As the morning light slipped through the curtains, Sawyer squinted his eyes. He softly growled and rolled to the other side, hugging Lizbeth as he did.
“Sawyer...” She whispered as she gently shook him.
“Hmmm?” He hummed in response, his eyelids too heavy to open.
“Wake up, Sawyer! You’ve overslept!” She sounded terrified.
“You’re so noisy in the mornings...” He mumbled.
“What the heck? Sawyer!” She slapped his shoulder. The light was so bright it must be around ten in the morning or something like that.
He slightly opened his eyes and yawned. “There’s no one in the house...” He said in a raspy voice.
“Do you hear anything?” He asked in a mocking tone as he rubbed his eyes.
She sat up and stared at the comforter covering them. Nothing. “Where’s everyone?”
“Long story short. Lauren caught me sneaking out of your room last night.”
“What?” Lizbeth spat. “I can’t believe she caught us again…” She softly laughed.
He chuckled. “She was nice enough to convince everyone to go do some trail in the forest telling them that I’d be cooking today. That witch!”
“Oh.” That’s all she could say.
“As soon as they left this morning, I got back into your bed. She said that way we could enjoy ourselves a little more...” He smirked looking at her as his hand traveled south to her bare center, taunting her. “That means we still have about two hours before they come back...” He brushed his fingers to her inner thigh.
“And what are you thinking about?” She bit her bottom lip, her nostrils slightly flaring as she took a deep breath.
“What do you think?” He asked, grabbing her hand and guiding her to his already hard rock member.
“I like the way you think...” She said in the sweetest, velvety voice he had heard in a long time. “But I feel so sticky right now...” She trailed off, looking deep into his eyes. He immediately caught what she was suggesting.
He got up and dragged her to the bathroom with him. He opened the tab on the shower and let the water run a bit so it wouldn’t be too cold. While they waited, he moved behind her as she was looking at herself in the mirror. He could still feel the pool between her legs clenching around him as she came several times the night before. It was such an amazing sensation, he felt his arousal grow instantly at the memory.
He rested his chin on her shoulder and looked at her through their reflection, caressing her sides with both hands. She was beautiful. “I should have never let you go...” He muttered, feeling a bit of regret for all the years they had been away from each other.
“Why did you?” She questioned.
“I was an idiot.”
“Nothing new,” she said humorously.
“So funny…” He rolled his eyes. “You were my first real girlfriend and I guess I was just afraid of the feelings I had for you… Everything was so intense I didn’t know how to handle myself, and the fact that you were moving thousands of miles away scared the shit out of me,” he confessed.
“But in less than a year, there was Maggie…” The disappointment was clear in her face.
“I was never the same… You were different, special to me. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to put into words what you made me feel,” he whispered in her ear, still looking at her through the mirror.
She graduated one year earlier than she should have, leaving him behind when she moved to California. They kept seeing each other as friends whenever she came back, but they never talked about them and the words they should have said got lost into nothingness. However, there they were again.
She tilted her head and touched his temple with hers. “You’re really beautiful, Kitten…” He purred as he turned his face to kiss her.
“I never thought we could understand each other so well, at every level,” she softly said when they pulled away.
He chuckled. “Me neither, but I’m glad we do.” His tongue brushed her lips. “Time to get in,” he bit her earlobe and dragged her to the shower as the steam started flooding the room.
After spending the whole morning naked in each other’s arms, they finally got out of the shower. More exhausted than they were after waking up, but it was so worth it.
Sawyer stared at her as she brushed her hair, wearing nothing but a white cotton bathrobe. She had a faint smile painted on her face, her honey eyes glowing with joy. She was beautiful without even trying. “What are you looking at?” She asked, raising an eyebrow and looking at them through their reflection in the mirror.
“You,” he simply said. A light shade of pink crept up her cheeks.
“Well, you should go to your room and get dressed before they come back... Or do you want Liam to have a heart attack?” She turned to him and her eyes moved to the lower part of his body, where his half-mast cock was. “I can’t believe you’re still like that!” She chuckled. “I mean, you’ve cum like five times since last night...”
He laughed. “Well... Your fault for being so hot,” he told her.
“Yeah, a bathrobe is the sexiest thing in the world,” she said in a mocking tone. He laughed.
He approached her and placed a soft kiss on her lips. “I’m gonna get dressed so Liam doesn’t have reasons to cut my balls!” He slapped her ass, making her slightly whimper.
