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Jun 2016

Andrew walked inside of his best friend Will's house, carrying a six pack of Stella, and moved to the beer-pong table, where Lauren and Erica were playing with Daniel and Marcus. The girls turned to face Andrew and Erica mumbled something to Lauren. Lauren laughed and nodded. Andrew hoped she wasn't laughing at him, but when he saw her smiling at him, that was when he knew he would end up falling in love with her. Well maybe not in love with her, but he hoped he would at least get to know her. He took off his jacket and set it aside on the couch next to Will and Carrie. Will looked slimmer than usual, his arms skinny, and his clothes baggy on him. He didn't like seeing his friend look like a stick-figure, but he didn't really know how to approach the subject. Instead, he hugged him and felt Will's skin and bones, wondering how long could his friend go on like this.

Will, wanna get next game?

Will considered it for a moment and shook his head.

I would man, but I'm feeling pretty tired. Going to take a dab in a minute, you want one?

Ha, not tonight man, I got to drive back home after this.

Andrew turned around and caught Lauren staring at him. She looked away and shot the ping-pong ball into one of the red solo cups. All Andrew knew about Lauren was that she moved here from Florida. She was here for the summer, perhaps longer. She was good friends with Will's girlfriend Carrie, but Carrie had told him the other day over Facebook chat, that Lauren was talking to some guy named Peter back in Florida. Good for me, he thought. He wanted to be single for a while, but there was something uncanny about Lauren that drew him in closer to the pong table. She was wearing a black cardigan and a white blouse underneath with jean shorts and flats--typical NOVA ****, but he sensed she was deeper than her appearance. She had blue eyes, blue as the sky in the current summer month of July.

Hey do you guys mind if I get next game?

Erica looked at Lauren. And she looked back at Erica and shrugged.

Are you good?

I can be.

Lauren considered him for a moment.

Great to hear. You and Erica are going to go against me and Daniel. Cool?

Yeah that's cool.

Andrew found a spot next to Erica and stood beside her, high-fiving her.

Don't worry about Lauren, she's just super competitive.

Let's show them some competition then.
Andrew T
Written by
Andrew T  D.C.
   Kiefer T Fuller
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