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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 48: The Greek Olympics!: Part 1 (Abby’s POV)

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It’s extremely hard for me to concentrate the weeks leading up to the Greek Olympics. Seriously, June couldn’t come fast enough! I feel overwhelmed trying to focus on my course homework and practice for the competition at the same time. Not to mention how stressed I am about still not hearing back from Charls. I had wanted to drive by the Frat house to speak to him directly, but with the way Brad probably felt about me, I knew it wasn’t a good idea. Also, the words he had said to me a week ago, still echoed in my head,

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

The words still hurt every time they crossed into my mind. But truthfully, he was right. I had technically stepped out on Charls, even if I hadn’t meant to. Even if nothing serious had happened. I had for a moment set aside my feelings for him, to have a moment with Brad, something I regretted terribly. But it was something I had to live with.

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I try to put the thoughts out of my head as finals week starts to roll around. I have to get my study on if I want to get a 3.5 gpa this quarter. It will happen if I pass all my courses. The only class I am really concerned with, is my Geology and sociology course. There is so much terminology!

I also meet up with my adviser to pick classes for next year. She has really gotten me to start thinking about declaring a major. I have been really up in the air about it. I want to major in Art specifically, but my adviser has been really advising against it. She thinks that I should try and branch my art into another major. She even suggested fashion designing. It’s funny that she did, because my mom has mentioned the same thing to me. Over the summer, I had started doing some outfit sketches that she absolutely fell in love with. She then said that I could have a future in it. I suppose fashion has always been something I had had an interest in, I just never really thought of it as a major. But if I could be hired to draw sketches and designs for fashion corporations, that would be a dream. The idea of fashion was becoming very intriguing…

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I am happy when the day of the Greek Olympics finally arrives. I did, however, wake up feeling a little disappointed; mainly because I was having another dream about me and Charls. I have been having a lot of them lately and they are driving me crazy! I just miss him so much and it is killing me that he is avoiding me. I have tried calling him many times, but he won’t answer me. It is looking more and more like Brad was right. Maybe it really is over between the two of us.

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I can’t let myself think about that though, because every time I do, I feel like my heart is going to break into millions of pieces. “You have to focus on the competition,” I tell myself. After all, the sorority of Beta Gamma Kappa was on the line. If we didn’t win this competition, we were over before we even began. And I was pretty sure everyone was nervous enough about that fact.

I take a quick shower and get dressed. I then pause by the mirror before going downstairs, to touch up my face. I am not going to have time to primp before going to the competition, so I want to look my best. The event was starting right after my last class. It was also going to be the first time I saw Charls in weeks. And believe me, I felt like my stomach was doing somersaults.

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As I head downstairs, I hear loud techno music coming from the family room. Entering inside, I see Janice doing stretches and jumping jacks to the beat.

“Getting in a quick workout?” I ask.

Janice looks over her shoulder at me and then smiles. “Doesn’t hurt to be prepared. You never know what surprises they might throw at us.”

I shrug. “True, but I think we are as ready as we can be. We don’t want to overdue it.”

Janice rolls her eyes. “I know, I just want to get a bit pumped. You know me.”

“I do.”

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I then head for the front door and push it open. “I’m off to class. Where are we planning to meet?”

“I think we are going to meet up here and then head over together,” says Janice.

“All right, see you then.” I then close the door behind me.

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It is extremely hard to concentrate throughout my classes. Even during my geology class, I can barely focus on my professor’s lecture on the Earth’s history and climate change, things I know are going to be on the final exam. That includes my sociology class and my lecture on collective action, social movements and social change. I am definitely going to have a lot of studying to do later. Yikes.

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I am so startled when I bump into Taylor on the way out of class. I haven’t seen her or Clare around in months.

“Taylor,” I say, feeling a bit of dread. “It’s been a while.”

“Yes, I’ve been studying abroad in Italy. Quite lovely actually.” She then smirks. “I see you and your little friends are still trying to promote your pathetic sorority.”

“Yes, and we are on our way.” I start to turn away, but Taylor isn’t done with me yet.

“I heard about the deal you made with Ashley. Colossal mistake. You do know the Alpha Beta Phis are Greek champions.”

I roll my eyes. “They have only been champions for one year. That’s hardly something to brag about.”

Taylor rolls her eyes. “Whatever. Good luck to you, Abby. You and your friends are going to need it.” She then walks right past me and out the door. I can already feel my confidence waning slightly.

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When I enter into the dining room twenty minutes later, I find Janice, Kimberly and Lizzie sitting around the table talking. I take a seat and fill them in on my run in with Taylor.

“I thought I hadn’t seen her and Clare in a while,” says Kimberly. “Maybe they both went on that study abroad program.”

