Day Six ;
“WAKE UP, JEFF!” Emily heard being yelled at her, waking her up the next morning. The girls had all stayed over night at Mario’s, not wanting to have to drive home in the snowy and icy darkness. They crashed on some of his couches, which were rather comfortable. Plus they wanted to be there when the guys got back in the morning.
Emily opened her eyes and after they adjusted to the light, she realized who had woken her up. Standing around her with smug grins on their faces were Lauren, Tyler, Ashley, Jordan, Kris, Max, Leah, and Geno.
“What the HELL?” She laughed, not caring about how stupid she probably looked at the moment. “Since when do you guys watch the Wiggles?”
“Ha! I told you she’d know what it was from!” Lauren scoffed at them all. When her and Emily used to baby-sit their cousin Zak, he loved watching the Wiggles and the whole ‘wake up Jeff’ thing was something that was on pretty much every one of his videos. No matter how annoying it was, it just stuck.
“It’s about time you got up!” Jordan laughed at her. He had his arm around Ashley who just smiled.
“Well excuse me for wanting to get my beauty sleep.” Emily said, crossing her arms. Sleeping in was something she did when she could. Plus she was feeling a bit extra tired than usual for whatever reason.
“You must sleep a hell of a lot, considering how beautiful you are.” Evgeni said sweetly and sat down beside her. The three other girls plus Jordan ‘awed’. Emily ignored them and smiled.
“Thanks, Geno.” She said and kissed him.
Kris looked away for the two seconds it lasted. All he could think was how Geno’s week would be up in a matter of days.
“How long have you guys been here?” Emily asked, wanting to know how much she slept through.
“Not that long.” Max replied, “You were the only one still sleeping when we got here, though.”
“Thanks, guys.” Emily said sarcastically to Lauren, Ashley, and Leah. That’s when she noticed they were missing someone. Two someones, actually. “Where’s Ashlen? And Sid?”
“Oh, they’re around here somewhere.” Lauren said.
“Sid took her to show her her room.” Tyler added. He was standing noticeably closer to Lauren than usual. He had his arm around her waist and held her close. He seemed to be becoming more affectionate lately.
“You think they’re trying out the bed?” Jordan asked with a smirk.
“Jordy!” Ashley flirt-punched him in the arm.
“What? Just cause I‘m the only one that said it doesn‘t mean I was the only one thinking it!” He threw his hands up, telling them not to blame him for saying it.
“Actually Jordan, not everyone here is as perverted as you are so you probably were the only one thinking it.” Emily said, causing them all to laugh at his expense.
“Ha! She told you, eh Jordy?” Max laughed in his face.
“I think she’s just cranky cause we woke her up too early.” Jordan tried. Emily just rolled her eyes, her head leaning on Geno’s shoulder.
“I am not cranky.” She stated but Jordan just laughed.
“Coulda fooled me!” He said with a smirk.
“Can’t we all just get along?” Ashley joked.
“NO!” Emily and Jordan said at the same time, trying to sound serious but cracked and ended up laughing.
That’s when Sidney and Ashlen came back into the room, hand in hand.
“Hey, food’s in the kitchen if anyone wants any.” Sidney announced. All of the guys’ eyes seemed to light up at the mention of food.
“Count me in!” TK said and the other guys agreed.
“I thought you said you guys already ate?” Leah asked them, unsure of how they could be hungry again already.
“Yeah, so?” Jordan asked. He was already half way out the door, following the smell of pancakes and French toast.
“It’s a good thing you guys are hockey players and work out all the time.” Emily said.
“Yeah, otherwise you’d all be giant fat asses.” Ashley added, but the guys ignored the comment and rushed off to go eat. Even though the girls were the ones who hadn’t had breakfast yet.
“Hahaha oh my god,” Emily burst out laughing at the image in her head as her and the rest of the girls slowly got up and followed in the direction the guys went, “Can you just picture Jordan being, like, four hundred pounds of pure fat?”
Ashley cracked up at the thought, “Oh my god, yeah I actually can!” She said and the two of them laughed even more.
“Would you still date him and all of his rolls?” Emily asked through laughs.
