Being For The Benefit Of Paramount Kites
Author: Sega Parks

Chapter 36
Room 315

   Andy tossed a blanket to Savannah, who was lying on the couch next to Carter. It was cold in the room. He walked across the room to turn up the thermostat.

"What's up with you and ding-dong-ditching?" he asked her, sitting in the chair adjacent to the couch. 

Savannah shrugged. "I got bored."

"Well, we caught you." chuckled Carter, having her lean into his arms and wrapping them over her.

Andy took a forty and chugged it down as if he needed it to hydrate. Savannah raised her eyebrows at him. She noticed Andy drunk a lot. Why Andy did it surprised her.

"You want some?" he asked, noticing Savannah staring at him.

He knew Savannah would decline the offer, but just asked her for the heck of it.

"Sure," she said, taking it from his hands.

Her face scrunched up when she took the first sip. It was bitter and disgusting.

"Yucky," she sputtered. "I'm never trying that again."

"It's an acquired taste." said Lucas.

"I only tasted it to see if it was just as horrible as I thought." she said. "And I was wrong. It was awful!"

 Andy snickered, taking the forty from her hands. He tried to take a sip from it, but Savannah snatched it from him. She walked over to the sink and dumped it.

"My beer!" he exclaimed.

"No more beer for you." she explained. "You can have fun while being sober. If I can do it, so can you."

"You're a meanie!" he joked, feigning like he was crying.

Savannah didn't understand why they drunk. They were teenagers, but they didn't need to drink alcohol when there was plenty of other beverages they could have.

She took out her Ipod and walked over to the counter which had Andy's docking station on it. Sticking her Ipod into the slot, she scrolled down to her artist list and selected The Beatle's I "Saw Her Standing There".

"One, Two, Three, Four!" she screamed.

Then the intro to the song played and she started dancing. The boys gawked at her. Carter smiled. He got up and joined her, grabbing her hand and twirling her around. Savannah was having fun hanging out with the boys. She would have never hung out with any boys back in Graysville. She never had the courage to even talk to one when she was there. Carter spun her around, dipping her over to the right.

 "That is so stupid." Andy commented, snickering.

"Too bad." Carter said, throwing Savannah onto the floor.

She fell with a thud. She laughed. Carter picked her back up and lifted her over his shoulders.

"Whoa!" she exclaimed, as he carried her back and fourth across the room.

He hoped she would forget about Marcus and pay attention to him. That seemed to work.

 A knock came on the door and Mark went to answer it. He looked through the peephole and saw that the other girls were standing outside with three pizza boxes in their hands.

"What's the password?" he asked, opening the door a little.

"We have pizza." Holly said.

Mark let them in. The girls ran inside, finding their places in chairs. Holly settled herself next to Carter and snuggled against him. He wrapped his arms around both Holly and Savannah.

Andy took the remote and flipped through the channels until he found New Jack City playing on BET.

"We're watching this." he ordered.

"You watched that movie seven million times." said Maris. "The guy dies at the end."

"And it never gets old." Andy announced.

"Which is better?" Savannah began. "New Jack City or Scarface."

"Scarface." Savannah and the boys said in unison.

  Savannah smiled. She liked watching movies about violence. She wasn't sadistic or an aspiring serial killer, those were just her type of genre. Andy passed her two slices of peperoni pizza on a plate.

"Thanks," she said, taking a bite out of one them.
Pizza Hut in her opinion was better than Papa John's. It was less greasy and it tasted better.

"Savannah got a text from Marcus and she might go to his party." Danielle said, winking at Savannah.

Elisha grinned. "I want to go, too."

"We all can go." Savannah offered. "It'll be fun."

"How 'bout no?" remarked Carter. "I don't know these guys, we don't know these guys, more importantly you don't know these guys, so we're not going."

"Are you my boss." Savannah joked.

She laugh, but when she looked at Carter she could tell he wasn't joking.

"His opinion doesn't matter." Reese bantered, but Carter shot her a look.

 "I agree with Carter." added Andy. "We have better things to do."

"Like what?" inquired Savannah. "It's not like we have any other party to go to."

"We always party." he said.
"I never heard you say that before." stated Elisha. "You guys don't have to go, but we are."

Savannah liked Elisha's philosophy. Carter and Andy were acting like her dad. Why would they be so concerned about her going to a party with a guy she just met.
"They can go if they want." Lucas tried. "We can do something else."

"I still don't think it's a good idea." Carter said, looking at Savannah who was staring at him in disbelief.

He was being extremely annoying. She scooted slightly away from him, not wanting to be near him. For the rest of the night they were silent to each other.


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