We got out and Gemma locked the car behind us. We started walking towards the mall doors. As we started getting closer I could see Mia, Dean, Phoebe, Marissa and some other boys I didn’t recognise standing outside the side door. Laughing and smoking.
“Uh, let’s go” I looked at them, and then quickly looked away. We started walking, a little faster than we normally would. I kept my eyes straight ahead focusing only in front of me, but in the corner of my eye I saw Gemma look towards them. Why, Gemma, why? I thought to myself. I picked up my pace, Gemma seemed the catch on, because she started to walk faster too.
“Hey Girls!” an unfamiliar boy yelled towards us. Gemma’s head turned.
“Where you going?” he asked, loudly.
Gemma stopped, only a couple of steps away from the entrance. I stopped too, since I couldn’t leave Gemma.
“The mall” Gemma smiled. Uh ok, he was kind of cute, but we don’t mix with those kind of people, well I don’t.
“How bout you hang here for awhile, your friend can come too” He gave me a smug smile. Gemma turned around and shrugged at me.
“G-e-m” I stretched her name out, eyes wide, what was she doing?
“What’s the worst that could happen?” She asked me eagerly. Gemma was obviously taken back sa pamamagitan ng this boy, since she was normally pretty sensible.
“Um Mia and Marissa are over there!” I sinabi slowly, an eyebrow raised.
“Uh Bella, live a little” She smiled and turned back towards the boy. What the? Where did Gemma go? I was completely puzzled.
“Gemma? Is it the boy?” I asked.
“Well come on” She giggled. I’d expect this from Erin or even Nicole, but Gemma, woah!
“Bella please!” She grabbed my hand.
“Fine” I rolled my eyes.
“We’d pag-ibig to” She smiled at the boy, and started dragging me towards them.
“Hey, I’m Gemma and this is Bella” She grinned.
“I’m Cam” He grinned back at her.
Mia was looking us up and down, I don’t think she realised we were invited to come over.
“I’m Shawn” sinabi a shy kind of boy standing slightly behind Cam. Shawn smiled at me. He seemed nice, he was taller than me with blue eyes and medium brown hair, kind of average, a little baby faced, cute enough. Cam was better looking, he was your average good looking guy. Tall, blonde, blue eyes good complexion, but I got a strange vibe from him. Mia whispered something to Marissa and Phoebe, they laughed loudly. Dean put his arm around Mia and they started walking away. Marissa, Phoebe and another guy I didn’t know soon followed.
“Hey Cam, what ya doin?” the boy yelled.
“Hang on a sec” Cam yelled back. He whispered something to Gemma, she laughed, totally smitten.
“So how come you’re at the mall?” Shawn asked, stepping towards me.
“Um I was supposed to be helping Gemma choose an outfit for a party” I replied, quite uncomfortable in this situation.
“Oh cool, what party?” He asked smiling.
“Um her sister’s friend’s 21st” I answered.
“Cool you going?” he came a step closer.
“Nah, I don’t know her” I smiled. I saw Cam hand something to Gemma, a piece of paper with something written on it. Gemma giggled and Cam walked over to the rest of the group.
“Shawn?” He asked.
“Coming” Shawn replied obediently.
“Nice talking Bella, hope to see you round” He grinned and walked away. I smiled.
“That wasn’t so bad” Gemma said.
“What did Cam give you?” I asked, heading back towards the main entrance.
“His number, he’s so sweet” She laughed. Uh, what happened to my friend Gemma?!
“That guy you were talking to seemed nice” She said.
“Yeah he was nice” I didn’t know what to say.
“Now let’s go do some shopping!” Gemma smiled at me.
“Sure” I was glad we wouldn’t run into them again.
We walked around for a couple of hours, looking in different shops, Gemma tried on a few things, we stopped for lunch. Gemma found something she liked, I nagkomento her and she bought it. I didn’t buy anything, but I was happy that sa pamamagitan ng the end of the trip I had the real Gemma back, not the strange flirting mess I’d seen earlier. The car trip went a little slower, but it wasn’t too bad. We were nearly tahanan when Gemma giggled.
“What?” I asked.
“Oh nothing” She was smiling.
“No really” I tried again.
“Um Belle do you think I should ring Cam?” she couldn’t help but smile.
“Oh I dono, do you want to see him again?” I really didn’t want to talk about this.
“Yeah, he was so sweet and he sinabi he wanted to see me again” she stretched the word ‘he’ every time she sinabi it.
“Do whatever you want” I replied, yes we were almost there.
We pulled into my drive. Gemma reached over the upuan and hugged me. I hugged her back.
“Thanks so much Bella, I really appreciate it, it would have been no fun without you” she let go.
“That’s fine thanks for inviting me” I smiled and undid my upuan belt.
I reached for the door handle.
“Bye Gem” I said.
“See ya Bella” she replied.
I walked away from the car and it drove out of the driveway.
I turned around and waved. She tooted as the car drove into the distance.
Well that was kind of fun I guess. She is a really nice person, I guess she just surprised me, I always thought Gemma was the most sensible out of all of us. But it doesn’t matter that much, it’s just a boy.
I walked up to the front door and knocked on it with my fist, and then I waited for Renee’s built up reaction to my last minuto letter.