Wow has it really been over like 2 months? I have been so busy. It’s crazy. I can’t believe it’s March already. I have been in a warmer mood so I decided to put up the spring makeover! So here is the post:
Previously on XOXO The Pretty Committee
“From the start, or to the end, depends on how you see it…” – Lauren
“No. We started at the entrance and that’s where we will finish.” – Blair
“EMG!!!” The fountain.” – Blair
“There!” – Ella
“Congrats, girls. Now you better get home and take a rest. Tomorrow’s a big day, almost as tiring as this one.” – Massie
The Belles stood there on the warm golden sand of the beach. One hand carrying their bags for the day and the other either wrapped around their boyfriend’s waist or fingers intertwined with their hands. The Belles wore a variety of tanks and shorts with leather sandals. Perfect for a day on the beach. They searched their surroundings, trying to figure out where the Pretty Committee was.
“There!” Ella exclaimed as they finally found Massie, Alicia, Dylan, Kristen and Claire seated on beach towels doing various things including watching their boyfriends play with a plastic beach ball. Massie looked up as the Belles approached. She stood and so did the rest of the girls and waited until the Belles were right in front of them.
“Hey girls.” Massie said as Landon stopped playing and stood next to Massie. He put his arm around her shoulders. Massie smiled.
“Hey!” The Belles chorused themselves. Blair smiled at Alex.
“Are you ready for your next challenge?” Massie asked as she stared at the Belles, smirking a little.
“Totes!” Liana exclaimed happily, practically hopping up and down with excitement and anticipation.
“Claire?” Massie gestured her hand towards Claire. Claire was digging through her Kate Spade tote bag until she found what she was looking for. She pulled out a polaroid camera and three packs of films. She handed them to Massie, who then gave them to Blair. “You will need this.”
Blair put the packs of film in her bag but kept the polaroid in her hands. “What are we going to do?”
“Your challenge will be to go around the beach and find ‘hidden’ letters.” Massie said, putting air quotes around ‘hidden’. “For example take my bracelet for example. It is just a bracelet, but it can also look like the letter ‘O’. You have to find nine different items. Three Bs, two As, one H, one C and two Es.” Massie said. “Once you find them, unscramble the letters to two words. If you figure it out, you will get the clue to the key. Meet us back here when you are done.” Massie looked at them and saw the gleam of adrenaline start appear on their faces.
“Where should we start?” Lauren asked as the Pretty Committee resumed whatever they were doing before. She scanned the surroundings of the beach looking for any ‘hidden letters’ from where they were standing.
“I guess all we can do really is to go around the beach and keep our eyes open for the letters.” Blair replied and shrugged her shoulders. She pulled out a pair of sunglasses from her beach bag and placed it on her eyes. “Come on. Let’s go.”
The Belles walked along the broadwalk of the beach, inbetween the stands that sold food and sandcastle equipment, and the surfboards/canoes rental shops that scattered all along the long strip of the beach, and the golden sand where many people were building sandcastles, sunbathing or chatting with friends and family.
“Look…” Erica said as she pointed towards a group of young girls building something using buckets and shovels. “Isn’t that Alison, your cousin?” Erica turned towards Ella. Ella nodded and gave a shout towards the girls. Alison turned her head and waved at the Belles, beckoning them to come over.
“Hey Ali,” Ella said as they approached them. She smiled at the friends that Alison was with. “Hey Alex, Alyssa.”
“Hi!” They all chorused. Alison stayed to chat while Alex and Alyssa continued to work on whatever they were building.
After a while, Blair smiled and asked, “What are you building?”
“An A!” Alison grinned as she put the final touches on the huge ‘A’ shape that the Belles could now see, after having it pointed out. Blair smiled and looked at the rest of the girls.
“Do you mind if we take a picture of it?” Blair asked Alison. Alison shook her head and smiled.
The Belles left Alison and her friends when they finally finished building their ‘A’ structure, Blair quickly took a polaroid picture and slipped it neatly into the pocket of her bag. The Belles had continued to walk down the promenade when suddenly, Alex gave a shout.
“Pete! Sam!” Alex yelled towards two guys, the same age, who went to Briarwood with the guys. Pete and Sam where skateboarding at the new ramp that was built just last month. Alex ran towards them. “Hey guys!” Alex said as he gave them both a fist bump. Erica stopped short and stared at the ramp.
