Chapter 3: The Beach Party
I skateboarded up to my job. I work in a burger spot. I know, its very embarrassing but hey, it puts money in my pocket at least.
I stopped and picked my board up and held it under my arm as I opened the glass doors.
"Damnit Mickey! You're always dropping too much water on the floor when you mop!" My boss said. Mickey is always doing something wrong. But I like the guy. He's always shy around me because he likes me.
He has short blonde hair, blue eyes and a pretty nice frame, but once again, I'm not attracted to him.
I look down to the floor and see that there is a lot of water on the floor.
Mickey sighs as he grabs the mop from the corner and walks over to mop up the water. He stops when he sees me.
"Hey, Mickey." I say.
He smiles. "Um…h-hi, Pepper. H-H-How are you?"
"I was good until I realized I had to come to work today. Thought I had a day off."
"Yeah," he smiles. "Same."
"So, the boss still riding you?"
He nods and scratches the back of his head. "Yeah. He hates me. I keep thinking about leaving this place but I can't."
"Why?" I asked.
"Um, well, because of you."
"Me?" I asked.
He looks to the floor. "I better get this water up." He says and begins to mop.
I walk around the water to get to the back.
He didn't want to quit because of a crush? I never heard of that before. Mickey's a nice and good guy and I wish I felt that way about him too. He's pretty hot. But I just can't. Because I know someone hotter. Someone that understands me and wants to protect me. Because its selfish but I feel like I would only care about Keiran in that way.
I put my board in the corner.
"You're late." Boss says.
I nod. "I know. I had to make sure my dad stayed at my aunt's house so he wouldn't get in anymore trouble."
"Focus on your family problems on your own time, Reynolds, not on mine."
"Sorry." I said.
He nods once and walks off.
I roll my eyes and grab the yellow uniform shirt from the rack and pulled it on.
The day dragged on and on.
Mickey came to the back and sat down.
"You going to the beach party later?" I asked.
He shrugs. "Maybe if my friends decide to go. What about you?"
I nod. "I'm going with Rodney and Keiran." I say.
A scowl appears on Mickey's face.
Mickey cannot stand Keiran. He knows how I feel about him and every time he sees him or hear his name, this look of disgust comes over him.
"Doesn't he have a girlfriend?" He asked.
I nod and look to the floor. "Yeah. But he's still going with me."
"That doesn't bother you? The guy you like is with another girl?"
"Does it bother you that the girl you like likes another guy?"
Mickey was quiet. He stared into my eyes for a second and then looked to the floor.
"And yes, it bothers me." I whispered.
Mickey met my eyes. "So what are you going to do?"
I shrug. "If I was a good person, I would let him be happy with her. I would support him and his horrible decision to be with her. But I can't. I can't even pretend." I said.
"You love him?"
I nod. "Because I'm so selfish, I am going to try to have him. If I can."
Mickey nods. "Well….good for you."
I can see the heartbreak in his eyes and immediately feel guilty because I was the cause.
"Hey, um, do you want to go to the party with me?" I asked.
Mickey raised his brow. "Really?"
I nod. "Yeah, why not?"
He smiles. "Okay, yeah that'd be great."
"Great. I'll meet you there."
After work, I went home and changed my outfit to a dark blue dress and a pair of black flip-flops.
I had a back swimming suit beneath the dress in case I decided to go swimming.
Rodney came over and we got in my dad's car and started towards the beach.
"Mickey's meeting us there." I say.
He looks over to me. "Mickey from work?"
"What does 'huh' mean?" I asked.
"Nothing. I just figured that you'd want to go with Keiran."
"I did. I do. I just felt bad for Mickey."
I parked in the parking lot of the beach and got out of the car.
Mickey was waiting by a dark green buick. He smiled when he seen me.
I smile back. Rodney comes from the other side of the car and nods his greeting to Mickey.
Mickey nods back and looks to me.
"Ready?" I ask.
The three of us go down the huge sand hill and down to the place on the beach where there was loud, fast music blaring throughout the beach. A lot of people were dancing, fast, jumping around.
When we got down to the party, Rodney saw Anthony and left my side.
I like this Anthony guy. Rodney seems to really care about him.
Mickey grabbed my hand. "Want to dance until…."
Until I see Keiran is what he wants to say but I know he doesn't want to piss me off.
He has this assumption that the second I see Keiran, I'll leave his side. Which wasn't entirely true. I would never be that rude.
Me and Mickey began dancing. They began playing my favorite song by 'Hollywood undead' Kill everyone
Mickey was a good dancer.
I grinded on him a little and was jumping around along with him, with everyone else. So much excitement, so much adrenaline was in my veins.
Soon, as I grinded against him a little more, I began to feel him hard in his pants and my eyes grew wide. I stopped dancing and looked at him.
His cheeks were red. "Sorry." He said.
I grew uncomfortable but it left the moment I heard a familiar voice call my name over the music.
I smiled and looked to Mickey. "I'll be right back. I promise." I said in his ear.
I go over to Keiran who smiles and wraps his arm around my shoulder. His black hair is messy and his light gray eyes are beautiful and bright.
