Part two! There could possibly be four parts to this chapter, depending on how much I feel like giving away right now.
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The ship had set sail about an hour ago. Autumn lay on the fluffy bed, upside down, her head hanging over the edge. Kenzie knelt in front of the black dresser, shoving the last bit of her clothes into the drawer. I sat on the plush multi-colored, fish-printed chair, knees to my chest, flipping through the pamphlets.
“Done!” Kenzie announced as the drawer clicked closed.
“Oooooh, look at this!” I turned the pamphlet around to them. “Tuesday Teen Nights in the bar!” I winked at Kenzie and she rolled her eyes. “Oh, lighten up!” I tapped her shoulder with my toes. “I know I wouldn’t survive a second in there, no need to give me looks.”
“I’m so bored!” Autumn yelled, pulling herself back up. Her face was as red as a tomato and I couldn’t help but giggle a bit. “Do those pamphlets have a map to the pool?” She asked, pulling her hair into a high pony tail. I flipped through a few pages, my heart racing. This is what I was dreading. The only thing I was dreading about this trip.
Before school ended, starting in January, I went on a major diet. I changed around the things I ate completely. I didn’t eat a single piece of fatty or unhealthy foods. I went to the gym every morning before school and every night before I went to sleep. I knew that, come summer, I wanted to go from a size 9 in jeans to a size 5.
It worked. Dad took me out when I’d reached my goal and practically bought me a whole new closet. He knew how much I wanted it and he helped me every step of the way, encouraging me in a way my mom was too busy to.
Though I reached the goal I wanted, I’m still self conscious with my body. My legs and stomach, especially. I was dreading putting on that new bikini for the first time ever and flaunting what probably shouldn’t be flaunted.
“So, we just make a right here, and go up the elevator?” Kenzie and Autumn leaned over me, pointing at the map.
“Yeah, that seems easiest.” Autumn said, walking over to her the dresser. She opened the drawer and pulled out a strapless white bikini with thin, sparkly silver stripes lining it along with a pair of denim shorts and an old school t-shirt. Kenzie and I followed her lead.
Our flip flops clicked against the beige tiled hallway. Kenzie clicked the button for the elevator and I hoisted my purple Victoria’s Secret beach bag higher over my shoulder. We waited for about a good three minutes before a loud DING! echoed from above the sliding doors. A tall boy with spikey brown hair was inside. He wore a black t-shirt with white printed words and red swim trunks. A cell phone was squished between his hear and his shoulder. The three of us awkwardly filed onto the enormous elevator. The doors closed and the boy continued to talk on his phone.
“Yeah, yeah….Dude….Bro, calm down…Yeah, I’m in the elevator now…” He switched his cell phone from one ear to the other. I looked over at the girls. Kenzie was examining her fingernails while Autumn stood, motionless, staring at the boy. When she caught my gaze, she blushed.
“Okay…Okay…Yeah…Alright…Bye.” He clicked the end button and shoved his phone in his pocket. The elevator still hadn’t reached our destination. The boy had barely noticed our presence until Kenzie let out a little sneeze.
“Bless you.” He turned to her and shot her a small smile.
“Thanks.” She said.
DING! The elevator doors slid open and the boy jogged out of the elevator. Kenzie and I filed off and headed towards the pool. Autumn trailed slowly behind us.
When we finally stepped from the shade and onto the pool deck, my mood lightened slightly. The pool was crystal blue and it was huge. At one end it branched out into an area with slides and a play set. At the other, jacuzzis of all shapes and sizes were placed all around. Sky blue lounge chairs lined along the deck. Palm trees shot up from the ground in random places and white umbrellas and tables were scattered around. To my surprise, very few people were around. But hey, I wasn’t complaining. I wasn’t sure if I was ready for this anyway.
I followed Kenzie to the far right corner of the pool deck near the myriad of different jacuzzis. We put our stuff on some chairs and claimed a table. Autumn and Kenzie removed their cover ups, revealing their perfectly flat tummies and flawless skin.
“Need any sun tan lotion?” I asked, reaching into my bag and pulling out a brown bottle of Banana Boat tanning oil. Kenzie nodded, taking it from me, and began to lather it all over her body. I laid back in the lounge chair letting the warmth of the sun relax my anxiety.
