.5.

At first, the constant beeping didn't bother me. I tried to ignore it, but then it got so annoying, my eyes flew open to see Giovanni playing a video game with another guy. I shot up, pulling his blanket to my chin to cover my body.

"Dammit!" Giovanni's friend shouted, throwing his controller at the TV. "You're too good at this game, Rivera!"

Giovanni leaned back in his chair and smiled. He hadn't seen me yet. "I don't win because I'm good, I win because you just plain suck."

I cleared my throat, causing Giovanni to glance at me over his shoulder.

"Hi," I said softly. "Should I go?"

Giovanni shrugged. "If you want. Or you could hang out here for a while longer."

I wanted him to tell his stupid ass friend to get out of the room. But he didn't. Instead, they just launched back into another battle. I reached for my T-shirt and pulled it over my head. What time was it? It had to be past six, it was dark outside. I looked at Giovanni's alarm clock. 7:45. My mom would be getting home soon.

"DAMMIT!" Giovanni's friend screamed, standing up and yanking his shoe off of his foot and throwing it across the room. Giovanni cracked up. His friend turned to me.

"Your boyfriend really sucks, you know that?" He held out his hand. "I'm Chad."

"Kelsey," I replied.

"And I'm not her boyfriend," Giovanni added, wrapping his controller up. "We're just friends."

I tried not to scream. Here he goes again...

"My bad," Chad said. "So me and your friend are going to Angel Falls tomorrow. Wanna go?"

Angel Falls was a new amusement park about three hours away. It sounded like fun. "Sure," I replied. "Sounds great. What time should I be here?"

"Six in the morning," Chad said. "We're going to get there as soon as the park opens and be first in line for everything. And if we're not, we're gonna have to kick some sagging asses."

I laughed. "Okay, I'll be here."

Chad yawned and looked down at his watch. Seeing that it was almost eight o' clock, he said bye, picked up his skateboard and left. That left us alone.

"So you like Chad?" Giovanni asked, turning his television off.

"Yeah, he's wild," I replied.

"That he is." Giovanni pulled his shirt off and walked over to his closet to find a clean one. "So you coming to Angel Falls with us, right?"

"If you want me to."

He selected a plain black one. "Why wouldn't I want you to?"

"I don't know, why would you?"

Giovanni rolled his amazing eyes. "Kelsey Weaver, you are one confusing-ass person."

"Takes one to know one," I shot back.

He paused. "Okay, are we mad or something?"

"What is wrong with you? The first time I meet you, you're all over me, then you act like I don't exist. Now I'm just your friend? What kind friend sleeps with their friend?"

He laughed lazily. "Loosen up, Kelsey. This isn't a big damn deal. Now I've gotta go to the grocery store to pick something up for my mom. Or will you not want to go because that's just something friends do?"

"I gotta get home," I said, picking up my purse. "I'll see you tomorrow."

"Kelsey, stop." He grabbed my arm but I wiggled away.

"Tomorrow," I said. "I'll see you."

He didn't try to stop me again and that hurt even worse than being labeled as just a friend. If he had tried to pull me back one more time, he knew I would've stayed.

.&.

The sky had never been so blue. As I walked to Giovanni's house the next morning, I looked up at the sky wondering if it had always been that beautiful or had just happened.

"My chica!" Chad exclaimed when he saw. He sitting on the top of a black Mustang which I assumed was his. Giovanni was reading a paperback next to him.

"Hey guys," I said, smiling at the both of them but instantly wanting to rape Giovanni because of how cute he was. "What's happening?"

"Just waiting for you, my beautiful babe," Giovanni replied, wrapping his arms around me and giving me a peck on the cheek. "Here, hop in."

I jumped in the backseat and Chad practically destroyed the driveway trying to scare me as he pulled away. I knocked him on the head and then he and Giovanni started talking about football or basketball or something equally boring. I curled up in the backseat and stared at the sky mile after mile.

When we finally reached Angel Falls, Chad looked like he about to explode from happiness as he searched for a parking space. He reminded me of a young kid, all hyped up for roller coasters and water rides. He looked like an innocent little boy with his layered blonde hair that framed his face. Typical skater boy. His aqua eyes sparked as he pulled into a parking space.

"Excited much?" I teased.

"I love amusement parks," Chad replied. "I haven't been to one in forever, though. So yes, I am a little excited. Just a little."

Giovanni picked me up and slung me over his shoulder like a board. I laughed hysterically as he tickled me behind the knees. Chad bought our tickets, and pulled a map from his pocket.

"I think," he said, "we should try The Demon first. It's supposed to be one hell of a roller coaster."

Giovanni made a face of digust. "Count me out. Hate roller coasters."

Chad turned to me. "Kelsey? You in?"

I smiled. "Sure, Chad."

We told Giovanni we'd meet him at Rushing Rivers, a water ride, and ran to The Demon. We didn't have to, because it was nine in the morning and the park was practically empty, but we did and we were first in line.

"So," Chad said. "What's with you and Giovanni? Are you into him or something?"

"We're friends," I said, repeating his phrase. "Nothing special."

"I've heard that one before," Chad replied, settling in his seat.

"I'm serious," I said, struggling to buckle my seat belt. He reached over and snapped it closed for me. "We're just hanging out."

"So...would you want to hang out with me?" Chad asked. "I know I may not be as attractive as Mr. Good-Looking, but I'm a nice guy."

I glanced at him and smiled. "I know you are, Chad."

We were a few yards away from the drop but Chad didn't say anything. Not only because we shot forward at 80 miles per hour, screaming at the top of our lungs, but because there wasn't anything left to say.

.&.

Giovanni was waiting for us at the entrance of Rushing Rivers. "So. How was it?"

Chad brushed a few strands of hair away from his face. "It was crazy. I thought Kelsey was going to puke all over me. She was terrified."

I playfully shoved him. "Whatever. Chad screamed like a punk ass. I thought he was never going to shut up."

Giovanni took another sip of his Dr. Pepper. "So should we get in line?"

"You know it," Chad replied, already climbing over bars that seperated rows. Giovanni grabbed my arm.

"So you're getting a little friendly with Chad, huh?" Giovanni snickered. "Like that would work. You trying to make me jealous?"

"Giovanni," I gasped fakely. "I am not trying to make you jealous. Why would I? It's not like we're anything special. We're just friends." I gave a winning grin, knowing that I had won the battle, and skipped off to find Chad. And as I glanced over my shoulder to find he was still standing there, looking extremely pissed off, I gave a small laugh knowing that the ball was finally in my court.

A/N-Meh. I feel like being evil today. Maybe it's because I just saw Sin City for the five billionth time or maybe it's because...I'm just PURE BADNESS!!!! I'm totally thinking about ditching this story and leaving it in the dust. I re-read it the other day and was all...'What the hell?' You see, I know where the story is going and how Giovanni and Kelsey and Chad and Rayne and Joey and all of them turn out in the end so it doesn't matter to me. I'll write a few more chapters and see how things turn out.

Adios!