The Black Friday Soulmate Game - Pt. 2 of Late Night Study Buddy

Written in response to: A package arrives at your character’s house, but they didn’t order anything. Write about what happens next.... view prompt

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Happy Gay LGBTQ+

(Gonna be honest, the beginning is pretty crap, but the end is *hopefully* worth it XD suggestions/feedback appreciated!)

A weightless feeling entered Caspian's stomach as the floor crumbled beneath him. He opened his mouth in a silent scream - fingers scraping against falling tiles, trying in vain to find a hold. Down, down down, he plunged, eyes shut tightly. A black so rich you couldn't see anything covered him, threatening to suffocate. It filled all of Caspian's senses like a weighted blanket. Somebody above him screamed his name. Down... down... down...

Caspian woke up to being shaken, and he bolted upright, sweating. But it was just his roommate, Lori, shaking him awake.Β 

"Get up." He said. Caspian groaned and hit his head against his pillow. The blanket slipped off his body and fell to the floor... wait a minute.Β 

"Augh, I fell asleep on the couchΒ again?" Caspian huffed and swung his feet to the floor, looking around as Lori made his way to the kitchen.Β 

"Yep. Also, you have a package."Β 

"I have aΒ what?"Β Caspian yawned and stretched, the memories of last night coming back. Waking up in the middle of the night, screaming as he came out of a nightmare. Moving to the kitchen but passing out on the couch first. This had happenedΒ wayΒ too many times.Β 

"Yeah, a package. I found it this morning when I noticed a piece of paper wedged under the door. It's a note for you." Lori opened the fridge.Β 

Caspian made a confused face as he stumbled over to the kitchen table, where a medium-sized brown paper package sat. A note was propped up on the side, reading 'To Caspian'Β on it in curly letters.Β 

He tore the envelope open to find a card. "Well?" Lori asked. "What does it say?"Β 

Dear Caspian Riley,Β 

Welcome to the Black Friday Soulmate Game. In this box, your soulmate has bought you a gift. It will help you find your perfect someone. This is a worldwide game - so keep your eyes peeled!Β 

"Oh yeah, the BFSM. That hashtag has been trending all over social media for the past week." Lori commented, sipping some coffee. "Lucky you, some girl thinks she's your soulmate." Caspian wrinkled his nose.Β 

The rules for this game are simple. Open the box, find your gift and carry it with you as you complete your scavenger hunt. Your first clue is with your gift - or who knows? It may be your gift. Be smart-

Lori snorted. "Impossible." He muttered into his coffee.Β 

and respectful. We wish you luck! - Adadami, from The Black Friday Soulmate Game Team.

(If you need help, go to our website! Just Google 'Black Friday Soulmate Game'.)

Caspian all but threw the note to the side. "There's no way I'm doing this. It's lame! And I don't need some girl who probably sits behind me in some class claiming to be my one and only." Lori sighed.Β 

"Casp, you need to get out of this apartment and go live a little! When was the last time you hung out with somebody you actually like?!" He accused.Β 

Caspian thought. "The library." He looked at his roommate triumphantly.Β 

"Okay, that doesn't count. Besides, it'd be nice for you to get your mind off..." He glanced at the couch, Caspian's bedroom door, and then Caspian himself. "Things."

Caspian sighed. It was pointless to argue. Lori was almost as stubborn as he was, and being trapped in the apartment with his thoughts all day, didn't seem that fun. "Fine, whatever. But you're coming with me." Lori grinned.Β 

"Of course."

