Summary: When Cappie has nowhere to go for the summer, Rusty spontaneously invites him to come back with him and Casey for the summer. All sorts of drama ensues. Maybe CC, or it could be Cappie/OC and Casey/OC
Disclaimer: I don’t own Greek. Period.
Author's Note: This is my first Greek fanfic, so please be nice.
Chapter One – Fences
Just let them think
There's no place else
You'd rather be.
School was out, it had been out for about five days now. The students that once swarmed the campus at Cyprus-Rhodes University were gone. Nearly everyone had gone home, everyone that was except for Cappie.
Cappie had been all ready to go home, at least he had been until six o’clock this morning when his parent’s had called him. They told him about how they had decided to buy a boat and go on some “life changing” trip in the Pacific Ocean. So now, as of six fifteen this morning, Cappie had no plans for the summer. He was stuck at the Kappa Tau house until the beginning of the fall semester. So that’s why he was now on the porch, drinking coffee out of his “I’m Not Irish, But I’ll Kiss You Anyway” cup.
Someone walked out of the house, causing Cappie to jump and turn around. He had been almost certain the he was alone in the house, but then he turned around saw Rusty there. Rusty had been a pledge until a few weeks ago, when he had finally been initiated into the Kappa Tau Fraternity. Cappie had tried not to play favorites, but Rusty had definitely been his.
“I thought I was the only one here...” Cappie trailed off, not even bothering to move from his spot where he was perched on the top of the stairs.
“Oh, sorry, I left some stuff in the living room. I didn’t want to go home and leave it here all summer.” Rusty quickly said, he was already a member, yet he still sometimes got really awkward. Cappie guessed it was just a trait that Rusty would always carry with him.
“Dude, it’s fine. You’re a member, it’s fine if you wanted to grab something. No need to explain yourself.” Cappie laughed, patting the concrete next to him, a gesture Rusty took to mean that he wanted him to sit next to him. “So why haven’t you gone home yet? I figured you and Casey would have been gone by now.” Cappie asked casually, he was actually hoping that Rusty would be staying for the summer, just like him.
“Oh we would have been gone a few days ago, but Casey had a class that ran late. She just got out today, so we’re heading back home tomorrow, not that I’m looking forward to another boring summer at home.” Rusty actually sounded disappointed that he was going home, which didn’t really shock Cappie too much. It hadn’t seemed like Rusty had much of a social life before he came to college.
“Well, it can’t be any worse than a boring summer here.” Cappie said, slapping Rusty on the back. He knew that he was going to miss having Rusty around for the next couple months. “I’ll miss you, kid.” He laughed then and slapped Rusty on the back once again.
Rusty was thrown forward a bit, but quickly regained his composure. He laughed, realizing how much he would miss Cappie. Cappie had been one of his closest friends this past semester. “So what are you going to do this summer? I’m surprised you’re still here, aren’t you going home?” Rusty asked, finally realizing that it was very strange that Cappie was still around.
“I, my friend, am exploring the joys of summer classes, without actually having to attend them.” Cappie had spent a little over an hour that morning coming up with the best reason as to why he was staying on campus. He didn’t think that the fact that his parent’s were somewhere on the ocean was too exciting.
“So, wait, you’re going to stay on campus this summer?” Rusty was a bit taken aback. If there was anyone would didn’t enjoy the academic atmosphere of college, it was Cappie. So Rusty didn’t really buy his whole story about summer classes. He figured that Cappie didn’t really want to talk about it though, so he didn’t venture any further into the subject.
“That’s the plan. Just me and the summer air. It’s going to be a change of pace from the usual.” Cappie was not very convincing, and Rusty couldn’t decide if Cappie was trying to convince him that he was happy about the plan, or if Cappie was trying to convince himself.
“I don’t get it though. You love the usual. You are the usual.” Rusty said, not caring anymore that he hadn’t wanted to get into the subject too much.
“I don’t know what to tell you Spitter. It’s not like there’s much else to do. To tell you the truth, my parent’s aren’t going to be home this summer. So it didn’t seem like much of a reason to go home if there’s not really anything to go home to.” Cappie didn’t understand why he was telling Rusty all of this. Maybe it was because he really seemed to care. That, and he had seen right through his whole ‘summer school’ excuse.
“So you’re just going to hang around campus all summer by yourself?” Rusty was starting to see why Cappie hadn’t originally seemed like he was in a good mood. Not that Cappie was ever in a bad mood, he had just seemed a bit stand-offish.
“That was going to be the plan. And it’s not like I’m going to be alone. In a few weeks all of the summer school kids are going to join me. And oh the fun that will ensue after that. Let me tell you...” Cappie didn’t sound very convincing to Rusty at all. Rusty laughed and slapped Cappie on the back, trying to show him that he felt his pain. Rusty’s summer wasn’t going to be much better. And that’s when it hit him.
