United Airlines Flight | 6:45 p.m
Marley Andrews took a sip out of her sparkling glass of Perrier, soaring at a comfortable 39,000 feet in first class. She dabbed her upper lip to make sure her perfect pout remained, well, perfect. Next to her, Daniel Woods sat with a pair of Ray-bans resting on the bridge of his sculpted nose and his head leaned back against the seat. He let out a small groan as the plane shifted due to some turbulence.
“Party too hard last night, D?” Marley’s berry colored lips twisted into a smirk as she flipped through her issue of Lucky, looking less than impressed.
“Could you not talk so loud, my head feels like someone is hitting it with a sledgehammer,” Daniel complained as he began to massage his temples.
Marley gave a slight eye roll, “Should I call the flight attendant to come assist? She seemed to perk you up when she walked past earlier.”
“Oh please, the only think perky were her surgically enhanced boobs,” Daniel snickered at his own joke.
Disgusted, Marley smacked Daniel’s arm with her magazine, “Try not to be such a pig, Daniel.”
“Ouch, don’t be so insecure babe,” Daniel put a hand on Marley’s thigh and leaned his head onto her shoulder, “As much as I may seem interested in anyone other than you, just know I would never be unfaithful to you, you give me everything I want and you’re totally hot. Besides, I may be a douchebag, but at least I know when to break up with a girl instead of cheating.”
Marley shifted her shoulder from under his head, feeling less than sympathetic to her hungover boyfriend.
“What’s that supposed to mean?” She asked, wondering what he was getting at.
“Y’know, cheating, like Chris has been doing to Dylan the whole time they’ve been together,” Marley’s eyes widened and her mouth dropped slightly open. She tore her gaze from her magazine and turned to Daniel to see if he was serious.
Clearly unfazed, Daniel folded a stick of gum and popped it into his mouth before chewing it loudly and continuing, “I mean who can blame him, playing house with Dyl has got to be exhausting. He was bound to break at some point with all that pressure she piled on him of being Mr. and Mrs. Perfect.”
Marley smacked Daniel with her magazine again, “You’re an ass, you know that?” She said, scoffing at how nonchalant he was about it all. Daniel shrugged before leaning his head back once again and closing his eyes.
In shock to what Daniel had just told her, Marley thought back to Dylan’s recent behavior; dodging details about her relationship with Chris, and how she acted at Valentine’s Dinner. Sometimes Marley thought Dylan was going crazy at how perfectly put together she seemed about everything.
According to Dylan everything was ‘perfect.’ As a matter of fact it was more than perfect, Dylan and Chris were doing ‘perfectly perfect.’
Marley remembered giggling with Grace when Dylan went on about how ‘perfect’ Chris had been the whole week after Valentine’s Day. “So uh, when’s the wedding then, D?” Grace had asked which caused Marley to shake like a chihuahua with laughter, and Dylan to raise a french tipped finger and flip them both off.
Marley’s heart sank as she thought about how devastated, not to mention, humiliated, her friend must have been. She sighed, thinking about the fact that Dylan had been going through it this whole time, alone. But if Marley knew anything about Dylan, she knew that she wouldn’t want anyone, not even her closest friends to know. So for now Marley decided it was best to put it out of her mind and pretend that she didn’t know, for Dylan’s sake.
“Dylan!” Marley’s high pitch voiced called across the baggage claim as she waved a manicured hand to her best friend. Her oversized sunglasses rode low on her ski slope nose as she walked over to where her friends stood in a circle, Daniel followed closely behind her staring down at his iPhone X.
“Hey, M!” Dylan and Marley put their arms around each other in an embrace.
“So good to see you babe,” the beautiful brunette smiled.
“C’mon boys, Grace and the others are waiting outside with the limo,” Dylan declared to the entourage made up by Daniel Woods, Chris Black, James Winston and Jessica Martinez.
“Not all of us are boys Dyl,” Jessica let out a nasaly laugh trying to pass at a joke but failing miserably. Dylan looked at Marley and rolled her bambi eyes, unimpressed at Jessica’s weak attempt at humor.
“Only my friends call me Dyl,” she answered, unamused.
Dylan linked arms with Marley before sauntering past a dumbfounded Jessica and leading the group outside where a shiny black limo waited for them. The driver opened the door to the car and Marley slid in next to Dylan. Inside, Grace Winston, Johnny Mayor, Liam McNulty, and Alice Chamberlain sat waiting.
“The party has arrived,” Daniel hollered sliding in across from Marley. The girls squealed as Liam popped a bottle of Dom, filling up shimmering crystal glasses and passing them around.
“To spring break,” Marley said raising her glass, “may it be filled with endless adventure and memories to last a life time,” her friends downed their glasses in agreement.
The car faded into a medley of laughter and chatter as they drove past the beaches of St. Lucia, in the background the 1975 played softly. Marley stared outside at the whirlwind of white sand beaches and blue water that passed by as the limo continued its route to the beach condos the group had rented out for the week.
Marley looked around at her friends and happened to catch Johnny’s eye. Her smile softened as her gaze landed on him and met his green eyes. Johnny was one of her best friends, but she had an inkling that something was about to change. Maybe a spring break getaway was just the thing she needed to figure out what change was awaiting in the week to come.
-Surprised to see me? Lately I’ve been missing blogging and having a creative outlet in my life so I decided to return for the moment and reinvent not only my blog but Marley’s character as well. Dylan reached out to me and we discovered that we’ve both missed writing together so we decided to give you all a little surprise and whip up this collab post.
-I’m not planning on sticking around, life is crazy with work and college and everything else it entails, but don’t be surprised if I’m feeling a sudden burst of inspiration and you see a new post from me pop up on your reader every once in awhile. I quite like the new Marley that I have thought up, and make sure to check out all of my pages to see what changes I’ve made to the blog.
-I hope you all enjoyed this post. I had so much fun brainstorming with Dylan and working with her over the last few weeks! Thank you, Dylan for asking me to collab with you, I loved every second of it as always. Make sure to let me know your thoughts on the comments, I love reading all of your feedback and what you thought about the posts, and click here to go read Dylan’s post and view her fabulous blog.
-As always, it’s been a pleasure, and I love and miss everyone in the community so much! Thank you so much for all your support over the years, and for reading everything I publish.
je t’aime, m.