Hidden Desire

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Summary

Before you start, you probably overlooked the fact this is an EXCERPT, meaning this is five chapters of an (almost) complete book, only available on Patreon. It’s been thirteen years since Tyler has seen Mikey for more than just a handful of minutes in a passing visit. A ten year age difference hadn’t stopped her crush, not after the fateful day he’d saved her life; he’d been home for Christmas, visiting his sister Val, who was married to Tyler’s older brother Reggie. Val had given birth to their first baby on Thanksgiving, and that Christmas was the first time Mikey was coming home to see her. As Tyler had been leaving the house, she’d slipped on the ice, hitting her head and knocking herself out. If Mikey hadn’t found her when he did, rushed her to the emergency room, she would have died of hypothermia. That’s when her obviously unreciprocated crush had started. She’d known him all her life. She was nothing more than his best friend’s kid sister, the one he barely saw since making it to the N.B.A. and having spent the last ten years playing out in California. But he’s home now. At twenty-one can she finally catch his attention? Can she finally tell him about her crush? The one she’s had for the last five years. Will he ever see her as anything other than his best friend’s little sister?

Genre:
Romance / Erotica
Author:
Violet Bloom
Status:
Excerpt
Chapters:
5
Rating:
5.0 3 reviews
Age Rating:
18+

Prologue

Start writing here…“Mama, I’m going to go to Val and Reggie’s,” I said when I’d come down the stairs. Despite my brother being a multi millionaire, thanks to his thriving NFL quarterback career, we still lived in the same house we’d lived in my entire life. Reggie had offered multiple times to buy us a bigger house, to send me to private school, but my parents were having none of it. He’d finally gotten them to agree to pay for my college education. That was still a year away, but he was counting it as a win.

I didn’t want to go to a private school anyways. Everyone at school knew me before I was the sister of a three time Super Bowl MVP. If I went to a new school, I’d be known only for being Reggie’s much younger sister and not for the person I really was. I liked my school. It was the same one Val, Reggie and Mikey had graduated from eight years ago now.

And now, Reggie and Val had a baby. It was their first, and honestly, I was surprised it had taken them so long to have one.

“Did they invite you?” Mom asked when I walked into the kitchen.

“I texted, Val.”

“They have a new baby,” mom said, as if I could forget that. “You can’t just be driving up there on a whim to drop in on them.”

“It’s almost Christmas. Once break is over I won’t be able to see them nearly as much.”

“Drive safe, please. Are you spending the night there?”

“It depends, but I’ve got clothes with me just in case.”

“Text me when you get there.”

“I will. Love you mom.”

“Love you too, sweetie.”

I grabbed a bottle of water from the fridge to keep me hydrated on the nearly four hour trip to see them. They lived just outside of DC in Alexandria. They’d lived there since Reggie was drafted by them after playing at UVA for four years. At least now they didn’t have their stupid name. Even their dumb nameless name was better than what it had been.

I’d be there by lunch.

I could wait the three days until Chrismtas when we all got together at my parent’s house. It had been the same for as long as I could remember. Reggie and Val with Val’s mom and her new husband, Thomas. They’d been married for five years now. She’d met him when she was his photography student shortly after she divorced Val’s dad. Val and Mikey never saw their dad anymore. At least Val didn’t, I couldn’t be too sure about Mikey. I’d only seen him a handful of times since he graduated. After UVA he’d been drafted into the NBA, all the way to San Diego, California. He’d lived there for the last four years. We only ever saw him during holiday’s. He’d never once brought a girlfriend home for the occasion. It was only ever the eight of us, and those were my favourite days. I missed my big brother like crazy.

My dream was go to Georgetown University in DC. That would put me so much closer to him and Val. I’d always seen Val as an older sister while I was growing up. I’d been ecstatic when she and Reggie had finally gotten married just after his first NFL season was completed. And I was even more excited to have a little nephew now. They’d named him Vincent.

I had just turned seventeen and had only one semester of high school left. Mom wasn’t thrilled that I drove so far across the interstate at such a young age, but to appease her, Reggie had convinced her to buy me a car. It had all the latest safety features, including automatic breaking, lane detection. It wasn’t a luxury model, mom had drawn the line there; it was just safe. Reggie had also paid for me to have defensive driving classes and driving instructions from a private company. None of that was required for me to get my license, but mom had been insistent. Reggie and dad had been too. I went along with it because it gave me more freedom.

At about the half way point, I stopped to stretch my legs, get gas and have a snack. Reggie and my dad had spent hours on the phone going over the map before my first solo adventure to Reggie and Val’s house. They’d looked up crime statistics in every possible stopping point. It had literally taken them days. In the end I was handed a list of ten possible rest stops to choose from. I could also only stop during the day. Sometimes I felt like it was all a little crazy and exaggeratory on their part, and then another breaking news story would come on about a woman who vanished without a trace and I was thankful for their over protectiveness.

