june 8 - happy summer! today is the first official day of summer break for all of you school kids. in celebration, denten moana has decided to throw a huge cookout in her backyard. bring friends and be prepared to socialize
“I see you’re still looking more beautiful than ever… must be that Columbia Ivy League air or something,” Damon Moana says to me as I walk into his sister's beginning of summer cookout. I laugh and give him a hug. Damon and I hooked up for a couple months in my sophomore year of high school, but decided we were much better off at being friends. “How does it feel to be out of that awfully polluted New York and back home?” Damon asks, genuinely interested in what I have to say. “Pretty good,” I lie. The truth was, ever since Noah showed up at my doorstep the night Will and I had a date (where he proceeded to tell me Will had “cold feet and a bad hangover” and wouldn’t be making an appearance, but he’d be more than willing to fill in), things had been pretty disastrous, and I’d been doing my best to avoid the Adele brothers in this small town, keeping to myself at our house in Duck. I ignored call after call, text after text, email after email, unable to stand the thought of me being stood up by the only guy I’ve consistently had feelings for... Damon and I exchanged a few more niceties and then both left each other to mingle.
Everyone from Kitty Hawk was at Denten’s. I saw Denten and Nick, and gave them hugs and a bottle of wine, as my official housewarming present. I saw the slew of guys that had all wished they had a shot with me in high school and last summer. I saw Jolie, Isabel and Emma – girls who all graduated from high school with me two years ago. I saw Kelsee and the younger Davidson brother together, along with Dawson. I saw Elana and gave her a smile and wave. I was super happy she was back in town, she was crazy fun when she used to live in Kitty. She was busy talking to some other girls, so I thought I'd catch up with her at coffee or something. Then I saw Violet lighting up with Sean Miller, hoping she knew what she was getting herself into as soon as he slid his tanned, ripped arm around her petite frame. Everyone knew Sean Miller was a good time, myself included, but he had no morals and no standards and girls who still got involved thinking they could change him just ended up getting hurt in the end.
I decide to head on inside to ask Denten if she needs any help when I see Will leaning on the kitchen counter talking with Nick. We exchange eye contact, a mutual understanding that this was not the place to hash out an argument in regards to him standing me up a few weeks back and me ignoring his attempts at forgiveness. I grab a beer out of the fridge, smile at Nick and make my exit from the party. I see Will come out after me, looking for me, but I’m too far ahead of him and too far in the dark for him to see me. I make my way to the beach with my single lonesome Corona, just like the single lonesome Copper that was drinking it… alone.
(Sorry, I didn't include so many people. Let me know if you want to be in a story or collaborate or anything like that!)