Penelope was SO EXCITED. When Nahnie invited her to the camping trip, she immediately said yes. Very loudly. In front of a lot of people. Almost as if she had been asked to prom or to get married (as if that would ever happen.) She thought she was going to be mad, but Nahnie just kind of patted her head with a smile, and shot a glare to all the people who were staring.
She didn't know who all was going, and would have likely forgotten had she been told, but once the final list was confirmed, she was so happy! She didn't think that it would be awkward at all. Sure, things would be tense, but not awkward!
As per usual, she was wrong.
Things were both tense and awkward. Well, Penelope felt awkward, and tried to focus on the fact that Parker was next to her strumming, and when Nahnie suggested he play something, she almost requested "Wonderwall". But it was too late, and he had already started playing. She had her guitar and her ukelele with her but she didn't want to interfere with Parker's thing. Plus, Parker played much better than she did.
"Wonderwall" wasn't even Penelope's favorite song, but it was kind of a thing between her and Parker. Among other things that she didn't really understand. But. Anyway! She had the bag of marshmellows courtesy of Grace and started humming along with "Sweet Caroline". She didn't notice where Parker's eyes were really lingering as she stuck the marshmallow onto a stick and put it over the fire. "Bah bah bah!" she sang along, not understanding when people didn't do the thing. "So good, so good, so good!"
This was so wonderful! Everyone was together and getting along and everything was going to be just great!! No drama!! Her friends were all friends, and that was the way she liked it. Especially considering her three best friends were there! Estie, Eddie, and Harper!!!!!!! Their reunion was absolutely the best thing that had happened this school year. Estie and Eddie for real dating was second in her mind. Holding Harper's hand (Parker's were busy strumming, so), she squeezed it, hoping she wasn't feeling strange. Parker and Harper were both knew and she didn't know how well they knew anyone, but Penelope invited her anyway, after getting a begrudging "fine" from Nahnie. Her and Estie and Harper could all make fun of Eddie together!!! Maybe even Andie and Nahnie too. Sorry, Eddie.
"Omg, I just remembered they played this at that one assembly way back in elementary school. Because of the principal? I don't remember, but... do you remember that?" she asked Harper, smiling and being the actual sunshine that she was.