Lizard poisons Spock
DAY TWO: CHAPTER SIX
Everyone in the dining room turned around to watch the enigmatic man, who suddenly looked like he forgot his purpose for being on a private island, uninvited. Casey gasped when she met his intoxicating blue eyes. He actually came.
“Maverick?” Paris was the first to recognize him before Ellie gasped in realization. Selena glanced at a pale – faced Casey before looking at the dark – haired guy with a tight smile. “What are you doing here?”
“Hey, Selena. I, uh -” He trailed off, his eyes fixated on the back of Casey’s head.
Tyler asked. “Who’s this guy?”
“Maverick Perkins. He is the most popular male model in America.” Ellie answered in a low whisper.
Vincent casually took a sip of his apple juice. “I met him twice. Didn’t you see him at the engagement party?”
“I was busy trying to calm the groom ’cause he was having second thoughts at his engagement party.”
“He was having what?” Selena asked, narrowing her eyes at him. “You had second thoughts about us?”
“Babe, of course not – “Vincent desperately tried to convince his fiancée that he was only nervous at that time while the others continued to scrutinize Maverick.
“Wait, he’s Maverick Perkins? The American supermodel you girls were talking about?” Kaleb pointed at him in disbelief before looking at Casey. “You cried over him?”
“Shut up.” Casey mumbled and
“Casey cried?” Selena and Liam asked simultaneously.
Jesse’s mouth turned into an O. “So that’s why she was crying yesterday, over some guy and not because she might’ve died?”
“Yes.” Kaleb answered for her.
“So you’re saying,” He pretended to put two and two together. “You turned the car because you were distracted by Casey because she threw a tantrum over a guy?”
Before anyone could blink, Jesse stood up and punched Maverick, not so hard to draw blood, but enough to feel pain. “You almost killed eight people yesterday!”
He asked with one hand on his jaw and a confused look on his face. “I did?”
“You did, you idiot. If you didn’t hurt Casey so much, she wouldn’t have cried and if she didn’t cry, Kaleb wouldn’t have been distracted. If he didn’t get distracted, he wouldn’t have to turn the wheel and drive two cars off the road. This is entirely your fault.”
“Don’t be so dramatic, dear.” Tyler glared at him and gestured with his eyes to sit down, but to his dismay, Jesse was oblivious.
“I’m sorry, I had no idea – “Maverick was cut off with a bone crushing hug.
“Thanks for making her cry, man.” Jesse blinked as if tears of joy are going to spill. “You made my day.”
“I’m sorry.” Mave looked over his shoulder at Casey.
“I can’t believe you punched his face, kicked his nuts and threw hot coffee at this beautiful man at an airport.” Kaleb said after a few moments of silence. “I don’t know what exactly happened between the two of you, but no guy deserves that.”
“He did.” Casey stood up like her butt was on fire and the chair moved back with an awful creak. She dragged Maverick by the wrist to the foyer and turned around with a very pissed off look. “What are you doing here?”
“You called me last night.”
“I was drunk last night.”
Casey wanted to punch herself when the sliver of hope wiped out from his eyes. His blue eyes weren’t so bright anymore. “I’m sorry, Cass. I thought – “
“You didn’t think when I sent you the location of a piece of land in the middle of the Pacific Ocean?”
“Hey, Bluestone is not a piece of land!” Selena yelled from the dining room.
“I feel bad for him, really.” Tyler said as everyone turned to see Casey and Maverick, trying to listen to their conversation.
Maverick ignored them and stared at Casey, feeling like an idiot. “You told me that Selena was getting married on an island, when we ran at the Chicago airport.”
“I also told you that we are over.” She snapped. “Why won’t you get that through your thick skull?”
“How do you know if he has a thick skull?” Jesse snickered at his own joke.
Paris and Ellie studied him with narrowed eyes. “Do you have a death wish? You messed with Casey Parker twice now.”
“He deserves better.” Kaleb had his hand over his chest and a pity look on his face. “Why is she so rude?”
“I’m sorry.” Maverick said, averting his gaze from her face. “You said that – that you loved me on the phone last night and I thought that maybe – maybe we had a chance.”
“What?” Casey’s three girlfriends looked at each other in utter shock.
“She said the L – word?” Ellie was beyond stunned.
Paris glanced at Jesse. “How much alcohol did you give her?”
“Hey, don’t put this on me. Even cheap drunks would completely be sobered up by now.”
