Being at a party like this was pretty tough when you didn’t know where your friends were. Ellie’s chums in the automotive club were nowhere to be seen. Not even Wesley could be found anywhere on the boat. More than likely he had gotten into someone’s underwear and reenacting Titanic with them. That just left the poor girl by her lonesome. She longed for her car, but it was hard to get to it being in the ocean. The water was much too cold for anyone to survive for a while.
However, it was nice and cold outside, just the way that Ellie had liked it. She had her vape with her, taking a hit and blowing a cloud of vanilla flavored vapor into the sky. She wished she had the balls to smoke. It’d be better than inhaling vanilla right now. Her puffy jacket kept her warm, but she liked the cold air blasting on her face.
To be honest, Aiden wasn’t sure about this whole ‘party on Tuesday’ nonsense, but Brian had been a member of the team, so it would have been fucked if he hadn’t went. He was here to support his friend’s efforts, but he’d gotten sick and tired of the dance floor and the loud noises and the vibes. It only got worse when DJ dude stepped down and it got all couple-y and blue… It was like some kind of romance movie, a chick flick. Like the goddamn Notebook.
After that had happened, Aiden had wandered away, and he found himself outside and walking around the ship, stretching his legs. It had felt packed, almost cramped on the dance floor and where the food was, but up here, people were less frequent, and it was a helluva lot quieter. Aiden appreciated that. The cold wind was brushing on his face, and the air smelled like… vanilla? That made his nose crinkle up slightly, as he turned to see where it was coming from. Seeing that the source was a girl — and a cute one, that that — Aiden walked over to her, and smiled. “What kind of pen do you have?”
Ellie looked over after someone asked her what pen she had. She looked down at it and then at the boy that had showed up out of nowhere to ask her what it was. Truth be told, she didn’t know what this particular model was. She just got it as a gift and then she had just stuck with it. Ellie chuckled sheepishly, shrugging, ”I don’t know, honestly. I got it as a gift. Works real good though.”
“It looks nice. Can I try it?” Aiden asked, holding out a hand. He wasn't a huge vaper; he preferred normal smoking, but the theory of smoke tricks was the same no matter the implement, and he figured showing off was a good move, if she was sitting around blowing vape clouds on her own. What? It was a party, he wanted to hook up.
Eliie took one look at him and his hand, before shrugging and handing over the device to him. Hopefully he didn’t have an STD or anything like that. ”Yeah sure, go ahead.” The mixed girl looked over at the boy. ”By the way, I’m Ellie. Might as well know the girl you’re borrowing the vape from.”
“My name is Aiden. Nice to meet you, Ellie.” He said, before taking the vape pen from her, and bringing it up to his lips. “Don’t make fun of me if I fuck this up, I don’t actually use vapes that often, more of a traditional kind of guy.” He said in warning, before bringing the pen to his mouth and putting it to his lips and sucking in. He brought in a mouth full of the smoke, and took the pen away from his lips. He held the smoke in for a second, as he tried to remember how to do the stupid smoke trick.
After a few seconds, Aiden let the smoke out, but rather than coughing it out through his lips, he pushed it out through his nose, simultaneously puffing some of it through his lips. The result? He looked like a dragon. After the smoke cleared, he grinned at Ellie. “Bam. Dragon boy.” He said, before holding the pen out for her to take it back.
The Vaper laughed at Aiden’s attempt at being a dragon. She took back her pen and glanced down at it to check the level of juice that was in there. There wasn’t going to be much vanilla left in the vape, but it didn’t matter. ”Good try… but watch this.”
Ellie took a hit from the vape and took a giant cloud of vanilla flavored smoke inside her, before letting go in perfectly sized rings that gradually got larger the farther away from her mouth it got. Once she felt like she couldn’t do anymore, she did the dragon thing and smiled. ”See? Boom. You wanna learn how to do it?”
Damn, she was better than him. That was okay, it was an ice breaker and a conversation starter: and a successful one at that. After she did it he decided that he had as good of a chance with this as he did with anything else, and decided to pursue it, giving her a nod. “Yeah, sure. Teach me, Master.” He said with a smile and a small laugh. There were worse ways to spend a party than being taught vape tricks by a cute girl, so he decided that he was satisfied.
