"Ok, where would you like me to start?" I asked flipping through the script.
"I think it's only appropriate to start with the beginning, Juliet's first lines."
"Ok," I replied flipping to the first few pages. Before I started I saw Taylor come from back where the dogs were, grabbing a script.
"Nurse, where's my daughter? Call her forth to me." Mrs. Bryan read; she was amazing in my opinion.
"Now, by my maidenhead at twelve year old, I bade her come. What, lamb! What ladybird! Where's this girl? What, Juliet!" Taylor recited perfectly.
"How now? Who calls?" I replied.
"Your mother," Taylor read.
"Madame, I am here. What is your will?" I looked up and Conner was looking through the big window by the door. I smiled.
"This is the matter Nurse, give leave awhile, we must talk in secret. Nurse come back again; I have remeb'red me, thou's hear our counsel. Thou knowest my daughter's of a pretty age." I read with Mrs. Bryan.
"Faith, I can tell her age unto an hour."
"She's not fourteen," Mrs. Bryan replied to Taylor's character.
"Ok, that's enough Amanda. I would like to skip to the first meeting of Romeo and Juliet." I flipped the pages a few times and came to the page.
"If I profane with my unworthiest hand this holy shrine, the gently fine is this: my lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand to smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss." Justin portrayed Romeo, walking up the stage steps.
"Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much, which mannerly devotion shows in this; for saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch, and palm to palm Is holy palmers' kiss." I read.
"Have not saints' lips, and holy palmers too?" Romeo replied.
"Ay pilgrim, lips that they must use in pray'r" Juliet said.
"O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do! They pray; grant thou, lest faith turn to despair." Justin said in character edging closer to me.
"Saints do not move, though grant for prayers' sake."
"Then move not while my prayer's effect I take. Thus from my lips, by thine my sin is purg'd," Justin said finally right beside me. I didn't like what the next part said.
"Ok, see if we can live with this, "He kisses her", come on." Mrs. Bryan coached us. Justin placed his hand on my shoulder and turned me slightly. Then he placed his lips on mine. I heard Mrs. Bryan saying "Remember you're young, in love, but forbidden. BE the characters, Feel what Romeo feels, Feels what Juliet feels."
Justin was gentle, but forceful at the same time, he wouldn't let me move at all. I had a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach as the jacket fell off of my arms. When he finally lifted his lips he had some of my lip gloss on his upper lip.
"Then have my lips the sin that they have took," I said disoriented.
"Sin from my lips? O trespass sweetly urg'd! Give me my sin again." Justin almost whispered leaning close to my face, he had to kiss me again, crap. He pressed himself to me once more, seeming to be a little more enthusiastic this time. I wished that this would hurry and be over with.
"You kiss by th' book," I replied, dizzy again. This time Justin had lip gloss on the corner of his mouth. I looked at the window and Conner was gone. I sighed.
"That was EXELLENT!" Mrs. Bryan cried. I smiled. "You really know your lines Amanda; you are very good at this particular part! I think that's good for one day. Great job everybody."
"You did so well!" Taylor cried as she came up and gave me a hug.
"Thanks!" I replied as she started to walk away.
I picked up my jacket and ran to the door. "Conner?" I cried out. Within seconds he was behind me.
"Looking for me?" he whispered in my ear. I smiled.
"Yeah, you disappeared on me." I replied just as quiet.
"Come on, let's go get the dogs," he said avoiding my gaze and my statement. I sighed and followed him. The journey across the field was long and quiet, Conner didn't say a word. I was thankful when we finally got the dogs put up in their pin.
"So, tell me … what's on your mind?" I asked casually as we sat on the grass, leaning against one of the walls of the dorm.
"Watching him kiss you," he shuddered, "I didn't like it. I know it was in the script, I've read the story before, but still."
I laid my head on his chest. "Well it was no fun kissing him either. I hadn't planned on that at all."
Conner laughed. "Well, get used to it. That play isn't on until the end of the year, there will be more kisses to come."
"The only kisses I like are these right here," I whispered getting closer to his face. I felt him chuckle as I pressed my lips to his.
"Yeah, they are pretty nice," he teased. I smiled knowing that he was in a better mood. "But it looked like Justin was enjoying himself." Conner said sounding angry.
"It felt like it too," I replied. "Wait, isn't he your friend?"
"Ha! NO, not now, smooching my girlfriend is not what I call a friend quality." He said glaring into the distance.
"Well, I don't like him … anymore. He's kind of forceful, when he kisses anyway. I thought he would never let me come up for air." I whispered to myself. Conner stiffened up beside me. I suddenly wished I had never said anything.
"So …" I said changing the subject.
"You were fantastic in there though. Very believable. Juliet is a part that you were born to play, but next time you kiss him, try not to be so … what's the word … responsive? Ah it's close enough." Conner said trying yet again to sound indifferent.
"Whatever do you mean." I teased. He gave me a look. "Oh come on, don't be mad."
He just sighed. "I could never be mad at you, never. I'm mad at … the situation; because I know that you will have to kiss him a lot, and I don't necessarily like it."
I squeezed his hand. "Will it make you feel any better if you knew that each time he kissed me, I wished terribly for it to be you?"
"So much," was his simple reply.
"I will always wish it was you, they mean nothing, HE means nothing. But YOU are my life." I whispered back to him.
"You mean everything to me," he whispered against the base of my neck, "And I know, I just get jealous from time to time."
I stifled a laugh. I trembled as his nose trailed up my neck and across my jaw.
"AWWW so sweet! Uh don't mean to break up the party but, you do know that it is dinnertime right?"
I sighed and looked into the face of Madison and her evil clones. "What do you want? Can't you see we're kind of busy?"
