Just A Crush
Copyright © 2013 Stephanie Reichert
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Just A Crush
The two Harris brothers and their father paced about the room impatiently. She was coming back today after three years away and the three men were both overjoyed at her return and nervous about seeing her again. Although they had kept in contact with the young woman through letters and occasional phone calls, they had not been in the same room with her since the day she'd left.
The young woman had informed the men of her return a few months previously, and so they had made all the necessary arrangements in order for her to have a comfortable life once she returned. The sound of the front door opening pulled the men from their conversation as they turned to see who had entered their home. They had expected it to be the young woman but it was not. In front of them stood Landon and Logan's childhood friend, Mason Evans.
"Mason, what are you doing here?"
"I'm here for Skylar's return. This is the welcome party, right?" He grinned as he walked towards the men.
At twenty-four years old, Mason was the same age as Landon and three years younger than Logan. The Harris brothers had grown up with the Evans boy and had treated him like a brother. During their childhood and following adolescent years, the three boys had been notoriously known throughout Ashten as pranksters and occasional trouble-makers as they got older.
"Mason, how lovely to see you." Johnathan Harris embraced the man before him in a warm hug. He had practically raised Mason along with his own two sons when they were younger. Back then, Johnathan had been aware of the neglect Mason suffered at the hands of his father. It had been hard to miss the bruises that covered his arms and torso and from the moment John saw the first bruise on a ten year old Mason, he had swore to care for the boy like he was his own and he had done just that.
"It's good to see you too, John. What time is Skylar due back?"
"She should be here soon. Tell me, how is your business going?"
The Evans's and The Harris's were two of the most prominent families in town and the mention of their names instilled respect from many of the citizens of Ashten. After graduating college Mason had taken over the paper his great-grandfather had created and made it even more successful than it had been when he was a child.
"It's going well, thanks for asking."
"I often worry about you like I do my own boys."
"Really, there's no need." Mason replied with a smile.
"Hey, ass hats!" A sweet voice shouted out, catching the attention of the four men.
"Really, Skylar. I wish you wouldn't use such language." Johnathan said as he hugged his only daughter.
"Sorry, father." Skylar replied before flinging herself into the arms of both of her older brothers who voiced their immense happiness at her return home.
Mason stared at the young woman before him and inspected her. Skylar was similar in look to her oldest brother, Logan, with the same raven-hair and piercing blue eyes. It was clear that the brother and sister took after their absent mother in the looks department whilst Landon took after his father. Mason continued to look at Skylar and noticed all the ways in which she had changed. When he had last seen her, she was a few inches shorter, her hair longer, and her body less shapely. Now, however, he saw this ways in which her body had changed. He took note of the way her breasts, now at least a C in cup size he reckoned, pushed against the material of her short-sleeved t-shirt; the way her jeans dipped just below her hips and allowed him to see the taut pale skin of her tummy and the curves of her thighs and bottom. Yes, she had definitely grown since the last time Mason had seen her.
Shaking his head, Mason cursed himself. He still remembered the day Logan and Landon's only sister had been born and the years that followed in which she would follow them around; insisting they let her in on their pranks. The three boys had always adamantly refused her but as they got all got older, the boys found that Skylar was more diabolical than the rest of them. She just had the face of an angel and the good sense not to get caught in her naughty acts. When Johnathan's wife had left three years before and took her only daughter with her, Skylar had just turned fifteen and was still a child. But now, standing in front of Mason, he could see how she had flowered into a young woman; one that he was no longer looking at like the little sister he always thought of her as.
Clearing his voice, he made it clear that he was present and watched as Skylar finally noticed him and flung herself into the man's arms in a similar way she had done with her brothers.
"Mason! Oh my god, look at you! Wow, you got hot!" Skylar chimed out as she pressed herself into Mason a little and ignored the rolling eyes of her older brothers and father.
"Hey, Skylar." Mason blushed at her compliment. "You've.. Grown."
"So have you." she whispered into his ear so quietly the other men did not hear and gave him a sly wink. "And I'm not referring to your improved muscles."
Mason let out a breath he hadn't realised he'd been holding and released Skylar.
"What brings you back home?" He asked her, trying to keep his voice normal and steady.
"I wanted to complete my senior year here with my friends. I mean, I liked California but the girls there were just too plastic and way too bitchy. Mother said I could come back for senior year, since I'm legally an adult now, on the condition that I keep out of trouble."
It was nearing the end of August and Skylar had just turned eighteen, making her one of the oldest in her year.
"Oh, well that shouldn't be too hard for you, sis." Logan said sarcastically.
"Oh yeah, Logan, because you three were all little angels when you were my age. Besides, I'll have you know that I've better things to occupy my time with."
"As long as these other 'things' aren't boys."
"And what if they are, Logan?" Skylar replied, raising an eyebrow at her oldest brother. She was well aware of her brother's reputation as a man whore.
"Sky, dear, please don't antagonize your brother."
Johnathan lovingly scolded his daughter. He was not too pleased either at the thought of his daughter parading around with boys but he was well aware of the fire that was his daughter's spirit. Skylar was just like his ex-wife and just like her mother, Skylar had caught the attraction of many boys from a young age.
"Sorry, daddy." Skylar smiled sweetly at her father.
"However, do stay away from those teenage boys. I was young once and I know the way their minds work, as do your brothers."
"Father, I promise you, I will not be going nowhere near the boys in this town."
"So, Landon." Skylar directed her attention towards her other brother. "How is the lovely Lilly? I'm dying to meet her." she asked, referring to year long relationship Landon had been in with Lilly Winn.
"She's good. We're good." Landon said, feeling a wide grin split across his face at the mention of his girlfriend's name.
"Aw, Landon! You're blushing! Look, Logan, he's blushing!"
"I can see that baby sister. Now, if you don't mind, I have work to return to."
Logan kissed the top of his sister's head and said his goodbyes to the three men. John too, made his leave; apologising to his daughter that he could not stay but that like his son, he had work matters to attend to. It was when Landon admitted that he had to leave to meet Lilly at The Hubb. It was the hang out spot for the small town and at that Skylar threw her hands up into the air.
"You all suck! It's such a lovely day and my first day back and you're all leaving me."
"Fine! But if you're going to The Hubb I'm coming too." She said, grabbing her bag and heading for the door.
"Sky, I won't be able to entertain you. I'm going to see my girlfriend."
"I want to meet Lilly too! And besides, Mason can keep me entertained."
"Fine." Landon sighed, relenting and stepping out of the door as Mason and Skylar followed behind him.
"I'm sure you can find a way to keep me entertained, Mason." Skylar said, flashing him a wicked smile and wiggling her hips slightly.
Mason groaned inwardly. He thought he'd imagined Skylar's previous flirty comments and gestures but he was wrong. He felt a smirk rise to his face but forced himself to stop. Lusting after the sister of his best friends was only going to get him into trouble.