Chapter 28 [Part 1]
I lay in bed in Li’s arms wide awake. I couldn’t sleep. What happened today? Why did I feel tingles when Jaime and I shook hands? I don’t know what’s going on but whatever it is, I don’t like it. I should only feel tingles from Li’s touch. Maybe I felt tingles from Jaime because he’s Li’s brother. Yeah that’s what it is. There’s nothing to worry about.
With that I snuggled into Li’s chest and fell into a deep sleep.
When I woke, I felt so much better. I was with my mate and everything was fine but then yesterday’s events all came back to me. I started to panic and it woke Li up.
“Babe what’s wrong? Why are you shaking? Did something happen?” Li asked worriedly.
Li felt my body with his hands giving me tingles where he touched.
“You’re cold,” Li said then picked me up onto his lap and put the bed covers around us. I feel much better now.
I pulled Li closer, put my lips on his and we kissed.
After a while, we pulled apart, got dressed and that then headed downstairs. That was strange. The kiss was great as usual but I felt hurt in my heart but I wasn’t hurt, I don’t understand.
Jaime was already downstairs and he was making breakfast in the kitchen for us. He seemed to be rubbing where his heart was, as if he was in pain.
He looks exactly like Li but he’s a few inches shorter and he has a bit more hair than Li. He’s hot, oh no! What am I thinking? Jaime isn’t hot. Ok he is but I shouldn’t think he is, I should only think that about Li like that because he’s my mate.
When Jaime finished cooking breakfast, we all sat at the table to eat. The food was good. I’m amazed both brothers can cook, they have so much in common.
“So what brought all this on?” Li asked Jaime curiously.
“Brought all what on?” Jaime asked.
“You made us breakfast,” Li said as he eyed the food.
“It’s a thank you for yesterday’s amazing dinner,”
“You liked that?” I finally spoke.
“Yes, you’re a great cook Sage,” Jaime told me and my heart warmed. Also when he said my name it felt good like when Li said it.
“Thanks, so are you,” I said and Jaime blushed.
Awww! I felt so happy for some reason. Wait a minute..... It’s Jaime, he’s happy but why? Maybe because I gave him a compliment.
When we were finished eating, I cleared the table. Jaime washed the dishes and Li dried them.
After we sat on the couch, with me in between the two brothers and it made me feel complete somehow. We sat in silence but it was a comfortable silence. Something is going on here and I don’t think it’s a good idea finding out what it is.
“Well it was nice having breakfast with you guys but I got stuff to do and people to meet,” Jaime stood up and put his jacket on.
“Ok. Why don’t you take my car,” Li told Jaime before handing him the car keys.
“Yeah thanks bro. I’ll see you guys later,” Jaime said the last part sadly while looking at me.
“See ya,” I said and Jaime smiled at me then left the house. It made me feel like a part of me was gone.
Li put his arms around me and pulled me close before asking
“So what do you think?”
“What do I think of what?” I asked.
“Well...... He’s like you said ‘just like you’,”
“So you like him?” Li asked with a smile.
“That’s good because you’ll be seeing him everyday for the rest of our lives,” Li told me.
“Really?” I asked.
“Really,” Li confirmed and I didn’t know if that would be a good thing or a bad thing.
I kind of like the sound of seeing Jaime every day but at the same time, I hate it because of what I’m starting to feel for him. What? I have feelings for him? I can’t have feeling for him, I love Li.
I think I need to talk to Li about this but I have to speak to Jaime first, maybe he knows what’s going on but how will I talk to him? Li is always around and if I do manage to get Jaime alone, Li could find out and get suspicious. What am I going to do? There’s a disaster just waiting to happen.
Jaime had been gone a few hours which made me anxious, I miss him.
Suddenly, Li’s phone rang.
“Hi Danny,” Li said into the phone before Danny replied something.
“What right now? Ok I’ll be over in a bit, bye,” Li said then let go of me to stand up.
“Where are you going?” I asked.
“To Danny’s house, he wants me to help him with something,” Li replied.
“Ok,” I said sadly. I don’t want him to go because I’ll miss him too much, I always do when we’re apart.
“Don’t be sad, it’s only for a short time. Besides, Jaime should be back any minute and you can get to know each other better,” Li told me.
“Can’t it wait-” I began to say but Li cut me off.
“No it can’t, I’m sorry,” Li apologised. ” I know you’ll miss me but I’ll miss you more,”
I grabbed Li and put my arms around his waist to stop him leaving. There’s no way I’m letting Li leave so I can be alone with Jaime when he gets back. It will be so awkward and he’ll probably mention the tingles we both felt from our hand shake. ‘Our’ that sounds so good, no it doesn’t.
