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Chapter 3

The week flew by quicker than I anticipated it to. All of us were going on the trip (which already became unanimous when we were discussing the roommates). Nina was especially excited when she found out Antony was going. I’m glad Hugo’s going as well. Maybe something will happen on this trip.

The morning of the trip slumped on my bed, eyes heavy with the need to sleep. We were supposed to be at the airport by seven because our flight was at ten, so I had to wake up at like, 5:30. It was 5:29 now. My alarm would ring in about a min-


There it was.

I got up from the warm covers and slipped my cat slippers on. I made quick work in the bathroom, practically flying as I yanked clothes onto my body and brushed my hair at the same time.

Adrien was up by the time I got downstairs. Maria sat at the table with him, talking in hushed whispers. During the weekend, I found out that Adrien and his classmates were also going on a trip. The high honors kids got to go to Italy, right next to France.

I was happy for Adrien. I really was. Maria was an amazing girl. With black hair and blue eyes, along with pale skin, she really was beautiful. She was also very sweet and a good friend of mine in elementary. I saw less of her after, but we continued to keep in touch.

Sometimes, however, I wished it was me in his place, with a boy as loving as Maria was. Maybe Hugo would be that boy, if I had the guts to tell him.

I padded into the kitchen, knocking softly on the wall. Adrien glanced up from his breakfast and smiled.

“Glad you could join us little sis,” he said. I nodded and sat down next to him, dropping my backpack on the ground.

“Hi Adrienne” Maria whispered groggily, smiling. She looked, and sounded, just as tired as I was.

“Hi Maria. How are you”? I asked, swallowing my oatmeal in spoonfuls. Maria giggled.

“I’m fine. How about you? I heard you were having boy trouble,” she teased. I whipped my head to Adrien, who was eyeballing the juice in the fridge.

“Adrien”! I hissed. Adrien chuckled.

“Calm down Adrienne! Maria here is an expert on this kind of stuff” he said, kissing his girlfriend’s cheek. I smiled. They were so cute! I couldn’t help it.

“Just take your time in confessing Adrienne,” Maria started. “It’s not easy. And I know by experience. Who knows. Maybe Hugo’ll be the one confessing to you,” she said, winking at me. I nodded, glancing at the time and grabbing my bag.

“Thank you Maria. Bye Adrien!” I hugged my brother, who hugged me back tightly, as if he were afraid that if he let go he’d lose me forever.

“Be careful okay? I don’t want to lose you too,” he said, pulling away to look at me.

“Alright, I promise,” I said, hugging him one more time before hugging Maria and racing out the door.

School was only a street away from my house which was great because I found myself sleeping in more than once. When I got there, Hugo, Nina and Charlie were already there, standing and whispering quietly by the steps.

“Hey guys!” I called. Hugo turned at the sound of my voice, smiling.

“Hey Adrienne! Ready for the trip?” He asked. I grinned, nodding shyly.

“I guess. I’m a bit nervous since I’ve never been on a plane before,” I said. Hugo seemed baffled.

“Really? Well, there’s nothing to be worried about really.” He said. I nodded, yet was still unsure. Nina jumped easily into our group, smiling at me.

“What are you bringing?” She asked.

“Just some clothes, my camera, bathroom necessities, phone, brush, medicine and blanket, in case it gets cold in the van.” I said, running a mental checklist in my head.

“I’m bringing all that and a few books,” Charlie said.

“Same” Nina added.

“What about you Hugo? What are you bringing?” I asked. Hugo hummed, taken off guard.

“Same as you,” he replied. He glanced at me, then blushed.

“Is something wrong?” I asked, worried I haven’t combed my hair properly or put my uniform inside out. Hugo rapidly shook his head.

“No! It’s... nothing”. He sighed in defeat, and I felt sorry for him. Something really must be irritating him.

“Oh! I also brought money,” Charlie exclaimed, patting her front pocket.

“I did too,” Hugo said quietly.

“I didn’t,” I said.

“Did you ask Adrien? I asked Jasmine and she gave me some money,” Nina said, referring to her elder sister.

“I-no actually. Maria came over and I didn’t want to interrupt them, so I left quickly,” I explained.

“Well, Adrien is known for being really sneaky. Why don’t you check your bag?” Jeremy suggested as he neared our group. I frowned, rummaging through my backpack.

“How much did you hear?” Charlie asked suspiciously, glaring at him. Jeremy shrugged.

“Enough. Louise is inside with Mrs. Morano and so is Antony. Lucas was at the last light when I saw him,” he said, plopping himself on the steps. He gazed at the sunrise.

“Isn’t the sunrise beautiful?” He asked. I nodded.

“It is” I said.

“But some things are more beautiful,” Hugo mumbled, a soft look in his eyes. I glanced at him.


“Nothing.” I nodded uncertainly. Nina smirked and leaned closer to me.

"Can you feel the love tonight?" She sang to me. I blushed.

