Jess is just starting her second semester of being a Junior in high school. To start the semester off, she volunteers to show the new kid around the school. Mainly because she gets to skip gym class, but also because she is intrigued by the idea of meeting someone new. Over the first month of school, Jess becomes really close friend with the new student, but who wouldn't become best friends with Louis Tomlinson. He's funny, entertaining, and not to mention cute, but Jess would never admit to thinking that. Louis is always there for Jess, especially when she gets heart shattering news that changes everything.


23. Twenty Two.

Louis and I celebrated our one week anniversary the next day by going bowling, which resulted in a heated argument on what a 'proper' bowling technique is. We spent most of our bowl time picking on each other, so when our hour was up, we hardly got through five rounds. After that, we spent the rest of the afternoon with Jared. Louis and Jared played with a couple action figures, and they tried to get me to play, too, but I told them that I would rather watch. So, I watched them fight with their little, plastic superheroes, and I felt a happiness spread through me. Since Jared was so sad the last time that I saw him, I felt better seeing him smiling so much today. I hate the thought of him being sad, so anything that can distract him from thoughts of his disease are the things that I want him to do. I wish that he had someone with him all day, to play games, to tell him stupid jokes, and to talk to him about superheroes.

When Jared fell asleep, Louis and I went back to my house to eat ice cream cake until we both had horrible stomach aches. I think we finished half the cake before we had to stop in fear of throwing up. We then slowly waddled to the couch in the living room to watch a movie, still clutching our stomachs in pain from our ice cream cake overload. We laid down close to each other, eventually falling asleep in a food induced nap. Overall, it was a great celebration for an event that probably didn't need a celebration in the first place.

Soon, it was time to go on my Spring Break camping trip. I had decided to pack at the last minute, causing me to go into a hurried state of panic, since I decided to pack ten minutes before Louis came to pick me up. I was dashing around, throwing practically my entire room into my suitcase, but I didn't finish before Louis got to my house.

“Did you forget to pack something?” Louis asked when he came into my room.

“Yeah. Everything,” I responded as I shoved the last article of clothing into my bag.

“It figures that you would forget to pack until now,” he laughed, helping me zip up the bag.

“I wouldn't say I forgot. I held it off for as long as possible.”

“Are you done now?” He asked, lifting my suitcase off my bed.

“All I need to do is change out of my pajamas.”

“Alright, I'll meet you downstairs,” he smiled at me and turned to leave my room, pulling my suitcase behind him.

I smiled as I watched him leave and quickly put on a pair of shorts and a shirt. I ran to my bathroom and brushed my teeth, putting my toothbrush and toothpaste in a bag to bring with me, and then ran downstairs.

“Louis,” I yelled, causing him to turn around.

I pressed my lips to his, causing him to stumble backwards into the wall behind him.

“Wait,” he said, pulling away. “Before we continue, is your dad going to walk in?”

I laughed and shook my head. “My parents left to see Jared about an hour ago.”

“Perfect,” he smirked, slipping us around so I was against the wall.

His lips were on mine in an instant, knocking me breath out of my lungs. I wrapped my fingers in his hair when his hands gripped my hips, pushing me further against the wall. He was so close to me. I was so close to him.

We would have continued kissing for a while, but Louis remembered that we needed to pick up Jenna, which we were really late for. When we got to her house, she didn't hesitate to make jokes about all the reasons why we could have been late to get her. She climbed into the backseat of Louis' car, and the first thing out of her mouth was a dirty joke that I will never repeat. I laughed at the deep shade of red Louis turned, turning to give Jenna a hug from my position in the passenger seat. And that's exactly how the three hour drive to the campsite went. There was a lot of joking around, a lot of obnoxious singing to the radio, and a lot of snacking. Jenna found it hilarious to make fun of the fact that Louis and I were dating, making a comment on everything we did. For example, when I leaved over to kiss Louis on the cheek, she yelled at us to get a room. Louis responded by saying that a tent would work fine for us, which we all got a kick out of.

We were the first to arrive at the campsite. I don't know how we managed that, since we left an hour later than planned, but only because I suck at packing and Louis is good at kissing. I texted Abigail to see were they were, and she responded by saying they would be there in less than ten minutes. So, we started setting up our tents. I say we, but Louis didn't help that much, as he kept insisting that he was a better supervisor than helper. I managed to get the tent standing without his help, using purely my super female powers. Louis congratulated me with a kiss, which lead Jenna to start throwing pine cones at us because her eyes were 'too innocent' to witness such 'scandalous things.' That sparked a pine cone war, which wasn't the best idea since pine cones really hurt to get hit with. Nonetheless, we ambushed the others when they arrived, scratching Bentley's car in the process.

