" Ow, Carrie!" I exclaim as I walk forward into a wall or post. "
Sorry!" she yells back, guiding me forward. I hold my arms out,
swinging them wildly to make sure I don't hit anything else. "
Okay, stop right here. Don't take it off yet, hang on." she says. I
hear something drop and her cuss to my right and I immediately
flinch toward the noise. " Dont worry, just getting the camera
ready." she says. " The camera? Carrie, what's going on,
seriously?" I ask frantically. " Carrie, just take the blindfold
off." a deep voice a ways in front of me yells up to us. Shivers
run up and down my spine at the voice, immediately giving me
goosebumps. I drop my wildly thrashing arms and point my head in
the direction of the voice. " Okay, one, two three, open," Carrie
says, slipping the blindfold off. I adjust my eyes to the light and
finally recognize than man standing a few yards away. I gasp,
covering my mouth with my hands while tears fill my eyes. " Hey,
baby," he calls. He takes a few steps forward and I take a step or
two, stopping when he holds his arms out to me. Suddenly I'm filled
with blindingly White hot anger. " What the hell are you doing
here?" I yell and he drops his arms, a frown replacing his smile. "
Well, that wasn't what I was expecting," he says, rubbing the back
of his neck. " You didn't call or anything! I called you everyday!"
I exclaim, jabbing a finger in his chest with every word. " What?"
he asks, eyebrows furrowing with confusion. " Every single day! Ask
Carrie! And you didn't answer for a whole year! So you think you
can just waltz back-" " Shut up, Aeliyah," he says, pulling me to
him by my belt loops on my jeans. He presses his lips to mine
firmly and all my anger fades away. Somehow I just know he has a
good excuse. My arms circle around his neck and he bends down,
wrapping his arms around my waist and picking me up. He spins me
around and then finally sets me back on my feet. We pull away,
breathless, and I stare at him. " Why didn't you answer at all?" I
ask softly. " Aeliyah, I called you every single day. and I emailed
and texted and I almost even wrote you a letter. You were the one
that didn't answer back." he replies. I shake my head, frowning. "
Guys, I'm so sorry. It was me." Carrie cries and we both look over
at her. " What?" we ask at the same time. " It was me. Alex, after
you left I exchanged her phone for one exactly like it with a
different number so you couldn't call or text. Aeliyah, I put
Alex's number in the new phone but changed the last digit. You
didn't notice because you have his number saved under Alex." she
explains. " Why? What about the emails?" Alex asks. " That was
easy. There was already a virus in Aeliyah's computer and she
didn't know but it wouldn't send any of her emails or let her
recieve any. She just didn't notice. And I did it because, Aeliyah,
I thought he was a bad guy. Remember before? He was mean and rude
and a player and I thought all along that he was going to prank you
and break your heart. I didn't want you to get hurt again, so I
tried to stop you guys from seeing each other. But now, Alex called
me and wanted to see you really bad and I felt so terrible about
everything. Because now I realize you two were meant to be together
and I'm sorry for trying to stop that." she explains through her
tears and I gawk at her. " What about all those times you said we
were the perfect couple and stuff?" I ask her. " Just a part of the
plan," she says with a tearful, small smile. " Shit. I'm sorry that
I accused you of that, Alex," I say and he shakes his head and
wraps his arms around me again. " Im so sorry, you guys. I just
wanted to protect you." She says to me. " I know, Carrie. So since
you were trying to protect me, I'm not mad. Well, I'm mad, but, I
guess it's okay." I tell her and she smiles. " Really? Great. Thank
you guys," she says, hugging us both. Then she takes her keys,
muttering something about ' Going shopping to give us some privacy'
and then dances off to her car. Alex buries his face in my long
hair and I hold him as tight as possible. " I missed you so much,"
he whispers softly. " I missed you too," I tell him. He leans back
and captures my lips with his own as my hands go to play with his
hair at the base of his neck. He groans when I pull gently on his
hair and bites my bottom lip, tugging with his teeth. He grabs my
leg just under my butt and hoists me onto his hips and I wrap my
legs around his waist. He stumbles in the back door and crashes
into the dining table, making us both laugh breathlessly before
continuing on the way to the bedroom. Alex sets me on the bed and
moves to the hollow of my neck, gently kissing and sucking. My back
arches as I moan and I feel him smile against my skin. Moments
later our clothes are scattered in various positions all over the
floor and Alex is nibbling my ear lobe. " Stop teasing," I breathe,
clutching at his soft brown hair as he kisses down my bare chest. "
Me? Never," he disagrees, kissing down my navel and then back up to
my neck. " Alex," I say, scratching his back. " Yes?" he asks, his
voice deep and husky and seductive. " Make love to me."
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