Deserted

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Chapter 3

Chapter 3

Blair

“You go,” Kai whisper-shouts at me, as he tries to push me towards the stairs to go check if his parents are asleep.

“You go, they are your parents,” I say back in the same tone.

“Oh my gosh I’ll go,” Aspen butts in while walking past us where we stand at the foot of the stairs.

The plan is for someone to go and peek upstairs to see if Kai’s parents are asleep. Aspen being the brave soul she is, volunteered, obviously. If she gets caught we’ll never see the light of day again. Kai’s parents will automatically assume that we are doing something bad, which technically isn’t wrong but still.

It would have been more logical for Kai to go but he’s a wuss.

“Good luck,” Kai says to Aspen. “You’re going to need it if you get caught.”

“Relax, it'll be fine,” she brushes off his comment, as she ascends up the stairs.

“So should we start planning her funeral now?” Carmen says after we hear the basement door shut.

“Let’s give her the benefit of the doubt,” Val responds as some of us chuckle at her statement.

“Let’s just watch some more of the movie,” Lane says in an upbeat voice from his seat on the couch for which he never left.

We all made our way back to where we were seated on the couch before Carmen decided that someone should check to see if Kai’s parents had gone to bed yet.

———

I hear the basement door open four minutes later.

“All clear,” she announces as she comes into view.

“Should we head out now then,” Chandler asks no one in particular.

“Yeah I think so,” I answer for everybody.

“Let’s go out the back door and then we can just go through the gate,” Kai says. His parents’ bedroom window overlooks the front yard which works out perfectly for us.

We make our way up the stairs as quietly as possible. Once we get to the top of the stairs Chandler stops us to ask if we have our wallets and phones or anything we might need while we’re gone, like the mother hen she is. As always one of us forgot our phone and this time it happened to be Carmen as if it isn’t always glued to her hand 24/7.

“Okay no we have to actually be quiet,” Lane says. “Who wants to go first?”

“I would say I would but I think you guys would get caught without me,” Aspen says cockily, flipping her hair.

“I’ll go,” I volunteer, looking at her with an unimpressed look.

“Okay but remember go straight to the gate and then to the tree,” Val tells me, taking about the tree that we always meet up at if we don’t want to meet in the house.

“Guys I can do this. Calm down,” I announce, quietly of course, with a smirk.

“Text us when you get there,” Carmen says as i’m already walking towards the kitchen, where the back door is.

I got to the tree with no problems and texted the group chat telling them that I made it there alive.

I stood there for a second only to see all of them walk out at the same time.

“You mean to tell me that I didn’t have to go alone” I whisper yelled at them while they all looked at me with innocent smiles that were anything but innocent.

“Well, we figured if you got caught it would be better than all of us getting caught,” Alexis says, twirling her blonde hair around her fingers.

“You guys are going to give me gray hairs,” I exclaimed, walking away from them towards the road. As I'm trying to walk away angrily, Lexi jumps on my back giggling.

“Let’s go get ice cream,” she announces to our friends.

“Am I going to be your chauffeur,” I ask the blonde.

“Well since you’re asking,” she responds sarcastically.

We’re walking to the ice cream parlor because starting a car would most definitely wake up the parents. There is a path type thing that leads to the end of the road, but it takes a lot longer than it would to just walk on the road. I guess it’s better than getting caught though. Lexi and Carmen are leading the way while the rest of us follow somewhat quietly.

“We’re almost back to the road,” Carmen announces, turning back to look at the rest of us. The road comes into sight shortly after Carmen’s announcement.

“Let’s get a pep in our step because we are trying to not get caught, remember? If one of my neighbors sees us out this late they’ll tell my parents,” Kai says.

“We know this Kai,” Aspen responds with an annoyed look.

“This isn’t the first time we’ve snuck out Kai. Calm down it’ll be fine,” Valon says with an attitude that we didn’t ask for. “But seriously if we don’t get to the ice cream shop in like 5 minutes, I might die,” Val continues dramatically.

“Okay we’ll there’s no way we are going to get there in five minutes because we’re walking but we’re trying man,” I tell him, trying to sooth his ice cream withdrawals.

———

“Finally,” Val exclaimed loudly as the ice cream shop came into view.

“What are you going to get today, Val,” Aspen asks him with a chuckle, knowing he never knows what he’s getting even though he ends up getting plain chocolate every time.

“I don’t know, I think i’m going to try something new,” he answers. He won’t.

“There are my favorite late night customers,” the owner of the shop, Mr. Black, exclaims when he sees the eight of us walk in.

“Hey Mr. B,” Lane yells, greeting the shop owner.

“What will it be today guys,” he asks us.

“The usual for all of us most likely,” I respond, looking at Valon, half expecting him to try to murder me with his eyes.

“I want to try something new,” Val tells the man from his spot by Lane. Mr. Black knows better than to believe Val, he does this every time. He’ll get chocolate, trust me.

“Okay well Val can go first since he’ll take the longest, all out ice cream would have melted by the time he picked out his chocolate,” Carmen says to Mr. B with a smirk.

“What will it be today guys,” he asks us.

“The usual for all of us most likely,” I respond, looking at Valon, half expecting him to try to murder me with his eyes.

“I want to try something new,” Val tells the man from his spot by Lane. Mr. Black knows better than to believe Val, he does this every time. He’ll get chocolate trust me.

“Okay well Val can go first since he’ll take the longest, all out ice cream would be melted by the time he picked out his chocolate,” Carmen says to Mr. B with a smirk.

“Hey,” Val shouts at her with a disapproving look.

Six and a half minutes later Val had decided on, you guessed it, chocolate.

The rest of us went ahead and got the same thing we get every time.

“I think we should go to the park,” Lexi suggests, as we walk out of the shop. The park is right down the street from the ice cream shop.

“That’s a good idea. No one will be there at 1:48 in the morning,” Lane says, all the sudden sounding very tired.

“Yeah,” Val says, trailing behind Lane and Kai, who are at the very back of our group at the moment.

When we got to the park, there was no one there, as expected. We decided to go to the gazebo, which was right by the swings and one of the slides, to finish our ice cream.

“What do you guys want to do after we finish,” Lane asks us with a curious look, as he finishes off his strawberry ice cream.

“We could go get on the seesaw,” Lexi answers him with a mischievous smile, looking up at him from her spot on the floor.

“Race ya,” Lane yells unexpectedly and starts bolting towards the seesaw with Lexi right behind him.

“Children,” Val sighs.

By two o’clock we had all finished our ice creams and were goofing around on the playground like little kids.
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