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Dana’s comment instantly caused everyone to turn and look at her with surprise, making the brunette’s cheeks heat in a blush.
She shrugged her shoulders, “What? I know some things”
Lara laughed as she slipped an arm around her girlfriend’s waist, “Of course you do, babe”
They stared lovingly at each other much to Alice’s dismay, their heads leaning toward one another for a kiss. Alice felt her stomach churn as she averted her gaze, praying for some other distraction to keep her attention away from the gushing couple.
Just like that, a distraction in the form of yet another inner circle member entered the bar. Tina Kennard, head cheerleader, yearbook committee president, and senior editor for Outlook’s school newspaper frantically scanned the crowd.
Tina still wore her graduation gown even though the ceremony had been earlier that day, the shiny polyester fabric soaking wet and clinging to her body. Her short blonde hair was plastered to her face and neck, droplets of water continuously dripping from her. She looked on the verge of tears as she looked around hopelessly, no doubt looking for someone in particular. Without a word to the group, Alice raised her hand and called out her friend’s name.
Tina instantly met her gaze and made her way over with Alice meeting her halfway.
“TK, what’s wrong? Why are you wet?”
“It’s pouring” Tina’s broken tone was not lost over the loud music as she ran a hand through her wet hair. She glanced to the group of her very best friends and noticed one person in particular missing from the bunch. “Is Bette here?”
Alice looked over her shoulder even though she knew the answer. She looked at Tina with confusion, “No, she’s not. Why would she be though? You two left together right after graduation, I thought she was with you this whole time”
Tina pressed her lips together and Alice saw how hard she was fighting back tears. Beyond confused as to what could have happened, Alice opted to wait for Tina to respond. The last time she had seen her friends, they were leaving the graduation ceremony both happy and in love. Alice had no idea what could have gone wrong since then.
“She was until about an hour ago” Tina ran another hand through her hair, the wet strands standing out in spikes. Her lips quivered as she fought so hard not to cry, “But then she ran away and now I can’t find her”