Stuffing the vape pen in his hand, she stood back just a bit and then sized him up a bit to see what he needed to do to get it to work. She had never taught someone how to do this before, so it was definitely going to be a learning experience for the both of them. ”So what you wanna do is that you wanna… keep your tongue at the bottom of your mouth, and then you’re gonna make an ‘O’ shape with your lips like you’re whistling. Then, just move your throat like you’re making little coughs, but don’t actually cough and blow!”
‘Move your throat like your making little coughs, but don’t actually cough.’
Aiden nodded slowly, pretending that made perfect sense as he accepted the pen. Maybe vape tricks was the wrong avenue to go with this, but he was already committed. There was nowhere to go for him but up, at this point, so he took the pen and put it back to his lips. He pressed the button and let the smoke fill his mouth again, trying to remember the steps she’d laid out in front of him. ‘Alright, self. Don’t fuck it up.’
He put his tongue in the proper position and pulled the pen away with an O-shape forming in its place. Then came the hard part, trying to cough without coughing? It still didn’t make sense to him, but he did his best. He gave a little attempt to begin. A tiny puff of smoke came out from his mouth — no ring shape, but he had enough smoke left over to try again. And try again he did.
This time, he found success, as a smoke ring left his lips. Before it could dissipate, he blew the rest of the smoke through the center, and smiled at Ellie. “I did it. Hey, you’re not a bad teacher — I promise it was only a little confusing.”
A smile grew on Ellie’s face as she watched Aiden succeed in pulling off the coolest vape trick in her book. This dude wasn’t too bad. Getting a trick that took her months to master on the first time was definitely a feat that deserved to be celebrated. However, Ellie didn’t want to go inside. It was much too stuffy for her, as well as being too loud for her sensitive ears (ironic, since her car was loud).
”Do you know anything else to do here? I don’t wanna go inside because it’s too loud for me.”
Aiden raised an eyebrow at that, and while looking at his drinkless companion, he came to a realization. She didn’t have any booze, because she didn’t want to go inside! “It’s too loud? That’s killer, dude. You want me to run inside and grab you a drink? Actually, I insist. Pick your poison, and I’ll be right back with it.” Aiden offered, smiling at her. He didn’t think it was a party until you were smashed, and the girl couldn’t get smashed if she had to stay out here all day. “I’ll go get us a couple of drinks, and we’ll share them out here, under the stars.”
Ellie nodded and smiled, happy that Aiden was more than willing to go in for her and grab her some drinks. She knew that she wasn’t going to be too happy in there with how loud the music was. ”Just grab me a Coke or something. I can’t really drink since I’m driving tonight.” She took another hit from her vape before continuing with what she was saying, ”Thank you so much!”
Aiden nodded and gave her a thumbs up. “Yeah, no problem. Designated driver, huh? Tough. That’s alright though, I can respect that. I’ll be right back, yeah?” He grinned and turned away, walking off toward the sounds of partying emanating from behind them. It didn’t take long before he returned with a can in each hand, one of which he held out to her.
“Hey, dude. All they had was Dr. Pepper, I hope that’s cool.” He shrugged his shoulders, before cracking his can open, and taking a sip from it, “I guess it’s Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper too? Not bad, no complaints. What kind of car do you drive?” He looked her up and down, and tried to think about who he’d seen her hanging out with before…. AJ? Scott? That seemed right. “I think I’ve seen you around with the car people. So I bet it’s something wicked, isn’t it?”
”Oh damn! They have that? I didn’t even know that! Ellie took the can gleefully, before taking a sip, ”This is my favorite soda. What a surprise.” She then looked at Aiden intently. This guy really wasn’t that bad at all. He was an angel already, compared to some of the other dudes at Fuckboy High BHHS. The type of car she drove… that was a question that she loved being asked. But, she didn’t want to geek out about her car just yet. ”I drive a Chevrolet Corvette. Back when they were real good. My parents got one and helped me restore it as I got older, they said I could have it as soon as I got my license, so here I am today.” Ellie sipped from her Dr. Pepper again, before thinking of a response to Aiden’s follow-up question, ”Yeah, they’re some of my closest buds. We like each other and our cars and we have some good times. Can’t really ask for more.
