he was blowing Marina and his “wild night” with her off for this, he couldn’t have her suspecting that he was sleeping on the job. “Damnit, she’s smoking hot but dumb as shit. Why the hell do I even put up with her anyway,” he thought to himself sadly, looking over at the equally hot but exponentially smarter Alyssa. She seemed so easygoing and cute that he was surprised she wasn’t dating. If nothing else, he was going to figure out why she didn’t have a boyfriend. Aaron may be chilling with Serena tonight, but he had a girl to fall in love with.
It was nearly 10 now, and Kevin got up and brought out the first round of jello shots – 2 trays of orange and strawberry jello with vodka mixed in. He then brought out a paper cup – a giant jello shot – for Kaylie. This one was what he called a “Bahama Mama” jello shot. It mixed orange, strawberry, and pineapple jello with coconut rum – very different from the traditional vodka and jello shot, but really yummy regardless. It was Kaylie’s favorite, and he’d made sure to make a few cups of those too.
They passed around the trays with toothpicks, everybody took a shot and passed the tray on. The two trays were quickly finished and conversation resumed. Alyssa suggested that they play Kings – a classic drinking game; everybody agreed. They sat down on the floor in a circle before Kaylie realized with a giggle that they didn’t have cups or alcohol yet. Kevin got up with her and brought out a handle of vodka and cups from the kitchen. She took out the set of colorful cheap plastic shot glasses they’d bought together for partying in the dorms and he poured everybody shots. He then put an empty cup in the middle of the circle and fanned out the deck of cards, facedown, around its base. They were ready.
Shaun, however, was not. Embarrassed, he was forced to admit to Alyssa and the others that he’d never played Kings before. Experienced drinker that he was, this was the first time he was partying in a dorm all semester. When he hung out or drank with Aaron, they were usually out at a club, bar, or hotel party. Either way, they were classy occasions where rowdy drinking games were not appreciated – unheard of even.
Kevin poured everybody a shot of vodka. After a round of slightly sloppy cheers on Alyssa and Kaylie’s part, he began to explain the rules to Shaun.
“It’s pretty simple! We go around clockwise and pick a card one at a time. Each card has a different action. I’ll tell you all of them right now, but the only ones you’re going to need to memorize right now are the actions for 4 and 7.
– Two: “You” – You pick somebody else, and they have to take a drink. We can play in either shots or mixed drinks, we’ll figure that out after I explain the rest of the rules to you
– Three: “Me” – You take a drink
– Four: “Whore” – All the girls take a drink
– Five: “Never Have I Ever” I’ll explain the rules to that when we get to it if you don’t know how to play that either.
– Six: “Dicks” – All the guys take a drink
– Seven: “Heaven” Once somebody draws a 4, EVERYBODY has to point a finger to the sky. Last person to do that takes a drink
– Eight: ”Mate” – You pick somebody to be your “mate” for the rest of the game. That person will have to take a drink with you every time you mess up & vice versa
– Nine: “Rhyme” – You say a word and we all have to go in a circle saying a rhyming word. First person to mess up drinks.
– Ten: “Categories” – Again, I’ll explain how to play that when somebody draws a 10
– Jack: “Rulemaster” – You get to make up a new rule to the game. Everybody who messes up drinks!
– Queen: “Questions” – Whoever draws a queen gets to try his or her best to trip up the rest of the players in the game. If you ask somebody a question and they answer you, they have to take a drink. This is valid only till another queen is chosen or a rule overturns it
And finally, the King. If you draw a King, you pour however little or much of your drink as you want into the King’s Cup in the middle of the cards. The person who draws the last King has to drink the King’s Cup and the game ends. Pretty simple, trust me. Just remember that rule for the number 7 card and you’ll be fine. This is just one variation of the game though, but we’ve had fun with this one so…let’s start?”
“Yeah I’m ready, let’s go,” Shaun said.
“Ehh, not so fast. First we all need drinks. I’m playing with shots for the first few rounds and then I’ll switch to mixed drinks. What about you guys?”
Shaun said he’d play with shots, and Kaylie and Alyssa got themselves a cup of strong cranberry vodka each.
“Okay, NOW we can play. Alyssa, you start,” motioning to her. She pulled out a six. “Chicks! Cmon Kaylie, let’s see if Kevin still knows how to make a good cranberry vodka.” They sipped their drink and Shaun, sitting to her left, was up next. He pulled out an eight and picked Alyssa as his mate. At this point, he didn’t think the night was going to get awkward, and he was actually having fun. Alyssa only had a mixed drink, his pick wasn’t as mean as it would have been to pick Kevin, who was taking shots, or Kaylie, who seemed to get a lot more giggly as soon as she began drinking.
Kaylie was up next, and she drew a six. “All the guys and Alyssa!” she said excitedly. Alyssa groaned and raised her cup to the shotglasses and said cheers before taking a long sip of her drink. Shaun refilled Kevin and his own shotglasses and then motioned for Kevin to draw a card. He drew a 4, and the girls took another sip. It was Alyssa’s turn again and she drew a five. “NEVER HAVE I EVER! Omg I love that game,” she said excitedly, more for Shaun’s benefit than anybody else’s, because the other two already knew how much she loved this game. “Do you know how to play Shaun?” she asked. He nodded, he’d seen kids playing it in his dorm before. They began.
Alyssa began with “Never have I ever had a boyfriend.” Kaylie giggled, kissed Kevin’s cheek, and put a finger down. “Never have I ever worn anything but boxers as underwear,” said Shaun. It was a strange one, but all three of them put another finger down. Kaylie followed that up with “Never have I ever had sex” and Shaun put another finger down. He was even with Kaylie – they both had 3 fingers left.
