………………….I could hear giggling and laughing from in front of me as we hit grass again and stopped walking. The blindfold was taken off and there had to be 40 people in front of me, some of the guys I’d met that morning and some other kids obviously from school and parents.
“Happy Birthday” I felt my cheeks turn beet red as people seemed to crowd round and names were being thrown at me.
The next few hours it was like a whirlwind between talking to people and being taught how to play corn hole. The food was amazing everyone bringing a dish with them. Night was falling and the fire was lit in the yard, I was talking to Michelle and Angela Carter’s Mom while some of the people had drifted away most of the kids were still there messing around now playing beer pong apparently as long as the kids didn’t drive home and crashed there most of the parents were okay with it to the point of taking away keys.
“Mom stop with the 101 questions” Jenna grabbed my hand “Let Izzy have some fun”
“Okay we get the hint” Angela laughed they walked over to the fire where everyone was sitting by the fire.
“Come on you need to play with us” Jenna chuckled
“I really need to go to the bathroom” I giggled dancing o n the spot.
“Oh yeah I’ll show you where it is” she linked my arm and we walked up the steps to the house she took me down a hallway to a small bathroom “I’ll be outside… if you go out of that door there” she pointed to a large door “it’ll lead you out to the side of the house turn right and follow the path round to where we are”
“Okay thank you” I smiled at her. I was still trying to figure our Jenna as I hadn’t spent all that amount of time with her I liked her so far but I was getting on better with her brother. I washed my hands and checked my reflection in the mirror I looked a little tried but I was putting that down to the jet lag and my brother forgetting where I was. I turned off the light and walked up the hall to the door that Jenna had pointed out to me before. I pushed it open and stepped out into the darkness the light was dim coming from the back yard but I could hear the cheers going up from the beer pong game.
“Hey” I jumped at the sound of a guys voice “I took a chance you’d come out this way” I couldn’t tell who it was in the dark and the noise muffled some of what was said as two arms snaked round my waist pulling me against a warm hard body. One of the arms let me go and a hand touched the side of my face before lip brushed against mine, they pulled back for a split second as my arms went up round the neck of whoever it was our lips met again this was crazy. I was being kissed by someone and I had no idea who the hell it was but he was good. I pulled back a little breathless.
“Damn” I swallowed hard as another cheer went up from round the far side of the house.
“Izzy come on” the sound of Jenna’s voice sounded closer the arms let go of me and the person left me standing there “What are you doing standing alone round here” she laughed grabbing my hand “You’re up for beer pong” she dragged me behind her. All the guys I’d met were there which was really confusing because all of the other guys there were old enough to be my Dad and that was no old man that I was kissing.
“Okay you’re zoning out” Carter waved his hand in front of my face.
‘I’m sorry it’s the jet lag” I sighed Tera was trying hard to get the attention of Landon who kept moving and his eyes flicking to me and then away again Ryan came over to me as Karly made a bee line for him.
“Save me” he chuckled, his hot breath on my ear. “I should have hidden from her for longer” he winked “I’ll help Izzy Throw the ball” he called out to the others holding me round the waist with one hand Karly stopped in her tracks and glared at me. We spent the next twenty minutes killing everyone at beer pong. Ryan keeping me close by him. My phone started to ring.
“Okay let me get this” I laughed pulling my phone from my pocket.
Me * hello
Bryn * hey sexy… Ow… Sorry he Iz
Me * hi stranger… you just get slapped by Jamie
Bryn * yep… he can’t handle the fact he has a hot sister
Me * you’re a dumb ass
Bryn * oh I’m going off to a combat zone and you wound me deeply
Me * yeah right
Bryn * and after that kiss
Jamie * kiss you kissed my little sister…
Bryn * you’re brother’s listening in on our conversation… yes I kissed your sister she’s legal
Jamie * I trust you with my life not my sister
Bryn * I kissed her I didn’t take her to bed.
I looked up at the other all watching as it was on speaker
“Can you understand a word they’re saying?” Jenna laughed nudging Landon
“When they all talk that fast hell no” he smirked. Tera rested her head on Landon’s shoulder
“Looks like she has a guy after all” Landon looked at Jenna who just rolled her eyes.
Me * hey I’m still here you know
Jamie * you didn’t tell me you kissed Bryn
Bryn * and I was hoping you’d brag about it
Me * why would… hang on shouldn’t you both be sitting in planes right now?
Jamie * we would have been but flights were grounded there was a terror threat posted for the base
Bryn * so we’ve been sat twiddling our thumbs so we thought we’d call you and bug you
Me * oh great
Bryn * so you got them calling it football instead of Soccer yet?
Ryan * no she hasn’t but she almost crippled our quarterback with a tackle
Jamie * nice one sis… Er… that’s a guy… Izzy?
Me * that’s Ryan he’s part of the family I’m staying with
Landon * it’s all guys here with her
I looked at him open mouthed as Jenna and some of the other girls other than Tera and Karly tried not to laugh out loud.
Bryn * you think the M.O.D. will notice two Typhoons due for Afghanistan taking a slight detour to the states
Jamie * I guess we’ll have to wait and see
Me * oh will you two knock it off… they’re kidding about it only being lads here
Jamie * looks like you’ve got Yankee competitions for Izzy
Bryn * Izzy and I thought you’d wait for me
Me * oh I’m so going to kill you when I see you
Jamie * you sucked face with him
Me * okay embassy party all of us really drunk
Bryn * oh stick the knife in deeper Iz…
Me * I didn’t mean it like that…
Jamie * you took advantage of my drunk sister
I knew they were both messing around but they both sounded like a fight was about to start to people who didn’t know either of them
Bryn * no she took advantage of me… I still have the scars
Me * oh god
Jamie * and you said you got attacked by a cat
Me * hey I’m going to seriously kill both of you… you’re embarrassing the hell out of me here
They both started to laugh
Bryn * sorry Iz… love you really
Me * Hmmm
Jamie * sorry sis…
Me * good job I love you guys
Bryn * yes she loves me
I shook my head as he laughed again
Me * I’m in the middle of a serious game of beer pong here
Jamie * we’re going to go we have a briefing in 20 minutes and hopefully we can take off in a few hours.
Bryn * yeah I want to get in the air
They’d both become serious.
Me * I love you and fly safe
Jamie * always do Sis… love you too
Bryn * I’ve got his wing Iz… love ya
I ended the call and pushed the phone into my pocket and took a deep controlling breath.
“You okay?” Carter asked as Jenna hugged me
“I’m fine… I just realized that I’ve added another 3500 miles onto how far away he’s going to be”
“Okay Military kid needs a hug” Travis called from over by the fire. I was suddenly surrounded by everyone bar the wicked witches of the east and west and was hugged like I’d never known before and it felt so good………………….