We kept on playing the game for about ten more minutes (more or less).
It was fun, Chloe dared me to strip one of my clothes off every time I ask, and when someone asks me a question.
I had already taken off the beanie and scarf Tristan gave me, along with my boots and socks.
We were interrupted by cheers outside. They were all laughing and hooting, we all peeked out the tent to check what's happening.
James with his other goons had hung ropes on the tree branches, and practically everyone was swinging and diving into the lake. They were also playing some upbeat music that I can't quite tell if it's pop or rock. All I know is that it's ear-shattering.
If dryads do exist, we're all probably tied to the trees and gagged with leaves for messing with quietness.
Despite the awful music, my intoxicated self turned away from me.
Next thing I know, we were all running towards the lake, leaving a trail of our clothes.
"Y'all, I'm beat," Ollie exhales while laying on his side of the tent.
"Me either," I sigh, folding my dirty clothes along with the wet towel I used earlier to dry myself after swimming in the lake.
No one mentioned swimming or anything, but I still brought extra clothes and underwear.
I'm always ready.
Chloe's still out there, probably with Ace.
I'm glad that they get along somehow. It's a sign I should play matchmaker more often.
It was nearly midnight, all of us are tired of swimming and partying. Some decided to go home, while some decided to spend the night here and sleep in their tents.
The awful music's toned down, you can only hear the subtle talking of the students outside.
"It's quiet," I comment.
"Wait 'til you hear moans in the middle of the night." Ollie says with a scandalous tone and I roll my eyes.
I kept on organizing my stuff when my mind drifts back to Ace and Chloe once again.
Ace is practically one of my friends now. I kept on teasing him earlier about being a wuss since he keeps on picking truth.
Chloe's a sweet person. She just says the wrong things sometimes. But I hope Ace will see more than that.
I really should play matchmaker more often.
I finished fixing my stuff and put them all in the corner of the tent, ready to sleep.
Just in time for Chloe to enter the tent, sobbing.
"Ace, you're not gonna come swim with us?" Chloe asks, already in her underwear, ready to jump into the lake.
"No, you guys go ahead," I tell her and she nods giving me a small smile.
"Wuss!" Mel shouts from the tree, she's holding onto the rope and swung herself before letting go, hugging both her legs to her chest and landing in the lake. She goes back to the surface, laughing, exchanging high-fives with Tristan.
"Come on man, don't be such a killjoy!" Tristan says, and I raise my middle finger up at him.
"Yeah!" Paul and Zeke shout in unison.
"Fine, fine!" I exclaimed, raising both of my hands in surrender.
I took my shirt off, backed up a bit, and quickly ran towards the tree, grabbed the rope, swung and landed into the lake.
I swam to the surface and they were all cheering.
"He's not a wuss anymore!" Mel shouts and they cheer louder.
I shake my head, smiling before I did an exaggerated bow, and they all laugh.
After a few more hours of swimming, eating, and drinking, Tristan, Paul, Zeke, and I went back to our tents and changed clothes. We expected something like this so we brought extras.
I wore a white shirt and a hoodie, black casual beach shorts, and flip flops.
I went out for some air and sat on the logs. Chloe sat beside me, after a short while she asked,
"You wanna go for a walk?"
We both stood up and started walking in a random direction.
I tried to put my interest and attention to her, but I always get side-tracked and distracted by something else.
You mean someone else.
"You don't like me, do you?" Chloe suddenly asks.
Of course, I was surprised by her question.
Other than that, I didn't know what to tell her.
I didn't want to hurt her feelings.
"I see nothing more of you as a friend, Chloe,"
"So you don't like me?"
"No, I don't like you, not in that way." I simply say.
"If you're not attracted to me whatsoever, then why did you pretend to be interested in me in the first place?" She asks, her voice breaking, avoiding eye contact.
"Mel told me to."
She looks at me.
"She was sure that I might end up liking you because you're you, but-"
"But she's wrong." She finishes my sentence.
"Don't be mad at Mel," I plead.
"I won't," She gives me a sad smile.
Chloe's a nice person, don't get me wrong. I'm just not attracted to her.
"I hope we can stay friends, though," I say, turning to her.
"Yeah, friends," She takes in a deep breath and gives me a small smile.
"I'm gonna go," She says, looking down and quickly walks back to their tent.
"What happened, Chloe?" I ask, putting my hand on her shoulder.
"Are you okay?" Ollie asks, sitting up.
"I don't wanna talk about it," She shakes her head.
"We're here if you wanna talk," Ollie says, lightly combing her hair.
"Just rest for now," I tell her as she lies down.
I know who to ask.
"Stay here," I whisper to Ollie and quickly went outside, leaving him confused.
I'm supposed to be resting since I'm a hundred percent intoxicated from the amount of gin I consumed earlier, my head hurts, and I'm cold.
I'm only wearing a tank top and summer shorts for crying out loud.
I looked around, searching for a certain face and he was there, right by the fire, sitting on the logs.
I sat beside him and asked,
"I'm sorry Mel," He says.
"What do you mean? What are you apologizing for?"
"I told her that I don't like her," He says.
