Power to the Players

By Tori M. Pack All Rights Reserved ©

Romance / Drama

Late Night Call

I couldn’t sleep. I just kept tossing and turning in the bed. I don’t know how long I stared at the sleeping, wishing for sleep to take over me; wishing that today could have been just a dream. But deep down, I knew it wasn’t.

Jessie was pregnant and that was hard to accept. It was just the thought of Lee finding out that made me restless.

He was my best friend and these last two months without Jessie have been hell to him, so telling him that his ex-girlfriend is pregnant with someone else’s baby, he just might lose control.

I sighed and flipped open my cell phone, clicking ‘speed dial 1’ and pressing the phone against my ear.

“Although I love the sound of your voice at night, I do need to get some sleep” I heard Natalie mumbled. I smiled and got practically see her leaning against her headboard and yawning. Nothing had ever seemed more beautiful to me.

“Sorry, I can’t sleep. My brains going into over-active mode again. I’m thinking about too many things at once” I sighed, turning on my right side and leaning my elbow against my pillow.

“Awwww. Poor Becky. You have to at least try,” she said softly.

“I know. I know. I’ve tried to but I can’t” I said, looking up at the ceiling again for the 28th time tonight.

“I have any idea…” she whispered. I smirked and almost had the urge to get up and run to her house like she had done so many months ago.

“Ok. What?” I asked playfully. “Close your eyes." I did as I was told.

“Are you laying down right now?”

“Kind of. I’m on my side."

“Flip over on your back."

I did as I was told once again and waited for Natalie to say something else.

“You know, I love you right?” she asked. I laughed and she laughed with me.

“I think I know that by now. After everything we’ve been through, you better love me. I love you too” I replied smiling.

“Good, because I want to ask you a big favor,” she said.

“Is this going to put me to sleep? Is this some type of phone sex thing because I’m all for that but it may be a little awkward knowing that my cousins are in the room downstairs and Brandon is right down the hall” I said.

Natalie laughed and I could practically see her shaking her head. “No, perv. This is no form of phone sex…although maybe…sometime soon…we could, you know, discuss the issue of sex?” she whispered in embarrassment.

“Right now my mind isn’t even worried about sex. I have you and that’s all that matters. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there, I guess” I said shrugging.

“Beck, the first time we met I almost attacked you in my room. And if I remember, you said if Kylie hadn’t knocked on the door, we would have went all that way” she defended.

My blood heated a bit and I smirked. “Uh…that was lust! We both knew we were attracted to one another but nothing happened that day, luckily. And what about you? You started some things too. Like, putting your hand on my thigh the first day we met and bringing me to your room in the first place” I shot back.

“Well, maybe I did. But nothing happened now did it?” she said smugly.

I pouted and put my head against my pillow. “I hate you,” I mumbled. “Awww. I love you too baby” she said, laughing.

I shot up in my bed and stared at my phone before putting it back against my ear. “Did you just call me ‘baby’?” I asked smiling.

“No. I don’t know what you’re talking about” she lied. “Yes you did. You called me baby! Awwww” I teased.

“I hate you” Natalie mumbled back. “Well, I love you Natalicious” I said, feeling higher than a kite.

“Such an embarrassing name” she groaned. “Not anymore embarrassing than little foot” I groaned as well.

I heard her laugh and smiled. “Where did your father get that name?” she asked.

“When I was a baby, he used to count my fingers and toes. Don’t ask me why, everytime I do, he says ‘it’s just a dad thing’. Anyway, my mom used to joke about me having little feet to my dad and he came up with the name little foot and he’s called me that ever since” I explained.

“Awww. Little foot. Does Brandon have a pet name too?” she asked.

“Yup. His is cutesier than mine. Mom gave it to him. She used to call him ‘giggles’ because he used to laugh a lot as a child…apparently he grew out of that so she stopped calling him that” I replied.

“How come when your feet got larger, your dad didn’t stop calling you little foot?” she asked.

