Move In Day || Cartley

Grabbing her two duffle bags from the trunk of her brand new Benz, Carter tossed one over her shoulder cross-body style and placed the other on her back. Gazing up at the the four digit number that displayed across the building, she saw that she indeed was at the right location. It’d been a week since her last chat with Hayley and she knew her sister had probably thought she’d changed her mind about coming to stay with her but honestly, she was just prolonging it as long as she could. Part of her wanted to see if maybe she had any other options come up but unfortunately for her, that hadn’t been the case. She felt pathetic more than anything. After taking a deep breath, she mustered up enough courage to find her way to the apartment number she’d been given. She knocked lightly before stepping back as she waited for an answer, hoping the other girl was home.

Phone Call || Cartley

Hailey: felt herself smile at Carter's approval, bashful despite herself. It apparently meant a lot to her to hear that, and she hadn't even realized it. "Thanks," she said softly, ducking her head even though no one could see her. "I guess... at least that has worked out for both of us." At the thought of what hadn't worked out, Hailey turned to regard the other side of her bed, empty since she'd bought it. She sighed softly. "Everything else will fall into place, right? But yeah, I'm happy." Pausing, Hailey didn't know what else to say. She barely knew anything else about Carter anymore. Feeling the awkwardness settle back in, she shifted on the bed and looked once more at the clock. "Um... I also have work in the morning, so... maybe I should go."
Carter: "Right, right. Sorry." She mentally shook her head as she glanced over at the time. She hadn't even realized the time before she thought to call. "Me too. I - have a good night, Hailey. I'll talk to you soon." Carter hesitated for a moment before pulling the phone away from her ear and hanging up.

Phone Call || Cartley

Hailey: didn't really expect anything else from Carter, but she hoped she knew she was being honest. She worked on undoing her pants to slip them off quietly, and smiled a little to know that Carter was still dancing. It reminded her of being there in the front row at her show. "I'm glad," she breathed softly, then swallowed and spoke a little louder. "Yeah, um, I'm at an ad firm now. It's pretty great. Exactly where I wanted to be."
Carter: listened intently as Hailey spoke. She hated how she vaguely remembered anything Hailey ever told her she wanted to do. They'd never really gotten around to talking about their futures but she seemed happy enough. "Good, I'm glad. Proud of you." She smiled lightheartedly though she knew her sister couldn't see.

Phone Call || Cartley

Hailey: frowned softly in sympathy, feeling the desire to give Carter a hug. She was trying to be so nonchalant about it, but they'd been together for... what? Two years? Hailey sighed. Much longer than she had any claim to. Her feelings didn't really matter here. "I'm sorry, Car," she said. "I can't even imagine. But at least you have other things to focus on. It... helps." Hailey tucked her hair behind her ear. "But yeah, I'm doing what I love. I hope you're still dancing. You've always been amazing."
Carter: "It's whatever." She brushed off. Carter really didn't want any sympathy. She was actually more upset than heartbroken and she honestly hadn't even wanted to tell Hailey. She felt as though Hailey would rub it in her face or say something of the "karma's a bitch" likes but then again, she wasn't as spiteful as their other sisters. "Thanks, Hayles...yeah, I do. I'm on a break for now...because of reasons but you know I could never completely give that up. Are you still drawing?"

Phone Call || Cartley

Hailey: nodded, then realized that Carter could see her and cleared her throat. "Yeah, you're welcome." She shut off the lights in the main area of her apartment, heading for her bedroom. Sitting down on the bed, she looked around and waited for Carter to say something else, wondering what to do with the awkward silence. When her sister did speak again, Hailey found herself blinking, then looking at the phone. Carter wasn't normally one for small talk. She'd been expecting her to just hang up and now she wasn't sure she was ready to have a conversation like this. They literally had not talked in years. On purpose. Hailey licked her lips and put the phone back to her ear. "Um, I'm good. Life's... good. Can't complain. I'd ask how you were, but I'm guessing not... the greatest?"
Carter: smiled hearing Hailey say things were good. That's all she ever wanted for her. It was mainly the reason she kept her distance for so long. At the question posed against her, she shrugged. "My love life sucks but every other aspect is okay, I guess." Carter turned on her side and pulled the covers up to her chin. "I won't bring my baggage along, don't worry....but that's good that you're good and stuff."