“Well, are you coming or what?” Autumn asked, throwing the lotion back in my bag. I could feel a light fluttering in my stomach. I was so not ready to do this. What if my stomach isn’t flat enough? What if my body isn’t as nice as I’d hoped it’d be after I’d lost all the weight? What if people see Kenzie and Autumn and wonder how such pretty, skinny girls were stuck with a whale like me? I looked down at my shirt that was protecting me from all the fears and then squinted back up at Autumn.
“Uh, yeah.” I nodded and sat up. “Go ahead, I’ll be right there. I need to put some lotion on first.”
“Okay!” Her and Kenzie walked off. I watched as they argued over which jacuzzi we should sit in. Reluctantly I stood up, prolonging having to take my shirt off for as long as possible by looking through my bag.
What the fuck are you doing? I mentally kicked my self. You worked fucking hard to get where you are now. Why the hell aren’t you happy? I sighed, running my fingers through my hair. I made this so much more difficult than it needed to be. Just do it. What are you waiting for?
Finally, I pulled the flowy orange top off of my body and slid my denim shorts off, revealing the black and gold halter top bikini I’d bought in preparation for mine, Kenzie and Autumn’s summer plans down the shore. Quickly, I squirted some sun tan oil over my skin and scurried over to find where the girls had finally settled. The pool deck had become a little more crowded and, becoming self conscious again, I wrapped my arms around my stomach.
They’d picked a small, oddly shaped jacuzzi at the opposite end of where we’d sat down. As I walked towards them, I spotted the boy we’d encountered in the elevator, along with two other boys, both a little shorter than him. I couldn’t really see any of their faces clearly considering that, without my glasses, I couldn’t see a thing past my outstretched fingertips without it being fuzzy. They walked past a group of girls in front of me. The shortest boy, closest to the group of girls, turned around and checked out their butts as they walked past. He gave them a long whistle and the boy from the elevator smacked his arm, telling him to be a little more respectful. Embarrassed, I ducked my head, hoping he wouldn’t look at me. As he and his friends passed, I ducked my head slightly lower, one arm still covering my belly, and tucked a strand of long brown hair behind my ear. I could feel his gaze on my. It scorched my skin as if someone had just placed a campfire behind my back. I could feel my face flushing red and I tried to walk a little faster.
“Are you alright?” Kenzie asked, sliding over as I dipped my toe into the bubbling pool.
“Fine, why?” I asked, stepping in further. She shrugged as I sat down.
For those of you who are unaware, this chapter is a sort of flashback. Every couple of chapters, I’ll do a couple of these “flashbacks” to the cruise so you can get the feel of what really happened that summer. lol, ok. Please let me know what you think!
Also, I apologize for this being so short! But this is only the first part! I just need to get it out of the way! Things will get more interesting in the next part!
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I kicked open the heavy white door with the tip of my shoe. Amanda pushed past me and ran into the open, polished foyer. She threw her books and book bag on the plush off-white steps and began to run in circles, screaming and laughing as loud as her little lungs would allow her. I giggled, leaning up against the door frame, and watched as she celebrated the home coming of the last day of school. As she began to walk like an Egyptian across the mirror-like white tiles, Patrick pushed past me and ran up to his room.
“I’ll be playing Call of Duty!” He shouted. “DON’T disturb me.” And with that, he slammed his door closed. I rolled my eyes and focused my attention back on Amanda who’d taken to attempting to break dance in the middle of the floor, still screaming like a maniac. I took a deep breath before letting a loud shriek escape my lips. I did the same thing Amanda had and threw my school stuff on the steps before joining her in the middle of the foyer. I lifted her off the ground and swung her around.
“Steph…” I slowly spun to a stop, a huge girn on my face.
“Yeah, Mom?” I set Amanda back down on the floor and she went, screaming, up the stairs. My mom laughed lightly and rolled her eyes.
“I need to talk to you.” She said, motioning to follow her as she walked into the kitchen. She plopped her purse on the marble island and leaned against the opposite counter top. I slid onto a mahogany stool and waited for her to speak.
“So,” She began, sighing. “You’re probably going to hate me for this…”
I gave her ‘the eye’. “What?"
