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Jason was cruising alongside me, beckoning me to get into the car. Raising my eyebrows, I obeyed, waiting until he pulled over before hopping into the passenger seat. “What’s going on? Where’s Vanessa?” I made a show of looking in the back seat ignoring his frowning. “Haha. Wanna go see a movie? Kate’s not done till five anyway, and it’s only two thirty.” “I can read the clock, Einstein.” I smirked as he scowled. “Weren’t you going to the movies with Vanessa?” “I’ll take that as a yes. And will you stop mentioning her?” I buckled up my seatbelt as he shifted into reverse and did a 180-turn that shouldn’t have been humanly possible, let alone legal. “Considering that you haven’t stopped mentioning her at all since last week, you should know that’s a rhetorical question.” “It wasn’t a question, it was an order.” “Oh, an order, huh.” I crossed my legs and hid my smile of satisfaction. God, pissing him off was fun. “Well, lucky for me, I don’t listen to orders. And you’re only older than me by a year, mister.” “A year and a half, and don’t you forget it.” He leaned back as we stopped at a light. “Fine, since I’m feeling generous, I’ll tell you why I’m with you and not Vanessa. It’s really tragic, actually.” I pulled up my arm, ready to mime playing a violin, but he grabbed my wrist and yanked it down, keeping his fingers there to make sure my wrist stayed down. “Don’t start, or I won’t tell you.” “Yes sir.” I said, grinning cheekily. “Ok, here goes.” He took a deep breath. “She’s boring.” The light turned green, and we moved forward, smoothly shifting lanes. I stared at him in disbelief. “What?” I tipped my head to the side, pretending to shake water out of my ears. “What? Did I hear you properly? This girl that you’ve been practically worshipping since September is BORING?!” He refused to look at me, but I could see the corners of his mouth curve up. “Do you mean to tell me-” I paused for dramatic effect. “That you’ve completely wasted your time, Kate’s time and my time to talk about this young woman?” “Ok! I get it, Louise, no need to rub it in. Yeesh.” He was grinning now as he pulled into the theatre parking lot. After I’d declined his offer to drop me off at the door (I was NOT a little kid that couldn’t stand walking a few metres), he parked and we got out of the car. “Hey, Jay!” another guy (tall, athletic, brown hair - I swear, Jason and his friends must have come out of molds when they were born, they all look and act so similar) jogged up to us and smiled, slapping him on the shoulder. “What’s up man?” “Nothing, just gonna go catch a movie.” I lounged against the car, waiting for their conversation to end. When it didn’t look like it would happen anytime soon, I reached into Jason’s back pocket and snagged his wallet. “I’m gonna go buy tickets.” Jason whirled on me, face burning red and grabbed my wrist. “Don’t just go into my pocket without warning!” I opened my eyes wide in innocence.
“Oh, sorry Jay! I didn’t mean to disturb you!” I shoved the wallet into his front pocket. “Jay, I’m taking your wallet now so I can go buy tickets. OK?” Without waiting for an answer, I stuck my hand in and pulled it out. His face was getting redder, so I just grinned and headed for the door. Once inside (he hadn’t followed me in yet), I spotted Jennifer, a friend from school, manning a ticket counter. I waved and headed over. “Hey Louise. Whassup?” “Not much, I’m here with Kate’s older brother Jason.” “Oooh, like on a date?” She wriggled her eyebrows at me and I laughed. “Jay? No way. He ditched his date cause she was too boring and kidnapped me instead cause I was waiting for Kate to finish at dance.” I leaned over the counter and peered at her monitor. “Wanna help me pull a prank on him?” “Sure, sounds cool. What’s the plan?” I tapped the screen and pulled out twenty dollars. “Give me two tickets to this movie, and print off a fake one for this movie.” I handed her the money and tapped another movie, a total tearjerker. She laughed and did what I asked, handing me the three tickets. “I so get to watch this. And you have to give me the fake ticket back afterwards.” “Deal.” We shook hands and started chatting about school. Eventually Jason came in and headed over, breathing fire. “What the hell Louise! Don’t just go reaching into my pockets like that!” “Why, did it turn you on?” Jennifer joked. He turned red and ignored her, focusing on the two tickets in my hand. “Which movie are we going to?” “Jason, this is Jennifer. Jen, this is Jay, Kate’s older brother.” I smiled innocently and handed him the fake ticket. “Here’s your ticket Jason. I just KNOW you’ll love that movie.” My grin widened as he read the ticket and his jaw dropped. His head whipped up and, when he caught us laughing, his eyes narrowed. “Oh ha ha. Where’s my real ticket?” I handed him the other ticket, still laughing, and gave Jen back the fake ticket. “You’re going to be in so much trouble one of these days.” Walking past, he ruffled my hair and headed for the concession stand. “He’s so cute.” Jen grinned. “Getting all red when I asked him if you going into his pocket turned him on.” “You should have seen him when I actually did it.” I hugged her good-bye and trailed after Jason. After the movie, we drove home somewhat silently. I’d plugged my iPod into the stereo and Yiruma played sweet piano melodies as the houses flashed by. “Why are we listening to this?” His voice broke through my daydreams and I closed my eyes and replied. “Because they sound pretty.” The car slid to a halt, but I stayed put. “While I agree, you’re going to fall asleep at this rate. Come on kiddo, out you get. Go get your stuff.” “I’m not a kid. And what are you talking about?” I felt myself smile as the music shifted to a soft, dreamy piece. “You’re sleeping over tonight aren’t you? So go get your stuff, or you’re gonna have to walk back here by yourself.” “Huh?” I opened my eyes and saw my house. “Oh. Thanks Jason.”