“Such a guy!” She shouted as he walked out of the bathroom.
Walking out of the room, he saw Noah, laying on the couch with her favorite toy. When she saw him, she started wagging her tail, drumming on the sofa seat. "Good morning, girl!" He smiled.
As soon as he greeted her, Noah got up from the couch and happily trotted towards him. "Hi, hi..." Sawyer repeated as she started walking in circles around him. "Gotta get ready for lunch, girl," he chuckled as he patted her back.
He strode down the corridor and up the stairs with just a towel around his waist. Lauren wrote to him to tell him they were buying the ingredients he told her and then they would go back.
Hiding his friend the fact they were together felt wrong, and even though he knew Liam would be okay with them being together, he didn’t want to find out like that because, no matter what, Lizbeth would always be his little sister.
He looked through his clothes and put on some dark blue jeans and a grey knit sweater. Then, dried his hair a little with the towel he was wearing before and walked back down. He went straight to the kitchen to start preparing the pizza dough until the others came back with the groceries.
Before getting busy in the kitchen, he opened the door of the backyard to let Noah out. It was huge with beautiful trees and a dock at the end of the green area. If she was any other dog, he would have watched her, but since she literally hated water he knew she wouldn't jump in the lake, so he turned around and started working on lunch.
He grabbed the flour, the yeast, salt, and a bowl with water and stirred it all together until it was a homogeneous and sticky mass. It had been fifteen minutes since he left Lizbeth’s room and she still hadn’t shown up. What is she doing?
Seconds later, she appeared at the kitchen door. Her hair completely dry, undulating on both sides of her pretty face. She was wearing comfy clothes to stay at home, a pair of dark blue leggings, and a beige-colored knit jumper. Her cheeks still slightly flushed from the hot and steamy atmosphere they had created in her bathroom. “I thought you were dead,” he joked.
“Oh, yeah! I can see how worried you were!” She fired back, making him chuckle. “What are you doing?” She asked.
“I just prepared the pizza dough for lunch.”
“But the kids ate pizza yesterday, is it okay for them to eat that again?” She arched an eyebrow.
“Well, not really, but it’s just a couple of days, it won’t kill them. Besides, this is handmade, so it’s not as bad.” He shrugged.
“You sure are handy in the kitchen.” She smiled at him.
“Let’s just say I’m pretty handy. In general.” He smirked.
“And so full of yourself!” She laughed.
“The way you screamed before tells me I’m right, so I don’t care what you say!” He told her as he walked to the fridge.
“Touché!” She laughed.
“Want anything to drink?”
“Do we still have beers?”
“Yeah,” he said as he grabbed two. “Here.” He handed her one after opening it.
“So... Are we going to tell Liam about us today?” She asked before sipping from her bottle.
“I’d like to, yeah... In fact, I’ve been thinking about telling the kids too,” he sternly said. He knew it was too soon, that he should wait a bit more, but they were going to be seeing her around a lot and keeping a secret like that from them was stupid.
“But what if they don’t approve it?” She asked, concern filling her voice.
“Liz, come on! They’ve been at my house for almost three weeks and they’re already in love with you!”
“I know, but it’s not the same!”
“What’s not the same?” He asked, not knowing what she meant.
“They like me because I’m your friend, that’s what we told them. But if you tell them that we’re something else, they might think weird stuff.”
“Weird how?” She was scaring him.
“I don’t know... I mean, they’re kids and their reasoning is pretty different from ours...” She trailed off. All his concerns flew out of the window and Sawyer burst out laughing. “What’s so funny?” Lizbeth asked him, looking a bit upset.
“Kitten, I can assure you that won’t happen.”
“How can you be so sure?”
“I’ve raised them!” He told her while pinching her nose.
“Trust me in this one, okay?”
“Babe, I know my kids...” He said in a low voice as he closed the distance between them, locking his eyes with hers. She gulped. “And I know you...” He said as he leaned on the counter, surrounding her with his arms.
“You think you know me,” she spat, trying to ignore him.
“Yeah, right...” He whispered in her ear as he cupped and slightly rubbed her sex, making her gasp. “See?”
“Sawyer, we’re in the kitchen and they could come any time...” Her voice quivered with lust. He chuckled.
“Fine, but you’re gonna be mine the whole night.” He kissed her, massaging her lips with his. Savoring her and taking her scent in. “It’s gonna be alright, okay?” Lizbeth simply nodded.
