I felt the tears roll down my face as I watched Emmy drag Hunter outside. I looked at Asher as I tried not to break down in front of him. Asher looked at me and rubbed his hands up down my cheeks.
He smiled at me before he stuck his finger in his mouth and sucked his thumb. I cuddled him close as I felt arms wrap around me and pull me to a hard chest. “Why don’t you put him down so I can
cuddle you till you aren’t crying anymore?” Tanner whispered into my ear.
“Okay.” I said still fighting tears as I walked to my room. It was like I liked it, cold and dark. I laid Asher down and curled him in the blankets. I put his binky in his mouth as he grew tired. I
turned around as the tears started to fall. Tanner pulled me into his chest as I quietly started to sob. He stroked my hair and whisper ‘it will be okay, don’t cry.’ He gently picked me up and laid
me on my bed before he snuggled under the blankets with me. I laid my head on his chest as the tears still flowed. He stroked my hair and pressed his lips to my hair. “How can you still be here
after everything that has happened?” I asked wiping the tears away.
“I would be your brother’s punching bag if it meant I would get to see you and kiss you again. I can’t, not see you anymore. You are like a drug. Like morphine.” He whispered rubbing his fingers in
a circle over my back. I looked at him, my tears forgotten.
“Why morphine?” I asked kissing the tattoo in the middle of his chest.
“Because it’s addictive, like your kisses, and they make the pain go away.” He said fighting tears. I looked up at him as I heard a purring next to me. I looked over as Felix rubbed his head on
Tanner’s stomach and my chest.
“Hey little bugger I haven’t seen you in awhile.” I smiled petting him. Tanner rubbed his fingers over the smooth fur on his head.
“Who is this little guy?” He smiled at me.
“My baby Felix.” I smiled at him back. Tanner petted him as he pulled me closer to him…………
…………Hunter sat down on the steps and put his face in his hands. Emmy sat next to him and sighed. “Why did you do it?” She sighed rubbing his arms. He looked at her.
“I don’t even know why Emmy. I just I don’t know.” He leaned down to lay his head in her lap.
“Then why did you punch him?” She stroked his hair.
“I just, I don’t want her to get hurt. I don’t want her to be upset.” She stopped and looked at him.
“Hunter you upset her by doing that.” She said rubbing his ears.
“I have never heard her say that she hated me before. I can’t believe I made her say that.” He closed his eyes as a tear spilled over.
“You did punch the guy that is making her feel safe and loved again.” He looked at her.
“You’re not making me feel better.” She leaned down and kissed him.
“I’m sorry; I’m just trying to help the both of you.” He took a deep breath.
“I don’t want her to hurt inside. I want her to be happy, healthy.” She kissed his lips.
“Would you want dating one of the assholes from her school or someone you trust with your life? How long have you known Tanner?” She stroked his forehead.
“I have known him since the second day of boot camp. We were friends since we both got in trouble for something. Then he was in the same and everything. He always had my back and I had his.”
“So you trust him with your life then?” He looked up at her.
“Of course I do. He was always there.” He nodded. “But I don’t know if I can trust him with my sister’s heart.”
“You’re going to have to. Don’t you want her to be happy?” She asked leaning down to kiss him again. He sighed.
“Of course I want her to be happy.”
“Then your going to have to let her and Tanner be together. He looks like he really loves her.” He sat up.
“I guess I should have known he liked her since I found that picture of Ryan in his wallet.” He sighed kissing her head.
“See, you are seeing sense. Now all you have to do is go say you’re sorry to your sister.” She said pushing him to the door.
“If you hear me scream for mercy please come save me.” He kissed her getting up.
“I will think about it.” She smiled getting up with him as he walked inside the house to my room. He stopped and looked at me on my bed. Tanner had me cuddled up to him as we watched TV.
“Ry can I talk to you?” I looked over at him. Tanner pressed his lips to my head.
“Don’t worry okay. I’m right here if you need me.” He whispered into my skin.
“About what?” I asked Hunter.
“Please Ryan, just want to talk.” He sighed. I got out of bed and walked toward him.
“Come on lets go to the TV room and talk.” I nodded. I walked silently into the TV room behind Hunter. “I’m sorry.” He said looking at me as I sat down.
“You should be.” I said looking up at him crossing my arms.
“I know, I know. I just don’t want to see you get hurt.” He sighed putting his arms around my shoulders.
“I don’t want to get hurt, but I trust him. Can’t you trust me? Can’t you trust your best friend?” I said cuddling on to his chest.
“I can I was, it was the heat of the moment type of thing. I do trust you. I trust Tanner with my life. I’m sorry.” I looked up at him.
“I’m sorry I said I hated you. I could never hate you. I love you.”
“I love you too Sis. I should go say sorry to Tanner for punching him.” He sighed rubbing his face.
“You should.” I smirked getting off him letting him up. “Go.” I said pushing him as my phone rang.
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