//chapter//\\thirteen\\

"I just can't believe it!" cried Katie as she, Malory, and Jenica prepared for bed. "We actually met the Moffatts. Couldn't you just die?"

Malory sighed and asked, "And, just how many times have you said that now, Katie?"

"Too many!" Jenica replied with a laugh.

"But, you guys!" Katie whined. "Who would have ever thought that we would meet the Moffatts?"

"That is a good point." Malory said. Then, a sly smile spread across her face and she said, "So, I want all of the details of what happened between you and Bob after you guys left us. Don't leave anything out." Malory and Jenica jumped onto the bed right in front of Katie, almost squashing her, just so they would hear every word of the story.

"God, guys! Settle down! What if I don't want to tell you?" she replied, sticking her nose in the air.

"Oh, come on, Katie! We know you. You are just about to pop. You want to tell us so bad that it hurts." Malory said as she hit Katie with a pillow.

Katie hit her back and said, "Hey! I still have my pride, ya know! It's my business, not yours."

Malory winked at Jenica and said, "Alright, Katie. You don't have to tell us. You're right. It's none of our business. We shouldn't have been prying. Come on, Jen. Let's get ready for bed."

Jenica caught on to the plan and said, "Yeah, you're right, Mal. That was rude. Sorry, Katie."

The two went about getting ready for bed. As they got out their toothbrushes they heard Katie whimper. When they turned around, they saw Katie sitting on the bed, looking at them with tears in her eyes. She looked like she was about to burst. Jenica and Malory calmly walked over to the bed, sat down, and Malory said, "Go ahead, Katie. Tell us." Katie gave a sigh of relief and began her tale.

"Well, we walked out on you guys, as you already know. It was like, nothing else existed in that moment. We were all alone. We talked about all sorts of things. We circled the whole lake, then crossed the bridge to the island. We were going to look at the birds, but we hadn't remembered that gate that blocked the path. We decided to go to the playground, instead."

"Wasn't that blocked off, too? The last time that we were there I told you that they locked up both paths after dark." Malory interrupted.

"Yeah, it was locked, too." she continued. "But that gate was lower than the other one, so we helped each other over. It was pitch black. We kept tripping, and falling, and laughing. I could just barely see his face, but that was enough for me. I knew he was there, so I was happy. The playground seemed huge. It was wooden and it had all of these towers, and bridges, and things. We were running around, chasing each other. When we ran out of breath and couldn't run anymore, we sat down by each other on the swings. We were talking for a while but we soon got...what do you call it, Mal? The curse? Yeah, that's it. Complete silence. It was pretty embarrassing. We just sat there. There was a gap in the trees and we could see the lake and the pretty beaches. I checked my watch. It was about 11:30 and I knew that I couldn't stay out with him forever, no matter how much I wanted to. It made me sad, thinking about how I had to leave, but I wasn't going to let that ruin the evening."

"He has the greatest personality. We have so much in common. We're both a little wacky and, besides, you guys know that I, like, always go for the drummers. Anyway, we walked, we talked, we had a good time. And that's really all I have to say."

"WHAT?!?! You mean, you guys didn't make out?" Malory and Jenica cried in unison.

"I would rather keep the rest of the events to myself, for now. I still don't believe what happened. I want to fully understand it before I tell you guys." Katie said. "Now, I've been talking all night. It's somebody else's turn."

"Come on, Katie! 'Fess up! Tell the rest!" Malory said.

"Alright, so we did! Are you guys happy now? What if I wanted to keep that little tidbit of info to myself?" Katie said, getting flustered.

"Wow! That was a great story." Malory said. Suddenly, with a mischievous smile, she said, "Now, you can tell us WHAT ELSE happened."

"I'll tell ya later." Katie said, grinning back at Malory and then hitting her with a pillow. "I wonder where Jenni is. She should be back by now. Who was she with, Mal? Ya know, me and Clint left right after Katie and Bob did, so....I know that both of you like Scott. Who got him?" Jenica asked.

