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Chapter 8: Road trips and Chocolates

❅◐𝗔𝘂𝗿𝗼𝗿𝗮'𝘀 𝗣𝗢𝗩◑❅

I woke up to the sound of someone rummaging through my closet and turning on the water faucets in my bathroom. It was a Friday afternoon and I was taking a nap right after my shopping spree with Serena.

"Good morning Princess Disney. When are you going to wake up?" my eyes immediately fluttered open at the sound of Camille's voice.

She was already bathed and dressed in a white floral dress and some white strappy sandals to finish the outfit. Her long blonde hair was decorated with small daisies and clipped with some cute hairpins. She looked amazing. Where was she going?

"What are you doing here?" was the first thing I said once I had sat up in my bed.

"Have you forgotten that we are having a weekend outing? Get up, I've already prepared your bath" she gently tugged me until I was on my feet. I was discombobulated about her sudden niceness.

"Tell me Camille, we both know that you loathe me and wouldn't do so much as have breakfast at the same table as me, so why are you suddenly treating me like this?" I finally asked the burning question that had been stuck at the back of my head.

"You're right, don't like you but we have to be civil with each other. I can't afford to lose my privileges just because I can't put acting skills to use" she shrugged carelessly. Ouch. I knew she was just being fake.

"Now go and freshen up. People will be here anytime soon" she nudged me towards the bathroom, leaving me no choice but to go and do as she had said.

After stripping my clothes on, I plopped into the tub full of soapy water and foam. She was very good at preparing baths.

I scrubbed my skin until it was fresh and raw before wrapping a towel around myself and pulling the plug. I used a cotton swab to clean my ears before disposing it off and going to my closet.

"I found this dress in your closet" she held up a long flared yellow dress with long sleeves. It gave me lame, boring grandma vibes and I was internally wondering what the hell it was doing in my closet. And why she would want me to wear such. I know her taste wasn't that bad.

"No, I already have an outfit but thanks for helping" I smiled before going to the right side of my closet. An expression I couldn't quite decipher flickered across her face but it was gone before I could comprehend it. She left so I could get changed.

I picked out a white crop top that had straps around the stomach then some slightly oversized faded blue jeans and some white Nike Air shoes. After slipping the clothes on, I went to my makeup vanity to fix my face.

Camille was sprawled out on my bed, her phone in front of her her face. I did my makeup as fast as I could then took a white Balenciaga bag that I had been planning to carry.

I also packed a small suitcase of clothes since she had told me that we were going somewhere. Once I was done, I took my phone and texted Serena to come. She stayed close by so thank goodness for that.

"Are you outside already? Okay I'm coming" Camille hung up her phone and sprang off the bed.

"See you downstairs Miss Disney Princess" she waved before sauntering off and out of my bedroom. I also made it my cue to go down to where the others were.

"Where's Aurora? Is she not coming along?" I heard Jenevive ask Camille.

"She's still getting glammed up" she smirked as I quietly descended the stairs.

"There she is" Sabrina pointed at me as I scanned them. All of them were wearing white, which made me wonder again, why Camille wanted me to wear a different color.

"Corey is not here to see his princess descend" Zack chuckled as Camille slapped his arm. She put a finger against her lips and gestured to Jenevive, who was trying to look unbothered by his statement.

"Where did he go?" she questioned Zack.

"To the bathroom. He's coming back just now" he replied.

"When is your friend coming? She'll have to ride with the last lot if she's going to be late" Camille directed her statement at me.

"She'll be here soon but will probably go with the last lot" I raised my hands as her eyes rolled in vexation.

"Hey Camille, hey Aurora" I heard Corey's voice say from behind me. He himself was dressed in a white muscle-hugging t-shirt with some light blue jeans then some expensive sneakers I didn't know the name of.

"Hie Corey" I smiled as his eyes secretly raked over my outfit. He stuffed his hands into his pockets before coming to stand next to me.

"It's 4.30 so the first lot has to get going" Claire walked into the room, clad in a silver morning gown and some fluffy shoes at her feet "you all look amazing" she smiled widely before sending me a wink.

"Thanks Claire. Are you selecting the people?" Zack shoved his cellphone into his back pocket.

"Yes, I know a lot of you will choose to ride with your best friends" she gave Camille a look before continuing "so I've already chosen for you" she took out a neatly folded paper from the counter top.

