I lifted my hand, eyes squinting as I wiped the sweat beads from my forehead. We’d been standing outside with the sun beating down on us all day and not even the beer could cool us off anymore. I looked down at Alex who was pressed up on her tiptoes to try and see over all the people piled in front of us. I tapped her shoulder and she glanced up at me. I pointed to my shoulders, which earned me a grin and an eager nod. I chuckled, squatting down and letting her climb onto my shoulders.
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“I’ll try not to wiggle too much!” she exclaimed, and I gave her ankle a firm squeeze as a reply.
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“I’m gonna need to go to the bathroom soon,” my friend Ethan slurred, and I nodded. Suddenly, I felt drops of liquid falling onto my head and shoulders. I strained my neck to see Alex chugging a beer and I rolled my eyes playfully. I glanced back over at Ethan and nudged him. I was about to ask him when the next band was going to start, but as if on cue, music droned through the air. I joined in as much as I could with the cheering and screams from the people around me, but my non-existent voice wouldn’t have made a difference. Next thing I know, I’m being squished up against a bunch of sweaty, drunk people as the bass thumps through the ground below me. Ethan hands me a beer, which I tip towards him as a gesture of thanks before chugging it like my life depended on it.
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“Hell yeah, Ash!” Taylor screeched, slapping my upper arm, tossing me another beer. I grinned and gave her a thumbs up as Alex began wiggling around and dancing on my shoulders.
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A few hours later, we decided to take a break from standing out in the sun and retired to our campsite for a quick regroup. We were all drenched in sweat, but we weren’t bothered by it because we were all pretty buzzed or drunk. When we got back to the camp, the girls were quick to grab more drinks while also cooling down with some water while sitting inside the camper. Ethan and I grabbed a beer and sat outside under the camper listening to some music. It wasn’t uncommon for people to pass by and hang out for a while to listen to our music or just chill.
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“What time should we go back out?” Taylor called from inside. Ethan glanced at me and I just shrugged, sipping on my beer and sliding my sunglasses down from on top of my head. Ethan got up and went inside to consult with the girls, but I decided to stay outside. It was hot, but it was too nice outside to not enjoy it while I could for a few days. As I finished my beer, I stood up to take care of it. As I went over to the cooler to grab a water bottle, I felt a hand on my wrist. I spun around and was met with a gorgeous blonde-haired girl staring at me. She was rocking a backwards ball cap in a black bikini top and incredibly ripped jean shorts. I was frozen in place, wobbling a little bit from my buzz.
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“Bend down,” she demanded, and as confused as I was, I obliged. Next thing I know, she was a few inches away from my face and gazing into my eyes. It was only then that I realized she was fixing her makeup in my sunglasses, but I didn’t mind. I studied her crystal blue eyes, watching her pupils dilate ever so slightly as she focused on her makeup, the tiny freckles that dust her cheeks, the septum piercing she wears so elegantly, and her plump, red lips she was generously applying more lipstick to. She popped her lips a few times before her eyes actually met mine and she grinned. She pressed a kiss to my cheek and pulled away. She started laughing hysterically and I knew I was blushing. I went to lift up my sunglasses to get a better look at her, but before I could, she was skipping off down the path. While I’m lost in whatever just happened, the beer I had in my hand slipped and exploded on the ground, spraying beer all over me. I bent down to pick it up just as the camper door opened.
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“What the hell is going on out here, Ash? I was gone for like two minutes,” Ethan chuckled as I stood up and faced him. A wild grin filled his face, while a stunned and confused look distorted Alex’s.
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“Shit, I missed out on some ladies?” Ethan continued to grin, swaggering over to me. I blushed, forgetting about the bright red lipstick stain that was probably stained to my face from the gorgeous girl.
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“Yeah, care to explain?” Alex scoffed, folding her arms across her chest. I sighed, licking my thumb and rubbing my cheek furiously. I walked over to Alex with my hands out. I frantically began signing to her that it was nothing, a girl, a drunk girl, came over and that was it.
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“I’m not buying it, Ashton,” she grumbled as I scooped her into my arms and held her there. She kicked and tried to get out of my grasp before she erupted into laughter from me tickling her sides.
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“Okay! OKAY! Put me down!” she panted breathlessly as I set her down. I signed to her, once more, that it was nothing. I emphasized my signing of I promise. She smirked at me as she wet her lips and nodded. She wet her thumb and gently rubbed it against where the lipstick stain was.
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“Give him a break, Alex. This girl was probably way better than that dumb blonde, what was her name? That girl you hooked up after prom in high school?” Ethan slurred. Even in my buzzed state, I knew that Ethan had just fucked up royally. Alex’s jaw was dropped and she looked at me with tears in her eyes. I couldn’t sign fast enough, or she just didn’t care, as she dragged Taylor away from Ethan and me.
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“What’s her problem?”
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I sighed angrily as I chased after Alex and Taylor. Alex was my best friend, she always had been and she always would be, but I refrained from telling her certain things because of the way she acted. I could hold my own, but she babied me for sure. I finally caught up to her and nearly tumbled on top of her. I was panting and she looked at me, tears still in her eyes. I started to sign “I’m sorry” over and over again and she shook her head.
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It meant nothing, it was stupid, I wish it never happened
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I signed, trying anything to make her understand.
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You know how stupid I was in high school
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I continued to sign and she couldn’t help, but let out a laugh. I smiled and held my arms open. She sighed and fell into me. I held her tightly and let out a sigh of relief.
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“No more drama or fights this weekend!” Taylor piped in, joining in the hug. I nodded, in reality really hoping I find that girl again. ns18.104.22.168da2