“Haha of course I would!” She replied. By then they had entered kitchen where the guys were already seated around the island chowing down on their breakfast. Ashley wrapped her arms around her boyfriend and smiled, “I would still love him even if he weighed a ton! We wouldn’t go out in public much, but I’d still love him.”
“Good to know, babe.” Jordan said and rolled his eyes playfully. Ashley just laughed and kissed him.
“You two are just too cute.” Ashlen smiled at the two of them from across the island. She was sitting next to Sidney, her head resting in her hands admiring the couple.
“Just give it a little time and you and Sid will be just as adorable. With all the name calling, eye rolling, and sarcasm that these two share included.” Max joked with a grin. He was sitting next to Leah and Kris.
“Can’t wait.” Ashlen replied. She looked over at Sid and smiled.
“And the sarcasm begins!” Kris said making them laugh and go on with more sarcastic remarks.
Emily smiled from her seat next to Evgeni as she watched Kris. He was laughing and joking with rest of her friends, and though she wanted to join in, she couldn’t. She just didn’t feel like laughing anymore. She actually felt slightly sick. Knowing that the time was drawing near that she told Kris she would end it with Geno made her feel nervous. She liked Geno, she couldn’t deny that anymore. And the more time she spent with him made her like him even more. But she was in love with Kris, and no matter how much she liked Geno, she would never feel the same way about him as she did about Kris. Or at least that’s what she kept telling herself.
“What’s so funny in here?” Mario asked as he walked into the kitchen. He went straight over to the coffee machine and poured himself a cup.
“Ah, nothing.” Sid said, not wanting to explain.
“I’m sure.” Mario raised an eyebrow as he took a drink. “You guys better be sharing with the ladies. They need some food, too.”
“We are sharing,” Jordan objected and took a fork full of pancakes and nearly shoved it in Ashley’s mouth, “See!”
“Jordan!” Ashley yelled, trying to push the food out of her face. Jordan just laughed.
“That’s wonderful, Jordy, but I think they can feed themselves.” Mario chuckled.
“He’s right, ya know.” Lauren said, taking a bite off of Tyler’s plate.
“Whatever you say.” Jordan gave in with a smirk.
“Okay, I’ll be upstairs if you need me. So, don’t need me.” Mario chuckled and left the room.
Everyone eventually finished their breakfast and they were just sitting around the island talking about random things on their minds.
“You know what I haven’t done in a while?” Emily asked as she stared out the window at the falling snow.
“Geno?” Jordan said with a smirk.
“Ha ha. Good one, but no.” Emily said sarcastically. Jordan smiled, but she was being serious, “I was going to say, I haven’t played in the snow in forever.”
“Oh my god, I haven’t either!” Ashley admitted as if she were shocked.
“We all should, like right now!” Lauren said with a smile, “What d’ya guys say?”
The guys looked at each other and shrugged.
“Yeah, why not.” Tyler said for them.
After a quick kitchen cleanup and changing into warmer clothes and coats, the gang headed outside into the snow covered yard. It was already pretty deep and it was still falling.
“Snowball fight, anyone?” Lauren asked and threw a perfectly packed snowball so it hit Jordan right in the chest. Figures he’d be everyone’s choice target.
“Hell yes!” Jordan yelled after being hit and fired a shot back at her, missing by a mile.
“Stick to hockey, Jordy.” Sid joked, patting his friend on the shoulder. He replied by sticking his tongue out at him.
“Teams?” Ashlen asked.
“I say boys versus girls.” Max suggested.
“Alright, let’s do this!” Ashley yelled and all the girls got together. Emily was feeling a little more peppy than earlier. Her moods were changing a lot today.
“Three minutes to get prepared. Then this war will go down!” Max declared loudly from the guys little group.
“Got it!” Lauren yelled over to him.
“So, what’s the game plan?” Leah asked. They had all unanimously made Ashley the group leader. She just fit the job.
“We need to make them think we’re weak at first, then when they least expect it we attack at full strength.” She said just above a whisper so the guys wouldn’t hear.
“Hey ladies, new rule!” Jordan shouted over to them.
“What is it?” Ashley yelled back.
