When I woke up the next morning I was even hotter than usual, and I smiled to myself, remembering the reason why. I squeezed Aiden closer to me for a moment, relishing his smell and warmth and basic closeness and he murmured in his sleep at the movement.
It was Sunday, so he was off school, and by some fluke I didn't have work today either. We could stay in bed all day if we wanted to, doing whatever we wanted to. And right now, I just wanted to lay here with him in my arms and forget about everything that happened yesterday.
Well. Everything before going to bed anyway.
Just I was settling in to try and get back to sleep, I heard my phone vibrate gently on my bedside table, and I reached out to grab it before it woke Aiden. I saw I had a message and flipped the phone open, then immediately wished I hadn't.
Meet me in town at the cafe in twenty minutes. We're spending the day together and tonight I AM staying over at yours.
I groaned quietly and put my phone back down on the table, curling myself back around my brother for a minute before easing myself gently out of the bed so as not to wake him. He whimpered slightly as I moved, but settled into my warm space in the bed and snuggled into the covers. I watched him sleep for a few moments, he looked so adorable. I wanted to wake him and play with him and kiss him and hold him.
Instead I got dressed quickly and quietly, and slipped from the room, closing the door carefully behind me.
'Where are you going?' a muffled voice demanded from somewhere around my elbow and I looked around to see Alana leaning against the bathroom doorjamb with a toothbrush sticking out of her mouth.
'Town,' I said flatly, walking towards the top of the stairs.
'Work,' I lied.
'Can I get a lift?'
I looked up at her suspiciously. 'Where are you going?'
'I need to pick up some CDs from Virgin. Then I think I'll go have some lunch in the Briar Rose.'
'Where are you really going?' she asked, still brushing her teeth but walking further out of the bathroom now and leaning against the dodgy banister.
'I have an appointment,' I deadpanned.
'Doctor? Dentist? Lawyer?'
'Employer,' I said, which wasn't even a lie.
'Promotion, eh? Somebody's been a good boy.'
I eyed her carefully. There was something about the way she said that... 'Is there something you actually wanted Alana or can I get going?'
She shrugged. 'Just making conversation,' she said easily, pushing herself off the banister and moving back into the bathroom.
I shook off her weird questions and went downstairs, grabbing a handful stale dry cereal for breakfast and the car keys before shrugging on my coat and leaving the house.
'Wake up, lazybones!'
I pulled the covers over my head and groaned. 'Go away,' I shouted, my voice sounding muffled even to me.
'No, get up,' Alana snapped, pulling the covers away from over my head. 'We have a mission to carry out.'
'A mission. A quest. A journey of grave peril. You know, like in a movie.'
'Have you actually lost your senses?' I asked, reaching a hand up to her forehead, genuinely concerned. She slapped me away.
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The Brothers [boyxboy]Teen Fiction
Life isn't easy for the Cartwright brothers. Having become emancipated from their parents and moved into a rundown share house with a handful of their friends, life becomes even more complicated when little brother Aiden's best friend runs away from...