A lot of things can change in three years. A lot can change over the summer that affects us in ways we never could imagine.
Let’s start with Tori. Tori and Mason have been going out ever since their first date, but they didn’t make it official until sophomore year. Why did it take so long? Simple. Ever since that day Tori saw her hold Mason’s hand that day after school, she saw her as a threat. Mason even tried to explain that she ran out of contacts and left her glasses at home so she couldn’t see clearly. Of course, Tori called B.S. since Ashley was around him even with her glasses on.
So, during the spring semester of freshman year, Tori had gotten closer to Viv, Skull, and Jasmyne. They soon created a plan to help Tori get closer to Mason. They wouldn’t tell Tori what it was exactly, but at the time she didn’t care. Whatever they did had worked. Ashley became busy out of nowhere. Participating in drama club and being on the cheer squad seemed to take what free time she had after school. Which meant Tori could get the attention she wanted from Mason. But, that’s not the only thing that changed.
Tori’s wardrobe had an impact. Torn clothes, darker outfits, blue and purple streaks in her hair, and a complete bully. The power that she believed she had when walking with Viv and the girls made her feel like she wasn’t anything anymore. The attitude only got worse each day that passed. Lindsey tried to talk to Tori about her sudden change, but Tori wasn’t too keen on listening to somebody who was picking problems when nothing was wrong.
Speaking of Lindsey, she eventually joined a goth clan and became a member of the fashion design club. Her parents visited during summer break and are planning to be moving back home her junior year. Tori’s dad also came back for a while before he had to leave for Europe for a couple of months. Mason and his friend, Josh had joined the football team, leading their team to several wins. During the summer, Ashley moved to Hollywood after getting a role in a tv series. I’m not going to lie and say Tori wasn’t happy about the news.
It was the third week in August at East Coast High. Just one more year until graduation. Lindsey had pulled into the student parking lot and turned off the car. Did I forget to mention that she got a car? Her parents gave it to her over the summer. It was a silver Audi A7. That’s one way to start your junior year. Lindsey locked the car and the two began walking towards the building.
“Oh! I’ve been meaning to tell you about something.”
“So, you know, last year I joined The Culture. Well, I met this guy yesterday and he’s just so sweet. And cute. Like extremely.”
“I met him in the library. I had my headphones in, so I wasn’t really paying attention when I was reaching for this book by my favorite poet and someone else was reaching for it too. I looked up and there he was.”
“We talked about our favorite poems from the book and I found out that he’s also in the culture. I found it weird how I never saw him and he told me it was because he was higher up and they don’t typically socialize with lower ranks.”
“So, anyway, during third period, we had a project to do for history. He gave me his number before we left so we could talk about the project. His name’s Tyler. We did tend to drift off-topic, but I didn’t care. I’ve learned so much about him.”
“Are you even listening to me?” Lindsey huffed.
“Yeah, ofc. Boy, library, Tyler, culture, history, texting, blah, blah, blah.” Lindsey rolled her eyes.
“Tell me, what’s so important on your phone?”
“Mason? What’s he saying that’s so important?”
“He just told me that he got the tickets for the movie later tonight.”
“Ooo! Are you guys having a date night?”
“Seems like. I let him pick so that I could pick dinner afterward.”
“I want details.”
“We’re seeing Don’t Breathe.”
“Isn’t that the super scary horror movie?”
“Yep. Bonus that we’re seeing it late, too.”
“Have you lost the rest of your mind?” Tori stopped in front of Lindsey and turned around sharply.
“What do you mean by the rest?”
“Uh… nothing. I was just wondering why you would want to see a scary movie at night?”
“It makes it fun to scare unsuspecting people who just watched the same movie as you.”
“Sucks to suck.” Just as they walked inside, Viv, Jasmyne, and Skull approached them.
“What’s up, T?” Viv smiled.
“Just tryna text my boyfriend.”
“Such a nice sounding sentence,” Jasmyne sighed.
“Lindsey,” Viv smirked.
