The last place Clarke expected to run into anyone she knows is the literal middle of the ocean, but the cruise ship has barely left port before she spots a familiar head of tousled curls ahead of her in the crowd.
She loses sight of him before she can get a good look, so she chalks it up to her imagination. It’s entirely possible that Bellamy is on the same cruise she is– they did, after all, both just graduate, and therefore have the same budget and scheduling constraints– but she tells herself it probably isn’t him. And that even if it is him, it’s not like they’re going to run into each other.
So of course the next day she’s on one of the decks by the pool when a shadow falls over her and his voice says, “Is this chair taken?”
Clarke pushes her sunglasses up on top of her head and wrinkles her nose at him.
“I don’t know, I my tiara really ought to have a chair of its own.”
Bellamy smirks and sits on the edge of the chair, not moving her stuff– not yet– but settling in to bicker with her. As is their custom.
She and Bellamy were RAs in the same dorm two years ago, and they had differing ideas at first about how hands-on they needed to be with their freshmen. Despite the way they picked at each other, by the end of the year they’d become reluctant allies, his calling her ‘Princess’ taking on less of a sneer and more of a teasing edge, her comebacks laced with a smile. They had each other’s backs.
But she didn’t re-up her RA contract for her senior year, and he did, and they’re not the type of friends to outright admit they miss each other, so she hasn’t seen nearly as much of him in the past couple of semesters as she would like.
“You here with Wells?”
“And Raven,” she nods. “I was saving those seats for them, but I’m pretty sure they ditched me to have tiny cabin sex.”
“O and Lincoln ditched me pretty fast too. I think they’ve all forfeited their right to a saved seat,” he grins, passing her bag back to her. The way he lounges back in the chair, skin already browning, wind ruffling his hair, he looks like something straight out of an ad. Or Clarke’s fantasies. Either one, really.
Just because she used to think he was a Class-A dick (which he is, but not in the way she thought. In the fun way.) doesn’t mean she’s never noticed how great his hands are, or how he’s got perfect hair for pulling, or how there’s probably more than one way to wipe a smirk off his face.
“Sure, make yourself at home,” she grumbles. He grins at her and pulls his shirt off, which is– honestly just so unfair.
September 21, 1942 edition of the “Newsmap” publication, a weekly issuance of the U.S. Army which was distributed to members of the military and provided news about the progress of World War II. In addition to other fronts, this issue describes the ongoing Guadalcanal Campaign, which had started six weeks earlier.
Each issue generally had information on obverse and reverse sides and featured texts, photographs, illustrations, and maps. The reverse is usually a poster. The publications were designed for posting on bulletin boards or other display areas. The obverse side would have been displayed during the week the publication was issued and on the following week the back was displayed.
Newsmap - Volume 1, Number 22, 9/21/1942 (Reverse)
1Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer | Genre: Narrative Topic/Focus: schizophrenia, coping with death Related to: Psychology Aspects:
heart-stopping plot twists, thought-provoking quotes Favorite Quote: “If people think
you’re MAD, then everything you do, everything you think, will have MAD stamped
across it.” Rating: 9.5/10
2Looking for Alaska by John Green | Genre: Narrative Topic/Focus:
falling in love, coping with death Related
to: Psychology Aspects: variety
of emotional moods, simple and realistic characters, variety of obscure and
heartwarming scenes Favorite Quote: “Is the labyrinth living or dying? Which is
he trying to escape – the world or the end of it?”Rating: 9/10
3The Boy in the Striped Pajamasby John Boyne | Genre: Historical Fiction Topic/Focus: World War II, friendship,
childlike innocence exposing horrors of the world Related to: History Aspects:
indirect and obscure messages, heart-stopping plot twists Favorite Quote: “Despite the chaos that followed, Bruno found that he was still holing
Shmuel’s hand.” Rating: 8.7/10
4Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card | Genre: Science Fiction Topic/Focus: interstellar wars,
manipulation of the mind, sacrificing one for the ‘greater good’ Related to: Psychology Aspects: life lessons on every page,
great plot-twist ending Favorite Quote: “If he once thinks there’s an easy way out,
he’s wrecked.” Rating: 9/10
5Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo | Genre: Historical Fiction Topic/Focus: World War I, importance of
siblings, coping with death Related to: History
Aspects: heart-stopping plot twists,
detailed and realistic descriptions, emotional scenes Favorite Quote: “I could
believe only in the hell I was living in, a hell on earth, and it was man-made,
not God-made.” Rate: 9/10
I got a tattoo! The artist really captured exactly what I wanted in this piece. I am VERY happy with it. In the future I plan on having somebody draw a red line from point A to point B of all my travels and then I will take a picture of my route. You can look forward to some of those soon when its fully healed and I will be driving back home! I love you all!