Cody and TJ spend a lot of time arguing, while JT spends time talking to a group of girls who are nearby.
If Cody and TJ noticed, they didn’t say anything. Kai didn’t either, but when the other boys weren’t looking, he held out his knuckles to JT. Smirking, the teenager tapped his knuckles and they did a complicated handshake that Paisley couldn’t follow.
“Damn, I like that kid,” he said when JT went to the restroom. “He reminds me of me.”
“Your brother isn’t anything like you.”
“No. He’s a good kid, he’s just got a dumb ass friend.”
“You don’t like TJ much.”
“I think he’s an arrogant prick, who’s going to get my brother in real trouble one day. He’s very spoiled and self-centered. I blame his folks. They really dote on him, because he’s older. I’d love to point out that they have two sons. But I doubt it would make any difference.”
“Maybe not, but you do.”
“You think so?”
“He really admires you. You should be very proud.”
They gathered their things around four and headed back to the house. Cody went with the twins to their house, where he was spending the night. Nina invited Paisley to stay the rest of the weekend, so they went by her place to get her things.
When they got to her apartment, Kai was overcome with the urge to make love to her again. The fact they were alone, and he’d seen her in her bikini all day, had made him a little crazy. He forced himself to keep his distance. He was losing his struggle when his phone rang.
“Yeah? Oh, hey!” it was Toby.
“Hey, some of us are getting together for a beach party tomorrow night. Gonna meet down at my house at eight, and have a bonfire on the beach. Wanna come?”
“We can’t stay late,” Kai replied. “Some of us have to work Monday.”
Toby chuckled. “Yeah, I know. Me too. But it’s my girl’s birthday. We couldn’t do it Friday cause of Brill’s party. A lot of our friends were going to that. Tonight, it’s just her and me celebrating.”
“Let me ask Paisley.” He put his hand over the phone. “Tomorrow. Beach birthday party for Toby’s girl?”
“Sure. I’d like that.”
“We’ll be there,” he told Toby. “Nice last minute, Doobie.”
“No one ever said I plan ahead. Hadn’t talked in awhile—you know how it is.”
“I do. So, who are you dating?”
“A girl from Macon. I met her when I went rock climbing in Georgia. She’s moved here to go to school.”
“We’ll be there, Toby. Thanks. It’ll be good to see everyone.”
“No worries, bro.”
They hung up.
“I hope you don’t mind the last minute.”
“I’m excited to go. My first beach party.”
“Not that exciting. Mostly people sitting around drinking beer and roasting marshmallows.”
“Believe it or not, that sounds like a lot of fun. Besides, I want to meet more of your friends.”
“And I’d like for you to meet them.” Kai sidled up to her, holding her close. “There’s only one thing I’d like more right now.”
She looked a little nervous, trying to put some space between them.
“I don’t mean that, babe. Well—I do—but not right now. What I want, at the moment, is a kiss. Better yet, more than one.” This last was muffled slightly by his lips against hers.
“I can do that,” she murmured, smiling.
His phone rang some time later. It was his mother.
“You coming home for dinner?”
“Oh. Totally lost track of time.”
“No, you don’t. I’m not being inappropriate, Mother.”
“You’d better not be, Son.”
“We’ll be there shortly.”
They got her things together and drove back to his mother’s house.
“We’re bad,” Paisley said quietly.
“We’re not bad yet,” he said with a smirk. “But I know what you mean. I could lose myself in you so easy.”
Kai chuckled, grinning. “Yeah, well…. I’m a guy. What do you think?”
“I think you’ll have to be patient a little while longer.”
“I can wait,” he said with more confidence than he felt.
Eyes on the road, he drove home. He carried Paisley’s bag upstairs as she helped his mother in the kitchen. They spent a happy evening with his family, going to bed early.
Sunday morning, they went to church with the family, and afterward went to the beach. They spent most of the day shepherding Tempest, and some of her friends, who had insisted on coming with them.
Kai kept the boys away, glaring at anyone with testicles, who came within a few feet of any of the girls. After some of them complained to Tempest, she fussed at him.
© 2019 Dellani Oakes