“Won’t you look at that? It’s time for me to go. Bye.” Lindsey quickly rushed off down a hallway. Tori had finished up her last text and put her phone in her pocket.
“I’m guessing you three have something to tell me?”
“Smart girl.” Viv pulled Tori by the arm down a hall into the library with Jasmyne and Skull trailing behind. When they got to the back of the library, Viv finally let her arm go.
“Listen up! You have five seconds to get your shit and go! Starting now!” They could hear books and feet shuffling to leave. The sounds of keyboards and mouse clicking to log out could be heard. Jasmyne placed her hands over her ears, grimacing.
“What are you…”
“Get out! Out, out, out!” Tori immediately covered her ears as Viv stood there looking at her nails. “Don’t make me start cutting people! Run faster, Hannah!”
“Sorry!” After a few more seconds, it became dead silent. Skull walked back to where they were and nodded her head.
“Okay, then. Let’s talk. We were planning to head to the courtyard.”
“The what now?”
“The courtyard. It’s on the right side of the school. From the front, you get in through the gate and follow the stone path. But from inside, you go through these double doors and follow a marble path,” Viv explained.
“I never knew we had one.”
“It barely gets used so not a lot of people give it much attention.”
“That’s why we take advantage of it,” Jasmyne smiled.
“What do you guys do there?” The three of them shared a look before smiling. “What?”
“Things,” Jasmyne shrugged.
“Tell me, Tori, have you ever drunk before?” Viv smirked.
“Does Coke count? Because I’ve drunk a lot of that in my lifetime.”
“What the fuck are you talking about?!” Skull shouted.
“Easy girl,” Jasmyne said, laying a hand on her shoulder. Skull took a breath before speaking again.
“Have you ever drunk alcohol? Whiskey? Beer? Wine? Cocktails? Gin? Anything?”
“Oh. Then no.”
“Well, this should be fun then,” Viv smirked. “Trust me, you’ll feel amazing. Especially since this is your first time, a little will go a long way.”
“I’m intrigued. I guess I will meet you guys after school.” Tori began to walk away when Skull grabbed her arm.
“No, no. We’re not meeting after school.”
“I don’t know another time to do it.”
“That’s what I said, right? You got a problem with sixth?” Skull moved in closer to Tori as she spoke.
“Nope. Just confirming.”
“Good. We get to have all the good drinks before the party starts.”
“Exactly,” Viv smiled. “We were planning to let any of these idiots join in on the fun if they want to after we get started.”
“A courtyard party, huh? Sounds like a good plan.”
“Of course it is. I thought of it,” Viv snorted. Tori looked at her with a blank expression when her phone buzzed.
‘Meet me at your locker in five.’
“I have to go meet Mason now. Are we done?” Viv nodded, expressionless. Tori turned to walk off.
“One last thing.” Tori turned back around and was met with a small box. “Hold these until sixth.”
“What the… are these cigarettes?”
“Not just any cigarettes. These are laced with some... things,” Jasmyne smiled.
“Don’t you even ask,” Skull interrupted. Tori threw her hands up in defense.
“Nevermind.” She took the box out of Viv’s hands and threw it in her bag. “Are we done here?”
“Sure, T. See you later,” Viv waved. Tori walked off, disappearing around the corner. Just then, Josh rounded the corner and groaned.
“Fuck me, man.” Viv rolled her eyes.
“Oh, that hurts so bad.”
“Shut up. We need you to do something.”
Tori was emptying her bag when Mason slid up to her.
“Hey, dove,” he smiled, before kissing her cheek.
“I would like to know where you would like to eat?”
“Blue Jay. Horror movies make me crave a burger.”
“Really?” he laughed. “I’ve never heard that explanation.”
“What? They do. Watching horror movies is a workout. I get hungry.”
“I don’t blame you. Speaking of food, do you have…”
“Your’s? Yes. Sausage biscuit with jelly and a chicken biscuit for Josh. Hold these for me.” Mason grabbed two bottles of orange juice and smiled. Tori reached in her bookbag and grabbed the bag with the food in it and handed it to Mason. As she pulled it out, something else fell out with it onto the floor. Mason bent down to pick up as Tori continued to stuff her bag in her locker.
