Chapter Eight

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The drive to the school was supposed to be short, but it felt like we had been driving for hours with the awkward silence. I stared down at my phone, wishing the car ride to be over.

The message from my birth mother was all I could think about. I was so tempted to answer her. I wanted to know what she had to say, I wanted to know her story but I was so scared. Just thinking about answering made my heart pound and my palms sweat. Usually, I would talk to Cameron about it, but he was still ignoring me, even as we sat next to each other.

I had been so preoccupied with everything that I'd completely forgot about the senior camping trip. I felt like everything else just didn't matter until I made a decision. School had taken the back burner in my mind.

"Are you sure you have everything?" Mom looked at us in the rearview mirror. I knew she was concerned that we weren't talking. I was too. I nodded and looked out the window at the trees passing by.

"Yeah, I have everything," Cameron muttered, texting on his phone.

"Okay and remember if you need anything-"

"Just call. Yeah, we know." Cameron answered for us.

I never liked camping. Sleeping on the ground was so uncomfortable and the washrooms were always so dirty, but Olivia and Eloise really wanted to go. They said it would be our last trip together before we went our separate ways off to university. I didn't want to think about that. It was hard for me to make friends, I didn't want to have to start all over again.

My phone vibrated in my hand. Noah's name popped up on the screen. I definitely didn't want to have to say goodbye to him. It felt like the start of something, not the end.

Noah Wayland


I got another text before I could answer.

Noah Wayland

I love camping XD

I tried to hide the big smile that was on my face and the soft layer of blush on my cheeks. I glanced over at Cameron. He was too busy texting Michaela to notice. I was glad they made up, he needed to have someone he could talk to. It just stung a little that that person wasn't me right now.

Noah Wayland 

It's going to be fun!

I hesitated before pressing send. It was the truth but I felt like there was so much riding on this trip. It was a few days to let go of everything and forget about what a mess my life was. I needed that.

"We're here." Dad sang.

Most of the senior class had already arrived and were waiting with their bags beside the bus. There were still fifteen minutes until the meeting time. He stopped the car and Cameron jumped out before the car was even put into park. I guess he really didn't like being trapped in a tight space with me. I think he was starting to forget we spent nine months in the womb together.

I took my time getting my things out of the trunk. It was filled with everything we could possibly need, including a citronella candle to keep the flies away. My mom went a little overboard.

I spotted Eloise and Olivia standing amongst the crowd. They hadn't seen me yet which was probably for the best. They'd probably make a commotion.

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