"Yeah, but I couldn't resist but disturb you," she replied sweetly. I rolled my eyes.
"Well, ha ha, you accomplished it, leave now!" I said trying not to yell. She flipped her hair and winked at Conner as she walked away.
"Witch!" I yelled thinking of another word. I looked at my clock and it was 6:30. I sighed again.
"Hey, it's ok Amanda." Conner said from my side.
"You ready for dinner?" I asked sarcastically. He kissed me once more and I felt dizzy. When he finally let up, I had to catch my breath.
"No, but oh well I guess."
He helped me up and put his arm around me as we headed once again for the dining hall.
I woke up the next morning feeling perfect. "So what are we doing today?"
"Well you aren't really doing much with US now are you?" Erin said with a smirk on her face.
"What is that supposed to mean?" I asked confused.
"Oh we heard about your little audition yesterday," Elizabeth replied trying to hold back her laughter.
"It certainly was … interesting." I told them. "But can we change the subject please?"
"Ok, so what do you want to do today?" Alexis simply asked. I shrugged.
"Hey, Elizabeth … could you conjure up a swimming pool?" Erin asked with a devious smile on her face.
"A swimming pool? Yeah … I can, but why?" Elizabeth called from her room.
"Well it's, about 90 degrees outside and I'm sure that other people will enjoy it AND it's a way to keep cool," Erin reasoned. I heard Lizzie sigh.
I heard a big splash and looked outside the window. On the edge of the field nearest the dorms was a HUGE in-ground swimming pool. "Whoa." I whispered. It was complete with 4 diving boards and a life guard stand. "Nice Liz" I commented as she came out to examine her work.
"Last one in is a rotten egg!" Erin cried as she ran out of our room in her swim suit.
"I thought that was back when we were ten?" Alexis called as her daring sister jumped of our two story window into the deep pool. She turned to me with a frightened look on her face. "Tell me you helped her fall?"
"Yeah … she is fine … the water felt like clouds to her," I laughed as I watched Erin come up from her big jump. "Come on, before Erin does something really stupid."
We all laughed as we walked into the closet, each grabbing a swim suit.
"Wait! We forgot something!" Elizabeth cried suddenly.
"What?" Alexis and I asked. She just smiled. Suddenly a bull horn appeared in her hand. She ran out of the room and not long after we heard "POOL PARTY!" come from the window. I laughed as she walked back in the room.
"Nice," I simply said.
She stuck up her nose and changed into her swim suit. When I finally had mine on Alexis and Elizabeth had already left the room. I slid into the blue and brown flowered tube top and bottoms. I walked to the window and laughed at the sight below me. Almost everybody was in the humongous pool. I took a deep breath and jumped. When I hit the water I felt as if I had dove into a pool of jelly rather than a deep pool of water. I swam to one side of the pool and emerged.
"Nice jump," Taylor said swimming up next to me. I smiled.
"Ha thanks," I replied.
"So your sister got hot or what?" she laughed pointing around the pool.
"Something like that," I said. Taylor said goodbye since she heard someone call her name. I sighed and snatched up a blue blowup body length pool floatie. I laid on the floatie, thankful that nobody was pushing me around anymore so I could enjoy the pool. After about 5 minutes I found myself drifting off to sleep. That didn't last long because in the middle of very good dream I was splashed. "Uhh!" I yelled falling off the float into the deep water. I watched the water ripple as three guys "cannon balled" into the pool. I grumbled under my breath, knowing who it was. "What the heck was that for?"
I swam up to the surface and looked around with anger in my eyes. I saw ALMOST everyone that I expected to see. "William, Mathew, and Justin … I should have known."
They swam next to me and laughed. "I'm sorry, did we disturb you?"
"Yeah, a little," I replied to Mathew. I flicked my fingers and Mathew suddenly disappeared under the water. "Oops" I whispered.
"Oh, its war now." Mathew said coming up behind me. I turned my head, searching.
"Erin, Elizabeth, Alexis … help!" By now Mathew and Justin had me on their shoulders, aiming for the water. Erin winked at me and disappeared.
"Ahh!" William called out just as he was about to push me off. Erin had appeared behind him, dunking his head in the water. Alexis created a shield around me as Elizabeth wacked the remaining two guys with a pool noodle.
"A little help here," Elizabeth called. I snapped my fingers and Justin and Mathew flew up into the air on water spouts. Alexis let me down and we all gathered on floaties and enjoyed the pool to our selves; seeing as everybody else left. I looked at my phone that was sitting beside the pool, lunch time; no wonder. I closed my eyes.
"Hey Elizabeth could I have a drink?" I asked with my hand held open. She just rolled her eyes and barely moved her finger and a Hawaiian themed cup with a little umbrella materialized in my hand. I took a sip, "Ah, sweet tea."
I pushed myself over to the edge of the pool and sat down my cup. I sighed and laid my head back, trying to relax. "Ahh crap!" I grumbled as I felt a droplet of water fall on my face. In no time the water came faster and harder. "I forgot that it rained a lot in the fall."
It rained for pretty much the rest of the day. We all spent the day in our dorm. Erin, Alexis, Elizabeth, Mathew, William, Justin and me made our huge dorm feel very tiny. We watched a bunch of movies, played card games, twister, anything we could to pass the day while it rained. I noticed that not once did I see or hear from Conner. That didn't bother me … at first. But when dinner came around and he was missing from the dining hall, I got suspicious. But I decided to put it behind me and by the time I went to bed I had forgotten about it.
"Beep, Beep, Beep." I shut off my alarm and checked the clock, 7am. I took a big yawn and headed for the shower. "Good morning."
Erin smiled up at me as I walked into the bathroom. I sighed and climbed into the shower. I took longer than usual, trying to prolong the time before the beginning of my first day.