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June 5, 2015 at 4:54 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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The thought of spending the day together, Alice, her boyfriend, her mom, Clay, his girlfriend, and Camryn, when she wasn't even really sure if something was going on with Camryn at the moment, immediately set off alarms in her head. Regardless of how excited Beth seemed to be about the idea, Alice knew a family day out could only logically end in disaster. Before she could say anything that might excuse her from attending, maybe by making up some pre-existing plans or other reason as to why her and Tomas couldn't come along, Clay jumped in on the proposal enthusiastically before encouraging Faye to go into town instead of joining them. Realising that Clay's girlfriend wouldn't be a part of whatever day Beth had in mind for the rest of them put Alice at ease, allowing her to also jump in enthusiastically when Clay suggested skiing. It wasn't that she was feeling particularly tense or shameful around Tomas at the moment, but a day with the family would go a lot more smoothly if he wasn't around. Maybe it was because the peace she felt from not pretending made her eager for an opportunity to be around Clay for the day, maybe it was because she was hoping they'd be able to slip away for some more time alone together, or maybe she really was just looking forward to spending time with her family like they used, but Alice knew that Tomas most likely couldn't be up in the mountains skiing all day, away from work. Plus, he'd never been around snow much and didn't particularly favour the cold. "Skiing would be fun. We used to go in the winter with Dad all the time, remember? You loved going up to the mountains." Alice matched Clay's enthusiasm about the whole idea, bringing a wide smile to Beth's face at how excited the two of them seemed to be at the idea of time together. She wrapped an arm around Camryn's shoulders, gently stroking her daughter's hair a bit as she nodded, agreeing with the plan. "Oh, we haven't been in years! I'm sure we have some of your father's old skis that he outgrew lying around somewhere." Alice nodded, taking one last bite of her apple before throwing away the core, "I think they're in the garage somewhere, I'll get dressed and have a look." Before she could slip out of the room, Tomas spoke up, "I actually haven't been skiing before either. Wouldn't mind giving it a try, if you wouldn't mind me joining you all." Beth shook her head, just as iniviting and warm to him as she was to everyone, maybe more so as he was dating one of her children and probably assumed Alice would want him to come as well. "Of course not! You're more than welcome."


Jacob had just gotten out of the shower, wrapping a towel around his waist, when he heard his cellphone vibrate against the porcelain of his sink, seeing Camryn's name on the display screen and feeling relief that she answered, as he always did these days. In his mind, her texting him meant she was at least moderately sober enough to say something coherent. Another wave of relief washed over him knowing she was with Beth, rather than alone or with friends. He texted her back, asking if she wanted to come over later that night, claiming he was bored being back at his parents' house with nothing to do, trying his best to not sound like he was asking so that he could keep watch over her. It wasn't entirely untrue, though, Jacob not having much to do whenever he was back in his hometown, besides seeing Camryn. His parents, as they always had been, were often too busy with work or their other upper class friends and their upper class dinner parties and bullshit like that. The friends Jacob did have in high school disappeared along with his stereotypical "popular jock status" the moment he broke up with Alice for Camryn, his former crowd both shocked by his ignorance of the status quo in their school and appauled that he'd break up with Alice, whom they were equally good friends with, for her own sister. Despite his slightly scummy reputation with his old peers, Jacob really didn't regret it at all. It just made him a bit more dependent on Camryn's company than he normally would have been had he had his own group of friends to kill time with.

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June 5, 2015 at 6:01 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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occ: We could maybe have them get snowed in when they're up in the mountains? Camryn could lose cell reception and Jacob could freak out and that could start his whole investigating thing, making him more worried and stuff and making her push him away more and build up NYE when he follows her and then gets into an accident when he's upset and Alice and Clay could have some romantic moments that stir up feelings, not just attraction and all that

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June 5, 2015 at 6:16 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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occ: OOOOOR, not, I dunno haha. That sounds pretty lame and stuff but you know, WHEN AREN'T MY IDEAS MODERATELY LAME/cheesy

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June 5, 2015 at 6:17 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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ooc: No I really like that! Hush! I'm so into everything going on right now, ugh! <3 


