Authors: Vale, Kate
opened the dorm room door and tossed her sweater onto her bed.
Her roommate Sarah looked up and frowned.
Why are you still going out with him?”
“Maybe it was a mistake. I was going to tell him we were done.” She gave a little sigh,
wishing that she had
“I started to, anyway.”
slid her chair away from her
“But you didn’t
stick to it
, did you?”
opened her b
iology textbook. She had to study
her finals beginning the next day.
She shouldn’t have agreed to meet
A big mistake.
he was so persuasive.
d walked with him on campus, before they went to his car, where he’d slid her blouse off her shoulders and b
n kissing her. Her plan to tell him she
was swept aside
working their way under the waistband of her shorts
his other hand
fondling her breast
. He knew how to make her body hum, even when she didn’t want it to.
Maybe that wa
s why she hadn’t told him
to stop, that she couldn’t see him anymore, at least not through the summer
“He takes my breath away, Sarah.”
Like every other girl he has sex with.
on your neck? Did he
like the last time
had pressed his fingers against her
, whispering it would
help her come. But it hadn’t. She’d almost passed out
push his hand away.
All that remained was a bruise and how she felt.
Steve picks up f
reshmen every quarter and drops them when he’s notched his belt again. He may have stayed with you longer than m
ost, but you’re just the latest
in a long line
…He suckered you good.
said he loved her that first time. Was that just so she’d say yes?
frowned and picked up a highlighter. She had to stop thinking about him and what they’d done
and concentrate on her biology final. Not on b
iology with Steve. His biology and hers
her last final t
wo days later,
met Meagan and
in the parking lot and they headed for the campground near M
Baker to celebrate the end of her first year at Buckley College
in Shoreville, Washington
had convinced her
it would be fun
And it was:
dogs and burgers over an open fire, sleeping in the open, looking at the stars, surrounded by the evergreens that scented the air.
But then, after
arriving at the campground
doffed their shirt
s and shoes and jumped into
the nearby lake
“Didn’t I tell you the guys were coming, too?”
’s question before she
, both from her dorm,
race them to the diving platform
pulled off her top and waded in.
, a junior
didn’t know that well,
didn’t want to go
swimming, but when Meagan yelled at her, she
waded to waist depth, dove
up gasping at the bracing water. The
ys were soon splashing the girls and
the platform. When they reached the
big wooden structure
’s boyfriend pulled off
her bra and tossed it to Steve
, daring her to retrieve it. Soon
was playing the
“First one to catch her gets her,” Steve
he leapt off the platform and swam toward shore.
“Hey, do your own, stud,” Meagan’s boyfriend challenged
, his voice resentful
her breasts with his hands
as he pressed her against the edge of the diving platform
Why don’t you g
ive me some,” h
ed in one ear
“No, Steve. I don’
t want to.” H
burned with embarrassment.
I don’t think we should see each other
eyes glittered at her when his
hands slid lower and began pushing down her panties.
He turned her around to face him and
ed her up against the side of the platform, exploring with his hands
before she could push him away
with fright and anger
, wishing he would stop staring at her that way, his eyes reminding her of ebony stones in the fading light of early evening. Why was he always pawing her, even when she didn’t want him to?
“No. I don’t want to
. I mean it
faded into an angry scowl. H
e grabbed her hand and jerked
toward his chest
as he bobbed in the water in front of her
. “You d
tell me no
. Girls don’t say no to me.” He pulled her face toward his
ed his lips against hers
, a kiss that hurt
finally let her go
onto the diving platform.
of the other guys laughed and teased, “You’re not good enough for her
, stud? I thought you said
out every time.
“Never mind what I said
,” Steve had growled.
The rest of the afternoon,
kept her distance
would leave her alone
, debating whether to leave and hitch a ride back into town
She reconsidered when Meagan said she’d give her a ride home if she stayed until the next day
, like they’d planned
, over beer and other drinks
, the six of them ate dinner.
spent most of his time chatting
until they headed for the small tent they had erected closer to the trees.
“You sure you want to sleep in the open?”
“It isn’t camping if I can’t
see the stars
Steve rose from where he’d been kneeling next to the fire, toasting a marshmallow. He slid the
lump of sugar off the stick
offered it to
a seat next to
She shook her head. “No thanks.”
He leaned over and whispered, “
How about a t
His voice had that sexy growl she’d found so exciting when they’d begun dating.
Then he slid an arm around her waist, gave her a
peck on the cheek and offered her a
him a quick smile and took a sip.
“Okay, truce.” But she had to
be firm about
to see him again. Sarah was right. He wasn’t the kind of boyfriend she wanted
, even if he’d been her first.
Two more sips and
began to feel odd, dizzy.
She stood up,
, and nearly fell down.
“I don’t feel so good.”
“Let me help you.”
walked her to her sleeping bag, his hands grasping her around the waist. She collapsed onto her sleeping bag.
Steve began unbuttoning her shirt.
feebly tried to push h
is hands away. Why did she feel so weird,
like her eyes couldn’t focus anymore?
. I’m just trying to get you comfortable.” It was the last thing she remembered before descending into unconsciousness.
It had to be
near dawn when she finally stirred and found her sleeping bag unzipped and
barely covering her legs. She shivered in the cool dawn air as she pulled the bag up to her shoulders
and fell asleep again