Jake to the rescue. Shawn felt relieved. He came by telling the girl who grabbed Shawn's bum, to back off. He asked if Shawn was okay.
"Yeah Jake, I'm cool. Good thing you showed up though I-" Before Shawn could finish what he was saying, Jake told him, he'd be back. Then he was gone just as fast as he came. Once again outnumbered by these enamored group of girls.
"Hey!" Came a voice from behind. One Shawn recognized from a lengthy but interesting chat earlier. Renée had been watching it all go down and she didn't sound like she approved, at all. Shawn watched all three girls turn their attention to the increasingly closer Renée Carlson.
"Don't you think you're being bitches?" Shawn's expression changed to a very amused one, with a rarely seen toothy grin. Hearing the girls give a big Gasp in unison at the blunt words and delivery, caused Shawn to inadvertently blurt out a loud chuckle. He quickly covered his mouth with his left hand; not that any of the girls were paying attention to him at that moment.
"I mean, maybe you missed it, but Shawn was just kissing a girl. That means he's not available." Renée finished. "Fine." Said one of the visibly shocked and embarrassed girls, who got told off big time. All three left together, leaving Shawn alone, finally. Except Renée was still there.
Renée gave her own personal Congratulations to him, but Shawn wasn't really paying attention to that part. He was just happy, she had basically told those bothersome girls to scram.
"Renée..." He said, pointing two index fingers at her, with a small smile meaning 'you're so awesome,' and getting closer to her. As soon as he did, he outstretched his arms, crouched down, to level his height with her own stature and gave a big ole' friendly hug.
"Thank ya, Much my friend. You pretty much, saved me
!" He lifted her off her feet a little bit, while trying to stand straight up, non-purposely. Renée was so light. It was actually very easy. He crouched down again to put her feet back down, with a friendly pat on the back. He quickly realized he was still kind of wet, and was about to back off when...
"Exciting party, I take it, huh lover-boy?" Shawn broke the hug and turned to the direction of the voice. It was his equally bohemian college aged sister, Jan.
"I came as soon as I heard the news." She said. What the? How did the news go back home that fast?
"Proud of you Bro." She was carrying some clothes in her hand. "Mom and Renaud are proud of you too, but Grandma Patty, near had a heart attack when she heard about it. She was really worried for you. She didn't want you getting hypothermia or something, after getting wet saving that girl, so she insisted I bring these extra clothes to you, and take you home right away."
It was a black shirt with a blazer; one of the ones Grandma Patty loved having Shawn wear, along with some nice dress pants with a belt, and shoes. Yeah, he wasn't going to look like the usual Hippy Shawn, but hey he was going home anyway, and the more reasons to make Grandma Patty relaxed and happy, the better.
"Hey there." Jan said with a friendly grin to the still nearby and probably surprised from being hugged by a half naked wet hippy hero, Renée. It was quite obvious that Jan saw the whole hug thing, and had misinterpreted the moment.
Shawn looked toward the house. He took the clothes off Jan's hands, giving her his used clothes in return. "I'll get dressed first, gotta see how the girl who almost drowned is doing, and I'll be back out in a few, if that's cool, Jan."
"No Probs, Shawn, I'll be waiting in the limo." He saw Jan give Renée a friendly nudge of the elbow. "Nice to meet you too." She said before, walking back to her mini limo.
"Uh don't mind my sis, Renée, she may or may not be high right now... By the way, I owe you one!" He said extending his hand into a fist bump. He smiled, also telling her again, like last time, he'd be happy to talk to her again soon, or watch those tv clips whenever she wanted, except hopefully not so soon, or in circumstances like those that had just happened. All in a light hearted, joking way of course.
He walked off with a peace sign, and "See Ya..." Going into the house to get dressed.
Shawn felt really clean. His hair, neater than usual after drying it. His blazer, dress pants, black shirt, and shoes, making him look like he was ready to go into Silver Dragon Academy, rather than looking like he had come from a house party. The only way you could identify him immediately, if you weren't a close friend, was with the over sized Retro Sunglasses he had brought to the party earlier, and continued to wear now. He looked pretty neat in this combo. Not usual, but it worked sometimes. Grandma Patty would deem this acceptable, compared to his usual.
He walked through the house, with party goers still giving their left over Congratulations, patting him on the back for his heroism, and what not. He was even offered a few celebratory drinks, which Shawn politely declined, citing his sister's mini limo outside waiting for him.
He continued walking, until he got to a hallway, with Madelyn and Jake talking nearby and walking down. "Uh what's up guys..." He trailed off before realizing Jake looked quite upset, and Madelyn a little flustered. Understandably of course, but for Jake he wasn't sure.
"Um, Did I miss something?" Shawn noticed the different expressions on their faces again and decided to change the subject. "Um... That's ok. Forget I asked. None of my business." He gave a small, warm, closed mouth smile, in an attempt to lighten up the unknown tension going on. "So ya, Thanks for helping Mae out here Mads. I kinda had to fend off some crazy girls trying to harass my ass, and all that wonderful stuff. Good thing Renée got them to leave."
"Where is Mae, by the way? I wanna see how she's doing." Mad motioned to a room somewhere around the corner down the hall. Shawn nodded and walked away, leaving the two to continue whatever it was they were talking about.
Shawn noticed the door was not fully closed. Well it was, but he didn't need to turn the door knob to open it. All he needed was to push the door open to get in. But he stopped himself cause he heard talking coming from inside.
Instead, Shawn quietly pushed the door open, just enough of a crack, to see or hear what was happening inside. He saw a boy, but he didn't recognize him from behind. Mae also looked asleep, it seemed. No need for Shawn to bother her right now. He closed it enough now, so that he could only hear what was being said, but not be seen either.
"I'm so glad you're okay, I cant put into words how much I want to thank Shawn..." Shawn raised his eyebrow at his name and listened closely now.
The voice sounded all broken up about this, blaming himself about the whole thing. The guy must've been really close to Mae. Then the bomb shell. That made Shawn feel guilty, for pretty much making out with Mae in front of about 1/5 of their school at this party.
"I love you... I love you more than anything, and-" "a-and, I'd do anything for you... But, I'm happy for you. You love Shawn, a-and I can deal with that." The guy said, concluding with telling Mae to stay safe, and that the guy would be there for her no matter what.
"...Whoa, That's Heavy..."
Shawn's throat felt dry as he said that to himself. He quietly put the door back to how it was. Shawn had to think about this for a while, maybe later at home. All he knew is that after tonight, people were going to expect Mae and him to be a couple. Yes, he was gonna stay a close as friend with Mae, but he wasn't sure if he wanted to go the more obvious direction. Especially not after what he had just heard. Shawn Morrison was no home wrecker, so to speak.
Of course he didn't want to upset Mae either. Although he didn't know if it was real anymore, there had
been some magic there earlier. The multiple shock for example. Shawn couldn't forget about that.
Shawn walked down the hallway. He saw Madelyn somewhere with Jake.
"Quite the party Madelyn. I know I had an interesting night, to the say the least. Huha..." He nodded at her and then at Jake.
"I'mma go now. My sis Jan, is waiting to drive me home. Take it easy Man." He said as he gave Jake a pat on the arm.
"Tell Mae... I'll see her around..." With a gentle smirk, Shawn headed out to the limo.
Continued to: Hide in Plain Sight