Saturday April 13th: Bonfire on the beach tonight. Have a few drinks and amazing memories as we all stay up watching the stars in our bikinis and maybe catching that guy we’ve had our eyes on for a while...?
Another long one and the ending is shit, sorry I keep making you guys have to read all these long ass stories :/
Included; @rebelfratter @druesaysrelax @peaceloveglitter
I woke up with a throbbing headache and a ridiculously dry mouth, trying to muster the energy to get out of bed and into the bathroom where I could at least take care of one of these problems. Blindingly reaching for my phone, I groaned as I realised how late it already was, knowing that if I wasn’t down in the kitchen soon my parents would barge in at any moment.
Turning around as I stretched, I stifled a scream as I realised I wasn’t alone in bed. Jumping out as fast as I could, I had to pause as the sudden movement made me dizzy, causing me to bump into my bedside table. The level of noise I’d managed to make while trying to be discrete ended up waking the John Doe in my bed.
“Nathan,” I said with a sigh as I recognised his dishevelled mop of hair.
“Morning,” he said lazily as he stretched out on my bed, seeming all too at ease for my own comfort.
“What are you doing here Nathan?” I whispered through clenched teeth, not wanting my parents to hear me.
“I drove you back home after the party, don’t you remember?” he said as he sat up, distracting me slightly as I realised he was shirtless. Oh god what had I done.
“I do remember that, what I don’t remember is why you didn’t leave after,” I said, trying my best to keep my voice levelled.
“Well once we got here you weren’t really feeling great so I had to help you in and up the stairs. And then you start puking,” he explained with a grimace as I sat back on the bed, hiding my face in a pillow as I listened to him. “So I stayed with you and got you back to bed after. I was gonna leave once you’d fallen asleep but the I kind of got lazy,” he finished sheepishly as, at my annoyance, my anger started to dissipate.
“And my skirt?” I asked without really wanting to as I removed the pillow from my face, having noticed that I was now only wearing my Alexander Wang tank from last night.
“Had to help you out of it when you almost tripped trying to remove it yourself,” he said with grin.
“Not one of my finest moments huh,” I said abashedly as he chuckled.
“Its ok babe, nothing I haven’t done before,” he said, standing up and nonchalantly making his way to my bathroom as I realised that he was in his boxers.
“Excuse me, could you not prance around my room in your freakin boxers!” I said indignantly as I stood up and followed him.
“Again, nothing I haven’t done before,” he said cockily with yet another grin.
“Ok enough, time to go now,” I said as I started going around my room and gathering his things, having had my dose of Nathan for the morning. “Out you go,” I said, pushing him towards my balcony as he simply laughed.
“I’ll see you at the party later?” he asked as he straddled the edge of the railing while I handed him his things.
“Sure,” I sighed, watching as he landed onto my lawn and hoped that my parents were too engrossed in their plates to notice the half-naked 18 year old running across their backyard.
Throwing on a pair of shorts, I quickly brushed my teeth and washed my face before finally making it downstairs.
“Look who’s finally up,” my mom said with a grin as I took a seat at the kitchen counter, causing my dad to look up from his newspaper. “What do you want to eat honey?”
“Just toast,” I mumbled, keeping my head down as I felt my dad’s eyes glued to the back of my head.
“How was your night?” he asked as my mom placed a steaming mug of coffee in front of me.
“Good I guess,” I answered with a shrug.
“Good good,” he mumbled, turning his head back to his newspaper.
Taking that as a sign that I was in the clear, I looked up from my mug, smiling at my mom as she handed me the slices of toast.
“Next time one of my players is gonna stay over, I’d appreciate it if they’d at least use the front door. I didn’t like it back then and I don’t like it now, ” he said, never looking up from his newspaper as I grimaced.
“Sorry,” I said softly, my eyes now glued to my toast.
“What time are you gonna go to the hospital?” my dad suddenly asked.
“Hospital? Why?” I asked, completely confused by his question.
“Coolidge’s sister got admitted into the hospital last night.” “Elise? What happened?” I asked as my toast dropped from my fingers.
“She had a bad seizure, her brother found her and they rushed her to the hospital,” my mom explained while I was already on my feet.
“I have to go shower,” I mumbled, ignoring my mom’s call to finish my breakfast as I rushed up the stairs to get ready.
My hangover was at the back of my mind as I threw on a pair of jeans and a simple button down shirt, tying my hair up hurriedly as I made my way back down, phone in my mouth. My mom handed me my wallet and keys on my way out and before long I was on my way to the hospital, making a quick stop to buy some tulips for Elise.
It hadn’t occurred to me that I would have to face Allen until I had already reached the door to her room. With everything going on this morning I hadn’t had time to think back to what had happened last night, much less figure out how I felt about it. Taking a deep breath, I decided to just wing it and knock before someone called security for the weirdo staring at the hospital door with flowers in her hands.
Gently turning the door knob, I slowly opened the door, smiling as my eyes fell on Elise.
“Elise!” I said as I walked in, nearly squashing the flowers as I engulfed her in a hug.
“I’m so glad you came. You’re awesome,” Elise said with a smile, watching me as I placed the tulips on her bedside table.
“Of course I came. We’re friends after all,” I said softly, turning back to her as my hand automatically moved to tuck a stray strand of hair behind her ear.
Knowing that I couldn’t ignore the figure slouched on a chair at the other side of her bed any longer, I plasted a smile on my face and turned to Allen.
“Hi, Allen. How are you?” I asked, trying to test the waters.
“Hi, Riley. Fine. And you?” he answered, barely glancing at me before turning his gaze back to the TV.
“Fine,” I answered, crossing my arms as I realised how hostile he was going to be.
