The Miller Boys

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Chapter 11

Madison

“Happy Birthday sissy!”

“Thanks Mal.”

“You’re welcome, I wanted to tell you first before anyone else did.”

“Knox bet you to it buddy.”

“Aww man, maybe next year. Is Knox your boyfriend?”

“Maybe. Would you be upset if he was?”

“No, he’s cool and a good football player. I think he’s pretty awesome and he’s a lot better than that Tyrone guy.”

“He is.”

“Did you get my card?”

“Yes it came in the mail yesterday and I loved it.”

“Good, mom says I need to get ready for school so I’ll call you later.”

“Okay Mal, have a good day at school.”

“I will, bye sissy. Love you!”

“Love you to. Bye.” After Mal got off the phone my parents got on and told me happy birthday as well, I talked with my mom for a little while before hanging up with them to get ready for my birthday breakfast that Laila had planned for me. Knox wanted to take me out later to celebrate and I agreed not really wanting a party like Laila wanted me to have to celebrate me turning 21. Things between Knox and I have been great since our night together after the party.

Even though we both have been busy finishing up classes and with football season ending soon we hadn’t spent a lot of time together. But when we did we made the most of it and found small breaks in our day to go on mini dates. I still hadn’t heard back about my internship and had been trying to weigh my options for what I could do after graduation until I started medical school next fall. I wanted to take a break while also gain some much needed experience before I got back into my studies. Knox was deciding whether he wanted to declare for the draft or go to medical school.

I told him to do what he thought was best for him, I knew he didn’t like what ifs but didn’t want to push him in the wrong direction. He was an amazing football player and would make an even better doctor but it was up to him to decide his future. I would support him no matter what because he would do the same for me.

After breakfast with my sisters I spent most of the day in the library studying for the few finals I had and putting the finishing touches on our project. I was highlighting something when someone walked up behind me and put their hands over my eyes.

“Guess who?”

“Luke James?”

“No.”

“Keith Powers.”

“Try again.”

“I know my sexy boyfriend, Knox Miller.”

“Correct. Happy Birthday baby.” he said handing me a bouquet of flowers

“Aww thanks babe.” I kissed his cheek and read the card

To my beautiful girlfriend,
Happy Birthday! I hope your day is full of laughter and fun cause you’re finally 21. When you get home there’s another surprise that I’m sure will bring cheer to your eyes.

Knox

“How long did it take you to make it rhyme?”

“There’s a reason I’m not an English major, I have to go to practice but I’ll pick you up at eight.”

“Okay, bye.”

“Bye.” I finished up what I was doing a few hours after he left and went home to get ready for our date.

When I opened the door I was greeted by balloons and another bouquet of flowers that were roses, then there was a trail of them going in the direction of my bedroom. I continued walking in the direction of the roses to see Knox sitting on my bed.

“Hello.”

“Hi, I thought you were taking me out tonight?”

“I am, I just wanted to give you your next gift and tell you to pack a bag with clothes for a few days. Although for what I have planned you won’t be needing them anyway but you may want to explore where we are going.”

“Where are we going?”

“It’s a surprise, your roommate and parents know that your leaving with me so don’t worry about calling them.”

“What’s my next gift?”

“This.”

“Knox this is expensive, I can’t accept this.” I said staring at the gold Cartier bracelet in my hand.

“I want you to, And so does my mom she considers you apart of the family and wanted you to have this since we all have one. She also wanted me to give you this.” He handed me an envelope that had my name written across it, I opened and read it then sat down in shock.

“How does your mom know Dr. Adams?”

“She’s her kids doctor and asked about you, she wanted to give it to you after family weekend but I told her it would be better as your birthday gift.”

“You were right, I can’t believe I got the internship. This is the best gift anyone could have ever given me.”

“I’m glad you like it. Do you have everything you need?”

“Yes, I’m ready.” We walked out of my room and I made sure to turn off all the lights and lock the door behind us and followed Knox to his car.

“Knox!” we turned around to see Alyssa walking towards us.

“Alyssa what do you want?”

“I saw you and wanted to say hi. I haven’t seen you around campus lately.”

“I’ve been busy with finals. We’re trying to go out and celebrate Madison’s birthday so if you will excuse us we have reservations we can’t be late for.”

“That’s nice of you to spend time with your partner for her birthday.”

“Actually I’m taking my girlfriend someplace special.”

“Girlfriend?”

“Yes. So you can stop telling people those lies about us, have a nice night Alyssa.” He opened the car door for me and closed it then got in the driver’s side and drove off.

“I didn’t know you had a petty side.”

“Spend time around my parents and you’ll see where I get from. Although I’m not on their level of savage pettiness.”

“Your parent seem like the sweetest people especially your mom. Your dad kinda scared me at first but after talking to him I see why you guys look up to him.”

“Yeah they are pretty great parents and I’m extremely grateful for them.”

“I love how family oriented you guys are, it’s refreshing to see someone care so much about their family.”

“I learned the hard way that family will always be there to support you no matter how successful or unsuccessful you are at something. And will always have your back, I’ve met a lot of people that have just used me and didn’t give a damn about me when things got rough. It’s kinda why I was the way I was with girls. If I cut them off after getting what I wanted they wouldn’t have a chance to use me.”

“But you changed.”

“I did, because of you. You were exactly what I was looking for in a woman and didn’t let my charm get to you. It’s one of the reasons why I love you.”

“What?”

“I love you. I was going to wait until later to say it to you but I couldn’t wait.”

“Aww Knox, I love you to. And thank you for taking me out tonight it means a lot that you’re doing all of this for me.”

“You deserve to celebrate your birthday after all the hard work you’ve been doing and I don’t mind doing it because I love spending time with you.”

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