This chapter is rated PG 13 (Language)
Author’s note: I know this chapter took over a week to come out, school just started and I’ve been busy getting daughter to school. Also been dealing with a nasty head cold, and have been pretty much lying around like a lump on the couch and sleeping it off. Sorry! I always feel bad when I don’t update quick enough. I’ve also been suffering from writers block too for this story only, seems all my creative juices feel like going into my other legacy right now. 😦 The Hunt Family Legacy. I do however, have lots of idea’s for this generation, and I’m excited to get to that point, so I hope my creative juices for this story come back soon! 🙂
I angrily splashed bright red paint over the canvas and squinted as I swirled the brush around in the angry blob of red.
I was bored. I couldn’t believe that I was actually excited for school to start again. Living in a new town where I didn’t know a single soul was turning me into a hermit. I missed Harrison now more than ever, but he had been acting so distant lately, I felt like since I had moved he no longer wanted to keep in contact. Every time I tried to contact him, he either wasn’t home, or was on his way out the door.
I sighed, and put the brush down after rinsing it off in the cup of water next to the easel. My grandmother would be happy to know I was using her gift, although it was clear that her painting talent didn’t run in the family.
I had been avoiding SimBook. Not that I was miss popularity back in Morreaux, but still seeing my friends enjoying their summer back home while I was stuck here, was like an arrow to the heart.
Against my better judgement I signed on to my account, and began browsing profiles. I pulled up Harrison’s page, and my eyes widened in shock.
Trying out for the football team–pumped? I thought feeling a hot flash of annoyance that made my stomach burn with jealousy. Harrison and I always used to make fun of the jocks, It was one of our favorite past times, and now that I was gone, he suddenly joins them? What the hell is going on?
Heading to the movies? I scoffed. With his new jock buddies? I tried to roll my eyes, but I could feel them burning as tears were very close to the surface, and threatening to spill over my cheeks.
It was clear Harrison had forgotten all about me, and was probably happy I was gone. Clearly I had only been holding him back, I thought.
I slammed the laptop shut and fumed.
It was one of the rare instances I was too angry to cry, I ran to my room and threw myself onto my bed. I had never felt so alone in my life. Harrison had been my only friend in Morreaux, and it was obvious that the promise we had made before I left was forgotten.
Well, if Harrison is going to forget about me, then maybe I should do the same, I thought flopping down onto my stomach and kicking my legs against the wall in boredom.
I pouted and sulked for what seemed like hours. I was turning into a lazy couch potato hermit. Seems I was going to go into this new school year a total loser without a single friend in the world. Fan-freakin-tastic, I thought bitterly, as I browsed the television channels for what seemed like the millionth time.
I wonder what Finn and Mason are up too? I thought feeling a little sliver of interest flare in my stomach. Mom will never let me go downtown by myself. I’ll say I’m going to the library! I thought smiling at my good idea.
I ran down the stairs, the house was quiet, I could hear the sound of the keyboard clicking away in the study.
I pushed open the door revealing my mom browsing the internet.
“What are you doing mom? Looking for porn?” I laughed as my mom jumped at the sound of my voice.
“For gods sake Giselle, don’t be so vulgar. I’m browsing the help wanted ads, I figure school is starting in a couple of weeks, dad is busy with work, and you will be in school. I was thinking about going back to work.”
“Whatever. Mom, is it ok if I go to the library.” I asked hopefully.
“Giselle, it’s getting late, can’t you just go tomorrow?”
“I wont be late, I swear. I really want to get a start on reading for school. I printed out a list of a few books that are required reading for school and figured I would get a jumpstart on them, you know, since I’m bored as sin and I don’t know a single soul in town.” I lied, knowing my mom wouldn’t be able to say no to her daughter wanting to get a jump-start on her education.
“Alright Giselle, but be quiet when you come home. Daddy has to be up early and we’ll be in bed. Be careful and wear your helmet.”
“Sure mom.” I lied turning towards the door, and smiling to myself.
Freedom! I wanted to yell like Mel Gibson in the movie Braveheart as I peddled away from my house quickly before my mom could change her mind.
I looked up at the darkening sky. It always seemed like it was about to rain in Addenbrooke, and the air in Virginia was cooler, but still quite humid, although I missed Morreaux and the rest of my family and friends, I was excited about the prospect of snow, as snow was very rare down in Louisiana.
I’m so jealous! I thought as I pulled my bike up onto the sidewalk and stared up at Finn and Mason’s large brick apartment.
I pulled the lock out of my pocket and stooped to lock my bicycle to the tree and hurried into the building.
“Doors open.” I heard Mason call as I knocked. I pushed the door open to see Finn and Mason playing a sports video game, they looked like a couple of kids, and I had to laugh.
“What if I had been a thief.” I said resting my hands on the back of the couch and leaning forward to watch them battle.
“Well, we don’t have much to steal.” Finn laughed. “Hey sis, Mom actually let you downtown this late?”
I sat down on the other couch and relaxed. “Nope.” I said with a small smirk. “I lied and said I was going to the library.”
