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Chapter 24

Nova:

As soon as I open the apartment door, returning back, I stumble back when a body came crashing into me, engulfing me into a hug.

"Where were you? I was so worried." Scott murmurs, burying his face in my neck.

I hug him back, taking in his warmth. "I... er... I told you I was going for a walk." I whisper.

He pulls away from me and says, "That was an hour ago, Brownie. You didn't even had your phone with you."

"I'm sorry. I... er... I lost track of time." I say, softly.

"No need to apologize, babe. It's just that I was worried about you. Never do that to me again." He says, engulfing me in another hug, kissing me softly on my cheek.

He pulls back and asks, "Why are you all wet?" He examines my clothes.

"It... It was raining. I forgot to take the umbrella." I whisper, looking down.

He bends down and picks me up, bridal style and starts heading towards my bedroom.

"Put me down, you'll get wet too." I tried to shout but I didn't had the energy to do so, so it just came off as a whisper.

"Too late, babe. You're not leaving me again." I hear him murmur.

I sigh and place my hands around his neck and my head on his shoulder, breathing in his smell, which calmed me down a little.

While passing through the living room, I notice Ryan, Aria and Jenna on the couch.

Aria looks at me and mouths, "You okay?"

I just nod and give her a slight smile. I look at Ryan to see him mouthing, "Take care of her," to Scott.

I look up at Scott to see him give Ryan a nod.

Scott takes me to my bedroom and lays me down on the edge of my bed. He turns around and walks into to my bathroom and returns after five minutes.

He walks towards me and takes my hand, pulling me up and leads me to the bathroom.

I look around to see the bath tub filled with hot water, with bath soaps poured in it, turning water into bubbles. The jasmine fragrance of the soap filled in the air.

I look up at Scott to see him smiling, "I thought a bubble bath might help you get relaxed."

I smile and mumble a 'thank you'.

He kisses me over my forehead murmuring, "You're welcome."

"So..." He starts.

"So?" I whisper, confused.

"Can you get into the tub on your own or do I need to undress you?" He smirks.

I slap him in his chest and mumble, "Perv."

He chuckles and holds up his hand in surrender. "Call me if you need anything." He says, walking out of the bathroom.

I quickly get out of my wet clothes and get inside the tub.

Oh my! It feels good!

I sigh in relaxation.

After nearly half an hour, the water starts to feel cold. So I quickly get out of the tub and dry myself with a towel and tie it around me and get out of the bathroom.

Entering the bedroom, I quickly walk towards the closet and wear a pair of clean underwear and pick up Scott's grey T-shirt that I had worn a few nights ago and slip it over my head, loving the feel of its soft fabric.

I quickly head back to bed and plop down with a sigh.

After few minutes, I hear the door open. I open my eyes to see Scott heading towards me, smiling.

He changed his clothes to a simple back tee and his pyjamas. I guess, his shirt got wet too.

His smile widens when he looks down at my T-shirt.

"Hey," he says, sitting beside me, looking down at me.

"Hey." I mumble, still in the sleeping position.

"How are you feeling?" He asks, running his fingers through my hair.

"Better." I say, smiling at him.

"Hungry?" He asks, looking concerned.

I shake my head.

"Need something?" He murmurs.

I think for a second and then look up at him and mumble, "Hug?"

He smiles and picks me up and sits down with his back against the headboard and pulls me into his lap, sideways.

I tuck my face into his neck and place my hand on his chest. He wraps his hands around my waist.

"Thank you... for everything." I whisper, softly.

"You're welcome." He kisses the top of my head. "Wish you could tell me what's going on with you." He murmurs.

I can't.

"I can't." I whisper softly. "If I tell you everything, you would hate me." I say, sniffing.

"Nothing could ever make me hate you." He says, looking down at me. "I will not hate you even if you tell me you hate Scarlett Johansson, which says a lot, considering how I'm in love with her for about four years."

I smile, "Stop trying to be goofy when I'm serious."

He chuckles. "I'm not goofy. Wait! On a scale of one to ten, ten being the highest, how attractive do you find goofy guys?" He asks.

I think out loud, "Maybe like nine or nine and a half-" I stop when he interrupts, confidently proclaiming, "I am goofy."

I chuckle and lay my head on his shoulder, my fingers drawing patterns on his chest.

"Ace?" I whisper.

"Yeah, babe?" He murmurs.

"I really like you, you know..."

"I know." He states, smugly. I roll my eyes.

He chuckles as if sensing my reaction.

"I really like you too, Brownie." He whispers.

I tighten my hold on him and sigh.

He slides down the headboard, into a sleeping position, with me still on his top.

He kisses my forehead and mumbles, "Sleep babe. Relax. I've got you."

He's got me.

I smile into him and close my eyes, drifting off to sleep.

***

I hear some noises around me, whisper yelling at each other.

"We should definitely go out tonight. It would take her mind off everything." I hear Aria whisper.

"No... She needs to rest. Let her sleep." Ryan whispers back.

"Could you guys please discuss this in the other room?" Scott whisper yells at them, from beside me.

I slowly open my eyes, to see Aria and Ryan whisper yelling at each other while Scott, lying beside me whining about discussing it in other room.

"Guys, what's going on?" I whisper, waking up.

They look at me with a blank expression.

Immediately, Scott and Ryan both turn to Aria and yell together, "See what you did? She woke up!"

