© Jessica Swinburne 2011
AN: Um… Hi? : D
School finished later that week and the first week of holidays was gone by the time the sun came back.
I had generally good marks so my Dad just grunted when I gave him my report. He also didn’t have to be around to enforce any punishment as was a frequent occurrence the first year or so after Mom died, so I was home alone a lot, so I got to ride and play with my horses a lot.
When I wasn’t home by myself, I was either with Cya, Seth or Rain, or some combination thereof. Rain and I hadn’t been alone once yet though. Cya and Seth were always there, which I didn’t really mind, as I was trying to both decide what I kept seeing when I looked at Rain, never mind what I kept feeling, both of which confused me to no end.
I was brushing one of my horses, StormFire, when my phone went off. I didn’t bother checking the caller ID, I just answered.
“Hello?” I said, trying to sound as bored as possible.
“Come to movies with us? We’re bored?” A voice pleaded on the other end of the phone.
“Hi Cy… what we gonna watch love?” I pressed the phone between my shoulder and ear and carried on brushing Fire.
“It doesn’t matter, I just want out of Seth’s stuffy house. Rain’s coming now, then we can pick you up?” I laughed. Clearly I hadn’t ever really had a choice in the matter.
“Hmmm… Okay, see you in twenty?” She squealed in excitement.
“Yay yay yay yay-”
“Cy, chill, I’ll see you soon, bye.”
“Bye!” I laughed; ending the called and putting the phone back into the back pocket of my pants, and quickly finish what I was doing.
I got back to the house and pealed my sticky clothes off and showered quickly, in relatively cold water, because it’s like 40 degrees out and even hotter in the stables.
The cold water felt good against my skin, washing the dirt of the day away, making it all clean and new. I turned the water off after a good 15 minutes and ran a comb through my wet hair quickly.
I threw on the coolest clothes I could find in my closet, run an eye-liner pencil over my eyelids and shoved a hoddy into my bag for when it got cold in the movie theatre.
They rang the bell for the gate and I pressed the button to open it. I grabbed my wallet with my money and credit card in, and tossed that and my phone into my bag.
I got downstairs just as they pulled up next to the house, so I set the alarm, locked the house and jogged toward the car.
I pulled the back door open and flopped down onto the seat.
“Hey love!” Was Cya’s enthusiastic greeting from the front passenger seat. We were in Seth’s car, in case you were wondering.
“Hi ange.” I told Cya in way of saying hello, kissed Seth on the check and hugged Rain, regardless of the fact that I knew he didn’t like it, and he only let me do it. It made me feel all nice inside. Weird, right?
“Can we play music?” I asked, pocking my head into the front half of the car.
“Sure,” Seth smiled at me, as he manoeuvred out of the drive. “What you want on?”
“Anything.” I didn’t really dislike most music.
“Okay, I’m just gonna set my iPod to shuffle then, okay?”
“Sounds good to me.” Year 3000 by Busted filled the car as we reached the gate and I opened it with my remote.
I opened the window and leaned back on the door, with my feet slang over Rain and Rain’s arm over my legs.
It was little things that had changed since the day in the Gardens. He sat next to me, he stood next to me, he smiled at me and let me hug him and put various parts of myself on his lap. The only thing I hadn’t done was actually sit on his lap.
He leaned his head on the window and looked over at me. He smiled a coy little smile at me, which never failed to make me grin.
His smile faded into a hint of itself, just to tease me, and we looked at each other for a solid 3 minutes.
He broke contact and bent down to get something out his bag, and twisting my ankle toward him, started drawing on it. What he got from his bag being a pen.
He liked drawing on me, was something else I had discovered. Cya asked him to draw on her sometimes too, but he just wasn’t comfortable touching some people, so he didn’t really want too, but being him, he did.
He did seem to like Cya but it was only as a friend, and he didn’t like it when she flirted with him, I thought it was quiet funny actually.
Rain finally released my ankle about two minutes before we reached the theatre, and I brought my legs back toward me to see what he had drawn. On my ankle sat a perfect little butterfly ready to take flight.
