Sunrise, Sunset [3]

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By the by, so far I've been updating quite regularly. That will not always be possible. I just happen to have a lot of free time right now. :)

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I maneuvered around groups of people all chatting and raising the alcohol levels in their system. It was disgusting. I scanned the main room trying to catch a glimpse of my sister. This was ridiculous. I didn't even really want to come to this party. Me and my big mouth got me into this. I ran a hand through my hair and took one last look before heading towards the back door. I had to carefully step over a couple making out on the ground and finally reached the glass door. I slid it open and was greeted by another assaulting cloud that was definitely not regular cigarette smoke. Holding my breath I wandered out a little further onto a small garden path. I took a moment to take a deep breath of fresh air.

I looked around and noticed that the moon was glistening off of a body of water. The house was nestled by a canal. There was a dock that led out to the water. I smiled and made my way farther down the lawn to the dock. The wood creaked a bit as I walked towards the end of the dock. I took a seat and dangled my feet over the edge. My gaze immediately went up as I studied the sky. I could hear the steady pounding beat from the music inside calling me to go back in, yet, I couldn't help but let my mind wander and contemplate the design of the night sky. It truly was majestic.

I laid back to get a better view and placed my hands behind my head to rest. Everything was so much clearer out here than where I was from. I wondered briefly if Vanessa was looking for me? If she gave any effort at all to find me, it would surely only be for a few minutes before she found something better to do. Oh well. I sat back up kicked my feet a little, feeling like a child. Suddenly there was a glint in the water that caught my eye. A small metallic sphere was floating towards me. I squinted in the darkness trying to get a better look. As the orb came closer I lifted my feet back onto the deck and laid on my stomach to try to get a closer look. I reached my hand out to see if I could get a hold of it. Not close enough yet. I scooted forward and tried again. Still no luck. Taking a quick breath and pushed myself out a little more.

"What are you doing?" a voice asked beside me. I turned to face them in shock and tried to push myself up, missing the dock and falling forward into the water. The cold water enveloped me and I gasped at the chilly temperature causing myself to inhale water. I kicked and tried to pull myself above the surface. As I was about to break the water I noticed I wasn't moving upwards anymore. Panic swept through me as I realized my shoe lace was stuck on a nail in the wood of the dock's leg. I bent down trying to get my shoe off. I could feel my body going numb. Pressure was suddenly around my waist as I felt strong arms tug at my limp body. With the third attempt my foot came free of my shoe and I was pulled to the surface. I took a deep breath, my lungs crying for oxygen. My unknown rescuer pulled me up onto the bank and sat beside me trying to catch their breath. I laid on my back, my eyes closed tight trying to control my breathing. I could feel tears trying to escape my closed lids. I willed them to disappear before I opened my eyes, but no luck. I sat up and turned to face the person who jumped in after me.

Seated beside me was a young man in a black t-shirt and jeans. His dark hair stuck to his face and he had his head in his hands. I slowly reached out and touched his arm. He flinched and quickly turned to look at me.

"Thank you," I whispered looking away from his gaze. His dark brown eyes pierced into my eyes and I couldn't keep contact for long. We sat there awhile in silence. I picked at the grass nervously.

"No problem. It was my fault you fell anyways," he finally replied. I turned to look at him and gave a weak smile. "Back to my original question though. What were you doing?" he asked. I thought a moment back to before I plunged into the water. I remembered instantly and glanced quickly back to the surface searching for the silver orb. It was no where to be seen. I frowned.

"I thought I saw something," I replied simply. I couldn't tell him that I was attempting to grab something that was clearly no longer around. Maybe I was seeing things. I didn't think I had been in the smokey air that long...

"I'm Hayden," he said holding a hand out to me. I took it and smiled.

"Emma."

"Well, Emma, what brings you to Ocean Shores?" Hayden asked leaning back onto his elbows. He brushed his hair out of his eyes.

"I'm writing a book about the oceans over here. All the pictures in the book are provided by me," I said staring up into the starry sky.

"You are writing a book? How old are you?" Hayden asked surprised.

"I'm 21," I replied blushing a little, grateful for the darkness.

"Wow, that's impressive. I'm 23 and don't quite have such an ambitious attitude. Do you think that you could show me what you have so far? I mean, if that's okay. I don't want to-"

"Emma!" A shriek came from behind us. I turned my head and looked behind to see Vanessa running towards me. I stood quickly and adjusted my shirt. Hayden stood up instantly and took a few steps away from me.

"Vanessa?" I said trying to be nonchalant.

"What the hell happened to you?!" Vanessa asked grabbing my hands and looking me over.

"I fell into the water. Hayden saved me." Vanessa turned sharply to face Hayden. Her eyes narrowed and she looked him over as well. She shook her head.

"Let's go. You must be freezing. You need to change!" she said exasperated.

"If you'd like to stay at the party a little longer, I can take her home," Hayden offered. Vanessa raised an eyebrow at him and shook her head.

"No thanks. I am glad you saved my sister and I'm glad you have a sudden interest in her, but I need her to drive actually. I had one too many shots of Cuervo to be a safe driver. We're both just going to head home now."

"We've only been here for like a half hour, Ness. If you'd like to stay, really, you can. You and I both know that you hate Cuervo. You're a Patron girl," I said with a small smile.

"Emma," Vanessa said harshly. I looked at her shocked. She was not in the mood to joke around.

"Maybe I'll see you around, Hayden?" I said turning to face him. Hayden gave a small smile and nodded.

"For sure. Here," Hayden handed me his cell phone. "Put your number in." I took the phone with a big grin. I quickly typed in my number and name. After hitting save, I handed the phone back.

"Thank you. Again," I added before taking Vanessa's arm and walking back to the car. We walked around the house and had to dodge random people stumbling about. Once we reached the car I unlocked the doors and we got in without saying anything.

"You'll thank me later," Vanessa said as she buckled herself in.

"Nessa, we were just talking. He saved me," I said putting the car in reverse and then drive as I flipped a U-turn and headed back towards the suite. "You're the one who dolled me up for this party and convinced me to come. I thought you'd be happy I was talking to someone," I said. Vanessa didn't make a reply. I rolled my eyes and knew that this was the end of the conversation. The ride home was silent and uncomfortable. I pulled into the parking spot and put the car in park. I turned off the engine and faced Vanessa. She unbuckled herself and didn't even so much as glance at me. I let out a groan and unbuckled myself and got out locking the doors as I hurried after Vanessa.

"Are you mad because I got your clothes wet?" I asked trying to keep up with her pace back to the room.

"Aggh! Just drop it, Em! I'm going to bed," Vanessa said angrily as she swiped the card and practically pushed down the door. I let out a small sigh and followed behind heading straight to the bathroom to wash off my face. I stared at the mascara running down my cheeks. My hair laid flat against my head and my lipstick was no more. I grabbed a towel and scrubbed at my face roughly.

All I wanted to do tonight was edit my photographs.

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A little bit of excitement tonight!

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