The sun started to set and our warm sunny day quickly shifted into a cool Sugar Valley night. Just enough chill in the air to break out the sweaters and start a nice warm fire. Yet again it was perfect. Weather was never like this Twizzlerbrook. I swear even on the sunniest days, there was fog.
Melon seemed to be in a slightly better mood than before. He was at least talking which was quite a big improvement from the silent ride over. Again I really didn’t care… Is that bad?
Apparently it wasn’t too bad, because Chanty seemed to have the same attitude as me. She was listening to everything he was saying with a slightly indignant look on her face. I guess she was little to aware of his and my situation. Too bad for him, looked like this was one trophy he would not be adding to his collection.
A stiff wind whipped through and a shiver ran down my spine. I took one glance at Tiber and scooted a little closer, wrapping my arm around his. I had no idea where this brazin attitude was stemming from, but I was totally going to take advantage of it while it lasted. He didn’t seem to mind, so I made myself comfortable.
We were having quite the debate on which high school was better. I claimed that Huckleberry Academy had a stronger track team(which I happened to be a member of), but sadly admitted that our football team was simply atrocious. Tiber shook is head.
“No way.” He countered. “Briocheport High’s track team could run circles around you guys!”
“You have never seen me run.” I teased back.
“Ya. Well you have never seen me run. You would NEVER catch me.”
“I so could!”
“How am I supposed to do that.” I questioned, totally enjoying this back and forth banter we had going. But before I had even finished my question, he was up from the blanket and shooting off down the beach.
I quickly followed suit, jumping up from the blanket and heading out after him. “Hey no fair!!” I called out. I could hear the sand crunching in my flipflops as I did my best to catch up with him. I thought eventually he would stop, but he just kept right on going. I wasn’t about to give up though, so I followed him all the way down the beach till he ran out of breath.
I took a running jump and landed right in front of him. “Hah! I caught you!” I declared triumphantly.
“I guess you did.” He grinned, pulling me in close. I could feel my chest brushing up against his, which caused me to lose any sort of cohesive thinking or speaking.
Instead, I just enjoyed the moment. We stood there wrapped in each others arms, just enjoying being alone together for a little while. Not always an easy thing do when you are with a group, you know? He brushed my hair behind my ear and I shyly gazed up to look into his gorgeous eyes.
He leaned in closer and I closed my eyes. His lips touched mine and it was like an explosion of heat and magic! Whoaaaaa, never in my life had I experienced a kiss like that. Melon? Who’s that? No one I care to waste kisses on again. Not when I could be having ones like this! So much passion, but still so gentle. How can you even have a combination like that?! I wished it never had to end, but all good things must eventually. Afterward I wrapped my arms around him and rested my head on his shoulder. Amazing!!!!
“We should probably go back now.”
“What are you guys doing?” Penny’s voice shot across the air and I froze! Eeeee!
“Oh hey Penny. We were- uh just coming back.”
“Uh huh…. Well hurry up, we are about to break out the marshmallows.”
Gah how embarrassing! I was so wrapped up in Tiber, I kinda forgot about everyone else for a little bit. I cleared my throat. *Cough* “MMMM Marshmallows, yum!”
We walked back to camp, trying to pay it cool. Which was rather pointless in retrospect. Penny already knew.
And apparently so did everybody else…
When it was finally time to go to sleep, Penny followed me into the tent. I knew she was going to want to hear all the details of what had happened. Initially I was going to keep mum about the whole thing, but then the tent flap opened again and in popped Patina and Chanty. They all hopped on my sleep bag, all 3 pairs of eyes staring at me. “Fine!” I growled in a hushed tone, so none of the other tents could hear me. Unwillingly I retold the story. “You’re lucky I love you guys…”
The morning sun was just starting to creep through the small cracks in the top of the tent when my cell phone rang. Eyes still shut, I reached blindly into the space next to my sleeping bag searching for the source of the unbelievably annoying sound. Finally my hand came across and I looked at the caller ID. It was Mom. I grabbed my sweater and stepped out of the tent.
“Olivine? Where are you?”
“Wuh? With Penny? Why?”
“You need to come home right now.”
“Why is something wrong? Did something happen?”
“Just get home now.”
I slid the phone back into my pocket and ducked back into the tent.
“Penny that was my mom. Something must have happened at home. She needs me home right now.”
Penny rubbed her eyes and yawned. “OKaayyyyyyyy.”
We gathered our things and prepared to leave. We said our goodbyes, the usual rounds of hugs, minus Melon of course and then we left. We dropped off Chanty first and then me.
I was definitely not expecting to come home to this.
Oh this was not good…