Spending a quiet time with Daniel and Patti, Clayton and Maddie end up making out (as do Patti and Daniel) until Patti gets angry and slaps Daniel for coping a feel. She runs to the bathroom with Maddie following her.
“He thinks I’m a freak, doesn’t he?”
“No. He just wonders what he did to upset you.”
“I dated this guy before we moved here. Gordon. He was really cute and popular. I could hardly believe he liked me. He found out I’m a virgin and I want to save myself for marriage. I told him that.”
“He didn’t—molest—you, did he?”
“Almost. I screamed, loudly, and people found us. But he told everyone I wanted it. He made up stories of things we’d done. I was humiliated, shunned—or hit on by everyone with a dick. He said horrible things. When the chance came to move here, I was so thrilled. I could start over where no one knew. Daniel is sweet. And he’s so adorable. I panicked when he touched me.”
“Guys are gonna cop a feel, Patti. They can’t help it. I think their brains shut down when they’re horny.”
“She’s right, you know.” Daniel stood in the open doorway, dark hair mussed from necking with Patti. Hands in his pockets, he looked forlorn. “I’m sorry I upset you. When kissing a gorgeous redhead, the male brain reverts to Neanderthal and we do things we wouldn’t otherwise try. If you’ll forgive me, I promise I’ll sit on my hands.”
“You’re forgiven. Do you forgive me for slapping you?”
“Completely forgotten. And far less than I probably I deserved—considering the thoughts I was having.”
“Can’t condemn a man for his thoughts,” Clayton said from out in the hall. “Or we’d all be in prison.”
“Or lynched,” Daniel added.
“Or in hell,” Clayton concluded.
Maddie went into the hall to stand by Clayton. They didn’t leave, but they wanted Daniel and Patti to have a moment alone.
“I promise I’ll do my best not to feel you up,” Daniel continued. “But it’s kinda tough—that whole hot redhead thing and all.”
“You’re pretty hot yourself,” Patti admitted. “And I’ll try not to slap you again.”
“Unless I deserve it.”
“It’s getting late,” Clayton said, glancing at his watch. “We should probably head to our rooms and settle in.”
“Yeah,” Maddie sighed. “So, I guess this is goodnight.”
No one made a move to leave.
“Do we kiss goodnight, or what?” Patti asked.
“If you want,” Daniel offered, grinning. He moved toward her.
Their lips had barely touched when a rumble like thunder sounded, followed by a huge explosion, very close. The girls screamed.
“Jesus! What was that?” Clayton ran to the door.
Maddie stopped him. “Don’t you dare go out there. We don’t know what’s happened.”