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Year 2: Chapter 52: Welcome to Beta Gamma Kappa! : Part 2: (Abby’s POV)

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I barely notice how fast the last two weeks of school go by. I am just so happy. I had been so worried about my relationship with Charls that I hadn’t really thought about anything else. What a relief it was to have him back, and boy have we been making up for lost time.

I find myself blushing in my final glass blowing class, as my mind wonders over to thinking about our passionate night together. And yes, it was passionate.

Somehow it reflects in my final project and my professor praises my vase saying the shape is very sensual and full of tender feelings. Thank God Janice wasn’t here. She would have spent the rest of class joking about it.

I then turn in my glass vase along with my stain glass bowl and then head out. I have really enjoyed taking the class. Kimberly was right on. I only hope the classes I chose for Fall quarter (Art and Architecture) will be as interesting.

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As I leave the building, I look up and then heave a long sigh. Brad is standing just some ways in front of me.

“What do you want, Brad?” I say walking past him. I really don’t have time for him right now. I had to meet Janice at the student union for a study session.

Brad clears his throat. “I wanted to talk to you. I don’t like the way we…left things.”

“I think we’ve talked enough.”

“Abby please-”

I grit my teeth. “Please what? Brad, you helped sabotage the final event of the Greek Olympics just so my sorority would lose! What else is there to say?

“I want to say, I’m sorry.”

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“It was a pretty low thing to do,” he continues. “I guess I just got so caught up in myself, that I wasn’t thinking. This thing with you and Charls…it’s hard for me.”

“Well, you really need to let it go.”

“He was my friend, Abby. My best friend. I just never thought that you and him would…” he drifts off staring toward the ground.

My face softens. I am actually surprised that he hasn’t brought this up before.

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I sigh deeply. “Brad, I can’t say that I regret getting together Charls because he is the best thing that’s ever happened to me, but I am sorry about the pain that it caused you. Charls and I didn’t get together to hurt you.…we just fell in love. And not to be rude, but you lost the privilege to have an opinion about who I date when you cheated on me with Clare.”

Brad scoffs. “Why do you always have to bring that up?”

“Because it’s what happened!” I frown. “You cheated on me with her for months and when I found out, it broke my heart. I thought I would never be able to go on.” I smile. “But Charls was there for me. He and Lizzie.”

“He preyed on you,” Brad snaps. “He took advantage of the fact that you were…hurting.”

I roll my eyes. “No, he didn’t. He was a friend to me, and as for us getting together, that happened on its own. I’m sorry, but you’re going to have to accept that.”

We both stare at each other in silence.

“I have to go,” I say finally. “I’m meeting up with a friend at the student union.” I then start to walk away.

“You know, I really did love you,” Brad calls after me. “I-I think I still do.”

I pause for a second and take a deep breath. “I loved you too, Brad,” I say, and then continue down the sidewalk.

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When I reach the top floor of the student union building, Janice is already seated at one of the tables studying from her sports medicine textbook. I quickly join her at the table and pull out my textbooks to study as well.

We study for the next few hours, chatting all the while. I know it is a bit distracting to Janice, but I can’t help it. I am still so excited about everything that has happened with our sorority.

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“So, I’m thinking by next year we should try to recruit five more pledges!”

Janice looks up. “Five?”

“Yes! I want us to build up the members in our chapter. Right now, it is only the six of us.”

“Seven if we count Carrie. Is she still joining?”

I shrug. “I don’t know, I haven’t seen her since the Olympics.” I then perk up. “You know, I was thinking about throwing a party for the end of finals. Our first party as a sorority.”

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Janice nods and then flips a page. “That sounds fun. Just don’t exclude anyone this time.”

“I never excluded-”

“I know, I’m just joking!”

Janice smirks and I roll my eyes. I still don’t know where Kelsy got the idea that she and the Kappa Alpha Omegas were not allowed to attend our Greek formal.

“So how are things with you and Charls?”

I beam. “Wonderful.”

“Oh, I know, it was a rhetorical question. I think the whole house knows how good things are between you two.”

“Janice!” My face turns bright red.

Janice just laughs and highlights a passage with her neon orange highlighter.

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I close my book and then rise from my chair. “I-I’m going to go get something from the vending machines,” I say and then walk over to the nearest machine.

After slipping in two dollars, I punch in the code for a Coca Cola and then retrieve it from the hole underneath. Goodness, I had thought that Charls and I had finally learned to be discreet, but clearly not if the whole house could hear us!

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“You know, I was just teasing,” Janice then says appearing by my side.

I smile. “I know, it’s just a bit awkward.”

Janice laughs. “Hey, truthfully, I can’t really talk. There is a reason why I always go to Greg’s apartment.” She then winks and walks back to the table.

I stare after her wide eyed. Now that was way more than I wanted to know about her!

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We spend thirty minutes eating our snacks and then resume back to our studying. I don’t think I have ever studied so hard. I really want to get a good score on my Geology exam. Things have gotten a bit more challenging, but I still want to reach my goal of a 3.5 gpa.

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After the fourth hour, Janice and I call it quits. We then walk over to one of the nearby tennis tables. Janice then totally owns me at a game of tennis. I swear, she can hit that ball back and forth at lightning speed! No wonder she beat everyone at the Greek Olympics. All in all, it was a nice release. All that studying had made me pretty cranky.

 

 

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That said, it does pay off. When I start my finals that Monday, I am surprised to find the answer to each question coming to me. Even with my Geology class, the answers are just flying into my head unlike all the other times when I was pondering around and eventually had to guess.

I then finish my exam and after checking over my answers, I turn it in and leave class twenty-five minutes early. I only hope that I did as well as I thought I did.

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“Stop worrying,” Charls says to me as we cuddle together that Thursday night. Classes have finally ended for the summer and I will know my final grades by tomorrow.

“I can’t,” I say, resting my head upon his shoulder. “I am determined to lift my gpa this quarter.”

“And you will. You’ve been studying like crazy. I’m sure you’re going to pass that class.”

“True.” I smile. “I’ll bet you’re happy you don’t have to deal with all this anymore.”

Charls laughs. “I can’t lie, I won’t. Although I will miss seeing you.”

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“You still taking that job at Hillman corp?” Charls had told me that he had received two job offers from two big businesses. The one at Hillman corp seemed to be the one he was leaning more towards.

Charls smiles. “I am definitely thinking about it. Like I said, I can work from anywhere. They actually have an office downtown.”

I look up. “Really?”
“Yah. So if I take it, I’ll be working from right here.”

I bite my lip. “Not trying to sway, but it would be nice to still see you every day.”

“Well, you just might be in luck.”

I grin. “I am so happy for your graduation. Whose all coming?”

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Charls seems to become a bit distant when I ask. He then shrugs. “Well, I know my brother, Ben is coming with his wife, Liza, but I don’t know about my parents or my sister, Celine.”

I frown and sit up. “Really? Your parents aren’t coming? How can they miss your big day?”

“It’s not that big,” Charls protests, but when he sees the look on my face, he sighs. “The thing is, I didn’t really invite them.”

“Really? How come?”

Charls looks away. “It’s complicated.”

I touch his cheek with my hand. “Tell me.”

Charls rubs the back of his neck. “I really don’t like to talk about it, but basically some stuff went down between me and dad that kind of wrecked things between us. I haven’t really spoken to him or my mom since.”

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I move back into Charls’s arms. “It sounds like it was really serious.”

“It-it was.” Charl then shakes his head. “But let’s not worry about that. Right now, I just want to focus on you, my love.”

I giggle and pull him closer. “And I you,” I say back, faking a British accent and we begin to kiss again.

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I don’t know how long we lay kissing like that, but the next thing I know, we are lying beside each other with my eyelids heavy. I just lay staring into Charls beautiful eyes until I finally drift off to sleep.

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When I wake up several hours later, I feel comforted to see Charls lying beside me. He opens his eyes when I stretch.

“Morning,” he says and I laugh.

“Morning.” I then hear the clanging of pots downstairs. I look over at the clock and realize it is almost twelve. Everyone is probably already up. This would be a good time for him to leave before Kimberly notices.

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Charls on the other hand, has other ideas. “You have to go,” I say as he reaches over to start kissing me again.

“Come on Abby,” he says, and my heart lurches with excitement.

“Charls, they’re all downstairs-”

“They won’t hear us.”

“They did last-”

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Charls cuts off my last word with a kiss and soon I let myself surrender to him. We then kiss tenderly as we roll upon my mattress. My strong desire to be close to him takes over, and soon we are repeating the events of last night, over and over again.

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An hour later, Charls dresses back in his clothes from the night before and then kisses me goodbye.

“Don’t forget the party tonight,” I say as he nears the door. “I want to see you there.”

Charls grins. “I wouldn’t miss it.”

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After Charls leaves, I head into the kitchen to get some coffee.

Lizzie and Selena are both in their pajamas cooking together when I enter. After pouring myself a cup of coffee, I decide to help out and clean the counters for them. Lizzie then asks me if I slept well, and it isn’t until she and Selena both start laughing that I realize what she means. Feeling my face flush, I grab my cup of coffee and rush back upstairs. It looks like once again, Charls and I had alerted the whole house!

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Feeling still embarrassed, I take a shower and then get dressed in my walk-in closet. I then head back downstairs to see how things are going.

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Selena is hanging out by the pool getting some fresh air.

“Penny for your thoughts,” I say walking over to her.

Selena looks up at me and then smiles. “Sorry I was spacing.”

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“No need to apologize. I was just checking in.”

Selena smiles. “You know this land really is beautiful. It’s a perfect place for a sorority.”

I nod. “It sure is. I knew when I first saw it, that it was the one.”

“I can’t believe we are a sorority now! Amazing how one little deal had such a big impact on us.”

I smirk. “Yah. I’m sure Taylor and Clare are still reeling from anger.”

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We both laugh.

“So what plans do you have for the summer?” Selena asks.

I shrug. “Mostly hanging out with friends and family. You?”

“My parents want us to visit London this summer. We leave in two weeks.”

My eyes widen. “That sounds amazing! You should take lots of pictures. We could use some of them for our sorority blog.”

Selena nods. “Will do.”

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We then chat for another thirty minutes before going back inside. The party will be starting in a few hours.

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With me leaving tomorrow evening, I decide to get my last load of laundry done. It takes me a couple hours, but soon my clothes are all clean and smell like fresh linen. I then fold them neatly and slip them into my suitcase.

When I finish, it is almost time for the party to start. After touching up my face in the mirror, I then head downstairs.

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When I come downstairs, the party has already started. I spot the boys of Eta Phi Nu walking inside and even spot one of Brad’s frat brother’s hanging in the corner, Dean.

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I am really starting to wonder what the hell he is doing here, when I spot him talking to Charls. They both seem deep in conversation and then start to laugh. Strange… Did this mean that they had cleared the air? Did it mean the Alpha Annyas were going to be friendlier? I won’t hold my breath.

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The doorbell then rings and I go out to check who it is. Apparently, someone had ordered pizza. As I pay the deliverer, I see Carrie coming up the drive way.

“Hey,” I say, as I tip the delivery boy. “I was hoping you would stop by.”

Carrie grins. “I’m sure you were. Sorry, I’ve been busy with finals.”

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“No problem.” I then smirk. “So fyi, we won the Greek Olympics.”

Carrie looks at me and laughs. “Ah, I see you haven’t forgotten about our deal.”

“Nope.”

“Well, in that case, I suppose you now have a new pledge.”

I squeal and give Carrie a hug. “Welcome to Betta Gamma Kappa!”

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Carrie beams. “Thank you. I hope to be a great addition to your sorority.”

“And I’m sure you will.” I then notice Ryder staring at us from the dining room window.

“I think your boyfriend is getting lonely.”

Carrie looks up and giggles. “Oh, I better get going.”

She then disappears inside.

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As I head back inside, I see Kendal and Lizzie chatting by the door. I am about to step in and say something, when I see that Lizzie looks okay. Kendal was the one that looked down. Very. Lizzie must have finally ended things with him for good. Man, I could tell by the look on his face that he really had it bad for her. I even feel a bit sorry for him, but not enough to say anything.

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When I enter back into the dining room, I spot Carrie and Ryder kissing in the corner. It’s so weird because Carrie didn’t strike me as someone who would kiss in public. Then again, neither did Lizzie. Love makes you do crazy things.

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As the night pours on, I walk about watching everyone and snapping photos. I don’t even care that the music is blasting pretty loud. I just want to remember this evening forever.

