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A Lot of Stuff For A Lunch Break
The remark that Kyle made did not surprise him at all it just confirmed what he already thought. He looked back to Rose “Don’t worry Rose. I will show you if you want to learn. I have been doing it all me life grew up in, on, around the ocean my parents joke I was born in the ocean and have gills” he said jokingly. “but I am a good surfer not the best most of my time is spent scuba diving. It was not until my dad retired that I realized that not all kids ran on the beach for 3 miles and swim to the one mile buoy and back. and did pushups and sit ups 5 days a week with there dads.” He said. he wondered what she and the others will say to that. was that too much information. “So, with Italian, Spanish, surfing I can help you any time just have to ask” He said to Rose. He wondered if it was to much, he was just trying to be nice. “That goes for everyone here. and maybe do a beach party in Newport beach.” He finished nice that made it not look like I was trying to hard JD thought.
Rose nodded to what JD said. " Learning to surf sounds fun I'd like that, thanks." Inside she was trying to figure out if anyone would notice the scar on her back from the surgery.
Sam though already knew Rose was self concious about it. She also knew Rose had made it out to be more in her mind than it was. It was in a place on her back that Rose couldn't easily see. Sam hadn't pushed but what she wanted to do was take a picture of it so she could show Rose it wasn't that bad. Later, in their dorm room that would be taken care of.
Hearing JD add that went for everyone didn't surprise anyone. It did seem like they were already forming their own little clique or maybe anti-clique as it didn't seem like they would be exculsive to each other.
Ashley and Blossom stopped talking to listen to Kyle, JD, Rose and the others talk about the beach plans and traveling the world. Ashley did a lot of traveling as well since her father's job required it and her mother was both supportive and concerned about his groupies getting the wrong idea about being more than a fan. Ashley's mother was very pretty and loving but she had her ways of keeping her husband faithful and nearby. Oddly enough Ashley took after both of her parents and was now controlling the life of the man she loved, whether he liked it or not.
Blossom on the other hand was bewildered by all the stories they shared. She barely left her home town for this school so everything was a new experience for her. She was very excited about the idea of a beach party as she wiggled in her seat and smiled with excitement.
Blossom: Oh my god! That sounds so fun. I have never been to the beach before.
Ashley: You will love it.
Blossom: Back in Map Dot, Montana we don't have beach parties. Well mainly because we don't have a beach......or an ocean for that matter.
Ashley: Well that does pose a problem.
Blossom: Oh wait........ that means I have to wear a swimsuit? Oh this bad I don't have one. Also I don't think the guys want to see me in one anyway.
Ashley: Relax girl. I will help you out.
Blossom: Really? Ashely you are so amazing.
Ashley: Its more fun to do these things with other girls.
Blossom and Ashley hugged while they giggled a bit. This was common among the cheer squad as they formed their small friend groups.
Kyle answered first; this was his chance. "A few years. I had an ex that taught me how to surf." He paused for a moment then said. "He was a really good surfer." There were no mincing words but it was said matter of factly. Kyle took a moment to glance around at the people actually paying attention to the conversation. He felt no need to hide it and the quicker he knew who he could be friends with the better.
Ashley and Blossom stopped hugging as Kyle mentioned he was gay. Ashley caught onto his comment very quickly but poor Blossom was a bit confused since she was never exposed to the gay lifestyle back in Map Dot, Montana.
Blossom whispering to Ashley: Why is everyone quiet?
Ashley whispered into Blossom's innocent ear and told her Kyle liked guys and not girls. While doing so Blossom's face turned beet red and she almost squeaked like a mouse before Ashley covered her mouth. Blossom was so embarrassed as Ashley whispered to her to calm down and she would help her so it was going to be okay. So the poor frantic Blossom slowly got a grip and Ashley released her in a friendly manner and hugged her to help her relax. They somehow played it off as silly girl time.
The excitement in Blossom's voice made everyone at the table smiled, a little. Rose had grown up on Long Island her backyard on the Estate, if you went far enough back led to a beach and the ocean. Sam hadn't been to the beach a lot but had gone when she was younger with her parents a few times and more since coming here Heath had gone to the beach when he lived in NY and here over the past few years. Kyle had been to the beach a lot growing up in LA. All of them hadn't been new to the beach since they were children, very young children. So, the excitement of someone who had never gone was nice and kind of sweet.
It seemed like Ashley and Blossom were trying to hide Blossom's innocence about Kyle's lifestyle. However, Kyle picked up on it. After, all it happened right after he told them. He did realize though it was probably more because she was so naive than anything else.
He watched the two girls for a moment and decided to not embarrass the girl more. Kyle just nodded a little thanks towards Ashely for trying to explain it to her friend and left it at that. He'd let Blossom know he was open for questions if she had any but the less made of it, for the moment, the better.
Ashley asked about anyone needing to go swimsuit shopping?
"Guess that depends what you consider a swimsuit." Jocelyn said, taking a spoon from her mouth. "Don't really do a ton of swimming but would be nice to dig my toes into the sand and just sit around with friends." She looks up, "If you don't care to shop for something a little less bikini more beach wear I'll tag along."
"I drown when I was twelve." Dante chimes in. "Jumped off a dock and it wasn't as deep as I thought. Foot got caught in the muddy bottom. Couldn't get my foot free. Lucky my friend's dad was around or I'd be dead." he adds biting in to a burrito and all the contents poop out the bottom, "ah shit..." the unrolls it trying to shove all the contents back in a messy heap. "Every time."
Jocelyn choked trying to hold in a laugh, at how this guy who a lot of the girls looked at like they were fixing to flood the school and how he could be such a mess and dork.
"Cute." she comments handing him a wad of napkins. "Maybe next time get less fillings?" After handing Dante the napkins Jocelyn dug in her bag for a small round case with Monday-Sunday separations taking out three pills for the current day and downing them with her bottled sweet tea.
Jocelyn answered before Sam and Rose said anything about going. Sam said. "I need a new suit so I'm in."
Rose added. "I'll go. Sounds like fun."
Thomas arrived at the table with his food in time to hear two of his favorite words coming from a female mouth "Swim Suit." He smiled. He had no clue where the conversation had been or where it was going. But his mind and body were on the fast track to, well, where they almost always were. It was like Cheers, everyone there knew his name.
He sat down before his body embarrassed him. That was a big problem with the school uniforms. It did not provide the coverage one needed at times like that. Sweat pants were great for that.
"Hey, What's going on?" he asked as if he had not heard those words. He had taken to hiding so the football players would not find him. Then when they sat down to eat, he would storm the caf to get his food.
Heath heard Thomas's question. " We're planning a beach party." Then glanced over at the clock. Lunch was ticking down but there was some time left.
Rose and Sam discussed something for a moment before agreeing and then Sam said to the table but no one in particular. "We should go and see if we can talk to Principal Perky. We'll message people when we know whether or not she agrees to the party."
The two girls got up, with a quick wave and goodbye, gathered their things and left the table; taking care of their trays before leaving the cafeteria.