I shook my head.
“Let me go,” Li said.
“No,” I refused.
“I don’t want you to go. I’ll miss you too much,”
“So will I,”
“Then don’t go,” I pleaded.
“I have to go. I told Danny I was on my way,”
“Please. I’ll be all alone” I pleaded again and Li looked at me with sad eyes.
“But-” Li began to argue but was cut off with the doorbell ringing.
“That must be Jaime. Now I can go, you have Jamie so you won’t be alone,”
And with that Li got out of my reach to open the door and guess who it was.
“Jaime I knew it was you, it’s good you’re here,” Li sounded happy.
“Why? What’s going on?” Jaime asked in confusion.
“I have to see my best friend and I can’t take my mate with me so I need you to look after her,” Li explained.
“I’m not a baby Li. I can take care of myself,” I said as Li came close to me and held me in his arms.
“I know but I can’t leave you alone. Something could happen to you and I can’t let that happen. You’re too precious to me,”
“Then take me with you,”
“Sage you can’t come with me,” Li said firmly.
“Because I said so,”
“Please take me with you, you always take me everywhere,”
“Not this time,”
“Fine don’t take me,”
I got out of Li’s arms and moved away from him.
Jaime decided it was best to leave us alone and disappeared to somewhere, probably his room.
“Sage don’t be like that. Please I’m sorry,” Li apologised. “I’ll take you with me”
Li tried to get closer to me but I moved further away.
“I don’t want to go with you,”
“But you said-” Li began to say before I cut in.
“Just go Li,”
“I said go,”
“Please don’t do this again,” Li pleaded.
“Don’t do what again?” I asked in confusion.
“Don’t leave me again,” Li said sadly. What? He thinks I’m going to leave him? Why would I do that?
“I’m not leaving you Li,”
“You’re not leaving me, so we’re ok?” Li asked with hope in his eyes.
“Yeah we’re fine,” I said. I can’t believe he thought I was going to leave him. I would never do that after everything we’ve been through.
“Thank god! I really thought you were leaving me,” Li put his arms around me. “Come on I’m taking you with me,”
“No it’s ok, I’ll stay here. I’ll only get in the way and besides I can get to know Jaime better like you said,” I disagreed. Although I don’t really want to be alone with Jaime, I need to find out what is going on. This may be my only chance to get him alone.
“Are you sure?” Li asked me.
“Ok I’ll see you later,” Li sighed before he put his lips on mine and kissed briefly before pulling apart just as Jaime reappeared into the room.
“Jaime there you are, I was just leaving,” Li told his brother.
“See ya,” Jaime replied.
“See ya,” Li kissed my cheek and left me with Jaime.
I sat down on the couch and so did Jaime.
“So,” Jaime said.
“So,” I said. Damn! This is so awkward, he’s going to mention it isn’t he? Any second now.
"Sage?” Jaime asked. This is it. I can feel it.
“Yeah,” I replied.
“Can I hold your hand?” Jaime asked nervously.
“I want to see something,”
Oh no! He wants to see if we feel tingles again.
“I don’t think that is a good idea,”
“Because why?” he asked
“Because I said so,” I said when I couldn’t find an answer.
“No,” I said firmly.
“Ok then,” Jaime said which resulted in silence.
After a few minutes, I couldn’t take it anymore. I have to know.
I placed my hand into Jaime’s and he was surprised, he wasn’t expecting me to do that.
As soon as our hands made contact, there were sparks everywhere just like when Li and I touched. Then I let go but Jaime didn’t like that. He placed my hand in his and the sparks returned.
“You feel that too don’t you?” Jaime asked me. I nodded and we just stayed holding hands for a while.
“Jaime why is this happening?” I asked.
“I think I know why, I think we’re,” Jaime paused. “I think we’re mates,”
I stared wide eyed into Jaime’s eyes as realisation hit me. I know it’s true, it explains everything.
We heard the front door opening and Li came in. Jaime and I were still holding hands. I quickly let go of his hand and stood up before Li could notice.
I looked at Li then Jaime, then Li, then Jaime then back to Li before suddenly beginning to cry.
“Sage what’s wrong?” Li asked. I didn’t answer, I ran upstairs. Li followed me and took me into his arms. I cried into his chest. “It’s ok baby, everything is going to be ok. Tell me what’s wrong,”
“I’m so sorry Li,” I sobbed.
“Sorry for what? Tell me,”
I took a deep breath and said something that I knew would change everything.
“I think I have another mate,”