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Chapter 13

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Chapter 13

I got out of the lake and greeted everyone, Rosie eyed me curiously.

"What?" I huffed out annoyed. I was furious about leaving, it took all the strength I had to push Oliver away.. But I know if I hadn't leaving him would be much harder.

"You know, the reason I made you wear the bathing suit was so that you didn't have to get your clothes wet" she joked and smiled.

I softly laughed, "I know. Oliver threw me in. So I didn't really have a choice..."

"Where is Oliver? I just saw him like a second ago." Jason cut in.

"I don't know..." I responded honestly.

Rosie gave me a worried look, I shrugged it off. I knew it would be hard for him to move on but a long distance relationship didn't feel right. Suddenly tired I walked to Caroline who was setting up a picnic blanket and laying out a lot of food, I tried to push aside the thoughts of Oliver.

"Wow that looks great Caroline. Do you need help?" I asked. She eyed me curiously then laughed and spoke,

"No thanks sweety, I'd rather we don't make our sandwiches soggy. Why don't you take off your clothes and let them dry on the rock, swim in your bathing suit hun. That is what it's for. I mean look at you, your soaked!"

I rolled my eyes but obeyed her command. I walked over to a rock and took off my shorts and shirt, wringing them out and laying them to dry. I then walking over to Caroline's basket and pulled out a towel, laying it on a patch of grass and then I sprawled out on top of it. Might as well tan when I can, who knows what the weather is like in New York. I honestly have no idea.

I shut my eyes and tried to relax, but was cut off by Jason's whistling.

"Cut it out.." I mumbled, "I'm not in the mood." He shrugged and laid down next to me. To my surprise he wasn't alone, Oliver came too. From where, I have no idea.

I squinted up to him and asked, "Hey where did you go?" He shrugged and sat down next to me, watching the adults discuss the troubles with global warming. Jason looked at us both and shrugged and left, leaving me alone with Oliver who spoke out,

"Hey listen about earlier. I'm sorry I didn't mean to make you uncomfortable..."

I shook my head and replied, "No don't worry about it, I just don't think we should get too... attached. I'm going to be gone for the rest of Junior year and all of Senior year. I think.... I think we should um... you know... move on. See other people."

He looked up at me surprised, I was surprised at myself. Hearing myself say that brought a pain in my chest, but I knew it was for the best so I stood by it.

"Umm... Yeah I know. Your right.." he admitted, "I just didn't think it would come to this. I... I don't know what I'm going to do without you here..."

I turned my head to the side to hide the tears that escaped. I tried to open my mouth to talk but I just couldn't, a quiet sob escaped my lips as I annoyingly tried to wipe away my tears, I shouldn't cry. I won't cry.

"Listen you don't always have to have everything together, it's only human to cry." he  assured then embraced me in a hug. I cuddled closer to him allowing the tears to fall freely, holding onto him to keep me stable from completely breaking down. He still had his shirt off and once I noticed I felt myself blush and try to pull away, but he held me closer and soothed me. I was glad he did.                    

A while later I had cleaned myself up, we all ate, swam a little more, then gathered our things to head home so I could get ready for my flight tonight. I couldn't believe it but my life in Utah was coming to an end, I would no longer have my best friends to turn to when I was in trouble or in need. At least not in person, it would have to be over the phone. What if they forgot about me? I know that idea is a little far-fetched but it could happen.

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