After Caspian and Lori changed, ate some cereal, and got their needed items for the day, they tackled the scavenger hunt.Β 

"First things first - let's see what's in this." Lori grinned and rubbed his hands together like a mad scientist.Β 

Caspian laughed and peeled off the paper and tape, revealing a small, plain box. Inside that was another small box and a note.Β 

Hey Caspian! This is your first present. Can you guess where your next stop is?Β 

Lori read the note out loud while Caspian opened the smaller box. Inside sat a small, black bracelet. It had rainbow beads on one end and a metal clasp on the other.Β 

"Oooh, friendship bracelet!" Lori exclaimed, fingering the clasp. Caspian frowned.Β 

"I- I don't know how this is a hint." He muttered, turning the bracelet over in his hand before slipping it onto his wrist.Β 

"Well,Β IΒ wouldn't know, so it's up to you." Lori shrugged. Caspian thought.Β 

"Oh! Ha! I remember!" He jumped up and took off out of the house. Lori ran after him.Β 

"Casp! Slow down! The heck?!" Around five minutes later, Caspian stopped in front of a small building.Β 

"This is a bracelet shop. I came here with a group of friends once." Caspian was bouncing on the balls of his feet.Β 

Lori was doubled over, hands on his knees, gulping down huge lungfuls of air. "Y-you know, for somebody who didn't want to do this... your pretty e-energetic."Β 

Caspian ignored his friend. "The shop is closed... I- what was the point of me coming here if I can't go in?"Β 

Lori pointed to a hanging plant next to the door. "That?" A little slip of white paper stuck out and Caspian grinned.Β 

"Thanks." he pulled it out and opened it.Β 

Wow, congrats! I didn't think you'd get this one so fast. Your next place comes with a question. Where is the moon closest?

Caspian went silent, looking at Lori for help. Lori was staring at the note, thinking.Β 

"An observatory?" He guessed. Caspian shook his head.

"I've never been to one, although I know Cassi has a-" He froze. "Cassi! She has a telescope! That's it!" Lori groaned as Caspian took off again.

"Give me a minute or two to breathe-!"

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After a few hours of running around and finding clues, Caspian and Lori got to their last slip of paper.Β 

This is it! Are you nervous too? Find me where you spend all your time. (And hey while you're at it, shoot our friend Liam a text saying you're on your way so I can prepare.)

"So this girl is in our friend group?" Lori thought. "Maybe it's Cassi after all."Β 

Caspian shook his head. "First off, this person led us to Cassi's house, so if itΒ wereΒ her, the hunt would have ended there. Second, she and Liam are pretty much an item. And third, she hates the library. She'd never wait there for hours. She's too loud."

Lori snorted. "Okay then. To the library!"Β 

Caspian smiled, and they headed towards the building, only a few blocks away. "You nervous?" Lori asked.Β 

Caspian shrugged. "Maybe? Sort of? I'll probably reject them anyways..." Lori gave him a look of disbelief.Β 

"What? Dude, you can't do that! You have to go on atΒ leastΒ one date with them. This probably was aΒ lotΒ of time and money to create. Just delivering the package is around $70."

Caspian cringed. "Okay, okay, I will." They reached the library door, and Lori pulled it open. The guys walked in, looking around. Then Caspian's phone dinged.Β 

He read the text then looked up. "You have to blindfold me." Lori looked confused.Β 

"What?"Β 

Caspian showed him the text. "According to this mystery person, you're supposed to blindfold me." Lori shrugged.Β 

"Okay." He steered Caspian forward to the meeting place, hands over his eyes.Β 

Casp stumbled and tripped as they walked onward. "God, Lori, I'd like to keep all my bones intact here."Β 

Somebody laughed, and Casp froze.Β 

"Don't worry, you can put your hands down now." The person said.Β 

Lori, smirking, did as he was told and Caspian opened his eyes.Β 

There stood a tall, blond-haired, and blue-eyed boy, a matching bracelet clasped around his wrist, and a dorky grin plastered on his face.Β 

"Oh my god- Erin?!" Caspian's mouth hung open. Erin's smile only got bigger and he ran his hand through his hair.Β 

"Hey, Casp. Surprised?" Lori shook his head.Β 

"Dude it was so obvious! Erin invited you to the bracelet store, he took you to Cassi's for your birthday because you were talking about constellations a few days before, I'm shocked you didn't realize it!"