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June 5, 2015 at 6:48 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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occ: AHHHH, wait, so excited hahaha. I'm back to obsessively checking if you've posted tbh (monkey covering its eyes emoji) hahaha

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June 5, 2015 at 6:49 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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(typed a long ass reply and then backspaced out of the page and lost it all, sorry for shitty post and long wait haha)


Shit, now Clay was definitely in trouble, he knew that before even laying eyes on his girlfriends piercing glare. Tomas attending meant it wasn't a strictly family day and he didn't have to immediately jump to her staying behind. She said a forced, cheerful goodbye and wished them all a good day before exiting the room with his walltet and, metaphorically, his balls. The second she stepped out his phone vibrated three times with text messages, most likely from a livid Faye, but he didn't bother checking them. "I brought an extra toboggan if you need one. Gloves, too, but I doubt Faye's will fit." He said in quite a friendly tone to Tomas, beckoning for him to follow up the stairs. It was hard not to feel bad for the boyfriend of the girl he was having an affair with. Tomas was a boring, uptight workaholic but that didn't necessarily mean he deserved to be cheated on. Clay made small talk on the way up the stairs, mentioning the wrath he would have to face from Faye later and excitement about skiing, but never giving Tomas the opportunity to speak because the last thing Clay needed was for the man to say something interesting and cause Clay to respect him. He handed over all he had to spare because, in all honesty, the thought of Tomas possibly needing to wear the girls' dad's ski clothes made Clay nauseous, as if he was already some sort of son-in-law who acquired hand-me-downs from Alice's parents. He donated all he could, and then hopped back down the stairs to, always thinking about food, pack some snacks. He recruited Camryn to help carry his clothing gear and food to Beth's car to avoid her telling Beth some excuse to not attend while he was away from her. Assuming after getting his things together Tomas would help Alice in the garage, Clay refrained from going himself, opening the back door of Beth's car and sitting sideways, legs still on the ground as he waited for the others.


Camryn hadn't packed skiing clothes, but also didn't really plan on actually skiing on the trip anyway. She just slid into the passenger seat of her mom's car and texted Jacob back.

For sure. I'll pick a movie up on my way over. 

She confirmed, one hundred percent sure that she wasn't going to his house later, but always saving the excuses and lies for the last possible minute. A family fun day with Alice and the uncomfortable presence of her boyfriend along with Clay's pining glances and her mother's obliviousness sounded about as far from fun as possible, but her foster brother wasn't exactly giving her much other choice. 

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June 5, 2015 at 7:26 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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occ: That happens to me all the time! Actually the worst. Mine is probably going to take twice as long, so bare with me

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June 5, 2015 at 7:29 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Alice didn't have a lot of time to form coherent thoughts about Tomas going skiing with everyone, much less enough time to verbally respond to the whole situation. What could she even have said, though? She couldn't very well uninvite him from the trip, not without sounding like an absolute bitch and stirring up more drama in her relationship and maybe even Clay's, if Faye caught on to why Alice didn't really want to take her own boyfriend out with her family for the day. She watched in slight bewilderment as Clay and Tomas went up to find things for Tomas to wear, mostly shocked because Alice, although having tried to be pleasant with Faye when she first met her, seemed to actually detest her even more after the start of her affair with Clay, while Clay seemed to be having the opposite reaction towards Tomas. Well, at least that would maybe mean there would be no tension between the two of them if Clay could avoid picking a fight. Brushing her thoughts off after the two fully disappeared from her vision and up the stairs, Alice also left the kitchen to shower and get dressed before heading back downstairs to rummage through the garage for her and her father's ski gear, taking as much as she could on her own outside to the car and leaving the rest for Beth or Tomas to grab on their wait out. She smiled to Clay, Camryn already in the car, and moved to the trunk to load up her things, "I can't believe you've never been skiing before." She commented, actually quite excited about going up to the mountains for the first time in a very long time.

