“Are you tweeting again?” Janelle turned to Branli, watching him thumb his phone away. “You are aren’t you?”
Andrew went for the phone but Branli quickly pulled away.
“Put it away. All the important people you tweet with are right here,” Andrew teased.
“Seriously,” Ashanty added. “Who else could you be tweeting with right now?”
Branli smiled and blushed; or turned a darker brown as Andrew put it. He put his phone away to finish his texts later. He wasn’t tweeting. He was keeping Devon up to speed
The group enjoyed their sweet frozen yogurt on a hot day. They claimed a table outside the store, talking loudly and laughing.
“So what brings this whole ‘abduction’ into play?” Janelle inquired. “You going up to Fresno and then where?”
Ashanty and Andrew exchanged a glance and then turned to Branli. It was the question everyone on the trip was asking. Branli’s reluctance and vague answers only spurred the curiosity. He was terrible at hiding things.
“Just thought it was time for a break from it all,” Branli answered simply.
“What about work?” Janelle kept on. “I mean, did you quit your job or something?”
All eyes pressed against Branli.
“I’m on vacation for a couple of weeks.”
“I thought you were out of vacation days,” Andrew stepped in. He remembered Branli having told him he no longer had days available. He was lying.
“I’m basically on stress leave,” Branli blurted out, tired of having to explain himself. “I’m out of vacation time yes, but I filed for stress leave and… that’s what I’m using.”
Branli’s tone had been firm, enough to stop the escalating inquisition. It was clear he wasn’t revealing everything and yet not ready to divulge the details. This made Andrew and Ashanty a bit uneasy, after all, they were along for this trip.
Andrew had picked up some clothes, enough changes for just about any event that may present itself. The luggage was bigger than Ashanty’s, something Branli immediately mocked.
“Dude, you have more clothes and stuff than a girl!” Branli pointed out.
“You’re being hurtful,” Andrew responded. “Besides, you never know if I’ll need it.”
Branli tossed it in the back seat immediately behind the driver’s, his trunk still didn’t open. Ashanty had already made camp behind Andrew’s seat. It was better that way anyway, easier for both Ashanty and Branli to talk.
The trip up north was quiet, Ashanty and Andrew both sleeping more than half the way up. Just as well, Branli wasn’t in the mood to talk. A state of rumination kept him silent and melancholy. Branli’s mind kept reminding him that Devon would contact him soon with more details.
@RCMurphy: @branli @snowppl OMFG are you really here?
@branli: @RCMurphy lol yes we are @snowppl @AshantyVicite
@RCMurphy: @branli when do i get to see you? @snowppl @AshantyVicite
@branli: @RCmurphy we’re just about done getting ready and going to get breakfast. Wanna come? @snowppl @AshantyVicite
@RCMurphy: @branli I need to get ready. Gimme 1hr! *runs off to shower* @snowppl @ashantyvicite
About an hour Renee was about to tweet the boys when a knock on the door startled her. It had to be them!