Chapter 3

The next morning, I woke up disoriented, until I remembered I was at camp. I yawned and got out of bed to stretch. I waved to a bleary-eyed Jessie looking like she had been knocked out and then suddenly jerked awake again. She stuck out her arm which I correctly guessed to mean 'help pull me up,' so I helped her until she stood up steadily.

My stomach moaned and I couldn't wait to go down to breakfast for some food. I quickly got dressed and tapped my foot impatiently waiting for everyone else to get ready. Finally, everyone lined up to walk out to the dining space for breakfast. We were all still groggy, and I started imagining fried eggs, sizzling sausage, and crackling bacon blooming over my taste buds while my stomach grumbled insistently at me.

Finally, we reached the Mess Hall, as I referred to it now, and plopped down at the first table we could. I yawned loudly again, and decided to get some coffee if they had any available. One look at the table said no such luck. It looked like the choices were between orange juice, apple juice, and milk. I sighed and trudged up to the table heavily laden with steaming food. My mouth started watering as I picked out eggs, hash browns, and a few sausages off the trays and quickly sat down. I started eating my food immediately, which I regretted since it was still so hot it burned my tongue.

I started gulping my orange juice to get the swelling to slow down while Ari started snickering. I shot her a glance and stuck my still-throbbing tongue out at her. Jessie was practically falling asleep on her food and I had to prod her in the ribs about every 15 seconds. I waved at Michael when he saw where I was and he cocked a half smile at me and flicked a few fingers in my direction to say hi.

After we finished our breakfast, we were allowed half an hour of 'socialization time' which translated to everyone falling back asleep before we had to go down to a gigantic flagpole to say the Pledge. Jessie almost collapsed before she got to her bed, so Ari and I walked next to her, making sure she wouldn't fall over, and laid her on her bed. She immediately fell asleep. I laughed softly as we pulled the covers up over her.

I didn't really want to go back to sleep, knowing how hard it would be to wake up yet again, so I started to get properly dressed. I wandered around the close confines of the cabin for about 30 seconds before I started to feel claustrophobic. I stepped outside for some fresh air and immediately felt free of the tight space. I laughed and spun around in circles and closed my eyes, letting my feet carry me where they may.

That probably wasn't the smartest idea, since I bumped right into someone a little while after I left my cabin. I stumbled backwards a little at how hard I had collided with him. He bent down to get his books, which I had unknowingly knocked out of his arms, and I blushed and started to help. I reached for a book while looking at the title of one I had in my hand. Les Miserables. Huh. Interesting choice for a big guy like him. Our heads rammed together as we leaned in to get the last book on the ground.

The air huffed out of my chest and my face burned with embarrassment as he leaned back and rubbed his head. The boy laughed and looked at me with penetrating dark eyes. He was one of the most handsome boys I had ever met.

I didn't want to break our eye contact, but I knew I was thinking about him in a way that I definitely shouldn't have been, even if my boyfriend wasn't extremely overprotective. I got shakily to my feet, and saw him rise up above me. I felt my head automatically tip back, and the boy searched my face, his eyes racing. We stood there silently for a few moments, me studying him, him studying me.

He cleared his throat after a moment and stuck out his free hand.

"Hi there, I'm Charlie. Thanks for the help."

It took me a moment to remember how to talk. Get a hold of yourself Kara. It's just a boy. You do have a boyfriend, remember? "Uh, hi. I'm Kara. Nice to meet you. Sorry about the, erm, books…"

He chuckled lightly and replied, "Yeah. It usually helps to walk with your eyes open when you wanna avoid crashing into people."

"I'll keep that in mind in the future."

He laughed again. It made me feel happy inside, hearing his laugh. I liked this guy; he would make for an awesome friend. He seemed genuinely nice. He wasn't like most guys, who immediately start hitting on someone new whenever they got the chance. Especially the attractive boys. He seemed… Different. It was hard to describe. It was like I could sense who he was as a person just by knowing him for 30 seconds. Cheesy, I know…

He cleared his throat and said, "Well, beauty queen, I suppose I should get going. We do have classes, after all, regardless of how stupid it is to have school in the summer too."

I nodded and shook his hand. "Nice to meet ya."

"I hope we bump into each other again, beauty queen. See you around."

I stuck my tongue out at him and he turned to leave. I sighed. I wasn't sure if his nickname was mocking me or not. I checked my watch and looked around. I was slightly lost, because I didn't know the campgrounds well and had wandered around with my eyes closed before I bumped into Charlie. Again, not the smartest of ideas… I ran up to him and hesitantly said, "Um… Hey. So… I'm kinda sorta lost and we have to get ready for class soon… Is there any chance of you being a gentleman and showing me the way to cabin D?"

He smirked at me and answered, "What? Miss beauty queen can't see with your eyes closed?"

I was a little taken aback and said, "Well… Fine, I guess I can figure it out I was just hoping…"

He laughed loudly, "Kara I'm kidding with you. I'd be happy to."

And with that he offered me his arm to be my escort, winking at me when I put my hand on his forearm and let him lead the way. I rolled my eyes and poked him to make him stop sniggering at me.

When we got to my cabin Michael was leaning in the doorway with a concerned look on his face. I smiled at him and said, "Hey, why the long face mister?"

He stared at me intensely and spat, "Where have you been? I've been looking everywhere for you."

I stood there dumbfounded for a moment before getting defensive. I slid my hand off of Charlie's arm and strode up to Michael, sticking my finger in his face and saying, "What right do you have over where I go and what I do with my life exactly?"

"It's not my fault you're too stupid to pay attention half the time and the other half you spend goofing off. Sorry I thought you fell in a ditch or something. My mistake."

I glared at him for a second before turning on my heel, fuming, walking towards the entrance to my cabin. Michael ran behind me and grabbed my wrist, jerking me back towards him. He pulled me close and kissed me.

I slapped him and glared at him with venom in my eyes. He grabbed my wrist again and I punched him in the eye with my other hand. "Get your hands off me. Do you think I need a babysitter?"

He stared at me, anger and hatred in his eyes for a moment, the grip around my wrist tightening until my hand began to turn white, before he looked down at his hand and pulled it off me. His eyes widened, and he stepped right in front of me, his face about 1 inch away from mine, and said, "Kara, oh my gosh. I'm so sorry. That was way out of line. Please, please, please forgive me."

The venom drained out of me as quickly as it came and I put my hand on his cheek, running my thumb along his temple lightly and replied, "Of course, Michael, you know I can never stay mad at you."

He smiled and squeezed me close to his chest, kissing me hard. He nuzzled his face against mine and started tickling me. I screamed and squirmed in his arms and he kissed my cheek and all over my face. I looked over and saw Charlie still standing there awkwardly watching us.

I blushed once again and coughed conspicuously to get Michael off me. I thanked Charlie for helping me back to my cabin and quickly kissed Michael before running back inside to start my first classes of the summer.

A/N: I am sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooo sososososo so very SORRY that I haven't updated in this long! You must absolutely hate me for waiting this irritatingly, tortuously long to finally put up chapter 3! I am an awful, awful disgrace of a human being and I wouldn't be surprised if anyone even cares anymore because it's been so long. But... if you're there still... Pleeeeease review for me? :) Again, I am soooooooooooooo sorry... Stupid CampDreamer... Please please forgive me...