A scratching sound in the door made them laugh when they turned around and saw the dog sitting outside, looking at them with puppy eyes. Sawyer shook his head, smiling, and opened the door.
As soon as she entered the house, she ran towards Lizbeth and greeted her like she always did. Wagging her tail fervently, moving her body so much it looked as if she was going to break. Then, the entrance door opened and Noah raced out of the kitchen to greet everyone.
“We’re back!” Lauren’s voice came from the main entrance. She sure knew how to be subtle.
“In the kitchen!” Sawyer shouted back.
Seconds later, the kids came running. “Daddy, daddy!” Sophia cried out. “Look what I found!” She said, showing him a huge yellow maple leaf.
“That’s beautiful, Baby girl!” He told her as he picked her up. “Have you gotten anything, Buddy?” He asked Adam to come in, walking with Dylan’s kid.
“No, but we caught a lizard!” He exclaimed, excited.
“That’s cool! They’re super fast!” He smiled at him. Lauren stepped in the kitchen followed by her husband and Liam carrying some bags.
“Yeah! Julian got it, and since he had it in this glass bottle, we all could touch it! It was so awesome! Then, we let it go.”
“I wish I was there!” Sawyer told him.
“Next time, I’m getting one so you can touch it too, okay?” The kid enthusiastically grinned.
“Thanks, Bud!” Sawyer said as he ruffled his hair, making the kid laugh.
“Are you feeling better?” Adam suddenly asked Lizbeth, pulling from her hand.
“What?” She asked, a bit confused.
“Lauren said you weren’t feeling pretty well, that you had a fever and you were in bed.”
Lizbeth and Sawyer looked at her with disbelief in their faces, she wickedly grinned at them. Telling the kids dual-meaning sentences? That’s a dirty game, woman!
“Yeah... I’m feeling better. I just drank too much wine yesterday. Don’t ever do that when you grow up!” She told him.
“Okay!” Adam grinned. “Can I play video games with Julian and Jasper?” He asked Sawyer.
“Sure. Lunch will be ready in an hour, go play until then. Just don’t be rude, okay?!”
“Okay!” He said as he ran through the kitchen’s door.
“They have some energy!” Dylan laughed. “They’ve been running the whole morning and they still look like their batteries are fully charged... Blessed youth!” He exclaimed as he got the things they bought out of the bags.
“Dude, you talk like you’re eighty!” Liam chuckled.
“I’m not eighty, but I feel like I am! Julian and Jasper are way too active for me,” he said with a proud smile. He had always been very calm. He was the type of person that would go to a party, grab a beer, and just sit on a couch to talk to whoever approached him. But that was only when they dragged him to one, he wasn’t a party guy at all. He rather stayed at home and watch a movie or play video games, something you couldn’t tell by his confident businessman mask. “They have my looks, but they have their mother’s energy, that’s for sure!”
“You don’t complain about my energy when we’re in bed,” she cheekily told him.
“Oh, no! Of course, I don’t! And shoot me if I ever do!” He laughed.
“Noted!” His wife said, making the others laugh.
“Okay! Stop chatting and let’s get this ready!” Sawyer told them.
“Yes, master!” Liam told him.
After joking around a little more, they all got busy in the kitchen helping Sawyer to prepare the pizzas. They made a ham one for the kids, but they also made one with only vegetables, one with tuna and onion, and one with four different types of cheese.
They did some small talk and laughed while slicing the ingredients, kneading the pizza dough, following Sawyer’s directions. He had never cooked like that, but it was pretty fun.
As the sun began to hide in the horizon, Lizbeth, April, and Lauren sat together by the fireplace and were engrossed in what seemed a very interesting gossiping. They were giggling and whispering, looking over their shoulders from time to time as if their conversation was some kind of state secret.
Dylan had disappeared, probably in the games room with the kids. He protested about how energetic they were, but he loved them. And that left Liam and Sawyer alone. Perfect timing!
Why don’t you help me out in the kitchen?” The firefighter asked his friend.
“Again?” Liam grumbled.
“I’d like to talk to you about something...” He said in a serious tone of voice.
“Oh.” He opened his eyes wide. “Okay!” He stood up and started walking towards the kitchen, followed by Sawyer.
“What is it?” Liam asked, concern written all over his face.
“Don’t need to put on that face... God! You and your sister can be so dramatic sometimes!” He laughed, trying to shake off his own nervousness.
“Well, you said you wanted to talk to me, and you never want to talk, so it can only mean that something bad has happened.” He shrugged.
