Here's chapter nine! Enjoy and please review. Thanks.

Again, a little heads up… I'll be on vacation from: August 12th to August 18th. So obviously, I won't be able to update in that period of time. I'll be in California, so I won't really have any time to update, which means chapter ten will not be until about two weeks from now. Sorry about that.

-Oh, and I'm mad because I started writing this chapter and then I accidently deleted it thinking it was something else, so I had to rewrite the beginning of it…ugh! I don't think it's as good as it was before I deleted it, but I tried my best to remember what I wrote.

I DIDN'T EDIT/REREAD THIS CHAPTER SO SORRY IF THERE'S ANY MISTAKES OR ERRORS.

-X-

It's been two weeks since my three friends and I arrived in Hawaii. I can't believe we've already been here for so long, but then again, we still have almost two months left here.

I still haven't told my friends about me and Eli, and it's not because I don't want to tell them, it's just that I haven't found the right time to tell them. I try to tell them, but it just never seems like the right moment to tell them that Eli and I have been going on dates for the past two weeks. But, I'm trying my best to tell them; hopefully that time will come soon. I've told Eli about this whole incident, and he hasn't really seemed to mind it. He just told me to take my time and tell them about us when I was ready. And I tried telling Eli that I have been ready, but like I've said, the time is just never right. But I would really just like to tell my friends that way I can stop dating Eli behind their backs. I am so tired of telling them that I'm "sick" or sneaking out telling them I'm going somewhere when I'm really going someplace else.

Speaking of Eli, things with us have been going great. Since the "secret texter" episode that happened about a week ago, things haven't really changed. I mean, I was hoping I wouldn't think about the stupid text message, and thankful, I had forgotten about it. I never told Eli that I read his message and I most likely never will, unless things start to get suspicious. But Eli hasn't seemed any different, and if he is cheating on me, wouldn't he be more not-lovable to me (if that even makes sense)? I mean, Eli still acts like he likes me, he kisses me on the cheek, hugs me amorously, and flirts with me like the adorable Eli that he is. We see each other almost every day, and if he is cheating on me, we probably wouldn't hang out as much, right?

Today I have another date with Eli while my friends go play mini golf. This would be the perfect time to tell Alli, Drew and Adam about Eli, right?

"So, are you guys ready to lose?" Adam said.

"Lose what?" Drew asked.

"Uh, lose to me in mini golf, that's what you'll lose,"

"Oh right, we're going mini golfing today. I totally forgot,"

"How can you forget? We've only been talking about it all morning,"

"Guess I must've been daydreaming during it?"

"Yeah, sure, daydreaming…"

Alli walked into the room and smiled wide. "Are you guys ready to go?"

Adam replied, "Yeah, I'm ready. I've been ready all morning," Adam got up from the couch.

"Yeah, well it doesn't matter because I'm going to beat all of you." Drew said as he stood by Adam.

"Oh, hell no. I already told you I'm going to win." Adam insisted. "Wanna make a bet?"

Drew pondered the challenge and then replied, "Sure. I'm always up for a bet."

Adam clapped his hands together. "Great…if I win, you have to… pay for all my things for the rest of my trip. Whatever I buy, wherever we ago, anything that involves money, you have to pay for yourself and me."

Drew laughed. "Whatever, it's not like that'll happen because I'm going to win anyway."

"So, what happens if you win? What are you going to make me do?"

"Hmm… if I win, you… have to make out with Clare."

I quickly snapped my head toward Adam and Drew. "Um…excuse me? Don't I get a say in this?" I asked, shocked. "Adam's my friend, I'm not too comfortable making out with him, no offence Adam, but you're like my brother,"

"Yeah, Drew. C'mon, this is just weird," Adam added.

"This is a bet; you gotta do what I say…"

Adam pouted and shook Drew's hand. "Fine, it's a bet."

Drew grinned. "Great."

"So, are we going now or not? It's already 4:30," Alli barked.

"Yeah!" Adam and Drew cheered together.

"Uh…Alli, can I...talk to you for a quick second? Alone?" I asked quietly.

"Yeah, sure…here, we can go in my room." We walked into Alli and Drew's room and sat on their bed. "What's up?"

"Ok, well, I've been wanting to tell you this for about two weeks now…"

Alli barged in, "Oh my god Clare, you're not dying are you?"

"No, no, no! It's nothing bad, it's actually good news," I said, "You see, well, I met this guy named Eli and we…sort have been dating for the past two weeks. That's why I always made excuses or said I was sick. It was because I was hanging out with Eli. I hope you aren't mad."

Instantly, Alli jumped off the bed screaming and cheering at the top of her lungs. She even did a little dance and then squeezed me in a tight hug.

"So you're not mad?"

"Clare, me, mad? Are you kidding me? I'm so freakin happy! You have a boyfriend!"

