Chapter 71:

Totally Lovebirds

New Leaf!

 It was 8:00, and we were all about to go to sleep. Night fell on the city, and the only thing piercing the darkness were street lamps and the headlamps of passing cars. Bookmark here

“Huh? Camryn? Why are you wearing that?”Bookmark here

When I walked out of the bathroom, Bailey confronted me. She was wearing a light pink tank top and matching shorts. Her hair was tied in two buns. I looked behind her and saw Ren wearing his usual loungewear of black jogging pants and a plain white long-sleeved shirt — I still think his outfit’s a bit too much for the summer.Bookmark here

And then I looked down at my own outfit. I was wearing black athletic shorts and a plain white tee-shirt, and both of them were a tiny bit too big on me. These were the clothes that Ren lent me to sleep in shortly after he found me… But what’s the problem? Bookmark here

“Hm? My sleeping attire… Is there something wrong with it?”Bookmark here

“N-Not really… It’s just that… those are Ren’s clothes, right?Bookmark here

Was that a lucky guess, or did you know?Bookmark here

“Yeah…”Bookmark here

“I see…”Bookmark here

She shrugged and turned her face from me.Bookmark here

“Eh, it’s not really a big deal…”Bookmark here

Really? It seems like a really big deal. Bookmark here

Oh no… My inner Elyssa is breaking free and I feel like teasing…Bookmark here

“It’s just that… I imagined that you’d be wearing something else to sleep in. You know, maybe something like my outfit or something like a cute pyjama set…”Bookmark here

I shook my head. Bookmark here

“I guess I keep wearing Ren’s clothes because they’re comfortable… And…”Bookmark here

Um… Maybe not. Based on what Bailey told me and through observations, I’m guessing that Bailey has a secret crush on Ren… But she doesn’t want to confess to him…Bookmark here

So what’s the harm in teasing Bailey about her feelings? Um, I think there’s a lot of harm to befall me if that happens. I thought about saying something like ‘Jealous? Oh, I’m wearing this because I feel better wearing something owned by a great man like Ren,’ but I decided not to. Bailey seems laidback, but she can also be hot-headed! Can I actually joke about this topic? It’s supposed to be a joke, but what if the topic is really important to Bailey.Bookmark here

I looked down ashamed.Bookmark here

“N-No, never mind…”Bookmark here

“Huh?”Bookmark here

Bailey turned to me and shook her head.Bookmark here

“You sounded like you were about to say something… Really, what was it?”Bookmark here

“N-Nothing…”Bookmark here

She put her hand on my shoulder. Ack, how intimidating!Bookmark here

“Seriously Camryn, just tell me!”
“R-Really Bailey, it’s nothing…”Bookmark here

Pathetic!.. I was supposed to gain the high ground over Bailey, but now it’s the opposite! She’s so persistent… I should say something.Bookmark here

“It didn’t sound like nothing! What!?”Bookmark here

“U-Uh… S-See, since Ren gave me some clothes, we don’t have to spend extra on another pair…”Bookmark here

How was that?Bookmark here

I looked over at Bailey and I think she believes in my reason. Although, she has a look of suspicion and doubt on her face. But on top of that, she seems calmed down.Bookmark here

She shook her head.Bookmark here

“Oh, was that what you were going to say?”Bookmark here

She sighed.Bookmark here

“So, you’re wearing Ren’s clothes because it’s cheaper, eh? Camryn, you’re a weird kid… But I guess I can’t argue if you want to be cheaper…”Bookmark here

I nervously laughed… Crisis averted!Bookmark here

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I turned from Bailey and walked towards my notebook to pack it up. And when I was done, I turned around to look at the beds behind me.Bookmark here

Two beds, three people… And there are no other places for people to sleep on… Hm…Bookmark here

“So, what are the sleeping arrangements?”Bookmark here

Bailey was standing in between the beds and changing through channels on the TV that was across from her, and I believe Ren was next to one of the beds and fixing something in his suitcase.Bookmark here

Bailey quickly turned her head to face me. She seemed surprised about something.Bookmark here

“S-Sleeping arrangements… Um… R-Ren, do you have any preferences?”Bookmark here

Ren rose from beside the bed to face us.Bookmark here

“Not really.”Bookmark here

“O-Oh… Is that so? Well, how about you, Camryn?”Bookmark here

Fufufu… Why do I feel a bit more confident? My last attempt to tease Bailey about the clothes didn’t go well, so maybe this time… Yeah, I feel both excited and powerful!Bookmark here