Thankfully I didn’t have to suffer through much more of the tense conversation as Ben walked in a few seconds later, making a beeline for Elise. Smiling a greeting at him, I stepped back and let them have their moment, my eyes instead focused on Allen who still refused to look at me. I wasn’t exactly used to being ignore and wasn’t taking it particularly well as I stood in my corner of the room, lips purse and now ignoring him back.
“Here you go, Pumpkin,” Dr Coolidge said, handing Elise a cup of yoghurt as he walked into the room.
“Hello, Riley. Glad to see you,” he said, charming as ever as he squeezed my shoulders before turning towards Ben. “Hello, young man. I’m Mr. Coolidge. You are?” he asked as Ben seemed to tense up at his presence.
The rest of the visit remained as tense as I made conversation with Elise and Dr Coolidge while Allen continued to actively ignore me and Ben joined in occasionally, not really seeming at ease.
“Well Ben we should probably go,” I finally said, decided to put the poor guy out of his misery. “I’m sure they want to be alone,” I added, saying quick goodbyes before finally exiting the room.
“So...” I started once we were out of the doors, a slight smile on my face as I walked with him towards the exit. “You and Elise huh?” I asked with a grin as he rolled his eyes.
“Shut it Jackson,” he mumbled, only making my grin wider.
“Elise, who would have thought,” I continued, ignoring him completely. “You were definitely very couple-y last night, slooow dancing and all googly eyes,” I joked, enjoying being the one able to tease him for once.
“I’m surprised you even remember that much, didn’t seem like you could even see straight,” he answered, completely straight-faced.
“Fair enough,” I said as we both neared our cars. “But seriously Ben,” I said, pausing at my car and causing him to turn and finally look at me, “be good to her.”
I didn’t wait for a response as I got in the car, checking my phone and seeing various messages reminding me of the bonfire tonight.
I made it to the beach a little before sunset, having finally showered, washed my hair and changed. My headache seemed to have started again as I neared the beach, forcing me to leave my Ray-Bans firmly on my face as I stepped out of the car, bag on my shoulder and iced coffee in hand. Lani was thankfully the first person I saw.
"Just wanted to put it out there that you and Connor are the cutest couple,” I said, already knowing what her response would be as I took a sip of my drink.
"Rj we have had this conversation, we aren't a couple, I would tell you if we were,” she answered with an eye roll as we walked around the beach, trying to get closer to the bonfire.
"What we talking about ladies?" I heard Ben ask, seemingly coming out of nowhere as he and Nathan joined us.
"How RJ is never getting back together with Nathan,” Lani said with a fakely sweet smile while I automatically elbowed her, not wanting her to pick an argument with him, especially after what had happened that morning.
"That sure is a wonderful conversation,” Ben answered with a laugh, cocking his eyebrows amusedly at Nathan.
"You know Lana you really are a catch, I see why Connor likes you so much,” Nate said just as Connor joined our little group.
"Really I thought it was because she has pretty hair and always throws parties with booze,” Ben said lazily as we all laughed at his comment.
It didn’t take long for our group to disperse; Lani heading off with Connor, Ben leaving to find Elise who had just arrived and Nathan having been called by the football team for bonfire duties. Finding myself alone, I boringly sipped on my iced coffee, looking around the beach for someone I wanted to talk to. My eyes of course fell on Allen who was sitting by himself a little further off. Deciding that this was as good a time to try and talk to him, I anxiously started making my way to him, not quite sure of what I would say once there.
“Hey,” I said softly, standing over him as he absentmindedly played with the sand around him.
“You again,” he said flatly, barely looking at me.
“Are you just gonna keep not looking at me?” I asked skeptically.
“Planning to,” he said, eyes still glued to the horizon.
“Your loss,” I said with a shrug, seating myself right next to him. We sat in silence for a few minutes as I waited for him to say something. Or even just give me a glance.
Deciding to take matters into my own hands, I stuck my cup into the sand before removing my tank and lied back down on my elbows, making sure that the girls were being showcased perfectly in my bandeau bikini top. It didn’t take him long to give me a look from the corner of his eyes.
“You peeked!” I said with a smile, ridiculously excited by my small victory.
“Kind of hard not to,” he admitted begrudgingly before finally looking at me and giving me a half-assed smile.
“I’m sorry Allen,” I said, waiting for his response.
“For what exactly?” he asked, now seeming more interested in what I had to say.
“For leaving like that...” I started, “and for kissing you I guess. I mean, I wasn’t exactly sober and you were being so nice to me and, in a way, I guess I kind of took advantage of that?” I continued, not really sure where I was going with this.
“You think you took advantage of me?” he asked as he seemed to be trying to keep down a smile.
“In a way!” I exclaimed. “I mean, you were being nice and trying to cheer me up and stop me from drowning and I just forced myself onto you like that!”
“Riley you didn’t exactly force yourself onto me and its not like it was unpleasant,” he said, causing me to blush as I looked away from him and instead took yet another sip from my coffee.
“My problem was with you leaving,” he continued, “and with Nathan of all people.”
“I know, not a smart move,” I answered with a grimace, “I just panicked and needed a ride and, well, Nathan doesn’t really say no to me usually,” I explained sheepishly.
“I’m sure,” he said sarcastically as I realised I had stepped in it again.
“Look, I just don’t want things to be weird between us anymore,” I said importunely. “I really did mean what I said last night and if it makes you feel better my first choice of a ride was Lani,” I said, trying to lighten the mood.
“Fine, no more weirdness,” he said, giving me his hand to shake. “I should go check on Elise.”
“Right, probably would be a good idea to join the party anyway,” I said, motioning towards the growing crowd surrounding the bonfire as I stood up and started walking back with him.