I opened my eyes slowly. I rolled over and fell onto the floor. I was officially awake now. I pushed myself off the floor and stood still for a moment. I then walked, eyes still half closed, down the stairs. There was a letter waiting patiently on the floor by the door. Picking it up, I read the name: Kyle Dewhurst. I walked into the kitchen and handed it to Kyle before sitting down and leaning my head on the counter.
"Still asleep?" I heard Rollar ask.
I groaned and nodded. She laughed quietly. I sat up and rubbed my eyes. Kyle was opening the envelope with a slightly confused expression on his face. He pulled a birthday card out of the envelope and his face instantly paled.
"It's your birthday?" Rollar asked him.
"Not till Friday. My parents usually forget so they send it early," he mumbled.
"Well, I think that we should go out and celebrate on Friday then," I said.
Kyle's face turned into one of panic. "What? No! No, no, no! We don't need to do that."
"I think we do," Rollar said, siding with me.
He glanced between us worriedly. I'm sure we'd be able to persuade him...
Rollar and I had decided on a quiet party at home. I invited Joshua, seeing as he seemed to be getting on rather well with Rollar.
Rollar walked through the door with the bag of decorations I'd sent her out to get. She grinned and opened her mouth to say something. I put a finger to my lips and pointed upstairs. She nodded and handed me the bag. I put it next to the alcohol I'd bought earlier. I was sorting through the whole box of CDs I'd brought with me. I scowled as I realised it was the same sort of box as the one that was hiding underneath my bed.
"You know, I don't think I have much music that Kyle might like," I murmured.
She raised an eyebrow at me and came over to have a look.
"Metallica?" she asked. "Black Sabbath?"
I shrugged. She smiled and headed upstairs. When she came back downstairs, she had some CDs. She placed a disc in the player and some rock music began to play quietly.
I laughed quietly. "Led Zeppelin?"
"It's either this or Guns 'n' Roses," she said, putting her hands on her hips.
"I quite like Led Zeppelin actually, but Carter claimed all my CDs."
"I can't imagine your mum was particularly happy about you listening to heavy metal and rock," Rollar said quietly.
"Definitely not," I chuckled, remembering all the arguments we'd had about that.
"You know, Jaimie, about the other night--" she started.
"Oh dear," Kyle said, interrupting her.
We span around quickly and I grinned at the look on his face.
"We're not going out, we're staying in," Rollar said to him defiantly.
"And you can always pretend that it isn't for your birthday," I pointed out.
His eyes narrowed. The doorbell rang.
"That'll be Joshua," Rollar said quietly.