................ “Go to hell” I turned and walked away from him as fast as I could. I could handle it. I always had to handle it without help, it was something I’d gotten used to. Arron would have got the message if That damn Russian hadn’t butted in, but now Arron would be more determind than ever to find out who called him out on the phone and I know he wouldn’t let it drop at all now.
“Stop Chris” Dimitri caught up to me as I passed through the gate I pulled it closed behind me as he slammed into it “Ow Jeez” I looked round as he was rolling on the floor holding his ribs.
“And that’s what happens when this Dairy girl gets pissed off” I carried on walking.
“Don’t you dare” Dimitri caught my arm as I got by his truck he pinned me against it without hurting me his eyes seemed to be full of anger.
“Excuse me” I stuttered
“Don’t you dare walk away from me when I’m trying to help you”
“Did I ask for your help” I pushed against his chest and for all that it did I might as well of been pushing against a brick wall “Did I ask for you to screw with my head my emotion and my feelings” when I got mad a lot of what I had bottled inside me flooded out it always did that’s why I tried to stay away from confrontation as much as I could but this week it seemed to come knocking.
“No you didn’t” I could feel his breath on my face “But I’m doing it anyway”
“Don’t think I’m some safe bet…” tears escaped my eyes betraying me
“I never thought that for a minute” I murmured his face drawing closer “Drop the guard Chris let me in” his lips brushed against mine sending my head into a total tailspin of emotion “Let me in Chris” he murmured against my mouth. I shook my head and turned away from him.
“I can’t” I was biting my lip so hard I could taste the blood “It’s…it’s” I slid down the side of the truck between his arms and sat on the floor hugging my knees to my chest.
“What the hell did this guy do to get you like this?” Dimitri dropped down next to me and pulled me into his chest wrapping his arms round me.
I don’t know how long we sat on the asphalt Dimitri holding me tightly against him my eye liner and tears were staining and soaking the front of his shirt. I began to calm down, my breath coming in rasped gasps.
“I think I should get you home” he sighed lifting my chin to him “You look a mess” he smiled “Still hot though” he added getting to his feet and pulling me up with him. He opened the door to the truck and I slid into the seat resting my head against the window I was drained more than I had been in a while.
The trip home was silent apart from the hum of the engine and the faint music in the background, music my escape from reality the notes played through my head as I closed my eyes………………
…………… “What the hell are you doing still here?”
The sound of Xanders voice infiltrated my dreams as I blinked against the sunlight that was coming through the half closed blinds. I rubbed my neck and sat up I was still wearing the same clothes that I was wearing the night before at the beach. I woke up altogether now as memories from the night before hit me like a sledge hammer. I could still taste Dimitri on my lips making me tingle a little inside. I got off my bed and looked in the mirror and groaned. The bride of Frankenstein had nothing on me, I walked into my bathroom and washed my face removing the last of the makeup. I walked into the kitchen and Dimitri was on one side of the kitchen counter while Xander was on the other.
“Hey” they both jumped and looked at me.
“God you look like shit” Xander said shaking his head.
“Thanks I feel like it” I walked to the coffee pot and poured a cup wrapping my hands round the cup.
“See she’s still wearing her clothes” Dimitri hissed at Xander.
“Yeah well between you and Niko no girls safe” Xander groaned.
“Xand I’m fine” I sat on one of the stools at the breakfast bar “ how come you are still here?” I looked at Dimitri
“Well after you feel asleep I put you to bed and your Dad called to say he wasn’t going to eb home till later today” he shrugged pouring himself a coffee “so rather than leave you home alone I slept on the couch” he nodded into the living room where the blanket was laid out.
“She’s been left home alone plenty of times” Xander added
“Yeah but not when she’s spent almost an hour in tears” Dimitri looked from Xander to me “No way was I going anywhere”
“Yeah well I think I need to go in the pool and get my head a little more clear”
“You want some company?’ Xander asked. I shook my head.
“Not right now” the phone started to ring. “excuse me” I hit speaker phone
Me * hello
Mom * honey how’s the sunshine state?
Me * er… sunny
Mom * we’re going to move to Australia darling
Me * what?
Mom * I’ve found a beautiful apartment overlooking the harbor in Sydney… they love me down here
Me * okay you’ve been drinking
Mom * honey it’s cocktail time here you’d love all the hot surfers with the cute accents
Me * Mom quit drunk dialing and don’t buy another house.
Mom * nut Christine it’s so nice
Me * yeah Mom I thought you were heading home today?
Mom * oh they extended the tour a few days I might be back next weekend
Me * what ever
Mom * oh don’t be pissy it doesn’t suit you sweetheart… and I can buy you the avalanche you want with the commission for the next couple of days
Me * why would I want a new car?
Mom * because the other one is 2 years old.
Me * so you remember when I you got it for me
Mom * of course when my book got to number 1 on the NY times best seller list.
Me * so do you know what’s happening next weekend?
Mom * yes you have try outs for the play at the new school, Jess has her first gym meet and your Dad has a game against some other college.
Me * just checking Mom… look I have friends here and Xander I’m going to go.
Mom * okay baby you have fun… kisses I love you
Me * yeah mom you too.
I cut off the phone and didn’t even look up.
“I’m going to change” I walked away from Xander and Dimitri.
“Damn” Xander ran his fingers over his face.
“Okay where’s her Mom?”
“Book tour” Xander sighed looking at him “Her Mom’s the woman that wrote about the girl trying to make it as a singer”
“My sister loves that book”
“Well you’ve meet the inspiration for her lead character” Xander pointed in the direction of my room………………….