Keep the Beat

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Chapter 12

“I still can’t believe you’re alive man.” I mused, patting Shannon on the back.

“I still can’t believe I haven’t killed you yet.” She snapped back. I hid my smile, and pretended to be scared by her threat. Jessica wasn’t as discreet as she snickered. “Shut up Jessica!”

“Yeah Jessica!” I mocked.

“And you May!”

“Yeah May!” Jessica teased and I rolled my eyes in response.

We were walking towards the dining area, and Shannon had a permanent scowl on her face. Kelly seemed that it was best not to mess with Shannon while she was as pissed as she was, and let Max go easily with a warning.

Yet Shannon was still furious with our stunt that we pulled the night before. She was also pissed at Josh for some unknown reason.

“So,” I drawled, “you seem pretty mad at Josh. Is he being annoying?”

“You could say that.”

“Did he try to kiss you?”

“No.”

“Was he taunting Caleb?”

“No.”

“Did he make a move a move on someone else?”

“No!”

“Then why are you grumpy with him?” I cried, throwing my arms up in frustration.

“Because he’s an asshole!” She hissed. Jessica raised an eyebrow and shrugged in agreement before walking on ahead of us. I pulled Shannon to a halt and stared at her expectantly. “What?”

“Okay dude, I know better than anyone that Josh can be a bit of a jerk when he wants to be, plus I am a huge Shaleb shipper-“

“May!”

“-so why don’t you just tell me what he did and then we can sort it out. I hate when your mad at someone, you’re scary.”

Shannon didn’t reply and just kept walking. We approached the dining area and atmosphere was still hyped after the party. I jogged over to my table and squeezed in between Shane and Melissa. “How did you abandon ship last night?” I demanded, glaring at Melissa.

“I jumped overboard and swam to Narnia.” She drawled sarcastically, smirking at me.

“I didn’t even get to dare you!”

“And I didn’t want you to dare me!”

“Chicken!”

“Whatever.”

I narrowed my eyes at her, then glanced at her bacon sandwich in front of her. Being the nice person I was and wanting to make us even so that she didn’t owe me for the rest of eternity, I stole her sandwich. “Now we’re even.” I grinned happily and took a bite.

“You’re so annoying.”

“I try.”

Shane nudged me, “Am I the only one who can feel the tension between those two?” He gestured towards Shannon and Josh. I sighed and shook my head.

“I think they’re fighting.” I explained, pursing my lips as I watched the two. Josh was looking at Shannon expectantly, but she glared down at her plate. Josh sighed and began to top his cereal with chopped up fruit.

“Shannon can you pass me the strawberries please?” He asked politely.

Shannon scoffed and threw him a dirty look, “Are you sure they aren’t too pink for you?”

Josh groaned and shot her a flat look, “Seriously? I didn’t think you’d take it this badly-“

“What the hell is going on?” I snapped, getting fed up of their bickering.

“Ask the style expert over there!” Shannon hissed.

“Wow that’s mature!” He grumbled back, he sighed and turned to me. “I just pointed out the fact that I preferred her brown hair to her pink hair.”

I groaned in despair.

“You didn’t only say that. You were an egotistic asshole about it!” Shannon cried out in frustration.

“All I said was that she shouldn’t feel like she has to dye her hair so she could impress someone!” Josh argued back hotly.

Cassie tossed her toast at him while Melissa turned her nose up in disgust. Jessica didn’t seem too happy either as she flipped his off. Shannon chuckled darkly and all the guys watched us intensely.

“Are you for real right now!?” I questioned, my voice growing louder.

“What-“

“You guys! You all are so self absorbed! You think we change our style to impress you? No. No we don’t. We do it for ourselves. Nothing about how we look is for you. Nothing.” I snapped, stomping my foot in aggravation.

“Why else would you dye your hair bright pink?” Josh demanded.

“For change! Shannon did not dye her hair for you, or for Caleb or for freaking Harry Styles! She dyed her hair for herself because it made her feel good about herself and she wanted to try something new and she was goddamn brave for doing it!”

“Okay I get it, jeez relax!” Josh looked truly shocked which made me angrier.

“Did you think it was okay to make her feel bad about her new hair style? Huh? Did you think she wanted to hear your stupid comments!”

“Everyone has the right to their own opinion!”

I growled, I hated it when someone used that predictable line. “No. They don’t have a right to an opinion when the opinion is completely irrelevant and has absolutely nothing to do with you! So take your opinion and shove it where the sun don’t shine.”

“Easy there superman.” Chase whispered, pulling me back into my seat. Shane had moved over so that Chase could handle my craziness. Traitor.

“Do we ever question why you guys get that stupid ass quiff? Huh?” I snapped, “No because we don’t presume it’s for us!”

“Hey now, my quiff is not stupid. You love it, don’t lie.” Chase scoffed, winking at me.

“Back off Riley.” Keara’s annoying voice cut through the tension, “He has a point. Her hair makes her look like some bubblegum princess.”

