"You were right Jess, this movie is pretty good," Nick admitted as he slouched on the couch, drinking a beer while he watched Dirty Dancing with his three roommates.
"Seriously you guys, thank you so much for tonight. That was so cool," said Jess.
Only a few hours ago, Nick, Schmidt and Coach had come to her rescue after she had been stood up on her first date since breaking up with Spencer. Jess hadn't been sure that she was ready to start dating again and was devastated when her date never showed. She had been about to have a break down when her roommates came running into the restaurant to save her. Seeing her on the verge of tears, Nick had begun to sing to her and got Coach and Schmidt to join in. As Jess watched her roommates make fools of themselves in public, she became grateful that she had decided to move in with them.
"Listen Jess, I know you've had a really rough go at it and I just want you to know, that, I mean, for me at least, no matter what, I would still totally do you," Schmidt declared.
"Aw, that's so sweet," said Jess.
"Yeah absolutely," said Schmidt.
"Jar," said Jess, pointing to the douche jar that sat on the bookshelf behind Coach.
"Yeah jar," agreed Nick while Coach grabbed the jar for Schmidt to deposit money into.
Schmidt placed a ten in the jar and got up. "Well clearly I'm not appreciated here so I'm just going to go to bed. Goodnight," he said and headed towards his bedroom.
"Yeah, I think I'm going to call it a night too. See ya," said Coach as he too got up and headed off to bed.
Jess and Nick were now left alone on the couch as the movie ended and the credits began to roll.
"Please tell me you aren't going to watch it again. I might have admitted that it wasn't bad but I definitely don't think I could watch it again," Nick said, turning slightly in his seat towards Jess.
"No, I think I've had enough of Dirty Dancing for a while," Jess laughed. Since she had broken up with Spencer a few weeks ago, she had played the movie on repeat, all day, every day. She had to admit that she was starting to get sick of it.
"Oh, thank God!" Nick laughed as he grabbed the remote and turned off the T.V.
Nick got up and headed to the kitchen. Jess turned on the couch and watched as Nick went to the fridge, grabbed two beers, and headed back to the living room.
"Well I'm sorry that your first foray back into dating was unsuccessful," Nick said, handing a beer to Jess as he sat back down next to her. "That guy was a jerk. You can find someone better."
"Like Schmidt?" Jess laughed, taking a sip of her beer.
"Oh God no. Seriously, anyone but Schmidt," Nick laughed. "Someone who respects you and is excited that he gets to be going out on a date with someone as amazing as you are."
"Thanks Nick," Jess said. She was touched at how nice her new roommate, someone she had only known for a week, was being to her. Jess couldn't think of any other guy she had known that would do for her what Nick had tonight; who would bail on a party, embarrass himself in public and then sit through a girly, romance movie, all just to make her feel better.
Nick and Jess sat silently, as they finished their beers.
"You want another one?" Nick asked as Jess placed her empty bottle on the coffee table.
Nick grabbed the empty bottle and headed back to the kitchen to grab another couple of beers for them. Jess watched as Nick also grabbed a bottle of tequila and a couple of shot glasses and brought them back over to the couch.
"I thought you might need something a little stronger to get over the bad night," Nick said as he placed the bottles and glasses on the table. He took the seat next to Jess on the couch, turning so that he was facing Jess. She turned to so that they were sitting face-to-face.
"Yeah, good thinking, thanks," Jess said as she grabbed the tequila and poured them each a shot. She handed Nick his shot.
"Here's to moving on," Nick said as he held out his shot glass towards Jess.
'To moving on," Jess said clinking her glass with Nick's.
They both took their shot, Jess chasing hers with her beer. Jess poured them each another shot.
"Are you trying to get me drunk?" Nick laughed.
"Yes," Jess laughed. "I'm trying to get both of us drunk."
"Fair enough," Nick said as he took his shot with Jess. "I talked to Caroline tonight."
"How did that go?" Jess asked. Only a few days ago, Jess had encouraged Nick to talk to Caroline about why they broke up. Jess thought that not knowing why Caroline broke up with him would eat away at Nick and that he would end up a grumpy old man all alone.
"She said that she didn't know that I even cared about her until she had broken up with me. I guess I've never been any good at expressing my feelings," Nick shrugged as he poured another shot for both of them.
"Well now that you know, you can move on," Jess said, picking up the shot Nick had poured for her.
"Yeah, to moving on," Nick repeated, cheering with Jess.
"To moving on," Jess said quietly as she and Nick took their shots.
Jess suddenly became aware of how close her and Nick were sitting on the couch. They were facing each other, sitting cross-legged, his knees resting on top of hers. Their faces were merely inches from each other and she could feel the warmth of his breath on her face. Jess placed her hands in her lap and looked at Nick. He looked back at her, a small smile on his face. Nick took Jess's hands in his own as he continued to look at her. Jess began to feel butterflies in her stomach. She had this sudden desire to kiss him, but she tried to fight this urge. Sure, Nick was attractive and he treated her better than any of her boyfriends ever had. But, he was her roommate and this was a line that she knew they should not cross.
"I should probably go to bed," Jess said. She thought she should stop this before anything else happened. She liked living in the loft so far and didn't want to cross any lines that would make living here awkward. As she felt the shots begin to set in though, it became harder for her to be responsible and her desire to kiss Nick grew stronger than her desire to keep things in the loft platonic.
"Yeah, me too," Nick said, still holding Jess's hands, not making a move to get up.
Jess looked into Nick's eyes and he leaned into kiss her, pausing an inch away from her. Jess finally gave into her desire, closing the gap between them. The kiss was soft and tender and became more and more passionate. Jess wrapped her arms around Nick's neck as he wrapped his arms around her waist, lifting her off the couch. The two rose off the couch and began walking towards the hallway. They came to a stop in between their rooms, breaking from their kiss. Nick looked down at Jess, a look asking "What should we do now?" spreading across his face. Jess kissed him again, grabbing the front of his shirt and dragging him into her room.