Minor Disagreement

Nick’s point of view

I was sitting and playing a video game when I heard the doorbell. I opened the door and saw Brian and AJ standing there.
“Hey Frack,” greeted Brian as him and AJ went in.
“What’s up?” said AJ.
“Nothing except for the fact that I’m sure I’m gonna go nuts before this summer ends,” I said sighing.
“Oh come on, Liz can’t be that bad,” said Brian rolling his eyes.
“Oh yes she can,” I retorted. We all went to sit in the living room.
“Who is this Liz anyway?” asked AJ sitting down.
“She’s my mom’s friend’s daughter who is now living in the same house as me. And just for the record, me and Liz hate each other’s guts,” I explained.
“I see, and why is it that you hate each other’s guts?” asked AJ.
“Uh…” I stammered. Wait a minute; for once AJ had a good question. “Well, we’ve hated each other ever since we were little so I’m guessing we just don’t get along that’s all,” I said finally coming up with an answer.
“Okay, right,” said AJ nodding his head. At that moment Liz came down the stairs. AJ raised his eyebrows looking at her.
“Uh, hi,” she said uncomfortably looking at Brian and AJ.
“Liz, these are my friends, Brian and AJ,” I said pointing to each of them.
“Hi,” said AJ getting up and hugging her.
“You’re very friendly aren’t you?” she asked laughing. I rolled my eyes.
“Unbelievably,” said AJ grinning at her.
“Ignore him, he does that to everybody, even to some guys,” said Brian laughing as he shook Liz’s hand. AJ shot Brian a dirty look and Liz laughed. I couldn’t believe the way the guys were acting. They were supposed to be my friends, which meant that they were supposed to be on my side, but were they? Of course not! They were siding with the enemy!
I cleared my throat loudly, “Guys, weren’t you just leaving?” I asked.
“No, we just got here,” said Brian shooting me a weird look.
“Yeah, and we just might stay here,” said AJ still staring at Liz.
“Excuse us,” I said quickly and dragged both guys into the kitchen. “What are you doing?” I asked.
“Becoming friends with your non-friend,” replied AJ casually. “By the way, why didn’t you mention that your non-friend was absolutely gorgeous?” he exclaimed. I looked at him like he just grew another head.
“Are you nuts? What do you have, a fever or something?” I asked reaching out to feel his forehead. AJ jerked away from my hand and went to stand on the other side of Brian.
“No I don’t, but I think you’re the one that’s sick if you can’t see how gorgeous the girl is,” he retorted.
“Unbelievable! You too?” I asked turning to Brian.
“Well, I hate to say it Nicky, but Bone’s right,” said Brian shrugging.
“Okay first of all, don’t call me Nicky, you know I hate that, and second of all, have you both gone mental??” I exclaimed loudly.
“No, but we’re under strong suspicion that you have,” replied Brian calmly.
“Whatever, while you two stay here and drool, I’m gonna go take a swim,” I said calming down and running up to my room to get my swimming trunks.

