I woke up to Asher crying in the cry at about 7.00. I took him
into the kitchen and got his bottle ready as I put toast in the
toaster. Hunter walked into the kitchen in a pair of shorts
sweating. "Morning." He smiled at me as he got a water bottle
from the frig.
"Morning, you weren't outside were you?" I asked handing Asher
"Yes I was running in 4 feet of snow." He nodded sarcastically.
"I just got back from the gym. You know it's still open." He said
making a face.
"Yeah you know the whole 'I'm a marine and I can make my muscles
all big and sweaty even when the snow is up to my waist.'" I said
in a deep voice trying to sound manly. Hunter started to laugh.
"Yeah only if my nails are groomed and prefect. Oh my god I can't
pick that up I will break a nail." He said in a high pitch voice.
Mom walked into the room Gibbs slapping him. "Ow, she started
it." He whined. She looked at him.
"Hunter Banks you are a 22 year old marine. Do not blame it on
your sister." She chastised him putting her hands on her hips.
"But Mommy it's all her fault." He pouted looking down under his
eyelashes at her. Mom shook her head at him.
"Just go wake up your brother and shovel the drive way." She said
pouring herself a cup of coffee.
"I already shoveled my car out so I will go wake him for the
rest." He said walking down the hall way.
"Also put a shirt on!" She shouted after him. I smiled sitting
down next to Asher and handed him his bottle. I got my toast and
put some cream cheese on it and took a bite out of it. "Good
Morning Baby." She smiled.
"Morning Mom." I smiled as Hunter walked back in the kitchen with
TJ behind him.
"Morning Mom, Morning Sis, Morning Buddy." He smiled. I looked at
"Someone is very happy this morning." He nodded smiling at me.
"Okay what's up?" I asked narrowing my eyes.
"I was talking to Audrey before and she is going to come up early
for Christmas because she misses us." He smiled.
"Someone has a crush." I giggled at him as Hunter kissed Asher's
head. TJ smacked my head.
"I do not." He said, his face turning pick.
"Sure you don't." I smirked sipping my chocolate milk. Asher
started to giggle at us since he finished his milk. TJ gave me a
look. "Okay go shovel the walk way." I smiled. He huffed and
walked out in his show jacket. I picked up my phone and dialed
Emmy* Hey, I'm sorry I'm late.
Me* Emmy you're not late. He just woke up a little while ago.
Don't worry about it. I just wanted to know when you are going to
be here so I can have coffee ready for you when you get
Emmy* I will be there soon, like probably less than ten minutes.
Also coffee would be a god sent. I need it.
Me* Sure I will have it ready for when you get here. Milk and 2
Emmy* Yeah that's right. Thank you so much.
Me* your welcome see you when you get here.
I hung up the phone and shook my head at Asher. "Come on buddy
lets go put the TV on so you don't get bored." His eyes went wide
and he lifted his arms up for me to grab him and take him back to
the TV room. I put Asher back on the floor and went back to my
TJ smiled at Emmy as her car pulled into the newly shoved
driveway. "Hey TJ." She smiled.
"Hey Emmy, Ryan is inside." He smiled at her and pointed to the
"Thanks." She said walking in. "Ryan?" She called quietly into
"In the TV, it's the second door on your left when you walk down
the hallway." I called back to back to here. I smiled at her as
she walked into the room.
"Morning, did you have a good night?" I asked her handing her the
coffee I had made for her and brought into the room.
"It was very nice, thank you." She smiled picking up Asher who
was giggling at the TV. "I did miss my little boy." She kissed
him. "How was he?"
"He was fine. But he was trying to walk and hit his face on the
TV stand before I could grab him. My mom is a nurse and she said
he will be fine. It was more the shock of hitting himself and the
pain that made him scream. But it was okay he only cried for a
minute before I gave him his pacifier and he stopped."
"Aw my poor baby." She said kissing him. "Thank you so much for
watching him." She sighed.
"Emmy don't worry about it. I really enjoyed it." I smiled. She
looked at me as she sat down on the couch.
"Oh but there is this one thing, you see my brother wants to meet
you." I said closing my book. She looked at me confused as Asher
crawled on my lap.
"But I already met TJ."
"Not TJ, my older brother Hunter. He wanted to meet you." I said
picking Asher up and kissed his face. He giggled and pushed my
"Oh uh, why?" She asked blushing. I smiled as I pretended to
nibble on Asher's hands causing him to giggle.
"Because he wants to meet you. I was telling him about you and I
think he wants to ask you out." I smiled. Her eyes widened as her
cheeks flared red.
"Oh I don't know." She said trying to hide her face. "What's he
like?" She asked biting her lip.
"Aw you're so red." I laughed causing her to blush harder. "But
I'm not going to tell you. You are going to have to find out come
on." I said putting Asher on my hip as I went to the front room.
I opened the door as Emmy came running after me. "Hunter come
"Ryan what are you doing?" She asked trying to hide her blush as
Hunter came in.
"Hunter this is Emmy Asher's Mom, Emmy this is my big brother
Hunter." He took his hat off and unzipped his jacket.
"Hi." He smiled at her, almost looking at her in awe. She started
"Hi." She almost giggled. I bit my lip trying to hide my laugher
as I looked between the two of them.
"So um, do you maybe want to uh." He took a deep breath and
rubbed the back of his head. "Do you want to go out to dinner
with me, uh tonight?" He started to blush on the top of his
"Yeah I would love too." She smiled, then looked at me. "if you
could maybe watch Asher again, because it's okay if you can't,
it's just I would ask my Dad but he left this morning for a week
to do something at Parris Island and well." I cut her off.
"Breath Emmy. Of course I am going to watch him. I love to spend
time with him. He is my little sweet heart." I smiled kissing his
head. Hunter smiled at us.
"So I will pick you at 7.00?" He said grinning at her. She
"Yeah, see you then." She said grabbing Asher's already packed
stuff as I zipped him up in his jacket. Hunter came over to me as
"Bye Buddy. I will see you later." He kissed Asher's head before
he handed him to Emmy. She smiled at us.
"Bye, see you guys later." She smiled, her cheeks still red.
"Bye." He smiled. She walked out closing the door. Hunter looked
at me before picking me up and spinning me around. "I love you, I
love you, I love you." He said planting kisses all over my face.
"Good to know. Now that my job at being cupid is over I'm going
to go finish my homework. Go finish shoveling, then be a girl and
go pick your outfit and go your hair." I looked at his shaved
head. "Or what's left of it."
"Oh I told you about my friend Tanner," I nodded. "Well he is
going to drop some stuff off later so you get to meet him." I
"Okay." I smiled pushing him towards the front door. "Go finish."
He kissed my head.
"Okay." I shook my head before walking back to the TV think about
how cool it was that Emmy and Hunter were going out for