Tori was breathing heavily. She pulled her bed's sheets over her naked body. Her clothes were on the floor, mixing with Jade's clothes. Jade lay next to her. She was also covering herself up with the bedsheets. She had a stunned look on her face. It looked like she was going to hyperventilate. Her lower lip trembled as if she was going to say something, but she didn't speak. Tori also wanted to say something, but couldn't think of the right words. The two stared at each other for a good minute, neither knowing what to say. Finally, Tori spoke. "How did this happen?"
"We can meet at my house," said Tori. She was walking down the hallways of Hollywood Arts with Beck, Andre, and Jade. They had been assigned a project where they had to make costumes for a play. The play in question involved a family that was going through troubles while running their farm. "There's plenty of room to work there."
"Fine with me," said Andre.
"Same," said Beck.
Jade sighed. "Yeah, I guess it'll have to do."
"What's wrong with my house?" said Tori.
"Well for one," said Jade. "You live there."
"Good one Jade," said Tori. "Anyways, so we'll meet at my house after school. You guys just remember to bring the supplies. I don't want a repeat of last time."
"Hey, it worked out in the end," said Andre.
"We had to pull an all nighter," said Tori.
"Don't worry," said Beck. "We'll remember this time."
"Good." Tori went to her locker to get her things. She turned to her friends. "See you in a bit."
"Sure thing," said Andre.
"Only because we have to," said Jade.
It took longer than usual for Tori to get home. As she didn't have a driver's license, she had to rely on Trina for a ride. Unfortunately for her, Trina had found a new boy to fawn over. Tori waited as her sister tried and failed at flirting with him. By the time she finally gave up, the school was empty. When the two got home, Tori could see her friends's cars were already there. As she walked into her house, she could see Andre, Beck, and Jade were all sitting around the living room. Andre looked up at Tori. "Hey Tori. Your Mom let us in."
"That's good," said Tori. "Sorry I couldn't be here sooner. We were held up."
"It's okay," said Andre. "We weren't waiting too long."
"And we got the supplies," said Beck. He pointed to the coffee table in the middle of the Vegas' living room. Rolls of fabric were stacked on top of it, along with old clothes that they were going to convert into the costumes.
"That's great," said Tori. "Let's get to work."
"We've been working," said Jade. She held up an old white shirt that she had just finished fixing up. "See this. It looks good as new."
Tori looked at the shirt. Jade was right. It looked like it had just been brought home from the store, having never been worn. Tori was impressed with how good a job Jade had down. "Maybe that's not such a good idea."
Jade raised an eyebrow. "What?"
"I'm just saying that this play is supposed to be about farmers," said Tori. "Farmers don't exactly have the best looking clothes."
"How do you know?" said Jade. "Have you lived on a farm?"
"No," said Tori. "But I know farmers work a lot and their clothes get beat up."
"So you're saying I'm doing a bad job?" said Jade.
"Not if you're trying to fix up that shirt," said Tori. "But if you want to make convincing costumes...then I guess yeah. You should've left a hole or two alone."
Jade's eyes widened and it looked like she was going to smack Tori in the face. Beck got between the two girls. "You know, you could just poke a few holes in the shirt. I'm sure that will make it look authentic."
"Yeah," said Andre. "And maybe we could stomp on it, so it gets dirty."
Jade sighed. "Yeah. I'd love to do that."
"Good," said Beck. He turned to Tori. "Doesn't that sound good."
Tori nodded. "Sure. I guess I'll get started."
"You can help by making the hats." Beck pointed to four hats that were placed on the table. They were all straw hats, the kind farmers would wear. However, the hats were covered in fancy decorations and ornaments, the exact kind of thing a farmer wouldn't take into the field. Tori had to remove these things in order to make them look authentic. It was pretty straight forward work and she was done after a few minutes.
"Okay, I'm finished," said Tori. "We've got our hats."
"Very good," said Jade. "It's not like you have the easiest job."
"Well I can help you fix those shirts if you want," said Tori.
"No, I got this," said Jade.
Beck rolled his eyes. "Come on Jade. Just let her help."
"I don't need her help," said Jade.
"If you let her help, we'll be done with this sooner," said Beck.
"Fine," said Jade. She grabbed a pair of old overalls off the table and handed it over to Tori. Tori inspected it. There was a large hole above the knee. Tori grabbed a piece of red fabric and began sewing it over the hole. Jade glanced over towards Tori. "Wait a minute Tori. Maybe you shouldn't fix up that hole. Don't you want these to be authentic?"
"Farmers patch up their clothes," said Tori. "I've seen it plenty of times on TV or in cartoons."
"Well if you saw it on TV it must be true," said Jade.
"Guys," said Andre. "Come on."
"I'm just offering my input on Tori's work," said Jade.
"Well stop it," said Beck.
The four continued working on making their costumes for the rest of the afternoon. Things went by without incident, aside from the occasional sniping between Tori and Jade. They finished their costumes and Tori's friends left. It was agreed that the costumes would stay in Tori's home. She would bring them to school tomorrow morning. Things were uneventful until after dinner. Tori was watching TV with Trina. They were watching a reality show that Trina wanted to audition for. As they were watching the show, Tori got a text message from Jade. "Did I leave my scissors at your place."
"No idea," Tori texted back.
"Can you look for them?" Jade texted.
Tori sighed. "I'll look."
Before she could start looking, she got another text message from Jade. "Can I come over and look? I'm in the neighborhood."
"Sure," Tori texted. As soon as she sent the text, she heard a knock at the door. Tori opened it to see Jade standing outside her house. "Hey Jade."
"Hey Tori," said Jade.
"So um, I guess you can look around for your scissors," said Tori. "Where do you think you left them?"
"Probably under the couch," said Jade.
"Sure, that makes sense," said Tori. "Feel free to look there."
Jade walked into the living room. She glanced at the TV. "Jesus, who watches this stuff?"
"Ten million people each night," said Trina with a smile on her face. "I've got an audition for that show. Can you believe it? Ten million people tuning in to watch me every night."
Jade looked like she was going to say something rude to Trina, but instead she went over to the couch where she'd been working earlier that day. She got on her knees and started looking. Tori walked up behind her. "Need any help?"
"No, I've just found them." Jade reached under the couch and pulled out a pair of scissors. She placed the scissors in her purse. "Thanks."
"Don't mention it," said Tori. Jade began to walk towards the door. "Hey, while you're here, do you want a snack or something?"
Jade turned around. "A snack?"
"Yeah," said Tori. "I just figured since you came all this way, you might need some refreshment."
"I'm good." Jade continued to the door. However, she paused and turned back to Tori. "You know, there is one thing I would like while I'm here."
"What?" said Tori.
"Can I see the costumes?" said Jade.
"You want to see the costumes?" said Tori.
"Yeah," said Jade. "I want to make sure they're all right."
"They're fine," said Tori.
"Can I see them anyway?" said Jade.
"Sure," said Tori as she led Jade upstairs to her room.