Ellie then cleared her throat, thinking of a question to ask Aiden. ”What about you? You drive a car? Where in school do you hang out? I haven’t seen you around, so.. don’t take offense.”
“I don’t drive anything fancy, just a Camry. I wish I did, but I don’t think I have the time I need to dedicate to a car, if I want to like… take proper care of it and stuff? Cars are great, but no time no money. I’ll just admire them in Forza.” He laughed and took a sip from his soda, shrugging. Aiden liked playing the game, but he knew it wasn’t really like having a car that you actually tinkered on, and that you really turned the wrench on. It wasn’t the same, but it was kind of close! Besides, he had the driving wheel, and the shifter. With the headset added on, it was pretty damn close to driving in real life. With that out of the way, Aiden decided to dig into what kind of car she had.
“So, back when they were real good? That means it’s a ‘69 Stingray with a drop top, right?”
”A Camry? Dude, there’s nothing wrong with something like that. I’ve seen Camrys kick ass. But, it’s not hard to take care of a car, and there’s no shame in having someone else do it. It’s better if you have someone else do it right than screw it up yourself.” Ellie leaned forward and looked more intently at him. The more they talked, the more she started to like this guy. Sure, he wasn’t like AJ or someone like that, but at least he was grounded and not a douchebag unlike some other people (like a certain rapper).
Aiden’s definition of real good was different though. Ellie’s Corvette wasn’t that old. Not almost eighty years old. No. But, he was a man of taste. Kudos to him. ”Nah. I wish. I have an ‘09 ZR1? Yeah a ZR1. The one that Chevrolet decided to supercharge to hell. Lot of fun to drive but it’s scary when it starts biting you back.” Ellie then pulled out her phone and pulled up a picture of her beloved car. ”This might be kinda lame… but her name’s Michelle. She’s my baby.” Ellie paused momentarily, ”Well… it can’t be my baby since it’s older than me, but you know what I mean.”
”Dude, tell me about your car.” Ellie unknowingly put a hand on Aiden’s shoulder and shook it a bit enthusiastically, ”I wanna hear about it.”
Aiden raised an eyebrow as he was shook around by the girl who had a hand on his shoulder. Seemed like she really liked cars. Aiden rolled his eyes, before giving her a nod, “Well, it doesn’t have a name. That is a little lame,” he said in a teasing voice, grinning at her before he carried on talking about his own ride, “let’s see… It’s grey, like the silvery grey. I didn’t want black, and I didn’t want white, either. An actual color? Too much for me, I kinda like to go with the flow and not draw too much attention to myself. The interior is leather, of course, black with red finish. It’s a really nice car, but I haven’t like riced it too much. I don’t know where I’d even start…” He paused as he felt his wrist buzz, looking down at his smart watch, which displayed a notification.
“Hey, I gotta take off. Someone needs me elsewhere… Here’s my number, though. Why don’t you give me a call or a text sometime, though? We can get together and you can like check my car out, and tell me where I can improve?” He smiled and pulled a piece of paper out of his pocket, an old receipt from Burger King, if it mattered, and scribbled on it with a blue felt tip pen, before handing it over. “Sorry! It was nice meeting you.” He gave her an apologetic smile, and then turned to head off back toward the sounds of the party.
Ellie was actually kind of into the Camry. Odd, considering it was the most mundane car to ever exist. But for whatever reason this boy made it interesting. The car even sounded incredibly boring, but Ellie was loving it. A bummer came to interrupt Ellie’s brief moment of happiness, which really harshed her vibe. Looking up at him, she took the receipt from his hands and stuffed it in her pockets. Not knowing what to say, she just smiled and waved as she watch him go off. Ellie was once again left by her lonesome, which was fine. She could just enjoy herself and her vape. Additionally, she had a fine time watching Yung Steve make an embarrassment of himself trying to catch a football.