“Nina! Now’s not the time!” I hissed.

“It’s not about the time, it’s about the place,” she said. She winked at me and returned to her conversation with Charlie and Jeremy.

I stuck my tongue out at her, making Hugo laugh. I giggled when she turned around, confused.

“So... are you excited?” I asked, seeing as there was nothing else to talk about. to Hugo. He grinned.

“Yeah! A week without parents! It’s my chance for independence!” Hugo said, stretching his arms behind his head.

“Hm. I’ll miss my brother, but he’s going to Italy, so I think he should be fine,” I said, rummaging through my backpack with haste. Sure enough, Adrien and Maria had slipped five euros into my bag, enough to buy a small souvenir for myself. I gaped inside my bag, and Hugo leaned over me, smirking.

“He gave you something, didn’t he?” He asked. I nodded, swallowing, and Jeremy broke away from his conversation briefly to poke his nose into my backpack.

“Told ya!” He called triumphantly. I scowled and Hugo rolled his eyes.

“We never doubted you!” He shot back. As I stuffed the money back into my bag, Lucas came running to the school, his footsteps scratching against the pavement.

“Am I late?” He asked. Jeremy scoffed.

“If you were, we’d be gone right now,” he sneered. Lucas flushed.

“Sorry. Just really nervous,” he explained, stuttering.

“Don’t worry Lucas. We’re all here,” Hugo said. Lucas nodded. At the same time, Mrs. Morano, Louise, and Mr. Johnson came walking out, all of them speaking.

“It’s a shame I won’t be able to join you, but Louise will take my place,” he said as he neared the rest of us. I looked up at him.

“Why aren’t you coming?” I asked.

“My daughter is in the hospital for surgery and I have to go,” Mr. Johnson explained. I flushed.

“Oh, I’m sorry,” I apologized. Mr. Johnson laughed.

“No need to apologize Adrienne. You’re just as curious as your brother,” he noted, handing a small case to Louise. He patted my shoulder and nodded to the rest of us, disappearing back inside the school doors. Mrs. Morano waited for him to go, then she clapped her hands.

“Now then, are we missing anyone?” She asked. Nina raised her hand.

“Yeah. Where’s Antony?”

“He’s coming. Just ran to the bathroom to wash his face. He’s really sleepy” Mrs. Morano replied, laughing a bit.

“I think we all are,” Hugo said, yawning. I giggled, stopping quickly when he glanced at me, his lips twitching into a smile

“Ha ha so funny,” he teased.

“I’m here!” Antony called, tripping down the steps sleepily.

“Be careful Antony!” Nina called, concern laced in her voice. Antony stopped at the bottom step, wobbling a little, but soon managed to regain his balance.

“I’m fine Nina. Thanks for the concern though,” he said, winking at my friend. Poor Nina. She looked like she was going too faint. I shuffled towards her, leaning in to whisper in her ear:

“You okay Nina?” Nina swooned.

“Just fine,” She replied, a goofy smile on her face. I shook my head fondly.

“Um, Mrs. Morano? When’s the bus coming?” Lucas asked, always the nervous one in our class.

“Should be coming soon Lucas,” Mrs. Morano said, smiling at him gently. As if on cue, a black and blue bus rolled to a stop in front of us. It wasn’t the bus I was expecting, though. I pictured more of a rickety yellow school bus that didn’t reek of animal poop, but it was good enough.

It seemed that Mrs. Morano wasn’t expecting the bus either, for her smile drooped downwards. She climbed up the bus steps and knocked on the window to the door. The doors squealed as they opened, and I’m sure everyone covered their ears at the ear shattering screech early in the morning.

¨Excuse me, I don think we’re expecting Jungle bus company? We were supposed to be going on Villani. " She asked politely. The bus driver looked confused for a moment, taking his paper out of an empty animal cage to look at it.

¨Nope,” he said gruffly, looking back at Mrs. Morano. “My list says Grant High School to the airport, and this is the high school. Now hurry up. I have other things to do,” the man snapped, seemingly not caring about his job. Mrs. Morano seemed taken aback for a minute, as if she’d never expected to meet a man that would talk to her like that. Nevertheless, she nodded stiffly and turned back to us, climbing down the steps.

“What happened?” Louise asked, her voice quavering.

“Apparently the bus companies mixed up the reservations so now we have to take the Jungle bus” Mrs. Morano explained, looking slightly worried.

“What? You mean those dirty buses that carry zoo animals?” Jeremy exploded.

“No Jeremy! Not those!” Antony sighed, shaking his head.

“This is another bus company for farm animals...just not as clean as Villani would’ve been,” Hugo said. I nodded.

“It can’t be all that bad” I said, trying to lighten the mood.

“Yeah!” Charlie added, winking at me. “We’ll put the boys in the cages and we sit in the front.”

“Charlie!” Nina exclaimed, glaring while we all laughed. I guess she didn’t like the idea of Antony in a cage. I personally thought he’d do nicely in a chicken’s cage.

