When it comes to your best friend, you're probably closer than close. You're like salt and pepper, ying and yang, fairy and liquid. Sisters. Right?
Which is exactly what Rosie and Ti from C. J. Flood's Night Wanderers were like, too - creeping out of their separate homes and exploring their seaside town at night to chat all things difficult families, boys and life.
Until Rosie betrays Ti, that is, and the girls take different turns in their life, eventually doing irreparable damage and confronting harsh truths they discover along the way. Will they make it back to each other?
To celebrate the release of the book, author C. J. Flood put together a list of 10 things ALL best friends should do when they get the chance.
1. Skinny dip
What could be more amusing than running naked into the sea together at night? This will make you laugh more than that time your nan's false teeth fell out. WE PROMISE. Scared of getting your prime pieces out in public? Strip once you're submerged in the water - nd don't forget to wave your soaked undies around your head. Tehe.
2. Watch a whole boxset together
WITH NO CHEATING - every single episode must be watched side by side. With snacks.
3. Have an elaborate picnic
Set aside a whole morning for preparation, and really go to town. Find a blanket (or bedsheet), pack up your treats and head to your local sweet spot.
4. Nap together
Best friend plus sleep equals the most quality relaxation of all time. Do this after the elaborate picnic if you want to be the Absolute Queens of the Universe For All Time.
5. Read a book together
A friend and I read a book together on holiday after she forgot to pack her own (idiot). We took it in turns to read a chapter, lying on our loungers around the pool, and it was a really fun way of enjoying a novel. Personally, I would never be stupid enough to forget to pack a book (though I forget to pack a toothbrush 65% of the time). It was way more exciting to discover the book's revelations at the same time as another person, and so I am still friends with this foolish person.
6. Visit each other's gran
Everyone knows that grannies are the best kind of people. They are wisdom factories with excellent wardrobes (pearls and vintage combine), and nice china too. Spend time getting to know each other's mum's or dad's (woah, crazy apostrophe challenge) mums if you are lucky enough to still have them in your life.
7. Write each other a love letter
Sometimes the best romance comes from friendship (especially when you are both An Entirely Romance Free Zone). One of my beloved pals and I exchanged love letters once, and the note I received was one of the weirdest, most touching and hilarious pieces of prose I have ever read. Make it happen, ladieez.
8. Go on holiday
If you are old enough and rich enough then go on holiday NOW. Breaks away with boyfriends sometimes include an argument or Serious Talkings; skip the nonsense and go straight to the giggles with your BFF.
9. Dress up in a ridiculous manner and go for a drive
One of my best friends at university and myself once dressed up and headed out for a drive. She was a kind of bizarre geisha, with me as a crazed snowboarder. We discovered nothing, not one thing, and it was truly wonderful.
10. Road trip
Either that, or the above. If either of you are super-skilled sexy drivers then Mother of Mary, drive somewhere Really Far Away immediately. I'm serious, make some playlists and skedaddle. If you get tired, in spite of all the sugary snacks you've packed (and goodness me, you've packed A LOT), wind down the windows and scream at full capacity. I mean real horror show lung stretchers. Extra fun when you do this in a traffic jam.
Night Wanderers by C. J. Flood is available now in paperback.