“Well she better not catch you here. Mom is protective, and you’re the baby of the family. I don’t want to get blamed if she catches you.” Finn said.
I groaned, Finn was just like mom, a protective sort, but a wonderful older brother.
“I just needed out of the house or I was going to go insane.” I said honestly, stretching my legs out. The muscles felt tight and taught, having not gotten a whole lot of use this summer.
“Relax Finn, Giselle is 17 years old, I think she can manage riding her bike downtown.” Mason laughed.
I opened my mouth to thank Mason for having my back when the door behind me opened. I turned around, half expecting my mother to be walking through the doors to drag me back to the safety of our home.
“Sup guy’s.” The brunette guy smiled in my direction, his hazel eyes lit up. I blushed.
I whipped my head around, my blue eyes wide. I was such a dork around guys, Harrison being the only exception. I was so awkward and socially inept around the hot ones, and I suffered from a chronic case of foot in mouth disease.
I could feel him behind me as he took his shoes off by the door. My face was a million different shades of red.
“Aww you assholes started to play without me. I hate you guys.” He scowled playfully. He sat next to me, sprawling out his long jean clad legs and gestured towards Finn and Mason. “I told you guys I was going to be right back.” He winked at me, causing my stomach to somersault.
“Game is almost done, then you can join.” Mason said without taking his eyes off the television, he swayed back and forth with the controller as if moving his body and the controller would somehow make him play better.
“Who’s the cutie?” He asked.
That got Finn’s attention. “That cutie, is my little sister. My 17-year-old sister.”
I blushed from the roots of my hair to the tips of my toes, my whole body went warm with excitement. I should have been mad at Finn, but all I could think was ‘He thinks I’m cute!’
“I’m Ryan.” He smiled at me, causing the butterflies to swirl in my stomach like a tornado.
“Giselle.” I managed to say, my tongue felt thick, god I hated being so tongue-tied around guys.
“That’s a pretty name.” He smiled.
“My mom and dad seemed to think so.” I smiled back.
“Are you guys hungry?” I said jumping up like my legs were made of springs. I was so jumpy when I was nervous.
“Yeah, but I was going to order a pizza or something.” Finn said throwing a controller over to Ryan who grabbed it one hand.
“I’ll make dinner, save yourself some money.” I babbled, as I tended to do around cute guys.
“You don’t have to cook for us Elle.” Finn said turning back to his game, his attention suddenly elsewhere. “But if you want too, go for it.” He said finally as the game began.
God knows, I wasn’t the best cook in the world, and as I looked through their cupboards, I saw their wasn’t much to choose from. I found a box of Macaroni noodles pushed towards the back behind all the ramen noodles and pulled it out. Looking in the fridge I saw a box of Velveeta cheese. Lucky there was a little milk, so I could make a homemade cheese sauce to put over the noodles.
I cut the cheese into little cubes and poured in a little milk, I set the stove top on low so it wouldn’t burn, I was trying to impress Ryan with my cooking, not make him throw up.
I opened up the fridge wincing at the lack of food. Well its a well stocked fridge, if you like beer, I thought with a small smile, knowing that Mason, and Finn were only 19 going on 20 and were not yet old enough to drink. I wasn’t sure how old Ryan was, but I was guessing 19 as well.
I pulled out a smoked sausage out of the fridge, and an onion and chopped it up, my eyes tearing behind my glasses, making me wish once again I had worn my contacts.
I tossed the sausage and the onion into a frying pan, the only frying pan in the house I may add, and fried it up.
It wasn’t a gourmet meal by any means, but it was probably as close to home cooked as these three were going to get around here.
“It’s ready guys.” I said with a smile spooning the hot macaroni and cheese onto 4 plates. The air smelled like fried sausage and onions, my mouth watered, It smelled good, and I hoped Ryan enjoyed it.
He smiled at me as he took the plate, his fingers brushing across mine as he took the plate from my hands. Once again, I blushed, and tried not to stare at him. He sat next to me, I could feel the warmth from his leg on my bare leg. He shifted slightly as he began to eat, and his leg bumped into mine ever so slightly.
It was all I could think about, his leg next to mine. I wonder if he felt it too?
“This is really good.” Mason said spooning in bites of Macaroni and cheese into his mouth as fast he could shovel it in.
“Thanks Elle, you’re awesome.” Finn said a bit more politely then Mason, waiting until his mouth was clear before he spoke again.
“You can say that again.” Ryan smiled at me, his green eyes met mine, I couldn’t look away.
Mason and Finn finished quickly, eager to get back to their game. As they picked up their plates off the table and went back into the living room I was left alone with Ryan.
I pushed the bowl away from me, suddenly no longer hungry, I was much to nervous, and as I had the clumsy trait, I didn’t want to end up wearing my macaroni and cheese. I looked down at my shirt, once again wishing I had dressed up a little. Had I only known, then I would had picked out something a little nicer and popped in my contacts while I was at it.
I knew I had pretty eyes, my dad’s eyes, my mom always reminded me. One of the first things she noticed about my dad when she met him was his startling blue eyes and long dark lashes. I smiled at Ryan shyly across the table.
