Kelseywas my best friend in the whole world. She was more like familythen anyone else. She wasn't my only friend. I had met Viola my sophmore year in a poetry elective. I do find poetry interesting, but I did not see a career in it. Viola was an artistic soul like Kels and I. She crashed at the house sometimes. She was loyal, creative, smart and beautiful. If I was in a scrape, I would pick her to back me up.She also had a crurious, nosy; at times mind as well. So, when she saw me with a guy-I automatically saw her mind traveling at lightspeed.
For our crappy little school, we had a good studio. We had a huge emphsis in sketching of course, but there were room for other mediums as well. In front of the huge windows, there were lines of easels in groups of six. There were three other rooms: a storeroom, a smaller studio for ceramics and one other small studio for more specific mediums. The storeroom was sandwiched in the middle of the first and second studio with many different entrances. This made things easier to just grab such as: paper, canvas, pencils etc.[i]
I stode up to my easel, where I had left it yesterday There was a little pipe-clean flower clipped to the top to indicate my ownership. I glanced to see Viola's easel off to right of mine. Great. She's gonna beg for info about Dark. I began setting up my materials. I was starting a new composition today, in which I would portrait myself as a hermit crab. I was propping up my canvas when I heard Viola ask, "So who was that, Brownie?"
I rolled my eyes at her 'adorable' nickname for me."Have you talked to Kels lately?"
"Just making sure you two haven't gossiped about me. 'Cause if you did, she would have already given you the scoop. And then, what would be the point of repeating it?"
She placed one hand on her hip, a hint of her irritation. "Like I said, I haven't talked to Kels."
While stroking somegesso on my canvas, I explained who Dark was and how we met. I did not tell the deep details of our conversation in the F-Room, but that he could not kiss me.
Her eyebrows rose at this and said, "So, that is why he acts so knightly."
I shrugged . "I guess."
"Well think about it, how can he express that he likes you without kissing you? It is very sweet. You guys have to take me with you tomorrow night!"
"Viola you realize that I will be spending all my time there with Dark? Besides, I don't know if Kels got a pass or if we can bring you with. These are special circumstances. Otherwise, the apartments are expensive to go in. I'm only going to see Dark. And Kelsey is probably going to see Coby."
"but I want a bo too!"
I groaned, knwoing she wouldn't stop begging me. "I'll have Kels text both of them. If we can take you, we will. I'll text you later tonight."
The rest of the day was a blur until I got home. At Kelsey's request, had stpped at a station and picked her up a 24'oz cherry coke.I always felt a little zen going home. The house wasn't huge, but it was big enough for us Outside, there was a long banner of a sunset, with a galloping horse in the foreground. Coming inside, I breathed in the scents of sandalwood and vanilla. Kels had the wax-burner going. Our felines, Jasper and Aqua greeted me. After stroking their heads with affection, I walked into our chill living room, seeing her smug self:feet on coffee table, arms perched behind her head.
"What's going on, Kels?" I placed her coke on the table top.
"Are you the reason I got jumped with texts from V?"
I sighed, "Yeah. You butthurt?"
"Nah, not now since I got a coke." She took a long drag off the straw and continued, "She's convinced if we take her to the apartments, she'll meet someone. I'm not so sure about that, Ams."
"Me either. Are we able to take her?"
Kels glanced up at me, busy petting Aqua's pretty calico coat. "Yeah. The guys are ok with it. Coby warned me to be careful though. He said Dark isn't suppose to have this many guests. That the leader of their people could get upset."
"Wait, is Coby one of them too?"
Kelsey paused, then said, "Yeah."
I sat next to her on the couch, wondering how we got so deep in this. And now we were going to bring in Viola? How far were we going to go down the rabbit ole? What if It consumed us whole? Could we get out? Would we regret it?
Kelsey gripped my shoulder. "Ams, snap out of it. I know. I know we're getting suckedin. Remember, we have brakes. We can slow this thing down at any time. Let's just enjoy the ride until the waves get too rough. No matter wht, you're my sister."
"And you're mine."
"If we keep our bond, we got this. We have always had each other's backs. I won't let you drown, Amber. I love you."
"I love you too, Kelsey." I took a deep breath, then spoke out, "Done being serious?"
She giggled, "Yeah. You know we wouldn't be alive if we didn't do that sometimes. You have to step back and evaulate. We're swimming through this current together. Remember that." She took another drag off her coke and things went back to normal. Well, normal to us anyways.