Always Midnight

Madison Johnson's life changes the moment she lays eyes on Christian Watson. Christian is unlike any boy Madison has ever met in her life, he's a guy with a secret-he's a vampire with a deadly past. When they fall in love, Christian's past soon makes its way into their future together. As his past catches up to him, Madison must decide how much she will sacrifice to be with the man she loves. Copyright © 2011

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13. A Long Way from Home (pt 2)

 

“Justin why don’t you stay quiet then, you sound smarter with your mouth closed.” Angelica retorted. 

“Why don’t you take your own advice, then while you’re at it, take that advice and shove it up your a-” Justin started to say

“Hey guys this is supposed to be a fun camping trip, meaning everyone shut up!” I bellowed, silencing everyone.

I once again focused my attention on the burning fire, annoyed with all of my friends bickering. I sighed, pulling my knees to my chest and laid my head on my knees. 

“Well the food is done!” Dean piped up. I glanced up at him, he caught my eye and winked. I smiled at him, then stood up, I stretched my legs and arms out. Everyone helped themselves to the hot dogs and burgers, I sat back down on the blanket next to the fire next to Lilly, taking a small bite of my burger.

“Maddie you’re going to hate me for this but can you guys believe how much of an jerk Eric was being on Friday?” Lillian asked everyone, setting aside her burger in front of her, eager for us to join in. I sighed, this was not something I wanted to talk about. I was tired about talking about the Eric situation. However, I did smile to myself thinking of Friday night with Christian. I didn’t tell my friends about it I wanted it to be my own secret.

“I can’t believe he had the audacity to grab you MJ, oh by the way, thanks for sticking up for me again.” Jocelyn said. 

“You’re welcome Jo.” I said. 

Dinner set the mood for the rest of the day, after we ate we each hung out together going back to Oasis Pond to gaze at the water. I decided to walk on a trail with Lillian, Katie, Justin, and Dean. We all walked, exploring the surrounding exotic and various plants, using our flashlights to point them out. Dean, Katie and Lillian walked further up ahead with me and Justin trailing far behind. At first I didn’t really think of anything of off it, I continued to observe the plants and flowers. We were both silent each in our own world until Justin broke the silence, coming up from behind me. 

“Madison…” Justin said, causing me to jump a foot in the air.

I whirled around, “You scared the crap out of me Justin. I got lost in my own world I guess. What’s up?” I asked him.

“I know we’re not all that close but I have to ask you something personal.”

“What?” I asked him cautious.

“Me and Jocelyn have been hanging out a lot lately which I’m sure she told you about and I can’t give her my full attention until I’m sure about you.” He confessed. 

“I’m confused Justin what do you mean ‘sure about me‘? What do I have to do with anything?” I asked. 

“Do you think you and I would ever be together? I’ve liked you for a long time. I was crushed when you went out with Dean and when that didn’t work I thought maybe you’d notice me but you haven’t. It’s why I’ve been single but I can’t wait forever. I only need a simple yes or no, you don’t have to explain yourself or anything. After you answer, I promise it won’t get weird for us and we can act as if this conversation never took place.” He rushed on. 

I paused, never in a million years did I expect this-damn teenage hormones were to blame. 
“No. But I do need to explain. I’ve always seen you as a best friend and that’s the way I will probably always see you. I value our friendship and I don’t want to give it up for a few months of dating and endless make out sessions only to have it end. It’s not worth it for me.”

“Okay, thanks for being honest. Let’s get back to the group.” Justin told me smiling sadly, he turned around and walked away.

I sighed I prayed that our friendship wouldn’t be strained because of this. I pushed it out of my mind and continued to walk behind everyone. The trails really led people deep into the woods, we only went about a couple of feet then turned around. Overall the day was a fun, and nice getaway for all of us. Once we returned to camp, exhaustion crept upon us, prompting each of us to retreat to our campsites and two separate tents to change into our nightclothes. After we went back out to the fire to roast s’mores with the boys. The boys were also sitting by the fire on a blanket in their pajamas. I strolled over to my previous seat besides Lillian on the blanket by the warm bright crisp fire pit. The black smoke billowed through the night, rising above us, rising towards the sky as if trying to reach the moon to darken its light. 

“This was fun.” Angelica said, leaning back into Julian’s chest as he held her.

“Yes, it was.” Julian agreed, planting a soft kiss on Angelica’s head.

I sighed, slightly envious that I didn’t have anyone to lean against. Why did I have to wallow in self pity? I shook my head, trying to shake my pity party from my mind. But I couldn’t help myself from being a bit down about being single when it seemed as if all my friends were hooking up with each other. I noticed Katie talking to Dean, who was trying to stop her marshmallow from burning. I glanced to my left to see Jocelyn flipping her hair in her clear attempt to flirt with Justin. On my right there was Lillian and Jensen holding hands making love sick puppy eyes at each other. I was relieved when Jensen announced that we should all get to bed. 

I said goodnight to the boys then headed back to my tent with the girls. It wasn’t long before I heard Angelica snoring, Lillian tossing around like a fish, Katie talking in her sleep, and Jocelyn moaning in her sleep. I, unlike my girl friends, could not go to sleep so easily, I laid on the blowup mattress staring at the roof of the tent. After a few more minutes staring aimlessly at the ceiling, I crawled stealthily from the mattress, grabbed my sweater and sneakers. I retrieved my flare gun, flashlight, cell phone, and bear mace from my backpack, then left the tent. I decided a late night stroll through the trails would help to ease my mind, eventually putting me asleep. My instincts screamed at me to get back in the tent when I stepped into the dark cape of night but as usual I did not listen.

 
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