Chapter 48: A Bottle of Water [Part 2]
On my way to the kitchen, I heard someone knocking on the front door. I frowned as I walked to the door and peeped through the peephole in the door.
I gasped in shock as I stepped back from the door.
What the hell? What are they doing here? And why so late at night?
All I wanted to do was to bolt upstairs and pretend like I didn’t hear those knocks and I didn’t know who was at the door.
But then I realised how that sounded.
I am no coward!
I am Penelope Freaking Brielle Freaking Hughes!
There are two freakings in that name!
Maybe I should just change my name to that…
That would be so damn cool!
The knocking brought me back to the situation at hand. I took a deep breath before I opened the door with a small polite smile on my face.
“Hello. If you can wait for a while, I will just go and get Unc-Principal Hughes for you.” I told them, keeping the smile on my face even after the slip-up.
I was just turning around when I felt a hand on my arm stopping me.
“We are here to talk to you, Penny.” Liam told me.
“Me?” I questioned as I pointed to myself.
“Yes, you.” Xander chuckled.
“What? Why?” I frowned in confusion.
“We are sorry, Penny.” The twins spoke in sync as they looked at me with a sincere face full of guilt and shame.
“Wh-” I started speaking but Mason cut me off.
“Look, we were just feeling a little too hurt by the revelation.” He told me.
“We thought that you trusted us and that revelation felt like a slap to the face.” Jason continued without a break.
“And so we overreacted. We realise that now and we are very very sorry.” Mason continued further.
“We seriously would have stood by your side proudly if it wasn’t for Damien.” Jason commented.
“His comment about how he’s been our friend for years was a low blow.” Mason explained.
Did they rehearse this?
I mean, they just talked without even giving a small break in between that it was either spooky or rehearsed.
Oh! That’s why Ryder thought that me and Livvy speaking at the same time was spooky!
I could totally see it now…
If Ryder would’ve seen this, he would’ve called it all super spooky!
I mentally chuckled at that thought.
My thoughts were cut off by a deep voice behind me.
“That was totally super spooky!” The voice said. I turned around to see Ryder standing behind me with wide eyes.
“Who the hell are you?” The twins asked in unison with Xander and Liam.
“What the heck are you doing down here, Ry?” I asked him with a sigh. “Uncle K might see you!” I reminded him.
“Big deal! He knows that I am here in his house.” He rolled his eyes. “Getting caught in your room would have made him kill me.” He informed me.
“Why are you down here and not in my room then?” I asked.
“Do you want me to die, baby girl?” Ryder gasped dramatically. “I thought that you loved me!” He added with a fake sob.
“Ry, seriously? Just go back to my room.” I huffed.
“Your room?” The twins asked in sync. I ignored them as I gave a pointed look to Ryder.
“Relax, Pen. I just came here because Liv told me that some guys were coming over to meet you and I was worried that they might try something.” He told me.
Oh! That must be why she was giggling with Ellie!
That evil sister of mine…
“Ry, these are my friends. They won’t try anything!” I chuckled.
“I’m still staying here.” He told me as he placed his hands in the pockets of his joggers.
“Okay.” I shrugged before turning to the boys. “Guys, you don’t have to apologize.” I started.
“I’m not here to apologize! I was always on team Penny!” Xan said. “I was just here to see Elle.” He told me.
“And I have been on your side since that prank. I wouldn’t dare be against you.” Liam said. “I’m here for Kara.” He added.
“Did she prank you?” Ryder gasped from behind me. Liam nodded his head. “She is evil, ain’t she?” He asked Liam.
“Ry, I’ll tell my uncle that you were crashing the slumber party if you don’t shut up!” I warned him.
“See! Evil!” Ryder whispered.
“Ry! I can hear you!” I hissed.
“And she has super hearing!” He whispered.
“Ryder-” I started but he cut me off.
“Okay! Relax, baby girl. I won’t say anything now.” He surrendered. I sighed in relief.
“You don’t have to apologize. I was at fault too. I should’ve told you about it from the start.” I smiled at the twins.
They smiled back before wrapping their arms around me in a hug. I felt a fourth person joining from behind me. I elbowed him, making him wince as he pulled away.
“Show me some love too, princess!” He groaned. I rolled my eyes at him.