“No worries.” He watched me as I stretched and unbuckled my seatbelt. When I opened the door, he grabbed my wrist. “Oh, I almost forgot.” He pulled me back slightly and planted a light kiss on my lips. “There’s your end of date kiss.” He smirked at me as I stared, thinking he’d finally got in the last word. “Is that the best you got? You need kissing lessons.” I pulled my wrist free and got out of the car, walking as quickly as I could without making it obvious to the front door. My fingers fumbled with the keys and I bit back a swear, knowing any minute he could be behind me, noticing how shaken I was. Finally, I managed to unlock it and walked calmly (sort of) inside, shutting the door, then booking it to my room. I touched my fingertips to my lips for a moment, before shaking my head to forget. Pulling a bag from my closet, I grabbed a tank and a pair of pj pants, throwing them in. My phone vibrated in my pocket and I pulled it out automatically. “Anyone else home?” the text read. It was from Jason. “No...why?” I replied, hitting send and putting it on my desk. A knock came on the front door a moment later. I rolled my eyes, knowing it was Jason. “It’s unlocked, just open it!” I yelled, grabbing a brush and sticking that in my backpack as well. I could hear the door opening and closing, then feet on the staircase as I grabbed everything else I needed. When he poked his head in through the doorway, I hitched my backpack onto my shoulder and rolled my eyes at him. “I wasn’t that slow.” “If you say so.” He walked over, grabbed my backpack away and tossed it on the floor. “What the he-” I never finished the sentence before he grabbed me and brought me colliding against his body, lips melding. It was hot and steamy, and butterflies immediately set to flight in my stomach. When he pulled away, we stared at each other for ages before he finally spoke. “Still think I need kissing lessons?” His voice was slightly hoarse and his hands were still on my hips. My hands were stuck between our chests and I managed to grip handfuls of his shirt. Nodding, I pulled him down and kissed him. He kissed me back, one hand sliding back to rest on my back, just above the curve of my butt, and the other sliding up to my neck, holding my head in place. “This. Is. Insane.” he said, in between kisses. I ignored him, sliding my arms up to lock around his neck, pulling him closer. He groaned and began leading us backward until the backs of my knees hit my bed and we toppled over. “What the hell are we doing?” My lips felt swollen, and my eyes didn’t want to stay open. My arms were still around his neck but now there was about a foot of free space between our faces and his hands were braced on the bed, on either side of my head. His knees straddled mine, bracing the lower half of his body. “Hell if I know.” He leaned down and kissed me again, nibbling at my lower lip. I arched, feeling cold without his body heat, but when he didn’t take the hint, I unlocked my arms from around his neck and ran my hands down his chest. Ignoring his slight moan, I took hold of his belt loops and yanked him down so he lay fully on top of me. He pulled away to give me a look. “What?” I said innocently, still holding him down by his belt loops. “Nothing.” He rested his head beside mine, his mouth facing my ear.
“How long was this coming?” I wondered aloud, enjoying his weight on me as we just lay there. “Who knows.” He bit my ear playfully. “Well, what do we do about it, now that it’s happened?” An inner voice was yelling at me to just shut up and kiss him again. But the more rational side knew that I was very clearly delusional. I mean, I was making out with my best friend’s older brother, and my parents could be home any moment. “Good question. I’ll get back to you on that.” He kissed my neck, causing shivers to run up and down my spine. “Right now, I have something to take care of.” He kissed his way up my jawline to my mouth and plundered. When he finally let up for air, he rolled off me, my hands having lost all motor ability a long time ago. I just lay there, eyes slightly open, smiling. He stood up and looked down at me, a cocky grin on his face. “Stop looking at me like that.” Throwing up my hand to cover my face, I tried hiding my cheeks as they turned red. “I rarely get the last word in. You gotta let me gloat.” He leaned over and placed a hand on my neck. I froze. “What are you doing?” My voice ended on a squeak as he ran his hand down my body, gently. “Getting the last word in.” He laughed and grasped my hand, tugging me into a sitting position. I scowled and reached forward, managing to hook my fingers in the waistband of his jeans. Now, he immediately froze. “What was that about the last word?” I smirked, running my fingers back and forth. He swallowed hard and made a grab for my wrist, but I pulled it free just in time. “Hah. I win.” “Oh yah?” He grabbed my chin and yanked my mouth against his. That’s when the door opened and Kate walked in, stopping cold when she saw us. Jason pulled back a bit, and I pushed him away, leaping off the bed. “Kate. Don’t be mad.” I pleaded. Jason stood behind me, shoving his hands in his pockets. She ignored me and stared at him. “What happened to Vanessa?” “She’s boring.” I tried to inject humour into the situation but, once again, the siblings ignored me. “Louise is better.” His reply was simple and should have pissed me off, but for some irrational reason, I found it very romantic. Katie was silent for a few more minutes. “Hurt her, and I’ll kick your ass. Understand, big brother?” “I wouldn’t have it any other way.” At that, he grinned and reached forward, snatching me around the waist. “Now go back downstairs for a sec and we’ll be right down.” “No way.” Katie crossed her arms but her lips twitched. “OK, have it your way.” He spun me around, dipped me and fixed his mouth to mine. The kiss lasted what seemed like forever, but was in reality only a few short seconds. When he let up, I stood there dazed. He walked past me, smirking. “See you guys in the car.” When he was gone, Katie walked over and gave me a hug. “You two are so cute together.” She said giddily, and I hugged her back. “You’re not mad?” “Of course not, you doof. Now get your stuff!”
“You’re the best Katie.” I slung an arm over her shoulders companionably and we headed out.
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