Leaning forward, I put my forehead up against his. “I can joke because my big brother's best friend makes me feel safe. I know that as long as he's here for me, things will be okay, and I trust him more than anyone else in the world.” He sighed. “I feel the same way about my best friend's little sister.” I chuckled lightly at his response, feeling vaguely as though we had had the exchange before. “You feel safe with me?” I teased, referring to how small and nonthreatening I was.His lips pressed against mine suddenly, sending all the air from my chest. Just as quickly, his hand found the back of my neck, pulling me closer to him. Without hesitation, and without allowing myself time to think, I returned his kiss, eagerly. His lips were sweet and gently firm. I pulled him closer.