When It Happens

17 year-old, Ellie Watson, has just finished her senior year of high-school, and spending her summer reading and sleeping all day, it couldn't get any better!
That is, until she's expected to stay at her cousin, Paige's, house for awhile. With Paige being the full-time party girl, can Ellie stay away from Paige's whirlwind of a life? And is finally going to a party really that bad? It is when you think you're head-over-heels for Kyle Woods.

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1. WIH - Chapter One

 Chapter One

She was always my favorite relative, my cousin Paige, I mean. Her hazel eyes and blonde hair practically screamed out "I'm a model!". Her legs were wildly long, and her perfectly groomed face was enough to make me want to kill myself from jealousy. And to top it all off, no matter how much I tried hating her I couldn't because she was so god-damned nice. 

"Ellie, What are you doing?" Paige asked, her eyes wandering my face. She spoke in a half British accent that kinda irritated me, since she was born and raised in Seattle. And her posture annoyed me too, she sat perfectly straight with her legs crossed, and her hands placed firmly on her knees. Although she did go to this lady training course where she learnt to walk and talk like a lady and how to use all those forks and stuff.

"I'm reading." I replied, my eyes trying to focus on the letters. I just could not read though, instead my brain flooded with thousands of thoughts about pointless things I did not want to think about. 

"What are you reading?" Paige asked, her hand brushing through her perfectly straight hair. 

"A book." 

I heard the noise she made with her nose, and I smiled. Annoying people was one of my favorite things to do, especially if it's annoying relatives. I think it's because they can hate you for it but they can't actually hate you, if you get what I mean.

"I know that silly!" She said, her voice modulated. "I meant what book are you reading?"

"Oh," I replied, even though I knew exactly what she was talking about. "I'm reading Pride and Prejudice."

She snorted and fell into laughter at my answer, her hand slapping her knee. I rose an eyebrow at her outburst and rolled my eyes.

"What?" I spat, making her bite her lip.

"Nothing," Paige replied. "Pride and Prejudice? Really?"

"Yeah.." I said slowly, confused at her giggling. "Is there something wrong with it?"

"Just that it's the most boringest book ever!" Paige added as her blonde hair bounced around. "Seriously, El, you needa do something with your life."

I pulled a face at her and closed my book. "Boringest isn't even a word, and I don't need to do anything with my life, Paige."

She scoffed and stood up, making her way over to my bed. "Whatever. I'm going out with a few friends soon if you wanna come, y'know, to try it out."

"I'll pass." I replied.

"I promise we can leave whenever you want. It'll be fun." Paige said, her smile getting bigger. "I have people I want you to meet!"

Did I tell you I was staying at her house for a few weeks? It's great, except for the nights when Paige asks me to drag along with her to some boring meet-up, I never go though.

"Paige." I said, biting the inside of my lip. "Please don't."

Paige raised an eyebrow in disbelief, her arms folding across her abnormally large chest. She sat down next to me, and rested her head on my shoulder. A sigh escaped her lips and she looked at me.

"You're seventeen, El, don't you think it's time you have some fun? I mean, you're going off to college in a few months." She said, her tone full of persuasion. "I'm not forcing you, but I really think you should come."

I sighed, and rested my book under my temporary pillow from the spare bedroom. My mind was battling whether I should go or not, it was tough. 

I'm just a shy girl who likes to read and spends her spare time drawing and doing nothing, why would Paige want to hang around me, and more importantly, why would her friends want to hang around me? I was boring, and sweated a lot when I was nervous, I was a mess.

"Fine, I'll come." I muttered. "You owe me."

I felt Paige hug me from my side and I gasped for air at her tight embrace. "Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!"

"Yeah." I replied, prying her off of me.

"Now, get ready and we can go, the sooner the better!"

-

"Are you nervous?" Paige asked, her curiosity clear. "I can sense it."

"No." I lied, looking out at the trees zooming by. We would be there in a few minutes, and then I would have to perk up and act like I'm excited about this whole thing.

"You so are!" Paige squealed. "Calm down, Girl!"

"I am calm."

"I meant relax. It'll be fine!" She said, a sound of wariness in her voice. "Just act normal and don't talk about your boring books that you spend all your time reading. Make some friends, have a laugh, and then we can go."

"Great, sounds easy." I said to myself, but I was denying it on the inside. In fact, I was freaking out. My palms were getting sweaty, and the temperature in the car felt as it had increased a lot.