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June 5, 2015 at 7:47 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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"Is it really that hard to believe? Foster parents and group homes aren't exactly the adventurous type." Clay joked in response to Alice. As much as he was not looking forward to hanging out with her and her boyfriend all day, it was nice just to be around her and not be so tense about her presence for once. He was genuinely excited for the last minute plans, and looking forward to hopefully showing Camryn a good time with her family before she did something desperate and stupid. In all, it would have been a much more stressful day with Faye around, so even if Tomas was coming, he was still pretty pleased that his own significant other wasn't. "You, on the otherhand, really didn't strike me as the athletic sport type, either. Sure, cheerleading, but the entire world knows that's not a sport." he teased, still managing to raise impressed eyebrows. "You're going to make me look like a recently born deer, on skiis, gotta knock down your confidence before we even get out there for the sake of my man pride." He added, sliding to face forward once everything was loaded for the day and they were prepared to set off. It was sure to be an awkward trip, and normally he would have been miserable, but he was in such a lighthearted mood, even with everything going on with Camryn, that he couldn't manage to find any of the broody Clay to display at the moment.   

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June 5, 2015 at 8:29 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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occ: Posting naaao

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June 6, 2015 at 11:23 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Alice's smile faltered slightly when Clay mentioned his past in the foster care system. It wasn't that it was necessarily easy to forget, because it had obviously shaped a lot of who he was now as a person, but it was just somehow surreal that he had adjusted to her family and life in college as well as he did having gone through all of that. He was probably the most resilient person Alice knew, another thing that she remembered falling in love with years ago when he first came to the house. Of course, those feelings were different now, but that remained a trait about Clay that she really admired. She laughed lightly and shot him a playful glare at his comment about cheerleading, closing the trunk of the car to climb into the backseat next to him, Camryn having taken the passenger seat. Alice had actually always been relatively athletic, being the capitain of her school's volleyball team and running most mornings outside of cheerleading. Her father was the high school boys' soccer team coach for a few years and it had always just sort of been their way of bonding when he was around, her little brother too young at the time to be much companionship during runs or hikes or bike rides and things of the like that he loved. She didn't try to defend her athleticism to Clay, though, instead grinning at him. "Well, you'll have to try harder." She teased back before, unable to really resist keeping her hands off Clay now when she was sitting so close to him, she placed her hand lightly on his leg. It would be an innocent enough gesture if they weren't involved with one another like they were now but Alice still dropped her hand back into her own lap moments later when Beth and Tomas came out of the house and before Camryn could turn around and catch it. Her face was still warm from the brief and relatively innocent interaction when Tomas slid into the seat on the opposite side of her, sandwiching her between her boyfriend and the man she was having an affair with for the long drive up to the mountains. But it wasn't as bad as she had originally thought it would be, her tension around Clay and guilt around Tomas having pretty much subsided last night. Although, a large part of her attention was fixated on Camryn, noticing how silent she was for most of the ride while everyone else made conversation here and there to pass the time. She knew that things probably weren't easy for Camryn after what happened at the party a few nights ago and now that Jacob knew about what she'd been going through but she still didn't actually know why she had moved back home, even if Beth said it was temporarily. She decided she'd try to bring it up with Clay when she had the chance as they finally arrived at the ski resort that her family usually skiied at and everyone got out of the car to grab their things from the trunk and suit up.

