Alison was still facing the end of the pool when Ben tapped her on the shoulder. She turned and lifted her sad face to him.
"Is everything alright?" asked Ben uncertainly.
"What do you think?" asked Alison sulkily.
"Um... I think maybe not?" he suggested.
Alison stamped her foot.
"I'm the one who was being picked on" he said in his own defence, just in case it was something he'd done that had upset Alison.
"Fine!" said Alison "I won't bother you anymore then" said Alison and she sploshed angrily away. Ben watched her go, trying to figure out what he had done.
"Alison!" he called out, but she ignored him, sploshing determinedly to the other end of the pool.
Victoria opened her eyes and looked over to the pool, wondering what was going on. She saw Ben stood looking surprised and shocked, and she saw Alison's moody escape from him. Victoria creased her brow into a frown and picked up her phone to look at the time. It was a bit early yet, but...
"Alison, Ben, here a minute please" she called out.
Ben made his way over swiftly, covering himself as he climbed out of the pool and crossed the grass. Alison was slower, more reluctant, and her body language was angry and defensive.
"I need you two to go on watch for me" said Victoria "Can you relieve Amy, she'll be upstairs, at the front of the house somewhere."
"I'm not watching with him!" said Alison forcefully.
"Oh darling, you've been so good today" said Victoria "Don't spoil it now."
Alison glared at Victoria and stormed towards the house "I'll go on watch, and if he goes on watch too that's his affair, but I'm not watching with him" she said, as she went.
"Alison, get dressed first!" shouted Victoria. Alison turned sharply and stormed towards her clothes.
"What did you do to upset her?" Victoria asked, looking at Ben.
Ben shrugged "I don't know" he said.
"Well whatever it is you've got her in a right mood" said Victoria, with a sympathetic smile "You two had better sort it out, but remember, you're supposed to be on watch."
Ben looked crestfallen. He didn't know how to sort it out; he was hoping Victoria would know.
"Go on, you'd better get dressed" said Victoria, patting him on the arm.
Ben turned away and trudged slowly to his clothes. 'Why do girls have to be so difficult' he thought.
Dave straightened his duvet with a frown "What are we going to do about this mess?" he asked.
"It won't show so much when it's dry" said Emily, pulling her top on again.
"What'll I tell mum if she asks?" he said looking worried.
"Just tell her you spilled something" suggested Emily, her concerns elsewhere at the moment.
The door opened, and Alison stuck her head in.
"Oh, are you busy?" she asked "I'm supposed to take over from Amy."
"She's next door" said Dave, pointing in the right direction.
"You can watch from here if you like" said Emily "We're going back down to the garden now anyway."
Alison came into the room and crossed to the bed "Have you been having sex?" she asked.
"Might have been" said Emily "If it's any business of yours."
This story is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
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