Janice scoffs as she looks through her textbook. “Wish they would have stayed there.”

“Tell me about it.” I sit up in my chair. “We can’t let them get to us though. If we are going to save our sorority, we have to win.”

“Which means we should get going.” Lizzie rises from her chair. “The Greek Olympics start in thirty minutes.”

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“But what about Selena and Tatyana?” Kimberly asks.

I raise my phone up. “I’ll text them to meet us there. Lizzie’s right. We should get moving.”

Janice closes her textbook. “All right! Let’s go team!”

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I then grab our packed bag filled with our competition outfits and then we all walk over to my car.

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It’s a fast drive over to the Greek event and soon we are all loading out of the car. People have already started to arrive and walk to the arena. I marvel at all the balloons lining the rows of chairs. Everything really looks great!

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As I walk through the arena I spot Clare standing not too far away. So, she really was back, just in time for the Greek games. I don’t know exactly what that means for us, but I wasn’t going to let her presence scare me.

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Within ten minutes, our sorority sponsor, Mrs. Krutz, stands up to the podium. I am a bit surprised. I had no idea she had agreed to be the announcer for the event.

“Welcome to the Aberdale University Greek Olympics!” She says.

Everyone in the crowd cheers loudly. She then continues.

“We will now begin the competition with the first day of events. Each of the events here today, has been designed by the five Greek chapters on campus. They are each worth a certain amount of points, varying from the level of task difficulty. The winner of each event will have their fraternity or sorority be awarded the maximum number of points. The score for each person afterwards, will be one point less than the person before them. At the end of today, the two Greek chapters with the most points, will move into the final event tomorrow. Now, let’s begin!”

Everyone cheers as Mrs. Krutz steps down from the podium and the competition begins.

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The first event up, is the rock climbing competition. It was apparently chosen by the Alpha Beta Phis. Janice and Ashley both stand up to the mat, along with Moana, Kelsy, Robbie and Brad. I move over to get closer to Janice and Ashley.

“I saw you practicing earlier this week,” I hear Ashley remark to Janice. “Sorry your time was still off.”

Janice gives her a look. “I’d be more concerned with your strength and agility. I’ve heard this is no ordinary climbing wall.”

Ashley frowns, but then Mrs. Krutz beings to talk again.

“We shall now begin with the rock climbing competition, chosen by the Alpha Beta Phis. The first one to reach the top wins. But watch out, climbing this wall will not be as easy as you think! Go!”

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The buzzer sounds and all the competitors start climbing the wall. Ashley seems to be having a lead until Janice catches up to her. Then all of a sudden, the wall starts to move! Seriously! The rocks for the climbers to grab onto, start moving in and out and changing formation. Robbie is the first one to fall, missing the next area to grab with his left hand. The Eta Phi Nus groan unhappily. I keep watch with my hands trembling slightly.

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Moana, however, goes up slowly, being careful not to drop. Ashley tries to reach ahead to grab the next rock, but then it goes in and she loses her balance. Janice on the other hand, is doing a pretty good job, along with Brad. He isn’t as fast, but he manages to hold on.

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Ashley keeps struggling alongside Janice trying her best to catch up, but Janice ends up hitting the buzzer before both her and Brad. I erupt into applause along with the other Beta Gamma Kappas.

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“And the winner is Janice from the Beta Gamma Kappas!” Mrs. Krutz calls over the applause. “Second is Ashley from Alpha Beta Phi, followed by Brad from Alpha Annya, Moana from Delta Sigma, Kelsy from Kappa Alpha Omega and Robbie from Eta Phi Nu!”

Ashley gives Janice an annoyed look as she walks over to us. I don’t think she anticipated the changing of the rock wall. Well, her loss is our gain!

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Next up, was a shootout competition, curtesy of the Alpha Annyas. This competition was a tag team duo, so we chose Tatyana and Janice to compete. After all, they were the best shooters on our team. I nearly choke as the competition begins. On the team of Alpha Annya, is Brad and Charls. I feel like I can’t breathe.

Charls happens to glance my way when we reach the field. For a second I think he is going to come over to me, but then Brad seems to notice and pushes him toward the starting line. Figures he would ruin the moment.

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The competition then begins with each of the teams getting a chance to shoot. With Janice’s athletic skills, she and Tatyana manage to tie in first place with Brad and Charls, even with Brad’s over-dramatic dunk into the net. So far things were really off to a good start.

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Next up, was the golfing competition chosen by the Kappa Alpha Omegas. We had chosen Lizzie, because I happened to know that she had always ruled at playing miniature golf with me. I figured she was better than all of us who were less experienced.

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And what a good decision it was. She comes in second behind Kelsy, followed by Ashley, Skip, Greg and Moana.