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June 6, 2015 at 12:12 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Clay spent the entire trip responding to small talk conversations absentmindedly while he glanced between the window and Camryn, and his mind continued to bring him back to every single body part that was currently touching Alice in the back seat. When they arrived, he was quick to hop out, filled with almost childlike excitement at the beautiful surroundings and new experience. Stunned, though, by the cold, he had to slow down a bit and add a few more layers to his body. He hung outside the resort with Camryn, letting her help him figure the shoes out and stuff. As much as he'd like to be around Alice and have fun in the snow skiing for his first time, he thought it better to be with Camryn more than the happy couple, for appearances sake. Alice had her own ski-virgin to handle. Camryn didn't say much aside from the basics about the shoes and how to use the skis, and didn't seem to be excited about their day out, no matter how hard he tried to cheer her up. When Beth was around, she put on a nice little show, but otherwise she just found a bench at the top of the hill and stayed away from everyone. So Clay relied on Beth to teach him the ropes, though there was a decent looking group of girls already returning from their first round down the mountains that acted pretty interested in also helping him out. Faye wasn't around, watching Alice with Tomas sucked, and he hadn't been able to openly flirt with girls since the beginning of his relationship with Faye, so he didn't mind taking the opportunity, pretending to really not catch on for a few more minutes while they struggled to keep him balanced walking to the edge of the slope. Regardless, this had been planned as a family day, so he went down his first time with Beth, and did very well. Really, in Clay's defense, he would have done fine if there wasn't some sort of animal in his way near the end. He could have sworn there was an animal he was a few seconds from hitting when he swerved and fell over sideways, sliding the rest of the way down the slope, though when he stood back up, there wasn't any sign of an animal for miles. That didn't mean he was letting go of his excuse for being terrible. He wiped snow off of his face, pulled the beanie down further, and made the hike to the ski lift, waving with pretend bashfulness towards the girls at the top. He knew if he glanced in Tomas' direction, his own immature mind would make learning some sort of competition, and tension would rebuild, so he settled for pretending they weren't there all together. 

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June 6, 2015 at 12:45 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Alice logically knew that it didn't make sense for her to teach both Tomas and Clay to ski when her mother and Camryn could very well teach one of them. It made more sense that Alice would teach her boyfriend, rather than Clay. So, despite her slightest disappointment when those arrangements fell into place when everyone was ready to hit the slopes, she didn't bother trying to rearrange them, thinking that she'd be able to rejoin the family once Tomas got the hang of it, anyway. The couple spent a while at the top of a beginner's slope, Alice explaining everything to Tomas and helping him get balanced on the skis. In his mind, this whole day was meant to make ammends, in a sense. He was here with Alice and her family, not taking any business calls, his attention entirely on her. That should make her happy for a while, right? But Alice seemed distracted, Tomas having to repeat questions to her on more than one occasion. The two did one run down the slope together and then Alice stayed at the top to watch him go down on his own, partially to see how he was coming along and also to just enjoy the view alone. Curiosity got the better of her eventually and she glanced in the direction of where Beth and Clay had been earlier, now seeing Clay with a group of girls. Alice wouldn't neccesarily describe herself as jealous, but her first boyfriend had cheated on her with her own sister and her love interest right after that was only interested in having sex with her and left when she wouldn't so, naturally, she couldn't help but get insecure every once and a while about these sort of things. Her jaw went rigid as she watched Clay flirt with the group for a while before she turned away to continue watching Tomas and try to pretend like it didn't matter. Really, it didn't. Alice was there with her own significant other and what was happening between her and Clay was only physical and certainly nothing serious. He didn't owe her anything. He was just flirting, it wasn't like he was about to have sex with one of them. Even if he did sleep with someone that wasn't her while they were wrapped up in their affair, the only person that could really be upset about it was Faye. Alice, always relying on logic to reason with herself, knew she had no reason to feel as suddenly aggrivated as she did. In fact, her reacting this way kind of made her even worse of a person, considering what she was doing to Faye. Still, she no longer felt in the mood to ski or teach Tomas, her previous upbeat mood now gone. Was any of this even a good idea? She rolled her eyes at herself, heading to a bench to sit down and take the bindings off her skis.

