"Where did you go?" Lindsay worried as I stepped back into the cabin. I ignored her as I walked over to my bag and grabbed a pair of fluffy purple socks. My toes were freezing.
"Melondy, where were you?" Lindsay demanded.
"I just needed some air," I answered. I opened up my sleeping bag and climbed inside.
Lindsay stared at me. I didn't think she would let this go but she ended up sighing and jumping onto the top bunk.
The trumpet played early that morning. Everyone jumped out of bed and fought for a turn in one of our two showers. Lindsay was the last person to wake up, other than me. Somehow she managed to convince the girls to let her have one of the showers. It didn't seem that hard; the girls worship Lindsay.
I covered my ear with my pillow to try and drown out the girls' yapping. I have no idea how these girls can talk so much.
"You guys know there are public showers, why don't you go there?" I suggested.
"We can't, we heard that the boys snuck in and installed video cameras!" Samantha exclaimed.
"You're being overly dramatic. Who told you that?" I asked even though I didn't really care, I just wanted to sleep.
"Some of the girls from the other cabin said they saw the boys sneaking in there," Samantha answered.
"If you have to stay here can you please shut up for a bit so I can sleep?" I yawned.
"But you have to get up," stated a particularly good girl named Rose.
"Whatever," I groaned as I rolled over to face the wall.
Some how I managed to fall back asleep only to have Lindsay pour cold water onto my face. I shrieked as I jumped out of my bed. My pajamas were soaking wet and they stuck onto my body like glue. I felt so uncomfortable. I grabbed Lindsay's blanket and wrapped it around me.
"See I told you I could wake her up," Lindsay commented as the girls giggled.
"Very funny," I retorted.
"You have about five minutes before we have to met up with our group," Samantha giggled. Her baby doll face went pink with all of her giggling.
I grabbed some sweatpants and a tee-shirt out of my bag. I rushed into the bathroom so I could change in privacy. I pulled my hair up into a messy bun then walked out of the bathroom. Then I slipped on my Toms.
"Are you going to dress up a little bit nicer?" Lindsay questioned.
"Yeah you have a great body, you should show it off," Samantha smiled.
My face turned bright red. I have purposely being wearing clothes a few sizes too big just so I could avoid anyone ever saying that to me again. I don't want to be looked at for my body.
"I think I'm good how I am. Plus who would I have to dress up for anyway, it's camp," I responded.
"What about Derek? He's super hot," suggested a red headed, boy crazed girl named Alexis.
"Um no," I stated coldly.
Without saying another word I walked out of the cabin. Samantha quickly followed behind me. Thank god she is the only girl from my cabin who is in my group.
She was about to say something but I glared at her. She stayed quiet for the rest of the walk.
We met up with the rest of the group at our team table in the dining hall. Derek had already got all the food, which was odd since he never does anything.
"Thanks for waiting for us," Samantha commented sarcastically.
"What? We were hungry," Cayden responded as he stuffed his face with pancakes.
Samantha rolled her eyes as she took the seat next to Cayden. He opened his mouth full of pancakes to gross her out. Samantha lightly shoved him as she giggled.
I looked at the table and noticed there was only one seat available. It was right next to Derek. I reluctantly sat down beside him. I glanced over at him. He was eating his breakfast with a fork and a knife, unlike the other boys who were just grabbing pancakes and shoving them in their mouths.
"Did you check the activity board?" Derek asked in between bites.
"No I didn't have time."
"Obviously, you look like crap," Derek replied with a slight chuckle in his voice.
I ignored him as I grabbed two pancakes off the plate. I poured a massive amount of syrup over my pancakes before taking a bite.
"Someone likes sugar," Derek smirked.
I glared at him.
"Well I take it you aren't in a very good mood. Oh and by the way we are kayaking," Derek stated.
"Are you seriously going to wear that?" Lindsay asked. She stared at me in my unflattering blue one piece swimsuit.
"You're right. It's showing too much," I responded as I pulled a baggy tee shirt over top of the swim suit.
"I meant the opposite."
Lindsay began digging through her bag and then threw my bright pink bikini at me. I had given it to her a few months ago mainly because she loved it but also because I no longer wanted it. It used to be my favourite swimsuit but then again I used to wear miniskirts and high heels; things change.
"Please just wear it," Lindsay begged.
"I'd rather not," I replied.
"Wearing it would be a good step towards moving on..." Lindsay hinted.
"If you stop talking I'll wear it," I interrupted.
I walked back into the bathroom and slipped into the much cuter bathing suit. When I walked back out, Lindsay was smiling even bigger.
"Can I wear shorts at least?" I pleaded.
Lindsay chucked a pair of purple waterproof shorts at me. I quickly slipped them on as Samantha impatiently knocked on the cabin door. I snuck a sweater into my bag when Lindsay turned around.