Caspian's cheeks flushed and he looked down, fidgeting with the bracelet. "Y-you kept saying it was a girl- so I thought-"Β 

Erin laughed again and a warm feeling bubbled up from Casp's chest. "Nope, I'm not a girl. That's okay, right?" A tiny bit of worry edged its way into Erin's voice.Β 

Caspian's head snapped up. "No! No! I mean, yes. Yes, it's okay. No, it's not a problem." He tripped over his words.Β 

Erin smiled at him softly and took a step forward, intertwining his fingers with Caspian's. The metal clasps clinked together on the bracelet.Β 

"Caspian, I've liked you since middle school. I tried dropping hints so you'd notice, but it never seemed like you did. But then I found out about the soulmate game, and I thought I'd give it a shot. So... what do you say?"Β 

Caspian grinned. "Yes. I say yes. I'll be your soulmate or your boyfriend or whatever this makes us." He stepped forward. Erin grinned back.Β 

"So, does this mean you'll go on at least one date with him?" Lori asked from behind, the smirk visible in his voice.Β 

December 03, 2021 15:10

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AWWWWWW ECHOOOO DIS SO CUTE AND FUZZY *happy warm vibes*

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AAAAAAAHHHHH I have hereby officially claimed Ember Arson, not just as my fake fiance, but now as my real partner and I couldn't be happier 🀍 I love you so much baby 🀍 I'm DYING OF SWEETNESS I CAN'T I CAN'T I CAN'T- And, you're so pretty! :)

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XDDD sorry! Haha thankssss <3

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<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 I went through a small rough patch, but I'm really good rn! c: hows my favorite potato?

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Glad to hear it! Good, moving tomorrow so in a rush to pack XD

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Jexica Marcell
17:20 Dec 08, 2021

Heys i has question do u have to download remind and if not, is it free?

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It is free, and you can just pull it up on a new tab c:

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Jexica Marcell
18:47 Dec 08, 2021

oh okay how i message u?

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Join the Reedsy class, then find 'Echo' under people. Click me and a message will pop up c:

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Jexica Marcell
20:19 Dec 08, 2021

i cant join, can u send me the code on here.

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Jexica Marcell
18:48 Dec 06, 2021

Your the 100th follower!!!!!! Congrats! Also, so happy for you and Ember!!!!!!! HELL YUSSSSSS YALL ARE SO CUTE I JUST WANNA...JUST WANNA CRY! (for me, not for you, bc yall are like AWWWWWWWW) Tell Ember I said congrats 4 u 2 xoxo, jex

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EYYYY RLLY?!?!??! NICEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE XD tyyyy Haha k I will Xoxoxoxoxoxoxo, Echo (Btw, do you have Remind, and if not, du u wanna get it? c:)

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Jexica Marcell
15:44 Dec 07, 2021

i cant sorry :((( but i would

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*cri* okiii We'll just do a zoom with Avis then XD

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Jexica Marcell
17:17 Dec 07, 2021

kayyyy YAYYYYY I was wondering if you would be down to read my latest?

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asdfhjk yesssss where did yo come up with thissssss ahhhhh so freakin good ahhhh ihdfpngojgnx

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XD its not mah best work, I kinda wanna rewrite it, but ty XD <3

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Omg hi Sienna!! Sorry for late reply :c

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Agh hiiii Sorry about mine too lol I was calling my mum :)

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Ish okay c: R u back from camping yet or no?

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Nah I managed to sign into reedsy for a bit, but not remind. I just needed someone to talk to yesterday when a fam member had an accident but all is well now <3333 How are you?

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Aw, I'm so sorry I wasn't on! I'm glad they're okay though. Can I do anything for you?

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Akshara .
09:44 Dec 26, 2021

how can anyone write something happy and cute as this? My stories are all about crime, murder, and killing chacaters and i literaly suffer to write something simple and happy, but here you are, writing the most cutest thing ever. πŸ’•

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XD Thank you! Tbh tho, I wish I could write murder stories- those are one of my favorite genres to read XD teach me and I'll teach you >;3

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Jexica Marcell
17:17 Dec 15, 2021

FACE REVEAL!!!!??? AHHHHH U SO PRETTYYYY!!!!!