“Well I better clean up.” I said finally, and took the empty bowl from Ryan and began to wash the dishes.
I tried not to yawn and portray how tired I was as I watched Finn, Mason, and Ryan play video games for what seemed like hours.
I chewed on my bottom lip anxiously, looking at the clock on the wall. It was very late, and If I got caught staying out past curfew my ass was grass. I took my cell phone out of my pocket and was relieved that there were no missed calls, obviously my parents trusted me enough to go to bed without checking to see if I was home first. I should have felt guilty, but I didn’t.
Finally, Mason and Finn stretched, tossing aside their controllers yawning. I watched them banter with each other, smiling slightly as they each proclaimed themselves the winter of tonight’s game fest.
“Goodnight.” I smiled as they headed to bed.
Finn turned toward me, frowning slightly. “Shouldn’t you be getting home before Mom and Dad catch you out after curfew? Do you need me to drive you home?”
I glared at him, embarrassed that I still didn’t have my license. Back in Morreaux, I had been more than happy to ride my bike, and never thought about driving. Now that I lived in Addenbrooke, I had to start thinking about getting my driver’s license. “I’m heading out in a few.” I said neutrally, waving at my brother as he headed into the bathroom to shower before bed. “Night Mason.” I waved at my cousin.
I turned to Ryan who was still playing the video game. I silently pleaded for him to turn it off and look at me. Throw a girl some hope would ya? I thought trying not to stare at him.
It was like god himself had heard my prayer, I smiled with satisfaction as Ryan turned off the video game tossing the controller with the others and turned to me, giving me a little lop sided grin. I noticed once again how gorgeous his eyes were, green with a hint of brown. Such long lashes for a guy, I noticed.
I had to resist the urge to start naming our future children.
“Do you want me to drive you home?” Ryan asked. “If you want, I can throw your bike into the trunk.” He smiled at me, once again making my stomach flip.
“If you really don’t mind.” I said batting my lashes.
“Do you have something caught in your eye?” Ryan frowned.
I felt stupid. “Yeah an eyelash. Sure, if you would like to drive me home, I would appreciate it.” I said choking back my disappointment. He probably saw me as Finn’s baby sister, and nothing more. I was such an idiot.
I sat in the front seat, my hands in my lap as Ryan loaded my bike into the trunk. I watched him from the rearview mirror, watching the way the muscles of his forearm rippled as he easily lifted the bike into the trunk.
Say something Giselle, I thought as Ryan pulled away from the curb. You awkward idiot. I berated myself.
“Nice night huh?” I said finally. Oh great, yeah lets talk about the weather, way to go Giselle.
Ryan smiled at me, “Beautiful.” He looked at me for a long time, making me nervous.
“So how did you meet my brother and cousin.” I asked, staring out the window and watching the lights of the city.
“Well, I responded to an ad in the paper for a roommate, but we go to the same University. Your brother’s a good guy, Mason is a trip. Quite the ladies man I may add.”
I looked down in my lap, wondering if he was as well, but I bit my tongue and didn’t ask. I forced myself to laugh slightly. “Yeah he’s always been that way.”
As we neared my neighborhood I asked Ryan to stop and let me out at the bus stop next to the payphone. I didn’t want the lights from Ryan’s car shining into the window and waking up my parents. The sun would be rising soon, and I knew it was only a matter of time before my dad would be waking up for work, if he wasn’t up already.
He lifted the bike out of the trunk setting it down on the sidewalk. I looked up at him, wondering what to do next.
“It was nice to meet you.” I said finally.
“It was nice to meet you too.” He smiled in return. I looked down at my shoes and scratched the back of my head.
“Well I guess I better get home.” I said wistfully looking over my shoulder towards my house, happy to see that all the lights were off. Looks like I was still safe, if I hurried.
“See ya around.” Ryan said lifting his hand slightly in a wave.
“See ya.” I said a little sadly, I watched him climb back into his car and drive off without another look back.
I turned toward home, hopped on my bike, and peddled as fast as my legs could manage.
Creek! The front door sounded as I pushed it open quietly as possible. I froze like a deer in the headlights. I waited for the light to pop on and to see my parents sitting there on the couch with disapproving looks on their faces. I would be grounded for life.
The living room was empty, I resisted the urge to cheer and booked it up the stairs as quietly as possible. I paused on the second story landing outside my parents bedroom and thankfully not hearing a sound. Almost home free, I grinned.
Once I got to my room without incident I could hardly hold back my excitement! I couldn’t believe I had gotten away with it.
A wave of sleepiness hit me like a tidal wave. I hurried out of my clothes and climbed into bed tucking the purple covers up to my chin.
I smiled as I turned out the lights. Ryan. God he was gorgeous. And I was going to make it my personal mission to show him that I wasn’t just Finn’s little sister, if it was the last thing I did on earth…
I hoped you enjoyed the chapter. I actually had fun writing it. Maybe my writers block is over? I can hope, cause suddenly I’m brimming with idea’s again. I hope this chapter wasn’t too long, once I started typing I just couldn’t stop. >.<