"You look so pretty", the person slurred. It wasn't anyone I know, but I'm assuming Kylie did.
"Uhm", I uttered
She grabbed me into her arms and forcefully hugged me before I could speak. She was pretty, not too pretty and also drunk. Very drunk.
I wiggled my way out of the hug. "I'm not Kylie. Sorry, I'm her sister Kelsie. you didn't hear about what happened to her, did you?"
"I know it's you Kylie", she laughed drunkenly, her talking turning slowly into a whisper. "Don't worry. I won't tell him that you're here"
"What?", I shrieked
"Maya May!", a voice called out, "what the hell are you doing here? Drunk! Maya May, you will be the death of your poor old grandma!"
"Oh, I'm so sorry for her behaviour. She's just mourning your sisters loss alot differently. I promise this will never repeat itself my dear"
I watched the stranger walk away with whoever I'm guessing was her grandmother. Leaving me confused. More than before atleast.
"Hey? Are you okay? I saw what happened", Kiara came up to me
"Yes, I'm fine", I shrug
"Oh, well, mom's already paying. Do you wanna stick around with me abit longer? Or go with my mom?"
"What're you staying for?"
"My friends are picking me up. We're going to some bonfire in about an hour"
I pinched my lower lip in between my teeth and took a breath. "I guess I could stay with you"
Her face lit up. "Awesome. I'll go tell mom"
It had been almost 30 minutes since Kiara's mom left her and I behind at the mall. We sat outside the front entrance, waiting for Kiara's friends. I was pretty anxious if I'm being honest. The thought of hanging out with a bunch of kids younger than me, who don't know me at all is kind of scary.
When the car finally pulls up, Kiara got up and started running towards it. I walked behind her, catching up.
"Hey guys", Kiara smiled. There was about 3 people total in the car. Two in the front and one in the back.
"Oh. Guys this is my step sister Kelsie. Kelsie, that's Ashley, her boyfriend Cameron and in the back is Rachael"
"Hey", I faked a smile. So did they.
Ashley was sitting in the front passenger seat with so much soft leather around her. Her boyfriend Cameron looked far too unsober to be driving but, who am I to say anything?
I followed Kiara into the back of the car and crossed my arms.
Cameron drove like he could barely hear the 389 horsepower, 6-liter engine. If it wasn't already obvious, I know a few things about cars. One hundred thousand pounds worth of German engineering. This was a car that sneered at speed limits.
"So Kelsie, where are you from?", Rachael asks in a dead attempt to make conversation. I could barely hear her over the loud Travis Scott playing in the background.
"I live in Yellow Oak with my mom and my older sist...uhm. I live in Yellow Oak with my mom", I stutter
"Is this like your first time in Echo Creek?", Ashley screamed from the front seat
"She grew up here before my mom met our dad", Kelsie answered
"So like, your dad screwed both your moms? Dope", Cameron laughed
I ignored his gross comment partially because I know he's not sober, but also because if I did, I would end up choking the little asshole to death.
We arrived at the bonfire site and everything wasn't what I thought it would be at all. On the ground were spilled drinks and broken glass. The thick stench of teenage fever was more than distinct and obvious.
"Looks like the party has arrived!", a group of drunk boys said, coming up to Kiara. She welcomed them all with open arms, hugging and high-fiving them.
"Who is this?", one boy asked
"Oh, she's a cutie", another added
"Yo Tyler, come check out the new girl. Hey lil mama"
"Shut up you guys, that's my older sister, Kelsie", Kiara answered on my behalf and handed me a blue plastic cup.
"They're just messing around Kelsie, don't worry", Ashley said, "These little turds are harmless"
Not long after we all got abit more comfortable and the party got louder and more intoxicated, I spotted a white pick up truck, with a dent on the side,parking across the site. Within minutes, Noah's intoxicating scent was all that filled the atmosphere.
"Babe!", Kiara ran over. She jumped onto him and theyhugged tightly.
"You've met Noah right?", Rachel asks me, "He was really close to Kylie"
"What makes you say that?"
"Well, I'm only telling you this because I feel like I can trust you and also, I am very drunk"
"...one day, I sort of heard Noah and Kylie talking about something top secret", she slurred
"What do you mean?"
