Amber sat down on the warm sand; picking it up and letting it run through her hands. It had been ages since she had last been to the beach…it must have been about a year before her parents had died. Sighing, she leant back so she was resting on her elbows and waited for the others to finish getting changed and join her. A moment later she saw Patsy run past her, towards the sea.
"Hey, wait for me!" Chloe shot past after her friend and Amber couldn't help but smile at their exuberance.
She heard Bray walk up beside her, and when she looked up she saw he had a puzzled look on his face.
"Those two are a right pair." She said, jerking her head in the direction of the girls. Bray smiled.
"Do you want to go for a walk?" He asked hesitantly, sighing inwardly with relief when Amber nodded, and pulled herself up using his outstretched hand, letting the contact last a bit longer than it needed to.
Bray watched as Amber walked over to the water's edge to tell the girls where they were going, letting his eyes travel her body. Maybe going on a walk wasn't such a good idea; however much he may want to believe it, there was no way he could tell Amber how he felt about her, not when she didn't have the same type of feelings for him.
They walked along in silence for a while just enjoying each other's company, wrapped up in their own thoughts.
"What are you thinking about?" Bray broke the weird pause that had formed; usually the two of them could just chat for hours and hours about nothing in particular. They walked over to a ledge and looked down at the clear water a few meters below.
"Oh, nothing…" Amber was caught off guard - she was thinking about her conversation with Zandra earlier, but couldn't really find the courage to tell him yet. She realised she had two choices - either to tell him the truth about what she had been thinking about, tell him how she felt about him and getting embarrassed - or think of a cover story.
However tempting it was just to reach over and kiss him, she decided to go take the easier option - the cover story. Well, at least there was some truth in this one.
"I was just thinking about the others back at the mall-"
"Amber," he turned to face her. "I thought I told you to relax for today and have some fun for a change."
"Is that a threat?" she said coyly.
"Might be…" Bray suppressed a grin. He scooped her up into his arms and carried her over to the edge of the ledge ready to throw her in.
"No! Bray, let me down!" She looped her arms around his neck ready to pull him into the water with her. "Please, let me take my sarong off before you throw me in."
To her surprise he let her down gently; then she realised how close they were standing. She still had her arms around his neck, and he had a hand resting on her waist. She looked at his hand and then into his eyes, taking a deep breath to try and calm herself. Hmmm, the cover story idea had turned out to be almost as bad as the pour-your-heart-out idea. Amber smiled wryly, and saw Bray's eyes flick down to look down at her mouth.
No, he wasn't thinking about - No. Amber shook the thought out of her head, and instead took a step back from Bray to untie her sarong. Hanging it on the rocks, she walked over to the edge and dived in after Bray.
After two water-fights, a roll in the sand, a swim, and another awkward moment they remembered they had left Patsy and Chloe alone further along the beach. After jumping off the rocks one last time, Amber walked over to Bray.
"You know I can't remember having this much fun in ages." Amber smiled. "Thank you." She paused for a second before leaning over and kissing him gently on the cheek. Smiling at the shocked look on his face, she started walking back.
Maybe she would take Zandra's advice and talk to Bray once they got back to the Mall.