I woke some time later in the same position; we had not moved an inch the entire time we were asleep. Alyssa wriggled slightly against me and tilted her head back to look into my eyes. I kissed her on the forehead and she smiled.
“We should go downstairs” she said. “The others will be wondering where we are”.
“Do we really have to?” I asked. She laughed and kissed my cheek.
“Yes. Come on”. She sat up in the bed; her hair hanging down. She bent forward and kissed me lightly on the lips, and then pulled me up to a sitting position. We got out of the bed. I stretched my arms and Alyssa hugged me from behind.
“Your sister is beautiful Logan” she said.
“She is” I agreed. “Will you tell her that when you see her again? She struggles with her appearance sometimes… she thinks she is ugly”.
“Of course I will! She is beautiful. She should know that”.
“You know who I think is beautiful?” I asked, turning to her and holding her by the small of her back.
“Who?” she asked.
“You” I said. She smiled shyly.
“No I’m not”.
“Yes you are” I said. I kissed her. She kissed me back for a moment and then pulled away, a grin on her face.
“Let’s go find Camilla” she said. We went downstairs and found our way to the common room. Camilla was sitting on the beanbags; Michael was in his usual spot on the couch, and Zoey was in the corner painting.
We sat down on the beanbag opposite Camilla; Alyssa leaning onto my shoulder with my arm wrapped around her.
“You two are so cute together” Camilla said, squeaking with delight. “How are you feeling Alyssa?”
“I’m better now” Alyssa said.
“I told you that you two would be good for each other!”
“You just love being right don’t you?” I asked. Camilla shot me a look of false shock, and Alyssa giggled. “I’m going to go grab a hot chocolate from the canteen” I said, standing and kissing Alyssa’s forehead. “Do you want anything?” I asked her.
“I’ll have the same” she said, smiling up at me and holding onto my hand for as long as possible.
“I’ll go with you Logan” Camilla said. She stood and hit me on the arm as she passed. I kissed Alyssa on the head again and then walked with Camilla to the Canteen. I began filling two cups of hot chocolate from the machine. Camilla poured herself a cup of coffee. “How are you holding up?” she asked, laying a hand on my shoulder.
“I’m fine. I’m just… it scared me… seeing her like that”.
“You calmed her down though Logan. No one could do that before… they had to restrain her”.
“Really? Then why did she calm down herself this time?”
“It was because of you Logan” she smiled weakly. “Like I said, you two are perfect for one another”. A tear rolled down her cheek.
“What’s wrong?” I asked, pulling her into a hug.
“It’s nothing” she said. “I’m fine”.
“Camilla” I said. “You’re my best friend. I can tell when something’s wrong”.
“My best friend” she said, avoiding my eyes. “I’m fine Logan. Just drop it okay?”
“Okay”. I looked at her a moment longer, and then picked up the two mugs of hot chocolate. We walked back to the common room and back over to Alyssa. I sat down beside her, Camilla opposite us. I handed Alyssa her hot chocolate. She took it and held it with both hands; staring at the cup. I put my arm around her but she shrugged it off.
“What’s wrong?” I asked.
“I was just talking to Kate” she said. I stared at her. “I didn’t know it was her at first. She came over and sat down; and then introduced herself. I told her I didn’t want to talk to her”.
“What did she say?”
“She said that it was fine that I didn’t want to talk to her. But she had just one thing she needed to tell me. Something I needed to know”.
“What was that?” Camilla asked. Alyssa turned to look at her.
“She said you fucked Logan”.