The elephant on the beachMature

The elephant in the room is what they normally call it. But today, the elephant is on the beach, and it's standing right in the middle of the group.

"Flo. Can I talk to you for a minute?" I asked, standing up. I saw Silas coming back this way out of the corner of my eye.

"Aimee, I can't leave Ian here by himself."

"I think Ian will be ok with it." I half glared at Ian.

"Woah, yeah sure, whatever." Ian looked at me like I was crazy. Flo got up and stalked up to the van, climbing inside and waiting for me to get in. I jumped in and shut the door behind me.

"Flo, I know that you know."

"Know what?"

"Oh come on, don't pretend. You've hardly spoken to me this morning. I know you saw me making out with that girl last night."

"Yeah I did actually. I mean, what? You didn't feel like you could tell me about that? You didn't feel like you could tell me you were a lesbian?"

"I'm not a lesbian. I'm bisexual. We can still have guy talk, and we can still be the same as before. I don't see what's changed!"

"You... you're in to girls! I mean, look Aimee, I love you and everything, but it's a lot for me to take in. I mean... all right, I'm gonna come right out and say it... have you ever... fancied me?"

"God no! I mean, no offence, but we're friends, best friends, and I could never fancy you."

"Well, that's a relief." She smiled and hugged me. "Oh Aimee, I'm sorry. It just, freaked me out a little that's all."

"Yeah I know." I hugged her and she hugged me back. "Come on, we'd better get back else they're gonna think we've killed each other." We climbed out of the van together and rejoined the group. I snuggled up to Harry and started talking to Alec, the guy Livvy had brought back. Half way through the conversation I saw Silas glaring at Harry. I was confused, the two were usually so close. Harry shifted and moved me off him. I pouted.

"Cramp A. Need a walk." He did an exaggerated limp until he reached the van, leaned inside and grabbed some cans of Coca-Cola. He brought them to the group, sitting next to Silas instead of next to me. I wondered whether he was more het up about me being bisexual than he had let on, or whether it was something about Silas glaring. I busied myself in the conversation, trying to avoid looking at the two of them more than was needed.

"So, when are we going? It's just, I think we ought to try and get somewhere else, because I can see us getting stuck here for a long time if we let ourselves." I thought I might as well bring it up.

"Well, we can go this afternoon if you want. I think we should stock up on some fuel and supplies, but we can get that from the shop. So basically, if we're all ready, we can leave in a few hours." Silas, the man with the plan, was ahead of us all as usual.

The End

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