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Lakeview was a quiet little blink-and-you'll-miss town filled with tourist shops and a tackle shop. As far as I could tell, there were no major store names. A local pizzeria stood conjoined to a 'Mom and Pop' general store with a sign praising their homemade strawberry preserves.

"I'd hate to live here." Sasha commented as we parked in the small lot in front of the grocery store and stretched out our legs.

"Why? It's so…quaint."

"Exactly my point, it's full of old people and zero excitement."

We tagged alongside our other travel companions. "This place is pretty cool." Pete said as we walked inside the air conditioned building.

"Oh I know I was just telling Jamie the same thing!" Sasha replied excitedly.

I couldn't decide whether to slap my forehead or her face.

"Welcome back to the land of the living." I greeted Shelly with a giggle. One side of her face was a little on the smashed end.

"Shut up." She retorted with a quick raspberry in my direction. Daniel volunteered to be the cart pusher as we moseyed up and down the aisles, randomly picking up items that we may or may not need.

"We should probably get a bag of ice to pack our meat in the cooler." Braden thought a loud.

That was one of the reasons I had become so attracted to him. He always thought of everything.

Snapping out of my thoughts, I spied the aisle containing items like ketchup and mustard.

"Hey guys here are the condiments!" I said to get their attention to turn around.

"Since when do you need condoms?" Pete asked as they all turned to look at me.

I felt my face burn at their looks, "I said condiments not condoms you dolt!"

He began to laugh, "I know, I was just messing with you Jamie. But look at your face!"

As they walked by me into the aisle I caught Braden's stare and he blushed slightly, quickly darting his eyes in another direction.

I could've just died on the spot right then.

We finally got through the shopping escapade without anymore embarrassment, and then settled back onto the little one lane road toward the lake house.

"You really should have seen your face there, Jamie." Sasha giggled at the memory that I knew I wouldn't live down the whole trip.

I shook my head, "Well Pete's right. I certainly don't need them. You on the other hand…"

She gaped, "What's that supposed to mean?"

"Oh come on we've all got a damn betting pool going on to see when you all are going to hook up!"

It was her turn to blush now.

She was quiet for a few moments before she said a meek voice, "Do you guys really have a bet?"

I wanted to tell her that it was just a joke, but I didn't want to lose the upper hand I had gained in the discussion.

"Of course, it's just a matter of time."

Another few moments of silence, "What did you put down?"

I nearly burst with laughter, "I can't tell. It's a rule."

She sighed but smiled, "Fuck you, then. I hope you lose."

I bit my bottom lip to keep a straight face. "Whatever you say, Sash."

We listened to the radio in silence for the remainder of the trip. It seemed like in no time we were turning into a long gravel road surrounded by trees.

"Aw look at the baby deer!" I pointed to my left out of the window.

At the end of the road was a large two story gray sided lake house with a cemented drive way that almost curved down the sloping property.

I pulled on the e- brake and pushed the button to open the trunk of my car.

Stepping out, we were immediately greeted with the refreshing clean air you could never find in the city.

It almost made you feel a bit dizzy.

"I totally want to live here." I said as we began to pull our bags from the back.

"Yeah, it almost makes up for Boring Town." Sasha replied with a chuckle.

"Oh no you said it was the greatest after Pete commented on it." I chided as we carried our luggage down to the house where Braden had unlocked the door.

"Shut up." She looked embarrassed that I had brought it up.

"Look Sasha if you want to be with Pete then speak up and tell him!" I murmured seriously as we walked into the spacious living room that gave a full view of the lake.

She gave me a look that I had never seen from her before in the 10 years I'd known her- fear.

I was just about to say something but Braden come up to us from the kitchen, "Your room is the second door on the right."

"Yes sir." I mocked salute and followed Sasha up the stairs. I looked back down at him mid-step to find him still looking at me with an amused look on his face.

Seeing that he had been caught he walked quickly back into the kitchen.

Did he really have feelings for me again?

Stop it, Jamie! You're just letting Sasha's little remarks get to you.

But all the looks he's giving me…

What's wrong with looking at somebody? Friends look at their friends.

Not like that, though.

Maybe you just want him to look at you.

Oh shut up!

"Are you okay?" Sasha asked me as she put her suitcase on her twin bed. "Yeah I'm fine. Just anxious to get things started."

She nodded and began to unpack her clothes into an empty dresser while I did the same.

Not even a few hours into the trip and I was doing exactly what I vowed I wouldn't let happen.

Braden was distracting me.