Alyssa found this really funny and mouthed that she was going to get Shaun before saying, “Never have I ever worked outside of the NYU campus. Again, all the other players sighed and put down another finger. The game continued until Kaylie and Shaun both had one finger left; Alyssa and Kevin had two, and it was Kevin’s turn. Kevin, following Shaun’s logic, decided he’d rather make Kaylie lose and sip on her drink than make Shaun take another shot. “Never have I ever swam at the beach…” he began and watched Shaun begin to reach for his shotglass, “…in a bikini,” he finished. Shaun moved his hand away from the shotglass and laughed. Alyssa’s face lit up with delight – this was hilarious! She put another finger down but it was useless, Kaylie had lost. She watched her best friend give her other best friend a pout before saying that she’d lost. She took a drink.
“Whose turn is it now?” Kevin asked.
“Whoever goes after me so…that’d be you Shaun,” she said.
She gave him a smile, and his heart nearly melted. He drew a 9. “Mandarin” he said. Kaylie grinned and responded easily with “Clandestine” and Kevin immediately followed with “chagrin.”
Alyssa was just surprised that it was already her turn and stammered before yelling out “Clementine!”
They all stared at her and began laughing. Shaun wanted so badly to reach out and touch her lips as they made a surprised “o” before she, too, began laughing with them. She chugged down the rest of her drink and told Kevin to pour her a shot.
“She’s definitely my kind of girl,” Shaun thought.
Kaylie, who’d had much of that Bahama Mama she shared with Kevin earlier, as well as two shots of vodka back to back, was feeling the buzz right now. She reached over for a card, nearly tipping over her cup. Kevin slyly suggested that she finish her drink before drawing because otherwise, she’d spill it. The cup, which was about a quarter full still, was quickly drained. She held out the empty cup, laughed, and said, gimme more! He poured her a shot instead. Let’s even this up, Shaun and I are taking way too many shots right now and you guys have only had like..the equivalent of a single shot so far. She drew a Jack. “I GET TO MAKE A NEW RULE KEVINNNNN,” she yelled out. Alyssa laughed and told her to quiet down or an RA was going to come and they’d be busted. “Finefine, okay. I want the new rule to be that everybody has to say “Imma let you finish but” in front of everything they say.”
“Imma let you finish babe, for being tipsy, that’s a really funny rule. Good job” Kevin said. He reached over and kissed her. She responded a little too enthusiastically and Shaun looked over at Alyssa in time to see her laugh and turn to Shaun, rolling her eyes. “Imma let you finish *she stopped and rolled her eyes again* later guys but break it up” she taunted. They pulled away and Kevin quickly pulled out a King. He laughed and poured his entire shot in there. As he refilled his shotglass, Alyssa drew a 2 and pointed at Shaun. “Drink!”
He did, but before he could reach over for his turn, Kaylie smoothly said “Imma let you finish guys, but you broke my rule Alyss. You have to drink and you do too Shaun, since you’re her mate.”
Kevin passed the bottle over to Shaun, who poured a shot into his plastic cup and mixed it with some coke. Alyssa downed her shot and he took a sip of his mixed drink. “A very weak one this time, I’m glad he’s not going to get hammered on us or anything,” Kevin noted. He poured his shot into a cup and followed suit.
The game of Kings went on for a while, and after several more rounds and a significant increase in drunkenness all around, Kaylie won the honor of drinking the King’s Cup. It had a mix of coke, cranberry juice, and vodka. Kevin cringed as Alyssa handed Kaylie the cup and interfered before she could begin to drink.”
“I’m taking half of that. I don’t want her getting wasted.”
Nobody cared enough to disagree, and he poured himself a generous half of the cup, downed it, and chased it down with some Coke. (Of the liquid variety, yes) Shaun told them he’d take Alyssa back to her room and head back. He was fine. Kevin was tipsy but in control of himself, and he could tell that Shaun was an experienced drinker who knew his limits well. He seemed fine and he nodded as Shaun led a wobbly Alyssa back to her room. He looked over at a drunk Kaylie and laughed softly to himself before walking over to her and giving her a hug. He led her to the bed and sat her down, handing her a bottle of water from her fridge. “Imma let you finish, but start drinking that first,” he said jokingly. She began drinking as he went to put away the bottle and trash the cups. She got up and walked over to him, hugging him from behind and telling him she’d help too. Together, they both cleaned up her room a bit – she’d go over it again in the morning and fix things up more, but for now, this was fine.
“I love you! Thanks for helping me,” she drawled to him as she reached over to hug him – again – after they’d finished cleaning.
“You had like…sevenish shots today. You are going to stop hugging me and continue drinking water,” he said sternly to her. “I’m crashing here btw, the shuttle from here to Gramercy’s closed now and I’m not gonna take the subway, it’s way too late for that.”
“Oh really. Are you warm?”
“Ohhhh then can we do this?”
Before Kevin could react, she pulled him over to the bed next to her and cuddled closer. “Because I’m a little cold right now,” she finished. He laughed and pulled her even closer. “We can always do this silly.”
She got up to change into her pajamas and he pulled off his shirt and jeans – it was too uncomfortable to sleep in them and he didn’t think Kaylie would care.
She walked out and he sucked in his breath. She was wearing some incredibly sexy sleepwear. Part of him wondered if she had planned this all out.
He watched her get into bed and got in next to her, pulling the covers around them both. Automatically, she turned to face the wall, cuddling right up against his body. He smiled, breathing in the smell of her shampoo. “Damn, she smells nice.” – thoughts ran lazily through his head as he contemplated his extremely lucky fortune.