Chapter Twenty-two

I nearly let all my breath out. The last thing that I expected her to do was kiss me. Not only that, but kiss me underwater. I barely had time to react before she pulled away, sliding past me and to the surface. I came up too.

“Well, I think that was enough for one day. Ready to go back to the camper, Chris?”

He obviously didn’t see what happened, for he replied, “Yeah, I’m getting kind of hungry anyway.”

“Alrighty. Come on, Dan. We’re going back to get some lunch.” I watched her climb gracefully out of the pool, with Chris following, a bit less gracefully. She’s acting like our kiss never happened! Blinking, I climbed out as well. Whatever. We grabbed our towels, Haylee wrapping it around herself, me and Chris hanging them around our necks.

I never remember keeping my mouth shut being so painful before. I was dying to ask Haylee what her kiss was all about the whole way back to the camper. I’ll wait until tonight, I thought.

We ate a late lunch, but it didn’t really matter all that much. “So, what else do you think we should do?” Haylee asked once we had finished, brushing her hair and pulling it up. She glanced towards my way, as if daring me to interject with some stupid comment about how much I loved her hair down. Fine, I’ll keep my mouth shut.

“Well, there are a ton of things to do here, we just have to find one.” I suggested.

“Personally, I think we should hang out here for a while.” Chris said, looking at Haylee. “My muscles need a break.” It made me feel uncomfortable at how they were smiling at each other, but I tried to just brush it off.

“Dan? What do you want to do?” She asked, bringing me out of my thoughts.

“Oh, staying here sounds great.”

“Well, in that case, I think I’ll take a shower now.” Haylee finished, pulling her messy bun out and closing the bathroom door.

As soon as the door was closed, I turned to Chris. “Hey, Chris. Do.. Do you and Haylee… Have a thing going on?” I asked nervously, not sure if I wanted to know the answer.

“Dan, are you kidding? She’s all yours, mate. I want nothing to do with her.” Relief bubbled inside me, but vanished as a new thought came to mind.

“But maybe she wants something to do with you?”

“Are you being serious? What on earth brought this up?”

“The way you two were smiling at each other made me a little sketchy.”

“Yeah, I noticed that too, and I can assure you, she was just being friendly. You should know her well enough by now to understand that.”

“I know, but you know how pessimistic I am.”

“That’s true.” With that, we ended our conversation. Chris decided to go for a walk, while I checked FaceBook on my phone.

Soon enough, Haylee finished up, and I hopped in the shower as well. When I was done, I found her typing on her laptop, deep in thought.

“Hey, Haylee. Can we talk for a second?” I said, seeing that Chris was still gone.

“It depends.” She replied, not looking up from her work.

“Depends on what?”

“On what you want to talk about.” This time she looked up, closing her laptop.

“Well, what do you not want to talk about, just so that I know.”

She gave a little sigh. “Any kind of possible relationship that you might want to have with me.”

I rubbed the back of my neck. “That it?”

“Pretty much.”

“Okay then. I don’t think that’s where I wanted our conversation to head.”

“Alrighty. What did you want to say?”

I hesitated. Better to go straight forward with this one. “You kissed me in the pool.”

“I did.” She stated matter-of-factly.

I was a bit taken aback. She’s not even going to deny it? “You want to tell me what that was all about?”

She shrugged, critiquing her bun a bit. “I have mixed emotions about you, that’s all.”

Of course. I expect nothing less from a girl like her. “Well, it’s driving me mad, so do you think you could make up your mind or something?”

“If you’re looking for a straightforward yes or no response right now, then you might not like your answer.” There was a hint of warning in her voice.

“Oh, well in that case…”

“You’ll wait.” She finished for me. “Right?”

“Uhh.. Right.”

“Okay then. Case closed.” She said. “Anything else you want to discuss?”

Her calm tone was beginning to drive me mad. “So you’re going to live with mixed emotions about me for how long?”

“Well, until I know how I feel about you.”

“Obviously, but I mean..”

“Dan, I know what you mean, but our relationship status is at friends right now. What don’t you understand?” I could feel her temper rising.

“Well, I guess that we’re pretty close friends, considering our kiss and all.”

“Yeah, I guess we are.” She mumbled, pulling out a book from underneath her pillow and beginning to read, ending our conversation.

So much for that, I thought sourly. Just then, Chris appeared at the doorway. The timing was ironic, but I decided to let it go.

“Hey, guys.” He began, but seemed to notice the little bit of tension sparking between us. “Umm.. You two okay?”

“Yeah, we’re fine.” Haylee answered, putting her book down.

He shrugged. “Okay. Oh, I got something for you.” He said, pulling something out of his back pocket. I saw Haylee perk up.

“Oh, that’s cool!” She said as Chris revealed a keychain with a minnie Grand Canyon handing on it.

“Thank you much!” She continued, taking the keychain and studying it.

“No problem.” Chris smiled, turning to me. “I didn’t think I’d get you anything, with your birthday coming up tomorrow and all.”

“Oh yeah, it’s fine.” I replied, pretending not to care. It wasn’t that he hadn’t gotten me a gift, it was that he gave one to Haylee. This was when I began to question if he actually had no interest in her.

The End

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