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20 | Define Suspicious

“I think it’s time to start our plan.”

My eyes widened at his words, and all my suspicions were proved correct. Chris was telling the truth, and Dave was definitely up to something. And not the good kind of something considering he was happy that Mr Williams was dead.

I gritted my teeth in an attempt to control my anger. The lying, two faced bast-

“May?” Chase glared at me from the path. “What the hell! You can’t just walk out like that! I had no idea where you were! You scared everyone!”

I rolled my eyes at his complaints and shushed him. I peeked out from behind my hiding spot to see Dave and his ‘friend’ exiting the office.

“Shit.” I cursed, and grabbed Chase’s arm, dragging him behind the tree.

“Um..” Chase glanced around him curiously. “Why are we hiding behind a tree?”

“You’d make a shit detective.” I grumbled under my breath.

“Great, I better scratch that off my college application.” He rolled his eyes. “What am I detecting though?”

“Just shut up Chase.”

He raised his hands in surrender, and sat down. I peeked around the tree again and watched the culprits getting into the car again.

Chase looked around me, and watched Dave too, yet had a clueless look on his face. “So why are you stalking your manager exactly?”

“Because he’s a sly asshole.” I murmured, watching the car pull out of its parking place.

“That’s… Reasonable?” Chase shrugged.

I ignored him and watched as the car pulled out of the driveway, and down the road. I took this as my chance to run. “Why are we running?” Chase whined from behind me. I reached the door of the office and pulled the handle but it didn’t budge.

“Oh now he locks it!” I cried. My hand automatically went to my hair, hoping to find a hair pin, but of course I had left it down. “Shit. Do you have a clip?”

Chase blinked. “Oh yeah. I carry them around in case I need to doll my hair up.” He drawled, rolling his eyes. I shot him a blank look, and rooted in my pockets until I finally came across one.

“Why are you trying to break into the office?” Chase inquired, he didn’t seem to care, yet was merely curious.

“I’m not trying. I am breaking into the office.” I replied.

Chase groaned at my answer. “Okay. Why are you breaking into the office?”

“Because something is going on. And I plan on finding out what.”

Chase continued to look confused as he watched me fiddle around with the hairpin in the lock. Eventually the door unlocked, and I pushed it open. The office was a mess, there was papers thrown all over the desk and floor. I scoffed and how unorganized he was.

“Okay, just look through any papers. Try and find anything suspicious.” I ordered, and began to root through the papers on his desk.

“Define suspicious.”

“You seriously are not that stupid! Anything got to do with camp, read it and see if it’s odd.”

Chase seemed taken aback by my outburst. He frowned at me, “What’s going on May?”

“I don’t know Chase. But he’s doing something and it isn’t good!”

Chase sighed, and began to pick papers up from shelves and reading through it. Most of the papers were bills and trash that he should have thrown out ages ago.

“Hey what about this?” Chase called, he held up a file. “It’s some sort of private transaction of money. Usually these things have to be signed by Mr Williams, so that means that it was made today, or done behind his back.”

I walked over and took the file from his hands. “It’s a deal.” I muttered, as I flipped through the pages. I heard voices outside, and stuffed the file under my hoodie. “We’ll bring it with us.”

Chase nodded, as he sat the other papers back where he got them. “Let’s go before we get in shit.”

“Aw are you scared of breaking the rules?” I teased. “I didn’t think you were the type to care.”

“I don’t. But you will because you’d get kicked out and put back with your ass of a family.”

My smile dropped. “Good point.”

I sprinted to the door, and ushered Chase out quickly.

“Are we going to lock it again?” Chase asked.

“It’s hard to lock a door with a hair pin.” I snapped. “He’ll just think he left it open.”

Chase wrapped his arm around my shoulders and dragged me away from the office. We walked quickly back to my cabin. Once inside I jumped onto the bed, and spread the file out.

“Maybe you should give yourself a day before you start this.” Chase murmured. We looked towards the door after hearing a small thump outside, but decided to ignore it.

“Why? So I can sit around and mope, while he’s doing dodgy shit behind everyone’s back? This is what he wants. It’s a perfect distraction.”

Shannon threw the door open and barged in. “Where the hell were you?” Her eyes landed on Chase. “Oh..Um-“

“Don’t be stupid!” I snapped before she started jumping to conclusions. I filled her in on the whole Dave business.

“I don’t understand any of this.” Shannon cried, throwing the papers back onto the bed. I lay back onto the bed and shut my eyes. “Why would he do this to Mr Williams…”

I shrugged my shoulders, but Chase hesitated. I opened one eye and watched him. “What do you know?”

“Mr Williams was going to give TIU to Dave.” He muttered. “Because something happened with Chris and he wasn’t sure if Chris was going to take the camp.”

“But he did..”

“Yes. And that annoyed him I guess. Because he was working so hard with the camp, and then Chris changed his mind.”

“How do you know all this?” I questioned.

“My cousin was here around the same time all this was happening.” He shrugged.

“I won’t be sleeping tonight anyway. I could use some bedtime reading.” I buried the file underneath my pillow.

Shannon nodded, “Oh and what’s with the big box at the door by the way?”

“What box?” Chase mused, as I frowned. We walked over to the door, and flung it open. There sat a massive crate with the letter R printed on it.