Casey shrugged like it was nothing. “Like I said, I was under the influence of alcohol at that hour. You know I can’t hold my liquor.”
“She never used the L - word before.” Selena pointed out. “Not even with her parents.”
“She must’ve been really drunk.”
“I get what she’s doing.” Ellie waved her fork around as she spoke. “She’s pushing him away like she always does with people she starts to become close with. She’s – “
Maverick said it for her. “You’re scared, Cass. I am, too. I made a mistake and I’m sorry. Just – “He tentatively reached for her hand. “Give me a chance.”
“What happened between them?” Xander asked, speaking for the first time in six minutes.
“They met at one of his shows, she was working on a case at that time and they dated for a few months and just as Casey thought that she might actually get serious, he broke up with her for no reason.”
“Did he cheat on her?”
Paris shook her head. “No.”
“Does he snore and fart in his sleep?”
“I don’t think so.”
“Does he have webbed feet?”
She glared at Jesse. “No. Casey was really happy when she was with him. She rarely lets people in. He hurt her once and now she’s thinking that he will do it again.”
“He came to an island to see her without even considered the possibility that it could be a prank.” Kaleb stared at Maverick with a dreamy face. “I’d marry him right there.”
“He’s straight.” Xander said. “Right?”
Tyler looked at Casey with a sympathetic look. “Is that why she never smiles anymore?”
Selena laughed. “Anymore? Casey smiles once or twice, like an eclipse, and it’s gone before you can even see. She’s difficult, but once you figure her out, she is an amazing person.”
Jesse snorted. “For some reason, I find that hard to believe.”
“I can’t do this. Please leave.” Casey shook her head and turned around, wrapping her arms around herself.
“She said that you have perfect hair and distinctive features.” Paris yelled from the dining room.
“And that you’re great in bed!” Ellie added.
“She always used to say that you are the man in every girl’s dream.”
Vincent raised his eyebrows at Selena. “So, I’m not the man in your dreams?”
“Except mine.” She added, kissing Vincent’s cheek. “But you know what I mean.”
“She also said that you treated her like a worthless piece of shit.” Kaleb mumbled, but Maverick heard him. He looked at Casey with a painful look in his eyes, but before he can say anything, she ran upstairs to her room.
Selena glanced at Vincent and he said something in Nell’s ear before standing up. “If you’re free for the next twelve days, we’d like for you to stay here till the wedding.”
“Uh…” Maverick glanced towards the direction Casey ran before nodding. “Yeah, sure.”
“Great, this should be fun.” Jesse stuffed his face with a shrimp before offering one to Mave. “Garlicky, buttery shrimps?”
“Who will go first?”
Vincent and Selena stared at Nell, then at each other. “Loser goes first, rock paper scissors lizard spock!”
Eleven rounds later, there was still no winner.
“Why do you always pick Spock?” Vincent whined.
“Even if I choose Lizard, you choose it at the same time.”
“Okay, that’s it.” Liam said and asked Hope to play with him this time. He picked Spock while she picked Lizard.
“Yes!” Hope high – fived her teammates and stuck her tongue out at Liam. “Lizard poisons spock.”
Since it was Tyler’s birthday and no one had anything to do, they decided to play The Celebrity. But, instead of speaking, they have to use gestures like in Charades. Nell sat on a bean bag in the middle of the room with a salad bowl in hand and on two couches sat eight people facing each other; Team Rockford Peaches – Vincent, Hope, Jesse and Tyler, and Team Milwaukee Beers – Selena, Liam, Paris and Ellie.
Nell asked, “Milwaukee Beers, who will be the clue - giver?”
“Liam.” The trio said without missing a beat.
Selena shrugged and crossed her legs. “You got poisoned by a lizard.”
Liam shrugged back. “It’ll be your fault if you don’t guess before time runs.”
“We’ll poison you for real if you pick out a name out of the bowl that is hard to guess.”
Liam looked down at the name and started purring and meowing. “Cat! Pussy! Kitten!”
He nodded and ushered Paris to be more specific. “Pussycat! Kitty! Feline!”
Liam shook his head and twisted his fingers to make a ship with his hands. He even made the sound of a foghorn with his mouth. “Titanic? Leonardo DiCaprio? Kate Winslet?”
“Was there a cat on Titanic?”
He shook his head again. Tyler and Hope started giggling, as if they figured out the name while Ellie groaned. “What the hell are you doing? There has to be some movie role he’s known for.”
