Nicoletta - Dare

Uncontrollable giggling suddenly disturbed the quiet home, seeping up through the floors of the small cottage, causing the man and woman in the kitchen to grin at each other. Their daughter was having a slumber party in celebration of her fourteenth birthday. There were thirteen girls over, not including their Jamie, and the giggling erupted from each of them every few minutes. Mr. and Mrs. O’Riley were fine with it, so far. It was only a bit after eleven in the evening, so they weren’t going to complain yet. They loved their daughter and were nothing but happy with the life they gave her, the life she was leading, and the happiness she obviously felt.

Meanwhile, in the Basement-o-Giggles, the fourteen girls were in a big circle, sitting Indian-style, surrounding a makeshift spinning pointer. Their little creation, a plastic bottle wrigged to the needle of a thumb tack which was messily taped to a short stool, was used to select who would be asked the Big Question. Whosever turn it was to ask the question would spin the bottle. Whomever it landed on would be asked, with a mass of giggles, “TRUTH OR DARE?!”

Currently, the birthday girl, Jamie, was spinning the bottle. The girls were all leaning forward, watching with wide eyes as the bottle slowed and took a dreadfully long time to stop. When it did, everyone started giggling excitedly yet again. The bottle cap was pointed directly at a leggy redhead, who was grinning broadly and staring at her best friend across the circle. Jamie and Nicoletta Deirdre Winters had been closer than any two friends in the world since kindergarten.

“TRUTH OR DARE, COLIE?!” Jamie was obviously excited. Not only was she giggling hysterically, but she was now bouncing up and down on her feet and clapping her hands. Apparently, she had a devious plan. Not one to disappoint, Nicoletta—who only allowed Jamie to call her Colie—leaned forward even further and whispered for dramatic effect, “Dare.” This, of course, brought the rest of the girls to a giggling fit as they rolled around the floor, tears streaming down their faces.

They gained control of themselves as soon as Cayne, Jamie’s gorgeous older brother, stepped into their line of vision. Before he could even offer drinks to anyone, as his parents had told him to do, Jamie was jumping to her feet.

“Nicoletta Deirdre Winters,” she declared, drawing the attention of everyone, “I dare you to kiss Cayne Wyatt O’Riley full on the mouth!” She’d known her Colie had had a crush on her big brother for ages. Now it was just time to do something about it! Standing with a triumphant look on her face, arms crossed over her chest as she grinned at her dumbfounded brother, Jamie never noticed the change coming over her best friend.

The dared girl was still sitting, completely ignoring the rest of the girls who were slapping her on the back and encouraging her. She didn’t know what to do. What would happen if she went through with it? Would he push her away? Would he kiss her back? What was he thinking? Never once did she even consider what was actually to come.

Getting to her feet, Nic walked slowly over to Cayne. He watched her, his face expressionless, as she got closer and closer. He didn’t move until she was standing a breath away. Had he ever noticed the green of her eyes before? Subconsciously, he lowered his head with the intention of kissing her, but his lips never met hers. Instead, he felt a sharp stab of pain that started in his neck, then ran the full course of his body. He didn’t even notice he was on the floor, in Nicoletta’s arms. All he felt were her lips on his neck and an odd sort of satisfying sensation as he slowly died.

Nicoletta - Dare

Kaiya Knox

New Orleans, United States

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I wrote this as sort of like a prologue, if I were to ever write a book on Nicoletta. I would obviously make this longer, add more to it. This is a fairly old piece of work, anyhow.

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