Chapter 31:

She's beautiful, isn't she? (21.6.2020)

The Sequence of Kai

Annie and co did a good job rounding everyone up. By the time midnight rolls around, there’s only a handful of couples left in the garden, mostly those that were too horny or depressed to make it back inside.Bookmark here

Aaron’s self-cleaning pool has done a fantastic job, for the number of people eating and drinking near it, there’s not a trace of debris anywhere along the surface. Bookmark here

I dip my foot in. It’s very cold. Of course it is, it’s nearly midnight. Bookmark here

I ease myself in and swim across to the other side. I lean against the edge of the pool and look in the garden window at the mass of people squashed inside.Bookmark here

Trish is standing up on the table, having changed into a white dress. Everyone is counting down and she’s holding a knife, wobbling. If she falls and hurts someone, I hope it’s Aaron. Bookmark here

The countdown reaches its final 10 seconds.Bookmark here

“10, 9!”Bookmark here

The people who just couldn’t wait to start eating each other’s faces have already gotten started. Bookmark here

“8,7”Bookmark here

I see guys and girls, guys and guys, girls and girls. People are drunk enough that they’re just grabbing the nearest person.Bookmark here

“6,5”Bookmark here

I spot Aaron and that girl from earlier. If it was someone even slightly more attractive it might’ve raised my opinion of him.Bookmark here

“4,3”Bookmark here

I spot Chelsea and Becky.Bookmark here

“2,1”Bookmark here

The garden wall looks nice in the moonlight.Bookmark here

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRISH!!!”Bookmark here

Everyone shouts in unison. I’m not turned around to see it but since their shouts don’t turn from jubilation to horror, I assume no one got injured in the process. Bookmark here

I’m glad Trish has so many people to wish her a happy birthday. She wants that, she deserves that.Bookmark here

Suddenly, the calm water ripples and I hear a splash behind me. Someone jumped into the pool behind me. I turn around to face them, only to be met with a flailing Trish.Bookmark here

“Hwelph..”Bookmark here

I swim over as fast as I can, and she grabs onto me. She jumped into a part of the pool just shallow enough for me to stand with my head above water. She’s only a bit shorter than me but it seems her problem right now is standing up straight.Bookmark here

“Kai! Kai! You stayed!”Bookmark here

“What the hell are you doing? You’ve just ruined that dress.”Bookmark here

“You said I should swim during the party, so that’s what the hell I’m doing.”Bookmark here

“You should’ve changed back before you did.”Bookmark here

“I thought you might swim away if I didn’t sneak up on you…”Bookmark here

She’s hanging out of my neck with both arms and pushing her body up against me to stay afloat. She squeezes her breasts up against mine, which makes me very uncomfortable.Bookmark here

“Your boobs are smaller than mine!!”Bookmark here

“What the hell are you saying?!”Bookmark here

“Did I get you the right size? I didn’t have your measurements, so I just got the smallest one they had.”Bookmark here

She sticks her tongue out at me.Bookmark here

“I know my tits are small, you don’t have to rub it in.”Bookmark here

“But sure I do, you deserve it.”Bookmark here

“Why?”Bookmark here

“You didn’t get me a present.”Bookmark here

Her eyelids close over a bit and her head sinks underneath the water.Bookmark here

“Hey Trish, wake up!”Bookmark here

I lift her head back above the water and she blinks herself awake.Bookmark here

“Come on, you’re out of it, we need to get you out of the pool.”Bookmark here

“No!”Bookmark here

“No?”Bookmark here

“I have you right where I want you.”Bookmark here

She wraps her arms back around my neck and locks her legs behind my back.Bookmark here

“Trish knock it off, people are gonna start-“Bookmark here

Without warning, she kisses me on the lips. I try to push her off me, but she’s attached herself too well.Bookmark here

“What the hell was that?!”Bookmark here

“That’s my revenge. You didn’t get me a present, so I took it from you.”Bookmark here

“…don’t do that….”Bookmark here

“Don’t do what?”Bookmark here

“Don’t go kissing people for a stupid reason like that. Don’t you want your kisses to mean something?”Bookmark here

Trish thinks over what I say for a second but instead of letting go she just brings herself closer to me by tightening her arms and legs.Bookmark here

“So, if I mean it then is it OK to kiss you?”Bookmark here

“Don’t mess with me like this Trish, please….”Bookmark here

“I’m not messing.”Bookmark here

“Let go of me.”Bookmark here

“I’m not letting go until you tell me if it's ok to kiss you.”Bookmark here

She’s drunk. She doesn’t know what she’s saying. She’s messing with me. She’s not thinking straight. There’s no way she-Bookmark here

She kisses me again.Bookmark here

I hesitated too long, and Trish took the initiative, pressing her lips against mine. She doesn’t stop there though, parting my lips with her tongue and invading my mouth with it.Bookmark here

I don’t move. I’ve never reciprocated a kiss before, I don’t know what to do. I just let her kiss me.Bookmark here

I don’t hate it. I like it. I knew I’d like it. But I was scared Trish wouldn’t really want this. In the moment though, I don’t think about anything like that.Bookmark here

With her lips pressed against mine, all I can think about is how different the two were. My lips were dry and tasteless. Hers were…. Well, they were different.Bookmark here

After what seemed like much longer than it actually was, Trish finally relented on her assault and let me breathe. As I’m gasping for air, she hugs me tight and rests her chin on my shoulder.Bookmark here

“Did that feel like I meant it? Was that enough?”Bookmark here

I don’t answer her, I don’t have an answer for her.Bookmark here

“Kai, carry me to my bed, I’m tired.”Bookmark here

“Look, Trish…”Bookmark here

“Zzzzzz….”Bookmark here

Oh. She was being serious. Guess she really was just that drunk. Bookmark here

I carry her out of the pool and into the house. The lack of cheers and jeers as I enter suggest that not many saw our little episode, if anyone.Bookmark here

In the hallway, I pass Annie, who gives me a wink. She saw. Oh god, she saw.Bookmark here

“Please don’t say anything to Trish.”Bookmark here

“What do you mean?”Bookmark here

I don’t bother answering and just carry her up the stairs.Bookmark here

“Kai, where are we going?”Bookmark here

“I’m taking you to your bed.”Bookmark here

“Ohhhhhh, good. No taking advantage of me, OK? I’m drunk.”Bookmark here

“I know.”Bookmark here

I slip into Trish’s room when no one is looking, put a towel on her bed and then lay her down. Bookmark here

She’s put me in a position where I have to strip her down and dress her again. When I have her pyjamas back on, she wakes up for a second.Bookmark here

“Kai.”Bookmark here

“What is it?”Bookmark here

“I’m drunk.”Bookmark here

“I know that.”Bookmark here

“Please don’t pretend it didn’t happen.”Bookmark here

“….”Bookmark here

“Kai? K..zzzzzz”Bookmark here

She drifts back to sleep again, this time for good. I brush her colourful hair out of the way and whisper in her ear.Bookmark here

“Happy birthday Trish.”Bookmark here

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