I walked around campus looking for Eric for about an hour, he was no where. I looked everywhere, the main house, all three cabins plus leaders cabin, the pool, the bathrooms, the fields, everywhere. I finally walked back up to his truck and sat in the back and just thought.
I thought about Eric, and what Erve had said about him. Could it really be true? Did he really love me that much? He couldn't, could he?
I thought about how much time I still had left here at camp, with him and his family, and with Michaela. We got here on Sunday, it's Tuesday now. On thursday the guy counslers would start showing up to prepare the two weeks of camp. Would he still want to spend time with me, even though all his friends would be there?
"There you are!" I heard Mike yell to me. I looked back at him, on his flanks were Michaela and Jake - my real family. Behind Jake was Pete, a counsler I recognized from last year, same age as my brother, Jake, Eric, and Mike. He was tan, and had black curly hair parted on the side. He smiled at me like he knew something.
"Find him?" I asked as they all climbed into the back of the truck.
"Naaah. We thought we'd come find you to see if you had any luck. But I'll take that as a no. We did, however, find Petey over here. His dad dropped him off early. So he'll be chillin with us for now." Michaela answered.
"Hey Pete. What's happenin?" I greeted.
"Not much, can't find your boyfriend, huh?" he smiled again. I had never really thought of Eric with the title 'boyfriend' tagged on, but I guess that's what he is.
"Yeah, I guess so. I don't know where he could be..." I replied.
"Anyone check Echo Rock?" Pete asked.
"No, I don't think so, anyone feel like taking a walk with me?" I looked at everyone.
Before I knew it, all five of us were walking downt the path to Echo Rock, Eric's favorite place at camp. I had the dock, and he had the rock.
We heard Eric before we actually saw him. He was blaring his music and sitting on the edge. The pack made me go up first, and not tell him they were there. They just wanted to know what was wrong, knowing he would tell me, and not the entire group. Whenever something was up, Eric came here and blasted his music, drowning everyone out. I hadn't thought to look here because I thought everything was fine.
"Hey there..." I said as I climbed up the rock. Echo Rock was more of a cliff looking out at the reservior. You could see everything from here, and, as the name implies, you scream, the mountains mimic.
There was no answer. I tried a different aproach, "Pete's here. His dad dropped him off early." I had to yell to be heard over the music.
"Do you think they're right?" Eric had caught me off guard. It took me a minute to realize who he was talking about. I reached down and turned the music off and sat down next to him.