"Hey Kate?" Luke says, walking back in the room. He had left when his aunt called him about 5 minutes ago, so he wouldn't interrupt my reading.
"Yeah?" I say, looking up from the page.
"What are your thoughts on kids?" He asks and I put my book down on my lap.
"Are you asking to impregnate me because I think it's a bit early in o-"
"No! No, I mean, like, do you like kids?" He asks.
"Uh, not really. I mean, I haven't really been around many since Jye was alive, but I've never been good with them" I shrug. "Why?"
"My aunty just asked me to babysit her daughter tomorrow night, she's 6. I said yes, because I haven't seen either of them in ages, and you don't have to come if you don't want to, but you're welcome to join. But, if you don't want to I completely understand"
"Sure, I'll come, I just don't now how helpful I'll be"
"Thank God" Luke says, jumping on the bed next to me. "Are you liking your book?" He asks me and I nod.
"It's really good" I say, continuing to read.
"That's good" He mumbles happily, cuddling into my side and resting his head on my stomach. After a few minutes I can hear his snores and I try not to laugh so I don't wake him. I put my book on his bedside table and run my fingers through his hair, playing with the blonde mess. I feel myself getting sleepy too, and soon enough my lights are out, with my fingers still sitting his hair.
"Luke! How are you?" The lady says after she opens the door.
"I'm good thanks Aunty Deb" He smiles, kissing the woman on the cheek. He had come in contact with almost all of his relatives, ever since we stayed at his parents house last weekend. I guess they had told everyone about his reappearance in their lives.
"Grace has grown up quite a bit since the last time we saw you" His aunt smiles. "You must be Katie"
After all the introductions and all that, Luke disappears with his aunt, leaving me with his little brunette cousin.
"Hello" She says, staring up at me.
"Uh, hi" I say awkwardly, feeling uncomfortable under her watchful gaze.
"Are you my cousin, too?" She asks me.
"Um, no. I'm just Luke's friend"
"Oh. I'm Grace"
"I'm Katie" I say, trying to smile at her.
"You have a nice face"
"Thanks" I say.
"It's okay. Do you kiss my cousin?" She asks.
"That's really gross. Don't you know anything?" She says, shaking her head at me.
"Sorry" I say, because I don't really know what else to do.
"It's okay. I forgive you. a just don't let it happen again. Can I show you my doll house?" She asks, and she grabs my hand before I can even react. I swallow the lump in my throat and reluctantly walk behind her. "This is Crystal. And this is Sparkles"
Grace says, pointing to two Barbie dolls. "Say hi to them"
"Uh, hey?" Oh God, where is Luke.