Aria looks at them like a deer caught in the headlight and yells, "What did I do? You were the one yelling at me." She points to Ryan.

"I was yelling because you weren't listening to me." Ryan yells back at her.

"I told you guys to discuss this in another room." Scott shrugs, saying it as a matter of fact.

They both turn towards Scott and point at him, "You!"

"You were the loudest of us all." Aria points to Scott.

"Yeah! You were laying beside her, so obviously she could hear you but you still didn't stop yelling at us." Ryan says blaming Scott.

Scott lets out a frustrated sigh and starts, "I was yelling at you two, because you were behaving like a bunch of immature idiots."

Of course, Ryan and Aria could not let him have the last say.

Hence starts the deduction of the new mystery - 'Who was responsible for waking up Nova?'

I roll my eyes at their childishness and run out of the room and head towards the kitchen, searching for some popcorn. I quickly climb up the stairs to Drew and Jenna's room and drag them with me back into my room.

Their confused expression turns into a LOL face when they enter my room.

We quickly make our way towards the bed and sit down next to each other, sharing popcorn.

Drew takes out his cell and starts shooting a video.

I'm realizing that Drew has some serious issues, related to cell and shooting a video.

But... meh! It's Aria's problem.

I nudge Jenna and whisper, "Did you talk to Ryan?"

She shakes her head. "I'm going to do it tonight."

"Seriously? You're gonna tell him, you love him?"

She nods, blushing. I hug her for a second and pull back, turning both of our attention to the Great Fight before us.

I look down at the popcorn tub to see its empty.

I quickly get up, murmuring to Drew, "More popcorn."

He gives me a thumbs up.

I quickly head to the kitchen and pour some more popcorn into the tub and return to the room.

I sit between Jenna and Drew and ask Drew, "What's going on?" I gesture towards our current source of entertainment.

"Scott and Aria are teaming up against Ryan. I think he's gonna crack soon." Drew whispers, taking a handful of popcorn, shoving it into his mouth.

"Ooh... a twist." I whisper back.

"Wanna bet who's gonna win?" Jenna asks.

"I'm in." Drew says. I shrug.

"How much?" I ask.

"100 bucks." Jenna says, while at the same time Drew says, "Five bucks."

Jenna and I look at Drew and raise our eyebrow.

He looks awkwardly at us and whisper yells, "What? It's called Conservation Of Money."

We both look at him with an expression that said, 'Seriously, dude?'

Drew rolls his eyes and whispers, "Fine! 100 bucks."

"I'll start." Jenna says. "I'm betting on Ryan."

"Scott." I say, raising my hand.

Drew looks at us and opens his mouth, but says nothing.

I look at him and say, "Chill Romeo! We both know you wanna bet on your beautiful Juliet." I gesture towards pouting Aria because neither Scott nor Ryan were listening to her.

"Aria." He confirms. "I'm betting on Aria."

I roll my eyes. "Gee... what a surprise!"

He continues, "And not just because I have feelings for her. It's just because... well, you can't win an argument against her. Believe me, I've tried." He says, looking dead serious.

Jenna and I giggle.

Poor Drew.

After an hour and half and after three tubs of popcorn, finally they stopped arguing.

The Solution to the Mystery - None of them were loud, I have wolf ears which makes me listen to even the slightest possible sound.

Yeah... you heard right!

Well, at least all three of them actually agree on something.

"I did not see that coming." Jenna murmurs.

"Me too. But hey, no one won or lost." I say, shrugging.

"Yeah... my money's safe." Drew says, sighing in relief.

We both look at him, "Conservation of Money, guys!" He exclaims, getting up.

I chuckle and head to the kitchen, taking out three water bottles from the fridge and pass each of them to Scott, Ryan and Aria.

While giving it to Ryan, he exclaims, "I love you, Water Goddess."

Jenna murmurs from beside me, "Don't speak. Don't argue. Just walk away. I don't have the energy to watch him argue further."

I chuckle and nod.

"So... are we going out or not?" Drew asks.

Aria, Ryan and Scott just shrug.

"Seriously? You guys have been arguing for an hour and half but you still haven't decided are we going out or not?" Jenna exclaim.

"We were busy arguing bout other things." Ryan murmurs, looking anywhere but us.

"Yeah right! Other things like if it is possible for a human to have wolf ears." I say, mockingly.

"It could happen." The three of them shout together.

I shake my head, smiling.

Scott walks towards me and sits down on the floor in front of me with his back against the bed, and my legs on either side of him.

I bend and kiss the top of his head and pull back just to run my fingers over his hair. He leans into my touch, his head nearly touches my chest, my front to his back.

Ryan walks towards the bed and drops himself next to Jenna. Aria just sits herself down on Drew's lap.

Jenna and I look at her, wide-eyed. But she doesn't seem to notice, being so tired from talking.

Whoa! I never thought I would ever say that.

Tired from talking. Huh!

I swear I saw Drew blushing before he put his arms around her, pulling her into him.

He looks at me and I wink.

I place both of my hands over my heart and mouth at him, "Aw... Romeo and Juliet together!"

He rolls his eyes in annoyance. I giggle.

"So... are we going?" Jenna asks.

Scott, Ryan and Aria look at me.

I shrug, "Sure, why not?"

"Are you sure?" Scott asks, looking concerned.

I nod and smirk, "Plus I do have to celebrate the fact that I have wolf ears." I wink at the guys.

"It could happen!" Three of them shout back.

***


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