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June 6, 2015 at 1:32 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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When the ski lift dropped him off, a blonde with a strangely sexy rasp to her voice who introduced herself as Becca met Clay on the hill. She wasn't his type, tall and seductive with sun colored hair, and her friends from the group earlier were all giggling in the background like school children, but Clay had been in a committed relationship for so long, and rarely ever got time away from Faye to remind himself that the majority of the female population found him attractive. Someone to focus a little attention on while Tomas got Alice all to himself couldn't hurt, so he turned the charm on, whisping stray strands of hair out of her face while they talked, and not complaining when she followed him back to the medium-sized hill he'd failed the first time. He gave her his spiel about being bad at skiing because there had for sure been an animal in danger at the bottom. Instead of challenging it, as most girls he was attracted to would do, Becca was so desperate for his attention that she pretended to believe him. Or she actually did, making her either pathetic or stupid, and reminding him that though he did have a very large selection of girls to choose from, he had surrounded himself with the only quality ones he had found. There just happened to be two of them. He excused himself for a moment, determined to spend the day with his family but not minding the attention so promising to talk to Becca later, and joined Beth again, waving for Camryn to join them to no avail. Facing Camryn on her bench, though, drew his attention to the other bench, where Alice was now sitting, taking her gear off while Tomas was at the bottom of the bunny slope. He couldn't let her get to him right now, whatever her deal was, it was Tomas' deal today. He recently talked his drug addict 'sister' out of suicide, the girlfriend that he was cheating on was probably currently thinking of all sorts of ways to make his life hell when he returned because he hadn't invited her to the slopes, and his first love, who he occasionally recreationally slept with, was a yard away supposed to be having a romantic day with her older, mature, wealthy silver fox boyfriend. He couldn't handle much else, and turned back around to take another attempt at skiing by Beth's side, but doing just as terrible as his first attempt, and laughing it off regardless. He couldn't help but question if Alice's mood swing had something to do with the group of girls flirting with him, but as any twenty year old guy would, he kind of hoped it did. The thought of making Alice jealous, especially even while she was joined by her boyfriend, made his stomach a bit weaker than usual; a soft, quiet but noticeable warmth in the pit of it.

It was different here, being away from the house with everyone, away from Faye and keeping up appearances. His problems weren't solved, but Becca and her friends gave him a confidence boost, Camryn was under everyone's watchful eyes, and for the first time in a long time, Clay realized just how stressed and tense he'd been in every moment that didn't involve drowning his stress in Alice when no one was looking. It was difficult not to keep a goofy grin the entire time.



Camryn stared at her phone as if something interesting was on the screen, but it was black and blank. She was miserable, and this fake family outing that she was forced into was only making it worse. She glanced up long enough to watch sluts throw themselves at a refreshingly cheerful Clay, and Alice looking upset on the next bench over, and sighed before turning her attention back to her phone. Her head was pounding harder than it ever had before, and she literally felt like she was dying. It's hard to realize how hooked you are until you go over 48 hours without a fix. She groaned to herself, rubbing her temple and eyes, probably smearing dark make-up into the bags under her now dark and sunken eyes. To distract herself, she finally pushed herself up off the bench with another groan, movement making her delicate head pulse harder, and walked to Alice's bench to sit down instead. She didn't say anything; didn't have anything to say. She should have been angry for Alice breaking the big news to Jacob and ruining everything, but anger couldn't overcome the intense pain vibrating her veins. She waited for Alice to finish ridding herself of her skiis, and then rested her head on her sister's shoulder.

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July 3, 2016 at 8:24 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Once free from her skis, Alice turned her chin up to look at the sky, a milky haze in the form of a snow storm cloud ascending overhead and making everything in the surrounding area resemble a snowglobe, the sky and earth white from seam to seam, the two almost indistinguishable. Snowflakes drifted down and joined the sheet of snow covering the ground with accelerating speed, a few flakes dusting Alice's nose and eyelashes as she shivered, the wind picking up around her as well, whipping strands of her dark hair around her face. Why did she feel like this? Averting her gaze from the sky above to Clay and then Tomas, Alice couldn't remember the last time love-or lust or whatever feeling was sitting like a pit in her stomach-hadn't made her feel like she had to struggle to breathe; not in a sappy, Liz Phair kind of way, but the kind that ached so badly that it made her hands shake, made her wonder why people bothered with love at all. She watched Tomas finish his run down the slope and found herself wondering if she really knew herself as well as she had thought she did. Ambitious, intelligent, grounded-they were all adjectives that could be used to describe Alice. So, why was it that time after time, despite all of her traits that would otherwise lead to a different outcome for anyone else, love seemed to knock her to her knees? She sat on the bench taking slow, deep breaths as her subconcious took her deeper and deeper into a similar web thoughts, her eyes falling on Clay after what felt like hours had passed. Had love really always hurt? What happened between Alice and Clay seemed like a lifetime ago and it had been years, but Alice could so clearly remember every time that she was around him now how safe she once felt when they were in love. As comforting as that feeling should have been to recall, she somehow found herself feeling colder. Maybe because it really had been so long since she last felt that way or maybe because she threw it all away because she was scared, a thought that Alice had tried to ignore every waking moment of her life since she left to South Africa after graduating from high school any time Clay would cross her mind. The thoughts and the feelings that flooded in with them whenever she gave in were delibitating, profoundly full of the kind of loss and regret that ruined people's lives that she didn't know what to do with herself, her hands trembling as she sat on a bench at a ski resort with her family, watching her past love flirt with a beautiful, blond girl while her boyfriend was somewhere in the near vicinity. Thankfully, Camryn joined her, forcing Alice back into the presence with a reason to think about someone else other than herself. She rested her cheek on top of her head, still slyly watching Clay from the corner of her eye. She needed to say something, anything that would help distract from what was going on inside her head at the moment. "Having fun?" She asked quietly, her originally intention to have a playful chirp to her voice falling all too short.

