January 28th, 2015
“I think you need to rest, Kate…” Finn said as he followed me into the house.
“I told you, I’m fine. I get like that when I’m stressed out and you know what hospitals do to me…” I said as I took in a deep breath, taking in the familiar smell of my childhood, “Home.” I whispered to myself with a smile.
“Girl, you’re telling me, every time you get stressed, you just pass out?” Anna asked as she shut the front door and followed me into the living room.
“Not every time but, yea. The doctor told me its this vasovagal… something or other.” I explained, “You know how some people faint at the sight of blood? Well, it’s the same thing. Just my body overreacting to stress.” I shrugged. It wasn’t exactly a lie. That has happened to me a few times in the past, and that was what happened to me back at the hospital, just not for the reason I told them.
“If you feel it coming on can you, like, stop it?” Anna asked as she plopped down on the couch.
“Yea, actually. If you pass out, that’s your bodies way of telling you that you need to lie down. Since it can’t just say, ‘Hey Kate, lie down for a second.’ It forces you to pass out. When your horizontal its easier for blood to circulate, so if I feel like I’m going to pass out, I lie down on the floor and lift my legs in the air, and usually after about thirty seconds I’m fine.” I explained, taking a seat next to her.
“Why do you put your legs in the air?” Anna asked with an amused tone.
“To help the blood leave my legs and get to my brain faster or something, I don’t know. Just following doc’s orders.” I shrugged.
“Huh…” Anna said out loud.
“I’m starving.” Finn said as he took a seat in the chair across from us, “How does pizza sound?” He suggested.
“Fattening.” Anna mumbled.
“Delicious.” I said with a smile. “There’s a menu on the fridge, go order a few larges and get a salad for this one…” I said, tilting my head in Anna’s direction before standing up. “I’m gonna take a quick shower.”
Finn nodded, “On it.” He said as he took off towards the kitchen.
I tossed Anna the remote, “Make yourself at home.” I said with a smile before I walked up the stairs and to the bathroom.
My shower was longer than I anticipated. I ended up keeping my hair in a ponytail and just let the hot water massage my back and shoulders as I thought about what Lou said to me earlier. Could he have been right about my father? I didn’t see any reason for him to lie to me about it. Did my father tell anyone else? I wondered as the shower filled up with steam and hugged me like a warm blanket. Did my mother know? Was his sickness genetic? If depression runs in your family, just like if schizophrenia runs in your family, you’re more than likely to get it. Is this the same thing? Could I have what my father had? I thought to myself, trying to dissect the entire situation until the water ran cold.
After I quickly washed my body, I shut off the water and started to dry myself with a nice white fluffy towel. How far does this sickness run back in my family? I continued as I ran the towel down my firm breasts and flat stomach. I searched the area around me for my weekend bag full of clothes, and when it was nowhere to be found in the bathroom, I remembered that I told Finn just to leave the bags by the front door and we’ll take them up later.
“Shit.” I whispered to myself as I quickly dried my legs and feet before I wrapped the towel around my naked body and walked out of the bathroom.
Walking down the stairs, I heard Finn and Anna talking in the dining room about Lou’s condition, and then I heard a third voice chime in, bringing me to a halt in the middle of the staircase.
“When can he come home?” I heard the third voice ask. Male. Deep voice. Sexy. Familiar.
“In a few days… they just want to monitor him a little while longer.” Anna explained as I reached the bottom step.
I slowly walked around the corner and saw Liam sitting at the dining room table with Finn and Anna. I was fighting the smile that started to tug at the corner of my mouth as Liam and I set eyes on each other. He looked good. Messy blonde hair, white button up shirt that exposed his tan, firm chest. I bit my bottom lip as I ached to see more of him.
“Kate.” Liam said with a pleased tone as he stood up.
“Liam, what are you doing here?” I asked as I adjusted my grip on the towel that was covering my body.
Liam kept his stance still and planted, but his eyes were a different story. “I moved into the guest cabin and noticed you left a few things behind so I thought I’d deliver them to you myself.” He explained. I watched as his eyes looked me up and down, the expression on his face becoming more serious the longer he looked at me.
“Oh, I didn’t think I left anything. You didn’t have to come all this way.” I said with a small smile.
“It’s no trouble at all.” Liam said, returning my smile.