Liam snapped his fingers and started to climb a pillar as if he was climbing a tower and failed miserably.
“Burj Khalifa climb?” Jesse guessed. “Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol!”
“Tom Cruise?” Selena said with a frown.
“Yes!” Liam yelled just as the timer went off.
“You brainless zombie!” Paris threw a cushion at him. “You could have acted the movie name or something!”
Liam shrugged. “I meowed like Tom, as in the Tom & Jerry and showed a ship, like a cruiser. Tom Cruise.”
“That was pretty easy.” Jesse leaned against the couch with a lazy grin.
“You are not supposed to give them hints, you idiot.” Hope smacked his chest. “You better guess the name I pick or I’ll feed you to the sharks.”
Hope read the piece of paper and started to claw at everyone with her fingers, then crossed her arms like posing as a…”Wolverine!” Vincent yelled.
“Wolverine?” Jesse blinked in pure confusion.
“Yes! Rockford Peaches, I love you.” Hope jumped up and down in excitement. “Beat our score, Milwaukee Beers.”
Twenty minutes later, final round of the game…
Liam shook his head and pointed again at the pork he stuffed in between his fingers. Ellie leaned forward and ate one out of his hand before saying, “BBQ pork fingers!”
“No!” Liam shook his head in frustration and chewed on a finger. “Think of ’em like nails. Claws!”
“You aren’t supposed to give verbal hints.” Nell pointed out, but no one looked like they cared about the rules anymore. All they cared about was winning.
“Rockford Peaches, help me.” Liam begged and turned back to his team members. “Girls, look carefully.” Liam took a deep breath and made an X with the pork strips. “What is this?”
“Good, good. Now we’re going somewhere.” He pointed at everyone in the room. “What are we?”
Liam sighed heavily. “Think like an adult.”
“Oh my god.” He pulled out his phone and played the theme song of the tv show ’Two and a half men’. Vincent asked, “Charlie Sheen? Ashton Kutcher? I don’t know the name of the guy who portrayed Alan Harper.”
“I’m going to kill you all. The show name!”
“Men?” Selena said.
Hope stared at him. “X-Men?”
“Yes” Liam gave her a weak smile. “Please tell me you got it.”
“I got it, although The Hunger Games could’ve been easier.”
“That would be cheating.”
He glared at her. “You are so mean.”
“Hello, what is the name?” Jesse asked impatiently. “You’ve been acting for four minutes.”
“Hope just said X – Men and The Hunger Games. How come you didn’t get the answer yet?” Liam looked like he wanted to drown in the ocean.
“Oh, yea.” Vincent grinned triumphantly. “Jennifer Lawrence!”
“Finally.” Liam hung his head low and released the longest sigh. “You three are the worst teammates in the history of Celebrity game.” He pointed angrily at Selena, Paris and Ellie.
“Wait, who won the game?” Jesse asked, but a female voice caught the others’ attention. “What the Hades happened to you?”
“Mom?” Tyler’s jaw dropped in surprise as Skyler Meller walked in.
“What did you do to your hair?” She grabbed his head between her hands and examined his face. “You’re growing it. Jesus, how many months has it been since you shaped your brows?”
“You shape your eyebrows?” Everyone started to laugh.
“Mom, I’m not a teen anymore to groom my hair and shape my brows.” He said nonchalantly. “What are you doing here?”
“Can’t a mother visit her son once in a while?”
He raised an eyebrow and said, “You haven’t visited me in two and a half years. All you do is Facetime in the middle of the night.”
“Okay, fine. Diana asked me to fly in for your birthday.”
“Aw, you remembered my birthday? Thanks, D.” Tyler looked at Vincent’s mother, then at his high school friends. “You two can go to hell for all I care. I hate you both for forgetting Tyler Meller’s 29th birthday.”
She continued. “Also, she said that you’re finally having that themed party you’ve wanted since you were eleven, so I brought my 50’s costume that I wore to my high school decade dance.”
“I’m having a ‘Rock and roll’ themed party?”
“It was supposed to be a surprise.” Vincent said dryly. “I told you to keep it a secret, Mom.”
Diana shrugged, but was smiling ear to ear. “Skyler and I got no secrets. And you know that I can’t keep quiet when it comes to surprises.”
Tyler blinked as everyone stared at him and he asked again, “I’m having a rock and roll party for my 29th birthday?”
A/N: I miss playing these games, it’s been so long! However, a themed birthday party at the age of twenty nine? Hell yeah!
LOL, Katherine :)