“How did it get here?” I grumbled.

“Post.” Shannon shrugged casually.

I sighed. “Help me get it inside.” Chase pushed us aside, and rolled his sleeves up.

“I got this.” He said confidently, making me roll my eyes at his cockiness. We watched as he flexed his muscles, and bent down picking up the large box. He groaned slightly, and walked into the room, dropping it on his foot.

“Shit!” He yelped. I snorted with laughter, and Shannon fell onto her bed in a fit of giggles. “Damn what’s in that?”

“Clothes.” I grumbled, and knelt beside it. “Lots and lots of clothes.”

Shannon’s eyes shone at the mention of clothes, and she jumped off the bed. “Open it!” She squealed. I looked at her with a weird expression, and pulled the latch open.

The box was full of my mother’s latest designs. I opened the envelope and pulled out a letter. “Mum says she misses her little model.” I scoffed. “Wonder what happened to Keara.”

“Who’s Keara?” Shannon asked. Chase shook his head.

“You don’t want to know.” He laughed.

I was actually wrong. I did sleep that night. Once my head touched the pillow, I was out cold. I guess I didn’t sleep at all the night before. But the night after that, I was able to take out the file and read. By three in the morning, I had finished the whole file.

I didn’t sleep at all that night, because I was too busy planning ways to kill Dave. I glared at him as he sat at his table.

“May what was on the file!” Shannon snapped me out of his gaze. It was the day of Mr Williams funeral. We were all sitting in the dining area, wearing black and waiting for all the guests to arrive. Apparently Mr Williams had said that he didn’t want to buried in a graveyard, that he wanted to be buried in the woods beside the camp.

I looked around at the people who were watching us. “I’ll tell you after the funeral.” I whispered, “I don’t want a fuss, he deserves a peaceful send away.”

Shannon looked like she wanted to argue, but she knew I was right. “Fine.” She grumbled, and stuffed a piece of bacon into her mouth.

Dave stood up in front of us all. “Okay everyone. We all know that today is going to be emotional.” He looked down as if he was actually upset. I gritted my teeth. “But we have to be in our best behavior, and get through today.”

Get through today?

Corey was sitting beside me today, and I had no idea why. He smiled at me, and I forced one back. Jessica was shooting daggers at me, while I shot her a ‘I have no fucking clue’ look back.

The Turn It Up camp had already arrived, and were sitting on the ground beside our tables. Some guests were starting to arrive, all dressed in black and waiting for us to lead the way to the small ceremony.

I never understood why you wear black to funerals. On my funeral, I would probably want people to wear colorful clothes. I don’t want it to be bland and dull, I’d prefer an exciting and different send off.

“C’mon May.” Shane tugged on my arm, “It’s time to go.”

I nodded and stood up, fixing my black skirt, following everyone into the woods. “Where is the ceremony?”

“A little clearing in the woods, it’s surrounded by rose bushes and it’s peaceful.” Shannon explained. Herself and Chris had picked the place. We arrived five minutes later. The clearing was quite beautiful, there was a hole dug in the middle, waiting for the coffin, and blossom covered the ground.

We watched as the coffin was lowered into the ground, and the priest began to speak to the crowd. A hand slipped into mine, and I glanced over at Chase who was staring straight ahead. I also held Shane’s hand as we listened.

The ceremony was beautiful. Friends and family of Mr Williams spoke about him, told everyone of some fun memories and how a happy man he was. His grandchildren lay his favorite flowers, tulips, into the grave on top of his coffin.

“And now we have Mr Williams very own campers, and friends to sing a final song for him.”

I looked up, to see everyone was now looking over at us and I watched Shannon step forward.

“If I die young, bury me in satin.
Lay me down on a bed of roses.
Sink me in a river at dawn…
Send me away with the words of a love song.” She sang.

“Uh oh.. Uh oh.” Jessica whispered.

“Lord make me a rainbow, I’ll shine down on my mother.
She’ll know I’m safe with you when she stands under my colors, oh,
And life ain’t always what you think it ought to be, no..
Ain’t even grey, but she buries her baby.” She sang, with her eyes closed.

“The sharp knife of a short life, oh well,
I’ve had just enough time..” Melissa sang softly.

“If I die young, bury me in satin.
Lay me down on a bed of roses.
Sink me in the river at dawn.
Send me away with the words of a love song.
The sharp knife of a short life, oh well,
I’ve had just enough time.” We all sang together.

“And I’ll be wearing white, when I come into your kingdom.
I’m as green as the ring on my little cold finger,
I’ve never known the lovin’ of a man
But it sure felt nice when he was holdin’ my hand,
There’s a boy here in town, says he’ll love me forever.
Who would have thought forever could be severed by…” Cassie sang.

We continued the song until I ended it with the last line. “So put on your best boys, and I’ll wear my pearls.”

I watched as Chris emptied a shovel of dirt onto the grave, followed by Dave and Mr Williams other family members.

I gritted my teeth as I stared at him. “It’s time to take him down.” I hissed under my breath.

Chase who was beside me, looked up and merely nodded. Letting me know that he would help, even though he has no idea what Dave was planning. But I did, and I planned on letting everyone know.

I planned on ruining him.

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