~ 25 ~
Courtney knocks on my door just after lunch as I’m putting my hair up in a ponytail.
“Come in babe!” I shout.
She soon joins me in the bathroom.
“Sorry, I overslept. I’m just about ready.”
“That’s okay, you’ve worked your butt off this week. You must be exhausted!”
I take one last glance in the mirror, happy with how my hair is styled today and offer a smile to my best friend.
“Where do you want to go?” I ask her.
“Somewhere quiet so I can hear all about your love life.”
“How about lunch first at Trixie’s and then shopping?” I suggest.
“Sounds like a plan.”
Seated in our chairs in a quiet booth in the corner of a semi busy Trixie’s Restaurant and Bar, the expression on my best friends face is priceless. I’ve just told her everything that is going on with Miles and I.
“Holy shit. I think I’m speechless.” She reaches for her water in front of her and takes a large gulp.
“Court, I need your help!” I plead.
“With what exactly?” she asks.
“Trey. What do I tell him when he asks me?”
“Ok look, you have two options. Tell him or don’t tell him. I know you and won’t be able to not tell him. Your pure, beautiful, selfless being will not be able to hold this from Trey.”
“So, he knows and then what? He tells my parents.”
“No, he won’t. Give the guy some credit. I know you both had a massive blow up over this exact thing a while back so you’re scared that might happen again. I don’t think it will. He’s not going to like it, but he also won’t ruin it.”
“I hope you’re right.”
“I usually am right.” She smirks.
“God, I’ve missed this.”
“Me too. Now tell me what I am most dying to hear! What’s the sex like?”
My cheeks redden upon hearing her question.
“Oh my gosh. It’s that good?”
“It’s better! Ah, I could kiss him all day and never get tired of it. The sex is out of this world.”
She smiles at me.
“You’re falling for him.”
“Yeah, I think you might be right.”
“I told you, I’m always right!”
After lunch we go shopping and I spend way too much money. I’m supposed to be saving not spending! Saying goodbye to Courtney as she drops me off, I head inside and wait for the lift to collect me and take me to my floor.
When the doors open on the seventh floor, Trey is there to greet me.
“Hey, how’d you know I was coming up?” I ask him.
“I was actually heading down.” He admits. “But since I’m here, you look like you could use a little help. Shall we get an early start on our movie and ice-cream date?”
“I’d like that.”
“Key in your back pocket?”
“You know me too well, Trey!”
Once we are inside, I sit on the couch with an exhausted sigh and put my bare feet up on Trey’s lap.
“So, spill the beans.”
I look at him and he sees the guilt written on my face.
“Baby cakes, I know you’ve been keeping yourself busy with a man. Why are you hiding him from me? Afraid I might steal him?” he jokes.
I can’t bring myself to laugh at his joke though. I’m scared to tell him.
“Uh oh. This is bad. What is it? Is he married?” Trey looks horrified.
I shake my head.
“Then what has your face going white?”
“It’s Miles.” I say so quietly I’m not sure Trey heard me.
I look at him and going by the expression on his face, he did hear me. Trey looks at me with surprise.
“Say something, please.” I coax.
“What do you want me to say?”
“I don’t know. I don’t want to fight with you over this.” I look down.
“Bethy, you already know how I feel about this. If you don’t want to argue with me, then we won’t.”
I look up at him surprised. I was ready to get into a screaming match with him. But I am so grateful that won’t happen.
We stay quiet for a few minutes. And then it hits me. I don’t want Trey to be disappointed in me. I know he’s not biologically my brother, but what he thinks of me, matters to me.
“Are you disappointed in me?” I ask.
“I’m not sure you want me to answer that.”
Tears prick my eye lids at his words.
“We tried to stay away from each other, Trey. We did. For a whole month and we were both miserable. Together, we are so alive and happy.”
“I’m glad you’re happy, but at what cost Bethy?”
“What do you mean?”
“When, and it’s a when not an if, your parents find out about your relationship, how do you think it’s going to go down?” he pauses. “Are they going to be happy for you and wish you both well?”
“Probably not. But this is my life Trey! I can choose to live it how I want.”
“You’re right.” He nods his head but I can tell he is holding back.
I sigh and close my eyes. “I don’t want this to come between us. Are you going to hold it against me, or can we continue to be there for each other?”
“Of course, babycakes. I will always be there for you. I’m just worried for you and your family.”
“You’re part of that family, Trey.” I remind him.
“And I count myself lucky every day.”
Again, we sit together in silence. Trey begins rubbing my foot and it feels so nice after shopping for hours.
“I won’t say anything.” He mumbles quietly.
“I didn’t think you would.”
“Well a very small part of me thought you might. I wouldn’t have been mad at you if you did. I feel like a shit putting you in the middle.”
“He better be worth it, Bee.” He looks sternly at me.
My face lights up and I can’t help the grin that takes over my face. “He is worth it.”
“Wow, you’ve got it bad!” he shakes his head. “Not to be a negative Nancy, but have you given your career choice much thought?”
I contemplate his question.
“After last time, I’d think you’d want to get ahead of the jealousy thing.”
“Miles is not Cameron. Miles is not jealous.”
“Any man who know his girlfriend is shaking her sexy booty to other men is jealous! Trust me.”
We settle on a movie then and don’t talk about Miles any longer. I can’t seem to stop thinking about Miles and whether he is jealous. He has never given any indication that he is. Could he be? Should I ask him?
My phone buzzes towards the end of the movie;
Miles: How did it go with Trey?
Me; Better than expected.
Miles: He is okay with us being together?
Me: I wouldn’t go that far. He’s not planning on outing us though ;)
Miles: That’s good. I miss you.
Me: Miss you too. See you tomorrow?
Miles: For sure. I can get off work early and maybe we can go out to dinner?
Me: I’d love that. But where? We might be seen.
Miles: Leave it with me. Night beautiful x
Me: Gd night x
“That lover boy?” Trey glances over to me.
“It’s good seeing you happy, I mean that. You deserve happiness.”