I looked up at him and smiled. “Thanks.” I mouthed it because he wouldn’t have been able to hear me over the music anyway.
“Anytime,” came his reply.
Seth pulled the car into a parking lot of the mall, and killed the engine. He unplugged his iPod, cutting the music off mid-song and stuck that and his phone into his pockets. Cy hopped out and reached back in for her bag and then slammed the door shut, while I opened my own door and put my legs on the tarmac. Before I got out I turned and gave Rain one last smile before I too got out and closed my car door.
I slang my bag over my shoulder and yanked Cya into a hug, which she happily returned.
We let each other go but grasped hands and started walking toward the entrance with the boys trailing us.
Cya started talking about some boy she had her eye on, and I replied with all the enthusiasm required of a best friend when it came to boys.
When never stopped to wait for the guys, and they never bothered catching up, so Cy and I were discussing whether it was worth shaking in our seats from the suspense that a horror would bring about or we needed the good laugh that romance/comedy was sure to produce.
“Anything but romance,” Rain commented as he came to a stop next to us, where we were standing contemplating the movie posters.
“Why?” Cya asked, blinking three times in a row to look confused.
“Romances are sappy.”
“Not always.” I put in, without looking at the movie posters.
“They are in the movies.” Now I looked at him, and let a half smile over-come my face.
“Yeah, they are, huh?” I laughed and shook my head, turning back to the posters.
I noticed that Seth had come to stand next to Cya. I glanced at Rain, and briefly wondered if he was jealous that I always seemed to be next to Rain now. I demised the idea as irrational; Seth had never had an issue with my boyfriend or the attention I gave them before. He knew he would always be my best friend.
“Romance is over-rated anyway,” I said, rather cynically.
He didn’t reply.
“I wanna watch thaaaaat one!” Cya said, about two decibels too high, pointing at a movie poster.
“That one it is then,” I said, giving no one else the option.
I grabbed Cya’s hand and dragged her into the ticket line, and we brought four tickets for the soonest show for the movie Cya wanted to watch. On the up side, because the cinemas were in the middle of movies, there were only very short lines. On the down side, we had an hour to kill till our movie came on.
“Should we get something to eat?” Seth suggested, looking around the cinema hub, looking for something interesting to do that we hadn’t already done before.
Rain, on the other hand, was looking around like a five-year-old who was seeing the sea for the first time. Well at least I only saw the sea for the first time when I was five. The nearest beach was a four hour drive away, and we only seemed to go there every school holiday. My Dad owns a house down at the coast, which he brought the year I was eleven. My Mom and Dad and I used to go, but since my Mom died, Dad hadn’t been back.
Although he had wanted to sell it, I had begged him to keep it. It was such a part of my Mom. I didn’t want to give it up, even though it was still painful to go there sometimes. So Seth and I went two years after my Mom died, and had been ever since.
That’s where we meet Cya for the first time. Imagine our surprise when she turned up at our school three days later.
And we had all been going there during the holidays ever since. The amount of time and point of time that we went for varied. But we always went.
“Yes!” Cya squealed, and I covered the ear that was closest to her.
“You two go eat; I think Rain wants the tour.” He raised his eye-brows at me. “Unless you don’t…?”
“I do!” He said quickly.
“Later, behave you guys, don’t do anything I would.” I winked and grinned at Seth and set off at trot with Rain following, slowing after about a dozen steps.
“Ri…” He had called me Ariah for about two days, until I death glared it out of him.
“Who was your first girlfriend?” He walked with slow deliberate steps, and I skipped in front of him mostly.
“This gothic chick named Lianne. Totally selfish cow. Dated me to make one of my friend’s jealous.”
“Bi…” I started to call her a long list of lured and un-lady-like names before I remembered my no swearing rule.
Rain laughed and a grin broke out over his face, “It’s okay, that was like, the 5th grade.”
He grabbed my hand then, and pulled me so I was walking next to him. I let him.