“I don’t know. It’s a dad thing” I replied smiling. Natalie sighed and I felt like reaching through this phone and holding her.

“Your dad loves you, Natalie,” I said softly. “Then why don’t I feel like he does?” she said back just as soft.

“I’ll give you your own personal pet name. One just for you” I said, trying to cheer her up.

“What about Natalicious?” she asked playfully. I smiled. “I stole that from off your folder. This one will be all mine and just for you” I replied.

“Alright. I’m getting kind of tired though” she yawned. “Go back to sleep than. I’ll see you in the morning or technically a few hours cause it’s three am” I said.

Natalie laughed again and I felt my heart jump. I wanted to hear that laugh for the rest of my life. I wanted to talk to her at night when I couldn’t sleep. Or cheer her up when she was upset about her father. I wanted Natalie more than anything.

“Ok. Good night, Beck. See you in a few hours. I love you,” she whispered. “I love you too. Good night.”

I closed my cell phone and put it back on my nightstand before ducking back under my covers, hoping to get to sleep so that I could see her smile.


Dylan & Charlie’s House

Charlie stared out at the waters as she watched her twin brother surf. It was early in the morning and the waves were always best before dawn. It was a tradition between the two of them since they were both twelve. Dylan would race her down to the beach and whoever got there first rode the first wave, so here she was. Five years later, sitting on the beach with a wetsuit on and her blue board lying next to her.

For some reason, she couldn’t stop thinking about a certain girl. It wasn’t the same girl she had been thinking about for the past three years, but a girl with brown hair and a personality that made Charlie want to smile.

She was different from the others. All the other tourists that came down were only useful for a good time on the beach, never a real serious conversation or a serious commitment. This girl was different, she seemed genuine. As if, she didn’t care what anyone else had to say or what anyone else thought, she was gonna be what you wanted to be.

Charlie smiled at the thought and laid down on the sand. “Alexis used to be like that,” she said aloud, groaning when she realized she was still thinking about her.

“Ex still got you down?”

Charlie looked up at the shadow of her brother and sighed. “Can’t call her an ex if we never went out right?” she mumbled, sitting up against the sand.

Dylan Charles sat down next to her and put his hand on her shoulder. “You know what your problem is? You’re not exploring the waters. You remember what grandpa said about girls. ‘There are plenty of fish in the sea. You just gotta swim a little’. Sis, you haven’t really been doing much swimming” he said.

“I guess, it’s because I don’t wanna swim for anymore fish. I already caught the best fish in the sea, I just let it slip out of my grip,” she groaned, hitting the sand with her fist.

“You were fourteen! Of course she was gonna slip. The both of you weren’t ready for a relationship. I mean, look at Gloria and me huh? She was my best friend and now, I can’t stop thinking about the girl and we’re together. See? Sometimes things work out,” he said, standing up and grabbing his board.

“Charlie!”

The Charles twins turned around and Charlie smiled when she saw Melody dressed in a bikini running towards them.

“Whoa! Excuse me. Who’s that chick in the tight bikini screaming your name?” he asked, eying Melody like a piece of meat.

“Um, weren’t you just talking about how much you cared about Gloria? Eyes to yourself please” she replied, shooing her brother away.

Dylan pouted and headed back towards the waves. Melody walked over to Charlie and when she was close enough, tackled her to the ground.

Charlie stared at her in confusion as Melody straddled her and put her hands on her stomach.

“What are you doing, Melody?” she asked, trying to sit up. “You tricked me! Why didn’t you tell me you were a girl?” she pouted, looking down at her.

“I didn’t trick you. You never asked. Plus, I thought you would have known” she replied nonchalantly.

“Well, I didn’t” Melody said, sticking her tongue out at her. Charlie smirked at her. “So, are you gonna get up now or are you making yourself comfortable?” she teased.

Melody blushed and quickly got off of her. “Sorry." Charlie shrugged and picked up her board as they walked over to the ocean.