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Mrs. Krutz herself even stops by, wanting to see her sorority house up close. I am so happy when she approves of our house and formally agrees to be our housemother.

“You have really done an excellent job, Abby,” she says. “Starting a new sorority is no easy thing. I still can’t believe all the work that you did to form it. That takes great determination.”

I blush. “Thank you.”

“Well, keep it up. I want to hear from you during the summer and definitely come see me in the Fall. We will need to work on expanding.”

I smile and agree.

“Have a great summer, Abby.”

“You too, Mrs. Krutz.”

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As she walks away, I just stand there watching the party in awe about everything that has happened over the past two years. When I first came to Aberdale last year, never in a million years would I have thought that I would start my own sorority. I thought that at the most, I would become a part of someone else’s and have to listen to someone else tell me what to do. To prank others like I did to Lizzie, or worse, be only allowed to have certain friends or date certain people.

Now, I don’t. I am now a leader, leading a group of girls who are nothing like the Tri-Fruhms or the Alpha Beta Phis. And unlike them, I am not controlling everything. I prefer for our sorority to work together as a team to make our sorority one of the best on campus, and honestly, I had this gut feeling it was going to happen.

I see Lizzie making her way to the door with Michael and call her over to me.

“Picture for the collage?” I ask, and Lizzie smiles.

“Sure. It is our first sorority house party after all.”

We bother then grin and I flash the photo.

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Looking at that photo of the two us, I just know someday down the road I am going to look at it with fondness and remember the magnitude of that moment. I’ll remember that with everything that the two of us have been through for the past two years of college; fights, heartbreak, betrayal, distrust, and forgiveness, the only way to go was up.

 

(Hey my readers! Thank you so much for reading Year 2 of Lizzie and Abby: The College Diaries! I have enjoyed writing it greatly and I hope you have all been enjoying reading it as well. And fear not! As I stated in my last post, this will not be the end of Lizzie and Abby! I will be continuing their life stories into their adult years, so stay tuned! There is definitely more to come, starting with the summer of their college graduation!

Also, stay tuned, for I will be starting a new Sims 3 adventure/fantasy story! More soon and keep reading, liking and commenting! 🙂 )

 

-Evanglina

Year 2: Chapter 51: Welcome To Beta Gamma Kappa!: Part 1 (Lizzie’s POV)

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The last two weeks of Spring quarter go by quickly after the Greek Olympics. Everyone seems to be in a good mood around the house, thrilled about our victory over the Alpha Beta Phis. I still can’t believe that Clare was so desperate enough to cheat, let alone Brad. Abby had filled me in how he had had one of his frat brothers mess with the batteries of our walkie talkies to stop us from communicating with each other. It’s pretty sad how desperate they all were, but we still prevailed.

I am also so thrilled to have cleared the air with Michael. Without it weighing on me, I am able to focus more on my studying for finals and practicing for my final presentation.

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I end up presenting on Monday of finals week. As nervous as I had been, I actually do an excellent job. Well, at least from my point of view. My voice doesn’t waver one bit and I stay completely on point. I even manage to use the white board to explain some of my findings after showing my PowerPoint. By the time I finish, Professor Farientine nods to me with a little smile. The class then applauds and I make my way to my seat.

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Thirty minutes later, he announces that we will resume presentations tomorrow and then excuses us for the day. On my way, out, he personally congratulates me on a job well done, saying that I am exactly what he expects of his apprentices. I nod politely and then leave. I still stand by what I said, he has become so friendly that it is so odd.

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I then head over to the library for a study session with Michael, Charls, and Abby. Sitting at one of the computers, I start going over Astronomy practice quizzes. Michael reads though his programming textbook, stopping to stare at me over the top of it. I feel myself blush slightly. I love when Michael looks at me like that. I glance over at Abby and Charls and see that they are doing the same, although truthfully, I think that they are thinking about “other” things. I happened to hear a lot of movement coming from her room the past couple nights. I don’t think Kimberly knows that Abby has been having Charls as her nightly visitor, but even so after everything they went through, I doubt she would object.

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After a couple hours have passed, Charls stands up from his chair.

“I should head off,” he says. “I’m meeting with someone from the career center.”

Abby grins. “I still can’t believe you’re graduating. It’s so exciting!”

“Yah, it is.” Charls smiles and tucks his book under his arm. “And with luck, I may have a job offer. I went to the job fair this past Saturday and the representatives for Hillman corp. seemed very interested. Would be perfect for me since they have offices everywhere.”

Abby frowns. “What about that other one you mentioned? Winstela Hills?”

Charls shakes his head. “No. I’m not accepting anything from there. They are too connected to, well…someone I know.” He suddenly looks a bit annoyed and I can’t help but wonder who that “someone” is that he so badly wanted to distance himself from.

I don’t get to ask though, for he then kisses Abby goodbye and leaves.

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I stay for thirty minutes more, before also calling it a night.

“I think I am all studied up for today,” I say to Abby, and I log off my computer. “I’ll see you back at the house.”

Abby nods to me and after Michael waves farewell, we then walk hand in hand out of the library.

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We both however, don’t head straight home. Instead, we go right to the comic bookstore. We haven’t been there together in so long, so we decided to get some time in before the quarter ends.

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We then play some video games on the TV console in the game room. Michael had been wanting me to do so for a while, but I had never really gotten around to it.

We end up having a complete blast together and I only wish we had done this earlier.

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Throughout the time, Michael and I are chatting about our plans over the summer. He tells me that he is going back to stay with his mother and maybe get a part-time job.

“I’ll probably get something with the diner in town. I know the owner from when I used to hang there in high school.”

“That sounds nice.” I then try a game combo Michael taught me to take down an enemy on the game. “I’m going to try and get my job back at the library. I really do love working there.”

“Well it is fitting for an aspiring writer.”

I grin and use another combo to defeat the final boss.

“You know, you are unusually good at this. Are you sure you haven’t played something like this before?”

I set the controller down. “Well, I have played a bit with Judy at home, but mostly, I think it’s just that I have an amazing teacher.”

“That you do.”

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We decide to play a table game of galactica before heading out. The table was just put in recently so we both hadn’t gotten a chance to play it.

We end up going at it for another hour, before we decide to head home.

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After giving Michael a kiss goodbye, I hurry off down the sidewalk toward home.

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I spend the rest of the week studying and taking finals. I am so relieved when I take my last final on Wednesday afternoon. It is in my Astronomy class which I am freaking out about.

Luckily, from all my studying, I am able to pass through the exam rather quickly. With luck, I might just get an A.

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And sure enough, I do! I am psyched Friday afternoon when I check the mail and see an envelope with my final grades. Scanning it, I see a 4.0 for this quarter! I can’t lie, I never grow tired of seeing it. I have an urge to go upstairs to show Abby, but I have a pretty good feeling that she is not alone up there.

To celebrate, I decide to head down and play some video games. Janice had bought a new action one over the weekend and I was curious to try my skills on it.

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“I see you’re checking out my game,” Janice says just then, taking a seat next to me on the couch.

I laugh. “I couldn’t resist. Michael has really gotten me into playing.”

“I can see that.” Janice smirks. “And you’re not half bad either.”

“Thanks.”

“Oh, just so you know, Abby is throwing a party tonight. For end of term.”

“That sounds fun.”

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Janice nods. “It will be our first party as an official sorority.”

I smile and sit back. “That feels so weird to hear you say.”

“Even weirder, we are real sorority girls now. I never thought I would see the day.”

“Neither did I.” I sigh. “We really have come a long way.”

“You can say that again.” Janice then stands up. “I’m going to run to the store. Selena wants to make some of her tarts for the party and she is out of flour.”

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After Janice leaves, I decide to check in on Selena in the kitchen.

As I enter, Selena is mixing away at the counter humming softly as she stirs.

“Need any help?” I ask.

She looks over and smiles. “Sure. You could crack the eggs sitting on that tray.”

I lift up the tray and carry it over to the counter. Then one by one I crack the eggs.

“I can’t believe we are a real sorority now,” Selena exclaims. “Can you imagine what it is going to be like next year? Everything is going to be so different!”

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I look up. “What do you mean?”

“Well, now we have more pull. We can go to the same events, get the same funding and pledge more members! Also, we can have a say on the Greek council!”

“The council? How?”

“Isn’t every council member part of a Greek Chapter? Now that we are established, one of us can become a part of the council too.”

I purse my lips slightly. “Hmm, that’s a thought, but I doubt it will be that easy. With all the Alpha Beta Phis and the Alpha Annyas did to try and stop us from becoming a sorority, I doubt they would let it be that easy.”

“True. But it doesn’t hurt to try!”

Selena and I then get to work mixing up batches of her tarts and other pastries and later, Janice brings in the flour to help us finish up.

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After we put them all in the oven, I help Selena clean up the kitchen. Abby comes down a little later to get some coffee and help us.

“Did you sleep well,” Selena remarks, and when Abby says yes, she and I burst out laughing.

Abby looks confused, but then blushes when she realizes what we are talking about. She then tries to hide her face behind her coffee mug as she makes her way back upstairs.

“Those two have been inseparable since they got back together,” says Selena. “I hope someday I find a guy like Charls. Or Michael.”

I smile. Michael was pretty amazing. I wouldn’t give him up for the world.

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Speaking of which, I hadn’t told him about the party. After washing the last of the baking dishes, I dial up his number and leave a message telling him about the party. I then go to my room to get ready.

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By the time, I get ready and head back downstairs, the party has already started. I realize that I didn’t exactly know the time it was starting, but I didn’t realize it was starting so soon. Then again, I did wake up late, so maybe it was later than I thought.

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Soon, the sorority girls of Delta Sigma show up walking with the boys of Eta Phi Nu. I even spot Kelsy from Kappa Alpha Omega and I greet her nicely, hoping it will clear the air from last time.

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Michael shows up an hour later, followed by someone I was not expect to see at all.

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“Kendal,” I say looking a bit taken aback. “What are you doing here?”

Kendal swallows. “I was hoping we could talk.”

I sigh and looking toward the ground. “I really don’t think that there is anything left to talk about.”

“But there is.”

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“Elizabeth, you were right about what you said. I-I wasn’t the best boyfriend to you or a good friend. I didn’t realize the pressure you felt when we were together and though I didn’t see it at first, I understand now how you must have felt. I’m so sorry.”

I shrug. “It’s okay. It is what it is. You don’t have to be sorry for feeling the way you feel.”

“But I do. I made you feel like you had to be a certain way to be with me, and that is far from the truth. Elizabeth, I like you just as you are.”

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“T-thank you.” It does feel nice to hear him finally say that. “Well, I should get back to the party. Please feel free to stick around if you like.” I start to leave, but Kendal steps in my way.

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“Elizabeth wait,” he says. “I can’t let you just go again.”

I frown. “What?”

“It was a mistake for me to end things the way I did last year with you. I let you walk away and then we lost each other.” Kendal sighs. “I don’t want to make that same mistake again. Elizabeth, I-I love you.”

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I swallow sharply. “Oh no,” I say to myself. This was not the conversation I wanted to be having with Michael only a few feet from me. I could see him watching Kendal and I from down the hall.

“Kendal, that’s really sweet, but you know I can’t. I’m with Michael.”

“Y-yes, I-I know you are, but that doesn’t change the way we feel. You and I have something Elizabeth. Something I am not willing to give up.”

“But you have to Kendal.” I exhale deeply. “You and I “had” something. Past tense. But now we don’t. I’m with Michael now and I love him with all my heart. This isn’t just a fling Kendal, it’s the real deal with us.”

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Kendal’s face falls slightly and I can’t help but feel a bit guilty. I can tell that he really cares about me, but at the same time I can’t lie to him. There was no chance for us, and I don’t want to give him false hope.

“I’m really sorry,” I say, giving his hand a squeeze. “I really do hope you find someone else that makes you happy.”

“Kendal nods slowly. “I hope so too, but no one can hold a candle to you, Elizabeth.” He then lifts my hand and kisses it gently, before turning and walking back down the stairs of the porch.

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The night gets calmer afterwards. Toward the end, I catch up with Carrie.

“I saw you with Kendal earlier,” she says. “I hope you let him down gently.”

I smile. “I did. It wasn’t easy though. First loves are hard to get over.”

“No surprise there. Though I do hope mine lasts.”

“You and Ryder?”

Carrie nods.

