Light is the first thing I notice. It filters through my closed eyelids and brightens up the fog of sleep shrouding me. Inch by inch the fog becomes thinner and I become acutely aware of a sharp pain in my neck and the noise of someone shuffling into the room. My heart leaps from it’s resting state to overdrive. I blink against the light and wince at the ache of trying to lift my head.
How did I get here?
My fingertips brush against a cool smooth surface. My knees are cinched up and my chin is slumped against my chest. The way my neck is crooked down and to the right explains the neck and head ache.
The previous nights events come flooding in and I suppress a groan. Some things you just don’t want to remember.
Maybe I could just go back to sleep…
The sound of running water makes me realize how utterly thirsty I am…wait that’s not running water.
“Hey!” I croak and slap the frosted glass to my right. I hear a grunt of disapproval. The running water stops and the glass door shielding me from the world slides open.
“Ty, what in the hell are you doing in the bathtub?” A sleepy voice looms over me, and then a loud yawn.
“Taking a bath,” I gesture to the empty bathtub and my fully clothed body after suppressing my own yawn.
“You fell asleep in the bathtub…” Josh, one of my closest friends, is looking down at me with blinking confusion.
“Yes,” I state and run my hand through my long tangled hair as I yawn.
“Something is wrong with you.” Josh shakes his thin face and takes a seat on the closed toilet. “You want to tell me why you are in the bathtub?”
“No,” I roll my eyes and pull the shower door closed.
“Hey,” The door is pulled back open in time for me to see Matthew, my other roommate, walk in rubbing the sleep out of his blue eyes.
“Ty is in the bathtub, again.” Josh announces to Matthew once his eyes are open.
“Why?” Matthew looks over at me as he turns on the water to the sink and pulls out clear retainers to rinse away the night saliva. Matthew is the only adult I know that still wears his retainers, and his teeth are perfect for them.
“Because I was tired.” I slide lower into the tub and try to roll over. I just want to go back to sleep.
“I think something is wrong with her.” Josh says to Matthew. Matthew looks over at me with concern.
“Whats wrong with you?” Matthew asks.
“Nothing,” I shrug, or rather try to shrug. But the way my shoulders are pressed against the ceramic turns the shrug into an awkward jerk.
“What’s going on in here? Why wasn’t I invited?” A third voice says from the bathroom door and I groan with frustration. I really shouldn’t have fallen asleep in here. Lynn pushes his way into the bathroom, his shaggy black hair sticking up in the back and his dark eyes scanning the scene and landing on me. “Why are you in the bathtub?” He asks me with as much confusion as everyone else.
“That’s the mystery of the morning,” Josh tells Lynn from his perch on the toilet.
“Something is obviously wrong with her,” Matthew turns off the water facet and inspects his pearly whites.
“It’s comfortable!” I exclaim.
“You fell asleep drunk last night…didn’t you?” Lynn asks. “I got a text from Jess,” He tells Matthew and Josh.
“I didn’t even hear you come in.” Josh looks surprised. “I didn’t think you could be that quiet.”
“I wasn’t drunk,” I mutter. I have to remember to tell Jess off next time I see her. “Well, I wasn’t that drunk.”
“Then why are you in the bathtub?” Matthew says after spitting out an oral rinse.
“What in the…?” The very confused voice of my fourth and final room mate, Tanner, pulls everyone’s attention to the door. Tanner takes in all of us crammed into the tiny bathroom and shakes his sandy head. “I’ll just go start the coffee…” He nods and leaves us all.
“Coffee sounds good.” I moan.
“If you weren’t that drunk…then why are you in the bathtub?” Josh asks once again.
“Because I live in a house with four men. That’s why.” I snap.
“There is a guy in your room, isn’t there?” Matthew leans against the door frame. Josh and Lynn say ‘ohh’ collectively.
“Yea.” I groan. “I’m sorry.”
“Did you have sex with him?” Lynn asks.
“No,” I huff, “ I didn’t really want him to come home with me, but he was like a damn puppy. I couldn’t just kick him to the curb.”
“Maybe you can’t but, I can.” Josh stands up ready to storm out.
“Hey, hey, hey!” I start but Tanner was already blocking the doorway with a cup of hot coffee.
“I just saw a man jump down from the second floor balcony…” Tanner sips his coffee slowly and looks at me. “What exactly did you do to him?”
“I didn’t do anything.” I growl.
“I’m pretty sure doing nothing after taking a guy home would piss any guy off.” Lynn scoffs.
“Piss him off enough to jump out the second story window?” Matthew laughs and so does everyone else.
“Screw you guys.” I can’t help but grin with them. “Help me out of this damn tub.” I hold my hand out and Josh takes it.
“Breakfast?” Josh asks.
“What do you want?” I sigh. It’s always best if I act like I don’t like to cook for the four of them.
“Food!” Lynn demands.
“Anything’s alright.” Matthew grins and leads the way out of the bathroom.
“Coffee’s made.” Tanner passes me the cup in his hands.
“You’re a life saver,” I tell him and then yell, “Pancakes in fifteen!”