Love vs. Lust

Chapter 10

I watched them for a few minutes before I built up enough courage to walk over to the pool and join them. I felt very self conscious about revealing my body to Cole so instead of taking my clothes off and jumping into the water I sat down on the edge and let my feet hang into the water. Both my brother and Cole looked at me like I was crazy and I immediately knew what they were going to do.

I jumped up and started running towards the house. I heard water splashing behind me and turned around to see if I could outrun them. Cole was only a few feet away and my brother was making his way out of the pool. I could feel my heart beating faster in my chest as I turned back around and started running. I knew I couldn't outrun them, I am a complete sloth but I ran anyway, hoping for some kind of miracle. I almost reached the house when I felt two arms wrap around my body and pulling me to a stop.

I knew who it was immediately, there was no way my brother would hold me like this. He pulled my back closer to his body sending little sparks of pleasure though my body. I wanted to scream at him and tell him to let me go but the sensation of having his body so close to mine was way too overwhelming for me to say anything.

"I'll let go if you promise not to run" He whispered into my ear causing my body to break out in goose bumps. Crap, I really hope he doesn't notice the effect he is having on me. I didn't' want him to let go but I couldn't exactly tell him that so I agreed.  

"I won't run" I said and felt his arms releasing me. I turned around and faced him wishing his arms were still around me.  

"Good, now why were you running away in the first place?" He asked smiling at me with that gorgeous smile of his.  

"You know why so don't act like you don't" I replied.  

"We just wanted you to join us" He chuckled making my heart beat even faster. I cursed myself under my breath for letting this boy have such an effect on me. He is obviously a player and is only tolerating me because I am his best friends little sister. The sooner I face the facts the better.

"I know what the problem is" I heard my brother say and we both looked in his direction. He had a mischievous smile on his face and I knew this wasn't going to go down well.  

"Oh yea? And what would that be?" I asked feeling irritated by my brother's stupidness.  

"She's shy, always have been when it came to getting into a bathing suit" He replied looking at Cole and ignoring me.  

"I am not!" I half shouted and immediately regretted it.  

"Prove it then" my brother said folding his arms and looking at me with an expression of triumph on his face.  

"Ok, I will" I replied feeling fired up. It is true that I'm shy about my body but I was going to prove Conner wrong and shut him up once and for all.  

"Good, I'm going inside to watch the game, you two have fun" He replied and then walked into the house leaving me alone with Cole.

I couldn't believe it, what was he trying to do? First he dared Cole to kiss me and now he is leaving us alone to swim together. I stared after him in disbelief, I was going to have to have a serious talk with him when we get home.

"Are you coming?" I heard Cole asking and felt myself starting to panic. I didn't want to be alone with him, I didn't trust myself enough.  

"I... I..." I stuttered not sure what to say or do.  

"Don't worry, you can keep on your clothes" He said gesturing for me to follow him. His words took me by surprise so instead of answering I just shook my head and followed him to the edge of the pool. He sat down and dangled his feet in the water gesturing for me to sit down. I did as he asked and dangled my feet in the water hoping that I wasn't making a huge mistake by trusting him. Usually at this point he would do something stupid like push me into the pool and laugh at me.

"You don't have to be shy" Cole said looking at the ripples in the water and causing the butterflies in my stomach to go crazy.  

"I told you I'm not" I replied obviously lying.  

"Then what is it?' He asked, the sincerity in his voice confusing the crap out of me.  

"I just don't want to swim" I replied knowing how lame my excuse was. Cole looked at me as his lip turned up into a smile.  

"You're really something, I've never met somebody who would punish themselves as much as you do just because they don't like somebody else. I'm not going to push you into the pool or try to drown you. I just thought you would like to take a swim" He said smiling at me weakly. I've never seen him act like this and I felt his words pulling at my heartstrings. I fought with the feeling trying to remind myself that he is a jerk. I saw him kissing Morgan last night with my own two eyes. He was just being nice to me, the question is why?

I considered telling him that he's an ass and to leave me alone but thought better of it. I really didn't want to fight with him right now and a swim really did sound good.  

"Ok let's do it then" I said getting up and pulling off my clothes before I could chicken out. I saw his eyes looking over my exposed body and was about to jump into the pool when he jumped up and stopped me.

"You should put on some sun tan lotion, the suns sharp today and I don't think you want to burn" He said trying to focus his eyes on mine but failing miserably as they wondered over my body.  

"Yea, I guess your right but I didn't bring any" I replied remembering the last time I went to the beach and burnt so bad that I couldn't move for a few days.  

"I've got some, hold on I'll be right back" He said and took off running towards the pool house. I sat down at the edge of the pool and dangled my feet in the water while I waited for him. I pressed my face in my hands and closed my eyes while taking a deep breath. A million thoughts ran through my head as I played over the events of the last few days. I was so confused, I had no idea why I was feeling this way about Cole.

The feel of something cold dripping on my skin snapped me back to reality and I realized that Cole was sitting behind me with a leg on each side of me. How did this happen without me noticing? I shook my head and tried to concentrate on not freaking out.  

"I'll do your back for you" He whispered softly causing little shivers of pleasure to run through my body.  

"Ok" I whispered in reply unable to object. I felt another drop of lotion land on my back and then I felt his warm hands touching me. He started rubbing the lotion onto my back causing all sorts of crazy thoughts to run through my mind. My body and my heart were telling me to turn around and kiss him but my mind knew better.

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