“What is this?” he asked, holding the box up.
“What is what?” Tori turned around to face him and her eyes began to widen when she saw what he was holding. “I don’t know.”
“It fell out of your bag.”
“I’m holding it for a friend.”
“A friend? Really?”
“Well, I know for damn sure it’s not Lindsey.”
“Look, Viv just asked me to hold them until later,” she whispered.
“Why? So you could smoke them later? These aren’t regular cigarettes!” Tori snatched the box from his hands and threw them in her bag, slamming her locker.
“Would you shut up? It’s not that big of a deal.”
“Tori, people have ended up in the hospital for smoking that kind. Some even died.”
“Well, I’m not those idiots.”
“You sure? Because you’re sure as hell acting like one.” Tori squinted her eyes in anger and stomped off. Mason followed after Tori down the hallway as she swerved in between people, pushing them out of her way. “Dove, slow down.”
“Go to hell.”
“Come on. I’m just concerned that’s all.” Tori stopped abruptly, causing a girl to run into her. She turned her head sharply towards her, sneering.
“Can’t you fucking pay attention?”
“Sorry,” the girl muttered.
“Maybe if you would get your head out of your stupid books,” she smacked the textbooks out of her hand, “you could pay attention to the people around you!”
“I’ll try that next time,” she said on the verge of tears. She knelt down and began to pick up her books. Tori began to walk off when she heard a piece of paper crunch under her shoe. She picked it up and saw it was a drawing.
“A picture that my brother drew of me. He’s in New York and I haven’t seen him in years…”
“I didn’t ask for your fucking life story,” Tori scoffed. She ripped the picture into pieces and threw it down.
“Tori!” Mason shouted. Through tears, the girl scattered around to pick up every piece.
“These people get on my fucking nerves,” she muttered and walked off. Mason helped the girl finish picking up her books and the rest of the paper, before chasing after Tori again. He finally caught up to her and grabbed her by the arm, dragging her into a nearby storage room.
“Let me go!”
“Shh! Damn.” Mason placed the bag with the food down and the two bottles next to it.
“What do you want?”
“That girl. Why did you do that?”
“She was in the way.”
“That doesn’t mean you rip something of hers up. It seemed very important to her.”
“Does it look like I give any fucks? Huh?”
“You should. It wasn’t even her fault to begin with.”
“Oh! Now you’re defending her? You feel so bad about her? Then go be with her!”
“That doesn’t make any sense.”
“So, now I’m crazy?”
“Did I say that?”
“Oh, I get it. I’m stupid.” Mason scrunched his face up in confusion.
“What the… I’m not saying any of that!”
“Well, what are you saying?!”
“I’m saying you need to calm down.”
“I am calm!” Mason stared at her as she paced around the room. “Why is it so small in here? I can’t pace properly.”
“It’s a storage closet, dove.”
“It needs to be bigger then.” Mason sighed and grabbed her by her waist, pulling her into him.
“Hey. I just want what’s best for you. I want to make sure that you’re okay. I don’t want to make you feel like you’re stupid or crazy. I just want you to feel free enough to do what you want. Just please, be safe.” Tori looked at him for a moment and sighed, wrapping her arms around his neck.
“I want you to smile.” Tori smiled. “Now, laugh for me.” Tori looked confused for a moment before Mason began to tickle her.
“Wait… stop… okay, okay! Mason!” He finally stopped as Tori tried to catch her breath. Mason placed his hand on the side of her neck and lifted her head towards him.
“And finally, a kiss.” He pressed his lips against hers, catching her off-guard. He pulled back, moving away from her, smirking. “My pretty dove. I’ll catch you later.” With one swift motion, he picked up the food and drinks and left Tori in the closet.
“Damn, he’s good.”
