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I drop down into the chair beside Cap, still dressed from head to toe in my scrubs. As soon as I got home from work, I studied for two hours straight. It’s already after ten, and I haven’t even had supper yet, which is why I’m sitting next to Cap right now because he’s getting to know my habits and had a pizza ordered for the two of us.
I hand him a slice and grab my own, then shut the lid and set it on the floor in front of me. I shove a huge bite into my mouth, but Cap is staring down at the slice in his hand.
“It’s really sad when pizza can make it to you faster than the police,” he says. “I just ordered this ten minutes ago.” He takes a bite and closes his eyes like it’s the best thing he’s ever tasted.
We both finish our slices, and I reach for another one. He shakes his head when I offer him a second slice, so I put it back in the box.
“So?” he says. “Any progress between the boy and his friend?”
It makes me laugh that he constantly refers to Miles as the boy. I nod and respond with a mouthful. “Kind of,” I say. “They had a successful game night, but I think it was only successful because Miles pretended I wasn’t there the whole time. I know he’s trying to respect Corbin, but it kind of makes me feel like shit in the process, you know?”
Cap nods like he understands. I’m not sure that he does, but I like that he always listens so attentively anyway. “Of course, he texted me the entire time he was in the living room sitting next to Corbin, so I guess I have that. But then there are weeks like this week when he’s not even in the same state, and it’s like I don’t even exist to him. No texts. No phone calls. I’m pretty sure he only thinks about me when I’m within ten feet of him.”
Cap shakes his head. “I doubt that. I bet that boy thinks about you a lot more than he lets on.”
I’d like to believe those words to be true, but I’m not so sure they are.
“But if he doesn’t,” Cap says, “you can’t be mad at him for it. Wasn’t part of the agreement, now, was it?”
I roll my eyes. I hate that he always brings me back to the fact that Miles isn’t the one breaking rules or agreements. I’m the one with the problems in our arrangement, and that’s no one’s fault but my own.
“How did I get myself into this mess?” I ask, not even needing an answer. I know how I got myself into this mess. Also, I know how to get out of it … I just don’t want to.
“You ever heard that expression, ‘When life gives you lemons … ‘?” “Make lemonade,” I say, finishing his quote.
Cap looks at me and shakes his head. “That’s not how it goes,” he says. “When life gives you lemons, make sure you know whose eyes you need to squeeze them in.”
I laugh, grab another slice of pizza, and wonder how in the hell I ended up with an eighty-year-old man as my best friend.
Corbin’s home phone never rings. Especially after midnight. I throw the covers off and grab a T-shirt, then pull it over my head. I don’t know why I bother getting dressed. Corbin’s gone, and Miles isn’t due back until tomorrow.
I make it to the kitchen on the fifth ring, right as the answering machine picks up. I cancel the message, then put the phone to my ear.
“Tate!” my mother says. “Oh, my God, Tate.”
Her voice is panicked, which immediately causes me to panic. “What is it?”
“A plane. A plane crashed about half an hour ago, and I can’t get through to the airline. Have you talked to your brother?”
My knees meet the floor. “Are you sure it was his airline?” I ask her. My voice sounds so terrified I don’t even recognize it. It sounds as terrified as hers did the last time this happened.
I was only six, but I remember every single detail as if it happened yesterday, down to the moon-and-star pajamas I was wearing. My father was on a domestic flight, and we had turned on the news right after dinner and saw that one of the planes had gone down due to engine failure. Everyone on board was killed. I remember watching my mother on the phone with the airline, hysterical, trying to find out information on who the pilot was. We found out it wasn’t him within the hour, but that hour was one of the scariest of our lives.
I attempt to reach the couch, yet for some reason, the floor appears more inviting. Kneeling down once more, it’s almost as if I’ve assumed a posture of prayer. In reality, I suppose I have.
“Yes, I’ve been calling his phone nonstop. It’s just going to voice mail.”
It’s a stupid question. Of course, she’s tried calling him. I try again anyway, but his phone goes directly to voice mail.
I try to reassure her, but I know it’s pointless. Until we hear his voice, reassurance won’t help. “I’ll call the airline,” I tell her. “I’ll call you back if I hear anything.”
She doesn’t even say goodbye.
I use the home phone to call the airline and my cell phone to call Miles. It’s the first time I’ve ever dialed his number.
I pray that he answers because as much as I’m scared to death for Corbin, it’s also running through my head that Miles works for the same airline.
My stomach is sick.
“Hello?” Miles says on the second ring. His voice sounds hesitant like he’s unsure why I’m calling.
“Miles!” I say, both frantic and relieved. “Is he okay? Is Corbin okay?”
There’s a pause.
Why is there a pause?
“What do you mean?”
“A plane,” I say immediately. “My mom called. There was a plane crash. He’s not answering his phone.”
