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Chapter 15

“So, do you have anyone coming to visit you May?” Keara drawled, smiling innocently at me, “Are your parents coming to see their lovely daughter?”

Stella let out a snort of laughter, “You never told me you had a sister May.”

Keara smirked, and high fived Stella as I stared at them blankly. “That was so funny I forgot to laugh.” I drawled, rolling my eyes.

“Were we supposed to laugh?” Caleb questioned in confusion.

I shrugged, “I think that was her attempt to be funny. Maybe we should laugh so we don’t deflate her confidence.”

Both Caleb and I began to chuckle awkwardly while both Stella and Keara glared at us. Stella spent her first week staying out of trouble, but once she heard about the ‘May and Keara war’ and the ‘May Riley is psycho’ rumor, she jumped to Keara’s defense.

We were sitting out by the dance square where Caleb had set up his drum kit. He had promised me months ago that he would teach me how to play drums. And coincidentally, both Stella and Keara wanted to practice dancing while we practiced. We would move, but there was no where else free and quiet that we could practice in.

I shared a look at Caleb and we both smirked. Both of us glanced at Stella and widened our eyes in shock.

“Oh my god.” I gasped, using my hand to cover my mouth.

“What?” Stella asked, dumbfounded.

“I’m a guy and even I know…” Caleb trailed off, shaking his head.

“Know what?” Stella snapped again, and began to feel her face. She looked at Keara for help, and allowed Keara to examine her face.

“There’s nothing wrong.” Keara stated firmly.

I scoffed, “Of course you’d say that.”

“If I were you Stella, I’d check your eyebrows.” Caleb added, and he stroked his own left one, “My eyebrows though. My eyebrows are on point all the time-“

Stella let out a whine mixed with a strangled sob and sprinted from the square towards the bathrooms. I glanced at Caleb and nodded at him. “Good job.”

“Thanks, I’ve been practicing my bitchiness.”

We both turned to Keara, I smiled at her and looked her up and down. “Who’s coming to visit you then Keara? Is your father coming to check up on his investment? Or maybe lover boy Marc?”

“Oh I’d love to meet Marc.” Caleb mumbled.

“You’d like him to be here, wouldn’t you May. You want to try and kiss him again?” She snarled, glaring at me.

“I heard from Chase that it was the other way round…” Caleb mused.

“I guess Marc didn’t tell her.” I sighed.

“That’s tragic, maybe we should be practicing the worlds smallest violin instead of drums.”

“Good idea!” I agreed. We both started to pretend that our drumsticks were the bows to the tiny violin.

“You are both creeps.” Keara snapped, grabbing her bag and throwing it over her shoulder. “You’re just jealous.”

“Keara, you can do a lot better than Marc.” I replied honestly, “You might be a bitch, but at least you’re loyal. Marc’s been messing around with tons of girls, and he’s tried to mess around with me too.”

She glared at me and scoffed, “Whatever.”

I watched as she stalked off in the opposite direction. Caleb looked at me curiously, “You were nice to her.” He stated.

“When I told you I hated her more than anyone, I lied. I hate Marc more.” I shrugged and began to play with his drumsticks.

“May, why is your crazy ginger cousin running over here?” Caleb questioned, looking momentarily scared.

“Should we run?” I asked him, as I watched my cousin sprint towards us.

“May!” She gasped, panting to herself. “Guess what?”

“Theo James sent me a letter to tell me he’s in love with me and wants us to get married?” I mused, my eyes widening in mock excitement.

Kelly furrowed her eyebrows at me, “Well no. Gran’s coming to visit us!”

“Seriously!” I yelled, jumping into her arms and hugging her tightly. “Why?”

“I don’t know! She called me-“

“Wait she actually called, as in with a phone. As in using technology?”

“Yeah, I was freaked out too.”

“Why is she visiting though?”

“We’ll have to wait to find out.”

“May calm down!” Max ordered, yet he was just as giddy as I was. His girlfriend was coming to visit. She used to attend the camp, but she ended up getting a job as an event manager for the summer so chose not to come.

“Don’t tell me how to live my life.” I barked back, wrapping my arms around Chase who was the only one who never got tired of my excitement.

Chase held onto me as I sang ‘accidentally in love’ under my breath. We both watched Shrek the other night, so the song was still in my head.

