During the night, Paisley has a nightmare and joins Kai (who is naked) in bed. Cody finds them the next morning, and freaks out, thinking they had sex.
She was already up, walking toward the door when the door to the master bedroom opened and closed.
“F**k!” Cody whispered. “You’re dead. You’re so dead!”
“She’s not coming in here,” Kai whispered hoarsely. “Calm down. Once she goes to the kitchen, Paisley can….”
“Kai?” it was his mother’s voice. She tapped on the door.
“Closet,” Kai whispered, gesturing toward it.
Paisley ducked inside.
“Not exactly. Just woke up.”
“Want coffee, honey?”
“Okay. See you downstairs.”
“Sure thing, Mom.” He gestured at his brother. “Go look and see if she’s gone.”
Cody nodded, peeping out the door. “She’s in the kitchen, I hear her opening cupboards.”
“You get her.”
“Um… No, pretty sure you’d better.”
“Dude, you commando under there?” He reddened. “In bed with her? Naked?” His voice rose in a squeak.
“Just get her outta the closet.”
Cody flung open the door to the closet, ushering Paisley out. Once she was gone, Kai got up and put on his baggies. Cody came back as he was tying the waist.
“Are you completely, totally witless?” Cody smacked Kai’s shoulder with the back of his hand. “What were you doing?”
Kai blushed, trying to avoid answering. “Never mind, kid. It’s been a long week. I’m tired, but I promised the beach, so we’ll go to the beach.” He struggled into his T-shirt, getting hung up in the sleeves.
“What really happened?”
“There was a huge party down the street from her, at Brill’s. I wasn’t comfortable leaving her at her place, so I brought her here. She had a nightmare and crawled in with me. We slept—nothing more. Would I be this cranky if I’d just got laid?” Everything about his stance showed his brother how much tension was in him.
Cody’s laugh burst out and he shook his head. “Dude, sorry I freaked. They blue?”
“Blue and leaden.”
“Sorry, man. You must be in agony.”
There was a tap at the door.
“You dressed?” It was Paisley.
She opened the door, peeking around it. She was fully clothed and looked amazing. Even in shorts and a tank top, her hair pulled into a sloppy ponytail, she looked great. Kai’s body warmed again, making him curse inwardly. His discomfort was blatantly obvious, though he hoped she wouldn’t notice. It was bad enough that Cody knew. He forced a smile.
“I promised Cody a ride to the beach. Want to come?”
“I’d love to. I’ve never been to the beach.”
“Never? Not even since you’ve been here?” Cody, a beach addict, couldn’t believe it.
“Grew up in the mountains of East Tennessee. Never had the chance to travel much. And I don’t have a car.”
“Then we’ll take good care of you,” Kai said. “Cody, get some drinks. I’ll start sandwiches when I get down. I need a pit stop, babe. Gimme a few, and we’ll have some breakfast.”
“Sure.” She flopped down on the end of the bed.
He’d been hoping for some relaxing alone time, but that was not to be. Instead, he peed, thinking of everything he could, to kill the desire inside, but nothing worked. He was stuck with the war raging in his pants. He splashed cold water on his face, gazing at his harried reflection.
Straighten up, Kai. Suck it up and be a man! I am a man, that’s the whole problem!
Paisley sat cross legged in the middle of his bed. She looked so beautiful and serene, it was all he could do not to cover her body with his, and make passionate love to her. Instead, he helped her up. Leaning over to kiss her, he gasped when her hand cupped his ass, pulling him close.
“Is that because of me?” she asked, rubbing her hips against his erection.
“God, don’t do that! Please!”
© 2019 Dellani Oakes
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