The next morning there was an awkward silence around the room. Elizabeth had her nose buried in files, Summer was nursing her head frying bacon trying to sooth her throat with glugs of warm tea. Cassandra stumbled into the room and poured herself a mug of coffee.
Summer made their bacon sandwiches quietly and walked into her room with tea and plate in hand. She sat on the foot of her bed. After a few minutes Cassandra walked in and sat next to her. Summer took a bite of her sandwich chewing so she didn’t have to talk.
“Last night was great.”
“I’m sorry though.”
“Why?” Summer asked swallowing dryly. Her voice still husky from tiredness and the alcohol.
“Well, you know, it’s a college thing isn’t it, a college experience, you know?”
“You mean experimenting?”
“Yeah, I meant nothing by it, I hope it doesn’t make our friendship weird?”
“Oh, sure but why would it make it weird.”
“I don’t… I’m not gay.”
“Neither am I.”
“Oh! So it was the same for you then, just a drunk coconut.”
“Erm, sure. Never heard that before. But ok what is it you are trying to say?”
“We are friends right?”
“It’s like nothing ever happened.”
“Nothing happened. I get it, I don’t know what it is you are worried about.”
“Nothing. You’re my best friend.”
“Cassandra, shut up and eat your sandwich before I do.”
“Yeah.” Cassandra took a big bite of the sandwich staring out of the window. “It’s nice here” she said after swallowing it almost whole.
“This is weird. You don’t do small talk, just be normal Cassandra, unless there is something that you want to talk about?”
“Nope, it’s all good, just my head pounding like a drum making it hard to think.”
“Ok, well you better sort your hangover out, we don’t have time to wallow in alcohol pains today.”
“Summer are we cool?”
“Yeah of course. I’m sorry.”
“Don’t be sorry, nothing to be sorry about.”
Summer nodded and picked up her towels to go and have her shower leaving Cassandra sat alone on her bed. Summer ignored the events of the night before, seeing Zach, drinking the whiskey, Cassandra’s kiss. She pushed them from her mind and got herself washed, dressed and ready.
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