"I'll tell you everything, but you have to do something for me, first." Malory said.

Jenica looked at her strangely and said, "What do you want me to do? Or, should I even ask?" Jenica started laughing.

"Jen! That's sick!" Katie said, making a face.

"I want you to tell us what happened between you and Clint." Malory said.

"Mal! I asked you first! That's not fair!" Jenica whined.

"Oh, just shut up and tell, Jen." cried Katie. "You know Mal. She wont tell us until she gets exactly what she wants. I want to know what happened with her and Jenni so just try to tell yours really quick so Mal can spill."

"Alright, fine!" she said. "It went like this."

"It was kinda like Katie's. We walked away like we had been alone all night. We were talking about computers, our homes, my school, his home schooling, his career, ya know, anything that came to mind."

"Not a lot, then, huh, Jen?" Malory joked.

"Ha ha. Very funny. Do you want me to tell you this or not?" Jenica asked.

Malory smiled at her and Jenica went on.

"Anyway, we walked to Port Royale. We stopped and he bough us each a soda, and we walked over by the pool. I saw the waterfall and remembered what Mal had said about the bench behind it. I started slowly walking him towards it."

"Boy, Jen. You don't waste any time, do ya?" Katie said, laughing.

"Yeah, yeah. Laugh it up. Just let me finish, ok?" Katie nodded and once again, Jenica picked up where she had left off.

"We were about twenty feet from the bench when he said 'Come on! Let's walk around the lake.' Well, I couldn't think of a good reason to say no to get him over to the waterfall, so we walked away from the pool, to the sidewalk that circles the lake. We walked a long way and under this other bridge that I hadn't seen before. It had cars on it and stuff but the path went under it so we didn't have to worry about the cars. We passed that and there was another of those island thingys that was called.....um.....North something."

"North Trinidad." Malory corrected.

"Yeah, that was it. North Trinidad. Thanks, Mal. Anyhoo, there was, like, nobody there. There weren't any people, like, on the sidewalks or anything. Finally, we were all alone. We walked over to the little pool thing and decided to go for a dip."

"Really, Jen. You should know better." Katie said, smirking.

"Oh, come on, Katie! I didn't say skinny dipping. We had our swimming suits on under our clothes." Jenica cried.

"Sure ya did!" Malory cried.

"ALRIGHT!" Jenica screamed. "SO HE DIDN'T HAVE HIS! SUE ME!"

"What did you say?" Malory asked. "He didn't have his? Jen, we were just kidding around. What are you saying? Did he go skinny dipping? I hope not because that is sooooo major illegal."

"No, he didn't." Jenica assured her. "He just wore boxers. I thought you guys had, like, followed me, or something."

"Now, wait. Let me get this straight. You got to swim, all alone, in a pool with Clint when he was only wearing boxers?!?" Katie asked.

"Yeah. They had Tigger on them." Jenica said with a dreamy look in her eyes, as if she were reliving the moment, right then and there.

"Don't you mean, they had you on them?" Malory asked as she splashed cold water, from the sink, into Jenica's face, leaving her gasping in disbelief.

"Why'd ya do that?!?!" Jenica cried as she ran for a hand towel to dry up.

"You looked like you were about to pass out." Malory said, laughing.

By now, Katie was laughing her ass off. Once they finally shut her up, Malory and Katie coaxed Jenica into finishing her story.

"Ok, we went swimming, him in boxers, as you already knew. We were having fun trying to dunk each other but then these two old people showed up and we decided to leave because we wouldn't be alone anymore. We left dripping wet because, as you know, we didn't plan to go swimming, so we didn't have any towels with us. We went walking again to help dry off. We walked all the way back to his room.

"Go Jen!" Malory and Katie cheered.

"So," Katie said. "Did Clint get lucky?"

"Katie! That's sick!" Jenica cried.

"Go on, Jen. Tell us everything.......unless it's too disgusting." Malory said, laughing.

By now, Jenica's face was bright red. She went on with her story immediately.