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XDD thank uuuuu (P.S. Just ask Avis to ask for a photo of me. I'll send them a few I like and then they can show u if u want XDD)

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Jexica Marcell
18:45 Dec 15, 2021

YESSSSSSSSSSS

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Jexica Marcell
22:51 Dec 15, 2021

YASSSS but Avis wasnt at school today :((((

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Leo Reynie
23:23 Dec 19, 2021

Avis is dead.

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Leo Reynie
17:43 Dec 03, 2021

Very worth it, this is adorable. Is this a real game?

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Leo Reynie
02:38 Dec 04, 2021

....okay NeW buIsnESs IdeA. Can we use our future (prob already very limited) incomes to start it. When you sell a book then our fam can make up for it, dat sound good??

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Hi Wolfie!!! (I posted a very smol story btw, but it's about gay things, so if you wanna check it out that'd be great, but if not, I understand! <3)

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Life is... chaotic rn XDD you?

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Makes sense. I hope it become un-chaotic soon <3 I don’t really know, there’s too much going on in my mind rn

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Same :'> Aw, wanna talk about it? I've got your back yknow <3

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I’VE PROBABLY TOLD YOU THIS LIKE FIVE TIMES ALREADY GIVEN MY BAD MEMORY BUT I FREAKING ADORE YOUR BIO

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LOL THANK YOU XDD AND OMG I LOVE YOUR PFP

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KAMSHAHA NP XDDD HAHA TY! I GOT BORED WITH SITES LIKE PICREW SO I ENDED UP DRAWING ME PFP LOL

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PICREW IS HONESTLY SO AMAZING THO NO SHAME XD (and omg, ur so good at drawing and ur so pretttyyyyy~) aLsO, while my oreo cookie memory is working, you have a Remind acc right?

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YEH TOTALLY LOL (eeeee thank youuuu~) ahahaha, I think I TECHNICALly do but only cuz I signed up like half a year ago, I’ve never been on the sure tho and don’t know how it works oop

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absolutely random but I my first story in a while was just posteddddd and I’d love your feedback on it if you feel like checking it out :DD Thank you (if you want to)!!

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You should use itttt lots of us on Reedsy do and I'd love talking to you more <3 Omg yes! Ofc! <3

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Im kinda glad I got no notifications for this, but thank you anyways XD

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Leo Reynie
18:20 Jan 08, 2022

Part threeeeeeee? ^^

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I'm gonna miss you so so so much <3 You've been such an amazing friend, and I want to be one for you too. Please stay safe, and know that you're stronger than you think. If someone tells you otherwise, tell me and I can beat them up c: If anything happens that makes you feel unsafe or scared, please do something that gets you away from them. i'll miss you <333

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Awwww okay >: imma miss chu- love you girlie girl! <3

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luv u 2 <3 how's it going? i saw your bio and you don't have to answer that now. praying for you <3

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<333 that's good at least. the smallest things matter <3 ofc. even if it's hard now, it's only a season <3

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I sure hope so, but im doing better c: u?

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Akshara .
17:07 Jan 04, 2022

Hello echo! ❀

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Akshara .
18:00 Jan 05, 2022

What have you been up to lately?

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Akari Madsen
03:38 Jan 02, 2022

Echoooooo, I have a questionnnnnnnnn!!! Are you and Ember dating or are you and Billbug dating, Im so confused xD

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XDD haha, hi Akari, I havent talked to u in a while I'm happily dating Ember <3 me and Billbug are just bored friends with nothing better to do :> XD

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Leo Reynie
00:18 Jan 09, 2022

-_-

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Mila Van Niekerk
14:04 Jan 01, 2022

MY HEARRTTTTTT THIS IS LITERALLY SO CUTE-

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Dhwani Jain
07:38 Dec 28, 2021

Read my full bio, there's a surprise for you! ;)

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Awwwwww Dhwaniii!!! T^T your so sweet omg <3 <3

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Dhwani Jain
05:11 Dec 29, 2021

=D <3

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