“I think you will. There is something special about the two of you.”

Carrie blushes. “Thanks.”

“I hope we’ll be seeing you around the house next year,” I say, giving her a sly smile and she laughs.

“Hey, a deal is a deal.”

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After snapping some pictures with Abby and others at the party, I head out into the night with Michael. Being my last day on campus, I figure it would be nice to spend some alone time with him. It was a bit noisy in the house and I didn’t know how long the party was going to last.

Michael and I climb into my Audi and together we drive over to his apartment.

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And boy was it the best idea. I am thrilled to be resting in Michael’s arms as we watch TV on his couch.

“So, you’re going to be a senior next fall,” I say with a grin.

Michael laughs. “I know, it’s crazy.”

“You figured out what branch of computer science you want to major in?”

“As a matter of fact, yes. I’m majoring in interactive media design.”

“That sounds good. I definitely think you have a nag for gaming.”

Michael beams. “Why, thank you, miss,” he says, and I chuckle.

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“And how about you? Have you sent out your query yet?”

I nod. “I sent it to five agents yesterday. I probably won’t hear from them until the end of the summer.”

“Sounds like long wait.”

“Tell me about it.”

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I turn over to Michael and lean in closer. “I could use a big distraction.”

Michael grins. “Oh yah? How so?”

“If you come and visit me over break.”

“Sounds like a plan.”

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And then Michael presses his lips upon mine and we are once again lost in each other’s arms. As we kiss, I marvel at what a year this has been. I can’t believe it is already coming to an end and that next fall I will already be a junior. Strange enough, I am actually not afraid. I have been through so much over the past two years that I feel confident to take on anything.

Yes, right now as I sit here kissing the man I love and finishing another school year, the future was looking bright.

 

(Hey my readers! Thank you so much for reading my story! One more chapter of Lizzie and Abby and that will be the end their college years! I will then be doing a time skip into the summer of their college graduation. Stay tuned! 🙂 )

 

-Evanglina

Year 2: Chapter 50: Greek Olympic Finals!: Part 3 (Abby’s POV)

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I barely got any sleep that night, and it is extremely hard for me to get up the next morning, especially when I check my phone and still see no messages from Charls.

With all the heartache from my phone call to him, I found myself dreaming that night, of Charls slipping into an abyss, and no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t reach him. I really have it bad.

I try to hide my hurt through breakfast with Janice and Lizzie, but when Janice gets a text from Greg, I can’t help but ask about it.

That makes her question me about Charls, and our lack of conversation. Janice tells me that I should talk to him and not let Brad’s comment get to me. But, I can’t help but think about the fact that they were best friends. Wouldn’t he know him better than anyone?

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I spend most of the day pondering over this as I finish painting my final painting for my class portfolio. I have to say, it is one of the best paintings that I have ever made. I hope that my professor will be as impressed as I am.

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After I finish, I step back to admire my work. It really is quite an amazing piece. The brush strokes and techniques I used, really sets it apart from my other paintings.

I then glance down at my cell phone and see that I have been painting for the past few hours. It is getting to three ‘O clock.

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I then go into the bathroom and touch up my face. I really know it’s no use since whatever challenge today will probably have me running around. It was after all a scavenger hunt. So instead, I go into my room and change into my workout clothes.

I then hear a knock on the door.

“Come on, Abby! Lets head out so we won’t be late!” Janice calls, and I tell her I will be right there. I then fluff my hair a bit and head downstairs.

 

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It’s a quick drive over to the Greek arena and soon we are all piling onto the sidewalk where everyone else was gathered.

Within ten minutes Mrs. Krutz announces the last competition and the rules. She then gives Lizzie and I walkie talkies and two strips of paper; each with a clue leading to our first item’s location.

Mrs. Krutz also points out that there should be no cheating and that we are only allowed to use the walkie talkies as our means of communication. I have to say as she says this, Clare and Ashley look very suspicious, but I pay them no mind.

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When Mrs. Krutz wishes us luck, all four of us head off in different directions. Although we all have the same items, I assume that we are supposed to find them in different orders so as not to let anyone cheat of each other. I take a look at my first clue. It reads,

You can jam where I am from evening till late, feel free to come alone or bring a date.

Wow, easy as pie. It’s obviously R.E.D club.

I quickly jog over, pacing myself as not to get tired. I can already tell it is going to be a long scavenger hunt. The club was almost ten minutes away from the Greek arena. At least I would be getting a good work out!

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I find my item lying on the ground nearby the pool. It is an icon of a music note with a pink and silver ribbon attached. Next to it is the same item, but with a red and blue ribbon. Obviously that item was for the Alpha Beta Phis. I resist the urge to toss it into the pool. Cheating was going to get us nowhere. If we were going to become a full-fledge sorority we were going to do it fair and square. I only hope we could finish in time.

I then spot the next clue taped to the back of the music note and roll it out. It read:

A place of food galore, with shelves of food lined to the doors.

Now that sounds like the food market downtown. Then again, it could also be the dining hall. Hmm…

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As I start head off, I get an incoming call from Lizzie on my walkie talkie. She has found the first item and was about to get the second. I decide to run my clue by her and she advises me to check the food market first. I thank her and then take off.

It takes me ten minutes to jog to the food market and I am thrilled when the cashier hands me a shopping cart icon with a pink and silver ribbon. Lizzie and I were definitely off to a good start!

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My next clue reads,

Come find me where you can take a nightly rest, and wake up in the morning feeling well and refreshed.

I know that it has to be the Marmalade Inn. It is the only hotel in the city that is closest to the campus.

I quickly run right over and find the next item at the front desk with one of the workers. The item is a cute little miniature pillow. I have to say, whoever picked out the items chose really cute ones.

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I spend the next forty minutes running to and fro looking for the remaining four items. The last one ends up being at the art building. I then jog over enjoying the sunset as I pass through the courtyard.

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The item happens to be in the only open classroom, sitting next to a clay head sculpture. Ironically, the item is a replica of it.

I pick up the item and am relieved to see the message attached:

You have found the last remaining item, well done. Return to the arena to see if you’ve won.

So, it would seem I only had to find seven items, meaning that Lizzie will be the one having to find the eighth.

I lift up my walkie talkie to let Lizzie know this, but for some reason all I can hear is static. I try over and over to call to her, but there is no other sound but the fuzzy noise. I will have to return to the arena and hope that she found the last item.

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Just as I am about to leave, I see Clare come running by through the window. I instantly feel nervous. I hadn’t run into her or Ashley up until now. Did that mean that they were close to being finished?

Not wanting a confrontation, I duck behind one of the large easels in the back with a large painting upon it. Clare then comes running in and retrieves her item from the table. She then scans the table a second more; I assume, to see if she could find mine. She then frowns and lifts up her walkie talkie.

“I found the next item, but it looks like Lizzie or Abby already found the other.”

“What are you serious?” I hear Ashley say on the other line. “They already found it? Clare!”

Clare sighs. “Yah, I know! I’ll think of something.” She then turns and runs out the door.

I then step out of my hiding place. What did she mean by that?

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Not wanting to wait around any longer, I take off out of the room and back down the sidewalk. I only hope that Lizzie has already found her item. From the look of it, Clare and Ashley were still on the search.

I am disappointed when I get back to the arena and I don’t see Lizzie anywhere. I try to use the walkie talkie again, but now I can’t hear a thing at all.

Everyone cheers as I return, and I hand all my items to Mrs. Krutz. She checks all my items and gives me the okay.

“If Lizzie returns before Clare and Ashley and has all the items, then you win the challenge.”

I nod to her and then join the rest of the Beta Gamma Kappas and Delta Sigmas.

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We wait for an additional thirty minutes and then I start to worry. What was taking Lizzie so long? Had she not found all the items? What was going on?

“Why don’t you try calling her?” Janice asks.

“I can’t,” I exclaim. “The walkie talkie stopped working, so we can’t talk at all. I think the batteries are dead.”

“What?” Moana walks over to me frowning. “I put fresh batteries in all the walkie talkies this morning.” She takes the walkie talkie from me and checks the back.

“Weird, these are not the batteries I put in here.”

Just then, the Alpha Beta Phis start to cheer loudly. I look over and see both Clare and Ashley hurrying over to the stage. I feel my heart sink. We lost. The Beta Gamma Kappas lost.

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Mrs. Krutz herself even looked disappointed, but she still smiles and then walks over to the stage. She takes the items from Ashley and Clare and then goes through their checklist.

“Well if my calculations are correct, the winners of the Greek Olympics, are the Alpha Beta Phis!”

The audience cheers and the Alpha Beta Phis jump up and down in excitement. Ashley then makes her way over to me.

“Looks like you guys lost. Which means, the Beta Gamma Kappas are over. A deal is a deal.” She then walks off, leaving me standing there speechless.

I feel my heart breaking again in my chest. Not only had I lost Charls, but I had also lost my sorority as well.

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I am so angry with myself. I really thought that we were going to win. I could feel it. How stupid I had been.

I then look over and see Lizzie and Michael hurrying down the sidewalk over to the arena. In normal circumstances, I would have congratulated her on working things out with him, but I am too furious to look at her. Too bad, she doesn’t seem notice.

“Abby, we need to talk,” she says, but I turn away.

“Not now, Lizzie. I think I just need some space right now.”

“Well, that’s just too bad, Abby. It’s about the event.”

“Yes, I know. We lo-”

“They cheated.”

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Now that statement catches my attention. “What?” I ask in surprise.

“I was in the comic shop looking all over the place for the last item, but I couldn’t find it anywhere,” Lizzie says quickly. She then tells me what Michael said he saw.

I clench my fists. So that was what Clare had come up with. She had figured that the only way to stop us from winning, was to sabotage us. No way she was getting away with it.

I push my way through the crowd and hop onstage.

“Hello everyone,” I call into the speaker.

Clare and the other Alpha Beta Phis look up at me and laugh.

“Get off the stage, Abby,” says Clare. “This is a Greek event and since you aren’t a Greek member, you aren’t welcome.”

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I narrow my eyes at her. “Not until I say what I have to say.” I then look out to the crowd ahead of me. “I have some news to share with you all. The Alpha Beta Phis cheated!”

When I say this, there are echoes of boos heard throughout the audience.

Clare laughs. “Wow, you’re pathetic. You can’t take losing so you have to make up some lame story? That’s just sad.” The Alpha Beta Phis all laugh along with her.

“I’m not lying actually,” I say, glaring at her. “I happen to know that Clare or Ashley stole one of the items that Lizzie was supposed to find.”

That seems to rattle Clare slightly, but she seems to play along as if she is innocent.

“You are totally making that up,” says Ashley walking up to the podium. “You have no proof.”

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“Actually, I do. You were spotted.” I smirk at Ashley. “Someone saw one of you take the item that Lizzie was supposed to find and put it in their pocket.”

“And who is that?” Ashley asks.

“Michael Dawson.”

Clare scoffs. “You mean Lizzie’s boyfriend? That doesn’t mean anything. She could have told him to lie and say that.”

“Well then, why don’t we check both your pockets.” I know it was wishful thinking. I mean, who would be dumb enough to leave evidence in their pockets. But still, it didn’t hurt to try.

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Clare narrows her eyes. “No one is falling for your pathetic lie, Abby. Just give it up.”

“Actually, I have the final word,” Mrs. Krutz says, interrupting us. “Clare and Ashley, please empty your pockets please.”

Ashley rolls her eyes and does so, but Clare doesn’t move.

“This is stupid!” she says, waving her hand to the side. It is obvious that she is stalling. “Abby is just making this up because she lost the bet and is losing her sorority!”

“Empty your pockets, Clare.”

“But-”

“Now.”

Clare reluctantly reaches down and then lifts her hand back up empty. “See? Nothing.”

“I can see that something is there. Take it out. Now.”

Clare grits her teeth and then pulls out what I was hoping she would, a superhero action figure with a pink and silver ribbon.

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I smirk as Ashley gives her a look of hatred. Overhead the sky is starting to darken.

Mrs. Krutz frowns. “In light of this, I will have to deem Abby right. The Alpha Beta Phis have cheated, meaning they are now disqualified. The Beta Gamma Kappas win by default.”

We all let out a loud cheer as Clare and Ashley’s mouths drop. Cheaters definitely never win.

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A few minutes later Brad walks up to me. “Congratulations. I guess that means your sorority has a true Greek charter now.”

I nod. “Thank you.”