"We walked in, he handed me a towel, and told me how him and his brothers were sharing one room while his parents stayed in another. As for the roadies, they were staying off of the Disney grounds. Anyway, we were sitting on the bed and he leaned over and whispered in my ear...."

"What did he say?!" Katie cried into Jenica's ear.

"Will you ever shut up and let me finish?!?!?" Jenica snapped. Katie looked at the ground. "Thank you! He leaned over and said, 'Can I kiss you?' He pulled away really quick and his face got really red. I was kinda shocked and I didn't know how to reply. I mean, what can you say to that type of question?"

"YES!!!!" Malory and Katie screamed in unison. After they apologized, Jenica continued.

"He asked me that and I didn't know what to say, or how to say it. I just, couldn't talk. So......I nodded. He leaned in close and our lips met. I felt a tingle run it's course all the way through my body. I couldn't move, I couldn't breathe. I could only sit and kiss him back. I didn't know what else to do. I had liked him so much, for so long, and here we were kissing in his hotel room. It lasted a long time. He had put his arms around me and the kiss deepened. It was amazing. Then, crap on me, Bob walked in, yelled out 'WHOA!!!', and walked back out again with a face that was probably almost as red as ours were. We ran after him, and told him not to freak out, or anything. Then I asked where Katie was and he said that he had just walked ya back because it was almost midnight and we had to be back by then. Clint, hearing the suggestion, decided to walk me back, too. We walked here and just outside the door, we kissed goodnight. That one wasn't as long as the other one but it was great either way. I watched him walk awayuntil he turned the corner and I couldn't see him anymore. Then, I just stood outside the door looking up at the sky. I don't know why, but the sky just never seemed as beautiful, before tonight."

Jenica ended her story with a sigh and a shiver remembering her goodnight kiss.

"Earth to Jen! Come in, Jen! You can land, now." Katie said, trying to bring Jenica back to the land of the living.

"What if I don't want to come back?" she whispered back, dreamily, he mind still as clouded as her eyes.

"You're hopeless, Jen." Malory said, shaking her head.

"Alright!" Jenica said as she snapped out of her dreamlike state. "Now we need to know what happened with you, Jenni, Scott, and Dave. Spill it, Mal."

"Maybe I don't want to." Malory said.

Jenica and Katie gave her the nastiest looks.

"What do you mean, don't want to?!" Katie cried.

"What if I don't feel like it." Malory said, trying to act snooty.

Jenica and Katie started edging towards Malory and she started backing away. If she wouldn't tell them voluntarily, then they would force it out of her. Malory could read it in their eyes. Just as they were about to chase her down, the door swung open and in walked Jenni wearing the biggest smile you've ever seen. The other three stopped and stared. They had never seen Jenni that happy before and it kinda worried them. She looked at though her face might crack because of the huge smile she wore. She quickly walked over to her suitcase and started getting ready for bed. She put on her nightclothes and jumped into bed.

Finally, Jenica asked, "Hey, you guys? There are four of us and only two beds. Who's sleeping with who?"

"Whoa, Jen. Wrong question. Could you possibly phase that a little bit differently for all of the people here who are sick minded." Malory said with a laugh.

"I'll be with Bob!" Katie cried, laughing.

Jenica scowled at Katie and Malory, then looked to Jenni. "Jenni? You ok? You look a little......strange."

"Oh, I'm fine." she replied. "Could you guys hurry up? I want to go to sleep, soon. We have to get up early and go to.....well, whatever we have planned for tomorrow." she laughed and turned onto her side so that she could go to sleep.

"What are you talking about, Jenni? This is a vacation. We aren't supposed to get up early." Katie whined.

Jenni just laughed again and turned off the light by her bed.

The others were baffled by her strange behavior and didn't want to change her really good mood into a really bad mood by pestering her. After much debating, it was decided that, for tonight, Katie would share a bed with Jenni and Malory and Jenica would share the other. Though, it would most likely change for the next night. None of them knew exactly what Jenni was up to but they did know that it had to be big!

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