Fifteen minutes. Just fifteen. Fifteen minutes until fifth period ends. Fifteen more minutes until Tori could head out to the courtyard. Tori was bouncing her leg, impatiently, as she stared at the clock. Lindsey was staring at her with a concerned look on her face.
“Hey, are you okay?” Lindsey whispered.
“I’m fine. Why?”
“Because you’re bouncing your leg like crazy.”
“It’s cold in here.”
“No, it’s not. It got so warm in here we had to crack open the windows.”
“The air from the hallways is making me cold.”
“Yea, right. What’s going on?” Tori looked at the clock before sighing.
“I’m supposed to be meeting with Viv and the others after fifth period.”
“To do what?”
“What does “things” mean?”
“Hanging out. Listening to music. That’s all.” Ten minutes. “This is excruciating.”
“It’s not my fault this class is boring.”
“Then watch a movie or something. It’s not like he’s teaching.” Tori looked up to see their teacher leaning back in his chair on his phone. The entire class was engaged in conversation, listening to music, sleeping, or watching videos.
“Yeah, I guess you’re right.” Tori began to unlock her phone when Josh sat on the floor between them.
“Josh,” they said in unison.
“What is up?”
“I don’t know. Ask Tori.”
“Because you’re the one who wants the time to go by faster.”
“I’m so sorry that hanging out with my girls is better than this.”
“You mean the devil and her demons?”
“It’s true. Early this morning, I heard they made this girl, Marien, cry in the hallway.”
“They ripped a picture she had drawn of her cousin.”
“Her brother. He drew a picture of her or something,” Tori said.
“It was just a stupid picture. Nothing to cry over.”
“Wait, how do you know so much?” Lindsey asked. She looked at Tori for a moment and gasped. “Oh my gosh! It was you! You made a girl cry?”
“Marien,” Josh muttered.
“You made Marien cry?”
“She ran into me!”
“That doesn’t give you a right to break something of hers!”
“It was just a stupid drawing! He can make another one.”
“Well…” Josh said in a high-pitched voice. Tori and Lindsey looked at him, a confused expression on their face.
“What now?” Tori groaned. Josh looked around the class before leaning in closer.
“Her brother is her only living relative. He’s been in New York for the past eight years and barely gets to visit. Their parents got into an accident five years ago and her brother is working to send her to college. He sends those pictures with notes and money so she can try to survive over here.”
“You see what you did, T?”
“I’m sorry, but was that supposed to make me care?”
“Damn, girl!” Josh gasped.
“Oh my gosh. You’re fucking hopeless.”
“Sad story, honestly. But there are millions more like it. I don’t care.” The bell rang and their teacher jumped out of his seat.
“Quackers. Read tonight. Study or whatever. Bye.” He walked out of the classroom before the students. Tori grabbed her phone and rushed out of the classroom.
‘Courtyard time! Remember to bring what I gave you earlier.’
Tori smiled to herself and headed towards the courtyard.
“Tori! Where are you going?”
When she walked outside, she saw Skull carving something into a nearby tree. Viv was messing with a speaker as Jasmyne pulled out some glasses from her bag. Jasmyne saw Tori walking towards them and waved.
“You got here pretty quickly. I like that,” Viv smiled.
“I didn’t realize. I guess I was just that sick of that class period.”
“Tell me about it. My teacher kept playing these dumb videos and then would pause them and repeat the same thing the video did. Like, either you want to teach or you shut the fuck up and let us fall asleep during the video,” Viv explained. Tori laughed. “I got detention after school for using explicit language and being disruptive during class.”
“You did nothing wrong!”
“That’s what I’m saying! I’m not going anyway. A bitch was just mad she hasn’t had a man in forty years.”
“Isn’t Miss Roller only thirty-four?” Jasmyne asked.
“I don’t care.”
“Yo, lazies! Come here!” Skull shouted. The three girls got up and walked over to where Skull was standing. “Behold, art!”
“Woah!” they said in unison.
“Yeah, that’s right.” Skull flicked her knife back in its holder, smiling. The girls looked at the tree that was standing in the center of the courtyard. Skull had carved an intricate rose into the base of the tree.
