Asher lay with his head on Hunter's thigh
as his body lay on the couch. I sat doing my homework as Hunter
flipped through the channels. "You would think that after about 8
months of no TV there would be something to watch, but there
isn't." He scrunched up face looking at me.
"There is never anything on TV." I said
writing down the answer to an answer on my homework sheet. He
looked at me fixing a sleeping Asher. He stopped crying after we
held him for a little while then he fell asleep on Hunter. Hunter
looked at me.
"So how are you?" He asked. I looked up at
up quickly before going back to the paper.
"I'm fine, why do you ask?"
"Oh I don't know you just have that look
that is saying something is up. I care for you and I want to know
what's wrong with my baby sister." I put my pen down and looked
"Why do you say something is wrong?" He
laughed quickly not wanting to wake up Asher how was on his
can see it in your eyes. I called TJ the other day and he told me
about your nightmares and about the 'Owen problem'." He clenched
his jaw and closed his eyes. He took a deep breath and opened his
eyes. "You can tell me." He said slowly.
"It's nothing Hunter don't worry about it."
I smiled at him. He narrowed his eyes.
don't believe you. Something is up. And I know you just don't
want people to worry." I looked up and sighed. I put my pen
"Maybe I am. Why would I want Mom to worry?
She is already nervous about Dad being gone, you were gone, TJ
can't wait to go to Parris Island and become a Marine. Everyone
is going to be gone and I don't think she needs to worry about me
too." I blinked back my tears.
"Ry, Mom already worries about you. We all
do. Nothing can change that. You are the only girl out of all of
the cousins. Noah might act like a girl some times, and that's
totally all Aunt Megan's fault, but you're the baby ever if Sam,
Aaron, and Noah are younger than you. You are the Baby girl. I
worry about you even if you are in front of me. I worry, and I
always will. Even when I'm an old fart in a nursing room and
you're still walking around. You're my baby sister. Ever since
Mom and Dad brought you and mister poopy diaper home from the
hospital I loved you. Even if you thought it was fun to scream in
the middle of the night, but that's another story." He smiled
cradling Asher like he was remembering something.
"Not my fault. I had a need, so I cried.
Simple as that." I smiled at him going back to my
"Sure, sure Sis. Whatever you say." He
smiled kissing Asher's head. I looked at his smiling face as he
looked at the baby fall asleep sucking on a binky in his
"You look so happy." I smiled at
"He just, he is just so perfect. I feel
like I have known him my whole life, well his whole life. It's
like he just wants me to love him, and I do. He is like a little
angel in my arms. I don't even know. I just feel at peace for the
first time in awhile." He had that look in his
"You love him don't you?" Hunter looked at
guess I do." He said looking down at him again. "I don't even
know why." He whispered. I smiled.
think you love him." I smiled. He gave me that look. "Okay, okay
I will shut up. But a word of advice, if you love the baby you
might want to meet the Mom."
"Oh I would have never guessed that Captain
Obvious." He smirked. I looked at him.
"You're tired Hunter. Go to bed." He looked
up at me. I knew he was tired before he even looked at me. But
know that he did, his eyes are blood shot. "Go Hunter." He looked
"Okay." He sighed and handed me Asher. I
laid him down on the couch in between two pillows. He walked to
the door and stopped. He turned to look at me. "Can you maybe
introduce me to Asher's Mom?" He gave me that look. I
"Fine, just be there tomorrow morning when
she gets there and we will let fate take its course. I promise
you that." I nodded. He smiled.
"Thanks Sis." I started back on my home
work. I looked up as Asher started to fuss around as the binky
fell from his mouth. "Aw come here baby." I picked him up. He
opened his eyes and looked at me. "Binky?" I asked handed him it.
He took it and pushed it back into his mouth. "Better Buddy?" I
guess it was because he snuggled into me. He quickly fell back
asleep causing me to smile."I guess I'm not going to finish my
homework tonight. Well good thing it's Friday." I sighed shutting
off the TV and closing my book still holding a sleeping Asher. I
slowly walked past my Mom's room and smiled at her as she
"Hey Baby." She smiled putting her book
"Hey Mom, I think I'm going to watch TV in
my room so I get comfy before Mister Suckle Monster wakes up
again. But he did face plant into the TV stand so it must hurt a
little bit." I said moving him on my shoulder so his face was on
was looking for something in the attic and found a old crib of
yours and TJ's and I put it in your room for him to sleep in."
She said getting up. "You said he hit his face?" She looked at
"Yeah but I think it's more the shock of
hitting himself then that something is wrong." I said showing her
his face. She looked him over.
think he will be fine." She smiled. "Go put him down them get
some sleep." She nodded to my bedroom door. I nodded walking to
"Hey Sis?" I looked at Hunter who stood in
his door way fresh from a shower and in his
thought I told you to go to sleep." He looked at
know but I just wanted to tell you something." I looked at him.
"We are going to talk about what is bugging you in the morning. I
promise you will tell me. No matter what. Good Night, Sis." He
walked back in his room. I took a deep breath and walked into my
room. I was tired. I laid Asher in the crib and curled up in bed
falling into a deep sleep think about what the hell I was going
to tell Hunter tomorrow……..