Why not us?

A story of how four friends spend their summer apart.

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27. Esmeralda.

Esmeralda sat on the floor as far away from Lorcrian and Ashley as possible in the cabin. Lorcrian was leaning against the wall with his arms around Ashley's waist while she sat on his lap giggling. It made Esmeralda feel sick. At least she'd have a way to act it, seeing as this was an acting lesson today.

"Okay!" Ramin clapped his hands, getting everyone's attention. "Today, we're going to be concentrating on building chemistry between the actors. Can anyone give me examples?"

A boy named Tom Rokian raised his hand. "In Phantom of the Opera, especially the 25th anniversary, there's a lot of chemistry between you and Sierra when you play the Phantom and Christine because there has to be. Plus, you're good friends so it's already there."

"Yes." Ramin laughed. "Me and Sierra are very good friends."

"Or at least that's what you claim." Tom said again. "I ship Rierra."

"Okay, enough of that." Ramin said blushing slightly, but laughing at the same time. "Anyway. Chemistry. I want all of the boys to pick a girls name out of a hat and you will be partners for today. Then you'll all take it in turns to improvise a scene of a happy couple,anything you like. Improvising is important in the theater because if you mess up, you can't do another take like in cinema. You have to make something up and the same if someone else does it wrong!  You have a minute."

Esmeralda felt a tap on her shoulder and desperately hoped it wasn't Lorcrian and thank God it wasn't. It was Tom, the Rierra shipper. She smiled, relieved.

"Hey." he grinned. "So, what do you want to do?"

"Um, how about a marriage proposal?" Esmeralda suggested.

"Woah, woah, lets get to know each other first!" he laughed. "Yes. Marriage proposal. Sounds good."

-

Tom and Ebony's names were called first so they got up. Lorcrian felt a pang seeing her laughing with Tom. They had been laughing together like that just a couple of days ago. Now she had obviously moved on to other friends which he tried not to care about. It was him that had told her not to speak to him.

"Actiooooon!" Ramin called, grinning.

Tom's fingers intertwined with Esmeralda's and to Lorcrian it looked like their hands fitted perfectly in each others which made him feel this sudden hatred towards Tom. Why was he perfect for her and why wasn't Lorcrian?

"Es." Tom smiled. That was Lorcrian's nickname for her, it felt like he was intruding on what friendship they used to have. "I have something to say."

Esmeralda frowned that frown that was a smile at the same time. "What?"

"I love you. More than you could ever imagine. I don't think you know how amazing you really are."

Es smiled, glancing down. "Tom, I love you too." Each of those words were like a dagger to Lorcrian. Yes, they were just acting, but she told Tom she loved him and that hurt. "But what-"

"Sh." he chuckled. "I know it's more than me loving you. I am in love with you. So marry me."

"Tom, we're teenagers." she protested but there was a gleeful tone to her voice.

"I know. I know we're teenagers and I know I don't have a ring and I know I'm not down on one knee but I love you and what more do we need?"

She smiled up at him and he leant down and kissed her. Not just a peck on the lips, a real kiss. And that's when Lorcrian fell apart inside. On the outside, he stayed emotionless, blank faced but on the inside, he was breaking. Tom just kissed Esmeralda and yes they were acting but she kissed him back. She didn't have to do that. That kiss wasn't necessary for their piece, and it didn't have to be that way and it didn't have to go on for that long but it did and that had to count for something, she had to feel something deep inside for Tom, right?

So that's when Lorcrian told his dad he wasn't feeling well and went back to the cabin to lie down because he couldn't witness it any longer. He stayed there and missed the rest of his classes, just to lie on his bed and stare at a wall, but he would be back next year. Esmeralda probably wouldn't be because she would know that Lorcrian would return and wouldn't be able to stand the sight of him because he was so horrible to her. How could he have been that horrible to her? He felt that bad that he actually read her copy of Beautiful Creatures just incase he could understand her a bit more.

She walked in later, set down her stuff and pulled a sweater on, looking at Lorcrian expectantly.

"What?" he asked irritably, putting the book down. It was the first word he'd said to her in days.

"That's my book."

"Yes it is."

"Give it back."

"Fine."

Lorcrian through the book across the room over to her bed, knowing it would annoy her. Why he did this, he wasn't sure. He didn't want to upset her anymore, but he was purposely being an idiot towards her. All Esmeralda did was sigh and walk out of the room.

"Where are you going?" Lorcrian demanded.

She sighed again, walking back into the room. "Dinner. What's wrong with you? You're acting like a freaking overprotective boyfriend. Shouldn't you be acting this way with Ashley?"

"Shouldn't Tom be acting this way with you?" Lorcrian muttered, but it was loud enough for Esmeralda to hear and he knew it.

She frowned. "What? Lorcrian, that was acting. Acting. Anyway, why would you care? I thought you were all anti-Esmeralda now."

He stood up in his frustration. "Es, you are so blind. You should have seen how he was looking at you."

"I repeat, acting."

"No, the happiness in his eyes when he got you as his partner. The fact that he called you Es. When he kissed you. That is everything that should be happening to me."

There was a moment of silence and Esmeralda blinked. Lorcrian was even surprised. He didn't even know he was thinking that. He didn't even know he wanted to be in Tom's place, but he knew now. He knew that he was jealous of Tom for kissing Esmeralda, but he didn't know why.  So instead, he kissed her too and for a moment she kissed him back, but then she pulled away.

"No." she whispered. "No, I can't do that. Nope, not doing that."

However much Lorcrian hated what she was saying, he noticed that she was a lot happier and her eyes were brighter and there was wit to what she was saying and he felt relieved.

"Not doing what?"

Esmeralda just pushed him away and walked to the other side of the room.

"I am not being that girl. Nope. No way."

"What?!" Lorcrian exclaimed.

"You have a girlfriend!" she said. "And I just kissed you. Oh god I'm an awful person."

"Es, calm down-"

"I should just leave. I have messed things up so badly, oh my god, I'm so horrible, I am a dispicable human being."

The thing is, however bad Esmeralda felt, Lorcrian didn't feel bad for kissing her. Not one bit. Because he didn't love Ashley, he didn't even really like her and that all came to him now, because he really liked Esmeralda and nothing was going to change that.

"I'll break up with her." Lorcrian suggested.

"No!" Esmeralda shouted at him. "No way! I am not being the reason you break up."

"I want to, honestly."

"No! Don't. You. Dare."

Lorcrian sighed and laid down on his bed, chucking a tennis ball up and down while Esmeralda ranted about what an awful person she was. He knew it wouldn't last because there was no fighting how he felt.

 

 

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