Chapter 6.13


When Ginny Malcom asked me to go rock climbing, my first instinct was to say, hell yeah! But Mala was already steaming from Ginny taking her seat and I knew she wouldn’t like me hanging out with her. “Um…well, I probably shouldn’t.”

She cocked her head. “Worried about your wifey?”

I smiled, sheepishly. “Yeah.”

“Bring her along!”

“Really?” I asked, incredulous.

“Really. It’d be fun. My other friends, Melina Hays and Todd Monteira are already coming. The more the merrier! Meet me at Oasis Springs Park at 7:30 in the morning on Saturday. Okay?”

Just then the bell rang, so I said, “Hey, I don’t have your number. What if I can’t make it.”

She smiled impishly. “Show up. Then I’ll give you my number.”

Off she trotted out the door, shiny auburn hair bouncing.

Mala was mad for some reason so she wouldn’t speak to me as she walked toward her next class. But then I noticed she’d left her cell phone. I wondered how she ever survived without me on a daily basis.

Catching up to her after school, I said, “Hey…wait up. You left this.” I showed her the phone.

She took it, placing it in her pocket. “Thanks, Lee Lee. I was looking all over for it.”

Trying to look into her eyes, I asked, “Are you mad at me? You know I had nothing to do with Ginny taking your seat this morning.”

She lifted an eyebrow. “Did you have to talk to her so much? I mean…what did you have to say anyway?”

I shrugged. “She wanted to know if we’d like to go rock climbing with her and her friends on Saturday. Sounds fun.” I knew Mala probably would say no but it was worth a try.

She hesitated for a second looking away then sighed and smiled. “Oh…okay. What time and where?”

I kissed her cheek. Wow. Thought I’d have to talk her into it.

We made plans to meet up at the park a little early. I thought it was strange Mala didn’t want me to pick her up. I sat on a bench waiting, but after a while, it was apparent she wasn’t going to show.

The sun grew hotter as it rose over the rocks. “What the hell?” I whispered to myself.

I punched her number, waiting for her to pick up.

“Mala, where are you?” I said after she answered.

“Oh…God. Sorry. Um…uh…I really don’t feel very well, Lee Lee. I must have slept through my alarm.”

I didn’t like how her voice sounded guilty as hell. “Okay…well, you want me to come by then? Make you feel better.”

Mala yelled, “NO! I mean…no, that’s okay. Liam, you have fun. It’s not fair to make you miss out since I can’t be there.”

“Are you sure?”

“I’m sure. Have fun.”

“Okay,” I said. “I love you.”

Just then Ginny ran up in front of me. “Are you ready, Liam? Where’s Mala?”

“She’s sick. Look, Ginny, I don’t think I can go. Mala needs me. I think I’ll bring her chicken soup or something. It sucks being sick when your boyfriend is out having fun.”

“But you can’t leave now. You just got here.”

Ginny pointed then shaded her eyes. “And besides. Just take a look at that sun. It’s almost at the sweet spot. You’re going to love the cave we’re going to explore. It won’t take long. She’ll probably want to sleep in anyway and you can bring her lunch. Sound like a deal?”


I should have known Mala would pull some shit on Liam. When he’d told me she agreed to come along, I honestly couldn’t believe it. She just didn’t seem like the outdoorsy type. And she was conveniently sick all of a sudden? Yeah right. But I was happy she couldn’t make it. I could just imagine her wriggling and freaking out over a spider or a worm or wobbling on a rock and Liam having to save her all the time–that would totally annoy.

“So, yeah, it’s going to be sweet. You’ll be upset you missed it,” I added.

Finally, I talked him into it. Can’t lie though. He was kind of pouty the whole hike to the mouth of the cave, and I was feeling bad for him. I was definitely friendzoned so I felt like I should at least act like a good friend. “Hey…Liam? If you really want to head back and check on Mala, I’ll understand.”

He pointed and asked, “Hey! Is that the cave?”

I put my hand on my hip. “Yep. That’s it. Are you scared, soldier?”

“No way. Let’s go.”


Ginny was right. Mala probably would want to sleep in this morning, so I decided to visit her later. Maybe buy her some flowers. I tried to not worry about her while we were hiking but Ginny could tell my mind was elsewhere. I didn’t want to be a total asshole around her, so I decided to put Mala out of my mind for a few hours.

The cave was dark, dank, and underwhelming to be honest. But all of the others thought we’d just discovered gold.

“Who gets to see this?” Melina whispered like we were going to disturb ghosts. “Miners left their pick axes and boxes right here hundreds of years ago.”

“Yeah,” Todd added. “And look at those stalactites.”

Todd never changed. We were fairly close as kids but had drifted apart in middle school. Back then we shared a love of Henry Puffer but he was always playing with his science experiment set instead of video games or Crossing Wands.