“Do you remember last years visiting day?” I asked everyone, a small smile tugging at my lips.

“Where you humiliated my father?” Jessica responded, “He still hates you. Not that I can blame.”

“Will he start a riot again today?” I grinned.

“He’s not coming. I told him I didn’t want to see him.” She responded sternly.

I glanced over at her in concern, but decided not to push as it was none of my business.

“My dad is in complete love with you.” Shannon piped up, “He wants you to be his daughter.”

“Who doesn’t?” I joked, nudging Shannon.

“Chase.” She replied smoothly. Caleb let out a snort of laughter and even Chase snickered.

My face showed a disgusted look as I pushed her away from me.

Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed Max’s girlfriend entering the camp. I nudged him and gestured to her, he grinned and sprinted over to her.

“May!” Kelly yelled out for me to follow her.

“Right, I’ll see you later guys!” I called, kissing Chase’s cheek before jogging over to Kelly and following her to the bench where my gran was sitting. I ignored Chase shouting after me to tell her that his car wasn’t a tractor.

“Granny!” I cried, giving her a large hug.

“Hello sweetheart.” She patted my cheek affectionately. “And you don’t have to shout. I may be old but my hearing is still going strong.”

I grinned at her while Kelly laughed. Everyone told us that Kelly and I were just like our grandmother. Not look-wise, but personality-wise. The people in our town were quite disapproving of her as instead of acting like the lady she was expected to be, she didn’t care about society. Yet she was a true lady to me. She started the fashion business, Riles, herself. Which was a huge accomplishment especially during the time she did it because of the prejudice against women. My grandfather saw her differently, and even though he was a lot stricter and cared about what others thought, he still loved her. I never actually knew him though, as he died when I was only three but Kelly always told me that he was like a kinder version of my dad.

“How have you been Granny?” Kelly asked. She poured her a glass of water and handed it over.

“Yeah, what brings you out here in the middle of no where?” I added.

“Can’t I visit my two favorite fools?”

“Awe! Granny that’s so cute.” I cooed, leaning over to pinch her cheeks. She slapped my hand away with a mocking glare.

“I can’t stay long, I was actually on my way to Manhattan so I was passing-“

“Knew we weren’t this special, Kel.” I huffed.

“I feel hurt.” She agreed.

Gran rolled her eyes at us before continuing, “You see I’m on my to an appointment.”

I paused and narrowed my eyes at her, “What kind of appointment?”

“A hospital appointment.” She murmured.

I stared at her, waiting for her to explain. Kelly’s lips were pouted and her eyes wide.

“Girls, I haven’t been well.” Gran stated, “I’m getting old, so it isn’t much of a smile-“

She was interrupted by a shout and suddenly the camp went into uproar. The campers were shouting at someone over at the far side of the field. I sighed and turned back to gran, “Ignore them.” I insisted.

“Sweetie, maybe you should check and see what’s going on-“

“No they’ll be fine.”

“May, shits going down over there.” Kelly agreed, “I’ll stay with Gran.”

I gritted my teeth and nodded, jumping to my feet and storming over to the chaos. My eyes widened as I saw Marc throw a chair at Josh. “You’re all nothing but a pile of wimps!” I heard him yell.

I froze in my place and stared ahead in disbelief. “I give up.” I grumbled to myself, “Seriously. I leave for two minutes and y’all start a riot.” I continued to mutter to myself as I pushed my way through the crowd.

“Don’t you dare talk to my camp mates like that Marc!” Keara screamed. The campers shouted in agreement.

“Shut up you cow. You’re just as bad as them. Sing and dance around the place like circus monkeys, pretending you have a bit of talent!”

“Who do you think you are! Get out of here now!” She argued.

I watched them with a dumbfounded expression. What?

“What the actually fuck is going on!” I roared, my pissed off expression evident on my face. The campers turned silent, and everyone stared at me in surprise. I rarely got angry like this, usually I’d just be sarcastic and bitchy, but they had interrupted my Gran and that made me furious.

“Marc’s just being a dick.” Keara mumbled, looking generally scared of my expression.

I glared at her before turning to Marc. Chase was sitting beside Caleb at his table, watching me carefully, and Shannon was rising from her seat by her parents.

