"Shit! I'm dead," Emery concluded seeing the steam blow from Ryan's ears.
I looked an irate Ryan with his arms folded across his chest, his chin held high. I get that he was there for her when she needed him, but I'm here now. I gave him a smug look just to get under his skin. If it did, he didn't show it. I didn't even hear Emery get out until he broke our stare down to listen to her pleading for his understanding. I got out of the car and leaned against my door, looking onto the scene.
"Em, what did we talk about? You're supposed to be focusing on school."
"I-I know. I just ...He needed some help with something and- and I didn't want to tell you because I knew you'd freak so I told you I had a convention."
"So this is what we're doing now? Lying to each other?"
"She wouldn't have to lie if you would let her make her own decisions like the grown woman she is," I inserted.
"Who's fucking talking to you, dude?" He strode towards me with Emery pulling at his arm, begging him to stop. He growled in my face, "This is your last warning. Stay the fuck away from her. You're no good and I can sense it." His lip curled in disgust as he stared down at my slightly smaller body and height. I didn't flinch. Was I slightly doubtful that I could win this fight? Yes. Was I willing to risk it just to be with Emery? Fuck yeah! "Since she won't tell you, I will. You're not good enough. You're just some dude who gets his kicks preying on vulnerable girls. Pathetic."
I stood erect, ready to hit him. Just at him mentioning that I was taking advantage of Emery made me just as angry as he was. I was trying really hard not to punch him for Emery's sake, but he was asking for it. Right when I was going to strike, Emery wormed her way between us, creating enough space for us to calm down. Slightly.
"Stop! What is wrong with you two." She pointed at finger at my chest. "I do not need you to defend me. And you," she turned to Ryan. "I know what I said. I know what I'm doing. I love you, but you have to trust me. It's not what you think."
"Yeah. Okay, Emery. I won't be the one to tell you I told you so." He shot daggers at me before walking off.
Emery sighed deeply, "Ryan..." I chuckled nervously and then triumphantly at the fact that I did get my ass beat. "This isn't funny. He's really pissed off."
"I see. Imagine how he would feel if he found out we are having sex." She looked around frantic to make sure Ryan wasn't in earshot. He was already in the house. She glared at me and followed his path into the house. "Hey! Where are you going?"
"Away from you!"
I laughed at how rushed her cheeks were when she turned around. I loved that just mentioning sex with me made her squirm.