"Am I...dead?" My words come out a whisper as I look at the angelic boy.

He shrugs. "Something like that."

"Well, what is it? Am I dead or not?"

"You used to be."

"What's that supposed to mean?"

"It means that you're in the middle. You were revived."


3. Plans

  Even at lunch, I couldn't keep my eyes off of him. My eyes were locked on him as Nita and Kate chatted away. I come back to my senses when Kate leans forward and starts snapping her fingers in front of my face. "Helooooooo, Earth to Em."

My eyes snap back to attention. "Huh?"

"We asked you a question."

"Oh... do you guys mind repeating it?" I reply with a sheepish smile.

She rolls her eyes. "Do you want to go to the beach with us on Saturday?"

I nod excitedly."Of course!"

Nita smiles. "Great. I'll pick you guys up at....what time should I come by?" Nita just turned sixteen in July, so she already had her licence and a car.

"I'd settle for 10 am." Kate says.

I take a bite of my turkey sandwich, swallow, then nod. "Same."

"And what time do you guys wanna leave?"

I yawn. "Hmmm.... 4:00 pm?"

"That sounds good." Kate says.

"Yup." Nita grins.

Ah, how easily we make plans together. I don't know what I would do without my friends. I pull them across the table for a hug. "Can my sister come too?"

"If you ask, she'll probably catch a ride with her friends," Kate says,"But yeah, its cool with me."

"Me too." Nita says.

Just then, the unexpected happens.

 One of the most popular guys in school, Ryan Edwards- who's also in our grade, if I may add- comes up to our table -Our freaking table!- and gives Kate a kiss on the cheek. Nita and I's jaws drop in shock. Kate grins at him. He sits next to her an outs his arm around her, while Nita and I watch with wide eyes.

   As if realizing we were there for the first time, Kate says, "Oh yeah guys, I forgot to tell you. I'm Ryan."

Nita and I stand up in unison and reply, "Say Whaaaa!?"

Kate just laughs and slips her hand into his. "Yeah, we bumped into each other over summer at the pool and just... clicked I guess."

"Yup." Ryan says, and hugs her.

Slowly, Nita and I sit down. "So, um, that's cool I guess..." Nita murmurs. Then she turns to me. "I guess we're the only two left then." she says sadly.

Kate's face drops. "Sorry I kept it from you guys..."

I shrug and immediately try to make her feel better. "It's ok, we were just a little surprised." I elbow Nita, signaling her to help.

"Yeah! It's totally cool. We're happy for you!" She adds on her signature encouraging smile, making Kate happy again.

She claps her hands together." Can Ryan come on our beach trip, too?"

I shrug. "Its up to you, Nita."

She casually shrugs. "As long as you guys don't start kissing or being lovey dovey in my car, I don't really care."

Kate opens her mouth to speak, but Nita cuts her off. "And one more thing. This is our trip. He can have you for,like, a quarter of the time, but Em and I get you for the rest." She turns to Ryan. "And you," her eyes narrow,"If you for one millisecond even think about checking out another girl, Em and I will-"

"Chop you up into a  million pieces and scatter them so no one will ever find them all." I finish.

He looks surprised, then laughs. "I think I can agree to that."

"There was no room for you to agree." Nita murmurs.


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