“How long did it take you to do this?” Tori asked.
“About fifteen minutes.”
“Hey, you’re getting faster!” Jasmyne smiled as she high-fived Skull.
“Perfect way to leave our mark,” Viv nodded.
“You guys want to sign?”
“Uh, duh.” Skull handed Viv the knife. She carved a “V” into the tree and handed it to Jasmyne. After Skull finished carving an “S”, she handed the knife to Tori.
“Go on, T.”
“How does this work?”
“Just dig and drag. You have the easiest letter to carve. No curving, no nothing. Just straight down and across.” Tori shook herself and took a deep breath. She carved a “T” into the tree and the other girls clapped.
“It’s official now. Now, how about those drinks?” Viv smiled, winking.
“Coming right up,” Jasmyne winked back. Jasmyne walked over to her bag and began pouring and mixing drinks. The girls were sitting in the grass relaxing under the warmth of the sun as they talked.
“So, Tori. I want to give you some props for earlier.”
“What did I do?”
“Making that girl cry. It was hysterical.”
“You heard about that?”
“Heard? Oh, no. We saw.”
“You saw? You were there?”
“Jasmyne recorded everything. You’re the talk of the school now. You’re getting quite the reputation.”
“Is that a good thing?”
“It’s an amazing thing! The more you put into people’s mind’s that they can’t mess with you the more you’ll be able to have power and fear struck into their hearts,” Viv smirked as she leaned back on her elbows.
“Tell me, did it feel good when she started crying?” Skull laughed.
“It was satisfying. It would’ve been more satisfying if Mason didn’t defend her so quickly.” Viv and Skull shared a look as Tori laid on her stomach, picking at the grass. Skull reached behind her back for something.
“I’m sorry… what?!”
“Yeah. He helped her pick up her stuff and crap. He does that shit a lot. Always helping someone or pulling me away. It gets on my nerves. But, I know he’s just trying to make sure I don’t get into any real trouble.”
“Right. Such a prince.” Viv forced a smile as she turned to look at Skull. Jasmyne walked up to the group and handed each of them a glass. Viv sat up to turn the music down a little.
“Alright, ladies. The Jasmyne Joyous cocktail is ready for my special girls.” Viv smirked.
“Beautifully prepared as usual.”
“Why is it called Jasmyne Joyous?” Tori asked, sniffing the drink.
“Because it’s my special cocktail. Fruity with gin and tang that will put a smile on your face. You want your organs to wake up, this is the way. It’s like electricity flowing through your veins.”
“Bottoms up ladies.”
“Wait, we have to toast to something,” Skull said.
“Smart girl. How about Tori?”
“Yeah. For your performance today. With that girl. Hilarious.”
“Thank you,” Tori smiled as she sat up straight. “I still can’t believe you saw that.”
“We told you, Jasmyne sees everything.”
“I see that now.”
“To Tori!” Viv smiled, raising her glass.
“To Tori!” Jasmyne and Skull said in unison.
“To me!” All four of them clinked their glasses together and took a swing of the cocktail Jasmyne had made.
Seventh period had just ended. Students filled the hallways finally glad this day was over. Mason was tapping furiously on his phone, trying to get a hold of Tori, when Josh jumped on him.
“What is up, my man?”
“Have you seen Tori?”
“I can’t get a hold of her.”
“Her phone could be off.”
“During school hours? Never. That’s all she does during the day.”
“Well, it could be dead.”
“Trust me. It’s far from dead.”
“Then I don’t know. It’s her. Who knows why she’s not answering.”
“It’s just weird.”
“Anyway, why don’t we head to the courtyard?”
“For what reason?”
“Because I heard from Ryan, who heard from Henry, who heard from Steven, who heard from Chelsea, who heard from Natalie, who saw it posted on Instagram that there was a party going on there. That’s where most of these people are headed now.”
