............... “Excuse me?” I put down the phone in my hand.
“Come on it’s after 3 in the morning no ones awake” Carter put his arms round my waist and pulled me to him his lips on mine. I was in a state of shock it was the same kiss that had been landed on me in the dark at the party the other night… It had been Carter that had kissed me… Oh this wasn’t good… this was wrong… this was bad… my hand made contact with the side of his face the resounding slap echoed in the stillness of the air.
“What the hell?’” I spluttered “You’re girlfriend is sleeping upstairs and you kiss me”
“Oh come on you have to admit you think I’m cute”
‘You have a rocking tattoo but other than that no I don’t” I stepped back. “You’re a pig… I thought you loved Jenna?”
“I did… but things get boring apart from the Sex” he shrugged leaning on the counter and looking at me “You come along and heat things up again” he stepped forward.
“If I was you I’d get the hell out of here” Landon was on the bottom step “Make some excuse and get your ass out of here before I wake up Ryan and tell him you’ve been using Jen” he literally growled the threat at Carter “The last thing Izzy needs now is some dumb ass like you hitting on her”
“And what have you been doing all night curled up in bed with her” Carter snapped “Afraid of a little competition?”
“From you?” Landon walked over “Don’t make me laugh… but you’d better come clean to Jenna tomorrow or I’ll let her know what’s happened”
“She’s like my little sister you know that and I damn well will… now get your ass upstairs and tell her you’re going home” Carter looked at me.
“I hate you personally now. How the hell you can do that to a girl is sick” I hissed “and just so you know you suck at kissing compared to him” I pointed at Landon before I realized what I said. Carter pushed past Landon and took the stairs two at a time.
“You okay?” he stepped over to me and rubbed my arms.
“Yeah he took me by surprise I though he and Jenna…” I shook my head
“What were you doing up?” I suddenly remembered my phone and the message from Bryn I snatched it from the counter.
“Bryn sent me a message to call him” I said quickly.
“do you want me to wait with you while you talk to him?” Landon looked a little unsure.
“If you don’t mind” I nodded as Carter came down the stairs and out of the front door I shuddered a little.
“Excuse me a minute” he walked out after Carter. I went and sat on the floor by the fireplace with my phone in my hand. I’d never been nervous about talking to Bryn even after we had our… fun night, but right now I was terrified. I found his number and hit call and listened while it rang.
Bryn * did I wake you?
Me * yes but right now I don’t think it really matters does it?
Bryn * I guess not.
Me * so?
Bryn * the Marines found him pinned down under enemy fire it sounds like they had a rough time getting him out
Me * is he okay?
I looked up as Landon walked in and sat in the chair a leg either side of me his hand comforting on my shoulder. I rest my head against his warm hand.
Bryn * that’s the thing I don’t know we just got the report that they got him and are taking him back to the Marine Camp and then I guess we’ll find out more.
Me * dead or alive right?
Bryn * yes… I’m sorry to be blunt but they will bring him home dead or alive… but Iz we have to believe he’s giving the Marines shit for taking so long.
Me * I know
A tear rolled down my cheek and onto Landon’s hand
Me * as soon as you know…
Bryn * Baby I promise you I will… you okay with your friends?
Me * they’re awesome
Bryn * you’ve been there a week and awesome already
Me * yeah they are.
Bryn * as long as they look after you Iz I’m good with it.
Me * Love ya
Bryn * you too
I hung up the phone and turned to look at Landon.
“The Marines rock Izzy your Brother’s going to be okay?” he moved the hand from my shoulder and brushed away the tear with his thumb. “Sounds like that guy cares a lot for you calling you Baby” he looked down.
“He does” I nodded “he’s special”
“Oh” Landon sounded totally dejected.
“I’m not going to go into it right now because it’s not the right time or place” I sighed getting up. “I need you right now… is your still willing to hug me”
“You want to go back to bed” he smiled getting up and wrapping his arms round me and burying his face in my hair.
“Yeah” I nodded being in his arms felt good, his naked chest warming me through my tank. “If you’re okay with staying?”
“I’m good with it” he let go of me and took my hand and pulled me back up stairs and into bed this time both of us got under the covers and he lay with my head on his chest……………………………….