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July 6, 2016 at 7:33 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Camryn's dark hair viciously attacked her pale face, rosy cheeks stinging as the wind picked up. She squinted at the sky, only momentarily wondering if anyone had checked the weather before making these plans, but shrugged it off anyway. The pain too present inside her body to spend time worrying about the inconveniences occurring on the outside. She scoffed at Alice's question, meaning it in a friendly way but not bothering to explain that. "Too much going on for it to be fun like it used to be." She said instead, the obvious lack of their father's presence weighing heavily on her withdrawing mind. The snow was getting worse along with the wind, and it was getting more difficult to see through it. She didn't think much of it until men in orange jackets and ballcaps approached Tomas. When Beth headed over to speak to them as well, Camryn stood up, watching for a moment in silence before shaking her head. "No," she mumbled, panicked, jogging over to hear the end of a conversation about a blizzard. Suddenly afraid she was going to die out here at a ski resort without drugs, Camryn had to fight back tears while she let her mother explain the situaiton to her like she hadn't already figured it out. "Can't we still make it home before it gets bad?" She whined desperately, very seriously on the brink of tears. 


Clay was trying to get a cell signal when he looked up and Beth was gone, off with Tomas and some patrol men who probably assumed they were head of the household. He smirked at just how clever he'd been lately, and gave up on his cell phone and Faye, too curious not to join the others, where Beth went on to tell everyone about a storm coming in. The roads were being blocked off and they had been advised to take shelter. Shit, Faye was going to be a world class bitch when he got back. Too concerned about that to comprehend that he would be spending the storm in very close proximity to Alice and Tomas, he cursed under his breath and tried for cell service again. When the others (not including Camryn for obvious reasons) came to the conclusion that a cabin had to be rented for the night, his gaze finally fell on Alice in realization of what that meant. Maybe he should have brought Faye afterall. "Well let's get inside, then" he accepted, placing both of his hands on Camryn's shoulders to lead her towards the front desk while she groaned and quietly protested. 

