My head lay on Tanner's sweaty shoulder as I tried to get my
breath back. "Wow." Was he said as I listened to his heart rate
slow down. I looked up at him.
"I did good then because I had no idea what I was doing?" I said
kissing the warmth of his throat.
"You did better than good." He brew out a breath as I kisses the
little hollow between his collar bones. He closed his eyes. "We
should get out of this water before you get sick. It's getting
cold." He rubbed my back.
"Hmmmm" I mumbled at him. He smiled biting his lower lip.
"Are you tired baby?" I nodded my head not moving an inch. "Okay
give me a minute and I get you." He pressed his lips to mine as
he got out of the tub. I fell under the water before I came up
again coughing. Tanner pull up by my armpits and put me on the
toilet. "Are you okay?" He asked pushing the hair out of my face.
"Just a bit of a shock." I coughed nodding as Tanner wrapped the
towel around me. "I'm sorry." I whispered as he helped me rub
myself down so I could get dressed.
"Don't worry. How about we never do it again in a tub so that
doesn't again." He kissed my forehead. I slipped on my underwear
and bra before Tanner helped me put on my shirt and pajama pants.
Tanner moved my hair behind my ear.
"I guess. But you have to admit that was nice." I smiled putting
my arms around his neck as he picked me up.
"It was very nice." He smiled walking me to my bedroom. I pressed
my face into his naked shoulder as he laid me on my bed pulling
the covers over me. My tired eyes started to close as Tanner
kissed my head.
"You're not leaving right?" I asked as sleep was pulling me into
its dark depths.
"I promise. I'm just going to get something to eat from the
kitchen then I will come back here and watch TV so you can cuddle
up to me. Okay?" He asked pressing his lips to my forehead. I
nodded as I fell asleep. Tanner closed my door as he pulled on
new pair of sweatpants. He walked to the kitchen as he slipped on
his dog tags as he walked into the kitchen. He found the pizza
box and made himself a coffee as the front door opened and Hunter
came in with Emmy as he held Asher.
"Tanner I uh, didn't expect to see you here, in my kitchen."
Hunter said as Asher looked as Tanner before laying his head on
"Uh yeah. Your sister let me stay last night after I hit my head
in the snow dropping off the things you need." He swallowed.
"So where is my sister than?" He asked rubbing Asher's back.
"She is sleeping in her room." He nodded taking another bite of
his pizza. Hunter's jaw clenched.
"Why are you topless?" He almost growled at Tanner.
"I can explain Hunter." He said telling that Hunter was getting
"Well than get to it, I'm waiting." He growled at him.
"Hunter, calm down." Emmy said putting her hand on his arm.
"I like your sister, a lot." He said watching Hunter's face. "I,
I don't even know what to say to you right now. I just like your
sister." Hunter's face was thunder as Emmy took Asher out as fast
as she could.
"How could you? My baby sister. How can you be so, so stupid! You
want me to lose my trust in you. My best friend! I trusted you. I
trusted you with my life! My fucking life. You ruined that, all
of it." Hunter stepped towards him.
"I didn't mean to Hunter. I just I felt safe. You know I haven't
felt safe in the whole time you knew me. I can't feel safe. I
don't feel needed. But right when she touched me just to ask me
if I was okay. I felt needed. I felt loved. I don't want that to
go away. I haven't felt that feeling in years. Just the look in
her eyes. When she looked at me. I fell in love. Happy. I love
your sister." He said Hunter punched him in the face sending him
to the ground with a crash. Asher started to cry in Emmy's arms
watching everything going on in front of him.
"Hunter Michel Banks what the hell is your problem?" I screamed
at him. He froze in his spot and looked at me.
"Ryan." He started but I shook my head and leaned down next to
Tanner as he sat up holding his bloody lip.
"I hate you." I said to him. "I hate you." I yelled at him.
"Don't talk to me!" I said helping Tanner up.
"Maybe I should go." He sighed standing up. My breath hitched in
"Please don't go. Please don't make the feeling go away. Please
Tanner don't leave me." I cried out to him. "Please no. Please."
I felt the tears rolling down my cheeks. Tanner stopped dead in
his tracks and looked at me. "Please." I whispered. He looked at
Hunter then back at me before walking back to me and hugging me.
"I'm not leaving I promise. I couldn't leave you. You mean to
much to me. Nothing can change that." He leaned down and pressed
his lips to mine as I moved my arms to hold him tight. The fear
of losing the feeling of being safe and happy for the first time
in awhile made me squeeze him tightly.
"Hunter me and you are talking right now." Emmy snapped at him.
Hunter looked at her before looking back at me. "Get your ass
outside right now before I drag you out there right now." She
snapped pointing to the front door. He nodded walking slowly out.
I took Asher from her. "I'll talk sense into him. Don't worry."
She smiled walking out to him……..