**Author’s Notes: As you will find out in this post, and in Dylan’s post, there are new girls who will be joining us in our Brown University RP group! Read a little about them in this post, then go check them out on my “Darings” page to click on their blog links. Also, this post title is the name of a song that I’ve been obsessed with lately and I found it perfect for this post. It’s called Ready For Anything by Landon Austin and I really would love for all of you to listen to it after reading my post. It’s an inspiring song. Check out the youtube video of the song here.
Smashingly Yours, Taylor Renee
“No matter what life brings
If it’s you and me
We’re ready for anything.”
Led by Dylan Marvil, the Darings stumbled out of the limo one-by-one and headed towards the front door of their new home for what was left of the summer. But as soon as they saw Merri-Lee in front of them once again, they had no idea what to expect. She’d already given them their team information at the brunch meeting they’d just had, but for all they knew, the competition could be starting right away with a team challenge. Taylor Highland, on the other hand, crossed her fingers that Merri-Lee was only there to give them a key to the place.
It was obvious that Dylan had no idea what her mother was doing there either by the nervousness that was written all over her face. However, Merri-Lee quickly cleared the air when everyone was finally standing in front of her.
“Hello, house-guests! Don’t worry, we’ve decided to give you a day to get used to the house. Plus, most of you may know each other but since there are a few new faces, we thought you could also use this day to get to know them; though this is a competition, we still don’t want anyone to feel left out what with all of you being classmates in the Fall,” she explained.
Taylor grinned and looked around her to find those new faces that were being referred to. Grace was behind her and to the left, looking slightly bothered as she stood next to Liam. Acacia was standing right next to Taylor and seemed like she was going to burst with excitement at any moment. And then there was Adaline, who was at the very back of the group almost as if she was trying to hide. She’s probably just shy and not used to our over-exuberant personalities. I’ll go talk to her later, Taylor thought to herself. As she turned back around towards their host, she noticed that all of the guys looked like they were a pack of hungry wolves – ready to bolt into the house and find out what was waiting for them inside.
“Anyways, welcome to The House!” Merri-Lee rang out as she swung open the french-style double doors.
As Taylor ran through the house with her best friends, it felt almost as if she was on an exhilaration high. Her jaw almost even dropped; there weren’t places nearly this big back at her home in east London. Plus, they’d all been used to staying in smaller apartments from being in NYC for that dance academy. That being said, it was reason enough for them all to run around the new house like little youngsters on Christmas. With all that excitement, no wonder they didn’t settle down until nearly a few hours later.
Once settled in, Taylor, Dylan, and Marley finally landed on a set spot to relax, hang out, and chat before dinner: on the lawn chairs out by the swimming pool. Just because they were three of four team captains, that didn’t mean that this competition was going to separate them. They were still best friends, and it surely showed by how they were gossip and conversing about the meeting and relationships (secret and known), amongst other things.
The chatter had to be put on hold, however, when Darren stuck his head through the back door. Girl talk was girl talk – no boys allowed. But he wasn’t interested in talking with the three of them, only with Taylor. Dylan and Marley exchanged peculiar looks before both staring at Taylor with intrigued ones. Taylor only shrugged her shoulders at them in return as she swung her tanned legs from the chaise to the patio and followed him to the corner of their huge backyard. Their guess was as good as hers.
“What’s up, Dare?” Taylor asked.
“Well I figured that you and I should talk and figure out a time to get to know the new girls, especially the two on our team,” he answered as he sat down on the picnic blanket that was already laid out on the grass.
“I agree, but I think we should make it inconspicuous, like we’re trying to get to know all of them as people and not just because the two on our team,” she pointed out.
“Good point. But until we figure out Grace and Adaline’s strengths, we’re at a bit of a disadvantage against the other three teams…”
“How do you suppose?”
“The other teams may have three people, but two of the three are guys. That’s extra strength and agility for endurance challenges.”
“Maybe, but the way I think of it, we also have one major advantage over them.”
Darren ruffled his brows and shifted his head slightly – a clear look of confusion.
“We got you,” Taylor cheerfully pointed out. “You know each and every one of the Daring boys better than anyone,” she added, giving reasoning for her little declaration.
“I didn’t think of it like that,” he voiced, seemingly surprised that he hadn’t.
“See my point now?” she asked.
“Taylor, you’re a genius.”
With a hair flip, she replied, “This I already know.” She couldn’t help but giggle at her girly response.
She looked back at the two girls who were still sitting over by the pool, legs now hanging in the glimmering water.
“Uhm, Dylan just gave me one of her infamous looks, so I think we’d better continue this chat later…” Taylor sighed, standing up off the ground.
She held her hand out to Darren, who smiled and took it to allow her to pull him up.
“Talk later then.”