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“She’s trying to poison me. I know it.”
“You can’t overdose on Tylenol.”
“You’re imagining things. Your face always looked like that.”
“Yeah, and there’s no sugar in pixy sticks.”
“That’s just it – it doesn’t taste like Tylenol.”
I looked around the round table in the corner of Perkins – bubble-gum happy Ashley, black-helicopter Martin, love-struck Beckett and Cecily, Nick and me – this night was headed toward being just the same as all the others.
I was so tired of the same thing always happening in this speck of a small town; someone needed to shake things up.
Somewhere in the deep recesses of Nick's backpack, I knew he not only had pixy sticks, but also a decent stash of emergency cherry bombs.
Snorting pixy sticks or otherwise getting overloaded on sugar wasn't enough to break the doldrums I felt.
The last time we used the cherry bombs, it was to blow-up fish at the lake. The last time we went overboard on pixy sticks, it landed Ashley in the hospital for a freak reaction; exciting, yes, but not the kind of excitement I was hepped up to repeat.
"Let's go to our campsite by the river," I said.
"Too muddy," said Ashley, cheerfully dumping another Half-n-Half into her coffee, "and anyway we have to convince Martin that Konnie isn't secretly plotting his death."
Konnie, with a K, I thought scratching the side of my neck was the reason we were all at Perkins tonight in the first place, and more likely was going to be the death of us more of us that just Martin.
"There ya go," offered Nick with a silly grin, "Martin and Konnie should mud-wrestle. Great way to settle scores, plus perfect YouTube material."
"I am not going if Konnie's going to be there," Cecily said.
"When was the last time any of us checked the campsite? Is it still up?" mumbled Beckett, eyes still closed, before returning his head to Cecily's shoulder.
"It's still up," I said confidently, "I was out there already."
"Martin honey? Do you wanna go to the campsite?" Ashley asked, sounding much like she was asking a five year-old with a tummyache if he wanted to go lie down with his blankie.
Martin seemed to be intently watching Nick, who was trying to balance two forks on a toothpick he’d stuck into the salt shaker.
I stood up, put my palms on the table and looked them at them square; enough dinking around, I was deciding the plan.