"I know you and Kenzie and Autumn had a ton of ideas and plans with each other for this summer, but…I bought four tickets for a summer long cruise around the Caribbean…”
“That’s cool, Mom.” I said, walking over to the silver, stainless steel refrigerator. I removed an ice cold Poland Spring water bottle and sat back down. “You, Manda, Pat and Dad will have a lot of fun.” I took a swig of water and swished it around my mouth.
“You think…?” She laughed. “Oh, sweetie. No. It’s going to be me, Amanda, Patrick and you. You know your father wouldn’t want to spend a whole summer with me.” My heart plunged into my stomach. “And I wouldn’t want to spend it with him, either.” My heart is about to fall out my ass at this point.
“Mom, you can’t be serious right now.” I let out a sarcastic chuckle. She gave me that are-you-doubting-me-and-my-authority? look. “You’re joking. Autumn, Kenzie and I have been planning this summer for legit years. The summer of our 16th. We have so much planned, so much money saved. And besides, why would I want to spend a whole summer on a cruise with my dysfunctional family? You’re psychotic if you think I’m going.” I got up from my chair and started for the stairs.
“Listen here, Stephanie Nicole.” She shouted, obviously fuming at my attitude. “We are NOT dysfunctional. And I don’t think you’re going. I know, whether you like it or not.”
Fantastic. Seven years of birthday and holiday and work money all saved up for the perfect summer ever, down the drain. Kenzie and Autumn are going to do all of our plans without me. Meanwhile I’ll be stuck on some stupid cruise with my bipolar brother, spoiled sister and moody mom with not a single friend to talk to. The cruise doesn’t bother me. It’s just the fact that my mom knows I’ve been waiting for this for years and she’s allowing everything to fall apart.
Polka dot suitcase behind me, I stomped my way down the hotel-like hallway. The walls were sky blue and adorned with gold colored mirrors and lamps in the shapes of seashells and different sea creatures. To compliment, the carpet was a sandy color with different colored specks, almost like you’d see sand look on a beach.
“I can’t believe you’re dragging me on this stupid cruise. I’m supposed to be spending my summer with my best friends, not you psychopaths.” I hissed at my mom as she walked in front of me, my brother and sister on either side of her. She kept referring back to the room key and pamphlets as she ticked off each door, trying to find the right room.
“Honestly. What were you thinking?” She rolled her eyes and pushed on. We must have gone through the same hallway four times before we reached our room. Mom shuffled through the stack of pamphlets and room keys. I watched, amused, as she finally picked a key she’d dropped on the floor and slid it into the door.
“FINALLY!” I groaned when it clicked and pushed past her, angrily. I walked into the spacious area and dropped my bags in a corner. The room was actually beautiful. Sea foam green walls, deep navy blue and white bed sheets. I sat down on one and immediately sunk. Oh god, that’s comfortable. I snapped myself out of it. Mom can’t see me smile, she’ll think I’m actually happy to be here, even though I’m not.
“Seriously. What would have made you think-” That’s when I saw them. I saw them out of the corner of my eye, their hands over their mouths, quietly giggling.
“HOLY CRAP.” I shouted, jumping from the bed. I ran to them and tackled them with bear hugs. I pulled away.
“Oh my god, look at you!” I pulled at Kenzie’s shirt, squealing. “And oh my god, look at you!” I pointed to Autumn’s adorable sandals. “You guys looks so cute dressed in the clothes we bought for summer! Aww!” They laughed as I continued. “What the hell are you two doing here?!”
“Your mom asked us to come!” Autumn smiled at her, and waved.
“But she asked us to keep it a secret!” Kenzie added.
I turned sheepishly to my mom. “Heh.” I sounded. “Thaaaaaank youuuu, Mommmmmy.” I spoke in the most childish way possible.
“Mhm. Here.” She pulled another set of room keys out of her pocket. I looked at her, confused. “I got you guys a separate room in the next hall over.”
“You what?!” I ran to her and attacked her with the biggest hug ever. “Thankyouthankyouthankyou!” I spoke at the speed of lightning.
“Mhm.” My mom sounded and handed me the room keys. I grabbed all of my stuff and waved Kenzie and Autumn to follow me as she helped my brother and sister carry in the rest of their luggage.