CHAPTER 1

Max is on a winter break field trip with his school, they are heading to a ski lodge in up state New York for a five day stay. But Max was really anxious about the trip. Not because he was afraid of skiing and snowbording. He was anxious because his ex girlfriend Talia is going to be there. They have not spoken since the breakup two months ago and now they are going to spend the majority of the week stuck together on one big trip.

"Yo! Earth to Max, are you in there?" Ruben said to snap Max out of his distraction. They have been riding on the bus for an hour.

From his seat, Max kept staring at Talia who was talking to her best friends in the back row. Ruben was there one time where they reconciled and broken up. Now he was concerned that they are going to go do another round of breakup to makeup. But as the same time he felt like it wasn't his place to tell Max what he thinks of all of this.

"Oh, you were talking to me?" asked Max, finally turning to him. "I didn't hear you."

Ruben chuckles as he shakes his head.

"What," asked Max.

"Nothing," said Ruben, as if nothing happened.

"No, what is it?" asked Max. You just stared at me and laughed."

"You still love her don't you?" asked Ruben.

Max hesitated and then blew it off.

"Nah, I'm am totally over her," said Max, as he scoffed. "I totally have no feelings for her what so ever."

"Yeah, sure you don't," said Ruben skeptically.

"Why? Does she still have feelings for me?!" Max asked frantically.

"Sorry dude," Ruben admitted. "I don't know what to tell you."

Then all of the girls stared at Max and Ruben and talked in a low tone and pointed to them.

"What do you think they are saying?" asked Max.

Then a text message popped on Max's phone as he takes it out and reads it.

"You are as sexy and handsome as the day we first met. We should really get together sometimes."

It had came from Talia. Max blushed as he smiles back at Talia who looked back at him like he was crazy.

"Aww, would you look at that," Max beamed. "She sent me a text message."

Ruben looked at it and looked back a Talia again.

"Why did she looked at you so funny?" asked Ruben.

"What are talking about?" asked Max.

"Just hear me out, man," said Ruben. "After she sent the text message, you went and smiled at her and she looked at you funny. It was af if she was saying 'why the hell are you looking at me like that.' I mean if she meant what she had said in the message, she would have the same reaction as you."

"Nah, it's nothing man," said Max. "Its just probably me being overboard with everything."

"It just doesn't add up for some reason," said Ruben.

"Just relax dude," said Max. "I know what I'm doing. I can asure you it's the real thing."

"Well, if you say so," said Ruben, with a shrug.

An hour later, they arrived at last at the resort. Everyone was excited to start their little adventure. As soon as they got to the main lobby they were assigned rooms to the luxurious cabins that they have on the lodge. Max, Ruben, and Collin was assigned to room together and the rest was at different locations. The manager of the ski resort had everyone settle in their cabins before they dinner. Everyone got a head start on finding their housing location because some of them know that it would take longer walking in the snow. Max was about the follow the others when he spotted another girl sitting alone looking at her map aimlessly. Max was concerned that she was going to be left behind in the snow so he decided to see if she needed help. As he got closer she looked up and their eyes met. She had one of the prettiest smiles that Max had ever seen. Her hair color was brunette, and perfectly straight. Her eyes is hazel brown and her lips looked so pink and soft that it could possibly melt in your mouth. If Max wasn't as much in love with Talia, he would definately ask her out in a heartbeat.

"Um, hello," said Max. "You seem like you are kind of lost, I'm just here to see if you're alright," said Max, trying to be polite.

"Oh thank you," said the girl, desperately. "This map is just so comfusing...Well, I probably understand the map, but I feel like the direction that I'm in is kind of off."

"Which cabin are you looking for?" asked Max, as he examines the map.

"I'm looking for Cabin D," said the girl. Her gesture was kind of cute which made Max chuckle when he glanced at her.

"Well, I think that everyone is heading up that hill over there," said Max, pointing to the left of them. "We should be heading off in that direction."

