Hi, Ezra! And yup, I'm back in town. Trust me, nobody knows about your secret right now other than who you told.
But who is the other person??
I don't want to text about this...
When my phone fully showed the contact picture I'd given her, I had completely forgotten about it. It was Evvie and me in her backyard.
I was holding her on my back while she had her arms wrapped around my neck.
Both of us were laughing, and I think that the two of us were swimming or something-because I was in my swim trunks and she was in a bikini.
Evvie's dark brown hair was in a high ponytail, and her eyes were filled with excitement.
I had a feeling her dad knew we were never actually dating. He probably just went with it because that's what made sense, and he wasn't bothered by the two of us being such close friends.
I actually realized now how much I missed the two of us being friends because the two of us were always there for each other.
But after the falling out of her parents, we tried our best to stay in contact, but Haven hates that I was talking to my "ex" and so the two of us basically drifted away.
Quickly, I picked up the phone. "Hey."
"Ezra, hi!" Evvie exclaimed. I missed that excitement in her voice. "How have you been?"
I shrugged, unlocking my door so that Mom or Dad wouldn't be suspicious about me having my door locked. "Good," I said. "You?"
"I'm great," Evvie said, still sounding pretty happy.
There was silence on the phone. Honestly, though, what do you say to your ex-best friend that you haven't even talked to since the first day of last summer.
I had no clue what to even say, which I guess would be my excuse when Evvie suddenly asked; "Who was the other person you told?"
Evvie laughed. "Don't be like that," she said. "In the text you sent, your exact words-and I quote-were 'The same amount of people still know, including someone else.' Who?"
Crap. I should really check what I've texted before I decide to send it. "Right," I said, already knowing how awkward my voice probably sounded. "No one."
"No one?" Evvie laughed. "Are you sure?"
I nodded. "Yup."
Evvie was silent for a few seconds before she sighed. "Can I at least get a gender...?" she begged. I wondered why, but it felt like she was smiling or something.
"Then it'll give away the person," I whined, sounding just like Emmanuel did when he was forced to eat something nasty.
Evvie laughed. "A guy then, right?" When I didn't answer her, she laughed again. "It's about time you found someone, Ezra Gatley."
I rolled my eyes but already knew that I was blushing like crazy. "How do you even know it's a guy I'm dating? It could be Travis or Adam...or-"
"Ezra," Evvie interrupted. "By the way your voice sounds, I have a feeling it's someone you have a crush on if not dating them. One of the two, tell me about him."
I shook my head, already feeling wrong. "I'm not having girl talk with you, Eve."
"Already sounds like it, Ez."
The saddest thing was, she's right. I was hardly even acting like a teenage boy at the moment, anyway. Not l really was a normal one, anyways. "Yeah, okay," I muttered. "His-"
"It's okay, Ez," Evvie said, her voice sounding supportive. "You don't have to tell me if you don't want to."
No, I wanted to. It felt better when I got things off my chest, especially with people that I seriously trust. "His name is Delcan."
"Oh, sounds like someone who's hot," Evvie responded. I raised my eyebrows and she must've caught herself. "Sorry, that was probably way too much. Last name?"
"Delcan Heslop," I said. Yeah, you don't have to tell me, it's a weird last name. I have no idea why it's that last name, especially because he's Cuban, but oh well, I'm going with it.
Evvie was hesitant for a second before she said; "Delcan Helsop?"
I nodded, not understanding why she as acting so weird about all of this. "Yeah," I said. "What is it?"
"Nothing," Evvie responded. "How about something else? How has school-"
"Where are you right now?" I asked her.
Evvie was silent before she cleared her throat. "At my mom's house," Evvie said. "Why?"
I stood up and pulled my shirt back over my head, putting the phone on speaker so it wouldn't be so hard. "I wanted to see you," I said.
"Oh," Evvie said. It was hard to tell if her voice was shocked or not, but she then laughed. "Sure."
I was putting on my shoes when I began messing my hair up a little bit. "Okay," I said. "I'll be there in a few seconds.
" Knowing exactly where Evvie's house was, so I wasn't worried at all about trying to find her mom's house. Okay, that sounded creepy. But I didn't mean it in that way.
"Got it," Evvie sighed. "Bye, Ezra."
She hung up the phone so I wouldn't have to and let me fix my shirt before I left my room.
I knew that the keys to my parent's cars were in their room, so I just went to Eric's room so I could take his keys. Turns out, he was making out with a girl.
I don't know when, or how she got there, but she was making out with my brother.
I cleared my throat and waited for both of them to look up at me. The second I saw her blonde hair, I realized it was Janice Hart.
She was in my fifth-period class and was also a year younger than Eric was.
Eric raised his eyebrows. "What do you want?"
"A ride," I said, making sure to keep my eyes off of Janice, who I'm pretty sure had a hickey on her neck. "I won't tell Mom and Dad that you and Janice are making out. Deal?"
Eric laughed without any humor in his voice. "Hell no. Get out."
I nodded. "Okay, fine. Can I take your car then?"
"Why are you even asking me, dude?" Eric asked, sitting up. Janice moved away from him, but she was looking at me now. "Just be home by ten, okay?"
"Got it, Dad," I said, grabbing the car keys he had on his dresser. I closed the door behind me just before I could hear what Janice was trying to say to me.
Going down the stairs quickly, I found where Eric's car was in the garage. Once I'd gotten in, I turned on the car and began driving over to Evvie's house.
When I pulled into the Hamill driveway, I got out of the car and went up to the front steps. The second I rang the doorbell, Evvie's mom was at the door.
Ms. Hamill acted like she seemed to forget all about me. One of her dark brown eyebrows were raised as she put her hand on her hip. "Hello?"
"Ezra Gatley," I said, smiling to her. "I'm here to see Evvie if that's alright."
She slowly nodded, eyeing me up and down. I sighed and wiped my sweating hands on my jeans, feeling the cold stare Ms. Hamill was giving me. "Okay..
alright," she said as if she was deciding or not that it would be a good idea to say yes or no. "EVVIE!" she yelled.
I had to turn away from her because of how much it hurt my ears, but she really didn't seem to care.
A few seconds later, Evvie came downstairs. Her hair color was the same as it was in 9th grade-dark brown and wavy-but it was longer.
She smiled at me and it was clear she had lost some weight. She was wearing skinny jeans and a black tank top with a multicolor shaw. Dang, she'd changed a lot.
"Ezra!" she cried, now wrapping me in a hug. I returned the hug and breathed in her scent, which was like a weirdly enjoyable smell of cinnamon and vanilla.
I really did miss the two of us being best friends. When she pulled away from the hug, she smiled again. "How do you even continue growing?"
I smiled. "Don't know," I said. Last year, I was 5'11, and I guess the summer just bumped up my height a lot. "How is Alaska?"
She shrugged, rolling her eyes. "It's Alaska. But...I missed my best friend and 'ex-boyfriend.'" she said, winking to me. I laughed, even though there was this really weird feeling that Ms.Hamill was still eyeing me.
Evvie looked back at her mom before she grabbed my hand and took me up the stairs, closing the door behind her.