“Despite what happened between us, I was rooting for you. I can’t believe that Ashley and Clare would be so desperate.”

Someone scoffs from behind us. Turning my head, I see its Charls.

“You should talk.” He says. “Is that why you had Skip switch the batteries out of Abby and Lizzie’s walkie talkies?”

I frown. “What?”

“I saw him. He told Skip to switch the batteries. That way you and Lizzie wouldn’t be able to talk to each other.”

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I glare at Brad. “You did what?”

“I knew it!” Moana shakes her head from the crowd. “I knew I had put brand new batteries in all of them! Wow, that’s low, Brad.”

Brad frowns in Charls’s direction. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“Brad, I heard what you were saying to Skip earlier over there by the booths. How you wanted to make Abby loose so that you could be the one to help her get her sorority back?”

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I look at Brad with disgust. “You were working with them? How could you?”

“Abby, that’s not how it happened.” I can tell that Brad is totally lying. Everything Charls said is totally true.

“I can’t believe you!” I continue. “You would actually sabotage the sorority I have been working so hard to form, for what? Some pathetic attempt to win me back?”

“Abby,” Brad says looking a bit taken aback. “I-I love you! Do you really think I would do that?”

“You did!” I snap. “If you really loved me, you would have respected my decision! Not try and destroy all the work I’ve done to form this sorority, just to manipulate me!” I shake my head. “I am really starting to wonder what I ever saw in you.”

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Brad steps back looking hurt, but I honestly don’t care. I am so angry I could hurl him across this stage.

“I see you’re going to take his word over mine, so I won’t bother arguing with you,” he snaps back.

I step back. “Yes, I will take his word over you. Charls has never lied to me like you have. He’s always been there for me and been faithful to me.” I pause for a moment. “We may not be together anymore, but I love him, not you. And if you were any decent person, you would have accepted that.”

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Brad rolls his eyes. “Whatever.” He then turns to Charls. “Some friend you are. You know, you haven’t really acted like one in a long time. Or much of an Alpha Annya.”

Charls looks at him hard for a moment and then he sighs. “You’re right. I haven’t. I haven’t really been much of anything lately. But that’s going to change.”

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He then steps forward and surprises me by pulling me into his arms.

Before I can ask what he is doing, Charls leans down and kisses me hard on the mouth. I feel a shockwave of heat from my head to my toes. How I’ve missed kissing Charls so much. I kiss him back and then wrap my arms around his shoulders.

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“I heard your message yesterday,” he says, pulling away from me. “I’m sorry I didn’t answer back sooner.”

I smile feeling tears coming to my eyes. “That’s okay. As long as you know that I meant it. Every word.”

“I do.”

I feel so happy that my heart could burst.

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Brad scoffs. “You’re seriously going to get back with her after what happened with us?”

“Yes, I am,” Charls says, not even looking at him. His gaze is still on mine and I feel my heart still racing in my chest.

Brad looks furious. He then mutters something angrily under his breath and then walks off the stage.

I pay him no mind. I am too happy to be back in Charls’s arms to even care what Brad thinks.

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Looks like I am not the only one over the moon. As Charls and I make our way back through the crowd, I see Janice and Greg pressed against each other in a lip lock toward the back. I truly am happy for her. Maybe her fights with Greg have finally come to an end.

However, I can worry about that later. Right now, there was only one person I had on my mind and what I wanted to do.

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And just a while later my dream for the past few weeks comes to life, as Charls and I lie upon my mattress kissing tenderly in each other’s arms. I gasp as he lowers himself toward me and wrap my legs around him. I honestly want to stay like this forever.

“I love you,” I whisper into the softness of his lips, and he says it back as he presses himself onto me. Only the thin fabric of my nightgown and his boxers separate his skin from mine. In minutes, our veils are both gone and the friction of his body upon mine, sends me into overdrive. Like always, the world around me seems to vanish and I surrender to the heated sensations running through me. And as he kisses me once more, I realize that I never want to be without him ever again.

 

-Evanglina

Year 2: Chapter 49: The Greek Olympics!: Part 2 (Lizzie’s POV)

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The next few weeks go by rather quickly. I am still so surprised that soon the quarter will be coming to an end. I am ready for summer break. With everything going on, I yearn to be back at home with my family. I especially want to see Judy, for I didn’t get to spend much time with her over spring break. She is growing so fast! Already a seventh grader, she will be starting eight grade already in the fall! Only one year until she is in high school! It’s crazy!

During the next few weeks, I spend most of my time studying and practicing my public relations presentation. It is only a couple weeks away, along with finals week. But there is one event that sneaks up on me. The Greek Olympics!

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With everyone off to class in the morning, I enjoy a glazed donut for breakfast. I’m not for having unhealthy breakfasts, but I am kind of in a bit of a hurry. I wolf it down and then head on my way.

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With the excitement of the Olympics, I am surprised that I am able to focus during all of my classes. I even am able to take good notes on the final unit of astronomy, the geology of Mars and predictions of the future. Very intriguing indeed.

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I then head home after my last class and have a bit of a study session with Janice and later Kimberly, before Abby arrives home. With my stomach full of nerves, we then head to the Greek Olympics.

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The event area looks very nice and I have to applaud the hard work of the people who set everything up. As nervous as I am, I can’t wait for everything to begin.

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And begin it does, starting off with the rock climbing challenge. Janice wins first place, putting us off to a great start. I don’t think the Alpha Beta Phis were expecting this, with the glare on Ashley’s face being any indication.

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There is also a shootout competition, in which Janice and Tatyana ruled at as well. I cannot deny that Brad and Charls put up quite a fight. Though Charls did seem a bit distracted by staring at Abby, something which Brad did not take kindly to. It seemed that Abby was still in the middle of her love triangle with them.

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Soon it was time to take my first event, which was the golfing event. I had not really been planning to do it, but Abby convinced me to, claiming I was the only one who had really done golf before.

Well by the end, I did manage to score second place just behind Kelsy. Definitely not too shabby!

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There also happens to be a pie eating contest, curtesy of the Eta Phi Nus. I end up being chosen for the contest and surprisingly end up winning! The Beta Gamma Kappas were definitely doing better than I had originally expected!

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Afterwards the competition plays along pretty well. Janice wins the table tennis competition and Abby wins her shoot out against Clare. It is actually pretty amusing to see Clare dive to the ground and miss. Janice also rules at the archery competition and I am cheering for us being on a role.

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It is not long before it is my time to represent us again. The mechanical bull event had finally arrived. Janice and Abby all gave me words of encouragement as I slipped my leg over the saddle. I am terribly nervous that I am going to do terrible, but I totally surprise myself. I manage to stay on long enough, beating fellow Alpha Annya member, Dean, by five seconds! You could just see the shock in Clare’s eyes. She looked like she wanted to explode!

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After that event, our future housemother, (hopefully) Mrs. Krutz, announces that we will reconvene the Greek Olympics again tomorrow at three.

I walk over to the picnic area where Tatyana and Kimberly are each munching on snow cones.

“You did a great job, Lizzie!” Kimberly says, while licking her cone.

“Totally! I thought you were going to fall off any second!” Tatyana says laughing.

I chuckle. “I was! It took everything in me not to let go!”

Kimberly grins. “You want to head over to the dining hall to celebrate?”

I shake my head. “I think I’m going to head back to the house. Big day tomorrow.” And honestly, I just wanted to rest. I had been spending the whole week studying and I really just needed some sleep.

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Of course, when I get home, I am a bit surprised to find people lounging about and hanging out. I even spot Clare lurking in the corner. What were they all doing here?

Whatever the case, I don’t have time for them. I need to get some sleep. A lot of it.

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Truthfully, my mind had begun to wonder to Michael again. I had been able to keep it at bay by focusing on my public relations presentation and studying for finals, but without either to occupy me, I didn’t know how I was going to cope. I really do miss talking to Michael. So much!

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I pull out my phone and check it again for the zillionth time. Still no messages. I sigh. This was becoming torture. I didn’t think I could go like this any longer with no answers. I had to try calling him again.

Turning my phone over, I dial his number. It rings several times and then goes to voicemail.

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I call him five more times before finally caving. I have been resisting leaving voicemails because I don’t want to seem overbearing, but I can’t take it anymore. I have to say something.

“Michael. I know you are there.” I pause for a moment and then sigh. “Look, this has gone on long enough. I get that you are mad at me and that we are in a confusing place, but you need to talk to me. We can’t just leave things like this. Yes, it’s true that I had some feelings for Kendal, but it is to be expected. Kendal was the first guy I was ever with, but it’s over. He and I are done and I am with you now. At least, I hope I still am.” I sigh again. “Michael, I love you and only you, and I don’t want to be with anyone else. So please call me so we can figure this all out. I-I miss you…and I know you miss me too. So, call me.”

I then click off my phone and place it on my bedside table.

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I know it is probably a lost cause, but I had to try. Not seeing or speaking to Michael is driving me crazy.

As I crawl into bed, I only hope that I will finally hear from him. I then watch the phone on my bedside table, until I finally drift off to sleep.

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I wake up in that next morning feeling like my phone is ringing. I glance down at it and see that I still have no messages. Maybe Michael hadn’t gotten my message. Or maybe he just didn’t care. I rub my face in frustration. Why did relationships have to be so difficult?

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I decide what I need is some nourishment, so I go downstairs into the kitchen to eat. I spot Abby in the dining room and join her with another one of Selena’s cinnamon buns. She cooked them again last morning and I hadn’t gotten around to eating one. They are amazing.

“Morning,” I say, taking a seat at the table. “You excited for the finals today?”

Abby swallows her bite of a soft pretzel stick. “You bet! With luck, tonight we could be an official sorority.”

“Or we could just be girls renting a house on campus,” I say taking a bite of my cinnamon bun.

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“Hey, no negativity,” Janice says, while walking into the dining room. “That kind of talk isn’t going to get us anywhere.”

“Yah Liz.” Abby swallows her last bite of pretzel. “What gives?”

I look at them both sheepishly. “I’m sorry. I guess I’m just trying to be realistic.”

“Well, I want to focus on the positive,” says Abby. “We are tied with the Alpha Beta Phis, so that means we have a good chance of winning.”

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“That’s true.” I cut into my bun with my fork. “Do we even know what the last challenge is?”

Abby shrugs her head. “Sort of. I think it is some kind of a treasure hunt. Moana was kind of tight-lipped about it. Something about Ashley wanting to keep it secret.”

Janice rolls her eyes. “I wonder why. Anything to give us a lower advantage.”

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“I think it’s a good sign!” Abby says smiling.

I frown. “How so?”

“It means that she’s nervous. You saw the look on her face yesterday. She was absolutely shocked that we tied with them! And if Clare’s threat showed me anything, it’s that they are a bit worried.”

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Janice looks up. “Clare’s threat?”

“Yah. She came to the party yesterday to ask us to drop out. Something about wanting to save us the humiliation of losing today.”

Janice snickers. “More like save them humiliation.”

“Exactly.”

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I laugh. “Well, I guess if they are that scared, it is a good sign for us. Maybe we just might bet them after all. I wonder what the treasure hunt will entail.”

Abby perks up. “Well, what I do know, is that it is going to be a partner thing again.”

Janice grins. “I think we should chose Lizzie as part of the group. If it’s a scavenger hunt, there will be riddles and I think Lizzie will be most suited to solve them.”

I laugh. “True. I do love riddles.”

“And I think Abby is pretty good at knowing her way around town. You two would be a perfect duo.”

Abby nudges my shoulder. “I can’t argue with that,” she says, and I chuckle.

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Just then, we hear a funky sound like that of a motorcycle engine. Janice picks up her phone sheepishly. “My new texting tone.”

Abby and I try to resist laughing.

“It’s Greg. He’s just wishing me luck for today.”

Abby smirks. “You two sure have been pretty close this whole semester. It’s a big improvement from last year.”

Janice nods. “Yah, he was just going through some hard stuff. I’m glad he was finally able to talk to me about it.” Janice then looks up. “How are you two doing in that department?”

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I roll my eyes. “Don’t even ask. I’ve called Michael so much that my hands are tired. He just won’t talk to me.”

“Have you tried going to see him?” Janice asks. “That’s what I did with Greg.”

“I don’t know. I don’t want to push him. I want him to come to me when he is ready. I just wish it was sooner.”

Abby smiles at me sadly. “I know what you mean. I still haven’t heard back from Charls either.”

