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Played by Unknown

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Language: eng
Format: epub
Published: 2014-02-19T20:20:28+00:00


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LIZ FICHERA

“Slowly. But surely.”

“What if Ryan sees Fred with Sam and gets jealous or

something?”

“That could be bad.” Really horribly tragically bad, but, oh, so good for Sam. My vodka lips sputtered. “Do me a huge favor?”

“Anything.”

“If my brother shows up, keep him occupied? Any way

you can. This could be your chance, too—you know, with

getting my brother.” I shouldn’t have said that but it was too late to take it back.

Drew looked like she could bust out of the car. “Abso-

lutely.”

“He was asking about you today,” I blurted. I knew that

was a lie, too, even as I said it but I was on a roll.

She grabbed my arm. “Ryan?” Her eyes widened another

notch. “What’d he say? Tell me! Don’t leave out a single

word.”

I cleared my throat. “He just asked what you were doing

tonight.” In truth, he asked what we were doing so it wasn’t like a complete and total lie. Only a little selective pronoun placement.

She squeezed my arm. “And what’d you say?”

“I may have said we’d be here.” That was another white

lie. Ryan didn’t know I was invited. If I’d told him I was, he would have told Mom, and then Mom would have insisted

on picking me up from the party and there was no way I

could survive the humiliation of that. Your parents waiting

to pick you up outside a cool party? I think not. What I did

tell my brother was that I was spending the night at Drew’s.

That was all.

Drew’s expression was hopeful. “Oh, my god. I totally

hope he’s here already.”

I smiled at her. I really needed her to shower Ryan with at-

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tention, especially when Sam showed up with Fred. In Drew’s

defense, my brother did like her. He thought she was really

sweet. But he thought kittens and rabbits were sweet, too.

That Drew was my best friend did not work in her favor. I

didn’t have the heart to tell her all that. But, who knew what could happen when you threw people together. People could

surprise you.

“Let’s go!”

My head was buzzing with excitement and alcohol as we

walked across the driveway to the front door. I recognized

guys from the varsity football team, a few girls from the junior cheer squad, even a senior girl from dance club, who nodded

at me with approval as we passed through the front door. I

tried to look disinterested, like I frequented these parties all the time, but my cheeks tightened from holding back a huge

smile. Plus I was biting down on the inside of my cheek.

Inside, the house was crawling with kids from school. If I

didn’t know their names, I most definitely knew their faces.

And they weren’t the faces I was used to seeing, either.

Music blasted through speakers in every corner of the

room. The ear-bleeding levels only added to the excitement.

From the looks of the place, I wasn’t the only person pumped

to be at the party. Drew dropped my arm and wove her way

directly to the counter, leaving me at the edge of the room.

I bumped someone’s shoulder everywhere I turned but no

one cared. I smiled to a few of them and head nodded to the

music.



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