“Where are you?” he says quickly. “The apartment.”
“Let me in.”
I walk to the door and unlock it. He pushes the door open and still has the phone to his ear. When he sees me, he pulls the phone away, immediately rushes to the couch, grabs the remote, and turns on the television.
He flips through the channels until he finds the TV news report. Dials numbers on his cell phone, then turns and rushes toward me. He takes my hand in his. “Come here,” he says, pulling me to him. “I’m sure he’s fine.”
I nod against his chest, but his reassurance is pointless.
“Gary?” he says when someone answers on the other end. “It’s Miles.
Yeah. Yeah, I heard,” he says. “Who was the crew?”
There’s a long pause. I’m terrified to look at him. Terrified.
“‘Thank you.” He hangs up the phone. “He’s okay, Tate,” he says immediately. “Corbin’s fine. Ian, too.”
I break down into tears of relief.
Miles walks me to the couch and sits down, then pulls me to him. He takes my cell phone out of my hands and presses several buttons before putting the phone to his ear.
“Hey, it’s Miles. Corbin is fine.” He pauses for a few seconds. “Yeah, she’s fine. I’ll tell her to call you in the morning.” A few more seconds pass, and he says goodbye. He sets the phone on the couch beside him. “Your morn.”
I nod. I already knew.
And that simple gesture, him calling my mother, just made me fall for him even harder.
Now he’s kissing the top of my head, rubbing his hand up and down my arm reassuringly.
“Thank you, Miles,” I tell him.
He doesn’t say you’re welcome, because he doesn’t think he did anything that deserves thanking.
“Did you know them?” I ask. “The crew on board?”
“No. They were out of a different hub. The names didn’t sound familiar.”
My phone vibrates, so Miles hands it back to me. I look at it, and it’s a text from Corbin.
Corbin: In case you’ve heard about the plane, just want you to know I’m fine. I called headquarters, and Miles is, too. Please let Mom know if she hears about it. Love you.
Receiving his text fills me with even more relief, now that I know with one hundred percent certainty that he’s okay.
“It’s a text from Corbin,” I tell Miles. “He says you’re okay. In case you were worried.”
I knew he couldn’t hate me forever,” I said with a sigh of relief. My worries had kept me up at night, but now I felt a weight lifted off my shoulders.
A warm smile spread across my face as I continued, “I love that Corbin wanted me to know that Miles was okay.” It was a small gesture, but it meant the world to me.
“When is he scheduled to come home?”
“Not for two more days,” I say. “How long have you been home?” “About two minutes,” he says. “I had just plugged my phone in to
charge when you called.” “I’m glad you’re back.”
He doesn’t respond. He doesn’t tell me he’s glad to be back. Instead of saying something that might give me false hope, he just kisses me.
“You know,” he says, pulling me onto his lap, “I hate the circumstances surrounding the reason you probably didn’t have time to put on pants, but I love that you don’t have on pants.” His hands slide up my thighs, and he pulls me closer until we’re flush together. He kisses the tip of my nose, then kisses my chin. “Miles?” I run my hands through his hair and down his neck, then pause with them on his shoulders. “I was also scared it could have been you,” I whisper. “That’s why I’m glad you’re back.”
His eyes grow soft, and the worry lines between them disappear. I may not know anything about his past or his life, but I definitely notice that he hasn’t called anyone to let them know he’s okay. That makes me sad for him.
His eyes fall away from mine and land on my chest. He fingers the bottom edges of my shirt, then slowly pulls it over my head. I have nothing but a pair of panties on now.
He leans forward, wraps his arms around my back, and pulls me against his mouth. His lips close softly over my nipple, and my eyes shut involuntarily. Chills erupt over my skin as his hands begin to explore every bare part of my back and my thighs. His mouth works its way to my other breast, just as his hands slip inside my panties at my hips.
“I think I have to rip these off you because I sure don’t want you to move off my lap,” he says.
I smile. “Fine with me. I have more where these came from.”
I can feel him grin against my skin as his hands pull at the elastic band of my underwear. He pulls on one side but fails to tear them. He tries ripping the other side to pull them off me, but nothing gives.
“You’re giving me a wedgie,” I say, laughing.
He lets out a frustrated sigh. “It’s always so much sexier when they do this on TV”
I readjust myself and sit up straighter. “Try it again,” I encourage. “You can do it, Miles.”
He grabs the left side of my panties and yanks them hard.
“Ouch!” I yell, scooting in the direction of his pull to lessen the pain of the elastic digging into my right side.
He laughs again and drops his face to my neck. “Sorry,” he says. “Got any scissors?”
I cringe at the thought of him coming at me with a pair of scissors. I scoot off of him and stand up, then pull my underwear down, kicking them off and away from me.
