I picked up my phone as it rang.
Dad* Hey Baby Doll
Me* Hey Daddy! How are you?
Dad* As good as I always am. How are you?
Me*I’m fine. Hunter and I got into a fight but everything is fine now.
Dad* Does that fight have to do with that boy that was in your bed this morning?
Me*How did you know about that? You’re in Afghanistan and I’m in American.
Dad* I was talking to your mother before I called. Sweet Heart we need to talk.
Me* Dad please no.
Dad* Sweetie you had a boy naked in your bed when no one was home.
Hunter pulled a face at me and put the phone on speaker
Hunter* He was naked in your bed?
Dad* Hey Hunter. That’s what your mom said when I called before.
Hunter* Really Ryan?
Me* three things. 1. We would never do that Asher was in the room. 2. So what if he was? And 3. Really don’t gang up on me.
Dad* Ryan Patricia Banks do not talk to me like that. You’re my daughter and I care for you. I don’t want someone to be playing with your heart. It’s like when you are at a toy store. There are
millions of toys to play with but you’re only allowed to buy one so you have to choose. So you go play with the others before you find the right one and you buy it. I don’t want you to be the other
toys. I’m just looking out for you Ry.
Hunter* I am too
Me* Hunter shut up you punched him.
Hunter* That’s not the point.
Me* Yes it is.
Hunter* No it’s not
Me* Yes it is!
Hunter* No it’s not!
Dad* Children, children stop fighting!
Me* Sorry Daddy it’s all Hunter’s fault. He punched Tanner right in the mouth.
Dad* Wait who is Tanner?
Me* The guy who was half naked in my bed.
Dad* But Tanner is your best friend?
Hunter* Yeah he is. I trust him with my life.
Dad*Hunter why did you punch him?
Hunter*He told me he was falling in love with Her
I heard the intake of breath from Dad.
Dad*He said what!?!
Me* Dad calm down.
Dad* No I will not calm down.
Me* See what you did Hunter
“Cooper calm down. You will wake the dead if you talk much longer.” I heard in the background.
“Jesse come here and talk.” I heard shifting as the phone as it was handed to the voice.
Uncle Jesse* Hello?
Me and Hunter* Hi Uncle Jesse
Uncle Jesse* Hey Kids how are you?
Me* HUNTER IS ALL LOVED UP!!!!
Hunter Gibbs slapped me.
Me* Dude really?
Dad* Hunter is this true?
Me* He also slapped me.
Hunter slapped me again.
Me* He did it again!!
Dad* Hunter stop slapping your sister right now!
Hunter* Sorry Dad.
Dad*Now tell me about her
Me* She is perfect for him. He loves her to pieces. You even have nephew now.
Dad* I do?
Me* Yup, he is a sweetheart.
Uncle Jesse* Man Coop your old. All ready a grandpa.
Dad* Dude don’t even go there.
Me* Would you two cut it out.
Dad* Sorry Baby.
“Banks! Roberts! You have patrol get off the phone.” A voice yelled in the background. Dad sighed.
Dad* We have to go Baby. Duty calls.
Me* Okay Daddy be safe I love you. I love you too Uncle Jesse. Stay safe.
Uncle Jesse* You too Baby Doll. Don’t Lets your brothers or Logan pick on you. I will talk to you soon.
Hunter* Bye Uncle J, bye Dad. Stay safe please.
Uncle Jesse* Always do. We got each other’s back.
Dad* I could say the same to you two. Stay SAFE. No grandbabies yet. Well maybe you Hunter but not you Ryan. I love you. Tell TJ I love him too.
Me*I will Dad.
Dad* and also we will be talking father about this. Okay?
Me* Okay Daddy, I love you.
Dad* I love you too.
He hung up the phone as my eyes started to water. I blinked my eyes before I walked out of the room. I walked as fast as I could to my room were Tanner still lay on my bed. I dove in and hid my
face in his chest as I started to cry. Tanner wrapped his arms around him. He pressed his lips to my head. “It’s okay Baby.” He whispered.
“They are so short.” I sobbed into his skin.
“I know Ryan.” He snuggled his face into my hair.
“I miss him so much.” I cried as he wrapped us in my comforter.
“Shh I know Baby.” He stroked my back as my eyes started to drop as my tears stopped. “Shh just sleep. It’s okay.” I nodded as I slipped into unconsciousness…….
Tanner laid there stroking my hair and watching the TV when Hunter came in. “Tanner can I talk to you?” Tanner looked up at him.
“Uh, sure hold on.” He moved me off his chest. He pressed his lips to my forehead before walking out with Hunter. Emmy sat in the kitchen feeding Asher. She took him from my room when I was talking
to Dad. They walked out the front door and sat down on the front steps. “So what did you want to talk about?” He asked looked at Hunter.
“I’m sorry for punching you before I didn’t mean it. It’s just she is my baby sister.” He sighed picking up a hand full of snow.
“I know dude. I don’t blame you. If the roles were reversed I would have punched you too.” Tanner smiled putting his hand on Hunter’s shoulder. “But if you do date my sister I will kill you.” His
face turned serious. Hunter smirked and patted Tanner’s back.
“Wish I could say the same.” He laughed. Tanner nodded. “Do you still have that picture of her in your wallet?”
“Yeah of course I have a picture of my sister in my wallet.” He looked at him confused.
“No the picture of my sister that you stole from my pictures?” Tanner looked at him.
“You knew about that?” He bit his lip.
“Yeah you were drunk and I went to pull out some money to pay a cab and saw it.” He sighed. “Just don’t break her heart and I won’t break you.”
“I don’t plan on it.” He sighed. Hunter patted his back before going back inside. Tanner pulled his wallet out of his pocket. He opened it up and took out a picture of me. I was under water in a
bikini smiling at the waterproof camera. Tanner smiled running his fingers over the picture…………
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