"Hey, want a drink?" He asked me in my ear.
He leads us over to the stand where a guy is making smoothies.
He buys me one and we lean against the stand and watch the people dancing.
"Where's your girlfriend?" I asked.
"With her friends." He answered and turn his head to the right. I do too and see Lynn dancing with a couple of prissy looking girls.
I roll my eyes.
Keiran's eyes meet mine and he smiles. "I know you want to say something."
I shake my head.
Keiran bumps me with his arm.
"Fine. I hate her clothes." I blurted out.
"And her lipstick. It's too…pink." I say.
Keiran shrugs. "I kind of like her lipstick."
I look over at him. "You do?"
He nods. "It's kind of sexy." He replies.
I chewed on my bottom lip.
"So, you came here with Mickey?" He asked.
I nodded. "Yeah, and Rodney."
"Are you dating Mickey?"
I gave him a look. Why would he think I would ever date Mickey? "No."
"I saw you grinding on him. I just figured…"
I shrugged. "That's just how I dance."
"He looked…really excited." He said.
I knew he was. Well, I felt how excited I made him.
"Were you?" I asked.
Keiran gave me a look. His expression turning serious but he didn't answer.
Lynn jumped over, looking pumped up and excited but her excitement died down when she saw me.
"I didn't think you'd be here." She said.
"Well I am." I responded.
Lynn looked to Keiran and wrapped her arm around him.
I glared at her. I didn't want her to see my jealousy.
I just looked away.
"I should probably get back to Mickey." I said.
"Yeah." Lynn agreed.
"No. I want to hang out with you for a little bit." Keiran says.
I turn to look at him.
"Really?" I ask.
He looks to Lynn who looks upset. Then he looks to me. "Of course. Come on. Let's take a walk." He breaks away from Lynn's hold and grabs my arm, leading me away.
I was surprised he did that.
He normally wouldn't.
He sighs and lets go of my arm when we were out of her view. "I hate when she does that. That's the only thing I hate about her."
"Right. I mean there's more that I hate about her but that's the main."
Keiran nods, understanding. "Yeah. I never expected for you two to like each other from the beginning. You two are so different." He says.
We're different but me and him has more in common than him and her.
The bitch screams when she breaks a nail. Who does that? Who cares that much about a nail?
"I know." I take a sip of my smoothie and we sit on a picnic table and watch the party.
My eyes roam over all the couples that are dancing. They were all close together and looking happy and excited.
I looked over to Keiran. He glances at me and bites down on his lip.
I just have this urge to take his lip between my teeth and bite down on it.
We were already close, if we were just a little closer, I could kiss him. He was just staring at me saying nothing.
I was just praying that this was it.
That he can finally see that he may want more with me. That I am younger than him but I'm not a little girl anymore. He doesn't have to protect me. I just want him to want me. That's all.
"Keiran?" I ask.
"What?" He asks.
"Kiss me." I say in his ear.
When I pull back, his eyes widen.
I nod, assuring him.
He blinks. "No." He shakes his head.
Ouch. Rejection. "Why?" I whisper.
He shakes his head. "I don't feel that way about you, Pepper."
"You don't have to. Just kiss me and it'll mean nothing." I said.
Keiran sighs and looks down to the sand.
"You've been looking." I said.
His eyes look to me. "I'm a guy, I can't help it."
I look away from him to the sand. After a second, I slide off of the table and began to walk away.
"Wait." He grabbed my arm pulling me back to him. He got off of the table and looked down into my eyes. "Don't be mad at me." He says.
I shake my head, yanking my hand from his. "I'm not mad at you. I'm mad at me. I'm just stupid is all. I should go find Mickey. I promised him I would be back." I walked away from him and went into the crowd to find Mickey.
He was talking to some of his friends.
I went to his side and he smiled. "Hey."
"Hey back. Sorry I was gone so long."
"It's okay. You're back now."
He introduced me to some of his friends and we talked for a while. Despite the rejection from Keiran, I was having a pretty good time.
That was until I saw a familiar face in the crowd.
The guy from the other day that threatened me and hit my dad. I glared at him. What the fuck was he doing here?
"Hey, I'll be back." I tell Mickey and leave him to go see the man. When I make it to him, he looks to me and nods as if he was expecting me.
"What are you doing here?"
"Looking for you, Pepper."
"How do you know my name?"
"Your dad works for me, of course I know your name. Where is he?" He asked.
"Why?" I asked.
"Because he owes me money and he's been stealing from me. Tell me where the fuck he is."
"And if I don't?" I asked.
He narrows his eyes at me and grabs me by my dress, pulling me to him. He leans down so his lips are at my ear. "Then I'll fucking own you as a pet." He growled into my ear.
I pushed him away from me. "Let go of me."
"Is there a problem?" Keiran asked. His fist was balled as he walked over to us, his eyes glaring at the man.
"Who the fuck are you?" He asked.
"Who the fuck are you?" Keiran asked.
"Christopher, her dad's boss."
"You're the guy that threatened her?" He asked. I never seen Keiran look so angry before. His glare was seething.