“So, you aren’t leaving, right?” Jason asked in a small voice.
“Leaving?” I frowned.
“As in leaving the town.” Jason clarified.
“Why would I?” I asked.
“Because…” He trailed off.
“A douchebag breaking up with my baby girl doesn’t faze her! She’d just pull a hilarious prank on him and move on.” Ryder smirked as he placed his arm around my shoulders.
“Not this time, Ry.” I sighed. “I’ll move on but I won’t be pranking him.” I told him.
“Why?” He asked in a tone that I would use if someone told me that they will be giving up ice cream for life.
“Because I don’t want to. This time, I just want to move on.” I told him honestly with a small smile.
He hummed in reply with a faraway look as he ran his free hand through his hair.
“So, you’re not leaving?” Mason asked.
“Not before graduation.” I answered.
“Then why is your sister here? Ellie said that she might take you with her.” Jason frowned.
“She’s here because she missed her awesome little sister.” I told them.
“And because I was missing you too.” Ryder grinned before placing a kiss on my forehead. “Are we done here?” He asked the boys.
“Can we join you guys for the sleepover?” Jason asked.
“Uncle K will have my head! I told him that it would just be a girl’s night. If he would have known that any boys would be joining, he would have chaperoned it.” I told them honestly.
“True! Even I had to crash the party!” Ryder nodded his head.
“How about a sleepover tomorrow at Ellie’s house?” Xander asked. “Her parents aren’t in town.” He added.
“Why isn’t she throwing a wild party then?” Ryder questioned.
“Not everyone’s like you, Grumpy!” I chuckled. I turned to the boys. “We can have a sleepover here tomorrow. I will just have to tell my uncle about it first.” I smiled at them.
“Cool! Sleepover at the Principal’s house!” The twins exclaim in unison, high-fiving each other. I chuckled at them.
“Okay. We’ll leave you to go back to your girl’s night then.” Xander smiled at me before giving me a quick hug and leaving. Liam and the twins did the same before they went back to their cars.
I closed the door with a smile on my face.
This day has been so good…
“I’m helping you get over that dirt-bag of an ex of yours.” Ryder told me.
“Nope!” I told him.
“It’s either that or I’m finding him and beating the crap out of him.” He shrugged in all seriousness.
“Okay. Fine!” I huffed as I started walking up the stairs to my room.
I am not getting that empty bottle for Liv! She should’ve told me that the boys were coming!
Me: I totally and absolutely LOVE you guys!
Penny: You all are the best!
Me: I was only half joking about helping me feel better. I’m trying the whole ‘being evil’ thing but I am not that evil that I’ll just post half of the chapter!
Jason: But your comments did make her day better.
Me: I want to take a screenshot of all your comments and get it framed and put it up in my room! I was right when I said that I have the absolute best readers in the world!
Damien: So, we won’t be putting any challenge up for the next update.
Me: I’ll be updating tomorrow! End of the story!
Kara: Umm... You mean the end END?!
Penny: There are a total of 53 chapters in this story. Which means that the story won’t end tomorrow.
Me: Oh! You all will absolutely LOVE the epilogue! I love it so much! I couldn’t stop writing it once I started! And I am so excited for you all to read it!
Ellie: And if she was like Tom Holland, she would have shared it all by now! *chuckles*
Me: No kidding! And just an FYI, I do love Tom Holland as Spiderman but mainly because he got to work with Tony.
Jason: And that doesn’t mean that she would have been Team Iron Man But that doesn’t mean that she wouldn’t have been...
Me: I love Marvel. End of discussion... Well, actually I can discuss that for hours!
Damien: Moving on!
Me: Oh yeah! Penny, make the announcement!
Penny: Since the story is coming to an end, the chapter following after this one will be dedicated to a reader. Just to honour the amazing people who are reading this.
Me: This chapter is dedicated to Luce, the one who helped me the MOST in writing this story. From proof-reading the chapters to making valuable suggestions, She helped with everything!
All the characters: THANK YOU, LUCE!
Jason: Well, see you guys tomorrow! Until then, stay safe!
Me and Mason: And eat PIZZA!
Me: Have a pizzalicious day, amazing people!
Curtains close as the author and the characters wave goodbye with huge smiles on their faces...