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July 6, 2016 at 8:46 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Alice noticed the patrol men making rounds to everyone on the slope at the same time Camryn did, walking after her as she sped off to join their mother and Tomas to hear that they were more or less snowed into the resort. Feeling somewhat emotionally drained and very much physically worn out from a day spent skiing, the weight of the situation didn't quite hit Alice fully. She followed in step with everyone to the main lodge, her feet heavy in her boots and her eyelids drooping slightly, mostly just keen to find a bed to colapse onto. The lobby was chaotic, dozens of angry tourists with their ski gear demanding refunds and free accomodation, conversations layered over one another until it didn't sound like anyone was really saying anything at all. Alice simply stood in the background, resting her chin on the toe of her skiis as Beth spoke to a visably aggrivated employee of the lodge at the desk. Drifting off slightly, it didn't feel like too long before Beth returned with a set of keys jingling in her hand, a wary smile dressing face despite the day taking a slightly disasterous turn and the anxiety surrounding her, a large majority of which radiated from Camryn's distress. "So," Beth started slowly, "Good news, we managed to get one of the last cabins available! But they didn't have anything that could accomodate five..." The words seemed to poke Alice at the base of her spine and made her jolt upright, fully alert. Almost instinctually, she glanced at Clay, making eye contact with him that caused her cheeks to flush for reasons she couldn't quite place. Tomas spoke up, asking what everyone in the group huddled around Beth in the noised-washed lobby was thinking themselves, "How many rooms are there?" Beth shrugged, whether trying to make light of the conversation or more likely completely oblivious as to why the situation at hand was an uncomfortable one in the first place, she replied simply. "Two double rooms." There was a moment of silence between the five people standing there before Beth continued on in a drone of noise that Alice didn't register about their options for their possible sleeping arrangments given the constraints, shuffling everyone towards the cabin quickly before the storm really hit. They had to step outside briefly to hustle to their rental cabin, the weather already worse than it was before they left the slopes. Tomas wrapped his arm around Alice's shoulder and drew her into his side, an otherwise normal gesture for a boyfriend to make for his girlfriend to brave harsh weather that now just made her body feel hot The day out was already awkward enough, her boyfriend joining her family outing, unaware of her affair with her former "foster brother"; the only thing that could possibly happen given Clay and Alice's pattern of bad luck for most of winter break was all of them spending an evening together in a secluded cabin in the mountains. Arriving swiftly at the cabin with a bold, black 4 painted on the door that matched the number on the keys in Beth hands, they all filed into what was an even smaller space than Alice had already pessimistically imagined they'd be sharing for the night; a small living room and kitchen greeted them, two bedroom doors on the opposite wall opened and displaying two small bedrooms, both suited with bunk beds.