“Watching you do that was totally worth my failed attempt at being sexy,” he says.
I smile. “Your failed attempt at being sexy actually made you sexy.”
My comment makes him laugh again. I walk toward him and climb back onto his lap. He repositions me so that I’m straddling him again. “My failures are a turn-on for you?” he asks teasingly.
“Oh, yeah,” I murmur. “So hot.”
His hands are on me again, roaming across my back and down my arms. “You would have loved me from the ages of thirteen to sixteen,” he says. “I failed at pretty much everything. Especially football.”
I grin. “Now we’re talking. Tell me more.”
“Baseball,” he says, right before he presses his mouth to my neck. He kisses his way up to my ear. “And one semester of world geography.”
“Holy shit.” I moan. “Now, that’s hot.”
He moves his lips to my mouth and pulls me in for a soft kiss. He barely touches his mouth to mine. “I failed at kissing, too. Terribly. I almost choked a girl with my tongue once.”
“Want me to show you?”
As soon as I nod, he’s repositioning us on the couch until I’m lying on my back and he’s on top of me. “Open your mouth.”
I open it. He drops his mouth to mine and shoves his tongue inside, giving me what is quite possibly the worst kiss I’ve ever experienced. I push against his chest, attempting to get his tongue out of my mouth, but he doesn’t budge. I turn my face to the left, and he begins licking my cheek, causing me to laugh even harder.
“Oh, my God, that was terrible, Miles!”
He pulls his mouth away and lowers himself on top of me. “I got better.”
I nod. “That’s a fact,” I say, agreeing wholeheartedly.
We’re both smiling. ‘The relaxed look on his face fills me with so many emotions I can’t even begin to classify them. I’m delighted by the joy we share when we’re together. However, there’s a tinge of melancholy that creeps in when we part ways. Despite these conflicting emotions, the excitement we experience when we’re together ignites a passionate desire for more of these moments. So much more of him.
We quietly stare at each other, until he slowly dips his head, pressing a long kiss against my lips. He begins placing soft kisses all over my mouth until the kisses become longer and more intense. His tongue eventually parts my lips, and the playfulness disappears.
It’s quite serious now, as our kisses grow more hurried and his clothes begin to join mine on the floor, piece by piece.
“The couch or your bed?” he whispers. “Both,” I reply.
I fell asleep in my bed.
Next to Miles.
Neither of us has ever fallen asleep afterward before. One of us always leaves. As much as I’m trying to convince myself that it means nothing, I know it does. Every time we’re together, I get a little bit more of him. Whether it’s a glimpse of his past time spent without the sex or even time spent sleeping, he’s giving me more and more of himself, little by little. I feel like this is both good and bad. It’s good, because I want and need so much more of him, so every little bit I get is enough to satisfy me when I begin worrying about everything I don’t get from him. But it’s also bad, because every time I get a little bit more of him, another part of him grows more distant. I can see it in his eyes. He’s worried he’s giving me hope, and I’m afraid he’ll eventually just pull away completely.
Everything with Miles will come crashing down.
It’s inevitable. He’s so adamant about the things he doesn’t want out of life, and I’m starting to understand just how serious he is. So as much as I try to protect my heart from him, it’s pointless. He’s going to break it eventually, yet I continue to allow him to fill it. Every time I’m with him, he fills my heart up more and more, and the more it’s filled with pieces of him, the more painful it’ll be when he rips it out of my chest as though it never belonged there in the first place.
I hear the vibration of his phone and feel him roll over and reach for it on the nightstand next to him. He thinks I’m asleep, so I don’t give him reason to think otherwise.
“Hey,” he whispers. There’s a long pause, and I start to panic internally, wondering who he’s talking to. “Yeah, I’m sorry. I should have called you. I figured you’d be asleep.”
My heart races, caught in my throat, as it desperately attempts to flee from Miles and the dire predicament we find ourselves in. It recognizes the gravity of this phone call from my visceral response. At this very moment, it’s in full-fledged fight-or-flight mode, working overtime to elude capture.
I don’t blame my heart one bit. “Love you, too, Dad.”
My heart slides back down my throat and finds its normal home in my chest again. It’s happy for now.
I’m happy. Happy that he actually does have someone to call.
In the same moment, I’m also reminded of how little I know about him. How little he shows me. How much he hides himself from me so that when I finally break, it won’t be his fault.
It won’t be a quick break, either. Will be slow and painful, filled with so many moments like these that tear me up from the inside out.
At times, when he believes I’m asleep, he quietly slips out of my bed. During these instances, I maintain closed eyes but listen intently as he dresses. There are also occasions when I ensure my breathing stays steady, just in case he’s observing me when he bends down to plant a gentle kiss on my forehead.
Then, he departs.
Because he always leaves.
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