Chapter Twenty Five

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The awkwardness between Isobel and Astrid didn't go away. The teachers explained we'd be playing some group game in the snow, but I wasn't listening closely enough to know what it was. I was mostly confused by the sudden weird energy.

We were led outside and some people were given these strange looking batons, and we started dispersing. I nudged Astrid. "Do you have any idea what we're doing? I totally spaced out."

She shook her head. "No idea. Just heard something about some race and being in groups by our class teachers."

I wrinkled my nose. "What? Does that mean we have to split up again?"

She snorted and crossed her arms. "No. I'm good watching from the sidelines anyway. This childish running after each other shit isn't for me."

I shrugged, agreeing. We'd established I wasn't much of a runner either. I looked towards my friends chatting with each other to my left and my eyes met Isobels. Her mouth was twisted into an unpleasant scowl and there was a frown line between her eyebrows. The expression was so bitter, her face seemed to change completely. 

I blinked a few times and sent her a questioning look but she looked away, focusing her stare on the snow below her feet. I wanted to go over and make her tell me what was wrong, but I realized she was acting childish. I put it out of my mind before she ruined my last day for me, and decided I'll talk to her about it later on if she was still moping.

"Whats with her?" Astrid questioned, following my line of vision.

I shrugged. "I have no idea. I don't know what it is this time."

She was silent for a moment. "Maybe it's just her pattern."

My gaze snapped up to her. "What do you mean?"

She looked away, into the distance. "From what I've heard, every time you move forward she finds a reason to mess things up. Maybe she just has self destructive tendencies."

I blinked at her, not finding the words to respond to that. A little seed of dread planted itself in my gut, and I licked my lips. "What should I do?"

She sighed. "I don't know, Talia. I don't wanna get too involved in your love life but maybe you've trusted her again too quickly. She spent months playing this back and forth game with you. I've seen first hand how miserable and broken she made you. And now she wants to take it all back and you're believing it without any doubts that she'll do the same thing again?"

Some teacher noticed us standing motionlessly and ushered us over so we began moving. I wrapped my arms around myself, but didn't say anything. My thoughts were racing as I processed what she was saying.

"Look, I guess I better go join my group." She twisted her lips into what sort of resembled a supportive grimace. "Just think about it, okay? Before you get hurt again."

I nodded, giving her a smile in return. "Thanks, Astrid. I'll see you later."

With that she walked off in the opposite direction, and I went to catch up with my friends. Isobel was looking at me, but she still had the sour expression. I didn't say a word to her, getting more confused by her attitude then ever.

"Okay, one of you explain what the hell we're doing." I spoke once I rejoined them, taking my eyes off her and back to my friends.

In the end, I did actually end up participating, and it was a lot of fun. We finished up around lunch time, so we gathered to eat then split up to our own cabins to rest for a while. Then later on we were meeting the guys again for one last activity here in the resort before we left tomorrow morning.

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