……………….. Dimitri and Niko came and sat back down Dimitri sat next
to Miranda sandwiching her between him and Xander Niko took a
breath and checked his brother who was looking pissed as Miranda
spoke quietly to him.
"So how come you can sing like you do and he sounds like a cat
being tortured?" Niko asked.
"Well he's the all American sports dude" I smiled picking up my
soda "Whereas me not so much, we kinda balance out the family"
"Yeah thanksgiving's a riot" Xander winked at me.
"So did it bother you when Reba said the packers suck?" Jackson
"No… I mean I'm born and raised 75 miles from Green Bay so I knew
moving to Florida I was going to get crap" I shrugged "Because he
gives it me every time I talk to him" I pointed at Xander.
"Okay I've been wanting to ask but we've not had the time with
what you were doing" Miranda leant on the table and looked at me
she was trying not to look at Xander because every time she did
she turned beet red and stumbled over her words "But how come you
had to move here I mean it's senior year"
"I had the choice to stay there" I nodded "But My Dad got the
best job offer and my Mom travels away a lot" I looked down I
felt Xander kick me under the table gently I looked at him and
smiled "And I miss him" I giggled Xander knew I'd never complain
about my life but he also knew how hard I had it sometimes being
a second Mother to Jess.
'So only child?" Dimitri looked at me and smiled his face calmer
now no signs of the anger he had written on it before.
"No I have a little sister that just started first grade" Xander
pulled out his wallet and opened it.
"Here" he handed Miranda a picture that was taken last winter at
my parents' cabin in the Northwoods of Wisconsin of Xander and
Jess sitting on a snow mobile.
"She's cute?" Miranda smiled as Dimitri put his head on her
shoulder to look.
"She has your eyes" he looked at me his eyes doing all the
smiling for him I shuddered a little inside as I could feel the
sensation of his thumb on the back of my neck from earlier when
we were being interviewed. Miranda handed the picture over to
Jackson who held his hand out for it.
"She's going to need a big brother to fight off the guys that are
going to date her" Jackson laughed.
"Oh believe me Jess won't need it she can take down a deer in one
shot" Xander groaned "she'll do the same with any one that pisses
her off" I high fived him over the table. Niko's arm was over the
back of my seat he nudged my shoulder.
"She protective of her big sister"
"Yes" I smiled as he took the picture from Jackson.
We all finally ordered food and sat laughing and talking. Xander
leaned in to Miranda and whispered something to her making her
giggle. She shot a look across the table at me and looked down.
'Okay excuse us" I stood up "I want a few words with Miranda"
"You do?" Xander and Miranda both looked at me.
"Yes I do… I need help getting the boots off"
"Don't" half the guys round the table called out
"You guys are obsessed" Xander groaned "and you all know I'm
related to her"
"Dude she's in FMB's what the hell do you expect" Dimitri laughed
"Okay Russian start running" Dimitri got up and took off running
laughing as Xander chased him I shook my head and looked at
Miranda and nodded to the corner of the Patio that wasn't taken
over by all of us she followed me over
"You want help to get the boots off"
"No I wanted to wind up Xander and I knew what the reaction would
be" I smirked "So what did he say to you?"
"Bull you got giggly" I poked her in the ribs 'I can ask him
myself?" Xander and Dimitri ran passed laughing.
"He asked me if he could pick me up tomorrow and take me to the
"Really… Oh that's awesome" I hugged her "You do know I want
details right" she pulled a face. "Ew not those sort of details"
I swatted her "I mean if he's a gentleman and he's good"
"Screw being a gentleman… Damn he could throw me on the table and
kiss me right now and I'd be happy" she fanned herself with her
hand "You're cousin has rocked my world since 6th grade"
"You didn't tell me that" I smiled looking back to the table
where Xander had sat down and was talking to Kerion Dimitri had
taken my seat in between Niko and Jackson and was talking and
shaking his head at his brother. The both shook hands and smiled
as Jackson put his head on the table.
"So it looks like you have Niko hanging off everything you say"
Miranda sighed leaning on the wall
"What… Oh he's just messing" I shrugged
"Niko doesn't mess where women are concerned" she smiled.
"I think it's the boots not me" I laughed "and anyway stop
getting off the subject of Xander"
"Well apparently he's picking my up in this really sweet mustang
as his cars in the shop"
"Where's he getting that from?" I pulled a face
"His cousin's letting him borrow it"
"I'm the only cousin with a… Damn it" I walked over to the table
"okay a little heads up might be nice if you want to borrow my
car" I put my hands on my hips.
"Oh yeah" Xander grinned "Hey Chris I'm borrowing the mustang
"And what am I supposed to do?"
"Your Dad's car"
"He has a game tomorrow" I pointed out
"Your Mom's car's in the garage"
"Yeah like I'm allowed to use that" I groaned
"You're Mom's in Australia your Dad's going to be at least in
Gainesville" he shrugged "Have a day at home with Jess and I
think you owe me after I kept quiet" he winked.
"Fine" I pulled the keys from my purse 'here you can drive me
home when we're done and take it"
"You want your seat back?" Dimitri asked getting up
"No I just lost my appetite" I picked up my purse "I'll be out
front" Xander got up and caught me arm.
"I didn't think you'd mind"
"I don't" I ran my fingers through my hair "but it's the weekend
story of my life and I love Jess but…"
"I didn't think and it's your first weekend here isn't it" he
groaned "How about you and Jess come to the beach with us?"
"I don't think so" I patted his arm "I'll be okay I'm being a bit
selfish" I kissed his cheek "I'm going to call some of the guys
from up north"
"Okay" he nodded and watched as I walked through the doors and
out to the parking lot of the restaurant……………..