Please R, R, & R
The thunder crashed like a thousand cymbals. I woke up with a start. Great, I thought, now I’ll never get back to sleep. I jumped out of bed and sauntered into the family room. Carefully tiptoeing past my sleeping giant of a best friend, I walked outside. The scent of the rain-soaked earth was like pure oxygen as it filled my lungs.
I considered the circumstances that had brought me to this picturesque piece of land. My friend, Artemis Fowl, had invited me to his family’s summer beach house. Artemis, I thought and sighed, the most beautiful, wonderful, perfect guy in the entire world. Of course, my love for him has never ceased since the first time he kidnapped me, even if he doesn’t see me that way. Oh well, I guess being his best friend is better than nothing. I at least get to be close to him. I stretched out on the patio and shut my eyes.
A scream issued from within the house. I sprang to my feet, my heart racing. The morning sun’s brightness burned my eyes. How long have I been asleep? I thought. I rushed inside to make sure everyone was all right. Artemis was sitting on the couch with a look of utter exasperation plastered on his face. His five-year-old brothers circled the couch emitting an ear-piercing squeal from their mouths. I stomped across the room, looming over them.
“Now Myles and Beckett,” I said. They gazed up at me, eyes as wide as tennis balls. I smiled and lifted them onto my shoulders. “Why are you bothering your poor older brother?” I walked into the kitchen and got Myles and Beckett a juice box. They ran off down the hallway as I went back into the family room. Artemis still looked irritated.
“You need to learn to be more patient with him.” I said, plopping down on the couch next to him. He sighed.
“I know!” H\he said, standing up. “I hate this. Why do they have to tick me off so much?” I shrugged. I headed to my room to change clothes. I brushed my aubrun hair until it was straight, then pulled it into a long ponytail that flowed like a waterfall down my back. I slipped on my shorts and a tank top and bounced into the kitchen.
“Good morning everyone!” I said, taking a seat at the table. Mrs. Fowl had cooked some of her famous mouth-watering pancakes. I piled five on my plate and started in.
After breakfast, Artemis and I decided to take a leisurely walk on the beach. The water lapped at my feet, begging me to take a swim. The sand oozed into the crevices between my toes and pulled me deeper into the Earth. I spread out my arms as the sunlight soaked into my skin. The salty sea air burned my nostrils making me sneeze. I fell flat on my butt into the water. Artemis chuckled.
“That’s what you get for being clumsy,” he said, helping me up. I pushed him into the ocean. I stood there, shaking with laughter. His wet black hair clung to his face, framing his beautiful, bright blue eyes.
“That’s it,” he said. “Now you’re going to get it.” I gasped and sprinted down the beach, with Artemis right on my tail. A chunk of sand flew past my ear. I screamed, lost my balance and fell, face first, into the sand. Artemis picked me up and threw me into the water. I stood up, soaked to the bone.
“You jerk,” I said. My teeth chattered as a cool sea breeze blew onto the shore.
“Come on,” Artemis said. “Let’s go dry off.”
Back at the house, I went to the bathroom to wash the salt out of my hair. I put on dry clothes and walked back into the family room to join everyone.
I opened the door and froze. Sitting on the couch, with Artemis’s arm around her shoulders was Minerva, Artemis’s girlfriend. What is she doing here?! I thought. She wasn’t even invited. My anger bubbled up inside my chest threatening to erupt like an active volcano. I let the door bang against the wall. At the sound, Artemis turned his head and smiled his perfect smile.
“Hey,” he said. “Look who showed up!” He pointed to Minerva, who turned her head and sneered. I absolutely hated her. I hated her perfect hair and her perfect body. I hated her piercing eyes and her flawless skin. But, I hated her most of all because she had Artemis.
I was about to explode. I turned on my heel and stomped back into my room, slamming the door. Tears leaked out of the corners of my eyes as I sat on my bed. No! I thought. You are not allowed to cry. The walls started closing in, I couldn’t breathe. I snatched my radio from the bedside table and climbed out the window. I ran down to the beach, desperately searching for some sort of escape.
A group of palm trees, woven together to form a canopy, grew about twenty feet away. Slowly, I made my way over to the shelter, turning on the music. I spread out under the shade and closed my eyes. I heard footsteps approaching. I sat up to see Minerva gradually advancing. I glared at her.
“What do you want?” I sneered.
“Oh nothing,” she said in her usual sarcastic tone. I rolled my eyes.
“Then go away.” I said, stretching back out on the sand. She stepped right in front of me.
“I want you to stay away from Artemis,” she huffed. I stood up.
“Oh,” I spat. “So now you do want something?” We glowered at each other with so much intensity that I expected the trees to catch fire.
“You are a dirty rotten little sneak who is trying to steal my boyfriend.” She said, jabbing her finger at my face.
“He happens to be my best friend,” I yelled. “You can’t just tell me to stop talking to him.”
“He happens to be my boyfriend. And yes I can, if I think some skank is trying to steal him away from me,” A loud smack sounded as my hand connected with her face. My tone darkened.
“Don’t you ever call me that,” A five-star started to appear clearly on her sun kissed skin.
“I will call the tramp who is going after someone else’s boyfriend whatever I want!” She knew that she couldn’t take me on in a fight, so she reached down and threw my radio into the water. My veins pumped with adrenaline. Anger seethed through my whole body. I clenched my hands into tight fists, then walked away. I ignored Minerva’s screams as I sprinted down the beach. The world zoomed past as I raced through the sand. I turned suddenly and dashed into the woods. I ran until I collapsed in a clearing. I pulled my knees up to my chest and sobbed. I lay in the grass, curled in a ball, falling in and out of sleep. A couple times, I thought I could hear my name being called in the woods.
When the moon rose, it started to rain. I didn’t bother moving. The rain dripped slowly down my face, tracing the path my tears had created. I closed my eyes and let the rain soak into my skin. Suddenly, I was lifted into the air. Someone was carrying me through the woods. I opened my eyes to see Artemis. He was drenched from head to toe.
“What are you doing?” I asked, weakly.
“I’m bringing you back,” His voice was hoarse but demanding.
“No.” I said, starting to struggle in his grip. “No! I don’t want to go back there!” I jumped out of his arms and started to run. His hand grabbed my wrist and spun me around.
“Listen, Holly.” He stared deep into my eyes. “Minerva told me everything that happened. I-I’m sorry for what she did. I now realize that she is a rotten, no good brat. I broke up with her. She’s not going to bother us anymore.” Us? I thought. What does he mean us?
Our lips met and the world stopped. I placed my arms around his neck, closing my eyes, as his arms wrapped around my waist. The wind whipped my wet hair around my face as the rain dripped down ours faces to our joined lips.
When we parted, it felt as if the whole world was smiling. I never wanted this moment to end. Artemis turned and headed towards the house. I floated behind him, not aware of where I was going or what I was doing. Somehow, I ended up in dry clothes in my bed. I fell asleep, a smile still on my face, with one thought in my head. Good things come to those who wait.