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I pat her shoulder. “I’m sorry. Although I am a little surprised he hasn’t tried to talk to you.”

Janice takes another bite of her bun. “Yah, he couldn’t seem to take his eyes off you yesterday.”

“I know.” Abby sighs. “I feel like he wants to talk to me, but something is holding him back.”

“Or someone,” Janice remarks.

Abby frowns. “You mean Brad?”

“Who else? I mean, you did break things off with him, right?”

Abby nods.

“Then he probably isn’t too happy about it.”

“Maybe not, but I don’t think that’s it.” Abby sits back. “After we talked, Brad said that Charls would never get back with a girl that stepped out on him.”

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I scoff. “I don’t think you should be listening to anything Brad says. He will probably say anything to break you and Charls apart. He still wants you.”

“Yah Abby.” Janice stuffs the last piece of her cinnamon bun into her mouth. “This is between you and Charls, so don’t let Brad keep you from talking to him. Just do it.” She then gives me a look. “That goes for you too, Liz.”

I roll my eyes and then rise from my chair. “Well, I left him a message on his cell, so hopefully he’ll get back to me. If not, maybe I’ll just have to take your advice.”

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Abby follows me into the kitchen where Tatyana is standing nearby the counter.

“Hey, Abby,” she says, walking up to her. “I have something I want to say.”

Abby smiles. “Sure, what’s up?”

“I want to apologize for how I’ve been the past few weeks. I know I’ve kind of been a bit of downer. I realize now that you only did what you did because you were trying to help. I couldn’t have made that easy for you.”

Abby waves her hand. “Hey, I don’t blame you. Or any of you guys, actually. It was pretty extreme for me to make a bet like that. I just wanted so badly for us to get our charter back, that I was desperate. I should have talked to you all first.”

“Yah, but Ashley might have changed her mind. You did what you felt was right. Even if it was a bit over the top.”

They both laugh. “All forgiven?” Tatyana asks, and Abby gives her a hug.

“All forgiven.”

I smile. Now that was some definite sisterhood right there.

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Just as I am about to head back up to my room, I feel my phone vibrate in my pocket. I glance down and see I have missed a call from Michael! Feeling my stomach tingling, I quickly dial him back.

I dial him back almost five times before giving up again. I then check my voicemail, but there are no new messages. I can’t help but feel disappointed. Why hadn’t he left a message? Was it because he was upset that I didn’t pick up? Or was it that he had just been calling to end things? Tell me to leave him alone?

My mind was going miles a minute. Maybe Janet was right. Maybe I just needed to go talk to him.

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After taking a shower and getting dressed, I drive over to Michael’s apartment and knock on the door. I wait there for almost ten minutes before realizing he really isn’t there. Feeling disappoint and extremely frustrated, I make my way back home. I then go into the computer room and log onto one of the computers. I really don’t feel like being in my room right now.

I boot up my manuscript and finish editing my last two chapters. In the end, I have Paul and Serena kissing passionately on the doorstep of his townhouse. If only my love live could end as such.

I then move onto drafting my query letter. After doing some research, I had found four agents that I felt could potential be the right one for me. I am hoping to send the letters off to them before the month of June ends.

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I end up spending the duration of the day typing away at the computer. I finish drafting and editing my query letter and then send a copy to Carrie. I really would like to get a second opinion.

Just then, the door opens and Janice comes walking in.

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“Hey you, it’s time to head out. The final event is starting in twenty minutes.”

I look up. “Wow, it’s that time already?”

“Yup, but I’m not surprised that you don’t know what with you plugged into your story like that. You finished with the edit yet?”

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“As a matter of fact, yes. I actually just finished drafting up my query letter.” I click save and then log off the computer. “I sent a copy to Carrie to look at before I send it off.”

Janice chuckles. “I swear, Carrie is like your personal agent.”

“I know, right?”

I then rise from my chair and follow Janice out.

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Everyone is all gathered by the sidewalk when we arrive. Janice and Abby quickly change into workout clothes, but I decide to stay in my outfit. In five minutes, Mrs. Krutz waves to get our attention.

“All right! Welcome to the final day of the Greek Olympics! The two sororities competing today, are the Alpha Beta Phis and the upcoming sorority Beta Gamma Kappa!” We all cheer and Moana and the Delta Sigmas cheer even louder in support.

“The final event today, is a scavenger hunt. The two remaining sororities will pick two people to represent them and participate in the hunt. The two participants will have to follow clues to find fifteen items that have been scattered throughout the Aberdale U campus and downtown. Each item will have a ribbon corresponding to the sorority’s colors and a new clue leading to next location. Whichever sorority finds all the items and returns here first, wins the competition and the Greek Olympics!”

I feel my nerves kicking in. So this was going to be a race. I glance over at Abby and she gives me a wink.

Mrs. Krutz then hands Abby and I walkie talkies along with two strips of paper, and does the same for Ashley and Clare.

“These are for you all to communicate with each other along the way,” she says. “Now, happy hunting!”

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Abby and I then nod to each other and take off down the sidewalk. As I hurry down the pavement, I glance down at my first clue written on the strip of paper. It reads:

“Come find me if you crave knowledge, of interstellar work at college.”

I close my eyes thinking for a moment. “The science building!” I then think. However, that can’t be it. “Interstellar work…”

I then open my eyes. It has to be the constellation lookout. I then hurry over to the grounds where a large telescope lies behind a gated fence. Slipping inside, I spot an icon of a miniature rocket, lying on a nearby table with a pink and silver ribbon sticking out of it. Beside it is a replica with a red and white ribbon; the color for the Alpha Beta Phis. Some students nearby working with the telescope wave to me.

As I pick up the icon, a rolled-up piece of paper slips out.

It reads:

“A place to hear an intellectual speech or just kick back and chill with your peeps.”

I can’t help but laugh at that. I can tell it was written by someone from Eta Phi Nu. It totally sounds like something Robbie would write.

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I figure that the clue is talking about the student union building, so I head right over. I also figure I should give Abby an update.

“Found the first item at the science building telescope grounds,” I call into the walkie talkie. “I’m onto the second clue now.”

“Got it!” Abby calls. “I found the first item at R.E.D club, but I’m having trouble with the second. It says ‘“A place of food galore, with shelves of food lined to the doors.’”  Are they talking about the downtown supermarket or the dining hall?”

“Hmm, I’d check the supermarket first. They have more shelves of food than the dining hall.”

“All right, check in later!”

I push my walkie talkie into my pocket and start searching the student union building.

I don’t find the icon upstairs, so I start looking in the classrooms downstairs. All of the rooms are locked except for the one which I find my icon in. It is an icon of a mini apple, sitting on one of the tables. After pulling out the clue, I scan it over and figure out the next location, the library.

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I continue along collecting the items until I have collected six. Since Abby and I had split up to cover more ground, I figure with luck, the next item will be my last.

The seventh item I find, is a mini camera icon in the photo booth of the downtown arcade. I am over joyed thinking it is time for me to head back, but then I see a clue fall out of it. Looks like I got the final item. I quickly read it over:

“If you enjoy tales of adventurous battles of villains and heroes, this place will excite you from your head to your toes.”

“I’m on to find the last item,” I call into the walkie talkie. “I’ll be back to the arena in fifteen minutes.” I was definitely getting my daily workout. I wait to hear back from Abby, but there is too much static. So, I decide to just be on my way.

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I arrive in three minutes, since the comic shop is not too far from the arcade. With luck, I can find the item and head back before Clare and Ashley. With the last item I had found, their item had still been there. Meaning, we had a good chance of winning the Greek Olympics!

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I walk in expecting to see my icon sitting on the counter, but I don’t see it anywhere. I then start searching throughout the building. I check all the tables and then head back into the video game room to look. But even with all that, the icon is nowhere in sight.

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The area is pretty bare, so there is really no one for me to ask about it. I look around again for the third time before becoming a bit restless. I have wasted almost fifteen minutes and the icon isn’t turning up anywhere. I try to give Abby a call to let her know what is going on, but my walkie talkie doesn’t seem to be working anymore. I was at a loss for what to do. Where could the icon have gone?

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“Lizzie,” someone then says from behind me.

I turn around and then feel my heart nearly jump out of my chest.

“M-Michael!”

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I swallow hard. It is so strange to be talking to him after all this time. As much as I wanted to, I felt at a loss for words.

“H-how are you?” I ask. It’s such a bland question, but I can’t think of anything else to say. My mind feels like it is racing.

“I’m all right,” he says.

We both then stare at each other in silence for almost a minute. The only sound is the cashier behind us returning to its register.

“I got your message, yesterday,” Michael then says.

I nod. “I-I saw your missed call and I tried to call you back.” I cough slightly, trying to bring back my nerve. “You didn’t pick up, so I-I d-dropped by your place. You weren’t there.”

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Michael nods. “Yah, I’ve been out today. First at the library and then here.”

We are both then quiet again. I can feel my hands tingling fiercely at my sides. All this silence is killing me. I really can’t take all the tension.

I then remember what I was doing here. I needed to find the last icon. I then start to turn away from him.

“Well, I-I have to go. I’m in the middle of the Greek final competition-”

“Lizzie, wait.”

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Before I can even ask why, Michael pulls me to him and kisses me. I nearly lose my balance as I stumble onto him in surprise, and then once again like always, my body begins to heat up and I feel my heart pounding in my chest. His arms then wrap around me gently and I feel that sensation he always gives me when I am in his arms; that feeling of warmth and security, as his soft and gentle lips, move rapidly upon mine. I feel his tongue touch mine tenderly and I pull him closer as the heat between us increases.

I am so weakened by his sudden kiss, that I feel my knees almost buckle beneath me. I didn’t realize how much I have missed him until this moment. It’s like everything around me has vanished and all that exists is Michael and me.

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When he finally moves his lips from mine, I cling onto him feeling dazed. And looking at him, I can tell he feels the same way.

“I’ve miss you so much,” I whisper, even shocking myself.

Michael grins. “And I you.” He then kisses me again.

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“I’m so sorry about everything with Kendal,” I say through his gentle kisses upon my lips.

“Lizzie, I don’t care about Kendal,” he whispers back.

“I know,” I whisper back, “but I need you to know, that there is nothing between him and me. I don’t love Kendal.” I pause as he leads a trail of kisses toward my neck. “I love you, Michael.” I am barely able to say that, for the kisses he is giving me, are sending warm tingles down my spine.

“I love you too,” he says, and he presses his lips against mine once again. We then kiss furiously in full view of everyone standing outside the comic bookshop. And funny, but I don’t seem to care.

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When we finally stop, I don’t even know how long we’ve been standing there. I have completely lost track of time.

“Oh my gosh, I have to go!” I say looking alarmed. “I was supposed to be going back to the Greek arena a while ago.” I then remember my dilemma. “Then again, I don’t know if it matters if I can’t find the last item. I’ve looked all over the comic shop and I can’t find it. We’ve probably already lost.”

Michael frowns. “What item?”

I then explain to him the whole situation with the scavenger hunt and the missing icon.

“You know, earlier I saw some girl come in here and take some action figure looking thing that was sitting on the counter. It had a red and blue ribbon tied around it.”

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My eyes widen. “Yes, that was the one for the Alpha Beta Phis. Did you see one next to it with a pink and silver ribbon?”

“I did, but that girl took it.”

My jaw drops. “What? She took both of them?”

“Yah. I thought it was weird, but I didn’t think much about it. I didn’t really see her face, but I know she was blonde.”

I shake my head. I can’t believe what I am hearing. I’ll bet anything that the girl was probably Ashley or Clare. I wouldn’t put it past them to cheat.

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“Well, that means that I have been wasting my time looking for it,” I say, heaving a sigh. “I might as well just head back.” I was feeling a bit of dread sinking into my chest.

“I’ll walk you.”

I smile. “You don’t have to do that.”

Michael moves closer and gives me a quick peck on my lips. “I want to.”

He then takes my hand into his and we walk out through the store doors together.

 

-Evanglina

Year 2: Chapter 47: Eye of the Tiger (Lizzie & Abby’s POV)

Abby’s POV

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That next week we all get started on training for the Greek Olympics. With it only in a few weeks, we don’t have as much time to get ready. Lucky for us though, we have our secret weapon, Janice.

Janice spends the next three weeks training us vigorously. And I mean vigorous. She drills us endlessly and barely gives us time to rest during our sessions.

“This is about more than just a competition,” she says. “Our sorority is at stake. Now keep going!”