“Dude! You can’t be serious! An unauthorized party in the courtyard with who knows what! I mean, it sounds like the kind of place Tori would hang out. Possible alcohol and loud music. Like another…”
“Shut up, Josh.”
“What? Come on. I know you’re curious.”
“Look, I just want to find my girlfriend.”
“Well, what better place than the courtyard? It doesn’t hurt to check.” Mason thought for a moment before sighing.
“Okay, fine.” Josh jumped in excitement and pushed Mason toward the direction of the courtyard. As they walked, someone called out to Mason. They turned and saw Lindsey running up to them.
“Where’s Tori?” Lindsey asked, frantic.
“I don’t know.”
“What do you mean, you don’t know? If you don’t know, then no one knows!”
“Breathe, girl. Damn. She’s probably just in the courtyard. Where the parties at right now,” Josh said, dancing a little. Mason dropped his head in his hands.
“Shut up,” he muttered.
“Well, why are we standing here? Move!” Lindsey pushed both of the guys forward. When they arrived at the courtyard, there was a huge crowd. Music was blasting from somewhere.
“Hell yeah! The roof! The roof! The roof is on fire!” Josh shouted.
“We’re outside, Josh. There is no roof.”
“Figure of speech, Linds. This is a crazy party.” Lindsey rolled her eyes and looked around for any sign of Tori.
“Hey, why are those people bunched up like that?” Mason and Josh looked into the direction Lindsey was pointing.
“Let’s go check,” Mason shrugged. They walked over and pushed themselves to the front of the cheering crowd.
“Oh...” Josh said.
“Fucking…” Mason said.
“Goodness to earth,” Lindsey gasped. Tori was in the center of the crowd, swinging on a nearby light pole, almost naked. Her underwear was the only thing left on her as she shook her hips.
“If you’re feeling good and want some more, say yeah!” Tori shouted in a singing manner.
“Yeah!” the crowd responded.
“If you’re feeling hot and want to lose the rest, say yeah!”
“I want to hear you say it. So baby, go on and say it. Let me hear you all say, take it off!”
“Take it off! Take it off!” the crowd chanted. Tori began to slip off her underwear, moving her hips along.
“Dude!” Josh pushed Mason forward as he quickly undid the buttons on his shirt. He got his shirt off just in time to cover her with it.
“Alright! The show’s over!” The crowd groaned and started to walk away.
“Hey! Don’t be such a buzzkill, man! Let her finish!” a guy shouted, as he walked closer to Mason.
“No. That’s my girlfriend.”
“Oh! Well, then you should enjoy the show your little who…” Before he could finish his sentence, Mason punched him in the jaw, knocking him to the ground, unconscious.
“Watch how you talk about a girl next time.” He turned to face Tori who was fighting to keep her eyes open.
“Well, hello stranger.”
“Are you drunk?!”
“N-no! I’m just having fun! Me and my girls!” Tori shook her chest as she laughed. “Well, we were.” Mason sighed as he ran his hand over his face.
“Geez. I can’t believe you skip class to do something so stupid. People probably took pictures or videos of you.”
“Is that what that flashing was?” Tori stumbled around, trying to balance herself when Mason caught her.
“Can you sit down?”
“No! I want to dance! Come dance with me.”
“I’m not going to dance with you.”
“Why? Am I not good enough to dance with?”
“No. It’s because you’re drunk.”
“You’re drunk? How could you do something so irresponsible?”
“I don’t know. I’ll ask my hangover tomorrow.” Tori began laughing hysterically when Lindsey walked up.
“My God. You look disgusting.”
“You look disgusting! I need another drink just to be able to look at you.”
“Calm down, Linds. She’s drunk. She doesn’t know what she’s saying.”
“You’re right, Mason. She doesn’t.” Mason and Lindsey turned around to see Viv and Jasmyne walking towards them. “She only knows what she’s saying when she’s sober. And she had a lot to say.”
“You guys got her drunk? You let her destroy herself like this?”
“Of course not. She did this to herself. Just glass after glass after glass” Viv smiled.