“If you get hit above the waist twice, you’re dead. That means down on the ground, no getting back up!” He replied.
“Okay, got it!”
Lots of laughs and a hundred snowballs later the war was over and had been won by the ladies. The guys throwing skills had proven to be no match for the girls’. They were all just laying in the snow now, worn out from the fight.
“You got lucky.” Geno said to the girls.
“Luck had nothing to do with it.” Lauren replied.
“I don’t know about you guys,” Max started, “But I’m freezing my ass off out here.”
“Dude me too!” Ashley agreed.
“Hot chocolate anyone?” Sidney offered with a chuckle.
They all went back inside, changed out of their now wet-from-the-melting-snow clothes, and sat around the fireplace in the living room and drank their hot chocolate.
“Ya know, the snows nice and all, but I can’t wait for summer time.” Ashlen said. Sid had his arm around her as they snuggled on the couch. Jordy and Ashley were on the floor covered with a big soft blanket. Max sat next to Leah and Kris on the other couch. Lauren and Tyler were on one loveseat and Emily and Geno were on the other.
“Yeah, I can only take so much cold at a time.” Ashley agreed.
“Funny you should mention that…” Jordan smiled.
“Surprise time.” Geno whispered so only Emily could hear. She had forgotten about the surprise he had mentioned the other day.
“Why?” Ashlen asked, noticing the smiles on the other guys’ faces and instantly wondering what they were thinking.
“Well we were just thinking you guys might wanna take a little trip…” Max said happily.
“What kind of trip?” Lauren asked.
“Like a mini vacation.” Tyler replied.
“But don’t you guys have games?” Leah asked.
“That’s the thing,” Sidney started to explain, “We’ve got a couple games coming up down in Florida and we thought, why not bring along our favorite girls and party in between games.”
“Florida?!” Ashley was obviously excited, “Hell yes! When are we going?!”
“Well,” Jordan began, “We leave tomorrow morning at 7.”
“Tomorrow?!” Emily was surprised at how soon it would be. “How long are we staying?”
Sidney took it from there, “Well, we’ll get in Miami Thursday, well tomorrow, afternoon and we’ll be free all the rest of the day. Then Friday we have a game versus the Panthers at five, but we don’t really have to do anything else the rest of the day. Saturday we’ll have to head up to Tampa for the game versus the Lightning at three, but then we’re totally free to party till we leave on Sunday.”
“It’s not that long and we gotta ‘work’ and stuff, but it should make for some fun in the sun!” Max added with an excited smile.
“And maybe a little fun after the sun goes down, too, if you know what I mean.” Jordan winked.
“Oh man.” Sid laughed.
“So this is why you’ve been so happy lately?” Lauren asked Tyler, who had his arm around her waist.
“Uh, sure.” He replied with a smile.
“What do you mean, sure?” She asked, narrowing her eyes.
“I mean, yeah.” He changed his answer and smiled, “Surprise!”
“You worry me, babe.” She said but smiled at him, “But I still love you.”
“And I love you.” He replied and kissed her.
“You excited?” Sidney asked Ashlen, who was all smiles.
“Am I ever!” She replied. “How long have you guys been planning this?”
“Not too long. When we realized we’d be spending a few days down in Florida for games we knew leaving you guys here would suck and a mini vacation for all of us couldn’t hurt.” He said with a grin on his face.
“It’s gonna be so much fun!” Ashlen smiled and kissed him quickly.
Sid chuckled at her enthusiasm, “You’re telling me!”
Geno pushed a lock of Emily’s hair out of her face and looked in her eyes. She smiled slightly.
“Was that what you thought the surprise was gonna be?” He asked her. Her smile grew a little bit.
“No, actually. I had no idea what to expect.” She replied honestly, “I’m glad its this, though. I need a vacation.”
“Yeah, and I was hoping we’d get some alone time once we get there.” Geno said suggestively. Emily, knowing what he was really trying to say, didn’t know quite what to say herself. She just nodded with a weak grin.
“That’d be nice.” She managed to tell him. He smiled and kissed her on the lips. Once again her mood had changed, but this time she didn’t know what she was feeling. Or thinking.