When On Vacation {1}

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"Honey, will you take Caden to the playground? He wants to go outside and I don't feel like it." My mom asked from her spot on the hotel room couch.

"Sure. Let's go Caden." I motioned to the door and my five year old brother ran out.

Caden and I got down to the playground that was owned by the hotel we were staying at. It was a nice playground on a pile of wood chips that had been fenced in by a cement border. I watched Caden run towards the slide before looking down at my phone so I could continue reading my ebook.

"Look at you. It's a beautiful day outside and you're probably on Instagram or Pinterest or something," A deep voice said behind me.

Well that was rude.

"Exactly! Like, oh my gosh, how did you even guess?" I said in a high-pitched, fake voice, continuing to face my screen.

"Isn't that what you're doing? Or are you on Facebook?" He joked, taking a seat next to me.

I faced him and realized this was a very attractive guy who looked about my age. Too bad he was ugly on the inside.

"For your information, I'm reading a book, so if you could stop being judgmental then that would be great," I turned back to my phone, trying to ignore him as well as I could. Feeling his gaze burning into the side of my face, my head snapped towards him.


"Nothing. I'm just surprised that you're not on some type of social media."

"Not every girl is completely obsessed with social media, you know. There are plenty of other things we obsess about."

"Well that's how all the girls I know act. If they're on their phone then they're on some stupid website." he grumbled.

"Then you're going to the wrong places and talking to the wrong people." I muttered.

"What's your name?"

"Madison. My friends call me Maddy. You can call me Madison." I said, not looking up.

"My name is Jay. What are you reading?"

"A book."

"I never would have guessed." He laughed. "What's it about?"

"There's a girl trying to read in peace when a guy suddenly shows up and won't stop talking to her." I spoke sarcastically.

"I think I've read that one. The girl ends up falling in love with the guy." He says.

Turning to look at him, I smile as sweetly as I can. "I think you're thinking of a different book."

His grin widened and I felt his eyes look deeper into mine. "You're different. I like you."

My stomach fluttered a bit before I remembered how rude he was before. I looked back at the playground to see Caden going down the slide.

"There are plenty of girls who like to read. It's not like it's that unique," I said.

"It's not just that," I made eye contact with him again to see a sincere look in his features. "you just give off a different vibe than most girls I've met."

"Um, thank you?" I asked unsure if it was a compliment.

"No problem. Now," his mischievous smirk reappeared. "Want to go swimming with me and some friends later tonight?"

"Um, sure. I don't think my family has any plans," I muttered, caught off guard.

"Awesome. We'll probably go out for pizza or something before."

"Okay. Where did you want to meet?" I asked.

"Tell me your room number and I'll come get you at six."

"Room 218," I said.

"Sweet. See you at six." He leaned over and kissed my cheek before I had time to react and was suddenly off towards the doors that led to the lobby.


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