After a whole summer of mixed signals, it was nice to finally know where things stood. Classes were starting up again soon, so Hallie and her friends had decided to go to the beach. Unexpectedly, Hallie found another reason to enjoy the trip.
Things with Garrett had been shaky. They were together though not officially, but he wouldn't do a single thing when their friends were around. She would be lucky if he would actually treat her as a friend and not an acquaintance. Whenever friends meet up, they greet each other. Not doing so is practically saying that they don't matter. It had hurt. And after weeks of that treatment, she was close to giving up. She didn't think it was worth the happy moments when it was just them, over the pain he caused her when they were around friends.
So she started pulling away. She texted him less and didn't try talking with him when they were hanging out with their friends. She made excuses to back out when he would try to see her, even though it hurt to he