I wrapped myself in the sandy towel. I didn't want to go back to my room and see Chip, because I had no idea what Kevin had meant- maybe if I went back to the room, they'd be waiting for me and they'd get me for real; maybe I needed to show them, "Okay. Got your message. He's just my roommate, not my friend." And anyway, I didn't feel terribly friendly toward the Colonel.
Who'd want to talk to him, anyway?
"Have a good time," he said. "Yeah, I had a ball."
So I went to Alaska's room. I didn't know what time it was, but I could see a faint light underneath her door. I knocked softly. If she let me in however, I would feel really awkward, as being wet and sandy and only wearing a towel and soaking-wet boxers is not the ideal way to have the world's prettiest girl see you. I figured, though, she could explain to me what just happened, so I figured I'd give it a try, even if I look terrible.
Jeez, I'm a mess!
She invited me, and as I walked in, she put down a book and got out of bed with a sheet wrapped around her shoulders. For a moment, she looked concerned. She looked like the girl I met yesterday, the girl who said I was cute and bubbled over with energy, silliness and intelligence. And then she laughed.
What do I even ask?
Guess you went for a swim, huh?
She spoke with such casual malice that I felt that everyone had known, and I wondered why the whole school agreed in advance to possibly drown Miles Halter.
Give me a break. Come on. You know what? There are people with real problems. I've got real problems.
I left without saying a word to her and went to my room, slamming the door behind me, waking the Colonel and stomping into the bathroom. I got in the shower to wash the algae and lake off me, but the ridiculous faucet of a showered failed spectacularly.
How could Alaska, Kevin and those other guys already dislike me?
I hope I sound annoyed...
After I finished the shower, I dried off and went into the room to find some clothes.
They said it was because of you. They said I shouldn't hang out with you.
So, what took you so long? Get lost on your way home?