Sure, I didn't like Cayden's attitude. From what I'd heard, he'd already had sex with two girls here. One of them being Bianca, and if that didn't show bad judgement I didn't know what did. But the idea for the party, that was good. Plus, he was the one who was going to be asking most of the people, so I wouldn't be in trouble for organising. Not that I really cared. I was just looking forward to a good party. Even if it had been organised by someone who'd been staring at my boobs every chance he'd gotten. But he had given me his jacket...
When I'd changed and pushed my hair back in to a messy bun, I grabbed my guitar and sat on my bed with my notebook. I'd been writing a song, and as I played with the chords I looked out of the window. Then the door swung open and Helena marched in.
"Blake. I thought I'd find you here. Where have you been?"
"I was surfing. One of the guys, Zac, gave me a lesson."
"Well that's nice, but we had activities planned as a cabin."
"Look Helena... I get the whole camp thing, I really do, but all I'm guilty of is having sucky parents and a clumsy friend. And I don't need team building, or counselling or anything like that to cure me of that. I just need to go to college and get a job, then a place of my own. I've got a trust fund, and I don't have to deal with them. Besides, if someone likes my music, I might be able to pay for college without the fund, and then I can use that for a flat or a house or whatever. I don't need your help, I just need to focus on my stuff."
"Everyone needs help sometimes." She said, sitting next to me. She looked at my notebook and I felt the urge to snatch it away. "This is good. Really good. Why don't you join in with out music sessions?"
"I don't want to do any stupid round the camp fire happy clappy songs."
"It's not like that, I promise. Just a group of people who can play, or want to learn, jamming. I promise. You might learn something. You might find someone who you want to pair up with, or even form a group. If you were good, we actually have a party at the end of camp, and we pay some of you to perform. You could get some extra money for college."
Damn Helena, she was actually decent. She reminded me of Nina so much.
"I'll think about it." She grinned so I hastened to say, "Maybe. It's whatever." She raised her eyebrow, and smiled again.
"I'd like you to join in with more activities. It's not strictly timetabled; you can choose to do what you want as long as you attend one team activity every three days." I gave her a look and she shrugged. "Just think about it. We're going to lunch now. Coming?"
I sighed and put my notebook under my mattress again, and put away my guitar. I hadn't realised how hungry surfing had made me.
When we reached the food cabin and I'd got a sandwich, I headed over to join Zac and Kia who were sat together. Just before I reached them Cayden slid in next to Kia, winking at her. I rolled my eyes but went to join them anyway.
"Hey." I said, pouring myself some water from the jug in the middle. "So what's up with the party tonight?"
"I've got a couple of people to spread the news. Shame we can't get any booze."
"Yeah well, it's not legal for me to drink in America anyway." I muttered, picking at the sandwich.
"But you're not in America now." Cayden grinned and Zac nodded.
"But we still haven't got alcohol, so there's no point in thinking about it. What are we even going to do? We can't play music too loudly, we haven't got any food... what are we going to do?" They looked a little stumped. "I've got an idea..." I replied, a light suddenly blossoming in my head. "Give me a minute."
I stood up and sought out Helena. Let's see just how like Nina she is.
"Blake. Everything alright?"
"Yeah I just... I was thinking about what you said. I want to do something, it's sort of a get to know each other thing. Like a party. Only I know there's curfew and all that, so I realise it'd be bad to do it secret and everything. I just wondered if it would be alright if I did do a party, tonight, for anyone who wanted to go. We could have a fire, and people could play music when we weren't playing it through speakers... What do you think? Just a way to break the ice? And I promise, I'll do the team activities."
She looked at me for a long while, both amused and interested.
"Alright. But only until midnight. And there'll be a few of us there, to make sure everything stays... well sane. And you in turn will have to go to your team activites."
"Alright. We have a deal."
"Alright." She stuck her hand out and I shook it. Then I hurried back to the table.
"Guys, I just got Helena to sanction the party. So we have until midnight with music and whatever."
"That's so boring though. It's not exciting if they know about it." Kia complained.
"Yeah but, what they won't know about it the after party. The one with no music, not a lot of people... I'm talking a proper secret party. They won't know because everyone will have already been out. It's the perfect cover."
"Yeah but there's the same problem. What will we do after with no music or anything?" Cayden asked.
"Midnight swim perhaps? Dares. And no, I'm not talking about those crappy childish ones. I mean proper ones. And there's always all the activities. I bet climbing walls and surfing are pretty dangerous in the dark." I grinned, and Kia whistled.
"Well I'm in."
"Me too." Cayden said.
"Count me in." Zac said.
"Who else?" Cayden asked.
"Well I asked Bianca..." Zac said and Kia groaned.
"Why'd you invite that troll?"
"That's not fair. You don't know her."
Kia looked like she would argue but I interrupted.
"He's right. As long as she can keep the secret. And as long as she's not too scared to do some of the stuff."