It was a sunny Friday. School had let out early for a teacher’s day none of the students cared about, only about the fact that they got to leave two hours early for the weekend. Everlie and Karson stood outside of the school, the only two still hanging around the deserted building, waiting less than patiently for their other sibling to finish cheer practice so they could all ride home together. Karson had her hands placed on her hips, tapping her foot to the passing seconds as she chatted to her younger sister. Everlie on the other hand wasn’t listening. Her eyes scanned the parking lot searching for her friend, whom she hadn’t seen all day. Her phone burned in her pocket as she fought the itch to pull it out and call Attie just to see how she was- to just hear her voice.
“I have to go up there next weekend and talk with the administration.” She was talking about college and heading up to Ohio where she was planning on attending next fall. Karson had planned to graduate a year early and leave for school as soon as she got the chance. Being the sibling she was closest with, Everlie was sad that her sister would be leaving so soon, and leaving her with the other twin from Hell, who was running late, as usual.
“I’ll miss you, Kar.” Ev sighed, turning to look her in the eyes as to not be so rude. Karson grabbed her sister’s hand tenderly, giving her a tight squeeze and an even tighter smile.
“I’ll miss you too, doodle. But we’ll still talk, every day. And I’m only a skype call away.” Everlie returned the smile, blowing away the bangs from her eyes. “I’m always here if you need me.” She nodded, looking over at the front door of the school, hoping Lakynn would be coming out so they could go home already, but they remained closed.
“Hello, ladies.” Everlie’s head shot towards the voice. She had to force herself to not break out into a stupid grin, especially not when her sister was giving her an inquisitive look, that made her cheeks burn like fire. Attie gave her a less than subtle wink before turning her attention to Karson.
“Mind if I steal her away from you for a little while?” Karson, who was grinning from ear to ear, rose an eyebrow at Attie.
“Depends. What do you have planned for my sister?” Everlie’s palms began to sweat, dancing from one foot to the next nervously, purposely bumping into Karson’s side to get her to shut up. It went unnoticed.
“Oh you know, sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll. Same old, same old.”
“I never know if you’re kidding or not, Attie.” Welcome to the club, Everlie thought. Sighing, Ev walked towards Attie with apprehension in her steps and a skip in her heart.
“Actually, I have somewhere I want to take you. Can you spare a few days?” Her voice was softer than Everlie had ever heard. She spoke only to Everlie, like there was definitely something important behind her words.
“A few days?” Everlie questioned, both girls seemingly forgetting the onlooker, who listened with open ears.
“I want to take you somewhere for the weekend. Interested?” She flashed a dazzling smile down at Everlie. Ev’s throat felt like it was closing up as she thought of not only the possibilities of getting away for the weekend with Attie, but of course, also the consequences of their actions if her parents found out.
“Attie…my moms…you know—“
“Go.” Karson’s hand came down on her shoulder, turning her to face her sister. She nodded her head in Atticus’ direction. “I’ll cover for you. Go. Just be safe, please?” Everlie looked up at her sister, biting down on her lip slightly. Quickly she pulled her sister in for a quick hug. She grabbed onto Karson’s shirt to hold her close as she let out the breath she had been holding.
“Thank you.” She whispered. Everlie released her hold on Karson and turned to Attie. Together they walked over to where she had parked the truck, and shortly after they were out of New Twinbrook altogether.