Phone Call || Cartley

Hailey: thought she'd be happy to hear something like that. That the two of them hadn't worked out and... that they'd gotten what they deserved or something like that. But it just made her sad. After everything, had it been worth it? Had any of it been worth it? She sighed softly, standing up from her desk and turning off the light. There was no way she'd be able to get back in the mood tonight. "Okay," she said simply. She couldn't bring herself to say she was sorry for her, even if she was sad that she was hurting. "I... yeah. You can crash here. I've got a nice couch." Hopefully she wouldn't regret this.
Carter: let out a sigh of relief that she hadn't even realized she'd been holding. If Hailey had of turned her down, she wasn't sure what her next move would be. "Thank you so much. It really means a lot." Carter paused, not sure of what more to say. She'd text her for her address and things later but other than that, there was nothing more to be said but for some unknown reason, she didn't really want to hang up just yet. "...So...." She spoke after a moment, hesitating if it was okay to even try to continue a conversation. "How are you? How's life?"

Phone Call || Cartley

Hailey: swallowed, feeling like a jerk at the way Carter immediately back-tracked and tried to take back her request. It wasn't that weird of a question, though. Yeah, Carter was her sister, but... she had cheated on her. She'd broken her heart. Was it that strange that she would be confused and skeptical about the request? "Wait," she said, sighing softly. "Wait. I just... I'm surprised. Why do you need somewhere to stay? What about Sa--" Hailey found her throat closing up on her other sister's name, her eyes closing for a moment. "What about Santana?"
Carter: honestly was hoping Hailey would just give her a 'yes' or 'no' and leave it at that. Did she really have to know the details at that very moment? "What about her?" She sighed, exasperatedly. It'd been two weeks since she'd even heard that name and having all the memories of what happened between the two still hurt. "We're not together anymore, Hailey. I really don't want to get into it."

x

Phone Call || Cartley

Hailey: scratched the side of her head, brows furrowing. "What kind of favor?" she asked. Had Carter gotten in trouble with the law or something? Or... Santana? She didn't want to have to help bury a body. When Carter finally continued, though, Hailey sucked in an audible breath, frowning to herself. "What?" Her head started shaking unconsciously, slowly back and forth. "Wait, are you serious?"
Carter: furrowed her eyebrows in confusion. The tone in Hailey's voice made her a little unsure. "Yeah, I am but it's cool if you say no. No hard feelings." Carter rolled her eyes at herself, completely regretting even having made this phone call. She didn't know why she thought it'd be a good idea because right now, that definitely wasn't the case. "Nevermind. I shouldn't have asked."

Phone Call || Cartley

Hailey: leaned back in her chair, pushing her pen away from her. She looked up at the clock and sighed as she realized she missed her favorite show. Somehow she'd become a workaholic, apparently. At the mention of Elina, Hailey relaxed a little. Of course. That didn't surprise her at all. What exactly could be so important, though? "Good reason, huh?" The sound of Carter's giggle made Hailey close her eyes, suddenly back a few years and sitting in someone else's bed. God, it'd been years. This was not good. When she spoke again, her voice had gone just the slightest bit flatter. "What's up, Carter?"
Carter: didn't really want to do this over the phone, nor did she want to really do this at all but she was down to her last option. Never did she ever think she'd talk to Hailey again, especially not regarding anything like this yet here she was. "I kind of need a favor...a huge one, actually." Carter paused momentarily, debating if she wanted to continue before just doing so. "I kind of need a place to stay. I'm not exactly sure for how long, or if it'd be long at all....it could just be your couch. I'll pay you rent and everything. I totally understand if you say no but I'm all out of options right now."