My thoughts were halted when the car come to a stop, and the engine shut off. I needed to pee really badly now, really really bad.

"Okay, you ready?" Paige asked, her grin forming along her face.

"Yeah, do I look okay?" I said turning to her. I didn't want to make a bad impression by dressing like I just rolled out of a second-hand store, even though I usually did. Luckily for me, Paige had old clothes that were remarkably suitable and didn't make me look like a tramp.

 "You look great."

I jumped out of Paige's jeep and kept my eyes locked to the back of her head as I followed her around the car. My stomach felt as if it was about to explode, I couldn't do this, I would surely buckle under my nervousness.

"Paige!" I heard a feminine voice scream, making me turn my head. A cheery looking girl came running our way and smiled so wide that I could probably shove a car into her mouth. She looked friendly, her blonde, nearly white hair had a pink streak down the front, and her make-up was making her look younger than I thought she was.

"Hey, Grace." Paige said as she exchanged a hug with the bubbly girl I'm guessing was Grace.

Her eyes traveled to me and her fingers did  this weird little dance, and before I knew it I was brought into a bone-crushing hug. Luckily for me, it only lasted a second before I was held out in arm's length.

"I'm Grace, " She asked, her eyebrows pulled into a frown. "Do I know you?"

I opened my mouth, unsure of what to say, but decided that if I wanted to fit in for the night I'd have to fight against my shyness and act like I knew what I was doing. "No, I'm Ellie, Paige's cousin."

"Oh, I've heard a lot about you." She said, her voice indicating there was something behind what she was saying, I was too oblivious to see it.

"I should introduce you to the others." Paige cut in, her smile becoming a little less welcoming. I was about to agree, but Paige's hand found it's way around my wrist and I was pulled away hastily without another word.

"Have I told you about my boyfriend, Dylan?" Paige asked, her eyes softening t the boy's name. I sighed and nodded my head, remembering the times she'd squeal about him too me.

"Yeah, why?" I asked as we headed towards the more deserted area of the "party".

She gave me a look and didn't reply, and when I turned my head I saw two guys standing a few feet ahead of us, one of them looking our way. He was, to say the least, beautiful—if you could call a boy that. He had a crooked smile that gave him a boyish charm, and his hair looked as if he had just gotten out of bed—all messy and tangled. He had on a pair of board shorts that came just above his knees, and a plain black shirt that matched his flip-flops. 

Honestly, he made my heart melt just looking at him. His eyes were boring into mine and I felt wildly insecure. What if he thought my legs were clumpy and gross? What if I had something on my face? Surely Paige would have told me.

"Dylan!" Paige squealed, bringing me back to reality. I watched as Paige jumped into his arms and gave him a kiss as they twirled around together. It lasted a few seconds, and the whole time I looked away because I knew that boy was staring at me. I was overwhelmed with shyness when Paige pulled me closer and I couldn't pull my eyes away  from the boy's face.

Now that I was closer, I could see his eyes were a deep green color, which were hidden behind his thick black lashes. That was unfair, why do boys always get the perfect eyelashes and perfect bodies? Ugh.

"Hey, Kyle." Paige said, her hair falling to the side of her head. "This is my cousin, Ellie."

The corner of his mouth lifted and I nearly fainted underneath everybody's gaze, especially his. He lifted out his hand and my eyes widened, He wanted to shake hands.

"Ellie," He said as if he was trying it out. "I'm Kyle."

I was so mesmerized that I couldn't find the words to speak, I was hopeless. Just looking at him gave me butterflies and now I have to touch his hand? God this is so cliche.

"It's, uh, nice to meet you." I finally said, placing my hand in his. He gave it a light shake, before he let go and let it drop to his side.

If it wasn't for Paige elbowing me in my side, I probably would have stood there gazing a him for the rest of the night. He probably thinks I'm a creep.

"Yeah, you too."

"I hate to break up this little love-fest you guys have going on, but I think I should go introduce El to the others." Paige said, butting in once again. She looked to Dylan and gave him a quick kiss, before putting her arm around my shoulder. "See you soon."

And yet again, I was pulled away and Ellie gave me this look that made me glare at her, but I knew she'd seen it. She'd seen me blush up like a tomato, and I had a feeling I'd be teased about it for the rest of my life.

 

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