Chapter 14

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"Good food never lets you down" - Riley Monroe

"RILEY! AARON!"

Right when our lips were about to meet, someone shouted. With Aaron letting out a string of curses and me blushing, I leaned over the railing to see who it was. Cassidy was standing there with a knowing smile along with the rest of the group which only caused me to blush even harder. I leaned back on the seat. Aaron let out a frustrated sigh and ran his hands through his midnight black hair.

There was a bit of awkwardness between us as we sat there waiting for the ride to stop. "Fun day, huh?" He asked breaking the ice. His voice was composed, and husky making my eyes dart back to his lips. Quickly averting my gaze, I stared at the sky.

"Yeah."

A moment of silence passed between us and before we got a chance of saying anything else, the ride stopped. Aaron got off first, and took my hand to help me stay balanced. After I got off, he quickly let go of my hand and walked towards the group with me trailing behind him.

A disappointed feeling rushed through me as I thought about our almost kiss. Why was I feeling like this? Did I want to kiss Aaron? A guy that I barely know? Granted, we did go to the same camp, and have the same homeroom teacher, and hung out with the same group of friends, but other than that, I knew nothing about him. Pulling out of my thoughts, I diverted my attention back to the group.

"Let's go everyone!" Tammy said as she pushed the group out the carnival. "It's 7:45 and curfew for going off campus is in two hours! We have to get back now!"

Two hours? The ride back is 30 minutes. We could've spent another hour here! But I knew better than to argue with Tammy when she's on a roll.

"Woah!" Luke said as Tammy pushed him. "Slow down there Tim Tam. We can still get back in time even if we stay here a little while longer."

Tim Tam? Did I miss something? I raised an eyebrow at Tammy, but she responded with a shrug.

"Stop calling me that!" She said exasperatedly. "And for your information, it's better to be early than late!" She then proceeded to usher us out of the park.

Walking out of the gate, I fell into step with Aaron. There was a few seconds of silence before I spoke. "I had a lot of fun today."

"Yeah?" He said in a deep voice that made my stomach queasy in a good way.

"Yeah," I replied.

He smiled. It's one of those genuine smiles that are hardly ever seen given by Aaron Grey. And for that, I felt special that he was giving that smile to me.

"But I'm so much better than you at carnival games," He said with a smirk.

"Not even!" I retorted. "I happen to have beaten you at ring toss and basketball!"

"Yes, but that's mostly it," He gestured to the bag of prizes that he won for me in his hand which was pretty big to be honest. Then he looked at the grocery sized bag in mine which were his prizes.

"Fine," I murmured defeated, then got into the car after Aaron opened the door for me.

On the way back to camp, I sat there thinking about life. There was something about long car rides or in this case, thirty minute rides that just made it easy to think. My thoughts led to back to home. What was my mom doing right now? Is my dad still watching old football reruns even though it's not in season? Is my brother home from college? These thoughts were running through my mind and before I knew it, we were back at camp.

I opened the door and got out. 8:25 my phone showed. I looked over to see Aaron sleeping with his hood on. I looked at Tammy to see if I should wake him up and she nodded. Should I wake him up nicely? He was leaning on the other door, and the door is unlocked. Weighing my options I decided to choose the one that was more appealing to me.

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