20; brendon

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Ah, spring break. The week in March that gives you a taste of summer and then rips it out of your hands again. That's okay, though. At least for camping I'm surrounded by the people that don't annoy the shit out of me. I stared out the car window and listened to the sound of the radio. I watch the colourful trees and other wildlife pass by quickly. It was about a two hour drive to get to the campsite. We talked and were having fun for the first twenty minutes, and then Jon fell asleep on Spencer, Spencer decided to read so he wouldn't wake his boyfriend up, Dallon watched a movie on his portable DVD player and Ryan and I both listened to music. When we arrived, I got out of the car and was instantly hit with a nice breeze and the fresh smell of— well, forest.


"Ah, nature." I sighed and breathed in dramatically.

"Something 'ya don't see quite often in the city, huh?" Ryan smiled and leaned on my shoulder with his arm. I shrugged it off and he punched me in the arm jokingly. I retaliated by pushing him back. We would've gotten more rough if Cassidy didn't interject.

"Okay, I'll get the tents and stuff, you guys carry the bags and the food." Cassidy suggested. We nodded in agreement. Jon rubbed his eyes tiredly as he got out of the back seat and we all went to the trunk of the car. She popped the hatch and arms went in grabbing whatever they needed. Cassidy went to work putting up the tents and the guys and I put all the bags on the picnic table for the time being.

"Holy shit." Spencer marveled. He was standing in front of a break in the trees, however from my angle I couldn't see what he was ogling at. I walked over and saw the breathtaking sight. We had left very early, about four am so we would get here at a decent time. The sun was now rising in the horizon, spreading a canvas of yellow and orange across the sky, which then reflected onto the lake that was down a hill of massive rocks in front of us.

"Damn." I said, placing my hands on my hips.

"What the fuck are you doing?" Cassidy called out from where she was setting up Spencer and Jon's tent. I turned to look at her, she was crouched down and giving us a very strange look. I motioned for her to come over and she hesitantly stood up and walked toward us. "Wow. Never mind, continue." she said and pecked me on the cheek before going to finish putting up the tent.

"We're going to the bathrooms to charge up our phones, anyone want to come?" Dallon asked, Ryan beside him. I nodded and walked over to the two of them.

"Bren, take my phone with you please." Cassidy said, blowing hair out of her face as she hit one of the pegs into the ground. I got her phone off of the picnic table and off we went. We walked up the gravel road that connected all of the sites, passing each one. It made me uncomfortable each time because people just stared at us.

"So, Brenny bear." Dallon jested.

"What do you want, Daddy Long Legs?" I smirked and he rolled my eyes. I saw Ryan's confused expression from my peripheral vision.

"Daddy Long Legs? Really?" he laughed.

I shrugged, "He's six foot fucking three, Ryan."

"Whatever." he grinned and we turned the corner into the bathroom building. Just around the corner was another room with laundry machines and power outlets. I plugged mine and Cassidy's phones in and hopped up onto the machine, my feet on the one beside it.

"Anyway... You guys are really leaving for a while, huh?" Dallon asked, a hint of sadness in his words. Ryan and I exchanged glances,

"Yeah. I guess we are." Ryan muttered, fiddling with a ring on his finger as he stared at a spot on the floor.

"I just hope that graduation isn't the last time we see each other." Dallon tried to laugh, and I noticed his eyes were glossing up. I swung my legs back over the edge,

"Dude, don't worry. We can't just leave our best friend behind. We'll visit." I reassured him. He dragged his eyes off the floor to look at me, "It's not like we're eternally touring. We have time in between."

"Thanks man. I'm just gonna really miss you guys." he said. He fiddled with his thumbs and his eyes watered a little more. "First Breezy, now you." he muttered a little quieter.

"Dall, you still have Breezy's number. Nothing is saying you guys can never get back together." Ryan interjected. "There's a possibility."

"You're right." Dallon sighed, and picked up his phone to check the power. "My phone's done, how about you guys?" I lifted both the phones up and checked. I nodded along with Ryan. "Let's head back before I'm in full tears." he chuckled. I smiled sympathetically and hopped off the laundry machine, following the two taller boys back to our camp site.

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