occ: Tried to set this up to be as uncomfortable and room for drama as possible 

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July 6, 2016 at 9:29 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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occ: (if you ever read this haha) but the best thing about RPGs is that we can make our own rules about time. Obviously in real life they would not have had two weeks between Christmas, the affair, and NYE but DIS NOT DA REAL WORLD (sadly) The family shower late at night. The garage early morning. Even a coat closet. Once or twice in one of their rooms when their respective partners were otherwise busy (incredulously so, considering the suspicion mounting in both of their relationships as the adulterous pair was spending an increasing amount of time sneaking around). For two weeks, Alice and Clay did not let even the briefest moment pass that it was possible to be alone together, anywhere. One afternoon, Beth sent Clay to the grocery store for milk so Alice went for a “winter runâ€� and they met a few blocks away from the house to have sex in the backseat of his car. When Alice had to go to a library to get work done for her program, Clay left to “visit a friend from high schoolâ€� so they could have a romp in the stacks. With every trist, the excitement built and the passion intensified; they could never get enough of one another. As they creatively found ways to invent more opportunities to have sex as the days passed and the end of break (and accordingly, their affair) neared, they found themselves sharing more moments of quiet intimacy. A stolen kiss on the staircase or a hidden corner of the house in passing, risking a few extra minutes just to lay in each other’s arms and talk after they’d finished, a caress of feet under the dinner table. Even in the presence of everyone, Clay and Alice would get lost in one another’s company, sharing banter, laughter, and an undeniable chemistry and connection that was beyond physical (or wasn’t at all physical, to the immediate knowledge of anyone else that witnessed it). Regardless of their relationship statuses, the freedom that came with indulging their mutual lust created a sense of peace between them that let them fall back into the deep friendship they had before they ever admitted their feelings to themselves or one another. Alice hadn’t felt like this in years, not since she was in high school, and maybe not even entirely then. Once a master of emotional control, Alice felt a warmth, a fullness, and happiness that she couldn’tt suppress or deny if she wanted to. She felt alive. It wasn’t until Alice snuck downstairs to the kitchen one morning, getting a five minute head start over Clay as he lingered in the shower they had just shared before coming down himself, that reality finally hit her. January 31st. The date on the calendar that hung on the fridge hit her like a freight train. Lost in the new Technicolor of her world, she had wilfully forgotten all about her flight back to South Africa the next morning, so fully engulfed in the affair she was having that there wasn’t room for much else on her mind. It began with an understanding between them that when break ended, so did the affair. In fact, it likely wouldn’t have begun at all if there hadn’t been an end date by which they promised themselves they would stop betraying their actual partners, subsiding the guilt that was never stronger than their desire. Still, Alice never anticipated that the affair would evolve to what it was now. Whether she could admit it or not, she also certainly never anticipated that their time together would end with Clay meaning as much as he did now. She always knew that this was a reprieve, that their real lives were in different cities and with different people. She was forced to confront that fact every time she saw Faye, or got into bed at night with Tomas. But she had no idea that life could feel like it did for the last two weeks. Alice’s mind was still reeling, starring blankly at the calendar when Beth looked up from the conversation she was having with Tomas at the dinner table over coffee. “Honey?â€� She called with casual concern to her daughter, causing Alice to shake her head subconsciously to ground herself in the present again and look over at her mom and her boyfriend, both staring at her quizzically. Giving them a soft smile of reassurance as she blushed, Alice grabbed a glass and poured herself a glass of water from the sink as she replied. “I can’t believe I…Thomas and I leave tomorrow. She glanced over her shoulder as Clay came down the stairs to join them and down to the glass in her hand as she nervously ran her finger around the rim. “I’m going to miss home so much.â€� She added, the sentence coming out of her mouth naturally, but she was still trying to keep her tone casual amidst the complexity of what that admission really meant. “We’re going home.â€� Tomas corrected, without missing a beat. A lump formed in Alice’s throat as she looked up at him. His voice was as cool, smooth, and collected as always and his face conveyed nothing, but something gave her pause to think that his words also meant more than just what he was saying. Clearing her throat, she nodded once, taking a sip of water before returning to fidgeting with it again. “Right.â€� She agreed flatly after a moment of silence. “Of course.â€� “Oh, sweetheart, you still have a day left here! What are your plans for New Yearâ€�s Eve?â€� Beth added cheerfully, referring the question to everyone in the room. Maybe the building tension in the room was all in Alice’s imagination, because Beth was clearly oblivious it. Alice loved New Year’s Eve: the nostalgia, reflection, and sentimentalism. Some of her fondest memories were on New Year’s-being excited to stay up late with Camryn when they were little only to fall asleep on the couch together and have their dad carry them to bed, watching the ball drop with their baby brother, her first kiss at a party freshman year at the stroke of midnight when she started dating Jacob. Alice made it a point to celebrate every year, but not this one. “We had plans to attend a gala but I’ll have an important symposium the day we land in Cape Town; Alice was understanding that I need to stay in tonight to rest in preparation for our long flight.â€� Tomas stated matter-of-fact-ly, raising his coffee mug to his lips. At the time of that conversation, Alice was still in the dreamy haze of her adulterous dream world and frankly, wasn’t concerned with any plans she had with Tomas during break. It wasn’t that she completely stopped caring about him or the damage that she knowingly would be inflicting on him were he to find out about what she was doing every time she slipped away mysteriously. But the life she was living now, if only just for these short weeks that she was home and sleeping with Clay, didn’t have room for any of the complications of her relationship and the issues that had come up on this trip. If she were to engage in conversations about the couple’s future, whether it included marriage or not, Alice didn’t know if she’d be able to go back to her real life, her real world of which Tomas was very much a part, while Clay would be moving on with his life with Faye. She didn’t even know when or if she wouldd see him again after this. Now, with the idea of spending New Year’s Eve, her last night, home with Tomas, knowing he was uninterested in celebrating and would likely go to bed early while Clay and Faye stayed out together, the inevitable first waves of sadness were settling in. Alice hadn’t prepared herself for any of the good feelings to give way just yet, so utterly lost in her previous joy like she’d lost her composure when her and Clay started the affair, so she had to clench her jaw as hard as she could in that moment to stop any visible signs of emotion from her displaying on her face-a former skill that she was out of practice with. “Oh, that’s too bad,â€� Beth sympathised, noticing the drop in Alice’s face but assuming it was because she would be missing out on the holiday, “Why don’t you go out with Camryn, Clay, and Faye? I’m sure they’d love for you to join them, and you can get a little extra sibling time!â€�
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