The two of them traded long and hard over the steep hill with all of their luggage making prints in the snow like train tracks.

"My name is Gilda," she said as she tries to catch her breath. Gilda Suarez."

"Max," said Max quickly. "Max Russo, how do you do?"

"Im fine and dandy," said Gilda with a cheeky smile. Max tries to hide his blush as they continue to walk up the remaining steps of the hill.

When they got to the top, they all knew that they were in the right spot. In front of them were whole bunch of cabins and houses galore. From the distance, Max could see Ruben andn Collin waving at him.

"Well, it looks like I've found my cabin," said Max, cheerfully. "Okay, I'll tell you what. I will drop my stuff off with Ruben, and Collin and I'll help you find your spot."

"Aww, you didn't have to do that," said Gilda.

"No, I insist," said Max. "Its the least I could do."

The two of them went to where Ruben and Collin were standing.

"Hey, guys?" asked Max, as he is multitasking by putting his luggage on the porch. "If I'm not back in ten minutes, do you mind just putting my suitcase inside with you? I'm just going to go with her to find where she is staying at. She's a little lost."

"Man, if I were you I would come back fast before all the good beds are taken," said Collin. "I'm sort of blunt when it comes to sharing spaces. Just putting it out there."

"its all good bro," said Ruben, as he smiles at Gilda. "Just take your time, we got it covered."

Max saw the Ruben's reaction.

"Oh! Everyone this is Gilda," said Max, as he blushes nervously. "Gilda Suarez."

Gilda shakes both Ruben and Collin's hands as they introduce themselves.

"I know, that Ruben is into to pretty girls like you," Max blurted out. "But unfortunately he has a girlfriend."

"Oh, that's okay," said Gilda, laughs out loud. "I get that alot."

"Indeed you have," said Ruben, as he gave Max a questionable look.

"Well, as I said before," said Max as he cleares his throat. "I will be back in a jiffy."

He helped take some of Gilda's lugguge and hurried along as Gilda follows. Ruben looks at Collin and chuckles as he shakes his head. Collin just shrugged.

"So, how come I haven't seen you around in school?" Max asked Gilda when they were alone again. "Are you new?"

"Well, sort of," said Gilda. "I spent 75% of my time in the library. I know it's a cliché but it's senior year and I want to work hard to get in a good college."

"Don't we all," laughed Max.

"What about you?" asked Gilda. "Are you new?"

"Sometimes, I'm new,"said Max. "It took me almost four years to figure everything out. Like the difference between a toilet and a urinal."

"You're so silly," said Gilda between laughs.

"Well, I do appreciate the compliment," said Max. "So, Gilda Suarez, do you have any brothers or sisters?"

"Oh, of course," said Gilda. "Two half brothers and one sister. I'm the oldest of all three of them."

"Everyone I meet is the oldest out of their siblings," said Max with a sigh. "I'm the youngest out of my three siblings, an older brother and a sister."

"Wow, that is intense," said Gilda.

"At you might as well be happy about it," Max said. "You get to boss them around."

"True," said Gilda. "But they're my siblings, and I wouldn't trade them for the world."

Neither will I," said Max with a grin.

They walked a couple of more yards when they heard someone call out Gilda's name.

They looked to the left and saw Suzie Lane waving at them from a distance. Max also saw that Keisha, Ruben's girlfriend was with her too.

"Hey guys, over here," beamed Suzie.

Moments later all of them were at Gilda's cabin helping her with her luggage.

"Max, it is good to see you," Keisha said as she gave Max the most biggest hug yet. "It's so nice to see you! I didn't know you knew Gilda."

"Actually, we just met today," said Max, his cheeks were turning red.

"Yeah," said Gilda quickly. "I was lost on my way up here, and he showed me the way."

"Oh, is that so," Susie asked as she playfully nudged Keisha, who winked back at her.

"Did you have the chance to get to know each other on the over," asked Keisha, almost slyly.