Once everyone had their tents up and settled, we decided to go for a swim. The lake was a short distance from our campsite, through an amazing field of grass similar to the one I took Louis to earlier in the week. After the field, there's a small sand bar, nothing too fancy or too big though, as this lake was not man made. The best part is the long dock that runs about thirty feet out from the little beach area. Something about this lake always got me excited; I don't know what it is, maybe the fact that you can't see the bottom, so you don't know what's down there, or maybe because it's quite peaceful to swim around all the tress and wildlife. Peaceful until seven high school students on Spring Break arrive. We are not a quiet group, so anyone at the lake to enjoy the peace and serenity of the lake didn't get to enjoy it for long.

Once we got to the lakefront, Bentley was the first one to break the peaceful atmosphere by ripping off his shirt and screaming something about Spring Break while running down the dock and jumping into the water. Garret and Louis followed his lead, taking off their shirts and screaming while they jumped in the water as well, the girls not far behind. I was the first to make the move towards jumping in, once I decided that it seemed like too much fun to run down the dock and jump in while screaming.

Once I was in the water, Louis came up to me and loosely wrapped his arms around my back. “Hi.”

“Hello,” I smiled.

“I saw you checking me out when I was jumping into the water.”

“I have a thing for shirtless boys name Louis Tomlinson,” I giggled, splashing water in his face.

“Oh, it's so on,” he said, splashing me back.

That started the second war of the day: the splash war. Garret saw that Louis and I were splashing each other, so he decided to start splashing Hannah, who, in return, splashed Jenna, and then Abigail splashed Bentley, and then everyone was splashing each other.

It was only the beginning of the camping trip and I was already having the time of my life. I knew that I was going to fully enjoy myself, no distractions, because I was with people that I love with all my heart. It didn't matter what we were doing, we could always have fun, but camping is something that I've done with these guys since middle school. Of course, we didn't go camping the woods, we started out with camping in our backyards. This was actually the first year that our parents were allowing us to come out here by ourselves. That made it more exciting; Our parents weren't here to tell us what we could and couldn't do. We had a lot more freedom, so that made this camping trip special. And Louis was here, a fact that made my head spin with happiness.

We stayed at the lake for the longest time, playing Marco Polo and having cannonball contests. I could feel myself getting sunburned, but it didn't bother me. I was happy. I felt free of everything that was going on back home, and for once I wasn't worrying about something in the back of my mind. I was focused on having the best three days of my life with my best friends and my boyfriend. I felt as if I didn't have a care in the world.

When it started to get dark, we went back to our campsite to make a fire. We had a pretty big fire going, and we all gathered around it to talk and roast marshmallows for dinner. It was one of those times were I just had to stop and take a mental screen shot of the people I was sitting with and appreciate everything they've done for me. I trust them all so much that it sometimes scares me. I love having them in my life, and I love having them around me. As I sat and looked at them, I knew that our friendship was special. You don't always come across someone who can make you pee yourself laughing, someone who would drop everything to be there for you, someone who would put you before themselves. It's special to find someone like that, and I found six. And one of them happens to be someone that I love very much.

“I love you guys,” I told them at one point. “Like, so much. I don't know what I would do without you guys. Especially with everything that's going on right now, I am so thankful to have you guys here.”

“I know what you mean. You all keep me sane,” Jenna agreed with a small laugh.

“How did we even become friends? It's so weird to think I haven't known you guys my whole life,” Garret said, poking at the fire with a stick.

“Well, Louis became friends with us because Jess loves him,” Hannah said.

“That's not true!” I laughed. “It's because Garret has a man-crush on Louis because of his car.”

“There's no denying that. It's a nice car,” Garret shrugged.

For the rest of the night, we sat around the fire. It felt good to laugh with my friends because it's been a while since I've been able to laugh. I don't think a smile left my face the entire day, not even when I laid down to fall sleep. I felt really good and sleep took over my body fast. I didn't stay up thinking about the 'what ifs' and the bad things. I cuddled closer to Louis and fell asleep. Once I was sleep, the dreams didn't stay as positive as I felt, but all I had to do was open my eyes, count to ten, think about how happy my friends had made me, and enjoy the sensation of a huge weight being lifted off my chest. It was easy to make the bad thoughts go away, and that's something I'm very happy to say. 


a/n: sorry it was short. kinda a filler. good stuff coming soooooon.

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