Brian’s point of view

“So you think we should go keep Liz company?” I asked turning to AJ.
“Definitely,” he said grinning. Both of us went back to the entertainment room where we found Liz looking out the window.
“What’s so interesting in the window?” asked AJ. Liz jumped slightly and then turned to face us.
“Nothing, I was just thinking about some stuff,” she replied.
“What kind of stuff, if you don’t mind me asking,” I asked.
“I don’t mind, I was just thinking about home, and how much I miss my boyfriend Josh,” she replied and sat down on the couch. As soon as I heard the word ‘boyfriend’ I knew it was time for both me and AJ to back off a little. I looked over at him and saw that he had gotten the hint too.
“Your boyfriend? How long have you been going out?” I asked.
“Two and a half months,” said Liz sighing.
“Well, don’t you talk to each other on the phone?” asked AJ sitting down next to her.
“Yeah, I spoke to him twice already, but it’s not the same as seeing him,” she replied sadly.
“That sucks,” I commented.
“Don’t I know it,” said Liz turning back to the window.
“How about we go do something fun?” suggested AJ.
“Such as?” asked Liz.
“Go swimming,” he said grinning widely. I had a feeling that he just wanted to torture Nick, but I went along with it anyway. It looked like fun.
“Now?” asked Liz unsurely.
“Yeah, why not?” I asked joining in. “There’s a pool in the backyard and we go swimming there all the time.”
“Okay sure,” agreed Liz. “I’m gonna go change,” she said and ran up the stairs to her room.
I turned to AJ, “You do realize that Nick is gonna kill us right?” I asked.
“Yeah, but at some point those two will have to start to get along and right now, we’re just helping them get there faster,” he said shrugging.
“Did you bring a pair of swimming trunks?” I asked. “Cause I didn’t.”
“I didn’t either, but I’m sure Nick has some in the pool house,” said AJ.
“Okay, cool, let’s go see,” I said getting up and heading towards the pool. We got there and saw Nick lying on an inflatable mattress in the middle of the pool with his eyes closed. I grinned at AJ and motioned for him to be quiet. I silently picked up an inflatable ball off of the floor and then threw it at Nick. The ball landed square on his stomach and Nick was so startled, that he fell right off the mattress into the water. He came up sputtering water and glared at AJ and me. We were both practically rolling on the floor from laughter by then.
“That wasn’t funny!” yelled Nick climbing out of the pool.
“Oh yes it was! You should’ve seen your face!” I exclaimed cracking up. Nick came up to me and stood right in front of my face, his 6’1” frame towering over my 5’8”. I prepared to run as I realized what he was about to do. Unfortunately that thought came to me too late and the next thing I knew, I was flying into the pool. AJ flew in right behind me. Then it was Nick who was cracking up. I swam to the surface and wiped my face with the back of my hand.
“Okay, but at least now we don’t need any swimming trunks,” I said and proceeded to swim more laps around the pool.
“Yeah, well, you deserved that,” retorted Nick and then jumped into the pool himself.
“Why did I get dunked?” exclaimed AJ. “I didn’t do anything, Rok did!”
“But you were there and you didn’t stop him, therefore, you’re just as responsible as he is,” replied Nick and then dove underwater. AJ shrugged and started swimming around the pool.
We were all swimming and goofing around for about fifteen minutes, when I saw Liz come outside. My jaw dropped as she came into the sunlight and I saw AJ’s jaw drop even lower than mine. If Liz looked great in a pair of jeans, then she was an absolute knockout in a bikini.
“What?” she asked self-consciously as she saw me and AJ staring at her.
“Uh…nothing, nice suit,” I said quickly and then turned to look at Nick to see if he had the same reaction as AJ and me. Nick wasn’t even looking; he was swimming on the other side of the pool completely oblivious to the fact that Liz had come.
“Oh, thanks,” said Liz shyly accepting my complement.
“You’re welcome,” I said warmly smiling at her. AJ was still staring.
“Very nice suit,” he finally said and Liz laughed at him.
“Thanks,” she said grinning.
“So guys what are we doing…” said Nick all of a sudden turning to face all of us, and then he saw Liz. “Oh, it’s you,” he said rudely.
“Yeah, it’s me,” said Liz with the same attitude. I couldn’t believe that Nick wasn’t staring at her. I began to question whether he really was a guy at that point.
“Nick, Liz is here to swim with us, we invited her,” said AJ.
“Right, sure, go ahead, invite her, she lives here too after all,” said Nick but I could hear by the tone of his voice that he didn’t mean one word that he had said.
“Well, I can see that I’m not wanted here, so I’m just gonna go and unpack some more,” said Liz and started to turn around.
“No, it’s okay, you stay, I’m going,” said Nick coldly, he then got out of the pool and walked back inside the house.
“Guys I’m sorry, but I’m gonna go too, I wasn’t really up for this anyway,” said Liz apologizing and then went inside too.
I looked at AJ, “Well, that went well,” I commented dryly.
“Yeah, but they’ll come around, I’m sure of it,” he said getting out of the pool.
“How can you be so sure?” I asked getting out too.
“They have to, they live in the same house. For them, it’s either get along, or kill each other,” he said and then we both pondered the thought.