“How…do you two even know each other?” Anna asked before she stuffed some salad in her mouth.
“We met at meditation.” Liam said simply as he made his way over to me, “I should start heading back to camp, I just wanted to make sure you received the rest of your belongings.” He said softly.
“Head back? You just got here.” I said, frowning up at him.
“Well that’s too bad brother.” Finn said as he got to his feet and walked over to us, “Let me walk you to your truck.”
“Give it a rest, Finn.” I mumbled, “Liam, please stay for lunch and a few drinks, you’re already here…” I shrugged, “What’s a few more hours away gonna hurt?”
Liam looked at his brother and then down at me with those beautiful blue eyes, “Alright, Kate. You talked me into it.” He said with a grin.
Finn sighed at his failed attempt to get Liam out of the house and walked back to the table silently.
“I need to get dressed.” I said with a soft laugh as I walked around Liam to get to my bag laying on the floor.
“Here.” Liam said as he reached down and grabbed my bag, “I’ll take it to your room, just lead the way.” He said, holding my bag in his strong arms as he waiting for me to walk.
“Oh, thanks!” I said, not daring to take a glance at Finn before I headed up the stairs.
The sun was dimly shining through the thick curtains in my bedroom, setting the romantic lighting for the already anticipated mood that Liam and I were not exactly ignoring. “Is this how you plan to greet me every time you see me now?” He asked softly as he dropped the bag on the floor, “You wear that towel well, kid…” He said as he eyed me up and down.
I slowly closed the distance between us and looked up at him with a grin, “I didn’t forget anything in the cabin, did I?” I whispered.
“No.” Liam said in a deep, hungry voice before he leaned down and kissed me hard, making me stumble back a step, but his strong arm kept me close to him as he wrapped it around my waist.
His rough kiss took the breath right out of me. I was happy he was holding me against him because his passion had my knees buckling every ten seconds. My hands were rubbing his chest and wrapping around his neck as I kissed him back eagerly. He tasted like winter mint and fresh iced water; Like taking that first slurp of crisp water out of the hose on a hot summer day when you’ve been running around with your friends in the backyard for hours and you’re dying of thirst. Kissing him was refreshing. I let a moan escape my lips as he grabbed my ass with his free hand, pushing my groin into his as his tongue explored my mouth expertly. It was then that I heard a deep moan rumble in the back of his throat, instantly sending hot tingles to my sweet spot and down to my toes.
“Fuck me.” I begged against his lips as we took a second to catch our breath.
“Oh trust me, darling, I plan to.” He whispered back with a husky tone, “Just not right now… I’m going to make you wait a little while longer.” He said as he took a step back.
“That’s just cruel.” I pouted, still catching my breath.
“Do you really want Anna finding out about us and then running to Charlie?” Liam asked, adjusting his collar in my vanity mirror.
“Yes.” I joked with an evil grin.
He chuckled deeply and met my gaze in the mirror with a raised brow.
“Fine, no. I don’t.” I admitted.
“Alright then.” He said with a nod as he stood up straight and looked me up and down once more, “You are absolutely gorgeous, you know that?” He asked as he backed up into the doorway.
I smirked, “Get outta here, I have to get dressed…” I whispered to him.
Liam nodded to me with a grin, “I’ll see you down there.” He said before reaching over and closing my door softly.
“Yes you will.” I whispered to myself as I stared at the closed door, still recovering from our kiss.
I quickly rummaged through my weekend bag and pulled out my favorite black lounge shorts that hugged my ass perfectly, and a white long sleeved shirt that had a low neck line, exposing my collarbones and the top of my breasts when I have a good bra on.
I didn’t bother putting on panties, considering how my afternoon was going to go, it was just another thing to take off. I slipped on my shorts, the soft cotton rubbing against my sensitive clit made me grin with pleasure before I put on a nude bra and slipped the white shirt over my head. Before I walked out of the bedroom, I lathered my bare legs up with my coconut oil and adjusted my ponytail so it had more volume. I looked good, and I felt like I was in high school again with everything that was going on. It may have been for a fucked up reason, but it was nice to visit with friends in this house again.