"If you didn't like her, then why did you said 'Fine' to me back at my house?"
"You had hope in your eyes," He answers.
"I didn't want to disappoint you," He adds.
Great, now I feel bad.
"I'm sorry too," I say.
"For?" He looks at me with furrowed brows.
"I forced you guys," I answer.
"You should have told me, Ace," I tell him.
He takes in a deep breath and sighs.
Oh shit, I'm so cold right now.
"Are you okay?" He asks me.
"You're shivering." He says.
"I'm gonna go back," I say, standing up,
"Here, take this with you," He takes off his hoodie and gives it to me.
"I don't think that's a good idea, Ace," I tell him, slowly shaking my head.
"Why not? You wanna catch a cold or something?"
"Chloe," I frown.
"I insist, Melannie."
I sigh and I take the hoodie from him and put it on.
"Thanks," I give him a small smile and walk away.
I woke up at nearly 10. My head hurts so much but I have to fix my things.“How’s Chloe?” I whisper to Ollie. She hasn’t woken up yet.“She cried a lot last night then dozed off to sleep. She’ll get over him,” He rolls his eyes.I hope so.When I came back to our tent last night after talking to Ace, they were both asleep. Poor Chloe.I also felt guilty. I made her think that Ace actually likes her, if I hadn’t forced Ace, none of this would have happened. I knew that he had a choice, but I made him feel like he didn’t. Oh god, what have I done?
“Bro, you’re coming to my party, right?” Tristan asks me.We just finished our exams and we’re both walking to the cafeteria with Paul.“Oh yeah, you going for it, man?” Paul asks Tristan with a grin, playfully hitting his arm, I furrow my brows in confusion.“Going for what?” I ask.“Paul and I made this bet,” Tristan starts.No.“Not another bet, Tristan,” I frown.“We’ve talked about this, that’s bull!” I add.“Oh come on, Ace.” He tries to reason with me.
“Mel, you made it!” Tristan smiles and gives me a tight hug.“Um, hello? We’re here too,” Ollie waves his hands in front of him. Tristan chuckles and was about to give him a hug but Danny pulls Ollie to him by the waist.Chloe rolls her eyes.“Where are the drinks?” Chloe asks Tristan and he chuckles.“Follow me,” He says and gestures for us to follow him.We make our way through the crowd. Some were dancing, some were sitting on the couch, some were playing games, I quickly stopped observing the surroundings when I felt a hard grip on my wrist, causing me to stop walking.“There you are, I’ve been looking for you,&rdquo
“Where’s your key?” Ace asks me while helping me out of the car and walked me to our porch, he holds out his left hand while his right one is gripping my arm.“I don’t know…they’re in Chloe’s car? I think,”I seriously cannot remember, why can’t I remember?“They’re in what?”“I said they’re in Chloe’s car!” I yell.“Gosh, you are much more complicated when you’re high,” He sighs and pulls me back inside his car.“Where are we going?” I ask but he didn’t answer.We were still on the road and I feel my stomach turning once again.Ace turns the AC off and the window beside me rolls down, the cold air hits my face and I let out a groan.Ok, yeah I’m high.It just felt so good.So good that I even opened up my mouth, put my tongue out and let it taste the cold air.I feel my whole body tense up and restless, the lights on the road seem much brighter, making my head spin, I giggled for no apparent reason and now I feel like puking.Ace takes a turn and the street lights are gone, replacing
Mel’s POVWhy does the grass feel so good?The stars look brighter, even the moon looks so shiny.I feel a comb brushing through my hair and I giggled.“Ooh yeah, I like it, keep doing that,” I say and my pillow started to shake causing me to quickly sit up and vomit.No joke. Literal vomit.The comb rubs my back and I reached back to put it back on my head only to hold up someone’s hand.I jumped in surprise and opened my mouth to scream but I puked instead.Feeling drained, I laid back on my pillow inhaling a familiar scent. I roll on my stomach and pressed my face against the pillow and took a deeeep breath.“It’s smells so good,” I sigh.
After breakfast at Ace’s, I quickly headed home and facetimed Ollie. Good thing mom didn’t hear me, she was still asleep, she must’ve been tired from work.“I don’t know what to do, Ollie.” I groan, plopping myself down on my bed.“The guy definitely has anger issues,” He mumbles through the phone, getting sidetracked for the fourth time since I called.“You’re not listening to me!” I yell.“Of course, I am! You told me that Tristan made you take this drug and was about to take advantage of you-which you should report-Ace found out and came to the rescue-that was so hot, by the way-and then he took you to the lake, where he punched the hell out of a tree and then the both of you made out, completely intoxicated.” He says in jus
The car is back, everything is okay with Chloe, and I am with Ace again.I'm not hanging out with him because Chloe said that it's fine and she doesn't care. She's lying, she's not fine, and she does care, which means that it's still not fine with me. It's Ace that won't leave me alone."Are you sure we should do this?" I ask him."Admit it or not, you want to do this.""Not if we're going to get caught.""We're not, okay?" He says and brings out another pack of weed."This feels like a crime." I say and he chuckles."Because it is."