Chapter Twenty

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"There's nothing to be afraid of Talia, I promise."

"I know, its just that things look a little scary from up here." I gulped slightly, looking down the slope Madison and I were standing on top of. We had decided to go with tobogganing as our first activity of the trip because it sounded the least harmful, but we couldn't have been more wrong.

Basically, they give you a tiny sledge looking thing called a toboggan and sent you on your way to the top of a slope where there were tracks carved all the way down, ensuring you don't slide off course on your way down. The toboggan was just a flat, long piece of wood with the front curved up for your feet. It also had a rope tied to the front to hold onto. To be honest, the slope wasn't even that high, but I couldn't get rid of the nerves bundled in my stomach. It's not even like I was afraid of heights or anything.

"I'll sit in the front, and you climb in behind me. It'll be so much fun, you'll see!" She placed the small piece of wood in front of us and sat down on it, drawing her knees to her chest. Then she scooted forward until there was enough space for me to fit behind her. I hesitantly knelt down and got comfortable. I barely had enough time to wrap my arms around her before she pushed against the snow with her hands and sent us sliding down the slope.

I screamed at the top of my lungs, but stopped soon after when I realised we weren't going to die and the sledge was actually following the tracks down. The cold wind was blowing through my hair. It was exhilarating, and I felt like I was on a rollercoaster riding downwards.

"This is amazing!" Madison whooped, laughing wildly. My grip on her waist tightened as the speed increased and I felt the wind start to nip at my face. "Calm down, stop trying to squeeze the life out of me!"

"Sorry!" I called back, and before I knew it we were back on the level ground. Madison got up and reached her hand out for me.

"So? What did you think?"

My face slowly stretched into a wide smile. "It was awesome! I wanna go again!"

Madison laughed as I picked up the toboggan and began the journey back up to the top of the slope. "See? I told you!"

"How do you think the boys are doing at snowboarding?" I wondered.

"They're probably failing miserably." She replied, making me chuckle. Earlier when we made it to the central plaza, we had voted to see which activity would be first on our list, but we couldn't agree. We ended up splitting up, and everyone went wherever they wanted. Claudia decided to go snowboarding with her brother and Grayson.

We trudged upwards, along with all the other people who had decided to go tobogganing like us. My eyes settled on Zane, fooling around with his friends. I began heading in his direction. "Madison, look. It's Zane."

Her eyes followed mine and for a moment her face remained questioningly blank. Then her eyes widened and she caught my arm. "And? What are you doing?"

"Going to say hi?" I raised a brow, searching her face. She was acting strange.

"No! No, we can't do that." She replied, and began tugging the arm she was holding upwards faster, leaving me only a split second to look back at Zane.

"Why not?" I questioned, unable to think of a reason as to why she was avoiding him. 

"Just because. I'll explain later." 

"Wait, did you guys break up already?"

"Talia." She let go of my arm and turned to me, and I realised we had reached the top of the slope. Her face was pleading, with a slight hint of guilt which I was sure I imagined. She had no reason to be guilty about anything. At least, I didn't think so. "I really don't want to talk about this right now."

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