"I suppose we have some things in common," said Max. "She reminds me so much of Talia."

"Yeah, but better right," Susie slipped up.

Max gave her a comfused look. Then Susie cleared her through with an apologetic way.

"Prohaps I went a little bit too far on blabbing," said Susie, with a crooked smile. "My apologies."

"Oh come on, Sus," said Keisha patting Max on the back. "Everyone jokes around plenty of times."

Everyone laughs awkwardly as they stood fidgeting around.

"Well thank you for helping me find my cabin," said Gilda cheerfully. "I really appreciate it."

"Oh, it's no problem at all," said Max. "That what I'm here for."

"Definately," said Keisha, with an assuring. "I think that you two should hangout sometime."

"Yeah, that would be cool," said Max. "Well, I guess I will see you all a dinner."

"Yeah, we'll see you in a bit," said Gilda with excitement in her voice.

As soon as Max left Susie and Keisha giggled as they swooped Gilda away with them into the cabin for a little girl chat.

A little while later in the guys cabin Max and the gang was get unpacked and settled. Every now and then he kept glancing at the text message that Talia gave him.

"You know, if Talia and I get back together I think it would really work out this time," said Max, proudly.

"And what makes you think that?" asked Collin.

"I mean, already the text message means something," said Max. "I mean if she didn't really care for me she wouldn't have gone through all the trouble to this."

"So, what's up with this other girl that you helped out earlier?" asked Ruben. "Is she really nice and everything?"

"Oh, you're talking about Gilda," said Max. "Yes, she is really nice. Dude, I can't believe you are flirting with her. You have a girlfriend remember."

"Hey, wait a minute," said Ruben. "What are you talking about? I wasn't flirting with her."

"It was the way you was looking at her," assured Max.

"Because I thought the two of y'all got a thing going on," Ruben corrected him.

"Me?" asked Max.

"There's only one Max Russo I know," said Ruben, with sarcasm. "I saw you and her earlier when y'all were coming to our cabin laughing and carrying on with each other. That really means something too, right."

"I guess," said Max. "But that not what it's like with Talia and I."

"Seriously, what do you actually see in Talia?" asked Collin.

"Lots of things," said Max.

"He means other than matching outfits," Ruben added.

"For one thing Talia is a sweetheart," said Max. "She's the most beautiful person that I have ever dated."

"Are you sure about that?" asked Collin. "I mean there are other women like Gilda who is out there in the sea."

"Um, why are you guys acting so weird?" asked Max. "Is something going on?"

"No," said Collin. "Its just that out of all the girls in the world to fall in love with, you had to fall for Talia!"

"And what the heck is wrong about that?" said Max wanting for them to get to the point."

"What wrong with that," said Collin, sharply. "Is that she is way out your league."

"What are you talking about?" asked Max.

"Dude, she's brings diva to a whole new level," admitted Collin. "She's blunt, spoiled, and she bosses people around!"

Max actually agreed a little bit to what Collin was saying.

"Look," Collin said, putting his hands on Max's shoulder. "I know that she apologized to you time, and time, again but there's a time when enough is enough man!"

"We just don't want to see you get hurt, dude," admitted Ruben.

"Aww, you guys," said Max. "Thanks. But, I'm going to give all of this some thought. Maybe I should sleep on it."

"Yeah maybe you should," assured Ruben.

"Good," said Collin. "Now, are you guys are going to help me pack an overnight bag, or what?"

"Where are you going?" asked Max.

"Susie and I are spending the night with each other by the fire," said Collin in a excited tone.

"Just don't do anything we wouldn't do," chuckled Ruben. "You're going to be in a cabin filled with women remember."

"Of course I do," scoffed Collin.

Max kept glancing on and off the text messages on his phone. Then he reflected on what his friends were saying. But he still loved Talia so much to just let her go. But the truth about some of Talia's flaws was hanging in the air and time and time again it chokes the life out of him. Is his friends right? Is taking her back a really big mistake?