The Girls 2

Estal Academy is back! A new year, new students, new friendships.

With all the problems in their lives, can the three girls stick together?

*Contains triggers and emotional subjects people may find distressing/upsetting


9. 9



Laine and I went down to the beach on Friday night. The weather was lovely, and Laine decided she wanted to take her camera out. I had nothing better to do, so I decided to go with her. She’s been a little quiet since she got called out from theatre the other day. I asked her what happened, but she said Mrs Abbott just wanted to ask her if she’d heard from Grace, something about the scholarship I think, but Laine didn’t really want to go into it.

Suki has been distant since the whole scenario with Kaito. She said she just fancied a quiet night in, consisting of wearing pjs, eating ice cream and binge watching some show on Netflix. We let her get on with it, because it is better than her sitting and depressing herself over Kaito’s stupidity.

We arrived at the beach an hour before sunset. “It’s the prime time to be down there,” Laine explained, “everything starts changing, there is a cool nip in the air, plus you get all the beautiful colours of the sunset and the silhouettes of the piers against the sky.”

I took out my pink towel and laid it across the soft sand. I dug my toes in the sand as I took out a can of coca cola from my backpack. Laine reached for her twin pack of cupcakes. “Want one?”

They were red velvet, so I took one. Red velvet cakes are my favourite. “So how is practice going?” I asked as I took a bite out of my cupcake.

“It’s exhausting, but I just love it. I love performing so much Amber. You don’t even understand. You just stand on stage and you feel so nervous yet excited, and you feel so confident when you get into it. It’s almost like you own the stage.”

I laughed. “I can’t wait to come and see you perform. You’re going to be amazing.”

“I hope I don’t fuck up,” she laughed, “anyway, how are things with Dominic?”

I shrugged my shoulders. “He hasn’t really spoken to me since the signals went down. He texted a few times, but that’s it. I haven’t seen him around school either.”

The truth is, I haven’t really been making the effort with Dom. I’m pretty sure he knows about Kaito now, so I’m using Suki’s situation as my get out plan. I’ve just been feeling tired and I didn’t really want to talk. Plus, I asked him what he was going to say at the fountain before I cut him off, but he keeps telling me it ‘doesn’t matter’. I hate when people say that to me, because if it didn’t matter so much, why were you going to mention it in the first place?

“That sucks,” Laine said, not knowing what else to say.

The sun started to set, so we packed up our things and Laine took her camera out. She started taking photos of everything, including me. I’m not exactly camera shy, but I’m not a fan of pictures either. My brother Nathan used to be really into photography, but just before his 13th birthday this year, he discovered the joys of gaming. Me and my 6 year old step-brother, Reuben, used to model for him, but then he couldn’t be bothered with photography. I’m pretty sure the camera is shoved on the bookshelf in my mum and step-dad’s bedroom.

Laine took some really good photos of me, so I begged her to send them all to me so I could post some on my instagram. Maybe Dom would see them and decide to talk to me for once. Or maybe he would scroll past them and not give a shit. Either way, it is a good test.

When we got back, Suki was fast asleep. Laine was uploading photos to her computer and sending them to me. I posted one of them on my instagram, because it was me looking over my shoulder, with the sun setting behind me and the sky was a vibrant mix of pinks, reds and yellows. A few minutes later, my phone beeped. I half-expected it to be Dom, but it was actually Katrina.

Kat: Hey good looking, you look fab on that insta shot!

Amber: Thanks doll, my friend Laine took it, she’s a pro xo

Kat: Hah, can tell bub! We should get her to do a photoshoot with us when I finally get to meet u!

Amber: Yasss we need to meet soon xo

Kat: Ikr! You free anytime soon?

Amber: Free 24/7 lols when I’m not in lessons, weekends are probs better tho?xo

Kat: I could come up in about 2-3 weeks, sound like a plan?

Amber: Omfg yes that would be amazing! Off to sleep nighty night lyl xo

Kat: U2 x

I turned my phone off and told Laine. I can’t wait to meet Katrina!

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