“I also tell you when things are fine.” Sawyer narrowed his eyes at him, a bit hurt.
“Yeah, I know.. It’s been a while since you’ve actually wanted to tell me something, so I just flipped a little...”
“It’s just... I’m with someone,” he simply said. Let’s give him just little pieces of information to not blow his mind.
“Hmmm...” Liam looked at him, raising an eyebrow. “Is she hot?” He asked as he sat on a chair.
“You don’t want to talk about that...” Sawyer mumbled, sitting in front of him.
“Look, we’ve been seeing each other just for a couple of weeks, but I haven’t felt anything so real in my whole life.”
“Tell me more about her, like where did you meet her and stuff.” Liam smiled at him.
“She’s pretty smart, caring and so fucking beautiful,” he confessed.
“Fuck! You’re really falling for her!” Liam laughed.
“Looks like it...” He smiled at him. “We’ve been around each other for a while, but it wasn’t until a few days ago that we actually started... Dating?”
“You don’t know?” Liam laughed.
“We haven’t actually said those words, but I think we are. I mean, it’s serious, and if she’s into me as much as I am into her... I think she’s the one.”
“Wow! She must be a wonderful woman... Two months ago you were telling me you weren’t getting involved with anyone for the time being, and look at you know...” He teased him.
Sawyer laughed. “Yeah, the universe has some funny ways of turning our lives upside down.”
“And what does she do?” Liam asked. “Is she a teacher? No, wait, a horny nurse?” he wiggled his eyebrows.
“Liam, I think I’m gonna go straight to the point,” Sawyer said, feeling a bit uncomfortable.
“Liz is what?” He asked, completely lost, making Sawyer roll his eyes.
“Let me be clearer. I am dating your sister.”
Liam’s eyes opened wide and he gaped like a fish gasping for air, but nothing came out of his mouth. Then, he raised a hand and pointed to him. “You and Liz? Again?” He cried out.
“Yeah,” Sawyer scoffed.
“W— Wh— When?”
“I just told you... Two weeks ago?”
“Liam, you look like you’re having a stroke, relax,” Lizbeth’s mockingly said from behind him as she came into the kitchen. She walked towards Sawyer and placed her hand on his shoulder. He looked at her and smiled.
“But... But... You, and you? My sister and my best friend?”
“Yeah,” Sawyer told him again, sighing. Then, Liam started laughing like a madman, slapping his knee and throwing his head back. “Are you okay?” He asked him.
“What’s going on?” April asked as she walked into the kitchen followed by Lauren and Dylan.
“Sawyer just told him we’re together.” Lizbeth shrugged.
“Oh my God! Are You for real?” The blonde squealed, and before none of them could answer her question she hugged her friend. “It was about time!”
“Yeah...” Lauren said, acting as if she didn’t know anything.
“So we’re now all couples again?” Dylan asked, smiling. “Nice!”
By the time they stopped talking, Liam had already calmed. He sighed with tears flooding his eyes from laughing so hard. “You better take care of her.”
Liam smiled at him. “You better take care of her,” he repeated as he got up and approached them. “And you... You better not hurt him or else!” He told his sister as he hugged her.
“Shouldn’t this be the other way around?” Lizbeth asked him, faking being offended.
“Well, he’s nice and you can be pretty mean, so...”
“Liam!” Lizbeth slapped his arm, making him laugh again. But this time it was calm, happy laughter and not the nervous crisis he had before.
“God... I don’t think I could ever pick a better person for any of you,” he mumbled. Sawyer finally felt at peace. He got up.
“You deserve to be happy for once and for all, and if she’s the one... Just really take care of her, she’s been through enough this year, okay?” He told him in a serious tone of voice as he hugged him. What does he mean? The way he said that told Sawyer that he wasn’t only talking about breaking up with her ex, but he decided it wasn’t the best moment to ask her. “Just one more thing,” Liam noted.
“What?” Sawyer raised an eyebrow.
“Don’t talk about anything related to sex or flirt in front of me! She’s still my little sister! Okay?”
“Do you mean something like this?” Sawyer grabbed Lizbeth’s waist and pulled her to him, then kissed her. She smiled against his lips. Opening up like that and clearing the air so they didn’t have to sneak around felt really good.
“You’re an ass!” Liam told him, but he was clearly joking.
He laughed, but his heart immediately sunk when he saw Adam’s disappointed look. “You’re a liar!” He cried out before running away. Shit!