“Blair?” Erica whispered as she grabbed Blair’s elbow sharply.
“Ow! What?” Blair said annoyed while she rubbed her elbow with her other hand.
“C!” Erica grinned. Blair saw it at once. When you turned the skateboarding ramp sideways, it looked exactly like the letter ‘C’. Blair grinned back and took out the polaroid. She snapped a picture of the skateboard ramp and placed it with the other polaroid.
“We should really make a list. Let’s see. We found one A and one C. That leaves three Bs, one more A, one H, and two Es.” Blair announced as she typed that into her phone. “Come on, we have to go if we want to finish in time.”
The boys said goodbye and they left. They headed towards the centre of the beach. There were more people here who wanted to swim, play and surf, so there was a lifeguard’s chair there. “Wait a sec. The surfboards and lifeguard’s chair looks kind of like…” Ella began to say, and then looked at the others.
“E and A!” The Belles shouted and ran towards them. First, they reached the lifeguard’s chair and snapped a photo of the side, where the two long legs and a horizontal support system looked liked the letter ‘A’. Then they went to where three surfboards were standing up in the sand, and one was laying against the three. Sideways, it looked like the letter ‘E’. Blair quickly snapped the photo and placed both the polaroids into her tote bag.
“Come on! We still have five other letters to find!”
The Belles have walked up and down the boardwalk of the beach several times already. They most of the letters; two life preservers as a B, a B written in the sand, driftwood arranged as an H and a balloon seller with lettered balloons for an E, after stopping to eat and drink something of course. All that was missing was the final letter, ‘B’.
“I seriously don’t see anything that looks like a ‘B’ anymore.” Ella said as she looked down the beach for the tenth time. They have been looking for a while now and they just could not find it.
“Ok let’s stop and think.” Blair said. She stared at the clear blue water that connects with the soft golden sand. Suddenly, Lauren gasped as her eyes widened, and then started to laugh, uncontrollably.
“What’s up?” Liana asked as she started to giggle over Lauren.
“We are sooooooo stupid!” Lauren barely said before she started laughing again.
“Lauren, calm down. What’s up?” Blair said soothingly as Lauren started to take in huge breaths, trying to control herself.
“I found the last letter.” Lauren smiled and pointed at Blair’s hair.
Blair had taken her sunglasses and placed them on her hair after a few clouds had appeared and it wasn’t too bright anymore.
“My sunglasses? OMG!” Blair finally realised what Lauren was trying to say. The last letter had been under their noses, or on top of their heads for the entire time. Blair placed her sunglasses in the sand and snapped a photo with the polaroid. “The final letter.” She said as she tilted the photo sideways, making the sunglasses look like the letter “B”.
“Ok let’s see…” Blair said as they stood next to one of the picnic tables that was used for people to eat from. She took all the Polaroid images out of her bag and spread them out on the table. “What would this spell? Remember, it has to be two words.”
They stared at the photographs for a while, trying out different combinations in their heads. “Well, we have to be on the beach for a reason right? So it probably has something to do with the beach.” Erica said.
“Right! And you can spell beach too,” Ella said. “We still have bbea.” Then she got it.
“Nice work, girls.” Massie said when the Belles returned with the letters in the proper order. By now, the sun had set a little in the sky, and it wasn’t so bright. “Beach Babe was correct.”
“Yes!” Ella squealed then covered her mouth as Massie just smiled.
“Before we give you the clue, let’s just relax and enjoy the sun and the beach for now. You will have plenty of time to find the key later on.” Massie sat down on the vast amounts of Tommy Hilfiger towels that were set on the sand so they wouldn’t get their clothes dusty. She took out some food from a duffle bag.
The rest of the Belles sat down. They ate, talked, laughed, gossiped, danced, sang, relaxed…
“Come here,” Dempsey said in a whisper in Kristen’s ear as he pulled her over to a quieter spot on the beach. The sun was now lower in the sky and was now streaked with orange and pink.
“What’s up?” Kristen asked slightly confused a little bit worried. Dempsey took her hand with his own right hand, and pulled out a box from his jacket with his left. It was a small Tiffany box, completed with the white bow.
Kristen eyed him, then slowly unraveled the ribbon and opened the box. Inside was a silver chain bracelet, with a heart tag which was engraved with K&D. She was silent for a moment. Then without a word, she kissed him.
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