After about ten minutes, I was on my way again. Traffic over interstate 81 and 64 was always steady. The real adventure happened when I had to merge onto 95 north. It was five or six lanes in most spots leading up to DC, packed with tractor trailers flying at eighty miles per hour. And if I was really unlucky, it was a parking lot, bumper to bumper traffic for miles and miles.

Today, I was lucky.

Right before noon, I pulled into their driveway. Their house wasn’t a huge mansion, like it could have been given Reggie’s NFL contracts and other endorsement deals. It was huge, but it wasn’t a sprawling castle with ten bathrooms.

Climbing out, I realised that the air had changed; there was a winter storm coming. Looks like I’d have to stay the night after all.

Pulling my jacket around me, to fight off the frigid air, I walked to the front door and rang the doorbell. “Hey, Ty,” Reggie said, opening the door for me.

“Hi!” I said excitedly. I hugged him tightly before letting him close the door behind me. Knowing my way around, I kicked off my shoes before pattering down the hallway to the kitchen. The open style floor plan let me walk straight through it into the living room. Val was sitting on the couch, looking exhausted, but happy while she nursed Vincent.

“Hi,” I called quietly.

“You don’t have to be quiet,” she said. “Come sit with me.” Reggie came into the room after me, cell phone in hand. He kissed Val’s head and then his son’s.

“I’ve got to to go practice,” he said. “I’ll be back later. Do you want me to pick up dinner?”

“Please. What are you in the mood for, Tyler?”

“You know me, I eat anything.”

“Chinese?” Reggie asked.

“How about Thai,” Val countered.

“Okay. Text me what you both want.”

I watched my brother kiss his wife again before grabbing his bag and heading out the door. “He’s on path for another Super Bowl win,” I said.

“He is.”

“How’s my nephew?” He’d been born just a few days before Thanksgiving, and was now not even a month old.

“Exhausting me,” she laughed. “It’s so great though. I can hardly remember what our lives were like before him.”

“You travelled everywhere and did whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted.”

“Sounds about right.” When he was done nursing she put her breast back into her shirt and laid him over her shoulder to burp. She only had to pat his back for a few minutes before the little guy let out a healthy burp. After that, she handed him to me. “Don’t let him give you baby fever,” she told me seriously. “You can’t have kids until you’ve graduated college.”

“Don’t plan on it,” I told her. “I’m not really interested in guys.”

“Girls?” She asked quickly, no trace of surprises or judgement in her voice.

“No,” I said shaking my head. “I’m definitely attracted to men, but boys my age are dumb and annoying and no man with any real self respect would date sixteen year old.”

“So you’re just going to wait to date?”

“Yup.”

“Your brother will be thrilled.”

“Are you being sarcastic?”

“No. He’s constantly going on and on about how no boy will ever be good enough for you and that you should never marry. Funny that when he and I first got together he told Mikey that he would never do to you what Mikey did to me.”

“He talked a big game.”

“He did.”

“Well, he just got lucky that I’m not interested in dating. All I want is to get into Georgetown.”

“What do you want to major in?” Vincent let out a sleepy noise in my arms before his eyes fluttered closed and he was gone to the world around him.

“Women’s studies with a minor in African American studies.”

“That’s definitely something for you.”

“What do you want to do with your degree?”

“Not sure yet. There’s so many paths. And I’m lucky because I’ve got a big brother who will help me with start up costs. Which is why I was thinking it would be really cool to run a foundation for victims of domestic violence and hate crimes.”

“That would be something special.”

“We’ll see. I’ve still got four and a half years before I even graduate from college.”

I spent the entire day holding my nephew, only giving him to his mother when he needed to be fed or changed. She teased me for avoiding the changing part, but he wasn’t my son. My opinion was that I got all of the good stuff without any of the gross stuff.

~~~~~

Reggie came back with dinner about six o’clock. “The storm that’s rolling in is bad,” he said. “You’re probably going to need to stay at least Christmas Eve day.

“I don’t mind,” I said.

“You can borrow some of my clothes.” Val had always been bigger, as long as I can remember knowing her. That hadn’t changed over the years, but we’d never been able to share clothes. Her’s would all be too big on me. “I should have leggings that’ll fit you. And oversized sweatshirts. We’re not doing anything anyways, except lounging around the house.”

“That’s fine,” I said.

“Mikey called me,” Reggie said.

“Of course he calls you and not his own sister.”

“He’s coming to town Christmas Eve. He wants to come meet his nephew.”

“I didn’t think he was going to make it,” Val said.

“He wasn’t, but he can’t wait until January to meet his nephew. He’s coming in the twenty-fourth and leaving the evening of the twenty-fifth.”

“He’s going to be wrecked with jet lag and exhausted from the back and forth time differences,” she said.

“He says it’s worth it. He wants to meet his nephew.”

~~~~~

I spent the next two days with Reggie and Val, mostly with Val. Despite the crazy winter storm, Reggie still needed to go to practice. With a win in the upcoming game he and his team would clench NFC East.

Reggie left around lunch everyday and was back around dinner. I cooked, an effort to keep myself welcome. And I even changed a diaper.

