Wish you were here
(Day 5 of @lapamedotweek the theme waa beach day. Sometimes girlfriends can’t be together.)
‘Hey cutie wanna hang out today?’ -Amesy Q
‘Nahhh, I think I want to be alone today.”-That lASSuli
‘Oh okay, P-dot and I are going to the beach. So if you change your mind…’-Amesy Q
‘Got it.’-That lASSuli
‘I <3 you.’-Amesy Q
‘Ewww gross.’-That lASSuli
‘Love you too, tell Peri for me.’-That lASSuli
“She’s not coming, she wants to be alone.” Amethyst said, using a tone that sounded how Lapis probably would have sounded if she was there.
“That’s mean, you know sometimes she just needs space.” Peridot said her expression was a mix between exasperation and amusement. “But I have to say, your Lapis impression is getting really good.”
“Thanks P.” Amethyst reached for her girlfriend’s hand and began to walk. She was abruptly stopped as Peridot tugged her back.
“Wait, are you sure this is okay?” Peridot fidgeted with the white hem of a light minty green sundress. It had an alien applique stitched to the bottom right. It had been a gift from Lapis and Amethyst, to add more variety to wardrobe. They’d even gotten her a sunhat of matching shade.
Amethyst gave her girlfriend an appraising look, she circled around her once and then whistled. “Damn girl, you look amazing.”
Peridot blushed and looked away muttering something under her breath. But she made no further complaint as Amethyst took her hand again and gave her a peek on the lips.
“Are you ready to go?”
“Yeah, but I wish Lapis would’ve seen me in this.”
“Who says she won’t, I have an idea.”
Miles away from the beach, Lapis was waking up. The sun was beginning to set, she’d slept all day, again.
“Dammit.” She growled as she throw the sheets off her and stormed over to her balcony and opened the door. She took a deep breath and felt a pain in her chest as the smell of the ocean hit her. She felt guilty, she’d blown off her girlfriends because she was depressed and all she’d done was nothing all day. “I should gone…”
She went back into her room and hunted for her phone. It had ended up under her bed, she probably dropped it when she’d fallen asleep. A small green dot flashed on and off, she’d been messaged. “Probably to tell me how much fun I was missing.”
Sighing she unlocked her screen, but just stared. She had over eighty notifications quite a few were texts, some were from other social media. “What the hell…” she muttered under her breath. She went through the notifications and clicked the oldest one, a text from Amethyst.
‘Hey dude, I know you’re probably asleep. Don’t beat yourself up about it.’-Amethyst
“Right, just like I thought…” Lapis said about to out her phone down, but she went back to her notifications and clicked the next. It was a message on messenger, she opened it only to find her phone loading something. A video? They had gone through a lot of trouble to chastise her. Her brows furrowed as the play button appeared. She hit play.
The image at first was blurry all she could see was green and the it panned out to show Peridot standing on a sandy trail waving. She was in the dress she and Amethyst had bought her, it looked amazing. It showed off her legs and complimented the green chunk that had become a regular part of Peridot’s hair.
“Yes hi, Lapis.” Amethyst’s face suddenly appeared in the video she wore a huge smile. “Since you weren’t able to make it, we decided to give you a virtual beach day.”
The video went back to Peridot waving, this time she was waving for the camera and Amethyst to follow. “Come Ames and Lapis.”
She inhaled sharply at her name. The video ended. She played it again. She quickly found the next message it was on Cliktext, this time it was just Amethyst. She appeared to be in a sandy bathroom stall.
“Hey babe, what do you think?” She panned the camera down causing Lapis to blush. “Shhhh don’t tell Peri okay?” She kissed the camera and the video ended. Lapis quickly pressed the button to save the video before it was gone forever.
The next was a message from Peridot, she had taken a picture of Amethyst running out into the waves, she was in a one piece bikini with a chest window. A caption stated ‘While we relax in the shade Amethyst decided to play in the ocean.’
Lapis let out a small noise, it was a almost chirp of happiness.
The next message was again from Peri, it was a slide show of Amethyst as she chased seagulls. She stopped when she saw the guys who sell fries. The next images in the slide had her running towards Peridot as she was chased by a ravenous flock of seagulls chased after her.
Lapis gasped with laughter. She went back to her notification and noticed an hour gap between it and the one she’d just viewed. She clicked it reopening messenger, there was a picture of what looked like a sand sculpture of her laying on her stomach, the hair made of seaweed. The caption was you looked so peaceful sleeping we didn’t want to wake you while we went to get…
She quickly found the second part which was on a message from Peridot. It was a collage photo of her and Amethyst holding different foods. It took her a moment but it dawned on her they were holding some of her favorite foods. They had gotten shawarma, snow cones, and green tea.
She sighed, those dorks.
She spent the next few minutes laughing, oohing and awwing as she viewed the rest of their beach day. Her favorites were the image where sand Lapis helped Peri bury a sleeping Amethyst, the video Amethyst recorded of her rinsing of in the stalled showers with Peridot shouting about her being lewd.
She reached the last image and her heart sink the last image was Amethyst, Peridot and her sand legs stretched out as they looked at the sunset sinking past the ocean horizon. It was a text from Peridot. She bit her lip, as a wave of emotion swirled in her, she was happy they shared the day with her but not actually being there for the sunset hurt, badly. She looked outside and saw it was dark, they were probably heading home. She sighed as she walked to the balcony and grabbed her pack of cigarettes. She extracted and lit one, she’d been trying to cut back because it meant a lot to Peridot but found herself smoking whenever she was upset. As she took her first drag her she felt her phone vibrate it was a message from Amethyst with a link. She frowned and clicked it, a download started and she frowned at the size, but let the download continue. By the time it finished she was on her second cigarette. She had gone through the pictures and videos a second time reliving their day at the beach, she was so distracted she hadn’t heard the knock on her door.
The video was twenty minutes long but the preview image sent Lapis scrambling to press play. It started out exactly how the picture that Peridot had sent looked, except the sun had only begun to lower in the sky. The camera swiveled to Amethyst who smiled up at it and then ro Peridot who waved and was all teeth with her excited smile.
“I’m glad we got to share this day with you.” Peridot said.
The camera went back to the sky and the only sounds that could be heard were the ocean waves and gulls as she watched the sun set. Just as the last bits of light were fading and it go harder to see, Amethyst took the camera and looked directly in it as if looking at her. “I love you, we both do, I hope you enjoyed our faux date. I gotta tell you I can’t wait to see you in person because sand Lapis doesn’t cut it.” She gave the camera a kiss and waved good-bye before shutting off the camera. Tears fell on the black screen as Lapis held a hand to her mouth. “Those dorks.”
A let out a shaky breath and smiled. She’d have to wash her face before they got home if she wanted to hide the fact she’d been crying. She walked back into her room and set her phone on her bed before she went to open her door. Outside it waiting for her to discover was a giant shell, and underneath a takeout box. She picked both up, feeling tears start to form at the edge of her eyes. She heard another door open and a small voice call out.
“Lapis?” It was Peridot, she came forward and wrapped her arms around her. “Are you okay?”
She felt another pair of arms around her and heard Amethyst say. “Did we do the wrong thing?”
Lapis shook her head trying to wipe away the tears. Smiling she kissed each on the forehead. “I love you guys, best beach date ever.”