She and I meet up Friday afternoon at the gym’s outdoor climbing wall to practice her timing for climbing it. Kimberly had come through with finding out the Greek Olympics events, which gives us things to actually practice for.

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After several tries I think I am finally about to beat her, but then I lose my grip on one of the rocks and drop to the bottom. I’m telling you, it’s not as easy as it looks.

Janice keeps going and hits the busser at the top. I think I know who we are going to be using for wall climbing.

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Afterwards we practice shooting soccer balls into the net. Now this I have definitely gotten the hang of. I have managed to master my skill at kicking the ball into the net at every single angle. I have even managed to beat Janice, which I must say was no easy feat. Janice even points out that I should be the front runner for the shootout challenge. I am a bit nervous, but I am willing to give it a shot. After all, apart from Janice I am the best shooter in the group.

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Lastly, we practice shooting arrows into targets. Janice is on fire. I swear, she looks like a warrior out of an action movie. I think she should definitely be the one tackling the archery shootout. Luckily for us, there is a three-challenge limit when it comes to who can compete in events. Meaning, we can use Janice more than once. That will definitely work to our advantage.

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Later in the afternoon, we head to the student union building and practice some table tennis. Or yes, that was one of the events. Kimberly said it was the Eta Phi Nus idea. They apparently ruled at table tennis.

Still, I think that Janice was going to give all of them a run for their money.

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Janice then gets a call from Greg and heads off to meet up with him, so I decide to go get some painting done in the art building. With my art portfolio, due in a few weeks, I want to make sure all my paintings are in order.

Just as I am walking out of the student union building, I walk right into someone I don’t want to see…Ashley.

“Abby,” she says. She is decked out in her athletic wear with her headphones in. She takes them both out when she sees me.

“Hello Ashley,” I say calmly. I really don’t feel like starting something with her right now.

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Too bad she doesn’t feel the same way.

“So, I saw you and Janice at the climbing wall today,” she continues. “She made some pretty good time. Of course, it doesn’t come close to mine.” Ashley smirks. “You’re going to have to do much better than that.”

I narrow my eyes. “Well, we are still practicing, Ashley. Believe me, when we get to the Olympics, we’ll be ready.”

Ashley scoffs. “Well, Clare was right about one thing, you are definitely overly optimistic.”

Funny she should bring up Clare. I hadn’t really seen much of her or Taylor that quarter. Not that it bothered me or anything, it was just weird that they hadn’t been around lately. But I guess I needn’t worry. I would be seeing them at the Olympics anyway.

“But even you have to admit,” Ashley continued, “you guys are in way over your heads. The Alpha Beta Phis rule the Olympics. Soon your sorry excuse for a sorority will be a distant memory.”

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I roll my eyes. “You guys have only been champion for one year, so I wouldn’t be bragging.”

Ashley frowns. “Oh, don’t worry, we will cream your wannabe sorority. Just wait. You’ll be wishing you never made that bet with me.”

She then turns and walks off and I resist saying anything back. She is so not worth it.

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It’s a quiet drive to the art building and I enjoy watching the beautiful sunset. I then hear my phone start to ring and glance down. I light up at first thinking it is Charls, but when I lift up my phone, I see it is Brad. Big whoop. I slide the quick message that reads, “Can’t talk now, I’m driving,” and then I drop my phone back down. I really don’t want to talk to Brad right now.

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When I enter into the art classroom ten minutes later, it is completely empty. I am a bit relieved. It will be nice to paint in peace and quiet.

My phone starts to ring again and this time I move the quick message that says, “Can’t talk now, busy painting,” without really checking to see who it was. I then walk over to my painting in the back and start to paint.

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Just as I finish the painting and put it in the back, I hear the classroom door open.

“Hey Abby.”

I turn around and sigh. Brad is standing just a few feet from the door.

“Brad, what do you want?” I can’t hide the irritation in my voice.

“To talk to you.” Brad frowns slightly. “You’ve been avoiding me.”

I walk back over to my easel without looking at him. “I know.”

“Why?”

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I shake my head. “Why do you think Brad?”

“Because we kissed?” Brad smirks. “Abby, there’s nothing wrong with that.”

“Yes, there is.” I sigh again. “Brad, you know I’m with Charls.”

“Were.”

“Am.” I feel myself growing more frustrated. “I love him.”

“So, you’re really going to act like that kiss meant nothing to you?”

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I turn to Brad slightly. “I didn’t say that.”

“See? So there is still something between us. You can’t deny it.”

I exhale deeply. “All right, fine Brad. Yes. When you kissed me, I felt something, something that I hadn’t felt in a long time. I had forgotten my feelings for you, but when you kissed me, it all came rushing back. I remembered what it was like to be with you. To be…in love with you.”

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Brad smirked. “I thought so. So why have you been avoiding me?”

“Because I’ve been trying to figure out my feelings. How I feel about you and Charls.”

Brad raises an eyebrow. “And?”

“And, as much as I enjoyed kissing you again after all that time…it can’t ever happen again.”

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Brad looks taken aback. “What?”

“You and I ended a long time ago, when you cheated on me with Clare. Brad, you were cheating on me the entire time we were together!”

“Not the entire time-”

“Most of it. There was even a sex tape of you and Clare floating around-”

“I didn’t make that!” Brad curses. “It was Clare that-”

“I know, I know.” I sigh once again. “I’m just saying that things have happened between us, things that can’t be changed.” I glance down at the floor. “Like how you made everyone think that I was the one who cheated on you.”

Brad is quiet when I say that.

“Whatever the case Brad, I still can’t be with you, because I’m in love with Charls.”

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Brad looks taken aback. “What?”

“You and I ended a long time ago, when you cheated on me with Clare. Brad, you were cheating on me the entire time we were together!”

“Not the entire time-”

“Most of it. There was even a sex tape of you and Clare floating around-”

“I didn’t make that!” Brad curses. “It was Clare that-”

“I know, I know.” I sigh once again. “I’m just saying that things have happened between us, things that can’t be changed.” I glance down at the floor. “Like how you made everyone think that I was the one who cheated on you.”

Brad is quiet when I say that.

“Whatever the case Brad, I still can’t be with you, because I’m in love with Charls.”

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Brad frowns. “You expect me to believe that?”

I shrug. “You can believe whatever you want, but it’s the truth. I love him Brad, and I can’t picture myself without him.”

Brad looks away from me in silence. “You would really choose him over me? Seriously?”

I nod. “In a heartbeat.”

“Wow.”

Brad stares off in the distance and then turns to the door. “You know you’re making a mistake,” he says.

I just smile and shake my head. “No, I’m not.”

“He’s not going to take you back, not now anyway. I know him and he doesn’t take kindly to girls who step out on him.”

I feel my chest begin to tighten again. Brad’s words cut like knives.

“I hope you’re wrong, Brad,” I say softly, “but even so, it won’t stop me from loving him.”

I see Brad’s fists tighten slightly and then he slowly makes his way out of the art room.

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Amazingly after talking to Brad, I feel like a huge weight has been lifted. Even though things were still non-existent with me and Charls, at least I had finally ended things with Brad. Though, I must say he didn’t look too happy about it, so I can only hope that it won’t reflect negatively on the whole thing with the Greek Olympics.

But as I climb into bed, that is the farthest thing from my mind. I seem to drift off into other things and my mind wanders…

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Soon it is not just me in my bed, but me and Charls, kissing passionately in each other’s arms. I cling to him desperately as his body presses against mine. “I love you,” he whispers to me, and I feel every nerve in my body tingle and a deep desire building within me. I wanted him. Every part of me did. But somehow deep down, I knew it wasn’t real. It was only a dream. Just a dream…

 

Lizzie’s POV

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After the meeting, Abby arranged at the park, things change for all of us. The house becomes more cheerful again with everyone working hard and practicing for the Greek Games. I use the time to practice and also do some of the chores around the house. It had been a while since I had done my laundry, so I decided to get the laundry machines going and work on getting my clothes done.

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I also really get working on my big Public Relations project. I am all nerves for the presentation which was only in a few weeks. Janice tells me I am going to be fine, but I am still incredibly nervous.

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I also do my best to be more attentive in class. With my grades sliding a bit, I need to make sure I do well on the next couple tests so that I can maintain my perfect gpa.

I do my best to try and put my problems aside and take better notes and ask questions. I am going to ace the next test.

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Professor Farientine seems impressed with my enthusiasm and even asks me to stay after class. Although I think it may have to do with the internship.

“Miss Drake, I wanted to applaud you again for agreeing to the apprenticeship. I think it will be a great opportunity to explore your options in journalism. I could really use your assistance in the new freshman journalism class.”

I smile. “Thank you. I am honored to be chosen.”

“Well, make sure you finish the final paper work and turn it in to the dean. It should be approved with no problem.”

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I nod. “I’ll be right on it.”

Professor Farientine smiles. “It will be an honor to work with you.”

I try to restrain from looking shocked. I nod to him and then head out of the classroom. It is so weird. He has been so unusually nice to me since this semester started. I hate to say it is strange, but it really is.

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After class, I meet up with Janice at the grounds where the Greek Olympics will be held. She said she had a surprise for me about the event I was to compete in.

I nearly faint when I see what she has in mind. The bull riding event. What on Earth was she thinking?

“You just have to stay on longer than the competitor.”

“What makes you think I will be able to do that?”

“Because I have tried it with everyone else and you are the best one!”

“Great.” I roll my eyes.

Janice then pushes me into a practice outfit and I climb on.

“You at least need to stay on for three minutes. Now, go!”

The machine then starts and I start to thrash around all over the place on the mechanical toy.

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Janice stands on the sideline and cheers me on. The first time around, I manage two minutes, gradually moving up to three. My legs are becoming sore, but Janice keeps at it. Why is it that she had to start at intermediate and then move quickly to expert?

“It we keep doing this, you should be able to stay on. We just got to work at it.”

I manage to stay on for almost four minutes, before being booted off.

“Maybe, I just hope I can beat whoever I’m up against.”

“I think you will at least stand a chance. You are much better than you think you are.”

“Uh huh.”

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Another twenty minutes and I am totally fatigued. Janice finally lets me go and I head off downtown. It’s a nice walk and I end up at the comic bookshop. This time I go inside and scan the shelves of the comic books. Michael is still nowhere in sight. I know it was useless thinking, but I really am feeling deprived of him. I miss him, so much.

As I look through the shelf, I see the comic that Michael had once suggested to me, Legend of Ara, but volume 2. I pull it off the shelf and check the back. It’s about twelve dollars.

Tucking it under my arm, I walk over to the counter and pay for it. I then leave and continue my walk downtown.

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As I head on, I spot Kendal standing not too far away. I take a deep breath. This was probably going to be my only time to talk to him since he had been avoiding me.

“Kendal,” I call, and walk up to him.

He looks a bit surprised, but turns to me. “Hello Elizabeth.”

“How are you?”

“I’m well.”

“I’ve been trying to get a hold of you.”

Kendal looks down. “Yes, I’m sorry I haven’t gotten back to you. I have been a bit busy.”

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“Really? Then why don’t I believe you?”

Kendal sighs. “Elizabeth, let me explain-”

“It’s not necessary. I’ve been down this this road with you before, last year.” I smile. “You know, it’s funny. I’ve been thinking about how this whole situation has felt familiar to me, but I couldn’t figure out why. Now I know. It’s because you did the exact same thing to me last year.”

Kendal looks confused. “What are you-”

“Last year, when that tape of me swimming in that pool spread around the whole campus, I was horrified and had no one to turn to. I tried to call you for support, but you wouldn’t answer me. And when I finally did get a hold of you to find out why, you ended our relationship.”

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Kendal swallows nervously. “Elizabeth-”

“You wouldn’t listen to anything I told you, because you had already made up your mind up about me.” I shake my head. “I was distraught and so hurt, but I found a way to pull myself together. With the help of my family and, well, Michael.”

“Elizabeth-”

“I know why you’ve been avoiding me,” I say, cutting over him. “You heard about the fire at the Greek formal, didn’t you?”

Kendal opens his mouth and then closes it. I then know that I am right.

“You heard about the fire and the rumors flying around about us. So now you’re trying to distance yourself from me. Just like you did last year.”

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“No, that’s not true-”

“But it is.” I lift up my hands. “I know it is. You went from acting like you were still having feelings for me, to not even wanting to be around me. Did you think I wouldn’t notice?”

