Despite my best intentions, Niall finds me in about twenty minutes. I love him, but I really just want to be alone right now. He holds out his hand and helps me up, a concerned look on his face. "Ally, are you okay?" he asks. "You seemed really upset." I nod. "I still am. What did Zayn say when I left?" Niall wraps me in a hug. "He said that you're playing hard to get, and I was so disgusted that I just left. I didn't say anything else. I just left." I start to cry a little. "I'm not playing hard to get!" I exclaim tearfully. "I really hate him." Niall rubs my back soothingly. "I know, sweetie," he tells me. We stand there a while longer, until it's completely black and Niall checks his phone and says it's after midnight. We walk back to my cabin and Niall tells me he'll see me tomorrow. "Today," I tease. "Oh, you're right," he replies, smiling. "I'll see you later today, then. Sleep tight." He kisses me on the cheek and leaves. I step into the cabin cautiously. Emma sits upright in a second, startling me. "Did Zayn say something to you? He was acting weird but the things he said kinda made me believe it was about you. Are you okay? Is Niall okay?" I sit on my bed and kick my flip-flops off. I let my hair tumble down over my shoulders before replying. "He texted me this morning saying he would be there on me and Niall's date, and then that I would have more fun with him." Emma shakes her head, clearly revolted. "And to think he kissed me and I thought he liked me." I start for the bathroom but pause at the door. "I'm sorry, Emma," I say quietly. She waves it away. "If he's that creepy, I don't want to date him anyway." I cross the room and give her a hug. "Boys are dumb," I tell her, grinning. She winks at me. "Except for Niall, right?" she asks mischievously. I blush. "Yeah, I guess so," I say to her delight. She claps her hands together. "I bet you two are going to get married or something!" she squeals. "Definitely something," I reply sassily and head into the bathroom. I hear Emma laughing, but I ignore her and turn on the shower. After a long shower, I finally hop into bed wearing an oversized tee and short shorts. Emma is asleep, and I'm glad. I'm exhausted.
When I wake up, the cabin is deserted. Crap. What time is it? I check my phone. 12:07. Wait. 12:07? I throw my covers back and hurriedly get dressed in a flowered romper and strappy gold sandals, and run a brush through my hair. Good enough. I check the time and see it's 12:13. I still have 17 minutes before I have to go to photography. I leave the cabin to see Lacey and Emma walking towards me. "Hey, girl!" Emma calls, waving. "Hey," I call back happily. "You look cute," Lacey says when they reach me. "Thanks," I reply. "So do you." She's wearing high waisted black shorts and a black crop top with studs on the shoulders, and black boots. "Yeah, she's going to see Liam!" Emma says, shoving Lacey playfully. "Aww, you and Liam?" I ask. "Yeah," Lacey says smiling and blushing a little. "I have to get to photography, but I'll see you later," I say, turning. "Oh, Ally, wait!" Lacey calls. "I forgot to tell you. Zayn left camp." I pause. "He left?" She nods. I wave goodbye to them and head to photography. He's gone. Maybe, hopefully, finally, I can have an enjoyable summer.