Nick’s point of view

I was fuming by the time I got to my room. I slammed the door and turned on my stereo to practically full volume. I really couldn’t believe the way Rok and Bone were acting. I mean yeah okay, Liz was a live-in member of my house now, but that didn’t mean that I had to be friends with her. When were the guys going to understand that? I had no idea; personally, I didn’t think that they ever would.
I lay on my bed for about a half an hour when I finally got sick of staring into the ceiling. I got up and walked out onto the balcony in my room. The view was definitely breathtaking. I could see the sun shining high and the sky was a crystal clear blue. Yep, it was definitely a picture perfect day in Florida, so why was I so miserable? I leaned on the railing of the balcony and rested my chin on my hands. It was then that I overheard bits of a phone conversation drifting over from Liz’s room.
“I miss you too…August…I know it sucks…I have no control over it…Josh, just try to think that I’ll be home soon…I love you too, so much…yeah, okay, love ya, bye,” the conversation finished and I felt a little guilty for eavesdropping. But then I figured that it wasn’t like I did it on purpose. Also, I realized that Liz must’ve been talking to her boyfriend. I felt kinda bad that she was away from her boyfriend, whom she obviously cared deeply for, but she could’ve found another place to stay during the summer. Yeah, I was being stubborn, especially since I knew that Liz didn’t have a choice whether to live with me or not, just like I didn’t have a choice whether to have her here or not. I still didn’t know how I was supposed to survive the summer with her in my house.

Liz’s point of view

I hung up the phone and plopped down on my bed. I missed Josh so much, and it had only been one day. Actually, not even one day. How was I supposed to go for three whole months without seeing my boyfriend? How were we supposed to celebrate our anniversaries during those months? I had no answers to any of these questions.
It was then that I heard a knock on my door.
“Come in,” I called out.
“Hey,” said AJ sticking his head into my room.
“Hey, how did you know which room was mine?” I asked when AJ came in.
“I took a wild guess. So what are you up to?” he asked sitting down next to me.
“Oh nothing, just missing Josh and thinking about how horrible this summer will be, that’s all,” I replied miserably.
“Cheer up,” said AJ. “You wanna go to the mall?” he asked suddenly.
“Really?” I asked. “A guy who actually likes going to the mall?” I asked in amazement.
“Totally, so you wanna go?” he asked grinning.
“Definitely,” I replied and climbed off of my bed. I found my sandals and purse, and took my sunglasses out of my suitcase. “Okay, I’m ready, let’s go,” I said.
AJ laughed, “Cool,” he said and held out the door open for me. We were walking towards the front door when we saw Brian come downstairs.
“Where are you two off to?” he asked seeing AJ and me.
“The mall, wanna join us?” I asked.
“Sure, it sounds a lot better than sitting here with Mr. Sulky, otherwise known as Nick,” he replied laughing.
“Great, we’ll take my car,” said AJ and the three of us went outside. We got into AJ’s car and drove to the mall.
When we got there, I instantly began to feel better. I’ve always loved shopping because, well duh, I’m a girl. Also being there with AJ and Brian lifted my mood considerably because they were such great guys to hang out with. They were always cracking jokes and I couldn’t help but laugh.
“Hey AJ, what would happen if you and Bri took off those hats and sunglasses?” I asked as we walked into the Gap.
“Um, well, how do you feel about being mobbed by tons of screaming girls?” he asked grinning.
“I personally wouldn’t like it,” I replied laughing.
“Well guess what, neither would we,” said Brian also cracking up. “We came here for a nice afternoon of shopping, minus the screaming fans.”
“Cool, so do you guys shop often?” I asked looking at some shorts.
“Whenever we get the chance,” replied AJ, “Well, me anyway,” he added.
“Yeah, he has to go to at least one store wherever we are, frankly, it’s getting on my nerves,” said Brian laughing. AJ rolled his eyes, but laughed too.
“So all of you guys live in Florida?” I asked.
“Yep, we just finished our tour recently, so now we’re just relaxing, enjoying the time off,” said AJ and then held up a black and blue shirt. “What do you think of this?” he asked showing it to Brian and me.
“Wow, that’s actually a normal shirt!” exclaimed Brian feigning shock. “Are you sure you’re AJ?” he asked.
“Positive, you think it’s TOO normal?” he asked.
“I think it’s nice,” I said looking the shirt over.
“Hmm, maybe I’ll take it, that is if I can find something that no one would ever wear,” said AJ and began looking through more clothes.
“Translation,” said Brian cracking up, “If he could find something that no one would ever be caught dead in.”
I laughed, “No way.”
“Yes way, you haven’t seen most of his wardrobe. I have, and believe me, it’s scary,” said Brian.
“Are you guys making fun of me?” asked AJ coming back to where we were standing.
“Nope,” Brian and me said simultaneously, trying to sound innocent.
“Then why don’t I believe you?” asked AJ looking at both of us.
“Maybe because that shirt is affecting your brain activity,” said Brian pointing at the shirt that AJ was holding. It had a weird design of about twenty colors on it, and they were all clashing with each other.
“What’s wrong with the shirt?” asked AJ acting offended.
“Oh nothing, just don’t wear it in public, or any place that has light,” I said trying hard not to laugh.
“Perfect!” exclaimed AJ grinning. “That’s exactly what I was looking for!” he said happily and then went to pay for the shirt. Brian and me looked at each other and shook our heads at AJ. We then followed him to the cash register where I paid for a pair of white denim shorts and a baby blue shirt I had picked out.