“For Beta Gamma Kappa!” she shouts, and we all cheer loudly, enough to annoy Ashley and Clare. They are both looking at us with deadly stares.

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Next up was a pie eating contest. I know, right? I thought it was a bit strange considering all the other tasks, but then I found out it was chosen by the Eta Phi Nus as a joke. No wonder no one takes them seriously. Lizzie is nervous about losing, but then they say the objective is to find a piece of gum at the center and be the first to blow a bubble. Such a weird task, but soon everyone was lined up to start.

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With the sound of the buzzer, everyone’s faces dive into their pies. It is so weird watching them eating the pies quickly as everyone chants their names. I especially enjoy watching Dean dig into his, getting pie all over his leather jacket. Lizzie actually is not doing too bad and surprisingly lifts her head a minute later with gum in her mouth.

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She then manages to blow a bubble just as a fellow Eta Phi Nu does the same. We all cheer as Mrs. Krutz announces Lizzie the winner. I am thrilled.

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I am so surprised at how well we are doing. It seems like all that hard work for the past three weeks has really payed off.

From all the tennis table practice we have been doing, Janice pretty much schools everyone in the competition. I am cheering her on loudly as she goes against Moana.

The game is pretty close, but Janice manages to pull through in the third round of the competition. She wins by only one point!

“Congrats Janice,” Moana says, shaking her hand. “You were a worthy opponent.”

Janice laughs. “Same to you.”

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The next event is the soccer shootout, by the Alpha Beta Phis. And guess who I got paired with? Clare!

“I hope you’ve enjoyed that little bit of luck streak you’ve had,” she says, taking her spot at the net, “cause it’s about to come to an end.”

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I roll my eyes and line the soccer ball for my shot. “Whatever you say, Clare,” I say and then kick the ball as hard as I can.

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Boy, am I amused. Even with all her trash talk, she ends up being terrible. I am able to kick all ten balls into the net, with her only managing to block one. The last ball I kick, even causes her to fall pathetically to the ground as she tries to catch it. Nice try Clare.

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“And the winner, is Abby, from Beta Gamma Kappa!” Mrs. Krutz announces and we all cheer loudly. Clare walks back over to the Alpha Beta Phis and they all look like they want to clobber her. I can tell they all wish they could strangle us.

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The last four competitions end up being the most intense. The first one, is the archery competition, chosen by the Kappa Alpha Omegas. Janice aims her arrow true and lands right on the bullseye for each target. Moana manages to do the same only missing one target and Ashley ends up tying with Janice.

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Charls also ends up competing for the Alpha Annyas as well, and my heart pounds as he steps up to the stand to take a shot. After aiming his arrow, he lets it go and it hits right on the bullseye as well. He manages to replicate it for all the targets and I can’t help but feel a little excited for him. I nearly walk over to congratulate him, but Brad shows up out of the crowd and pulls him over to the cheering crowd of Alpha Annyas.

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The mechanical bull riding event is next, and Lizzie ends up going last. Dean manages to hold on for three minutes, and I can see Lizzie is looking very nervous.

“You can do it Liz,” I whisper to her as she steps forward. “We believe in you.”

Lizzie nods to me and then climbs onto the bull.

She ends up being amazing! Even with Ashley telling them to turn it to expert, she manages to stay on longer than Dean, who had the highest score! And here’s the thing, she only won by five seconds! Even Clare looked furious!

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After the soccer shootout, Mrs. Krutz announces that the events have concluded for the day.

“We have tallied up the scores and are now ready to list the two chapters that will be competing tomorrow.” She then opens a folded sheet of paper. “Second place, is the Alpha Annyas, and tied for first place, are the Alpha Beta Phis and the Beta Gamma Kappas!”

We practically scream when our names are called. I cannot believe that we are in the finals! We are so close!

“We will reconvene tomorrow at three to finish the Olympics! See you then!”

“Great job Abby,” Selena says walking over to me.

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I smile. “Thanks. I was getting a little nervous there, but Janice did train me well.”

“I can’t believe we are in the finals!” She says excitedly and I laugh.

“I know! If we can beat the Alpha Beta Phis tomorrow, we are home free!”

Selena bites her lip. “So, I invited some people back to the house to hang for a bit. Is that okay?”

I arch my eyebrow. “Premature celebration?”

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Selena chuckles. “A little.”

“Well, it sounds fun. Count me in.”

“Maybe you should invite Charls.”

I blink at her. “What?”

“Well, I know things are on the rocks with you two, but he’s been staring at you throughout the whole competition.”

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I glance over and see Charls standing not too far away from us. He glances in my direction, but when he meets my gaze, he quickly looks away. I can tell he really wants to speak to me and I don’t know how to tell him that it’s okay. Especially when Brad keeps butting in.