“I guess you were right, Ginny. It didn’t take long. The cave is cool though. Thanks for inviting me.”

I was about to give my good byes when Ginny snapped her fingers. “Didn’t I say we were going to go rock climbing? The coolest part of the cave is up there. We’ve got to get to it. Come on.”

She scaled the rock like a mountain goat then waved for me to follow.

It wasn’t as easy as she made it look. I almost fell a few times.

But Ginny wasn’t lying.

The cave was the most jaw dropping thing I’d ever seen in my life. Crystals glowed. Sun shimmered and there were even these cool glittering dragonflies buzzing around. Not kidding. Totally blew me away.

“Holy shit…this is AMAZING!” I crooned as we all took a breather. Rock climbing wasn’t for sissies.

“Told ya, didn’t I?” Ginny said. I could hear laughter in her raspy voice. But I deserved it. Good thing she didn’t know what I was thinking when I first entered the cave.

I totally got why this was a thing. And I was hooked.

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17 thoughts on “Chapter 6.13”

  1. Beautiful cave screenshots! Mala is missing out.

    And I wonder if she sounded guilty about skipping out on Liam…or if she was guilty because she was enjoying someone else’s company instead. But that could just be what you want us to think. 😉

    Glad Ginny is happy to be Liam’s friend for now instead of trying to break him and Mala up. If my suspicions are right, she won’t need any help…

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    1. Hmm…Mala is sick! **cough cough**

      Ginny isn’t selfish. She wants to be Liam’s friend even though she has a crush. Friendship is the next best thing!

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  2. Mala, that’s the fakest eggscuse I ever heard

    Betting Liam’s gonna find her touching butts with another dude when he tries to visit her at her house (or maybe she won’t even be there since last time Liam found her with another) 😤 fingers crossed he learns this time
    *gasp* or what if she’s teen pregnant
    Nah, I’m thinking too far

    I also agree about those cave shots, not a lot of people use Forgotten Grotto (I guess it’s because it’s forgotten *wheeze laugh*) and it really is beautiful there. Well, if Mala actually is sick, she did miss out–Though from Ginny’s perspective, maybe she won’t think it’s worth getting down and dirty to see sparkly crystals hahaa

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    1. You think Mala was acting suspicious?? Welp, we shall see!

      If Mala was lying, she should know her boi well enough that he’d come over to see how she was doing.

      Preggers? Eeps! Let’s hope not!

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  3. Dark WitcHazard: Looks like Ginny wins round one by forfeit Mala you fool!

    Lover WitcHazard: Oh Mala please for all that is pleasurable you didn’t blow off Liam for a dick appointment! I guess we’ll find out when he visits this afternoon!

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    1. Dark: I guess Mala shouldn’t get sick when Ginny’s around. 😈

      Lover: surely Mala isn’t that stupid. I mean…she’d know Liam would come to see her!


  4. Mala! What the heck. Are you just tying to get back at Liam? Or was that a good excuse to hang with whoever she’s cheating with now. That’s my thought, she knew she wouldn’t get caught if he was out hiking. But, maybe she plans to catch him? I have no idea. But Ginny seems sweet. Not as bad as Mala.

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    1. Mala…the girl is sick! 🤕🤮🤢🤒

      Hmm…if it was an excuse to cheat, she’s a moron.

      Now I like the way you’re thinking about Mala being the crafty one. But Liam is true blue. He’d never cheat. Even if he is attracted to Ginny.

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  5. Okay. Second try…
    I’m still wondering why Mala wants to be Liam’s girlfriend. She only enjoys his company when they do stuff she wants to do clearly. And she’s probably constantly cheating on him. So why bother and make all those excuses anyway?

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    1. Well…if a girl is cheating all the time but stays, there’s a few possibilities. I can’t tell you right now the why (if she’s indeed cheating here). But there are MANY reasons a girl would do this. (Or a guy for that matter). Feelings aren’t always black and white. But stay tuned to see what’s really going on here.

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  6. Looks like we have a future explorer on our hands here! And a very deceitful girlfriend… Mala must have the noncommittal trait, and can’t fight it! 😛 but MAYBE she’s guilty for another reason? 🤔 I am both eager and dreading when we (and Liam!) get the whole story! 😬😬😬

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    1. You’re right! Liam is finding his way to becoming an explorer/adventurer/archeologist! 😉

      Mala…girl! What are you up to??? Hmmm…

      Stay tuned!!!

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  7. Mala is just, um, she has a big pimple, ok
    An she doesn’t want her bf to see!

    Very beautiful cave! I can see the appeal… not sure you can be with mala now tho, Liam; her bazoobas won’t fit through bthe entrances 😬

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