Paisley is completely aware of his desire. Pulling him into her embrace, she rubs against him.
Tipping her head to one side, she gazed up at him, an impish expression on her face. “You sure you don’t want me to?” She rubbed against him again.
“Oh, Paisley,” he groaned. “Babe….”
“I know you were naked in bed with me. I got up to go to the bathroom during the night and I saw when I got back in. You’re magnificent,” she breathed.
“We need to get downstairs….”
“I know. But I had to tell you.”
Nodding, Kai took her hand and they walked downstairs together. His body felt odd, like parts of him weren’t functioning properly. His head felt detached, like it was floating above his shoulders.
“Oh, hi, Paisley! Cody told me you spent the night. Is everything okay at your place?”
“Big party down the street, Mom. At Brill’s place. Lots of weirdos around. Kinda freaked her out some, so I brought her home.”
“It’s never a problem,” Nina said with a smile. “Help yourself to coffee. I’ve got muffins in the oven warming and bacon in the microwave.”
His mother was a great cook, who had learned years ago how to make the most of a freezer and a microwave. She made things ahead of time, froze them, and took what she needed out for a meal.
“Will you fix your signature eggs?” she asked Kai.
“Yeah, sure. Brad and Tempy eating?”
“Brad’s staying in bed. His back’s acting up. Tempy spent the night at Becca’s.”
Nodding, Kai got out his ingredients and whisked the eggs and milk together as the pan warmed. When it was hot enough, he poured the egg mixture into the pan and cooked the fluffiest scrambled eggs Paisley had ever seen.
“Mine always come out wet and wimpy,” she said with a pout.
“I’ll tell you my secret sometime,” he said with a smirk. “Taste.”
He held a forkful to her lips. She blew on it, nipping it off the fork with her teeth. Chewing, she rolled her eyes with delight.
“Delicious! Good grief, those are terrific!”
Smiling proudly, Kai served their plates. They sat down to eat and two big boys burst in the backdoor. Nina looked up with a smile.
“Hi, boys. Knock much?”
“Sorry, Mom,” they chorused.
“Didn’t think about it,” the first one replied as he reached for a piece of bacon.
Nina rapped his knuckles with her coffee spoon. “Behave! Ask.”
“May I please have some bacon?”
Nina lifted the plate, offering him some.
She offered the plate to his quieter companion, who thanked her with a nod.
“Sit down,” Kai said. “Be a few more minutes. We’ve got to stop by Paisley’s to get her stuff before we go.”
“No problem. Hello, Paisley,” he said with an elongated, Southern drawl. “TJ,” he told her as he took her hand.
“Cody’s best friend. This is my twin brother, JT.”
“Your parents seriously did that to you?”
He shrugged. “We kinda did it to ourselves. I’m Tom Junior and he’s James Theodore. I get called Junior, he’s Jimmy. After we were old enough to object, we renamed ourselves. Mom still backslides.” They gestured at Nina.
“I do not,” Nina said with a blush. “Lies, all of it. Can’t believe a single thing they tell you.”
They talked a few more minutes, while they finished their meal. Kai rinsed his and Paisley’s dishes and she put them in the dishwasher. They loaded into his Jeep, the three large boys crammed into the back. Kai had no sympathy.
“Don’t know know bros before ho’s,” TJ, who was by far the largest, asked him.
“One, you’re not my bro. Second, you ever insinuate that Paisley’s a ho, I’ll break your legs.”
“Didn’t mean it that way, Kai. Lighten up!”
Kai, who knew that, apologized.
“He didn’t get laid,” Cody inserted unnecessarily.
“Thanks for sharing that, Cody,” Paisley said angrily. “Don’t think that’s anyone’s business, do you?”
“Sorry. Wasn’t thinking.”
They stopped at Paisley’s, a pall of silence over them. Paisley hopped out and went it. Kai sat in the car, fuming. He turned to the boys, frowning.
“Look, what goes on in my bedroom, or her apartment, isn’t anyone’s business but ours. Nothing’s happened, which is also none of your business. Anyone makes any other kind of crass comment, I’ll personally take you apart. And you know I can,” he said pointedly to TJ, who was somewhat taller than he. “And you know I will,” he said to Cody. “We clear?”
“Totally,” TJ said.
“Like crystal,” Cody mumbled.
“You know I’m not yelling at you,” Kai said to JT.
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