Do Yourself A Favor
The party was already in full swing, when Valerie came back from the supermarket that evening. People were dancing, laughing, having fun and in the midst of it were Liam Fitzgerald and Josh Larimore, the two who had organised the dorm’s “Semester kick-off”.
Valerie dropped by the grill to unload the hotdogs she had bought and made her way over to the guys. Liam waved as he spotted her. Valerie had met him in one of her classes and he had handed her a flyer for his party. He seemed nice, maybe a little quiet, but Valerie was glad for the opportunity to make some more friends.
“Hey, Valerie! Glad you could make it!”, he beamed at her.
“Hi, Liam. Yeah, I brought some hotdogs for the grill, just dropped them off. Nice party you set up here!”
“Awesome, we were running out already. Oh, that reminds me I need to send Josh to get more beer.”
He turned around and tipped the shoulder of a tall guy with black hair who was currently cracking jokes with a girl who looked like she didn’t exactly appreciate his effort. Josh turned, looking rather annoyed at Liam’s interruption.
“What is it?”
“Dude, were almost out of beer.”
Like he just had cold water splashed in his face, Josh straightened up. His lady friend used the time to quietly escape.
“We can’t have that!”, he announced and ran off, presumably to re-initiate the beer supply. Valerie giggled. His jokes might be lame but Josh always seemed involuntarily funny. Liam just rolled his eyes.
“He has to make a show out of everything”, he grumbled.
“What’s that, grumpy face?”, Valerie playfully nudged him. “Come on, let’s have some fun.”
Liam smiled again as she pulled him towards the stereo and they started dancing, though he did so rather clumsily.
Valerie felt incredibly relaxed today. The more weeks went by the less afraid she was of being discovered. If no one had noticed so far, why would they now? She had taken to enjoying her time at Havencrest as thoroughly as possible. And while clubs weren’t her thing, hanging out with friends and having a good time at a dorm party definitely suited her.
They danced for a while, without saying anything only stealing occasional glances at each other. Liam seemed to loosen up and his flailing was looking more like actual dancing now. Suddenly, Valerie spotted Eva at a table, who waved for her to come over.
“Hey, I’m gonna be back, just saying hi to a friend”, she told Liam who nodded and continued his thing which he called dancing. Valerie felt his gaze on her back as she made her way over to Eva.
“Seems like you’re enjoying yourself”, Eva mumbled and sipped from her drink. Her disgruntled tone made Valerie startle.
“I am. You don’t seem to be?”, she asked confused as to what was going on. Eva’s expression darkened.
“I just saw someone I’d rather not like to meet again.”
Valerie turned to follow Eva’s gaze and spotted Liam staring at her with a face just as dark. Now what the hell…
“You’re gonna tell me what that means?”
“Not today”, Eva answered and downed her drink. “But do yourself a favor and stay away from that guy.”
Next: Chapter 18