"So the first lot goes as follows: Camille, Corey, Zack and Aurora" she announced as my heart thumped. This was not going to be a pleasant trip, I thought as a foul feeling settled in my gut.

"Second lot is as follows: Serena, Jenevive, Jules and Isaac" she spole as Serena herself barrelled into the room with another guy calmly trailing behind.

"Sorry I'm late. My brother Mason wouldn't let me go alone" she inhaled a large breath before glaring at him. He was tall, with black curly hair and unlike Serena, he had hazel coloured eyes.

"No problem! The more the merrier" Claire took a pen.

"So the third lot has 5 people, we have to organise a bigger car: Evelyn, Jenny, Jules, Jonah and Mason" she clasped her hands together.

"Which car are we taking?" Camille questioned Claire curiously.

"You'll take the white Discovery, which is already waiting so run along" she gave me a tight hug then gave Camille one too.

I followed behind Zack and Camille, who were deeply indulged in their own conversation.

"Here, let me take that for you" Corey gestured to my bag.

"Oh no, you don't have to-"

"It's okay Aurora. You can get into the car" he touched the handle as well, causing our hands to slightly brush against each other. Tell me why my heart is racing at this simple gesture.

"Thank you so much" I smiled before letting him take it to the boot. I slipped into the back row of the car, purposely ignoring the middle one. It'd be best if I kept my distance from Camille because I didn't want my mood to be ruined before the weekend even started.

I was expecting Corey to go to the middle seat but he slid in besides me and shut the door. I couldn't help but smile at this.

"Are you excited about this trip?" he questioned me and I nodded my head enthusiastically.

"Yeah. It's going to be interesting" I leaned back in my seat as his pink lips formed into a smile.

"It's going to be interesting for sure"

"So for how long are you going to keep sleeping?" Corey propped his head using his elbows. I was trying to get a minimal amount of sleep but it was either Camille was playing her music on loud, Zack was speaking at the top of his voice or Corey kept poking me.

"I didn't even sleep" I said in an exaggerated tone.

"You did. Your eyes were closed"

"For only a minute"

"It's still something" he shrugged as I rolled my eyes.

"I know what can cheer you up" he snapped his fingers as I took a video of the orange hued sunset.

"What is that?" I asked.

"Chocolate. I know how much girls love chocolate" Corey smirked.

"Well what if I'm not like other girls?" I tilted my head.

"I won't be surprised but who doesn't like chocolate?" he raised his perfectly arched eyebrows.

"I guess you're right. I like the white one though" I informed him.

"Sure" the car came to a halt at the filling station. I watched as Zack and Corey got out, leaving Camille and I behind.

"Do you wanna take some pictures? It's the golden hour" she turned her body to face me.

"Yeah sure" I replied as she jumped to the middle row then made it to the back. I was starting to learn that it was one of her habit.

We took multiple snaps and pictures together before the guys came back with tons of food which consisted of double chicken burgers, macaroni cheese, some coleslaw containers and some fries covered in bacon and cheese. Corey had indeed gotten me the white chocolate, which made me swoon inside.

We drove further away from the station then found a quiet spot to park and watch the sunset. After reclining the seats and laying the food out with a fluffy blanket underneath to protect the leather seat covers.

"I could sit and enjoy this sunset for the rest of my life" Camille sighed whilst biting her burger.

"Yeah. It's beautiful" Corey smiled as I continued to take aestheticial pictures and spamming Serena. They were still behind but were slowly catching up.

"Group selfie" Camille held up her iPhone as we all went into smile mode.

"We have to start driving so we can reach the lodge in time" Zack stretched his body before letting out a small yawn.

"I know what you're getting at with that yawn" Corey rolled his eyes as we all laughed.

"Good because I'm not about to explain myself" Zack smirked whilst chugging down the rest of his soda.

After we were done eating, Corey sat in the driver's seat since it was his turn then I went into the passenger's seat because then I would have someone to talk to.

It took a minimal amount of hours to get to our destination and I marveled at how big and luxurious the lodge looked. It was surrounded by a forest with a beautiful lake a couple of metres down the road.

"I'm going to pick my room first" Camille ran towards the entrance, not even bothering to take her bag from the boot. This surely was going to be one interesting trip.

A/N: Heyy my amazing readers😚I'm working so so hard to make this book fun and interesting so please stick with it till the end because it would mean a lot to me. Love you so much❤️

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