CHAPTER ONE - CLAUDIA'S P.O.V.
I dipped my foot into the cool water, titling
my head back to get the full effect of the sun.
I glanced around.
Indi and Zeke were inside, grabbing something
to eat; while Aimee and Nick were involved in a full on make-out
I heard the door shut behind me, and I knew
Zeke was back because of the familiar gagging
"I know what you mean," I said, laughing.
"Couples are so annoying."
"I don't know about that," Zeke said coyly,
wrapping his arm around Indi's waste.
Nick and Aimee clambered out of the pool and,
water dripping from his arm; he had food in his mouth in a matter
"Pig," I stated, poking my tongue out at my
He laughed and sat down on his
"I can't believe we have to go back to school
tomorrow," complained Indi.
"I know," added Nick.
I could hardly believe it had been three weeks
since Aaron's death. Everything seemed to happen so quickly. The
aftermath had been deadly. For days, everyone was over-sensitive
around me. They'd try so hard to keep the conversation off the
one thing that was on my mind. The next step was them relaxing,
only to gasp in horror if they let his name slip. But now, three
weeks later, I seem to have showed them I'm fine. And I'm trying
so hard to convince myself that I am.
Indi glanced at me thoughtfully. Best friends
since forever, I'm guessing she feels that it's all her fault.
Nick, my foolish, over-protective brother, seems to think that
too. This, of course, is stupid. No matter what, Aaron would
still have been a drinking, drugged up bastard.
'I'm only going to see you on weekends now,"
complained Aimee, leaning into Nick's shoulders.
"You could move schools," he
"I wish," she replied wistfully.
I glanced towards the sky. The sun was fading
and the clouds were tinged a faint pink colour. Indi shivered,
with the sun setting; the warmth was disappearing
"Let's head inside," Zeke began. "Besides,
Aimee and I have to go."
We all stood up reluctantly. Inside, Aimee
threw on a pink dress over her white bikini. Zeke put on a
t-shirt as Aimee wrapped her arms around Nick's
"Really," I complained. "Do you have
Nick rolled his eyes at me, and then kissed
Aimee. Zeke leaned in for a quick kiss with Indi.
I sighed. Couples.
Zeke headed towards the door, followed by a
longing look from Indi.
"Nick," I stated. "Aimee."
"Guys, break it up!" instructed
They sprang apart, guilty looks etched upon
their faces. Sheepishly, Aimee headed towards the
In unison, Nick and Indi sighed. Having a best
friend and a brother who are head over heels is not the most
"Come on," I said, stifling
"They'll be here again before you know
I pulled on a t-shirt and shorts, then dragged
Nick out the door.