Chapter Seventeen

(Haylee’s Point of View)

I had just gotten done with my shower, only to realize that I had forgotten my clothes in my bag, which was on the couch. What was even better? I only had a towel to cover myself with; the clothes I was in before had accidentally gotten soaked. Maybe going to a road trip with two boys wasn’t such a good idea after all. Wrapping myself in the towel, I peeked out the door. Just then, I heard Dan walk into the main room, when he saw me popping my head out.

His reaction? A smile. “Forget something?” I almost regret helping him out with his troubled dreams.

My slight annoyance roused some sarcasm. “Nah. Just my clothes. Nothing important.”

His smile grew bigger. “Well you have a towel, don’t you?”

“Well, yeah.”

“Then you’re fine. I won’t look.” He said, walking back into the bedroom.

“I don’t trust you.” I called after him, half joking, half not.

“Well then I don’t know what to tell you. I’m not coming out until you tell me I can.”

I narrowed my eyes, even though he couldn’t see me. “Stay.” I said eventually.

“Woof.” He replied unenthusiastically.

Rolling my eyes, I quietly scurried out, grabbed my clothes, and scurried back in the bathroom, glancing over my shoulder to make sure Dan didn’t peek around the wall. Yes, I had a towel on, but still. Closing the door, I got changed and finished up in the bathroom.

I walked over to the entrance to Dan and Chris’s room and knocked on the wall, since there was no door.

“Can I come out now?” I heard Dan’s muffled voice.

Peeking in, I saw that he had the covers over his head, with Chris just sitting there, looking amused.

I glanced at Chris and whispered, “Has he been like this the whole time?”

He nodded, so I walked over and poked Dan’s figure.

“Hey.” He said, popping his head out of the covers.

“Hay is for horses. Now get your lazy butt out of bed and get in the shower. We’re late.” I said, ruffling his hair, which was sticking out in all sorts of directions.

I walked out of their room and gathered my stuff, while Dan got in the shower, and Chris went to the shower house instead of waiting on him. We were on the road in no time, back on schedule again. It was my turn to drive, and to be honest, I was kind of nervous. I hadn’t ever driven with a camper attached to the car, so I was extra careful when I turned.

We decided not to stop for breakfast, since no one was hungry. I had to admit that I was just a teeny bit hungry, but was pretty sure that I could wait until lunch. I caught myself drifting off a few times, but it was hard not to with the monotonous car lights and scrawny trees. Talking to Chris didn’t seem to help, for the conversation we had was boring, although I didn’t show it. We stopped at Wendy’s for lunch, then switched out, with Chris driving and me with nothing to do but write. And that’s exactly what I did. I was inwardly proud of myself, for I got about ten chapters finished. Glancing out the window, I realized that Dan didn’t finish reading my story.

“Hey Dan.”

“Yes, l-” “Haylee?” Chris was trying to hold in his laughter, and Dan shot him an icy glare.

I ignored his near mistake. “You didn’t finish reading book one, did you?”

“No, I didn’t.” He continued. “Do you have it with you?”

“Yep. Actually, I got it published.” I said, handing him a hard case book.

“Oh, congrats! It looks really wicked. In fact, I think I’m going to read it all over again if you don’t mind.”

“Knock yourself out.” I smiled. It was a thicker book, I guessed it would take him the rest of today and tomorrow to finish. He’ll be driving tomorrow, I reminded myself. Oh well. He’ll have to finish it somehow, considering the curse set upon it.

He was still reading when we stopped for dinner.

“Are you in a new part yet?” I asked once we had gotten our food.

“I think so. I don’t remember reading it, at least.” I nodded, eating some fries.


That night, we had some trouble finding the campsite, but eventually found it once I chimed in. Dan could be so blond sometimes.

“Haylee. I can’t find it. I swear, I looked a million times!”

“Well, maybe it’s because you’re looking in the wrong place.”

“Am no-”

“Chris, take a right here. The campsite is on the right, about three miles down.”

“What? I thought…” Dan continued ranting.

Sure enough, the campsite was where I said it would be. I couldn’t help but laugh at Dan’s dumbstruck face.

“Here.” I said, unbuckling my seatbelt and reaching over his shoulder to point at the map. “You got these two roads mixed up, and thought that we were here instead of here.”

“Oh.” He mumbled, embarrassed at his dumb mistake.

That night, we all watched TV until we passed out, all three of us squished on the couch that I sleep on.


When I woke up, Chris was missing from my left side. Thinking nothing of it, I opened my eyes, and found him standing in front of me, holding his phone out as if he were taking a picture. Why on earth would he be taking a picture of me sleeping? Suddenly, I was aware of Dan right next to me, still snoozing. I had fallen asleep on his chest, and his arm was wrapped around my shoulders, his other around my waist.

I jumped up, waking Dan in the process.

“Chris!” I yelled, snatching his phone from his hands. Quickly, I tried to delete the pictures he took, but he snatched his phone back before I could do anything.

“Delete those!” I yelled, but it didn’t help. He had shoved his phone in his back pocket, and I wasn’t willing to get it now.

“What’s going on?” Dan mumbled, standing up now.

“You were caught cuddling with your girlfriend, that’s what.” Chris called from his room, coming out now to show Dan the pictures he took.

“Chris, I’m going to kill you, just watch. And she’s not my girlfriend!” Dan finished, giving Chris a punch in the stomach.

“Whatever you say, Daniel.” He answered, not reacting to Dan’s punch.

He turned to me, rubbing the back of his neck. “Sorry about that. I didn’t mean to drift off-”

“And I didn’t mean to fall asleep on your chest. Now drop the subject.” I said, gathering my clothes and getting in the shower. I pretended to be mad, but inside, I really don’t think I was all too upset.

The End

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