“Where were you?” Ashley asked looking up from the book she was reading. She was perched up on her bed, her legs stretched out in front of her and her back leaning up against the bed frame propped up by a bunch of pillows. She put a scrap of paper into her book to mark her place and then closed the book resting it gently on her lap.
Amanda had entered the room just moments before. She closed the door behind her and kicked off her flip-flops, one sandal flipping in the air before it finally fell to the ground. Amanda looked at her sister and shrugged her shoulders at the question.
“Didn’t we agree that you’d be back here an hour ago?” Ashley said folding her arms across her chest.
“Yeah,” Amanda shrugged her shoulders again. “I was having fun though. I didn’t want to just leave so unexpectedly. I had only been there for an hour before it was time for me to come back home.”
Ashley rolled her eyes. “You’re lucky that mom and dad didn’t come up here for anything. I don’t know what I would have done or said to cover for you.”
“I know, I’m sorry,”
“And you could have at least texted me to let me know that you were going to be late. I mean, that party was practically a rave. For all I knew, you could have been drunk or arrested or something.”
“I know, I’m sorry,”
“Is there anything else you can say other than that?”
Amanda shrugged with a sheepish grin. Ashley rolled her eyes. Then she paused and raised a suspicious eyebrow at her sister.
“Wait a minute… What do you mean that you weren’t at the party for very long? You left five hours ago.” Ashley wondered.
Amanda strolled across the room and sat down at the foot of Ashley’s bed. “Josh and I were having a good time together. We almost didn’t even go to the party.”
Ashley pursed her lips together and slowly nodded her head.
“We didn’t do anything!” Amanda quickly said defensively.
“Really…?” Ashley deadpanned.
“Really, I promise.” Amanda drew an X over her heart with her finger. “When I got to Josh’s house, I was all set to go. He was ready too, but then we got to talking. He said that talking to me at his house was going to be a lot quieter and peaceful than trying to yell at each other at some party. So we stayed and hung out for a bit. We even watched a movie.”
Ashley sat up and smiled. Josh was a kid at their high school who Amanda had been crushing on for quite some time. She had finally mustered up enough courage to ask him out. When Josh mentioned the party, Amanda didn’t really want to go, but she didn’t feel as though she was in any position to decline. She just wanted to hang out with him and try to get closer hoping that they could be more than friends.
“What movie did you watch?” Ashley asked.
“Some sci-fi thing,” Amanda shrugged. “I guess Josh is really into that kind of stuff, but I didn’t understand the movie at all.”
“But then we talked for a little while. I got to know him a little better and he got to know me a little better. There were never any lulls in the conversation… it was nice.” Amanda smiled at the ground in remembrance of a few hours ago.
“So how come you guys ended up going to the party? It seems like you guys had just as much fun just being together.” Ashley asked.
“We weren’t going to, but I guess Josh had told his football buddies that he would try to go. So we went a few hours after the party started.” Amanda chuckled. “Josh said that it’s cool to arrive late because then everyone makes a big deal about your presence when you finally get there.”
Ashley shrugged. He had a point on that one. It wasn’t a very good one, unless you wanted everyone to notice you coming in, but it was a point. Still, if people wanted them to go to the party, then they should have noticed them arriving no matter what time they got there.
“We only stayed for about two hours, though. After an hour, I knew I was supposed to come home, but Josh and I were having fun. Around the time I was going to duck out,” Amanda explained, “Josh pulled me to the side and we stepped outside. Everyone else was inside and we ended up talking again. We had a really nice time.”
Ashley nodded her head. “Well, I’m glad you had a good time.”
Amanda frowned. “I wish you could have been there.”
Ashley snorted. “You know a high school party isn’t my scene. I would much rather be home reading by book. And I had a great time tonight. I read two books while you were out.”
“Two books?” Amanda rolled her eyes. “My, you are a wild child, aren’t you?”
Both of the girls laughed. Then Ashley sat up and asked for more details about Josh. Before long, it was so late at night that both girls passed out in Ashley’s bed like two best friends gossiping at a sleepover until exhaustion took over.