Massie Block flipped her covers off her warm legs and grabbed her iPhone to check for messages, not truly wanting to wake up from the deep sleep she had been lingered in all night. It had been one week since she had arrived in the Hampton’s which meant the Pretty Committee would be driving down today and she could hardly wait to see them. Massie knew the girls had been non-stop hanging out in Westchester which didn’t make her feel so bad about spending most of the week with Lilly. The day after Massie had run into Lilly shopping, the girls had gotten together for lunch and shopping which led to tanning at the beach every day and going to parties with Lilly’s friends every night.
Massie didn’t want to admit to herself she was wrong, but she was starting to see how quick she was to judge Lilly last summer. With the girls not arriving until the afternoon, Massie had made plans to tan this morning with Lilly. After sending her a quick text, Massie sat down with a cup of hot tea on her balcony and started brainstorming ideas for Kristen’s upcoming birthday party. If she was going to do anything to show her friends how much she missed them, she had to make sure the party was perfect.
Ten minutes later, she was changed into her bikini and lounging poolside.
“What time are your friends getting here?” Lilly asked Massie, peering up at her beneath the brim of her sun hat.
“I think this afternoon,” Massie took a long sip of her Grapefruit IZZE.
“I bet you’re excited to see them,” Lilly said.
“Yeah, Kristen’s birthday is next weekend so I’m really looking forward to her party,” Massie replied.
“Well you’ll have to tell me how it goes! I hope she likes everything,” Lilly said as she flipped over in her lounge chair.
“What do you mean? Aren’t you coming?” Massie knitted her eyebrows together.
“I wasn’t planning on it… I get how it is with them, ya know? You’re their ‘Alpha’ or whatever,” Lilly smiled playfully.
“You make that sound like a bad thing. And that still doesn’t mean you can’t come! You’re my friend,” Massie stared off at the waves crashing into the sandy beach.
“That’s okay. You should be paying attention to Kristen, not hanging out with me,” Lilly turned her head away from Massie and grabbed her phone, pretending to be checking her Facebook.
Massie couldn’t shake the nagging feeling that neither of her friends would ever approve of each other. She tried to relax and soak up the warm sun that was beating overhead. The Pretty Committee would be here in a matter of hours and once they reunited it would be like old times. Massie kept repeating that to herself, hoping it would be true, but all it did was leave a sour taste in her mouth.
“I’m here to pick up my order,” Massie told the sales clerk behind the desk at Crumbs.
“Just a second,” the girl said as she disappeared into the kitchen.
Crumbs was the Pretty Committee’s favorite bakery in East Hampton. Massie couldn’t help but remember all the times they used to come here just to grab a cupcake, even when they were on the strictest diets they couldn’t help themselves. Massie smiled as she pictured how surprised the girls would be when they arrived at her house to find their favorite cupcakes, smoothies, and movies awaiting them for a girls night.
Massie paid for her cupcakes, got into her convertible, and drove back to her house with the top down, carelessly letting her hair toss around in the humid wind. As soon as she pulled into her garage, her phone dinged with a text message from Alicia.
Alicia: almost to your house!
Massie smiled as she ran inside, placed the cupcakes on a giant platter and set a spot at the kitchen island for each of the girls. She quickly changed into a red ruffle dress, her favorite Tory Burch sandals, and her brand new monogram earrings.
By the time she was walking down the steps, the door bell was ringing and she could hear her friends laughing outside.
“Heyyyyyyyyyyy!” Massie squealed as she opened the door, her arms wide open for a Pretty Committee hug.
Alicia ran into her arms and gave her a huge hug while the other girls tittered behind her.
“EMG, Massie. You’re acting like we’ve been separated for years,” Kristen chortled as she gave Massie a quick half-hug and wandered off into the kitchen. Alicia stepped back and followed Kristen, Dylan and Claire into the kitchen.
Massie stood in the foyer in shock, taking a moment to comprehend what had just happened. The girls hardly seemed to miss her at all and acted like spending an entire week apart was no big deal! Massie walked toward the kitchen even though she felt like running up to her room, throwing herself onto the bed, and crying.
The girls had already dug into the cupcakes and while Massie usually sat in the middle in the middle of the group, she found herself squished onto the end.
“So, how have you guys been?” Massie asked nervously.
“We’ve been good,” Alicia said, grinning at Massie.
“Well, I’ve really missed you guys!” Massie said, hoping to get a reaction out of them.
Alicia and Claire smiled back at Massie while Kristen and Dylan stared into their cupcakes.
“I’m sure you have,” Massie heard Kristen whisper sarcastically to Dylan who tried to hide a laugh.
“What, Kristen?” Massie asked her innocently.
“Nothing! These cupcakes are delicious,” Dylan said as she took a big bite out of hers.
While Massie watched everyone drink their smoothies and eat their cupcakes, she couldn’t help but feel like something was terribly wrong. She wondered if something had happened in Westchester while she was away but she hadn’t heard of anything other than the usual pool parties and pre-summer break ups.
“So, I hope you guys are excited for Kristen”s birthday party! I’ve come up with some really great ideas,” Massie told the girls.
“Uhm, that’s really sweet Massie but I’ve actually already planned my party,” Kristen said, not even making eye contact with her.
“Oh, okay. What are we doing?” Massie asked.
“I think a bonfire at the beach. You’ll find out all the details when you get your invitation,” Alicia shot Massie a fake smile, one she knew all too well.
“Well, this was so much fun but we have to go,” Kristen said, hopping up out of her chair.
“I thought we were hanging out?” Massie asked, her stomach doing flip flops.
“Sorry but we have other plans. Thanks for the cupcakes!”
The girls were up and out of the door before Massie could even protest. She stood next to her kitchen island that was still filled with half eaten cupcakes and lasting tension that was making the air hard to breathe. Massie grabbed her phone and ran up the stairs to her room, trying to hold back the tears that were about to spill from her eyes. She stepped out onto her Juliet balcony, and dialed her phone.
“Hey Lilly? Can you come over?”
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