Meredith and Gabriel settled down around the bonfire while Cameron and the other girl were still out of sight. Sarah took a seat on a log that was next to the fire as Elijah was mingling with Meredith and Gabriel. Sarah loved the smell of the fire mixing in with the salty ocean spray. It was the first night of her summer at the island and she had a feeling that it would be quite a summer to remember.
Sarah pulled her cardigan close, feeling the breeze pass her. She twiddled her thumbs as she sat there, speaking to no one. Elijah walked over towards Sarah and outstretched his arm to her. Sarah swallowed hard, wondering what he wanted, but took his hand anyway. He pulled her up off the log and then spoke.
"Let’s go out in the water!" Elijah had quite some energy today, as Sarah was completely tired and had no intention of going out in the water. Sarah pouted and that was when Elijah had slung her over his shoulder and carried her out to the water. For some reason, Sarah found herself laughing instead of complaining as he marched out towards the water. Sarah simply smacked Elijah across his back a numerous times, laughing.
"Elijah!" Sarah shouted giggling as he put her down in the water, up to her knees. Sarah shivered and jumped around gently in the water, scared of what could’ve been swimming around her. Sarah felt a wave hit the back of her thighs, pushing her into Elijah. They both laughed, as she put her hands in his as he pulled her up on her tiptoes, and he saw waves coming behind her.
"Are you scared of the water?" Elijah asked as she was still adjusting herself being in the water at night.
"Only at night I guess." Sarah squeezed Elijah’s hands tighter, feeling the waves against her legs. The water was unbearably cold to her.
"Why?" Sarah bit her lip and then answered, "I don’t know what’s swimming around my legs in the dark." Elijah nodded, understandingly. He threw her back over his shoulder and marched back out of the water as Sarah couldn’t hold herself back from laughing. He set her down as they got back to the sand and they walked back to the fire.
Soon Sarah realized that everyone was sitting around the fire. Elijah sat down next to Sarah, while Gabriel and Meredith sat together as well. Cameron went and sat across from Elijah and Sarah, along with the blond girl. It was silent for a minute until Gabriel spoke up.
"So, I’m not sure if everyone has met everyone yet, so I guess we should all introduce ourselves. Just give your name, where you’re from, and your age." It seemed like a very straightforward way to get to know someone, "I’ll go first … I’m Gabriel McCauley, I’m 20, and I’m from Rhode Island." Rhode Island wasn’t too far from where Meredith and Sarah resided. For some reason, whenever Sarah looked at Gabriel, she felt close to home. Something about him gave her such a happy feeling. Gabriel looked over at Meredith who sat quietly next to him.
"I’m Meredith Stone, and I’m turning 18 on Tuesday." Meredith sounded shy, to Sarah’s surprise. Maybe it was because she was the youngest one in the house. Sarah knew about Meredith. Meredith hated when anyone had any sort of leverage against her, even if it was just her age alone.
"My name is Cameron Davenport, I’m 19, and I stay in North Carolina." Sarah had assumed he was young, and she was right. He was a youngster.
"I’m Ashleigh Chaney, I’m 19, and I’m from South Carolina." Ashleigh simply came across as stupid to Sarah. She seemed above obnoxious and Sarah felt terrible for Meredith for having to be roomie with her.
"Sarah Lane, I’m 21 years old, and I’m from New York City." She smiled a little bit, looking around at everyone. Elijah looked at her and stared, until he realized it was his turn.
"I’m Elijah Brown, I’m 23 years old, and I reside in Maryland." Sarah loved the way he sounded so … proper. The group made their way around with introductions, and then they were all off doing their own things. Meredith and Cameron sat around the fire laughing like earlier, Cameron headed inside with Ashleigh, while Sarah got up off the log.
"I need to stretch my legs." She laughed, stretching and yawning at the same time.
"We can go for a walk if you want to?" Elijah asked, looking up at Sarah. She nodded, as he got up off the log and began to walk next to Sarah. They walked towards the water and then down the beach, in silence. Elijah intentionally bumped into Sarah with his hands in his pocket, causing her to splash her feet in the water. She began to laugh.
"You just love to mess around, don’t ya?" She asked him, still moving forward along the water.
"I like making people laugh." Elijah’s answer made Sarah happy. She loved people that could make her laugh. Sarah hated being upset or sad at any point and if she was, a good laugh always seemed to help her. Sarah herself was extremely vivacious once you had gotten to know her.
"Well, that’s good, because I love to laugh." Sarah smiled at Elijah for a second as they walked, then Elijah jumped and shrieked.
"Why’d you jump?!" Sarah stopped to face him. He looked down at the ground, with a look of fear masking his face. He pulled out his phone and threw the flashlight on the ground. That was when Sarah noticed crabs scrambling away from the light. They were ghost crabs. Sarah had remembered when she was young, her father would bring her out at night and they would chase the crabs around with the lights. Now that Sarah looked back at it, she realized it wasn’t the nicest thing to do, but she hadn’t seen anything wrong with it when she was young.
"Oh Elijah, they’re just ghost crabs!" Sarah exclaimed, but Elijah still seemed afraid. She gestured towards his phone, and he handed it over to her.
"What are you going to do?" Elijah fret, standing over Sarah’s shoulder. Sarah laughed and then put the light out right in front of their feet.
"They run away from the light." Sarah took a step forward as Elijah almost clung to her. The two walked forward without speaking until they realized that it was becoming late.
"I guess we should head back now?" Elijah nodded, still scared as ever from the crabs. The two made their way back to the beach house and noticed that someone had put out the fire. A few lights were on in the house as Sarah walked up the stairs, Elijah followed behind her.
Sarah stopped in front of the door and handed Elijah his phone, then realizing that she had held onto his phone the whole way back to the house. He looked down at her and smiled, causing Sarah to become giddy.
"Today was a great day." Sarah laughed, nodding in agreement to what he had said.
"I’m glad we have a whole summer ahead of us." Sarah tucked a strand of her hair behind her ear, looking down at her feet. She didn’t know what else to say.
"So am I." Elijah’s smile made Sarah weak at the knees again. Sarah opened up the door and walked in as Elijah shut the door behind them, locking it.
"I guess I’ll see you tomorrow morning." Sarah whispered, assuming others were soon getting ready for bed.
"Sleep well." Sarah grinned and made her way to her bedroom door. She went inside and shut the door behind her, smiling.