The Disappearance


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2. Chapter 2

Chapter 2

 

                “So where do you want to go?” I asked my sister.

                “The beach! Duh.” We lived practically on the beach, and it wasn’t a very far drive. My sister and I loved to go to the beach and lay on the lounge chairs in the sun. It didn’t take long for us to find the sandy beaches and clear ocean waters. We were surrounded by them after all. I found a close parking space and there were hardly any cars at 7 in the morning on a Thursday. I took off my shoes and my sister took of her heels so we wouldn’t get them full of sand. We easily found two lounge chairs that weren’t very dirty they were white and a little bit rusty on the chair legs but they worked. They creaked and gave with my weight which wasn’t much, and I had a tiny frame. It withstood, but it protested.

                “I’m worried I’m going to have a class with Luke.” Kassie admits. Luke is Kassie’s ex-boyfriend and now she can’t stand to be in the same room as him.  

                “You say that every year.” I rolled my eyes at her and shook my head. Though I would be nervous too.

 We sat in silence listening to the birds sing blissfully on the shores, searching for breakfast before the rush of people flooded nature out. That’s why Kas and I always came in the mornings. The ocean breeze blew softly in the calmness of the morning and the warming rays of the sun began to warm the earth and sand. The two of us sat there, taking it all in and letting our troubles slip away with the current. Most people do all of their good thinking in the shower, but Kas and I do all of our thinking here. We sat this way for seconds, minutes, and maybe even hours. When the sun fully arose however, our thoughts came back to us that we had to go to school and we had things to do and take care of. I sighed heavily. “It’s time to go little sis.”

“Are you ready?” I asked my sister when we pulled into the school parking lot, very uneasily. She was holding her breath when she nodded slowly. I slowly got out of the car and put on my confidence face. This is going to be a good year. I told myself. My sister got out of the car and shook herself off, shedding whatever it is that was bothering her. She smiled at me, convincingly, but I’ve known her for a while now to see through that.

We walked side by side through the filling parking lot. People were gathering, comparing schedules, talking and reuniting with friends, but we still managed to turn heads. The only thing I could concentrate on was my heart pounding and the rhythm of my sister’s high heels. I don’t know why am so nervous, but I am. Like something is wrong. Why am I so jumpy? Swallow it and get over whatever it is that is bothering you. I told myself. I swallowed and took another deep breath.

“KELLLY!!” I felt Logan’s strong and soothing arms embracing me before I heard my name. I jumped in my own skin but soon relaxed into him.

“Jeez Logan you scared me!” I laughed a nervous laugh at him. He pulled me in for a real hug. I loved Logan, but we had never dated. He is the quarterback of the football team, so we see each other at all the football games. His perfectly cut brown hair hung on my neck and his warm body pressed into mine. He was much taller than me so he had to bend down. I stood up on my tippy toes just to hug him and my sister and I came to a stand-still in the parking lot. He released me and smiled down at me.

“I’ve missed you so much Kel!” He complained to me. I chuckled and Kas smiled. And hugged my sister as well, “And you too Kas!” She laughed as well. “We missed you too,” my sister and I said in unison. We always tricked him like that, saying things in unison. Now we were all laughing together in the middle of the parking lot. Nothing was awkward around Logan. So natural and I could always be myself. Logan is the guy every guy dreams to be. And I was just lucky that I knew him.

A few football jocks came up behind him and pulled him away. Being dragged away from us, he shouted, “See you guys later!”

Logan always put a smile on my face no matter what mood I’m in. Kas stepped in front of me almost taller than me with her taller than tall heels. She almost looked like she was accusing me of something, but with a huge creepy smile on her face. “You liiiiike himmmmm.” I rolled my eyes at her and laughed.

“Is it that obvious?” I groaned. “I mean, I’ve liked him for a while now, but I don’t want to ruin things. Do you think he knows?”

“I think he has the idea, and you two would make a good couple…” she was wandered in thought.

“Snap out of it Kas! It’s never going to happen anyways.” Though a part of me wished he’d ask me out. The bell rang then, letting us walk into the huge school. I hugged my sister tightly. It was time for school, and we both needed a hug for the day ahead. “See you at lunch okay?”

“Yeah,” Kas replied, nodded, and smiled her nervous smile. We walked through the doors together, and parted our separate ways. This day already started and I wanted it to be over.

***

I felt better at lunch, surrounded by people I knew. It was amazing to see all of my friends again, and my sister for that matter. We sat at our table, and it was nice to have something familiar. Some girl was passing out flyers for a dance tomorrow night. Two hours later, when school ended I had to hold cheerleading tryouts.

“1! 2! 3! 4! 5! 6! 7! 8!” I shout at the cheerleaders attempting to follow my movements and cheers. “No! Kamillia! It’s a bow and arrow, not whatever you are doing.” I know I might be hard on these girls, but they need to be whipped into shape before our first football game in two weeks. Otherwise, we’ll look like a hot mess, and that hasn’t happened since 1994. “Kassie and I are looking for the best of the best. So show me your best! Start over. And 1, 2, ready go.”

“That was the worst running round off back hand spring, front punch whip double I have ever seen in my life Alexandria!” Kassie complained. “No, no, no!!” she screamed and stopped her foot in frustration in her white black and red cheerleader uniform. The cool fresh breeze of the outdoors consumed me and then chilled me to the bone. It’s as almost as I could feel eyes on my back. I folded my arms around myself and shrugged my shoulders high and held them there. I knew a scared expression crossed my face because Kassie stood in front of me now. “Are you alright?” she asked, her voice drown out by the pounding of my heart. “Kel, are you okay? ‘Cuz I can finish tryouts if you don’t feel okay.” I blinked and shook my head. “N-no, I-I’m fine.” But she still had a concerned expression across her face as she walked away, she turned around to watch me again, to make sure. “I’m fine, teach the routine.” I say and sit down at the table so I could watch everyone, and mark mistakes. “Okay.” Kas says before turning around. “1, 2, ready, go!!” she commanded.

***

The drive home was silent. My thoughts wandered and drifted, swept away by topics, but one that didn’t drift away with the constant pool of ideas was what was wrong with her. Was this how it was going to be for the rest of the school year? If it was, senior year was going to be miserable. At a stoplight, I reached for my bag in the backseat a pulled out my cheer clipboard. “Okay Kas, your job is to put these events,” and handed her a piece of paper with all of the cheer events on it, “in my phone.” She accepted the ‘challenge’, but then again she was always up for one, whether or not it even was a challenge. I gave her the clipboard, so the paper wouldn’t fly away and she shuffled through it. “Woah, woah, woah, wait a second, there is a dance tomorrow?!?” Kas yelled over the whip of the wind and the hum of the car. “Oh ya, I almost forgot, they handed out papers at lunch for that today.”

“Turn the car around! We are going to the mall, right now, I need a new dress and heels!” I laughed, and she just stared at me wide eyes, ready for a comeback if I said no. I took my hands off the wheel for a second and held them in the air surrendering. “Okay, okay, you win.” I say with a smile and turn the car in the other direction. “Text mom and tell her where we are going.” She gave me a toothy smile and jumped from her seat “Yay! I love the mall.” I shake my head at her, but I knew she had a point, what teenage girl didn’t?

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