"Oh la la."

Manny Santo's slipped her sunglasses down to her nose to check out a guy who walked past them. She was with her best friend, Emma Nelson. Emma laid on her stomach beside Manny, whom laid on her back, and the sun bathed them at the beach.

Emma giggled at her friend, "I don't understand the attraction you have to men and steroids, Manny."

They watched as a pair of guys walked a bit closer to them, preparing to play volley ball. They were tourists obviously, you could tell by how pale they were. Emma and Manny on the other hand were locals. They have grown up here in Florida since kids. So you can understand the annoyance they have over the tourists who came and took up their beaches, stopped traffic for hours and tried to use the girls in town as some summer flings.

Emma took notice it'd usually be a nice quiet day but today was loud as ever. Kids were crying, teenagers screaming, music blasting and it was all because it was June 1st.. the day tourists came.

"Gets more crowded by the year." sighed Manny, turning her head back and forth to check out the people and even out in the ocean, all the surfers and wanna be surfer's were crashing into another because it was so crowded.

Emma wore a cute yellow bikini and her tan was glowing as usual. She was a very attractive girl. Her sly innocent but mischievous smile was adored by the town. She had brown hazel eyes and pink lips, long blonde hair, and was a good height for her age too.

"Look at him." nodded Manny as Emma finally turned around and just laid on her back, up on her elbows beside Manny. They checked some guys out. Manny checked out some guy who was for sure a tourist by how pale he was, but yes I guess, he was good looking.

From behind Emma and Manny, their friends came walking over, carrying their surfer boards. They were a couple, Spinner and Jane.

"Hey." greeted Jane to the girls first and they looked up. Jane joked, "Did you see the guy tanning by the shore? He looks redder than a tomato."

Her boyfriend, Spinner, spoke up next. "Is this beach trashed or what?"

The four looked around at all the liter, and the crowd was getting even bigger, kids stepping on other kids' sand castles and whining being heard. Emma huffed grumpily. Manny admitted, glancing at Emma, "Maybe we shouldn't of came to this beach, it's packed."

Spinner and Jane nodded in agreement. Emma did too, "It is the first of June."

"Hello summer." Jane said.

"Hello annoying tourists." Spinner growled, glaring at the crazy family's being so chaotic.

"Let's just go..." sighed Manny, getting up and Emma pouted "We can go to our beach." As she turned, a Frisbee flew hard right into the side of her face. She yelped and fell back a bit into Emma who was still on the ground trying to tan.

Emma yelped but laughed, trying to help Manny sit up. Manny blinked and her eyes widen, throwing her arms out, "What the HELL was that?!"

Two guys came over, running, and the girls stopped laughing. Manny bit her lip seductively when she saw her 'attacker'.

"I'm so sorry!" the guy with the short brown curly hair said, bending down a bit to check Manny out and she ended up doing the same.

Emma was brushing the sand off her arms and went to get up until a hand went out in front of her, a very manly hand. Emma couldn't help but soften to those baby blue eyes that stared down at her. There was so much concern in his eyes. She wasn't even the one who was hit with the Frisbee.

He grinned and those dimples of his made Emma melt. Woah. He was charming that's for sure. "Need some help?" he asked, snapping her out of it.

"Oh." Emma shook her head and took his hand, and he easily grabbed her up, making her yelp a bit and he chuckled sheepishly.

The guy tried to explain to her what had happened, "My friend Craig throws like a sissy. You should apologize Craig."

The guy who helped Manny up must of been Craig, and he looked between the girls but back at Manny the way he did a moment ago, completely horrified. Craig insisted, "I'm SO sorry."

Manny rolled her eye smiling now, "It's fi-"

"Maybe watch where you're throwing next time." taunted Jane, cutting Manny and their moment off. She could tell these two were tourists. Wearing wife beaters? Come on. You're at a beach!

Emma knew why Jane got edgy, and so was Spinner, glaring at the guys from behind Jane and Emma had to say, "You're not from around here are you?" the guy with her could only smirk.

He eyed her and asked, "How can you tell that in just a matter of seconds?"

"You got that tourist look." Jane taunted rudely and Emma gave her a look.

The guy brushed her off though and turned back to Emma. "I'm Sean." He shook her hand. Emma tried to hide her smile and blushed a bit, shaking his hand.

Manny, shockingly, was being nice too as she introduced herself. "I'm Manny, this is Emma, Jane and Spinner. And really it's fine, go enjoy your summer!" she insisted.

"At least let me buy you lunch or something?" Craig asked. He really felt bad! Plus... he was really liking this girls smile. The girl was a fox and he couldn't take his eyes off her. Manny smiled back at him and nodded.

Spinner rolled his eyes, "You guys are cute," he taunted, then glared at the girls, "but us locals don't hang around rodents like you."

"rodents, huh?" Sean taunted with a snicker and Emma raised an eyebrow at him. Sure, Sean looked buff, but if only he knew who Spinner really was or what kind of friends he had.

