Across The Ocean

Working long hours at a beach shack on hot summer day's doesn't make your summer the worse. You know your summer's worse when the minute your best friend leaves to camp and her brother turns out to have a crush. But that's not bad even, it gets worse when you start dating him and then when your friend returns and finds out the truth on her own. Will Amanda and James live happily ever after or will their fairy tale at the beach come to an end?


9. Summer Boardwalk

"Amanda!" My mom's voice cries through the entire house. I wake up, rubbing my eyes tiredly. I got in late after my date with James last night so I am exhausted. After my bathroom routine, I scurry down the wooden stairs for breakfast.

"Yum, I love pancakes." I sit down next to my sister Jackie while digging into the delicious pancakes. I had put on green frayed shorts and a white flowy tank top that says "I love you to the moon and back".  I also had two friendship bracelets on my tan arm one was white and from Lilly the other was green, it was from my sister when our mom made us make some for each other. I didn't mind I love arts and crafts and I also love my sister.

"Okay, so dad and I were thinking if today could be a family day. Do something fun together." Mom glee's. Jackie and I exchange looks. "Come on girls, it'll be fun! We will be leaving at noon so be ready." She walks out of the kitchen before we could make a protest.

I doubt it will be fun...well maybe a little.


We drive to the pier and hop out of the now parked mini van. I put my ear buds in and my shades on. We walk on the boardwalk, looking into each of the shops alongside the pier. Forever 21, Salt Water Taffy shop, a souvenir store, Surfboard shop and more.

"Amanda, why don't you and Jackie go on the rides." Dad hands us some cash and then walks the other way with mom. So much for family fun. Jackie and I never had a great connection so it's going to be quite awkward when we are going to be waiting in line. Jackie and I head to the nearest ride. I didn't really care for it but if Jackie wants to go on it, why not.

"So, are you and James like dating?" Jackie asks out of the blue.

"Uh yeah. I guess you could say that." I say adjusting my sunglasses. 

Jackie smirks. I really have no idea why she did..."Uh. Do you really want to go on this ride?" She asks unsure of the ride we were about to take.

"No, not really. I want to take the ride where those couple of girls from school are standing by." I reply.

"Cool. Meet you back here in an hour." And with that Jackie rushes up to a group of guys I recall from her grade. I roll my eyes as I watch her flirt with this one guy. She started to twirl her straight  light brown hair that was in a ponytail with her fingers. I see her adjust her white tunic as they started to walk towards the ride we just walked away from. Her green eyes were nervous of going on the fastest roller coaster in the park. I walk over to the group of girls from my school.

"Hey Chloe, Zoey, Jane." I say taking out my headphones and putting them in my small brown purse. I put my sunglasses on top of my head because I was standing in a nice, cool shaded spot.

" hey, it's Amanda, right?" Jane questions

"Yep I always have been.. Ever since we met each other in kindergarten" I murmur to myself. Chloe was the only one who heard me and she laughs. Chloe was one of the sweetest girls I know I have no idea why she hangs out wit the meanest girls in school. "You excited for this roller coaster?" I ask Chloe. 

"Yep, I have been wanting to go on this ride forever" Chloe states brushing her short blonde wavy hair into a ponytail. Her blue eyes were covered up by her sunglasses to protect her eyes from the blazing sun.

We waited in line for a while and Zoey and Jane were the last two people to go on the roller coaster for that round. So Chloe and I waited for our turn. 

"You having fun today?" I ask her. She seemed a little quieter than usual. 

"Ua, yeah. My brother has been dragging me around and I finally had some time to my self so I came to this ride.

"Really? I here with my family too. My sister went to go talk to some guys her age."

"What grade is your sister in?"

"She's going to be in 7th grade. She's turning 12 in a few weeks"

"Same! Except my brother turned 12 a couple weeks ago"

"Tell him I said happy belated birthday"

"Will do" she says smiling "Tell your sister I said happy e earlybirthday"

"I will. Don't you find it weird that were going to be Juniors?!" (10 grade ages 16-17).

"I know! High school is going by way to fast." She states. Paying the ticket master. I do the same. 

I just remembered that I forgot to give Jackie money. I look around for her but I fail and I turn my attention back on Chloe.

"Okay right this way" a worker motions us to the front of the roller coaster. We both take out seated and buckle down as we wait or the rest of the excited customers to take their seats. This is going to be a long ride.........


I step off the roller coaster and go on a few more rides with Chloe. We were hanging out right before the sun was about to set. 

"Chloe!" A far away voice calls. 

"That's my brother, I'm his ride home" she smiles "See you later" she says waving good bye while running off to her brother.

"Bye!" I yell after her. I feel someone walking up behind me. Thinking it was Jackie I start getting the money to give it to her. Suddenly two hands cover my eyes.

"Guess who?" a voice whispers into my ear causing chills to go down my spine. 

"Santa Clause?" I ask smiling. Knowing it was James

His hands drop from my face. "Yes, Santa Clause"

"I was only kidding"

He smiles running his fingers through his brown hair. "I know, say, while were here, want to go on the ferris wheel?"

"I look around for my parents and I don't see them flagging me over so I say sure and off we were to the ferris wheel.

We chatted while we waited in line and what seemed like a short while later, we boarded the little cart. We watched the boats glide accross the lake. I smile breathing in the scent of the fresh water. When our cart went over the top I could tell James was about to kiss me but then we herd banging on one of the glasses near us I look at the one behind me and there was my mom and dad just sitting and waving. Good thing me and James weren't sitting close or anything otherwise that would have been awkward. I smile and wave back through the foggy glass. IJames waves as well and when my parents got to the top they kissed.

"I'm so sorry you had to see that" I say looking back at James.

"Don't worry about it" he replies chucking.

We sit there in scilence until the ride is over. We unboard the cart to see that a storm was rolling in. Great, exactly what we needed.



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