WEEK 1 - MONDAY
"What was that about? What are you doing on Friday?" Leah asks once the door is closed.
"Uhh.. I forgot to tell you this but uhh... I'm having a date with Liam on Friday?" It comes out more as a question than as a statement.
"O M G! That's amazing Lilly! Let us do your hair and make-up!" Michelle says, her voice loud with enthousiasm.
"Why didn't you tell us before?" Leah asks and I trace a little bit of disappointment in her voice.
"I didn't really think about it untill now." I apologise.
"It's fine. As long as we get to do your hair and make-up." Sandra says with a big grin on her face.
I nod and walk back into the living room, jumping on the couch. Soon Joy follows, jumping onto me. Then Sandra and Michelle jump. I expect to feel another weight push on me but that doesn't happen. I struggle to get out of the mass of limbs. When I manage, I see Leah looking at us like we're annoying little kids that she has to babysit.
"Leah, what's wrong?" I ask her, knowing that she would've jumped on us too before Liam was here.
"Nothing." She shrugs.
"Are you sure? You know you can tell me right?" I ask her.
She shrugs again and turns around, walking to the kitchen. I follow her, leaving a chatting and laughing Sandra, Michelle and Joy behind. I arrive in the kitchen and I see Leah looking through the cabinets.
"Leah, I know something is wrong. Please tell me." I beg.
Leah ignores me. She grabs a bag of M&M's out of a cabinet, walks past me and goes back to the living room. I decide to leave it for tonight, but I'm going to get it out of her. I walk back to the living room too and see that the girls put on a movie. I sit down on the empty spot on the couch, next to Joy.
"What's up with Leah?" She whispers in my ear.
"I don't know but I'm going to find out." I whisper back to her.
Joy nods and continues to watch the movie. I look at the screen too, but I don't really see what's happening. I don't even know what movie we're watching. My mind keeps going back to Leah and how she acted before and after Liam dropped by. I decide I don't want to think about it right now so I grab my phone. I unlock it and see a new text from Liam.
Sorry for disturbing you and your friends. Do you still want to go on that date Friday? Your friends didn't look very happy when they saw me...
I shake my head at what he said. I quickly type a reply.
Of course I want to go on that date! Can I know where we're going? :) Yeah, Leah doesn't look that happy since you left. I still don't know why.. I'll try to get it out of her later.
I send the text and start Candy Crush. I play this game, not focusing on the movie anymore. I realise that this is the second movie this night and that I haven't watched one of them. I feel slightly guilty, but I'm glad that the others have been watching both movies. My phone vibrates, indicating I received a message.
I'm not gonna tell you where we're going, but you need to dress warm :) I'm sure you'll get to know what's on Leah's mind. It just needs some time. Maybe she hasn't figured it herself yet.
I smile at the message. Why does he know what to do? What he texted gives me some kind of rest. I don't know.
I will dress warm. Hot. Whatever you want ;)
I look up at the girls. They're totally into the movie. The bag of M&M's Leah grabbed is empty now. The movie is running at the end. I quickly get up and kneel in front of the cupboard with dvd's. I look through it and pick the next two movies: Marley & Me and 21 Jump Street. A cry-movie and a comedy. I smile and put the movies on the table. I quickly go to my room, grab the blow matrasses. Two two-person matrasses and one for one person. I also grab a few blankets and the pillows. I take it downstairs but when I'm halfway down I drop the matrasses, which make loud thumps as they roll downstairs.
"Is everything alright?" Joy shouts as she comes to the hall.
"Help me for a second please." I chuckle at her facial expression when she sees what I'm carrying.
"What on earth are you planning to do with all this?" She asks.
"You'll see. Now help me." I grin.
Joy takes over some pillows, shrugs at my answer and walks downstairs again. I follow and drop everything on the floor next to the matrasses. Joy does the same. I walk into the living room.
"Is the movie done already?" I ask the others.
"Good. Now get your lazy asses off the couch and help me move it." I tell them.
"Why?" Michelle asks.
"You'll see. Now help me." I say.
"That's the same thing she told me." Joy complains from behind me.
Michelle, Sandra and Leah chuckle. I think Leah just needed to bawl her eyes out at a movie. I walk over to the couch and lift it up. I get help from the others and we move the couch to the side of the room, creating space.
"I think I know what Lilly has planned." Leah grins.
"What has she planned then?" Sandra asks.
"A camp thing to sleep." Leah answers.
"Leah, you ruined it!" I say quasi angry.
"Yup, I ruined everything." She chuckles.
I walk to the hall again and grab the matrasses.
"Will you blow these up?" I ask.
"Sure, we'll do the dirty work." Joy jokes.
"That's why I have you around." I joke back.
We laugh and I get the pillows and blankets. Soon we're installed and all in our pajamas watching 21 Jump Street, since the girls don't want to cry anymore. Leah and I lay next to each other. Everything seems fine again.