Shannon shrugged and smiled sweetly, “Thank you Keara. That’s exactly what I was going for.”

“Do do do do do doo, Do do do do do doo. Do do do do do doo!” Caleb sang under his breath, raising an eyebrow at me.

She’s got a lip ring and five colors in her hair!” I belted out. “Not into fashion but I love the clothes she wears! Her tattoo’s always hidden by her underwear. She don’t care!”

“Everybody wants to know her name,
I threw a house party and she came!
Everyone asked me,
who the hell is she?

That weirdo with 5 colors in her hair.” Cassie, Chase, Caleb and I sang together.

“She’s just a loner with a sexy attitude!
I’d like to phone her because she puts me in the mood.
The rumors spreading round that she cooks in the nude.” Caleb winked at Shannon and she flushed a bright red.
“But she don’t care, she don’t care!”

I got out of my seat pulling Melissa and Chase with me, and started to dance.

“Everybody wants to know her name,
How does she cope with her new found fame?

Everyone asks me,

Who the hell is she?

That weirdo with 5 colors in her hair.” I sang along with the campers.I made my way over to Shannon and wrapped my arms around her as I continued to sing.

“She was all I thought about,
The girl I couldn’t live without.
But then she went insane,
She couldn’t take the fame.
She said I was to blame.
She’d had enough.
And shaved five colors off…
And now she’s just a weirdo with no name!” I waved her arms in the air as we sang in unison. Yanking her out of her seat, we danced our way around the dining area with the oddest moves you could ever imagine.

Once we finished our dancing, I made my way back over to our table and sat down beside Chase again. He tossed his arm over me, laughing lightly. I pointed at Josh, “Shannon’s hair is beautiful, unlike you blonde-y.”

“Harsh.” Josh replied, running a hand through his hair.

“Truth hurts man.” Chase and Caleb chorused, and I laughed at how alike they are. I watched as Caleb slyly leaned closer to Shannon and whispered something in her ear. She grinned widely and eyes sparkled as she turned and punched him softly on the arm. I couldn’t help the, “Awe,” that slipped through my lips. Everyone turned and stared at me and my eyes widened in panic as Shannon shot me daggers, not wanting anyone else to see the cuteness between her and Caleb, “Awe Chase!” I spoke loudly, “Didn’t you say you had something planned this afternoon?”

“No-“

“Sure you did. Remember that thing?” I glared at him with gritted teeth in a ‘get me out of here now’ way.

“Oh yeah that thing. Sure yeah, let’s go and do it.” He mumbled, confused.

“Do what exactly?” Shane wiggled his eyebrows and I flipped him off.

“Bye lovelies, try not to kill each other!” I called as I ran out of the dining area, not even waiting for the slow coach to catch up.

“You know you gave me legit no time to prepare for this.” Chase whined.

“You don’t need time to prepare for your favorite person in the world!” I cooed back. We were back in our usual meeting spot in the woods, I was sitting on the uncomfortable ground while Chase took up the tree stumps with his stupid long legs.

“Favorite person? You’re pretty confident.” He smirked, crossing his arms and watching me.

“Well duh it’s me. Who could out do me as your favorite person?”

“Caleb?”

“I’ll throw him off a cliff.”

Chase snorted with laughter, “You’re an idiot.”

“Your favorite idiot.”

“So does that make me you’re favorite sensible person?” He asked, leaning forward.

“You’re not sensible, you’re an idiot too.” I admitted shrugging.

“Then you’re not my favorite idiot, I will always be my own favorite.”

I snorted unattractively and threw a handful of leaves at him. “You’re a little shit!”

“I’m your little shit.”

“You’re crazy.”

“Crazy for you.” He winked. I rolled my eyes at his flirting. “But anyway, I still brought food!” He pulled two small tubs of popcorn out of his rucksack and smirked, “I stole them from Shane.”

I eyed the popcorn in delight, “Damn I love you!”

I paused as did Chase. “So was that to me or the popcorn?” He questioned with an easy smile as her fought back his laugh.

I looked around awkwardly, “Will you look at that. It’s like independence day or something, we should get the hell outta here-” Chase finally got his ass of the stump and rudely cutting me off with a kiss.

“Yeah whatever.” He murmured as he wrapped his arms around me. I gave up, and kissed his cheek in response to his attempt to be cute.

“Apparently it’s Chris’ day of birth tomorrow.” I murmured, “Kelly mentioned it. Should we get him something?”

“We could sing him something? ’Cus I’m broke.” Chase replied, bemused by how expensive his car actually was.

“I’ll ask Kelly what his favorite song is.” I decided, “We’ll pull something together.”

Chase nodded, then frowned. “How do you sit in this place. It’s uncomfortable as hell!”

“You’re such a baby!” I laughed, jabbing him in the ribs.

“Shut up wifey!”

I cringed at the nickname, “Urgh I hate you!”

“You love me.” He countered, before pecking me on the lips again. “Now let’s try and organize something for Chris.”


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