“Kidding Nina! What? You thought we were serious?” Louise asked, wiping her eyes. Nina shook her head, frowning.

“No but-!”

“Hurry up! I have other places to be!” The bus driver yelled, honking the horn. I covered my ears. I didn’t need to be hearing loud noises in the early morning.

Hugo glanced at me, a concerned expression marring his smile. He put his hand on my back. I could feel him rubbing it gently, like how my mum used to do when I was vomiting.

“You okay Adrienne? Are you sick? Do you feel nauseated?” He asked rapidly. I removed my hand from my ears and shook my head, smiling at him.

“No. I’m fine, thank you Hugo. I... just don like loud noises in the early morning,” I said, gesturing to the irritated buss driver. Hugo snorted, then removed his hand from my back.

“If you’re sure,” he said uncertainly, moving to wrap his arm around my shoulder. I nodded, my heart doing flips in my stomach at how close we were.

“I’m sure. But... what’s the time?” Hugo looked at his wrist.

“It’s almost six,” he said.

“Alright kids!” Mrs. Morano shouted, hopping off the last step of the bus. I had been so absorbed in talking to Hugo that I didn’t even realize she went back inside.

“Partner up in twos. Those will be your partners on the bus and airplane,” she ordered. Immediately, we began to point fingers, mumbling.

“You wanna partner up?” Hugo asked, scratching the back of his head. He looked nervous asking that.

“Sure. I’d love to!” I chirped. He sighed in relief.

“You thought I’d say no?” I asked. He nodded sheepishly.

“Well...yeah. I mean, we don’t really spend time with each other, so I thought this could be an opportunity for me to get to know you better. I just didn’t know if you wanted the same,” he mumbled. I smiled.

“I agree. I don’t know you very well, yet you’re one of my best friends. This would be a good opportunity for us to know each other way more,” I agreed, giggling. He nodded, sporting a laugh of his own.

“Yeah...” he said. I turned away, thinking our conversation for now was over, and was looking at Nina flailing her arms comically and Charlie smirking at her when I felt the weight of my bags being lifted off my shoulders and my hand. I looked up at Hugo, and saw that he had slung my backpack over his other shoulder an taken my small suitcase. My heart leapt.

“You really don’t have to do that Hugo. It’ll probably be to heavy for you,” I said, reaching to grab my bag. He stopped me, moving back a few steps.

“No way Adrienne. You work too hard. You’ll hurt your body and your shoulders,” he said stubbornly. I sighed in defeat. Fighting against Hugo was futile, to anyone. He always had a quick and witty comeback.

“Adrienne!” Nina yelled, racing towards me.

“Shh. Be quiet Nina! I don’t like noise in the morning! What is it?” I asked. Hugo chuckled, shuffling a few steps to stand next to Jeremy, Lucas and Antony.

“Antony asked me to partner with him!” Nina shrieked quietly. I snickered.


“I can’t! I’ll make a complete fool out of myself! Can I partner with you” She pleaded. I smiled apologetically and shook my head.

“Sorry. Hugo already asked me to partner with him,” I said. Nina’s attitude suddenly did a whole 360 and she smirked.

“So Lover boy had some courage? I didn’t believe that he could actually ask you,” she mumbled. I raised my eyebrow.


“Nothing. Stay with Hugo. I’ll partner with Antony,” Nina decided, grabbing her bag and running to stand next to Antony, who seemed surprised how quickly she came to stand next to him. Their group was beginning to disperse, and I found myself standing next to Hugo again.

“What was that all about?” He asked. I shrugged.

“Nina hyperventilating about her crush.” Hugo laughed.

“Really? Nina has a crush on Antony?”

“You never knew?”

“I guess I’m really oblivious, aren’t I?” Hugo asked with a slight chuckle. I smiled.

“Not really. I didn’t know until last week. I doubt Louise knows because if she did, it’d be all over the school by now,” I said. “Jeremy and Lucas aren’t that...attentive anyway and I think Charlie’s starting to realize it.” Hugo whistled.

“Wow! How long has it been going?”

“Maybe this whole school year, or before that?” I suggested. “I don’t know. I’d have to ask Nina.”

“In any case, she has a chance. Antony doesn’t really mention liking anyone, and he did offer to partner with Nina, so...” Hugo titled his head in question and Mrs. Morano clapped her hands again, a signal to begin boarding the bus. I wrinkled my nose as soon as I stepped inside. It smelled like old food and urine. We sat up in the front, right behind Mrs. Morano. Jeremy and Louise sat across from us, Charlie and Lucas behind them.

“Let us be going!” Mrs. Morano cheered enthusiastically as Antony and Nina nervously sat behind us on the bus. I could feel the awkward aura behind me hitting in waves and I groaned.

“This should be an interesting bus ride,” Hugo mumbled to me and I couldn’t agree more.

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