Okay so, I was up all night at the hospital, I have some sort of infection which means more antibiotics :( :( :(, but basically:
The Ocean Legacy is on a hiatus until I sort my rollercoaster health out. Asdfghjkl;
Feel free to message me etc. I’ll answer them when I can.
Don’t mind me, I’m just desperately trying to finish my NaNoWriMo and pack (I’m moving on Sat, very excited)
857 - The Ocean Legacy - Fourth Generation
"Well, I guess," Cam said, feeling relaxed again, "I thought you knew. And weren’t talking about it because it was making uncomfortable. Or, like, you know. You thought lesbians were gross or something."
"Seriously?" Tessa said, feeling a little offended, "Both my Dads are, well, into each other. I’m not homophobic, moron."
"I don’t know," Cam said, looking at the grass, "I just. I’ve known for so long, and the longer I kept quiet about it, the harder it was to say anything."
"Well, I guess I can’t judge," Tessa said, looking away, "So, have you like… kissed a girl?"
Cam looked away, “A little more than that.”
"Oh my god," Tessa said. She’d not even had her first kiss yet, and she was finding out that her best friend had gone full on with someone, "Why didn’t you tell me? Who is it?"
Cam looked away, “Not now, okay?”
Tessa wanted to push, but she could tell Cam wasn’t going to budge on this one, “Alright, okay. Jeez. I can’t believe I didn’t notice.”
"You’re an idiot, obviously," Cam said, but she sounded so relieved Tessa felt like a complete asshole for not reacting better straight away.
856 - The Ocean Legacy - Fourth Generation
Cam closed her eyes, and took a steadying breath. Tessa felt dread wash over her. After everything… was Cam leaving Pierson’s? Was she sick, or was it something worse?
"I’m gay." Cam said, not opening her eyes.
Tessa had not been expecting that. She felt herself go numb a little, worry rush over her. How… how had she not known?
"Why didn’t you tell me?" Tessa said, finally.
"I thought you’d freak," Cam said, sounding drained, "Apparently I was right."
"I’m not freaking," Tessa said, although she kind of was. She wish she could be more cool about this, "I just… I don’t…"
Cam looked at Tessa, cocking her head for a moment. Then, she started laughing.
"No, Tess, oh my god," Cam said, grinning a little, "Is that why you’re freaking? Look. You’re like a sister to me, I’m not…"
Oh. Tessa rolled her eyes, feeling like an idiot. She’d been terrified that their entire friendship Cam had been… interested in more than friendship.
"I’m such an idiot," Tessa said, smiling, "Okay. Gay. Why am I only just finding out about this?"
855 - The Ocean Legacy - Fourth Generation
Tessa was beginning to feel like the world was settling, like things could finally feel normal again. Cam had taken her news - that she was the Ocean heir - so well. Maybe Tess’d been wrong to stress over it in the first place.
"So, why were Perry and Shay here, anyway?" Tessa asked, after the two of them had settled into a comfortable position, "Day off?"
Cam shifted a little, “Actually, uh, I’d asked them to come. I kind of have some news too.”
Tessa narrowed her eyes, “And you told them first?”
"I’m uh, well," Cam actually looked nervous, fidgetting with her hair, "I’m not sure how you’ll take it. It’s… well. Remember when I was upset a while back?"
Tess remembered. It was after her brother and his friends had upset Cam about something, and Tess had skipped school just to hang out with Cam. The shorter girl had been really upset, but in between the Pinkertons, her father leaving, and now this… Tess had never found out why.
"Why would you think I wouldn’t take it well?" Tess asked, feeling uncomfortable. She had a bad feeling about this.
There are people living in the cities, but they mainly operate lawlessly, with a lot of gangs and violence. Pierson’s Retreat is a little backward in that its trying to recreate a sheltered community. Going back into the cities would mean being noticed, putting themselves back into danger. Where they are, they can continue being cut off from the world, which is how they like it.
I ship it hard
…does she? I totally don’t see it o.o
854 - The Ocean Legacy - Fourth Generation
"Well, that’s good, right?" Cam said finally, corners of her mouth quirked up a little, "You’re in charge."
Tessa sort of smiled for a moment, “I don’t have much choice.”
"Dude, you have all the choice," Cam said, and suddenly looked serious, "You’re head of the most powerful family in Pierson’s. You could do a lot of good."
"I’m fourteen, Cam." Tessa huffed, "I’m way not equipped for this."
"You’re basically fifteen, okay, and like," Cam gestured randomly for a bit, "You’re way perfect for this. You’re smart, and you don’t take shit. This could be awesome."
Tessa raised an eyebrow, “I appreciate your confidence but—”
"Nah, don’t you even start talking yourself down," Cam snorted, "You’ll be fine. I’ll be here, your family’ll be here, and everything will be fine, ‘kay?"
Tessa felt herself smiling despite herself. This was why Cam was her best friend, “Yeah, whatever.”
"You’re such a bitch, christ," Cam huffed, but she was smiling too.
853 - The Ocean Legacy - Fourth Generation
Tessa felt herself relax as the two boys headed away, leaving a confused Cam alone with her.
"But seriously, what’s up?" Cam asked, a little impatient.
"You know how I talked to you about my family and their whole ‘heir thing’?" Tessa asked, feeling her chest tighten in anticipation.
"Oh god," Cam said, eyes widening, "Don’t tell me Blair got picked."
Tess half laughed, rolling her eyes, “No. I did.”
Cam frowned, looking like her entire thought train had been derailed, “Huh.”
"That’s it?" Tessa said, feeling a little relieved despite herself, “‘Huh’ Cam? Really?"
"Yeah," Cam said, shifting her feet a little, "Um. I thought you said that that couldn’t happen."
"Well, I was wrong," Tessa replied, and then she sighed, "I’m the heir. I don’t know why, but I am."