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Snapshot 28

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‘Oh yeah the internet was right, you look miserable.’ Dylan joked as he walked over to where Lizzy was lying on a sun lounger, her skin glistening in the late warm afternoon sun that highlighted the bronze tint that was slowly developing. The black of her bikini seemed almost grey in the light and her mess of red hair was piled on top of her head. Her mouth curled up into a smile and she tilted her sunglasses down to look at him over the top of the lenses.

‘Hey there.’ She rumbled.

‘How’s the break up treating you?’ He dropped down on to the lounger next to her and rested his elbows on his knees.

‘Oh you know I woke up to homemade waffles and iced coffee this morning. So horribly really.’ She slid her sunglasses back up the bridge of her nose.

‘That sounds awful.’ He smiled.

‘Uh I know right?’

‘Well as long as you’re okay.’

‘Never better. How was your flight?’

‘One of those flights where the only thing that got me through it was the thought of being in Hawaii at the end of it.’ He spoke as he shifted himself into a reclined position that mirrored his sister’s.

‘Well here you are.’ Lizzy smiled.

‘Yes I am. I came out here because Ryan wants to know what you want for dinner. And also to tell you that Lola said she hates us.’ His voice took on a lethargic tone and hummed against the gentle rustling of the surrounding trees in a sudden breeze that also brought with it goosepimpling of exposed skin.

‘Why is he so lazy?’ She laughed around a shiver before humming thoughtfully, ‘ummmm Thai food.’

‘I dunno why he couldn’t come ask you. Maybe it’s the hate, but I’ll let him know.’

‘Must be.’ The corners of her mouth quirked up.

‘Or maybe it’s because he just drove to the airport to pick me up while my actual sister sunbathed so he’s collapsed on the sofa.’ He dropped his head to the side to look at her and smiled.

‘I offered to go get you and he said it was no big deal, so shush. And how tiring can that be really?’

‘Judging by his reclined position, I might just say very.’ His head turned back into the sun.

‘Or maybe it’s the grief.’ She joked over dramatically.

‘Yes he did look very morose.’

‘Poor guy.’

‘Mmmhmm. Speaking of poor guys, I went on a date the other day.’ He spoke quickly and quietly.

‘So who was the poor guy here? You?’

‘No, him.’

‘Why is that?’

‘Because I am a terrible person to go on a date with.’ He tried to joke. Lizzy shook her head and rolled her eyes behind her sunglasses.

‘Oh come on, it couldn’t have been that bad.’ She pushed up onto her elbows and looked over at him.

‘Maybe it wasn’t, but I wanted the ground to swallow me up multiple times.’ He pushed up as well.

‘Natural feeling.’

‘Don’t lie to try and make me feel better Liz.’ He almost pleaded.

‘I’m not. I went on a 15 minute rant as to why Romeo and Juliet is the worst example of a love story ever and blamed Leonardo DiCaprio entirely for the reason everyone loved it.’ She laughed.

‘What the hell Liz?’

‘Yeah, yeah I know. But he asked me what my plans are for my dissertation were and well…’ She trailed off with a shrug of her shoulders.

‘That isn’t what your dissertation is on.’

‘I realised I had upended all my opinions on it in that 15 minutes and couldn’t sustain any kind of argument for an extended amount of words.’

‘Well I didn’t do that.’ He continued.

‘So what did you do?’

‘I managed to not talk about myself for at least half of it.’

‘What the hell Dyl?’ Her voice matched his earlier one.

‘I dunno, he asked about any upcoming plans I had, so I mentioned Hawaii. Then I started talking about you and that went for a bit. Then I talked about Lola and how she was jealous that we were gonna be out here and yeah, I rambled.’

‘Well at least he knows you like your sisters. Wait a second, what is this guy’s name?’

‘Oh right yeah, Tom.’

‘Tom and Dylan. Nice.’ She nodded with a smile breaking out across her face.

‘Except it might not even make it to an and, it’s barely a same sentence kind of thing.’ He tried.

‘It was a date. One that didn’t end in total disaster, which is progression.’

‘Anything is progression from the ones who think knowing me is a direct line to Ryan.’ He defended almost harshly.

‘See. Not all bad. Silver linings are important.’

‘I’m in Hawaii for 3 weeks now, there is every chance that he will forget all about me and my sibling ramblings in that time.’ Dylan dropped heavily back onto the lounger.

‘There is also a chance that he won’t.’ She swung her legs onto the floor and rested her elbows on her knees.

‘Did we switch bodies or something?’

‘No, it’s this break up. I’m now striving to see the happiness of those I care about blossom around me to mask how deeply unhappy I am.’ She dead panned.

‘Well I don’t like it. Feels like Freaky Friday.’ He grumbled.

‘Then stop being so damn pessimistic about it.’ Lizzy cried as she reached out and poked him on the arm.

‘That’s what I said.’ Ryan commented suddenly from behind Lizzy, causing her to jump and stare at Dylan wide eyed.

‘How dare you tell Ryan before you tell me!’

‘We had to talk about something on the drive back.’ Dylan defended as Ryan sat down next to her.

‘The weather, work, family, friends. A mutual catch up of events.’ She reeled off using her fingers to mark each one off.

‘That’s what I did.’

‘A mutual catch up of events that I don’t need to know about first.’ She clarified.

‘I will keep that in mind next time.’ He shrugged.

‘What the next time you go on any date or on another one with Tom?’ Lizzy asked.

‘Both, either. I dunno, a second date seems unlikely.’ Dylan pushed up and moved into a seated position.

‘Maybe he was endeared by it all. I came away from our first date with a new perspective on Romeo and Juliet and a desire to try and set her off on another explosion of passion.’ Ryan spoke as he linked his fingers loosely with Lizzy’s.

‘Why would you want to do that?’ She asked somewhat incredulously.

‘Passion is sexy.’ His voice dropped and a smirk came across his face.

‘Stop please. Still here, still my sister.’ Dylan cried, waving his hands around in front of his face.

‘Look the point is, you don’t know what he’s thinking. And if he does ask you out again it won’t be all bad. First dates are kinda always a little bit awkward. Second dates are better. Heck, you could even ask him out again, the worse that happens is he says “no”.’ Lizzy reassured.

‘You’re right. I know you’re right. Why is dating so hard? Why can’t you just know the basics of a person and then go from there?’ He whined.

‘If you want that, try falling for one of your already existing friends.’ Lizzy reminded him.

‘No thanks.’ Dylan scoffed out.

‘Then suck it up.’ Lizzy nudged him again. Dylan looked between the two of them and his gaze settled on their still linked hands.

‘You two good anyway?’

‘I’d like to think so.’ Lizzy nodded.

‘Cool. Then I’m gonna tell Mum and Dad I have arrived in one piece and they can inform Summer, again, that you two are still…’

‘Very much tolerating each other.’ Ryan interrupted.

‘Yeah that. Please wait at least one minute before you start getting handsy, I don’t need to see that. Oh, yeah she wants Thai food.’ Dylan gestured between the two of them as he stood up slowly.

‘Then you better get going.’ Lizzy smiled as she rested her head on his shoulders and Ryan pressed a kiss to her hairline.

‘Such miserableness. From the both of you.’ Dylan called as he walked back into the house.

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