Kendal sighs. “Elizabeth, I’m so sorry.”

“I know you are Kendal. You were last time too. And just so you know, someone started that fire. Someone tried to burn down our sorority house to get back at us for getting our probationary charter. Not that I think you care.” I chuckle slightly. “You see, this is why you and I can never…be together.”

“Elizabeth, please don’t say that.”

“But it’s true! I will always be afraid that I’m going to do something to disappoint you. Something that will change your feelings for me. I can’t live my life like that.”

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We are both then quiet and Kendal just looks at me in silence.

“I-I don’t know what to say,” he says finally.

I shrug. “There is nothing really to say, Kendal. It’s just how it is. I’m sorry.”

I am about to leave when Kendal stops me.

“You know, when we parted last year, I didn’t think it was really over between us. I honestly thought we would find our way back to each other.”

I smile. “I know. I think a part of me thought so too, but then, I realized who I was really meant to be with.”

Kendal looks tense. “Michael.”

I nod. “Yes. Michael.”

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“I should go,” I say, stepping back from him. “I’ll see you around Kendal.”

I then turn and leave. I can feel Kendal watching after me as I walk away, but I pay him no mind. I feel like a log has been lifted off me. Like I have been freed from a spell. Kendal and I were finally over.

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When I get back to the sorority house, I get a sudden burst of inspiration. I immediately hurry up to my room and boot up my laptop to my story. I then spend the next two hours retyping up the goodbye scene between George and Serena, feeling satisfied when I am finished. Amazing how life can reflect what you write about. Another thing I love about being a writer.

 

-Evanglina

Year 2: Chapter 45: Deal with the Devil (Abby’s POV)

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I find it extremely hard to concentrate in class the next week, let alone doing anything else. The kiss between Brad and me is circling around in my brain and filling me with guilt. Why did I kiss him back? Why? I loved Charls! I really, really loved him! So why did I let Brad kiss me?

I spend the whole of that next week thinking it over and can’t even bring myself to answer Charls’s texts. It’s as if I feel like he will be able to tell what I did just by me answering him. At the same time, I know I am bringing more attention to it, considering the fact that he is probably worried about why I am not answering him or agreeing to hang out.

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I am so happy when the day of Janice’s protest finally comes and I can think of other things. I know that I am going to have to deal with the Charls thing sooner or later though. Even Brad was getting annoyed with me not responding to him.

Still, I was more concerned about him telling Charls what happened; something that thankfully had not happened yet. But it was only a matter of time.

 

On my way, out to join Janice’s protest, I bump into Kimberly heading out in a hurry.

“Where are you off to?” I ask.

“Greek Council meeting. I have some news about the fire at our Greek formal.”

My eyes widen. “Really?”

“Yes. According to one of the Delta Sigmas, someone at the party intentionally dropped a lighted cigarette into the garbage.”

“Who?”

“It was apparently someone from Kappa Alpha Omega, and I’ll bet it was on the Alpha Beta Phis order.”

I scoff. “It always leads back to them.”

“Tell me about it. Well, I’m going to report what I found out, but I don’t know how much it will help. If the Alpha Beta Phis are involved, they are definitely going to hush it up.”

“Well keep me posted and text me if you need anything.”

“Will do.”

At that moment, my phone rings.

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It ends up being Janice.

“Hey, you coming? The protest has already started!” I can hear people chanting loudly in the background.

“I’ll be there soon,” I say then hang up. It was going to be an interesting few hours.

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And interesting it is. When I arrive to the protest, I see Janice at her podium rallying the crowd. Everyone is chanting and lifting their signs into the air.

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Janice spots me and waves o me from her stand. She then takes a deep breath and begins giving a speech to the crowd. I move among them and soon see Lizzie standing toward the front. I smile and call to her, but she seems very preoccupied with the speech. We actually haven’t spoken in quite a while. I really needed to find some time to talk to her. With everything going on, I could really use her advice.

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As the rally goes on, I happen to notice Michael walking through quad. He stops momentarily at the protest spot and glances around. He then turns in Lizzie’s direction and for a few seconds, the two of them just stare at each other. I even think for a moment that he is going to go over and talk to her, but then as quickly as he had arrived, he turns away and makes his way through the protest and off toward the student union building. Lizzie looks after him with her eyes slightly red, and then she turns back to Janice.

I had heard from Selena that things were bad between Lizzie and Michael, but I didn’t realize it was this bad. I have been so caught up in my own problems that I didn’t even realize that she was going through something. Some friend I’ve been.

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As the protest draws to a close, Janice gets up to the stand to chant once again. Lucky for us, a lot of students have signed our petition and joined in on the rally. Some do pass by giving us annoyed stares, but Janice pays them no mind. She just goes right on chanting and holding her fist high.

“Physical Education and Art majors are essential,” she says. “We need more funding so we can help spread creativity and build courage and strength to our following generations!”

Everyone cheers and raises their posters high and I applaud right along with them.

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As everyone is applauding, my phone beings to ring. Glancing down, I see it is Kimberly.

“Abby, I need you,” she says, after I answer.

“Why? What’s up?”

“It’s the council. They are still debating a decision and it’s not looking good.”

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“I’ll be right there,” I say, and then hang up.

Seeing Janice moving away from the podium, I hurry over to her. “I’ve got to jet. Kim is at the Greek council meeting and things are going south.”

Janice nods. “Okay. You go on and I’ll meet you there.”

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When I arrive at the student union building, the meeting is coming to a close. Ashley is telling Kimberly that they have agreed to look into what she has come forth with, but they are not ready to give back the probationary charter. That irritates me.

“But we didn’t cause the fire! Someone else deliberately caused it!”

Ashley turns to my direction and frowns. “It still happened at your sorority house. And there is the thing about you excluding other Greek Chapters.”

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I roll my eyes. “We didn’t exclude other chapters! Yes, we did specially invite the Delta Sigmas and the Eta Phi Nus, but everyone else was free to come!”

Ashley smirks. “You expect me to believe that?”

“Well it’s true! No one was stopping everyone from coming. We even had guests that weren’t Greek members.”

“Even if that is the case, the Kappa Alpha Omegas, still feel you excluded them. Especially with the fundraiser.”

I sigh. “Seriously? The fundraiser was for the homeless and low income families!”

“Which you took all the credit for. You didn’t credit a member of their sorority that preformed for you there.”

I grit my teeth. “I’m sorry, I was not aware that they felt that way. I will formally apologize to them if it will smooth things over.”

Ashley shakes her head. “It’s a bit late for that.”

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I sigh once again. Why did Ashley of all people have to be Greek president? I can tell that she was using it to pull the Kappa Alpha Omegas strings. I have seen Kelsy and she was not petty enough to be doing all this over a party and the fundraiser. There has to be something I can do. I can’t let the Alpha Beta Phis stop us from getting our charter.

That’s when I look over and notice a poster hanging on the wall nearby. It read:

 

Greek Olympics!

Begins Friday, 2nd week of June

Who will take the cup?

 

I had heard something about the Greek Olympics. The Tri-Fruhms were supposed to compete last year, but with everything that was going on, they had long been banned. All the Greek fraternities and sororities were to compete against each other over several different events and the last two surviving Greek chapters would compete in the finals. The winner would take the Greek Olympic cup. Last year the winner had been the Alpha Beta Phis, due to the Tri-Fruhms being banned.

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An idea then forms in my head. “You guys are competing in the Greek Olympics, right?”

Ashley frowns. “Of course! All the Greek chapters do. Besides, we are the winners of last year and the cup is staying with us.”

“Well how about a wager?” I square my shoulders back. “Let the Beta Gamma Kappas compete in the Greek Olympics. If we win the cup, we get our probationary charter back. If we lose, we don’t.”

Ashley raises her eyebrows. “You want to compete against us?” She laughs. “You guys stand no chance.”

“They you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.”

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Ashley is quiet for a moment, and then she smirks.

“All right, I’ll take that bet, but I’ll do you one better. If you guys lose, then your chapter is expelled from campus.”

Kimberly makes a shocked sound from behind me, but I ignore her.

“That’s not the deal I presented.”

“But it is the only one I will agree to.” Ashley gives me a look. “Take it or leave it.”

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I take a deep breath. “Okay, but if that’s the case, I have another condition. If we win, we become a full-fledge sorority and get our charter.”

Ashley frowns. “That’s not the deal.”

“Neither was the one you presented,” I point out. “But I think it’s fair. We have more to lose than you do. We are losing our chance to become a sorority.”

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Ashley stares at me for a long time in silence before lifting out her hand to shake mine. “I’ll talk to the others, but otherwise, it’s a deal.

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Just as I am expecting her to, Kimberly is ranting and raving the whole way to my car. She even continues doing so as I drive to the house.

“I can’t believe you would do this!” she was saying again.

“Kim, I didn’t have a choice!” I protest. “Ashley was going to stop us from getting our charter back!”

“So what? It would only be temporary! We could try again another time! Maybe after she graduated! Did you even know she is a senior? She is leaving at the end of the year! That means someone else will be in charge next year and it might not be an Alpha Beta Phi! It could be someone from Delta Sigma or Eta Phi Nu! Someone that would work with us! Did you even think of that?”

I clamp my mouth shut. Kimberly had a point. I hadn’t even thought of it. It was so into my conversation with Ashley that all of my logic seemed to fly out the window.

When I don’t respond, Kim nods her head. “That’s what I thought.” She then grows quiet and we drive the rest of the way in silence.

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We enter into the house and Kimberly barely looks at me. She walks straight through the dining room toward the kitchen. Lizzie is sitting on her laptop typing away and beside her Tatyana and Selena are chatting as they eat leftover French toast.

Lizzie looks up as we come in. “How did everything go?” She asks.

Kimberly scoffs. “Why don’t you tell them, Abby,” she calls from the kitchen.

Lizzie frowns. “Tell us what?”

“How she made a deal with Ashley about our sorority. If we don’t win the Greek Olympics, our chapter will be expelled. Nice huh?”

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Lizzie looks shocked. “What?”

“I know right!” Kimberly slams the refrigerator shut. “All our hard work for nothing.” She then curses, surprising me completely. “I can’t believe you, Abby.”

Lizzie sighs. “Wow.”

“I mean, how are we supposed to beat the Alpha Beta Phis at the Olympics?” Kimberly continues. “They are ruthless! I would know! The Tri-Fruhms were their biggest rivals. Granted we always won, but still! They were pretty hard to beat!”

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“Yah, I’ve heard their team is pretty amazing,” says Tatyana. “I have some girls from their sorority in my acting class and they are already training.”

“Plus, they won last year,” Selena adds. “And I’m pretty sure they don’t want to give away their title. Especially to nobodies like us.”

I frown. “We are not nobodies! We are the Beta Gamma Kappas! The new upcoming sorority!”

“Not anymore,” Tatyana mutters.

I look at her. “What?”

She sighs. “Abby, since the Greek formal, we have gotten a lot of bad coverage because of the fire. Everyone on campus is talking about it. The school board isn’t really on our side anymore.”

“But that wasn’t even our fault!” I object.

“I know, but that doesn’t matter. People still think it is. We just don’t have the same following as we used to.”

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I cross my arms. “So what are you all saying?”

Tatyana stands up. “Basically, that this is pretty much the end of the Beta Gamma Kappas.”

My jaw drops. “What?”

“Well it is!” Kimberly snaps. “You pretty much ended us the minute you made that deal!” She then curses again. “I’m going up to my room. No one bother me.” She then disappears up the stairs.

I glance over at Lizzie. She looks at me quietly and then closes her laptop.

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“Well I think I am going to finish up in the library.”

I open my mouth to say something, but she quickly makes her way out of the room. I stand still by the table as everyone leaves in silence. I’m really starting to realize my mistake. I honestly thought I was doing what was best for us, but maybe I was wrong.

I hear my cellphone start to ring. Without even thinking, I put it up to my ear and answer.

“Abby, hey,” comes Charls’s voice at the other end.

I feel my body tense up. “Ch-charls,” I stammer.

“Hey, I haven’t heard from you in a long time. Are you doing okay?”

“Y-yes. I’m fine.”

“You don’t sound like it. Why don’t you swing over? I want to see you.”

“I do too, but-”

“Please?”

I swallow sharply not being able to say no to him. “I’ll be there in ten.”