"Well he's not exactly my boyfriend yet…at least I don't think so. We haven't really made it official yet we're kind of taking things slow."

"Have you kissed yet?"

"No…"

"Wow, you two are taking things slow," Alli replied, "So when do we get to meet him! How come you didn't tell us about him earlier! Details PLEASE!"

I giggled. "I wanted to tell you but it was just never the right time. And you get to meet him whenever you want to meet him."

Alli squealed. "Clare Edwards has a boyfriend! Clare has a boyfriend! Hell yeah!"

"Alli, quiet, the guys can here you,"

Suddenly, the door opened and in came Drew and Adam.

"No need, we already heard everything," Adam chuckled.

"Clare has a boyfriend!" Drew yelled. He then ran up and hugged me, picking me up from off the ground and twirling me in the air.

"Drew, put me down!" I said, as I blushed uncontrollably from all the support my friends were giving me. "And he's not my boyfriend…yet. We're taking things slow."

"So, I'm guessing your going to be missing our mini golf day and hang out with this 'Eli' kid. Am I right?" Adam questioned.

"Maybe…"

Drew hugged me again and kissed me on the top of my head. "That's right, you better go hang out with your man!"

Alli laughed. "Drew, you're a little overjoyed, aren't you?"

Drew nodded. "Yeah I am! Clare's finally got a man, I'm damn happy!"

Adam's smile turned into a frown. "Yeah…now every one of us has a girlfriend or boyfriend…except me," My heart just shattered. I totally forgot, now that I have Eli, Adam is all alone. Now I feel so bad.

"It's ok buddy, you'll find your special girl soon." Drew said, patting his back.

"Yeah Adam, she's out there somewhere," Alli added as she playfully punched Adam softly in the arm.

"Don't worry Adam; any girl would be happy to have you as their boyfriend. Just keep your head high,"

"I guess I'll try." Adam whispered.

"So, I guess you're going you should be on your way to your date?" Alli asked me.

I nodded my head. "Yeah, if that's ok, you guys go have fun playing mini golf. Oh, and Adam…?"

"Yeah, Clare?"

"You better win."

Adam chuckled. "I'll try my best."

-X-

Eli and I were meeting up at this restaurant down at the pier to have our dinner date. I had Sylvester drive me in the limo, and we were there in no time.

I walked into the restaurant and it was extremely fancy. The lightning was dark and the walls were painted a dark maroon color while the carpets were black. There was a huge waterfall right when you walk in and there were various sculptures throughout the restaurant.

"Clare! Over here!" Eli raised his voice as he waved his hand, trying to get my attention. He was sitting in a booth, and I walked over to him. He greeted me with a hug and a quick kiss on the cheek. "You look beautiful,"

I blushed. "Why thank you, you look pretty beautiful yourself," I giggled.

Eli laughed. "Why thank you,"

"So…I have something important to tell you."

"What is it?"

"I finally told my friends about us."

Eli's face lit up. "Seriously? Oh Clare, thank you. Now I don't have to hide my feelings for you in public being afraid that your friends might see us,"

"I know right, it's so awesome. And they said they wanted to meet you sometime,"

"Well I'm happy to do so. Anytime, I'll just stop by your hotel."

"And then you can finally see my hotel suite as well,"

Eli smirked. "And what would we do in your suite?"

"Eli…" I blushed again.

"I know, I'm just messing with you," Eli said, "So, how exactly did you tell them?"

"Well, I sat down with Alli and told them that you and I have been on a few dates. And then Drew and Adam overheard our conversation and walked in. All three of them were really happy that we've been going out."

"Oh, so…you just told them that we've been on a few dates?"

"Yeah, what did you want me to say?" I asked, confused.

"Oh…I don't know, I just sort of thought that I was your…boyfriend."

I sat up straight and cleared my throat. "Boyfriend?"

"Yeah, I really like you and I just thought that since we've been going out for a while now that we were boyfriend and girlfriend."

"Hmm…well then yes, you are my boyfriend," I giggled.

"And you're my girlfriend," Eli smirked.

All of a sudden, Eli leaned over the table, and I didn't even realize it, but I leaned over the table too…and then, he kissed me. The kiss was slow and sweet, and an extreme case of butterflies filled my stomach. We pulled away and I blushed so hard I must've looked like a tomato. This was a kiss I'd never forget, because it was me and Eli's first kiss. It was one of the most special things I've ever experienced in my life. Right now, I was in a good place. My life was finally falling into place, and I liked it, very much.

And that's all for chapter nine. Well, a lot happened in this chapter, eh? So, what do you thinks is going to happen when Eli meets Clare's friends? How do you feel now that Eli and Clare are now official together and have had their first kiss? Review and let me know. Chapter ten is coming soon!