Christopher looked to me. "Oh so you just had to go and tell your little boyfriend?"
Keiran pulled me out of the way and was now in Christopher's face. "You threaten her again, and I'll kill you." He said between gritted teeth. He sounded so confident, so dark.
Christopher looked only slightly phased. "Stay out of this, kid."
Keiran shook his head. "Touch her or threaten her again, like I said, I will fucking kill you. Don't fuck with me." He said in a low voice.
Christopher couldn't hold a glare, he quickly looked to me. "This isn't over, Pepper."
He shakes his head and turns to walk off.
I stare after him for a second before my eyes go to a very angry looking Keiran.
"Hey calm down." I grab his fist and look up into his eyes. "It's okay."
He breathes out through his nose. "I don't want anybody threatening you. Ever." He says.
I nod. "I know."
When he seems to calm down, I slowly let go of him.
He grabs my chin. "You mean a lot to me. I would never let anyone hurt you."
I nod. "Same."
He sighs and then does something I completely did not expect.
He leans his forehead against mine.
My eyes widen for a second. He never done this before and this isn't a best friend act at all.
I smile a little and shut my eyes.
This felt good.
But what did it mean?
"Am I…interrupting something?" asked an extremely annoying voice.
Keiran broke away from me to look at her. "No."
Lynn glares at me and then look to Keiran. "Come dance with me?" She asked.
Keiran looks to me. "I'll see you before we leave."
I nod. "Okay."
He turns and leaves with her.
She flips me off before they walk away.
I roll my eyes and look to see Rodney coming over to me. "Hey." I said.
He smiles. "Sup."
"You've been gone."
He shrugs. "I was too busy making out." He sits on the table.
I sit on the table with him. "Good for you. I was close."
He looks at me and raises his brow. "Really?"
"I think so. I think I'm going to give that red lipstick thing a try. He says he likes lipstick on Lynn."
"Worth a shot." He says.
I nodded and watched him dance close to her, rubbing on her. I wanted him to do that to me and only me.
I close my eyes, the music blaring in my eardrums.
I wanted to yank her by her hair and slap her.
But Keiran would hate me if I started a fight with her.
So I won't.
"Where's Mickey?" Rodney asked.
Oh shit. I forgot all about Mickey. Shit.
I got off the table and began looking for him. When I couldn't find him, I just stood by the smoothie stand to look out for him.
Soon, Lynn came up to the stand and ordered a water. Then her eyes looked to me.
I glared at her. "What?"
"You. It's funny seeing you like this. You think I don't know how you feel about him? I do know. And its very amusing that he doesn't feel the same way. And I bet that just kills you." she opened the cap of her water bottle and took a swig.
I stepped to her. "Get out of my face before I do something I won't regret." I say.
She smirks. "I'm so scared." She said sarcastically.
I can feel my hands ball up to fist. Don't give her the satisfaction, Pepper. Do not give her the satisfaction.
"You wouldn't hurt a fly. I'm not scared of you, Pepper. And there wouldn't be any point of you fighting me, really," She leaned over to my ear. "Because we both know he'd always choose me in the end."
She pulls back, smiles and turns around.
I can't help it. I tried my hardest to resist punching her face in but I can't.
I grab a handful of her hair from behind and pull her backwards towards me.
She screams as I throw her down onto the ground.
We immediately start drawing attention.
She drops her water and looks up at me in shock.
"Get up, bitch." I spat.
She glared at me, stood and tried to punch me. I dodged and punch her in her lip instead. She stumbles back, holding her lip.
I'm not done yet. I fucking hate her.
I move to her and she backs up a little. I pull my foot up and kick her hard in the stomach. She falls down onto the sand, grunting. I straddle her and began punching her in her face as hard as possible.
I know the voice but I ignore it.
I'm just focused on fucking this girl up.
"Pepper!" Keiran suddenly pulls me off of her yet I fight as hard as I can to get out of his hold.
Rodney comes over and looks back and forth between me and bloody Lynn.
"Bitch!" I spat as Keiran pulled me away from her.
Keiran pulled me away as I kicked and thrashed in his arms.
When he got me to my car, he let go of me and glared at me.
I ran my fingers through my hair, unable to look him in his eyes. After all, I did just beat up his girlfriend.
"Are you out of your mind? Why the hell did you do that?"
"She provoked me!"
"I don't give a fuck. You're smarter than to do some shit like that." He growled at me.
He sighs. "I have to get back to her. Go home and don't ever do that again or we're done." He says looking me dead in my eyes.
"Yeah, I'm done talking to you."
My heart pulled at his words. If I couldn't talk to him anymore…..
There's no words.
"Okay." I whispered.
"I'll tell Rodney you're leaving and me and Lynn will take him home. Go home and sleep this shit off. I'll come see you later." With that, he walked away. Stomped away was more like it.
He looked so mad. I'm not used to him being mad at me.
I slowly turned and got into my car.
My fist hurt really badly. Yet it was worth it. As long as I was able to finally punch that bitch, I didn't mind enduring a little pain.