The Ghost (Ghost #1)

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Chapter 47


I can honestly say that last night was the best night in my life. I have been with a fair share of girls, but with no feelings involved, it felt… empty.

With Lia, though, I felt like I would burst into tears, overwhelmed by the raging emotions surging through me. At first I was worried that I would trigger something from her past, but I didn’t notice any signs of discomfort on her face throughout the night.

“What are you thinking about?” Lia pulls me from my thoughts, snuggled into my side, running her finger over the tattoo on my chest.

“You.” She chuckles at this, getting on top of me, her bare chest pressed against mine. I love it when she does that.

“What about me?” She runs her fingers through my disheveled hair.

“How amazing you are. I am so lucky I asked you out, even if it was just to pretend, otherwise I would never know what I was missing all this time.” I lean up and peck her nose and lips, circling my arms around her.

“I’m the lucky one. I’ve been alone for so long and if it weren’t for you, I don’t think I would ever let anyone in.” I smile at her, rubbing the soft skin of her back and waist.

“I love you so much, kitten.” I quietly say, getting a happy grin in response.

“I love you too, Cakey. – she gives me a peck – Did you like your present?” She asks curiously.

“You mean the lingerie or the sex?” I shock her with the bluntness, making her almost choke on air.

“Oh god!” She groans, putting her head on my chest, while I laugh. She’s been saying it a lot last night.

“I loved my presents, both of them. I wouldn’t mind getting them all the time.” I decide to tease her a little.

“Pervy Cakey.” I burst out laughing at that. I have never been called that.

“I know you’ve been with a lot of girls in the past, so… I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be enough for you.” Lia actually sounds shy and insecure. It’s the first time I’ve seen her like this.

“Kitten, look at me. – I tilt her head up a little – Yesterday was the best night of my life. You are more than enough. With the other girls I never felt what I felt with you. Never. So don’t ever put yourself down, got it?”

“It’s just that… I don’t know. I don’t want you to be disappointed. My only experience is being raped in a dark alley and... I don't know. I just don't feel that confident when it comes to sex.” I feel tears prickle my eyes.

“I love you, Lia. – I sternly tell her – Nothing you do, especially in bed – I add with a heavy look – will feel anything but amazing. But if you don’t believe me, we can just do it again and again, and again. We have all the time in the world.” I say hotly, moving my hand downwards to her ass. This is all mine.

We stay in bed for few more hours and I prove to Lia just how amazing she makes me feel. She needs to realize how perfect she is and I will be there to ensure she does.

After taking a shower together we go to the kitchen, where Lia prepares our lunch with me following her around like lost puppy, unable to take my hands off her.

I keep Lia on my lap while we eat and for once she doesn’t say anything. I know we were pretty close before, but now I feel even more connected to her. It's like we're two pieces of puzzle that were finally put together.

I take the blanket from the couch before leaving the house, following my girl, who wanted to go to the lake. I lay it on the ground and lie down on it, Lia following right after, snuggling into my side with my arm around her.

“It’s so peaceful in here. I could live in a place like this.” She suddenly says dreamily.

“If you want, we could stay here for the whole summer.” I offer, knowing my parents won’t have a problem with it.

“Why not? If your parents are fine with it…” She trails off. “But talking about summer… Have you thought about college?” I expected this question, it had to come up sooner or later.

“I applied to UNC and UC. I don’t know where I’m going to go, though. What about you?”

“UC or Yale. I haven’t decided.” This catches my attention.

“UC where?” I decide to ask, somewhat unsure.

“Berkeley. You?” Lia turns to me expectantly, clearly catching onto my train of thoughts.

“Berkeley.” I grin, giving her a quick kiss.

“Are you thinking what I’m thinking or am I getting ahead of myself?” She tentatively asks.

“I am thinking exactly what you’re thinking.” I flip us over, hovering over her. “I want us to go there together, I don’t want to separate. Kitten please tell me you want this as much as I do.” I’m fucking desperate. There’s a chance we won’t have to split up!

“I do. I don’t want you to leave me.”

“I won’t. You can be goddamn sure I’ll do everything I can to go to Berkeley if that means I can be with you.” I press my lips to hers, kissing her passionately, running my hand up her torso under the shirt, stopping right under her breast.

“You are not leaving me. My kitten. All mine.” I hotly tell her between kisses.

“My Cakey.” I grin at her. Lia’s just as possessive of me as I am of her, and it’s so fucking hot.

“All yours, baby.”