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And as if on cue, Brad shows up with Skip and Dean, and they lead Charls away. Brad and I make eye contact, and from the look on his face, I can tell he’s doing it on purpose.

“I don’t think now is a good time,” I say to Selena. “Things are still complicated right now.”

Selena nods. “I know what you mean, but I still think you should try and talk to him. I can tell by the way you guys keep eyeing each other that you still have feelings for each other.”

I bite my lip. “I don’t know…”

“Well, it’s up to you, but I think if you really love him like I can tell you do, you should fight for him.” She then turns to head off to my car.

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I then start to think about what she said, but before I can change my mind, I turn around and see that Charls is gone. I can’t deny the sinking feeling in my heart, but I turn and follow after Selena back to my car.

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After changing my clothes in my room, I head back downstairs. I don’t know what Selena meant by a few people, but there are quite a lot of people walking around and hanging about. One in particular that I don’t want to see.

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“Clare, what are you doing here?” I ask. I am not really in the mood to deal with her right now.

“I heard you were throwing a little victory party,” she says. “Don’t you think it’s a bit premature?”

I sigh. “It’s not a victory party, Clare. We’re just hanging out. And you were not invited.”

“Ah, exclusion again, huh? Guess you can’t help yourselves. You know you’ll never get a charter acting like that.”

 

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“Well, it’s not up to you. It’s up to us winning, which we will.”

“Do you really think you can beat the Alpha Beta Phis?” Clare snaps.

“As a matter of fact, I do. Or else you wouldn’t be here right now, would you?”

Clare frowns. “What?”

“You’re afraid that we’re going to win tomorrow. That’s why you came all the way over here, just to taunt me. You’re scared.”

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Clare glares at me. “As if!”

I frown. “If not, then why are you here?”

“To let you know, that you’re wasting your time. The Alpha Beta Phis are going to win tomorrow, and you can save yourself some humiliation if you drop out now.”

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I sigh tiredly. “Thank you for your concern, Clare, but we aren’t dropping out. We’re in it to the end.”

Clare sniffs. “Fine then. You can’t say I didn’t warn you.”

Clare then turns and disappears into the crowd of people.

I breath a sign of relief. It was getting very difficult to pretend that I wasn’t affected by all of this. To be honest, right now, all I could think about was Charls and the look he had on his face before he left. I could tell he had wanted to talk to me, badly. And it was bugging me that I didn’t get the chance to let him.

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As everyone continues hanging out downstairs, I hurry up to the second floor. I then pull out my phone and dial Charls’s number. It rings several times and then goes to voicemail. I hang up and call again.

The phone rings four times and then seems to click on. At first I think the answering message is going to start, but then it doesn’t. For a second I even think I hear breathing on the other end.

“Hello?” I say, but there is no answer. Still, it doesn’t sound like the phone has been turned off.

“Charls, I don’t know if you can hear me, but if you can, please listen.” I exhale deeply. “I am so sorry about everything that happened. I still don’t even understand why it did.” I bite my lip. “Okay, I do know why it did. You were right, I did have some lingering feelings for Brad, but not because I want to be with him. When the whole thing happened between Clare and Brad, I had to immediately try and bury my feelings for him. And then you and I got together and things just took off. Not to mention, Brad left town.”

I pause. “I think when Brad kissed me again after all that time, for a moment, I remembered how things used to be before he cheated on me. But that’s just it. It was just for that moment. The truth is, I don’t love Brad. I love you, Charls. I love you so much and I can’t picture my life without you in it.”

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I stop for a few seconds, feeling tears coming to my eyes. I hate to cry like this on a message to him, but I can’t help it.

“You probably don’t even care that I’m saying all this and honestly, I don’t blame you. I would feel the same way if the roles were reversed.” It’s becoming increasingly difficult to talk with my voice shaking. “And B-Brad said that you would never want me back because of what I did, but I still want you to know that I love you. I will always love you and wish the best for you.”

A sob escapes from my lips and I try to mask it with a cough. I then I click the phone off. For a second, I had thought that I had heard someone say my name, but I figured it was probably just my wishful thinking.

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I feel so emotionally drained from the phone call that I can’t go back downstairs. Instead, I go straight into my room and slip under my covers; weeping into my pillow. My heart ached so much from the thought of never being with Charls again, more than I had ever felt about anyone.

I close my eyes, trying to force myself into unconsciousness. Maybe when I fall asleep, I will dream of Charls once again. I could dream of when we used to be happy; just the two us in our own world, before I made it come crashing down.

As I drift off, I can almost swear I hear the ringing of my cell phone, but I know it is just my imagination. Charls had moved on and I had no one to blame but myself.

 

-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