Shelby was sulking. Sprawled across the sofa and bored out of her mind, she stared vacantly at some dross on the TV set. Ordinarily the summer break would have been a busy time socially for her, however this year it seemed like most of her friends had booked to go away within days of each other, or had moved to pastures new for college in the autumn. What made it extra irritating was the fact that her parents, for the first time in history, had deemed Shelby and her older brother Maddox adult enough to fend for themselves for a week whilst they went away to visit relatives. Normally she would have danced around in glee and admittedly at first the whole home-alone thing was pretty cool, until the novelty wore off and the reality of having to get her own meals and do her own laundry and tidy up after one messy older brother finally dawned on her.
“Hey sis! Why the long face?” called her brother cheerfully as he walked into the lounge, pulling daft faces at her as he did so.
“I’m bored…” she sighed, “What you up to?” looking at him hoping for some kind of relief from her tedium.
“I’m about to go fetch Ben, grab some beers and embark on an X-Box comp. What about you Billy No Mates? Any wild parties planned?” He laughed playfully and on seeing her expression chucked a cushion at her.
“X-Box comp? Nerd Alert! Maddox how old are you?” Shelby retorted, summing up the energy to skim the offending cushion back at her older brother, missing by mere inches.
“Sounds better than being Billy in front of the TV sis! Oh actually you’ll have to shift over when we get back, things are going to get pretty messed up in here!”
Shelby rolled her eyes and sighed again. Feeling sorry for his little sister he placated “Might let you have a beer or two though, if you coöperate of course.”
Well, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em thought Shelby to herself, nodding. “So who’s coming over then, just Ben?”
Maddox nodded, stuffing his large feet into equally large trainers, “Yeah just Ben.”
At least that was 1 turn up for the books she thought. Ben had always been the fittest of Maddox’s various mates, with his sandy hair and deep blue eyes and not to mention his lean athletic body which made him über popular with the girls. Ben had been close to Maddox since they were both little kids and was like one of the family. Shelby had to admit to secretly having a mild crush on him and as Maddox left to fetch his friend Shelby headed upstairs to shower and change, least she could do to ease her boredom she thought.
An hour later the three of them were sat in the lounge, patio doors wide open to let some cool evening air waft into the room, music turned up loud on the stereo and the beers were going down smoothly. All in all a much more entertaining way to spend her evening, even if it was watching two buffoons battling one another on the X-Box. She consoled herself by thinking “I can think of dozens of girls who’d pay just to be sat in here tonight, gazing adoringly at Benny-Boy…”.
Two bottles of beer later they had persuaded Shelby to join in the games and she started to have fun, especially whilst Ben was trying in earnest to teach her what to press on the control pad.
“God Shells, how many have you had?” laughed Ben as yet again she had her arse royally kicked.
“Ummm yeah good point that, how many have you put away sis?” Maddox stood with his hands on his hips, eyebrows raised inquiringly.
“Oh give over Maddox, it’s not like I’m pissed!” she laughed at him, “Soz Mum!” she added before creasing up in peels of laughter.
“Just take it easy, ok?” he scolded, wandering to the kitchen for more beers.
They played for a while longer before deciding to battle over what music to play. By now they were all fairly well oiled, the atmosphere was fun and Shelby felt part of the gang, albeit three strong. The two lads disappeared for a short while into the kitchen, whilst Shelby sorted through a playlist of CDs. After ten minutes had passed she decided to go and see what they were up to. They didn’t hear her padding barefoot into the kitchen over the noise of the music and both Maddox and Ben jumped as she asked what they were up to. Both looked rather sheepishly, Maddox giving the game away by trying conceal something on the counter behind him.
“Maddox, what you hiding?!” Shelby challenged boisterously, trying to peer over their shoulders. “Come on, I’m not a kid!….” She pouted.
Ben eyed Maddox and turned to her “Well, you gotta promise not to go blabbing….”
“Mate!” Maddox elbowed Ben but it was too late. Shelby could see the heap of white powder on the chopping board, several neat lines divided up next to it.
“Is that what I think it is?…” she asked open-mouthed. “Is that coke?”
“Yeah sis, but please don’t go shooting your mouth off.” Maddox replied shaking his head, well and truly busted.
“Hmmm….” she considered, “What’s my silence worth?” She tried to keep a straight face, inwardly knowing there was no way she was going to be left out.
The two lads looked at each other, battling with their consciences. As if reading their minds she added, “I’m not a little girl anymore and wouldn’t you rather me try it for the first time with you guys?”
This last comment sealed the deal and reluctantly at first Maddox chopped up a small line for Shelby, showing her how to snort it quickly up through the rolled up bank-note, up her nose. At first it made Shelby’s eyes water but she soon got the hang of it and it wasn’t long before she started to come up on it, a feeling of euphoria and energy running through her veins. So the night continued, the three of them getting steadily and comfortably wasted together. Once the beer was gone, Ben produced a bottle of vodka he had procured from his parents drinks cabinet. Buoyed on by the alcohol and the coke their inhibitions disappeared and Shelby was glad that Maddox had dropped the whole protective big brother routine for the night. She’d also noticed Ben holding her gaze several times, each time she caught his eye she felt a fluttering in the pit of her stomach and was sure he was looking at her more and more frequently.
It was well into the early hours and they were still going strong, Maddox had gone upstairs to use the toilet, complaining of feeling sick, leaving Shelby and Ben alone together in the kitchen, chopping up more lines and knocking back shots of vodka.
“You’re pretty hardcore for a young girl Shells!” grinned Ben, as he accepted the shot she had poured for him. “You sure you ain’t done this before?”
Shelby laughed and winked at him playfully, “What can I say? I’m a natural!” She could hardly believe how confident she was feeling, here she was flirting with Ben, only the hottest guy around….
“Awww Shells!….” Ben slung his arm around her protectively. “I remember when you were just a little girl!”
“Don’t go getting all nostalgic on me Benny-Boy! Besides, I’m all grown up now, see?!…” She twirled around for him.
He nodded in approval, “Oh, I can see!….”
Their eyes met and they held eye contact for a long moment before Shelby giggled and went to pour another couple of shots for them both. Ben watched her as she did so, openly appraising her pretty slim frame, pondering to himself as he did so why he hadn’t noticed sooner, maybe it was the drugs taking effect but whatever it was she was getting him horny as hell. Meanwhile Shelby was pondering her own thoughts, was she reading all this right? She didn’t want to make a move only to get the knock-back, she would never live that one down….
Stay tuned for the next installment!…..