Chapter Twenty One

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Walking to breakfast the next day was not fun. It was early and cold. I just wanted to turn around and go back into the toasty cabin and curl up for a few more hours, but I knew that if I did I'd stay hungry until lunch.

I had taken forever to get out of bed, wash up and get dressed so I told my friends to go ahead without me and that I'd catch up in a few.

I didn't know if I was just imagining or if it was colder than yesterday, but I was suddenly glad I'd decided to wear two knit sweaters under my coat.

I took the final turn before the wide clearing where all the shops and activity entrances where scattered around, and walked to the dinner hall. Even if I didn't know the way, all I had to do was follow the smell of bacon. It put me in a better mood instantly.

Last night had been uneventful to say the least. After my friends finally came down for dinner, Astrid made me promise we'd do something fun together before we left this place. Then she and I parted ways.

Nothing really happened after that. We had been intending to go see the hot tubs, but we decided to leave it for tomorrow. None of us were feeling up for it, we were too tired. So we retreated back to our cabins and I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.

Isobel and I had exchanged a few words before that, but it wasn't as awkward as I had expected it to be so I was glad. I was still a little upset about what had happened earlier.

"Morning guys." I sat down in the empty seat at the table, and they replied their greetings.

"Dude, did you forget it's a buffet? No one is going to serve you." Grayson said, shoveling eggs into his mouth.

I made a face at him and stood up, walking to where the row of pans was pushed up against the wall. When I filled up a plate and a cup of coffee I sat back down.

"Eat quick. We want to be the first in line for skiing, I don't want to have to wait half the day queueing." Madison urged, pushing her empty plate away. I nodded, eating as fast as I could, which wasn't very fast.

"Talia, if you eat any slower we might as well just stay here till lunch." Charlie remarked. I looked up and realized they had all wiped their plates clean and were staring at me flatly.

"Well, watching me like that isn't going to make me chew faster." I said indignantly. "Besides, I'm almost finished."

I took one last bite of my toast and stood up. I noticed the dinner hall was almost empty, and I couldn't tell if it was because people hadn't arrived yet or because everyone was already finished.

"Hey, Claud. Did you find my toothbrush in any of your things? I think I packed it in your bag by accident." Charlie asked as we walked out into the freezing cold once again.

"No, I didn't see it anywhere. Maybe you left it at home?" She suggested, shrugging.

He groaned. "Damn it. How am I going to brush my teeth for the next two days?"

Claudia rolled her eyes. "Don't act like you've never done it before."

He turned red as the rest of us snickered. "I haven't! I brush my teeth regularly!"

"Sure you do, little bro." She smiled at him sweetly.

"We're twins, Claud." He grumbled, a deep scowl on his face. He absolutely hated when she called him that.

"True, but I'm older by 21 minutes."


I laughed at their antics. It was so entertaining to watch them argue back and forth like that. As Claudia, Madison and Isobel fell into conversation about some teacher scandal, I zoned out and breathed in deeply.

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