You see, the Florida locals really stuck together and there was a crowd you would never want to mess with and Spinner? He was a good friend of that crowd or so to speak, 'gang'. And that gang, did not appreciate tourists. Even if you were a local and pissed off a guy in the gang, the whole group would come after you. It was like that in highschool, and it was like that now. Sean did not know who he was talking back to, not that she blamed him for sticking up for himself. Spinner was being rude.

"Let's go guys." Jane said. Emma went to protest but knew better and gave a slight nod to Manny that it wouldn't be a good idea to go.

"Sorry." shrugged Manny at Craig and turned to start following Jane and Spinner off the beach.

Emma began to follow but Sean stepped a bit in her way, "Nice meeting you, Emma."

"I guess." Emma teased, half smiling and eyeing him flirtatiously as he was her.

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Emma was dropped off at her house from Manny later on, and as she came in she saw her mom putting down dinner.

"Hey." Emma said with a smirk and kissed her moms cheek.

"Hey Sweetie." she took a deep breath, "Ok, so I cooked." Christine said, pointing to the table of what seemed to be... tacos? Her mom wasn't much of a cook.

"You mean you tried?" Emma teased, noticing the meat was burnt.

Christine gave her a playful glare but they laughed and sat down and Emma took a deep breath too. Her mom use to be a big surfer you know, everyone in town use to call her Spike but she knew her mom tried hard to forget those days and preferred 'Christine' now.

"So hows grandma?" Emma asked, and Christine sadly frowned. Emma saddened and tried to change the subject as she looked around, "Where's Imogen?"

Christine gulped her food and avoided Emma's eyes as she spoke, "No idea." she then rested her fork down and closed her eyes with a huff. "I'm so sick of this.. I don't know what I did to deserve this. Our family is falling apart." she whispered a bit.

"You didn't do a thing mom." Emma said, taking her hand in hers across the table and squeezed it. Christine smiled to her oldest daughter slightly but was still upset.

Emma could kill Imogen, who was her selfish younger sister. She had always been a brat, but she was spirited, like Emma. But now, she was just a selfish brat who took her problems out on everyone. The two sisters looked alike but Imogen had brown hair, she was a pretty girl too, and a good height for her age like Emma. And lately, rumor has it, Imogen had been going to parties filled with people even Emma's age. Which Emma thought was horrible, she just thought it was dangerous for a 15 year old girl to be there. Emma was almost 18 and Imogen shouldn't be hanging around guys who were 18 or older.

"I lost your brother, Emma. I don't want to lose Imogen too but I feel I am... I only have you." Christine said with a cracked voice, snapping Emma out of it.

This time Emma fell silent and looked down, playing with her food. Suddenly she wasn't hungry. Her brother, you were probably wondering, How did they lose him? Here's the story..

A year and a half ago Emma's older brother died. His name was Blue. I know, wierd, but her moms old name use to be Spike and her Dad's name was Spike. But no, frankly she couldn't tell you where the hell her father was, he left a long time ago.

Anyway, Blue was 2 years older than Emma, which was also Spinner's age who we met at the beach earlier. They even use to be friends, close ones, but his best friend would of had to of been Jay Hogart. We'll get to him later. Blue loved the whole beach thing and he loved to surf. He loved his gang too. The same gang Emma was telling you about earlier who didn't appreciate tourists. Blue use to call them 'his boys'.

Anyway. The beach and the water? He was always in the water that no wonder his name was Blue. Unfortunately that's how he died. A wave took him too hard and he was under water for a bit, and when he reached back up, a boat with the name of 'yankees' drove past him, knocking his head really hard. If Emma remembered correctly, Jay, his friend, was the one who was with him. They were just having an early surf, around 7am, before the sun was really out or any people there. While Blue was under the water, the waves kept pulling him under and I guess the hit to the head from the boat had caused a huge gash on the side of his head.

Emma heard that Jay had swam all the way out and almost drowned trying to pull Blue out. The two were like brothers then though. Jay and Blue would of done anything for another and Jay use to treat Emma as if one of his own sisters. One whom he teased, a lot.

So Jay pulled Blue all the way to shore and Blue was still alive but... while in the hospital, I guess things just went wrong. He bled too much, got hit too hard. It took Emma an hour to get to the hospital where Spike and Imogen already were, and Imogen looked in shock. Some would say this was her reason to act out, but it's been a little over a year and Emma was sick of her taking it out on her mom by not coming home and being such a teenager.

Since the death of her brother, her family has been more ripped apart, let alone Blues friend's, like Jay, became even more territorial over their city because that boat who hit Blue was an American boat from New York. A tourist.

... Emma wouldn't even want to mess with that gang, even though they still treated her with respect and were friendly with her because of Blue and her basically growing up with all of them. But now, even she saw the darkness in Jay Hogart's eyes since the death of her brother. They barely even spoke to another either but he was around now and then. He was kind of like the leader of that so called 'gang'. Emma knew her brothers death took a toll on Jay too, and maybe he barely spoke to her now because she reminded him of Blue. But when he was around, he made it clear that he called the shots, and he always tried to tell Emma what to do. She ofcourse, never listened ! She was stubborn and brave like that. It probably didn't amuse him though.

So that was why, that was why Tourists and the locals would never get along or be okay.