“Why don’t you just come back home with me this summer? You’re not going to be doing anything, and it would definitely ensure that both of us would have a better summer. I’m sure my parent’s wouldn’t mind, and there’s so much more to do in the summer there than there is here. We live right by this huge lake, and we’d get the house to ourselves in a few weeks anyway, when my parent’s go to Europe.” Rusty said, laying out the entire plan for Cappie. He was very proud of himself for thinking this up, because he was sure that this was exactly what Cappie needed.
“I think you’re leaving out one very important factor in your summer, Spitter.” Cappie said, laughing slightly at Rusty’s obvious enthusiasm. Rusty seemed a bit confused by this, and seemed to be thinking about what Cappie was talking about. “Your sister.” Cappie said filling in the blanks.
“Oh, I’m sure she wont mind too much. You guys are on good terms. And it’s not like you have to spend very much time with her. Sure, she’ll be there, but she has her own group of friends that she hangs out with in the summer. Most of the time she’s never really home.” Rusty said, realizing that there may be some sort of tension between his sister and Cappie. He still didn’t see much of a problem with the plan though.
“You make a good point, we are on good terms. You know, I think I may just take you up on your offer.” Cappie knew that this was probably not a good idea, but he didn’t care. This was going to be a lot better than spending the summer at the Kappa Tau house by himself. “What time are you guys leaving?” He asked, finally picking himself up off of the porch where he had been sitting for two hours.
“We’re leaving around five.” Rusty said, standing up as well, but instead of walking back into the house he made his way down the stairs. Meet us at the train station, I’ll make sure that you have a ticket. And with that, Rusty was gone and Cappie walked back into the house. He had some packing to do after all.
Five O’clock – Train Station
Rusty was pacing back and forth on the platform where their train was supposed to show up. He was all alone though. Neither Cappie or Casey were there yet. He hadn’t even seen Casey all day, and he still had to tell her about the fact that Cappie was going to be coming to spend the summer with them. He just hoped that she would take the news well.
That was when he finally saw her. She was neatly packed of course. Just a few carry on items, which meant that most of her other stuff had been sent to the house already. Rusty quickly waved her over. He knew that this wasn’t a conversation that he wanted to have at the station, but he knew that it was better that she knew ahead of time what was going on.
Casey quickly made her way over to Rusty. He kept pacing back and forth, and she couldn’t help but notice that he looked like he was nervous about something. When she finally made it over to him she piled her bags on the bench next to them and turned to face him. “Rusty, are you okay?” He looked like he was going to be sick.
Rusty opened his mouth to speak but before he could form the words that he wanted to say, he was interrupted by a familiar voice. “Well, if it isn’t the Cartwright clan. Fancy meeting you guys here.”
Cappie was being sarcastic, but he couldn’t help but notice that Casey seemed generally surprised to see him. He shot a quick glance at Rusty, and noticed that the boy was a nice shade of white. “Oh...” Cappie said, realizing that Casey had no idea why he was there.
“Cappie, what are you doing here?” Casey asked, and yet when she asked it didn’t sound like she was being condescending, it just sounded like she was genuinely confused as to why he was there.
“I invited him to come back home with us for the summer.” Rusty said simply, hoping that by going about it the simple way would be the best way. He knew that since he hadn’t had a chance to talk to Casey about the whole thing that she didn’t know the whole story behind the reason that he had asked Cappie to come along. “I already talked to mom and dad and they’re both totally fine with it. They even got him a ticket.” Rusty continued, hoping that Casey would just accept it at that.
“Why aren’t you going back to your house for the summer?” Casey asked Cappie, and he was surprised once again that she was concerned.
“It’s a long story. I’m sure you’ll hear most of it later.” Cappie didn’t really want to get into the whole story about his parents once again. Once was enough for him for the day.
The conversation was quickly cut short by the long whistle of a train as it entered the station. It was the train that they were supposed to get on. Cappie quickly picked up his duffle bag, the one that he had quickly thrown most of his belongings into earlier that day. He could feel Casey’s eyes on him, and he looked up and quickly met her eyes. She held his gaze for a few moments, but they were interrupted when the train stopped and people started getting on the train. Rusty quickly handed him his ticket, which said where he was to sit, and then climbed onto the train. Cappie did the same.
Once on the train, Cappie realized that it wasn’t too hard to figure out where to sit. He quickly found his seat, 3A. He shoved his bag under his seat and settled in, pulling out his iPod and turning it on. He was looking through his library when someone sat next to him. He looked up and it was Casey. “Well, Casey Cartwright, it looks like I’m going to have some good company after all.” Cappie flashed her a quick smile.
“Rusty must have accidently given you his ticket instead. Poor guy.” Casey laughed, pointing at Rusty who was sitting a few rows up. He was sandwiched between two obviously obese people. Cappie laughed as well and shot him a quick glance that showed his sympathies.
“Well, it looks like it’s you and me. What should we do to pass the time? I have a few ideas...” Cappie said slyly with a smirk on his face.