“Get out of that gate now.” I ordered quietly, trying to keep my voice steady.

“May-“

“Now!”

His eyes widened and he chose the wise decision of complying and leaving.

“We’re over Marc.” Keara added, “I don’t appreciate your comments against my camp.”

I glanced over at the table where Kelly and Gran were talking. I sighed and shoved past Keara, following Marc out of the camp with a scowl on my face.

“What the hell was that?” I asked him as soon as we were out of the gate.

“I’m just saying it like it is!” Marc huffed.

“Don’t bullshit me Marc, I’m not in the mood.” I hissed.

He refused to meet my eye, and shuffled on his feet. “It was nothing.”

“Stop it! Okay, I am sick of your lies! Just tell me what you were thinking!”

He stepped forward with a guilty look on his face.

“Take a few step backs.” I heard Chase’s voice snarl. I looked behind me to see him coming up beside me, arms crossed and eyes fixed on Marc.

“Did she put you up to this?” I questioned, I watched Marcs expression change and let out a humorless laugh. “She wanted to look like the good guy.”

“I’m sorry May. I owed her.”

“You owe me more!” I snapped, making him flinch.

“I want you to leave.” Chase growled.

Marc shot Chase a dirty look and scoffed, “What is it to you.”

“You’re going to leave and you aren’t going to come back. You are going to leave May alone. You’re not going to talk to her, you aren’t even going to look at her.”

“What will you do about it?”

I watched as Chase moved towards Marc and grabbed the front of his shirt. “You don’t want to get on my bad side. I know that May can look after herself, and I know that she can deal with your bullshit. But she shouldn’t have to deal with your continuous presence so I’m telling you now to fuck off.”

“Are you her boyfriend or something?” He hissed.

“Yeah I am.” Chase snarled, “And I am sick of seeing your face near her.” He pushed in backwards, causing him to tumble onto the ground.

“Just go Marc.” I muttered, sighing in defeat. “I’m just done.”

I turned around and headed back into camp, ignoring the looks of the other campers. I stood in front of Keara, “Don’t you ever do anything to interrupt visiting day again. You can sing a song to entertain the parents, you can honestly tell someone off if their being a dick. But if I hear that you’re causing shit to go down by paying your boyfriend to do your dirty work, I will end you.” I hissed into her ear. “These kids have missed their friends and families, so give them one freaking day.”

I granted her with my signature dirty look before making my way back over to my Gran. She smiled at me, seeing my annoyed expression. “Is everything okay?”

“It is now.” I responded, I watched her anxiously. “Are you going to be okay?”

“Of course I am dear!” She replied, holding my hand. I didn’t reply. I knew my Gran well enough to tell when she was lying. “I need to get going, I don’t want to be late.” I helped her up and bent down so that she could peck my cheek.

“Be careful!” Kelly ordered, pulling us in for a group hug.

“And you two behave.” Gran responded, shooting us looks. “Don’t go and do stuff that… Well you usually do.”

Kelly and I smirked.

“Oh and tell Chris that his camp looks lovely.” She added, “I always knew he had it in him!”

I smiled at Kelly who was beaming proudly.

“And tell you’re friend Chase to get a new car.”

We gave her a last hug before helping her back to her car and watching her drive away.

“She lied, you know.” I whispered to Kelly.

“I know.”

Chase came up behind me and wrapped his arms around my waist. Kelly smirked at me before saluting Chase and walking away. “I’m sorry for going-“

“All macho alpha male?” I interrupted.

Chase thought about this before shrugging and nodding. “It’s okay. Granny said you need to get a new car.”

“My car is awesome. It’s vintage.” We began to make our way to the dining area where all the campers were hanging out once their visitors were gone.

I smiled softly. He frowned down at me, “What’s wrong?”

The area was crowded so I shook my head, “I’ll talk about it later.”

He didn’t push, he took my hand in his and pulled me closer as we walked. “Your Gran loves my car, she’s just playing hard to get.”

I snorted with laughter, allowing him to give me a side hug. Once we entered the dining area, we were once again greeted with a tense atmosphere.

“May.” Shannon grabbed my attention, her teeth was gritted and her fists clenched, “I’m going to kill him!”


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