“It’s finally safe enough for me to drive home,” I said Christmas Eve day while we were all eating breakfast.

“You can just stay and follow us back tomorrow,” Reggie said.

“Mom needs help with baking cookies. You know it’s our tradition. She’ll kill me if I miss it. The roads are fine, at least the ones I’ll be driving on.

“Okay, just leave early. I’ve got to go. I’ll see you tomorrow. Love you, baby,” he said to Val, kissing her lips before grabbing his stuff and heading out.

“I’ll clean this up and then head out.”

“Okay, I need to nurse Vincent.”

Val went to the living room, situating herself with her nursing pillow while I washed the breakfast dishes. After I finished putting them away, I went to Val, kissed her cheek, threatened to kidnap my nephew and snuggled him for an extra moment before I walked outside.

I didn’t make Val walk me to the door, not wanting to interrupt her snuggle time with Vincent or expose the baby to the cold as I opened the door.

But I should have made her. Because as I was going down he single porch step, I slipped on a patch of ice and hit my head, my world going immediately black.

~~~~~

“Tyler!” I could hear a voice shouting at me. It sounded familiar, rougher and deeper than I remembered, but familiar all the same. “You need to wake up.” Big hands wrapped around my shoulders, shaking me gently. “Fuck, how long have you been out here? Where’s Val?” I was freezing, except for the spot where he’d touched me on my shoulders, there it was warm and tingly.

I heard him pounding on the front door. “Val! Val!” After a few moments, he was back by my side and had me lifted into his arms. “Tyler, wake up for me, princess.”

It was Mikey. Mikey had called me princess for as long as I could remember.

“Mikey?” I managed to get out my voice hoarse and scratchy. “What happened?”

“I don’t know. How long have you been out there? I need to get you to a hospital.”

“What’s going on?” Val asked. I couldn’t see her. Mikey was holding me in his arms and walking away from the door.

“I found her laying in the snow,” he said. “She’s freezing. I need to get her to a hospital.”

“She’s been out here all this time? She left over three hours ago.”

“She’s got to be hypothermic. I’m taking her to the emergency room. Call Reggie and her parents.”

“We’ll be there as soon as we can.”

Mikey laid me down in the back of his car. “I’m so cold.”

“I know, princess. I’m going to get you to the hospital. I’ll blast the heat on the way there. Just don’t fall asleep on me. You need to stay awake, okay?”

“Sure,” I mumbled out, but I was so sleepy. My eyes were fluttering closed, but Mikey talked to me the entire way, even though I didn’t say a lot back.

“Did you fall?”

“Mhmm.”

“You’re such a klutz, princess. Even as a kid you were always tripping and falling. It’s a good thing you’re not made of glass.” I tried to laugh but no sound would come out. “We’re almost there. Don’t fall asleep on me now.”

I didn’t respond, which caused him to push the gas pedal harder; I could hear the car accelerate.

We came to a screeching halt and then the backdoor was opened and I was once again lifted against Mikey’s firm body. The years in the N.B.A. had been good to him. He was lanky in high school and until his senior year of college, but now his tall form had filled out with rippling muscle is could feel flex against me.

“I need some help!” He shouted.

“Get a stretcher!” I heard a feminine voice ask. “What happened?”

“I think she fell. I found her in the snow.”

“Do you know her?”

“She’s my best friend’s little sister. She fell outside their house when she was supposed to be leaving. Her brother is married to my sister. They just had a new baby so my sister didn’t walk her to the door.”

“Any idea how long she was outside?”

“About three hours.”

“What’s her name?”

“Tyler.”

“Tyler,” the voice called to me. “Can you hear me.”

“Mhmm.”

“Good. Stay awake for me.”

The next minutes were a blur. I was moved, and pricked and prodded and hooked up to an IV. I heard someone mention warm saline and warmed blankets. “She’s hypothermic- thirty-four celsius.”

“It’s good you found her when you did. Any longer exposed to this cold and it could have ended badly.”

“She’ll be okay?” Mikey asked.

“We need to do a head CT to make sure she doesn’t have a head injury from her fall, but she seems to be okay. Everything is already improving. Is her family on their way?”

“Her parents live in Roanoke. So does she. She was visiting. I’m sure they’re on the way and her brother will be here as soon as he can. But I’ll stay with her.”

“Wait here. They’re bringing her to CT now. She should be back shortly.”

Someone wheeled the bed I was in away and down the hall. I’d never had a CT before, but the entire process took only a few minutes. I was just told to lie still. The contrast wasn’t pleasant, it made me flush warm and feel like I was peeing my pants even though I wasn’t.

Just as promised, Mikey was still waiting for me when I got back.

“You scared the crap out of me, Tyler,” he said. Pulling up a chair, he sat next to the bed and took my hand, squeezing it before releasing it.

“Thanks for saving me,” I said.

“Anytime, princess,” he grinned at me.

Sitting there, laying in the hospital bed with Mikey’s hand holding mine while we waited for my brother and Val, was when my ridiculous, unrequited, inappropriate crush on my brother’s best friend began.

And it would never go away.

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