Of Bonfires and Late Nights
Instead of your alarm blaring bright and early at 5:30am,
for you to get your not so happy ass out of bed, this morning your phone was
making sporadic dinging sounds every ten
seconds, screen lighting up with each
new message received. Groaning, you looked at the time. All right, it was a
little later than your normal alarm time, but still. It was the Saturday after
midterms. Whoever the hell was messaging you should know better than to disturb
your well-deserved slumber. You had worked your tail off, studying up until the
wee hours of the morning, and after countless pots of coffee and flashcards it
was finally over.
Glaring at your phone yet again, you snatched it up from
where you had placed it on your pillow the night before. Before you could swipe
your thumb across the screens smooth surface, it lit up and you were able to
see there were 47 unread Facebook messages waiting to be read. You were unable
to resist the urge to roll your eyes this time. Only Chen, Chanyeol and
Baekhyun would blow your phone up so early in the morning.
but seriously guy, what would you say if I got a ferret?
Seriously ew. I don’t wanna be anywhere near that nasty ass rodent thing.
guys are so mean I THOUGHT WE WERE FRIENDS!!!
You: WHAT DO
YOU FUCKHEADS THINK YOU ARE DOING SO GODDAMN EARLY BLOWING UP MY PHONE (╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻
Tee hee, sorry did we wake you
Yes you most certainly did.
Well fuck you too Bacon
That’s not my fucking name you
bitch, you better watch out or I’m gonna shine a flashlight in your face and
Well that escalated quickly….
Hey are we still getting together
tonight for the bonfire at my place?
Am I still bringing stuff for
Chanyeol: Yeah man. Baekhyun bring drinks that AREN’T
ALCOHOLIC BECAUSE MY PARENTS ARE HOME.
I’m making dip and bringing
chips, that okay?
great. See you all tonight!
You were the first to arrive at Chanyeol’s house. His parents
greeted you warmly at the door with a hug and a gentle pat to your shoulder. Mrs.
Park was a kind woman, practically a second mother to you and her home just had
a comfortable aura that over the years you came to know and cherish. Chanyeol’s
father grabbed the dip bowls you were balancing and led you into the kitchen,
politely asking how school was going, how your parents were doing and what all
you had planned for your weekend. It was only a few moments later you heard
loud footsteps bounding down the stairs, and you broke into a a small smile
which you covered with your hand as you heard Chanyeol’s mother remind him yet
again that there was to be no running down the stairs.
Only nodding to his mother, Chanyeol placed his large hand on top
of your head and gave it a friendly pat, and you could hear the smile in his
“Well someone’s early.”
“Oh you know me, only fashionably early when I want to be. When
are Baekhyun and Chen gonna get here?” You said, playfully kicking at his feet.
“Any minute, Baek texted me like twenty minutes ago. He is picking
Chen up and heading on over,” Chanyeol says before stuffing his face with some
of the chips and dip you brought in. While the two of you waited, you took it
upon yourself to grab some big plastic bowl to dump chips in, talking about
nothing important. The atmosphere was comfortable, and soon enough you found
yourself thanking the heavens above for such a great friend. A nostalgic
feeling washed over you, and you just didn’t want this moment to end. You
wanted to etch this moment of genuine friendship and happiness into your mind
forever, because when college ends you knew that more than likely your paths
would separate and pull each of you in different directions, and moments like
this would be few and far between.
The ringing of the doorbell brought you back to reality, and one
glance at Chanyeol you knew it was on. In the blink of an eye the two of you
were charging for the door, both of you trying to shove each other away in the
race to answer it first. After a couple unsuccessful swipes at the back of your
head and some mild cursing, you had managed to trip Chanyeol and open the door
while he was still down. Chen and Baekhyun barely batted an eyelash at your
antics as they walked through the threshold, Baekhyun ruffling your hair
further but quickly retracting his limp as you swatted at it. Chen’s melodious
laugh followed him into the kitchen where he dropped off marshmallows, graham
crackers and chocolate and dug into your chips and dip. You held your hand out
to help Chanyeol off the hardwood floor, he took it and the two of you were off
to go start setting up the fire pit.
“Ughhhh I’m so stuffed,” whined Baekhyun who yelped as Chen
flicked his ear.
“Maybe you shouldn’t have eaten so much then.” He just rolled his
eyes to this statement and slid deeper into the fold out chair he was currently
lounging in. You watched at Chanyeol stuck his leg out towards Chen and kicked
the edge of his chair. You watched in amusement as the three of them started to
bicker while you licked the remaining chocolate off your fingers from your
third s’more of the evening.
The four of you had a wonderful even thus far, just eating,
laughing, telling stories from the past and just enjoying each others company.
Now that the four of you had been attending university, you weren’t able to
have as many nights like this as you were before, and to be perfectly honest,
you had missed it. You missed the comfortable simplicity of the friendship you
shared, you missed how easy it was to just be yourself without judgment. Chen,
Baekhyun and Chanyeol were the best friends you could have ever asked for, and
as you looked over at the three of them you felt your heart swell up with an
overwhelming amount of happiness.
You never wanted to drift apart. Yes from time to time there were
disagreements, misunderstanding and arguments, but at the end of the day you
were all were still the best of friends. These boys had always been there for
you, though your good times and bad. They were your brothers. And you knew that
they would stick with you through thick and thin, through all the ups and downs
that life certainly has in store. In that one perfect moment, you found
yourself full of gratitude, and you were happy.