4: Never AgainA Chapter by Anonymous
Chapter four of Remembering Innocence.
4: Never Again
"Ah, the weekend is here!" said Xavier with a smile. He ran his fingers through his hair and Jeremy scoffed.
"Like you have anything to do over the weekend?" he said. Xavier just laughed.
"Jeremy, you're such a downer," said Rosie.
"That's just who he is," Jason added. The twins both did a thumbs-up to that.
The group stood in front of the school by the twin's car. It was big enough for all seven of them, if you count Noah. They were all waiting for her.
Awa and Satou were listening to some of their bizarre Japanese music, this song called "Gacha Gacha Cute". Rosie loved it, but all the boys in the group despised the twin's taste in music.
"Hey, there's Noah!" said Xavier, waving frantically at her as she approached.
"H-hello, everyone," she said nervously. Xavier slung his arm around Noah's shoulders and grinned widely.
"Noah, will you join us on our beach trip this afternoon?" he asked.
"Yes, Noah, join us please!" chimed Rosie. Noah hesitated for a minute.
I wonder what she looks like in a bathing suit... thought Xavier. In Xavier's mind a little theater played. Noah was in a skimpy pink floral bikini, her glasses off and her hair messy and flowing in the wind. She ran across the beach, laughing and being splashed by him.
Xavier, stop it! Noah giggled.
I'll get you! He laughed.
"Xavier... Xavier... Xavier!"
"What?" he said. Jeremy was waving his hand in front of Xavier's face.
"I said that Noah will be coming with us! You need to listen more!" Jeremy spat. Xavier nodded and turned back to Noah.
"Do you have a bathing suit you can wear, Noah?" he asked, secretly hopeful she answered with the word "bikini".
"Um," Noah said quietly, "I don't have one that fits me. I haven't worn one for a long time..."
"That's not a problem!" Awa cut in.
"Our closet is full of bathing suits!" Satou added.
"What a surprise," Jason said.
"The twins always have some random and convenient stash of things," Jeremy said.
"Let me guess," Xavier said. "Are they cosplay bathing suits, by any chance?"
The twins just grinned. Awa and Satou each grabbed one of Noah's arms and opened the car door, gently pushing her into a seat. Xavier, Jeremy, Jason and Rosie got in with her. Awa sat in the passenger's seat, and Satou sat in the driver's seat.
"Everyone buckle up!" the twins said in unison, looking back at everyone and winking. After everyone was secure, they took off to the twin's house.
"How about this one, Noah-san?" Awa said. She held up a blue one-piece suit, with ruffles around the chest. Noah glanced at it up and down, and shook her head. Awa looked through the suits in the closet and pulled out another one. It was a tube top and green skirt with white dots.
Noah shook her head again.
"Okay, this one you'll love," Awa said, rummaging through the suits. She pulled out a sparkling blue bikini; the top was a big bow. Noah loved it, but she wondered whether it was too small...
"Isn't it a little... skimpy?" Noah asked quietly. Awa smiled and handed her the bathing suit. Noah held it up and looked it over.
It is pretty... she thought.
"I'll take this one," she said, smiling.
"Here we are!" Xavier said, grinning. Rosie ran down away from the car with a inflatable tube.
"Yay, the beach!" she giggled as she ran down the sand. Jason followed her.
Noah wore a t-shirt and Bermuda shorts over her suit, and still had her glasses on. Everyone else was in their suits.
"Noah," said Xavier, "why don't you take the other clothes off?"
"People will make fun of me," she whined. Xavier smiled sweetly at her.
"No they won't. When you're ready to have fun, you're welcome to join us in the water!"
Xavier ran down the beach side and into the water with everyone else. Noah stood with her hands in her pockets.
She just thought silently for a while.
Noah then slowly took off her glasses and set them in their case, then slipped off her shorts and shirt. Noah ran down to the beach with everyone, smiling.
As she stood in the water, being splashed by the group, she saw a young couple in their twenties walking down the beach, hand in hand. Her mind went blank.
They look so happy... Noah thought. The woman smiled and laughed as her partner said something into her ear. They kissed and continued walking down the shore.
Just like when...
Vincent held Noah's hand as he kissed her passionately. She pulled away.
"Vincent..." she said. He ran his fingers through Noah's red hair and shushed her.
"Run away with me, Noah," he whispered. She was shocked as he held her tightly.
"Run away with me."
"But we're only sixteen, Vincent... W-we can't..."
Vincent cut her off with a forced kiss. He pushed it too far, grabbing at her and hugging her too tightly. She tried pushing him off but failed. Vincent tried unzipping her shirt, but that was too far.
"No!" Noah cried, slapping Vincent across the face. He was silent as he released her.
"I won't run away with you, Vincent," she said. Vincent grabbed her wrist tightly. She was scared out of her mind.
"Stop!" she screamed. He smacked her repeatedly in the face, blood spurting from her mouth and nose.
"Why won't you run away with me, Noah?" he yelled in her face. "I love you!"
"Because I can't do this again!" she said, tears streaming down her face.
© 2010 Anonymous
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