When I went back downstairs, I found everyone in the living room. They were all huddled on the couch, Liam sitting on Anna’s right, and Finn sitting on Anna’s left, and they were looking at a thick photo album labeled “Katherine June Fox ’92-’02” and grinning from ear to ear. “Shit.” I whispered with a laugh as I saw the page opened to an embarrassing photo of me getting bathed in the kitchen sink at one years old.
“You guys couldn’t have snooped through my laptop, oh no… you had to go for the good stuff.” I said as I took a seat in the chair across from them. “I hate you all.” I mumbled.
“Aw, come on now Katie! Were just having a little giggle is all…” Anna teased.
“You call me Katie one more time and you’ll be sleeping in the shed.” I threatened with a grin.
Anna laughed harder.
“You were an adorable baby; I don’t know what you’re worried about.” Liam said with a sly grin as our gaze met from across the room.
“I was a preemie with no hair, Liam! I looked like a potato!” I argued with a laugh.
“Yea but a cute potato…” Finn laughed.
“Oh my god.” I giggled, “I’m going to get some pizza, do you fucks want any?” I asked as I stood up.
When they all replied with a “No thanks.” I gladly walked out of the living room and into the kitchen, shaking my head at their ridiculousness. The pizza smelled amazing and it was still hot, making my mouth water at its delicious cheesiness. I grabbed a napkin and a slice, not bothering with a plate and took a big bite.
“Mmm…” I moaned to myself as the grease hit my taste buds, I couldn’t remember the last time I had a decent slice of pizza, and I could honestly say with no shame at all that I finished that slice in three bites. No care in the world as the grease dripped down my pinky.
“You’re just diving right in, aren’t ya?” Liam asked as he leaned in the doorway.
“Christ!” I jumped, “I was too busy making love to my pizza, I didn’t see you standing there.” I said with a laugh as I wiped the grease off my lips.
He chuckled and rubbed the scruff of his jaw as he watched me, “It was very sexy watching a woman not shove rabbit food in her mouth for once.”
I took a bow, “I’m here seven days a week.” I joked as I wiped my hands clean.
He laughed, “One of these days I’ll get you out on a date…” He said as he stood up straight and walked towards me.
“You just give me a date and time and I’ll be there.” I smiled.
“Tomorrow night? I’ll pick you up here. Seven o’clock?” He asked as he reached out and ran his thumb across my bottom lip.
I nodded slowly, “Tomorrow night is good…”
“Good.” He said before he dropped his hand and looked at his watch, “I have to be somewhere…” He sighed.
“Oh.” I said as I glanced at the clock, it was still early in the day. I was disappointed he was leaving so soon. “Charlie on your ass about finishing the extension?” I asked, trying not to sound so bummed.
“Ah, not yet. I have another obligation to get to… I actually enjoy this one.” He said with a laugh before he leaned down and kissed me on the cheek, “I’ll see you tomorrow night?” He whispered, lingering near my lips.
I gave him a small smile, “Yes. Tomorrow night is perfect.” I said softly.
“See ya then, love.” He whispered before he turned on his heel and walked out of the kitchen just as Anna was walking in.
“See ya, Liam.” Anna yelled after him as she pulled a water bottle out of the fridge, “I feel like he’s always on the go…” She said before she took a sip of her drink.
I shrugged, “He seems like a nice guy.”
“Oh yea, Liam’s the best. I think that’s why Charlie and him don’t get along. Everyone looks at Liam as the white knight, while Charlie means well, he just goes about it the wrong way.” She said as she lifted the lid to the pizza box and eyed the pizza.
“I’m sure Liam isn’t as innocent as he seems.” I said casually.
“Oh no, Liam is anything but innocent. He can just pull it off well is all. It probably has something to do with his gorgeous face but what do I know, I’m just a girl who likes other girls.” She grinned.
I laughed, “That just means you can sniff out the men’s bullshit faster! You have an outside perspective.” I nodded.
Anna laughed, “You know what, Katie? You might be right about that…”
I shrugged, “Food for thought.”
“Oh, Finn is taking me back to my apartment in the morning to grab some things, you wanna come with? Get out of the house for a little bit?” She asked.
I thought about it, “Sure! I need to do a little shopping anyway.” I smiled.
“Oh they have some great boutiques downtown. We can drag Finn to a few of them.” She said with an evil grin.