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I get there in ten minutes and the sky is starting to darken. Charls is out on the front lawn waiting for me. Probably because he didn’t want any problems with Brad or his other frat brothers. He had been telling me that they had been giving him a hard time lately, even more than usual. I can’t help but feel a bit responsible. With what happened between Brad and me, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t helping the situation.

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Charls smiles and walks over to me. “Hey, how are you holding up?”

I frown. “What do you mean?”

“I heard about the deal you made with Ashley.”

I roll my eyes. “Well that spread fast. I assume you heard it from Brad?”

“He told us all about it. He thinks it was a pretty stupid idea.”

“It kind of was.” I look toward the ground. “All the girls back at the house are pretty pissed off with me.”

Charls give me a sad smile. “I’m sorry. For what it’s worth, I think it was pretty bold of you.”

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I smile. “Thanks.” I then give his arm a playful squeeze. “So how are things?”

He sighs. “A bit rocky, but it’s to be expected. I will say that Brad has been acting a bit more obnoxious than usual.”

I frown feeling my chest begin to tighten. “How so?”

Charls shrugs. “I don’t know. He’s just been saying some things.”

“Like?”

“I don’t know. The other day, he heard me leaving a message on your cell and he told me not to bother because he knew you wouldn’t be calling back anytime soon. Then a week ago, Dean asked me if I had heard from you and when Brad overheard us, he said he wasn’t surprised and then started laughing about it. Just weird stuff like that.” Charls waves his hand. “But don’t worry about it. He’s just being…Brad.” He then leans in closer. “I’ve missed seeing you.”

I feel like I can’t breathe. Brad was pretty much making it obvious that something had happened between us! Oh why did I let him kiss me! Why?

Suddenly I can’t take it. I can’t take everything that has been going on the past few weeks. And I definitely can’t keep lying to Charls. I just can’t.

“Ch-charls, there is something I have to tell you…”

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Charls looks at me curiously. “What is it?”

I feel my hands tingling and my throat growing dry. “Something happened.”

Charls looks confused. “What do you mean?”

This is much harder than I even anticipated. Maybe I shouldn’t say anything. Maybe I should just stay quiet.

“Abby?”

I bite my lip hard. “Something happened with me and…Brad.”

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Charls expression changes. His eyes grow hard and he moves back from me slowly. I can feel my heart starting to drop. I hadn’t even told him what happened and he was already pulling away from me.

“Abby,” he says firmly, “what are you talking about?”

I open my mouth, but nothing comes out. I just can’t say it. I can’t.

“I..I um…” I drift off and stare at the ground. “I can’t.”

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“Yes, you can.” Charls is looking at me sternly. “You can’t just say that and say you can’t tell me.”

“But I don’t want to hurt you.”

“Abby, just tell me what happened.”

It is becoming increasingly hard to talk. My heart is starting to pound in my chest and my hands are shaking. That’s when I realize I’m scared. I’m totally scared of losing him.

“Charls please,” I manage to say. “Just forget I said anything.”

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I try to move away, but Charls stops me. “Abby, just tell me!”

I sigh, feeling tears coming to my eyes. “Okay.” My voice sounds almost like a whisper. “A couple weeks ago, Brad and I hung out at the grotto and played some pool and then afterwards he followed me back to the art building to get my painting.”

Charls nods. “And?”

“And while we were there, we started talking and then…he-he kissed me.”

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Charls curses. “I should have known he would make a move on you. He’s been cracking jokes about it all semester long. It was about time he would try something.”

“But that’s just it,” I continue. “He kissed me and I…I kissed him back.” I can’t bear to look at his face when I say those words.

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Charls is quiet for almost a whole minute before he responds and that minute feels like an eternity. “You kissed Brad?”

“Y-yes.” It takes everything in me to say it. “He kissed me first, but I-I didn’t stop him.”

“Wow.” Charls looks away from me.

“I really don’t know what happened. He totally caught me off guard and my body just… reacted. I don’t even really understand it myself.” I feel a tear escaping from my eye and I wipe it away quickly. “I pushed him off me right after and told him that nothing could happen because I’m with you. I swear to you!”

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Charls doesn’t say a word. Fear beings to set in again and I move closer to him.

“Charls,” I start, but he lifts up his hands and steps away from me.

“Abby, don’t.”

I feel tears coming to my eyes again. “Charls, please don’t do this.”

Charls frowns. “I’m not doing anything! Abby, you kissed another guy! How did you expect me to react?”

I nod. “I know, you’re totally right. If the roles were reversed I would be furious.” I sigh. “But you have to know that I didn’t want this. I really don’t know what happened! The whole thing is so confusing and I’ve been freaking out about it for the past couple weeks.”

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Charls looks at me quietly for a few seconds before sighing. “Abby, what do you want me to?”

“Can’t we just forget about this?”

“No! We can’t!” Charls frowns. “Abby, it’s obvious why this happened. Since Brad came back this quarter, you’ve been acting…different. I think the truth is, that you’re still in love with him.”

I step back. “What? Of course not! Charls, this was just an awful mistake!”

Charls shakes his head. “No, it wasn’t. Abby, you still have feelings for him.”

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I feel tears coming to my eyes. “That’s not true!”

“It is Abby. I know it is.” I can see the pain in his eyes as he says this and it breaks my heart even more. I caused this. I did this to us.

“I saw it in your eyes that night back at the New Year’s Eve beach party. Your feelings for him are still there, even if you don’t see it.”

“But I love you, Charls,” I say softly.

Charls leans closer to me and for a moment I think he is about to kiss me, but then he stops.

“I can’t Abby,” he whispers. “I’m sorry.”

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He then walks back into the frat house and closes the door behind him. I can’t believe he didn’t yell at me or curse or call me every name in the book. Instead he just walked away. Away from me. Out of my life.

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The whole drive home I can’t stop myself from sobbing. Even as I enter into the sorority house, I hear Janice calling me from the family room, but I just hurry up the stairs to my room and hide myself under the covers of my bed. There I completely lose self-control and sob into my pillow. I did this. I had ruined us.

 

-Evanglina

Year 2: Chapter 43: Matters of the Heart (Lizzie’s POV)

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It’s been almost a month since I’ve heard from Michael. I have been leaving messages asking him to call me, but he isn’t returning any of them. Honestly, I can’t blame him. I wouldn’t answer me either if the roles were reversed, but I am really starting to miss him. I just wish I could explain to him what happened.

Then there’s the other thing. Kendal isn’t answering me either. I’ve been trying to get a hold of him to talk about that night, but he won’t to talk to me. Not to mention, he has been avoiding the writing club meetings. It is frustrating me a bit, because I don’t think I will be able to figure any of this out without talking to him. It’s making me a bit depressed.

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Combined with my classes, projects and dealing with the fallout of the fire at the Greek Formal, it’s making me feel extremely overwhelmed. I have yet to inform Professor Farientine of my answer for the internship and I feel awful about it. The way things are going, he has probably found someone else for the position. It’s become increasingly difficult to focus in class and I can tell that its taking a toll on me.

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I decide that Thursday to have a big study session for the upcoming test in Astronomy. I also have to start working on my audio-visual presentation for Public relations. I can’t afford to let my grades and gpa slip because of all this. I just can’t.

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Buckling down, I open up my laptop and begin doing my online worksheets. My Astronomy professor has been using an online website for us to take practice quizzes, so I spend the next three hours drilling myself and taking quizzes from all the chapters that will be on the exam. By the time I finish, I feel pretty confident. I then pull up my PowerPoint program and start working on my public relations presentation for class. My topic is on the media and promotion of marketing newly published authors. I figure that would be a good topic since that is what I will be experiencing in the future, with my writing career.

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I spend the next hour and a half working on it before checking the clock. It is getting to seven. I hear a beep from my phone and glance over at it. Abby has sent me a text reading,

-Have to talk to you about something. Come home when you can.

-Abby

Good timing. I was on my way out anyway. I pack up my things into my backpack and head out of the library.

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I am surprised when I spot Kendal just outside.

“Elizabeth,” he says looking surprised.

I instantly feel my stomach tingling. “Hey Kendal,” I say quietly. He looks toward the ground awkwardly and I can’t help but frown.

“So I haven’t been seeing you at the writing club meetings,” I say trying to break the tension. “What’s been going on?”

Kendal shrugs. “Oh, I’ve just been busy with my courses. I haven’t really had the chance to do anything else.”

“I’ve left you some messages. Did you receive them?”

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Kendal sighs. “Yes, I’m sorry I haven’t been able to call you. I’ve just been busy.”

I don’t know what it is but his behavior is starting to feel familiar.

“Kendal, we really need to talk.”

Kendal runs a hand through his hair. “I-I know, it’s just not a good time.”

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I frown. “Then when will be?”

Kendal sighs again. “I just…I don’t know.”

I can’t believe he is acting like this. It’s as if he wants to get away from me. Far away. Just a month ago at the Greek formal he was giving me those weird looks and hugging me like “that”, but now here he was acting like it had never happened. What was wrong with him?

“Kendal,” I start again, but then he suddenly looks up over my shoulder. That confuses me so I turn around as well.

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Michael is standing right behind me. Not directly, but just a few feet away. He gives me a tense look and then shuffles his backpack onto his other shoulder.

“Don’t mind me,” he says. He then turns and walks right past us.

My heart seems to drop in my chest when he says that.

“Fine Kendal, we’ll finish this up later,” I say to Kendal and then I take off after Michael.

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“Michael, please stop,” I call to him as I near his back. “We need to talk.”

Michael sighs. “Lizzie, I don’t have time for this. I have a project I need to finish and turn in by Monday.”

I grit my teeth. I get why he is mad at me, but I am sick of being ignored and cast aside.

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“Michael, I’m not going to take that. You have been ignoring me for almost a month. You’ve been avoiding me and you won’t take my calls. We need to talk. Now.”

He frowns. “And what is it that you want to talk to me about?”

“You know what.”

“I’m not interested in hearing about your relationship with Kendal.”

“I don’t have a relationship with Kendal!” I sigh in frustration. “Kendal and I used to have a relationship, but we don’t anymore. We broke up.”

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Michael shakes his head. “I wish I could believe that.”

“Tell me why you can’t!”

“Because I know you, Lizzie! I know you! And I can tell you aren’t being honest with me!”

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I look at him in silence for a few moments and then exhale deeply.

“Okay. I’ll be honest with you. Over a month ago, I was taking a walk by the campus lake and I ran into Kendal. We talked for a bit and before I left, he hugged me. It caught me off guard and he apologized, but I don’t know. It just…opened up some feelings that I thought were gone. It freaked me out, so I tried to avoid him, but then he just showed up at the Greek formal.”

I lift my arms. “Then I don’t know. He started talking to me and then he hugged me again and for a moment…I guess I just remembered what it was like to…be with him.”

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I look up at Michael who is listening quietly.

“So,” he says, “Where does that leave us, Lizzie?”

I bite my lip. “Michael, my feelings for you haven’t changed. I still love you.”

Michael runs a hand through his hair. “Lizzie, you didn’t answer my question. Where does that leave us?”

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I look up at him slowly. “I don’t know what you want me to say.”

“Liz, I can’t be with you if you don’t know where your heart is.”

“But I do Michael! I love you!”

“But you still have feelings for Kendal.”

I swallow hard. “Michael-”

“I can’t be with you, if you still have feelings for him.” Michael sighs heavily. “I don’t know. Maybe we rushed into this.”

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I bite down on the inside of my lip trying to keep tears from coming to my eyes. I can’t believe something like this was happening to me again.

“You really believe that?” I ask.

“I don’t want to, Liz, but I kind of do. It seems like you’re still struggling with how you feel. I guess it makes sense to me now why it took you a while to say…” he gets quiet, “you loved me.”

That totally catches me off guard. Exactly how long had he been thinking this?

“I should go,” he then says. “I, um, got that project to work on.”

He gives me a long look, one filled with a combination of pain, hurt and sadness, and then he walks off.

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I just stay frozen to my spot watching after him. I feel like my heart is breaking into a million pieces and it takes all the will power in me not to start sobbing and run after him. Because Michael was right. I couldn’t be with him being as confused as I was. He deserved better than that.

That said, he was wrong about me not saying “I love you” back to him. I really did love him and it wasn’t just Kendal that had stopped me from saying it to him. It was me. Something inside me had kept me from saying it to him and the same thing was wrong with me now.

Something that I needed to figure out.

Still, as I watched Michael’s body disappear over the campus hill, I couldn’t help but wonder if I was making the biggest mistake by not going after him.

 

-Evanglina