It's her first night out in months, a special occasion. Well, as special an occasion her birthday can be. Her dad has decided to treat her and take her out to the local bowling alley. It's sweet, and she's never been bowling before. But it's fun and she's with her dad.
The middle of a shift on a Friday night, and she's already had to serve a large group of particularly rowdy fellow BHHS students, so when a father and daughter walk up, Rose hopes to God they're easy customers.
"Hi there!" She pops her gum, and smiles sweetly. "How can I help you guys tonight?"
"Are you still serving food? For two."
She nudges his hip.
"We could have eaten at home, dad."
"Birthday girl. Deserve a good greasy meal."
He looks back to the server for an answer.
"Can do, and because we've got a birthday girl on our hands I'll do you a favour. 20% off and don't mention it to my boss. Now, what can I getcha?"
She taps away at the screen in front of her, casually applying the discount for what seems to be a very sweet, shy girl, and her doting father.
"What do you recommend?"
Rose looks down and smiles.
"Well, for a nutritious dinner, I'd suggest not the bowling alley, but if we're going for taste, we have knockout curly fries, and killer nachos. We also make passable pizza. Any of that to your liking?"
This girl went from adorable to commanding in a second flat, and Rose enjoys that, she's sure this girl would fit in well within her friend group. She's tempted to ask her if she goes to Beacon Hills High.
"A pizza sounds good. Though I'm not sure about passable."
"But the Killer Nachos sounds right up my alley. I'll have what the lady recommends."
"I'm a vegetarian, and all our pizza has meat on it, so passable is a personal preference. But, Killer Nachos for the birthday girl it is. Question. Do you go to Beacon Hills High, because I swear I've never seen you around before. I swear I'd remember someone like you."
"I'm home-schooled, actually. Though maybe if you keep it up, my dad will reconsider his shut-in ways and enroll me."
"Passable pizza for me then. I'll be waiting over there, continue talking about me like I'm not here."
He walks over to one of the tables.
"What a tragedy, I'd just decided I wanted to make you my friend. Well if you ever do convince him to let you come to that hell hole, know you'll have a whole group of people I will force to be nice to you. Rose Stilinski, at your service."
She finishes ringing up their order.
"And you should probably get your dad back here, because your total is... $20.40."
Juliet laughs and pulls the money from her wallet.
"It's cool, I can pay. I'm Juliet Salvatore. I think I know your dad. Well. My dad has mentioned a 'Noah Stilinski'. I think they went to school together."
She takes the money, quickly calculating her change and grabbing it from the register. She hands it back.
"Sweetness, and yeah, that's entirely possible as that is my dad's name, and he did go to BHHS. And I think my dad mentioned a Zach Salvatore sometime."
"Good memory. How often to you work here?"
"Most school nights, I try to keep my weekends open for a party, it's one of those cons of a social life. You can collect your food from that counter over there." She points to the kitchen window. "They'll call your name when it's ready. If you ever need a job, I know a bunch of the adults around. I think Joe at the local diner has an opening for a waitress, if you need some pocket money."
Rose pops her gum again, strawberry sweetness lingering in her mouth.
"Ah, parties. Not something I have any experience in, I'm kind of a loner. By consequence." She nods and put her wallet away. "I don't really need a job right now, I am the epitome of a spoiled only child. But thanks for the offer."
"Trust me, it's not the fun that teen rom coms make it out to be. More of an awkward obligation. Plus, you don't count as a loner anymore. You've got a friend now, a Rose shaped friend. And you can call me if you ever wanna hang."
She quickly scribbles her number on a spare notepad, ripping the paper and handing it to Juliet.
Juliet slips it into her pocket and smiles.
"Sounds like fun. I better let you get back to work though. Plus, dad was start getting antsy soon. We can't leave him alone too long. He'll start conversations with people. The horror."
"I know the feeling. You go on, have a really great birthday. See you around Juliet Salvatore."
Another pop of gum and a sassy salute to her new friend, Rose looks down to continue doing some menial task for work that's meant to keep her busy in a lull.
Juliet takes that as her cue and heads back over to her dad.
A few hours later, and her moderately interesting, but still mostly hellish shift is over, and she finally gets to leave. She gets picked up by her dad in his police cruiser, and he takes her home. She calls Lydia, her best friend, catches her up on the cool new girl she met, feeds her bunny Spike and goes to bed.
'What a day, and only a few weeks of summer left,' she thinks.
A few weeks later, and Rose is getting ready for her first day of school, when her brother, Stiles, yells at her to get down to the car already, or they're gonna be late. She kisses Spike on his fluffy head before grabbing her bag and running down the stairs, kissing her Dad on the cheek and stealing a piece of toast as she rushes out the door. As they arrive at school, she hopes that Juliet is gonna show. She really thought she was cool. She meets Lydia and Jackson at their oddly nearby lockers and travel to her and Lydia's shared homeroom, ready for a day of pretending to learn.
Juliet does show, taking a seat in a random desk and keeping to herself. A little shy-like.