"Well...", before she could conclude her statement, Noah and Kiara joined us.
"Hello", Noah greeted
"What's up Noah", everyone replied
"Woah Kelsie, nice to see you here", he says
"You too I guess"
The entire experience was pretty boring. Well, for me atleast, everyone else seemed to be having the time of their lives so I thought I'd call Mr. Burklin.....I mean, my father, to come and pick me up.
I dialled the number and placed the phone to my ear. "Poor signal", the little service provider woman said.
"Ugh. Great", I sighed and stood up
"Where are you going?", Kiara asks me after taking a break from devouring Noah's face.
"I'm gonna try get a better signal. It sucks here", I respond
"It is quite dangerous out here. You should go with someone", Noah said and wiped his lips with his pink knuckles .
"You should go with her babe", Kiara commented
My eyes widened at the thought of going far away from a group of people with someone I barely remember who by the way, has banged both my sisters.
"It's cool really, I don't think I'll go too far", I said, trying desperately to avoid the soon to be awkward situation.
"Kelsie, please just go with him. You'll be safer"
Noah looked at Kiara then at me.
"Okay", I gave in and walked away. Not waiting for him to catch up.
"Wait a minute please", he panted as he finally caught up with me
"So, how do you like the bonfire?", he asks. I ignored him.
"Hello? Can you hear me?"
"Are you angry with me? Did I do something to offend you?" Once more, I ignored him.
I grabbed my phone from my back pocket and held it up in the air in a dessperate attempt to get my network back up.
"Ugh. Come on!"
"May I?", Noah asks me and holds out his hand
"May you what?", I ask passively
"May I help you?", he spoke, looking into my eyes. His rugged, grammatically correct voice sending unwanted and unexpected shivers down my spine.
While handing him my phone, I cleared my throat and shook the thought of him turning me on out of my head.
He tapped away at the screen then handed my phone back to me. "Thank you", I uttered.
"Of course it is my pleasure. Shall we head back now?"
"You could. I think I'll stay here for a while and call Kev... I mean, my father"
"Why?", he seems genuinely worried
"No reason", I lied
Noah furrowed his brow and said, "I know you are lying"
"I'm not lying"
"Yes you are. You are lying again infact"
"...Okay well, since you're so curious, this bonfire sucks"
He seemed offended. "This is the MOST anticipated party every week"
"Wait, you do this every week?", I mocked
"Yes actually we do and we quite like it" , he pouted. His little accent came out much stronger than usual.
"Oh my gosh", I laugh, "what exactly do you and your friends think is a party little British boy? Because this is the lamest party I've ever attended"
"First of all, I am not British, I was born here in Echo Creek and second of all, you have hardly stayed at the party long enough for you to enjoy it"
"I know a good party when I see one and believe me, this is not a good party"
"Okay, well what would make it a good party then?" He sat down on some bench. So did I as I began to talk.
"For starters, you cannot call it a party if there's no music. Secondly, your alcohol is trash,I mean, who brings boxed wine to a teenage party, c'mon"
He laughed at my comments and critique.
"Oh also", I continued, "Almost everyone is having conversations"
"Well what's wrong with that?"
"It's a party! We're all supposed to be too stupid drunk to carry on conversations"
"You have a pretty smile", I compliment
"Thank you. Do you?"
"Do I what?"
"Do you have a pretty smile"
"....i don't know. Doubt it though"
"Let us see.", he said and stood up, "Give us a smile"
"..uhm, no thanks"
"I am not joking. Give us a smile"
Before my response could come out, my father's car drove up.
"Hey", My father called out from the window. He exchanged banter with Noah and I got into the car.
The car ride was short and quiet. Most of the time the thought of going back home tomorrow was on my mind. Honestly, I'm tired of Echo Creek already.
The next day came by pretty quickly, the weather was warm. I liked it better that way. I managed to make it to school just on time and was welcomed by Ryder when I walked into my first class
"You have no idea how bad I've wanted to cone back here", I sighed and hugged her. She didn't hug me back
"What's wrong?", I ask
"I kinda have something to tell you. It's about Kylie"