After a quickie by the lake, we go skinny dipping to cool down. But even the cold water does nothing to calm me down with Lia swimming around me completely naked.

“Just you wait till I get you, you little tease.” I groan when I fail to catch Lia again, making her laugh.

“What? – she splashes my face with cold water – I have no reason to be shy of my body, especially with all the exercise I get.” She laughs, climbing on my back.

“I unleashed a beast.” I shake my head in mock disappointment.

Lia just presses a kiss to the back of my head then buries her face in the crook of my neck, tightening her arms around it. “I just like cuddling. When my dad first took me in, he couldn’t get my hands off him. I was sleeping with him for about two years, afraid of being away from him. I wish I could show you the face my tutor made when he first saw that my dad had to stay with me during the sessions and keep me in his lap or I would start freaking out, bawling my eyes out as I called out for him.” She chuckles, while I just gape at her, turning around to face her.

I maneuver her so she’s attached to my front as we’re submerged in water. “It seems you were quite a handful.” I joke with a teasing look.

“I was. Dad was the first person that hadn’t done anything to hurt me ever since my parents left me, and he took care of me. I was just a kid, so I got attached to him pretty fast and hard. And with my abandonment issue, it was even worse for him. So be prepared, I might get really clingy and possessive.” She warns me with an unapologetic gaze.

“I don’t mind that at all. I may be even worse than you. – I give her a peck, going further into the water – I hate it when you leave me and go home. I miss you terribly when you’re not with me.” I press my lips to hers, kissing her deeply and she returns the kiss with equal fervor. We take our time exploring our bodies under the water, the coldness of it only intensifying the heat of the moment.

“I love you, kitten.” I say when we reach our peak.

“I love you too.”

“What is it, dad?!” I whine into the phone after my dad picks up. He’s been calling me for hours, but I was too busy with Lia to notice.

“What the fuck did you do yesterday?!” My eyes turn to saucers. How does he know about that?!

“We were visited by police officers today. They said you punched a man yesterday and broke his jaw. Would you like to explain?” I sigh in relief before frowning at the calm tone of my dad’s voice. He’s way scarier when he’s calm than when he’s yelling at me.

“Uh, yeah. He tried to hit Lia.” I sigh, getting a curious look from my girl, who sits in my lap on the couch. We’ve been watching some Korean drama she wanted to see when my dad called.

“Why would he try to do that?” Dad implores and I can hear he doesn’t believe me.

“It’s her biological dad. He and Lia’s mother came to school yesterday to talk to her. It didn’t go well and the fucker tried to hit her, so I punched him. That’s where the idea of a trip came from.” I explain, while Lia turns in my lap and circles her arms around my neck, burying her face in it. I rub her back under the shirt, drawing unintelligible patterns over it.

“Shit, I didn't know. Fine, I’ll deal with it. Where were you when it happened?”

“Jen’s. There should be a security footage, and someone must’ve seen it.” My dad just hums in response and hangs up.

“What’s going on?” Lia asks as I put my phone away.

“Your father reported me for assault. Dad called me because cops showed up at the house."

“That son of a bitch.” She grunts, annoyed. “Are you in trouble?”

“I don’t think so. Dad said he’ll deal with it.” Lia seems to accept that and turns back to the TV, taking out her phone. She texts someone real fast, then puts it away. I’m curious, but I don’t ask.

“You are like an open book, Cakey. It’s the Ghost's phone. – she shows it to me – Tank wants to go out for a drink. His friend is fighting at the Cage this weekend, so he decided to ask if I’ll be there.” Lia reads me so well.

“Drink? Since when you’re friends with him?” I implore, but Lia just shrugs.

“He’s a good guy. I told you already, I respect him as a fighter.”

“So… You’re gonna agree?”

“I don’t know. I was going to go the Cage anyways to watch Flash in action before I fight him, so why not? You’re coming with me, right?” I grin at her. She sure knows what to say to make me happy.

“Of course, if that’s what you want. But aren’t you worried about someone seeing us together?”

“Uh… about that… I’ll go as Lia. I told Tank that I am going to show him my face and he understood how much it means to me, swearing to keep it a secret. We've been talking all the time after the fight and I think I can trust him.” To say I’m shocked is a fucking understatement.

“And you believe him? You’re going to reveal your identity to him just like that?”

“I decided to give it a go. You and the guys haven’t betrayed my trust yet, so why not?” I give up. If she’s sure then who am I to stop her.

“Fine, then.” I kiss her head, concentrating back on the show.

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