“Me? Hm… No, not really? Why don’t you choose, Bailey?”Bookmark here

I barely heard her click her tongue. She was in deep thought. She also seems a bit frustrated… but frustrated about what? Hm…Bookmark here

“Oh, I know!”Bookmark here

I came up with a great idea… Oh, I’m evil…Bookmark here

“I’ll just share with Ren.”Bookmark here

“The hell!?”Bookmark here

Bailey walked up to me and grabbed my shoulder. She looked really surprised.Bookmark here

“Camryn? Why? Why would you want to share with a loser like that guy!?”Bookmark here

“Well…”Bookmark here

I looked up and put my finger on my chin in a thinking pose with a small indulgent smile on my face. Though, it’s only to make it seem like I’m thinking — I’m only teasing…Bookmark here

“I mean, it isn’t really strange, right? I mean, we live together, so we’re comfortable with each other…”Bookmark here

“That is!... Yeah, that’s true…”Bookmark here

She looked really defiant at first, but a meek look quickly grew on her face… Hm… I can now see why Elyssa gets a kick out of teasing…Bookmark here

Bailey was slightly blushing and she was stuttering as she spoke.Bookmark here

“B-But even so, you shouldn’t share a bed with him!”Bookmark here

I spoke in a dense tone.Bookmark here

“Hm? Why not?”Bookmark here

“Because!.. Um… Well…”Bookmark here

This is kind of fun…Bookmark here

“D-Don’t! Camryn, just don’t share a bed with him, okay!?”Bookmark here

“Hm? O-Okay?.. But there are only two beds, so one of us is going to have to share a bed. Then…”Bookmark here

And it’s time for my backup attack!Bookmark here

“Then Bailey, why don’t you share with Ren?”Bookmark here

“Huh!?”Bookmark here

She started violently shaking my shoulders… Don’t worry, the nausea and brain trauma is all worth it!Bookmark here

“Camryn!? No way!?”Bookmark here

I smiled mischievously.Bookmark here

“What? Why not?Bookmark here

“Why not!? Well, because… Um…”Bookmark here

Hm… So she doesn’t want to reveal her feelings for Ren, and she doesn’t want to deny her feelings for Ren… Bailey, you put yourself in between a rock and a hard place — or perhaps I put her into this situation… Bookmark here

I saw her face grow bright red as she struggled to come up with a reason… But after a few seconds…Bookmark here

“C-Camryn, I’m not sharing with him!”Bookmark here

“Hm? Why not?”Bookmark here

“Um… B-Because…”Bookmark here

“Yeah, I guess I can see why sharing beds can be uncomfortable…”Bookmark here

“Y-Yeah!”Bookmark here

“So I’ll share it with him…”Bookmark here

“N-No!”Bookmark here

I was smiling laughingly at Bailey, but I don’t think she noticed. I think her mind is occupied with embarrassment and coming up with reasons.Bookmark here

“Hm? Why not?”Bookmark here

“Um… A-As a young teenage girl, I think you need your privacy… Especially from a guy…”Bookmark here

“Okay, then you can-”Bookmark here

“U-Um… About that, I-I-”Bookmark here

“Um… Bailey, Camryn…”Bookmark here

While Bailey was getting flustered, Ren called out to us.Bookmark here

“Oh? Yes, Ren?”Bookmark here

“R-Ren!? What is it?”Bookmark here

We turned to look at Ren. He was looking down, and he seemed to be covering his right shoulder with his left hand… That pose again? Did he hit it again? No, it can’t be something as simple as an injury… An infection maybe? Hm…Bookmark here

“A-Actually, is it fine if I get my own bed?.. You two can share one…”Bookmark here

O-Oh? Why was Ren against sharing with one of us? Sure, I can see problems if he shared with me, like age complications, but overall I’m fine with it. And I’m pretty sure Bailey is fine with sharing — well, not really fine with it, but she can endure…Bookmark here

“Huh? Oh, yeah that-”Bookmark here

“Uh, y-yeah!..”Bookmark here

Bailey wrapped her shoulder around me and smiled after interrupting me. She spoke as if Ren’s suggestion was the greatest thing ever.Bookmark here

“Seriously, what were we thinking?.. It's probably more appropriate for us two girls to share a bed… Heh, yeah… Right, Camryn?”Bookmark here

“Yeah…”Bookmark here

“Okay!”Bookmark here

Hm...Bookmark here

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