Though spring was just around the corner, the bite of winter was still very much apparent in Augustine. That, and the fact that Melanie attended a public school contributed to her landing herself with a cold. And she really did hate being sick. It kept her cooped up in her house. Besides that, it was just uncomfortable. But there were some benefits. Or, rather, there were benefits to having her catch a cold at this exact time. Mainly, it would help draw attention away from all of her acting out that she’d been doing lately. Between Logan, NYU, and Colton (which had not been addressed yet), Melanie was surprised she hadn’t been put under literal house arrest. She was due to be yelled at again, but a runny nose and a cough could just save her from that. Leaving her room with her hair in a large bun on her head and the comforter from her mattress pulled around her, she made her way downstairs.