I grabbed another slice of pizza and laughed at the thought of Finn being dragged to store after store, “Sounds like a plan.” I grinned back.
The hour and a half drive to Anna’s the next morning was very slow considering I was starving. I wasn’t feeling too well so I skipped out on breakfast, but as soon as we hit the road I was regretting it. It wasn’t like me to skip out on coffee in the morning, let alone food. I’m not sure I said more than two words the entire drive there, actually. I just zoned out and thought about hot coffee and my date with Liam later that evening.
“Finally!” Anna said from the backseat as we approached the town of LaJeunesse, making me jump in my seat.
“Oh thank god… I need coffee, and food.” I groaned as I sat up straight.
“I told ya, you should have eaten before we left. Cold pizza is a nutritious breakfast.” Finn joked.
I let out a laugh, “Whatever, just drop me off here and I’ll meet you guys at Anna’s.”
Finn slowed down to a stop and looked over at me, “Will you be alright by yourself for a minute?” He joked but I knew a part of him was concerned.
“Trust me.” I nodded, “I need some alone time for a minute.” I said as I opened the door and hopped out, “Come find me if you finish packing before I get there.” I said before I shut the door and stepped off the curb.
Finn nodded and drove off towards Anna’s apartment, leaving me happy and alone on the sidewalk.
I found a cute little diner on the corner called “Abigale’s”, and squeezed between two men with their noses shoved in The New York Times at the bar and ordered a coffee.
“You’re gonna want the pecan pancakes.” I heard to my left, and looked over at the pale old man wiping his nose with his handkerchief, not paying me any mind as he laid down cash and stood up.
“That’s Earl. Don’t mind him. He’s grouchy in the mornin’” Said a little boy no older than ten, sitting next to the now empty seat to my left.
“Ah,” I said with a nod before taking a sip of my freshly poured coffee. “Are you the one who suggested the pancakes?” I asked as I watched the waitress clear his plate out of his way, half of a pancake still remaining.
The little boy nodded with enthusiasm, “Oh yea, they’re so yummy. My dad and I come in here every time we visit and eat as many as we can, and then get a milkshake for dessert.” He said, licking his lips just as the server made her way over to me.
“What will it be, darlin?” she asked.
I looked from her to the little boy and then back at my menu, “Pecan pancakes it is.” I said with a nod as I shut my menu. The waitress then jotted it down on her little pad of paper and made her way back to the kitchen slowly.
“Good choice.” The little boy said as he grabbed the left over newspaper sitting between us from the old man before and started flipping through it, “He never leaves the good stuff.” He said with a sigh, making me chuckle into my coffee mug.
“How old are you?” I asked, watching him.
“I’m eight.” He said with a ‘matter of fact’ tone that made my brows lift.
“You’re eight?” I repeated in disbelief, “Your old man must be proud…” I said with a small smirk.
“Yea…” He said with a dramatic sigh, “He says I act like I was born thirty and divorced…whatever that means…”
I laughed at the accurate statement and crossed one leg over the other, “You’re sitting at a diner by yourself at nine in the morning looking through the financial section of the newspaper and talking to the regulars. I’m surprised you’re not giving me legal advice…”
“That would be just foolish to take legal advice from an eight-year-old…” He said.
“Are you sure you’re eight?” I asked.
He shrugged, “Pretty sure.” He said with a few little nods, “I’m Collin by the way…”
“Kate.” I said and turned my attention to the waitress setting down my plate of pancakes “Wow…that was fast…”
“Will you be here tomorrow?” Collin asked, passing me the syrup.
“Maybe, I’m not really sure what plans I have for the next few days.” I said before taking a bite of my pancakes, muffling a moan as I chewed. The kid was right…they were yummy.
“Okay, well, maybe I’ll see ya around…” He said, hopping off the stool.
“It was nice meeting you, Collin.” I smiled.
“You too, Kate.” He said as he headed out the door, and I watched out the window as he made his way around the corner.
“Cute kid.” I mumbled to myself before I turned my attention back to my delicious breakfast.
Seconds later I heard Anna behind me, “I see you’ve met Collin!” She said as she took a seat next to me at the bar.
“Yea, you know him too?” I asked, not entirely surprised.
“Of course I know him,” She laughed, flagging down the waitress, “That’s Liam’s son.”