"You look so hot!" Samantha exclaimed as I opened the door.
Once we got to the water, I quickly slipped on my sweater.
Why did I choose to specialize in water sports? I should have chosen something easy and boring like teambuilding.
"Melondy?" Derek asked as he put his hand on my shoulder.
I freaked out and jumped backwards.
"Calm down, I was just trying to get your attention."
"Sorry," I apologized before stepping in front of everyone.
I went over safety and rules before doing a fast demo. Everyone grabbed a kayak and dragged it out into the water. Younger ones paired up with older ones and there were a few older ones on their own. I looked over at the rack to see only one kayak left. It was made for two.
Derek reached up and grabbed it off the rack. He then proceeded to carry it over his shoulder into the water.
"Are you coming?" Derek asked impatiently as he dropped the kayak into the water.
I took off my sweater then climbed into the kayak.
"Stare at me and I'll hit you where it hits," I threatened when I saw him sneak a glance at my body.
Derek pushed the kayak into the deeper water before jumping inside. We rowed around in silence for a few minutes. I took in the beauty of the crystal clear water and tall cedar trees while Derek looked like he was going to fall asleep.
"So is it true that you either had to come to camp or go to jail?"
"No, it was one of the choices I had for community service. This one sounded the least boring," Derek answered.
"Why did you go to jail?" I questioned.
"What's with all the questions?" he countered.
"It's better than sitting here in silence. Plus I've heard a lot of rumors about you. I'm curious as to which ones are true," I explained.
"Well I've heard a few about you too. Mainly from my friends so they probably aren't true," Derek added.
"Who are your friends?" I questioned. My stomach began to bubble. My anxiety started kicking in. My stupid medicine obviously sucks.
"Mike Jones, Hunter Phillips and Austin McFly," Derek responded.
One name stuck out in my mind. Hunter Phillips. The name alone sent chills down my spine.
"Melondy are you okay, your shaking and your getting really pale," Derek worried as he turned about to face me. The expression on his face was one I had never seen before. He seemed really nervous, almost more sweet and innocent.
"Yeah I'm fine," I stuttered as I continued to shake.
"The rumor isn't true is it?" Derek questioned.
I didn't want to know what rumor he was talking about. I didn't want him to find out or figure out anything. I mentally forced myself to stop shaking.
"Sorry about that. I have a medical condition that causes me to freak out and start shaking," I lied.
"I've been in class with you for four years and I've never seen you do that before," Derek pointed out.
"I just forgot to take my medicine this morning, silly me," I giggled nervously.
I could tell Derek wasn't paying attention at all. He was probably trying to figure it out. He then looked over at me and softened up. He smiled and replied, "Well as long as you are okay."
I had to spend the rest of the day with Derek. But after the 'incident' we just had awkward silences and lame conversations about the weather. I was so glad when it was finally the end of today's activities. We had two hours to do whatever before bedtime.
"I know I promised to never ask you this but I'm worried about you," Lindsay stated as she confronted me outside the cabin.
"Can you move, I just want to go to sleep," I replied as I tried to get past Lindsay.
"Derek talked to me. He told me how you were acting on the lake," Lindsay responded.
"I'm fine," I snapped.
"It was one of his friends, wasn't it?" Lindsay questioned.
"Does Derek know anything?" I worried.
"No, he was pretty quiet," Lindsay answered.
I pushed past her and into the cabin. But blocking my way was the sweet baby doll face of the only girl in my cabin I can kind of stand. She twirled her curly black locks in her finger as she stared at me with the most convincing puppy dog face I had ever seen.
"What?" I demanded.
"I need your help," Samantha stated.
"Why don't you ask Lindsay?" I suggested.
"Because I wanna ask you."
My heart melted as she said that. Even though she is only three years younger, she seems so sweet and innocent. How can I possibly say no?
"What is it?" I sighed.
"You are picking groups for tomorrow's team building activities right?"
"Can you put me and Cayden together?" Samantha asked.
"You like him don't you?" I smirked.
"Well, yeah," Samantha blushed.
"OK I'll put you in the same group but I'm not sure what Derek is planning to make you do," I replied.
"Thank you so much," Samantha squealed as she hugged onto me.
I smiled before pushing her off me and climbing into bed.
"Um Melondy, we still have an hour and a half of free time before bed," Alexis commented.
"Why are you all in her anyway?" I questioned.
The girls shrugged.
"We should do something really fun!" Alexis exclaimed.
The girls started with the gossiping again. My heat began pounding with the sound of their screaming.
I picked up a fluffy pillow off my bed and threw it at Alexis's face. She began laughing and threw the pillow back. The other girls soon joined in on the pillow fight. As I got pelted with pillows I realized I should have just ignored them.