Nick’s point of view

“Hello?” I said picking up my cell phone.
“Hey Nick, are Rok and Bone there with you?” came Kevin’s voice.
“No,” I replied shortly.
“Where are they?” asked Kevin.
“How should I know?” I shot back.
“Okay, I figured since they said that they were going over to your house, you would know where they were,” said Kevin, his voice calm.
“Well I don’t know where they are. They left with Liz and left me here without telling me where they went,” I said angrily.
“Liz?” echoed Kevin. “Oh yeah, that’s the girl that was supposed to come live with you for the summer. How’s that going?” asked Kevin.
“I would prefer getting mobbed by thousands of screaming fans than live with Liz,” I said, and I meant it.
“Wow, that bad?” asked Kevin.
“Yes,” I replied.
“Okay, seeing how you’re not in the greatest mood now, can you tell Brian to call me if you see him?” asked Kevin realizing that talking for a long time to me was not a good idea.
“Yeah, I’ll tell him,” I said. “Is there a particular reason for why I should tell him?”
“Is there a reason why you wouldn’t?” asked Kevin back.
“Oh you know, if I just happen to forget to mention it to him, I wouldn’t want him to miss something important,” I said sarcastically.
“Uh huh, I see. Well, there is a reason. We have a meeting with management on Friday to discuss the promotions that we’ll be doing this summer. So that means that all of us have to be there, on time,” said Kevin. I swore that he was pointing out the ‘on time’ fact just for me.
“Fine, then I’ll tell him you called, if I see him,” I said. In my mind I was still thinking whether or not I should conveniently forget to tell Brian about it.
“Good, and don’t you conveniently forget about it,” warned Kevin. That guy knew me too well.
“Don’t worry, I won’t,” I said casually.
“Yeah, okay,” said Kevin.
“Was there something else?” I asked.
“No, that’s about it, oh and Nick, I suggest that you and Bri clear up whatever it is that you’re fighting about now, for everyone’s sake,” said Kevin.
“We’re not fighting, we’re just having a minor disagreement,” I pointed out.
“Fine, just make it an agreement okay?” he asked.
“Sure,” I said.
“Okay, in that case, I’ll talk to you later,” said Kevin.
“Bye Kev,” I said and hung up the phone. At that point I still haven’t decided whether I should tell Brian to call Kevin or not.

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