“It doesn’t sound like you tried to slow her down,” Lindsey said, folding her arms.
“Oh, come on. Even you know how stubborn she can be.”
“Not that stubborn.”
“And Mason, always such a prince. But it must suck knowing that your girlfriend hates you for it,” Jasmyne smiled.
“What are you talking about?”
“Oh, wait. I forgot that you didn’t know. Oops.”
“What are you talking about?” Mason said, lowering his voice as he moved closer to her.
“Oh, well, she was just telling us about all the things that you do daily for her and how it just aggravates her. How you protected that girl earlier in the hallway. And trying to stop her from hanging out with her friends.”
“You three are not her friends. Look at her.” Tori was rolling around on the ground, laughing.
“Maybe if you would’ve been a better boyfriend, she wouldn’t be whoring around on you so much.” Mason grabbed Jasmyne by her shoulders, tightly, making her wince as he pushed her against a light pole.
“Shut the hell up! She would never do such a thing.”
“Are you fucking crazy? She’s a girl!” Josh shouted.
“I don’t care! She has such a mouth on her, this shouldn’t be anything.” Jasmyne started to laugh.
“You know, that’s the same thing Justin said. When did Tori say? Last week?” Mason glared at her, tightening his grip. Jasmyne squealed in pain.
“Put her down, you psychopath!” Viv yelled.
“I’m sorry. He’s the fucking psychopath?” Josh asked, cocking his head. “He’s not the one who goes around daily making people’s lives miserable!”
“Shut the fuck up, idiot! Either you get your friend to let her go, or I ruin your entire life in one sentence.”
“You’re such a bitch,” he muttered. “Dude, let her go. She’s still a girl in the court of law.”
“Was that sass just now?” Jasmyne said, breathing through the pain.
“Do you want my help or not? I thought so. Mason, let her go. She’s not worth it.” Mason looked at her for a moment, before letting her fall onto her knees.
“I’m sick of these people.” Tori ran up to Mason, laughing.
“Hey, guys. Remember to not tell Mason what I did. Shh! Go, team!”
“Tori, I’m right here.”
“Oh. Then I did not take your helmet.” She started laughing as she walked off. Lindsey followed her to try and get her to sit down. Skull had jogged up to them with a twisted smile on her face.
“It’s done. We should leave now. They’re going to be here any minute.” Viv nodded as she helped Jasmyne up.
“Wait, who’s they?” Lindsey asked. Viv just smirked as the three of them ran off. “Hey! Who’s…”
“Cops! Run as if your lives depend on it!” someone shouted.
“Fuck, man,” Mason groaned.
“This is the Palm Springs Police Department! I need everyone to clear this area right now!” an officer shouted through a megaphone. They began tackling some students with alcohol in their hands, arresting them on the spot.
“Come on. We have to get out of here,” Josh said.
“I’m not leaving her!” Mason turned to leave, but Josh grabbed his arm.
“Look, if we get caught here, you can kiss those football scholarships goodbye. Our entire college education, gone.” Mason looked in between the crowd of teens running towards the exit. Lindsey saw him and nodded, mouthing, ‘I got her.’
“Fine.” Mason and Josh took off running towards the exit. Lindsey tried to pull Tori up to get her out, but she lost her grip on her and she ran towards some officers.
“Hi, boys! Are you here for the party?” Tori smirked and began unbuttoning the shirt Mason gave her. She pulled a cigarette and a lighter out of the side of her underwear and lit it.
“We have a teenage girl who is intoxicated. Possible drugs on her person. Approach with caution.”
“Come on. Why so serious? I know you’re hot in those uniforms. Take them off and be free! Like me!” With a flourish, Tori threw off the shirt and started dancing. An officer grabbed her from behind, wrapping a towel around her, before pushing her to the ground. “Easy, big boy!”
“You are under arrest for alcohol possession, underage drinking, possession of a controlled substance, and nudity in a public environment. You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. Do you understand the rights I have just read to you?” Tori just laughed as she was lifted off the ground and carried out into the parking lot.