“Is that your brother?” she asked, watching as Dylan rode the waves before landing in the water. Charlie chuckled and looked over at her as the wind blew around Melody’s hair.

“Want me to teach you?” she asked. Melody smiled at her and then nodded. They walked into the waters and Charlie laughed, making Melody glance at her in confusion.

“What?” she asked. “W-were you flirting with me yesterday when you didn’t know I was a girl?” Charlie said, smirking.

Melody opened her mouth to say something and then stopped. “Maybe. You’ll never know though” she replied, running against the waves.

Charlie smiled and chased after the girl. “Hey! Come on slow down! Alexis!” she yelled joyfully. Melody stopped in her tracks and let the water hit her waist.

“Who’s Alexis?” she asked, arching her eyebrows at her. Charlie ran her hand through her jet-black hair as the water ran against her body.

“Did I say Alexis? I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to say that Melody” she sighed, walking past her.

“No, it’s okay. Who is she?” Melody pressed on. “Someone I lost” Charlie replied, looking over her shoulder at Melody. She gasped.

“She died? I’m sorry, Charlie,” she said. Charlie just shook her head and sighed. “Yeah, three years ago actually. I never got a chance to say good bye to her,” she mumbled, staring up at the sky.

“Did she mean a lot to you?” Melody asked. Charlie nodded. “Did you love her?” she added. “I still do” she replied. Melody watched as Charlie pushed her board towards a wave and jumped on top of it, floating next to her brother.

“I wonder what she was like, the girl Charlie loves,” she thought before joining the twins on the waves.


Beck’s House

“You seem tense. What’s wrong?”

“Nothing. Nothing’s wrong. I can’t invite my emotionally unstable friend over to play a montage of games with me.”

“Well you can. You just seem a little…off.”

“I’m fine, Lee. Don’t worry. Did you see my Uncle and Aunt? They’re leaving today and going back home.”

“I heard. I saw Alexis too, and Mandy.”

“Yeah, she’s been a pain."

“I bet. Are you sure you’re alright?”

“Yup. I’m perfect."

I’m lying.

Lee took off his snow jacket and we both watched as Alexis walked by, she turned around for a minute and stared at me.

“Do you think I’m attractive, Lee?” she asked out of the blue.

Lee’s eyes widened and so did mine. “Um,yeah. I guess. Where is this coming from?” he asked.

“I heard you and your girlfriend broke up awhile ago. I thought you might be interested in a quick jump on the bed, hmmm?” she replied bluntly.

Lee’s jaw dropped and I quickly grabbed Alexis by her arm and pulled her over to the hall. “What the hell are you doing? You know Lee loves Jessie and why are you offering to have sex with him?” I yelled through clenched teeth.

“What? What does it matter? He fucked that one girl, right? Your boss? Why wouldn’t he go for me?” she shot back.

“Alexis, now is not the time and secondly, that is none of your business,” I growled.

“For fuck’s sake Becca, I was just asking. It’s not like you two are fucking so calm down” she sighed.

“Wha…? What is wrong with you? What’s going on in that brain of yours right now? I have enough shit to deal with right now, Alexis. I really do. I don’t have time for you to spazz out so please, get it under control” I said, pulling away from me.

She grabbed my wrist and pulled me back towards her. “What about you, Beck? Do you think I’m attractive? Hmmmm. Are you interested? Are you gonna run away from something good…that’s standing right in front of you, daring you to love them like you know you do?” she asked, breaking down into tears.

“Alexis,” I sighed. I pulled her into my arms as she cried. Lee leaned against the door as I rubbed her back.

“Is she gonna be alright?” he whispered. I looked down at her and shrugged.

“You gonna be alright, Lexi?” I asked, kissing her forehead. She shook her head and leaned against me. She mumbled something that I couldn’t understand.

“What was that?” I asked, looking down at her.

“I…I wanna see her” she replied, sobbing. Lee arched his eyebrows but I ignored him.

“See who, Lexi?” I asked. “I wanna see Charlie."

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