Tenacious Sky

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Chapter 12

Back at the hotel, we agreed to hang out in Easton's room since it was the biggest. He had a full-on suite with a living room and everything. I grabbed the games out of the room before bringing it to where we were meeting. Leo sat off by himself as I set the games on the coffee table. It was a few minutes before the girls arrived.

"I hit the jackpot," Freya said as she held up a few heavy-looking bags. After she set them down, she pulled out a few bottles of alcohol. She had wine coolers, beer, and straight liquor. I briefly wondered how she got them. We were all underaged. She cracked open a beer and handed it to me before everyone else helped themselves.

"Thanks for inviting us," she said to me.

"No problem," I smiled back at her. Leo immediately reached for the bottle as I sat on the floor near him but I pulled it away.

"It's fine," I told him. He sighed but sat back and left it alone.

"I worry you'll do something stupid," he muttered. I chose to ignore him. I took a sip of the bitter liquid before cringing. The taste would definitely take some getting used to but it wasn't bad. Everyone decided on Cards Against Humanity first. Leo opted out of playing. By the time I finished downing the beer, I was laughing along with everyone else at the ridiculous answers. Freya handed me another beer and we moved on to truth or dare Jenga. The prompts were stupid but funny. Halfway into my second beer, the alcohol hit me all at once. I guess I was a lightweight. I chugged the rest of the beer before setting it off to the side. I felt like dancing, the mood was good. I didn't even realize I was swaying until Leo steadied my shoulders.

"I'm taking my kid back to our room. He's drunk," Leo said.

"Aw come on, that's when the fun starts," Freya pouted. Leo glared at her before he stood me up and usher me out of the room without another word. He put me on his back and carried me back to our room. He sat me on the bed before he started taking my shoes off. I pulled the tab for the bandage under my shirt to let my chest free.

"Sky, what are you doing?" Leo asked when he finally looked up.

"I can't breathe in this thing," I tried to explain. When I successfully got it off, I tossed it to the floor.

"Leo," I slurred. I tried to control my speech but it had a mind of its own at the moment. I squished his face between my hands as I giggled, swaying his head back and forth.

"You're such a tsundere. You know that?" I giggled.

"A what?" He asked confused. I squished his cheeks together further, making a fish face.

"Tsundere. You act cold and hard, but your really warm and gentle to those you care about, even if it's just secretly looking out for them," I explained. My brain was doing whatever it wanted, and there was no stopping it. I moved my hands from his cheeks to his neck. I was tempted by the worried look in his eye. I stood in front of him, swaying slightly. When I did, Leo's hands caught my waist to steady me.

"Sky," he said softly. I only smiled as I rested my head against his chest in a hug.

"So warm," I breathed.

"I think you should lay down," Leo stuttered. I lifted my head to smile at him.

"I want to do something first," I pouted.

"What?" He asked. I pushed up on my tiptoes and inched my lips closer to his. They looked so soft and inviting. I let my eyes close and sighed in content at the feeling of his lips on mine. They were just as soft as my hazy brain imagined. When I pulled away, his face was stunned.

"I really think you should lay down now and get some sleep," he said softly. I sighed and went back to standing with my head on his chest.

"You have to lay down too," I argued.

"Okay, we'll both lay down. Alright?" He said. I nodded. He held my shoulders before pulling the covers back and laying me down. He pulled the covers over me before turning off the lights and getting in the bed himself. As soon as I felt the bed dip, I latched to him. I wrapped myself around him like a snake. Leo hesitated before putting an arm around me with a sigh.

"You really are something else, Sky," Leo breathed. I felt sleep coming quickly. He was so warm and comforting, I didn't ever want to let go. I wasn't into the stomach dropping rollercoasters anyway. What I liked was what made me feel warm inside. And right now, I felt warm.

The next morning, I woke up to a chest again. It took me a while to remember what happened last night, but when the events finally came rushing back to me, I was mortified. I shot up quickly, covering my mouth before glancing at Leo. Unfortunately, he was already awake. He sat up and watched me carefully. After a moment, he crossed his arms and tilted his head at me.

"Do you remember what happened last night?" He asked. I hesitated before nodding. He sighed as his head tilted the other way.

"My fault. It was my first time drinking. I guess I get a little too touchy," I apologized. I got up and ran to the bathroom quickly to take a shower and brush my teeth. I accidentally left my wrap in the room, so I didn't have a chance to put it on. I'd calmed down a lot during my shower. I went back to the room and Leo silently make his way into the bathroom while I flipped through the tv channels for something to busy myself. Leo finished up and came to my side of the bed. His hands grabbed my wrists before spinning me until my back was against the bed. He hovered over me as he watched my reactions. I knew my face was beet red as I tried to avoid his intense gaze.

"I told you you would do do something stupid. Luckily, I got you back to the room before anyone could witness it," he said sternly. I nodded quickly.

"Last night was an accident. Sorry," I stuttered over my words. Leo's jaw tightened before he released a breath.

"Don't do it again. And definitely don't drink around other people. In fact, don't drink at all," he snapped at me. Even like this, my heart fluttered.

Did I like Leo? Yeah, I found Leo attractive, and sweet and attentive, but I didn't come to the school to date, so I pushed all thoughts of romantic feelings aside whenever they came. Leo watched my face a little longer before his head dipped down closer to mine. I couldn't help but to gasp as his face hovered inches about mine.

"I'm being serious, Sky. You can't afford to slip up," he warned. I found myself nodding silently. I knew he was trying to intimidate me into listening to him, but I felt anything but intimidated.
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