In case anyone missed it, I now have masterposts for both my Matthews story and the Nylander one! Keeps everything nice and organized!
After dinner we roll to a stop outside my apartment. An
awkwardness comes over me and I have no idea what to do or say so I wait for
him to break the silence.
ask to come in, but I think I hit my limit of making you do things today,” Will
says, shifting into park and leaning back in his seat to look at me.
and nod. “I would have said no anyway.” We both know it’s a lie.
he humors me and our eyes meet. Instead of the tension rising, it seems to
dissipate. I’m comfortable with him. It’s a shocking revelation. Just as is the
fact that his hair is different shades of blonde almost, a natural highlight
that I hadn’t noticed before.
you going to call me this time?”
hesitate a moment. “It’s possible.”
tilts his head down and gives me a skeptical look.
never know, I could still be gathering evidence of your stalking incidents,” I
tease, giving him a severe look.
laughs, it rumbles in the enclosed space and my heart skips a beat. It’s a
guess anything is possible,” he says and we fall silent again. I don’t want to
get out of the car and I don’t think he wants me to leave either.
I’m sure my cat is very upset I didn’t spend my Sunday with her,” I start when
the silence stretches on for too long, my hand reaching for the door handle.
Silently begging him to stop me. He does.
hand catches my wrist and I look back at him in question. He gives me a shy
smile before leaning in and kissing my cheek gently.
Y/N,” he says, his breath raising goosebumps on my skin.
I say as a goodbye and lift myself out of the car, closing the door gently
behind me. I don’t look back.
elevator dings, the doors closing after I press my floor number and I lean back
against one of the walls, my head hitting the glass with a thud. The only reassuring
thing that this hasn’t been a dream is the dull ache.
the hell am I doing?” I ask myself aloud. You
said yes to another date with Nathan for tomorrow yet you spent all day with a
drop dead gorgeous hockey player and let him take you out to dinner and kiss
your cheek and make your stomach do backflips and you are a horrible person. I
let out a wail of despair once I’m in my apartment and Kota pins her ears back.
Her eyes judgmental.
even start with me, Kota,” I snap, throwing some food into her bowl. I strip
down in my bathroom and turn the water as hot as I can stand. Letting the water
relax my muscles and steam the bathroom, I let my mind wander. It doesn’t
surprise me when it lands on Will. I wonder what he’s doing. I wonder if he’s
showering just like me. Oh you just had
to go to a naked image, didn’t you? I scold myself and turn the scalding
bother dressing myself, tying a robe around myself instead. Wandering out into
the living room Kota is perched on her usual spot on the back of my couch. Her
eyes are less judgmental now and she’s content to let me pet her head.
Kota, two weeks ago I had no boys. Now I have two,” I whisper and she meows
back. I don’t speak cat but I’m pretty sure she just asked me for more food.
alarm sounds in the morning I bounce out of bed, always the morning person. I’m
my most productive in the early hours of the day, hence the alarm at 6:30. I
dress myself smartly, also key to being productive and twist my hair into messy
bun. Kota bends between my legs as I gather my morning breakfast, nearly
causing me to break my ankles twice.
up my schedule on my tablet as I stuff toast and eggs into my mouth. A lunch
meeting with a few other editors at the office and several more manuscripts are
due to be in my inbox when I arrive. They are never sent over email. Always a
hard copy in my little tray in the office that I seldom use in downtown
With a free
morning I get uninterrupted time to clean my apartment. One of my favorite
things to do. There is just such a satisfying sound when the vacuum runs over
my carpet, leaving that beautiful trail. My parents bought me a Roomba for
Christmas, I exchanged it for a new coffee maker. Orderliness and cleanliness
cannot be made by a robot.
time I’m walking into the office, precisely nine minutes early, my mood is sky
high. I greet the receptionist, janitor, a copy writer and three people I don’t
know as I walk to the glass enclosure of a conference room. I remember now why
I prefer to work from home. The ultramodern look and feel of the office is
overwhelming at times. Everything too professional and cold for my liking.
my usual seat, second on the right, back to the door and carefully lay all my
papers and files before me in particular order. Movement to my left comes as a
surprise but doesn’t scare me.
already? I thought you liked coming to meetings fifteen minutes late?” I say
without looking up from my pad of paper that I always use to take notes on.
good things must come to an end,” Jake sighs, placing my usual Caramel Macchiato
before me before settling himself down in the third seat to the right. “Bartello
said after the last meeting that I have to be good for three months and she
will clear my record.”
and shake my drink a few times before taking a sip. “I didn’t think you were
afraid of Bartello.”
well, I’m more afraid of having to go back to photocopying. Worst year of my
life,” he replies. I finally glance up at him when he shuffles his papers out
onto the table and my eyes widen. Jake’s usual unruly hair is smoothed to the
side with a clean cut and his lazy attire is now freshly pressed and his tie is
realizes I’m staring and his cheeks turn a faint pink. “What?” He asks self-consciously,
eyeing me warily.
Mattias,” I exclaim and his pink turns beet red. “You look fine as hell!”
you keep your voice down,” he mumbles furiously at me, busying himself with his
papers while I snicker.
her name? Is it the new receptionist? She looks like a total sweetheart, all
rosy cheeks and pretty black curls. I can see it,” I nod and smirk at his
not the receptionist,” he snaps and I press him with a stare. He knows I won’t
let it go. “You’re not going to like my answer,” he says cautiously, his eyes
darting to me and to the coffee in my hand.
do you mean I won’t lik-“ I freeze in my words. Jake sees the revelation in my
face and I can see sweat beading on his forehead. “No no no no no no…. Jacob Oscar
Mattias you had better tell me that what I’m thinking is not true.”
swallows hard and glances at the exit to our left. “Jake, you had better tell
me right now that you are not dating my sister,” I lower my voice and level him
with a glare. He makes a noise in the back of his throat and licks his lips
DATING MY SISTER?” I yell and he jumps in his seat before grabbing my arm and
glancing again over his shoulder where two of our coworkers are looking up from
you stop yelling?” He whispers, ducking his head closer to mine. “And please
don’t hit me. I still have a bruise from six days ago at the last meeting.”
I can feel
murder on my face and I know he feels it.
can’t act so surprised, you knew there was something there,” he says, leaning
back in his seat. Clearly taking comfort in the fact that I can’t beat him over
the head with my briefcase in the middle of the office.
it’s Rian… she’s my baby sister,” I squeak. Betrayal rushing over me like a
not a baby, Y/N. She’s barely two years younger than us. Three more months and
she graduates. It’s not a huge deal!”
so! How long?” I demand, still seething.
few days, two dates is all,” Jake answers, more tension leaving his body.
after the game then?” I ask. Rian had been so nervous during the entirety of
the car ride there and back, blushing at every word Jake had said. I had just
thought it was a crush thing. Never did I imagine they would act on it.
after the game. When you didn’t answer me the next morning right away to ask
how you were feeling, I called Rian to make sure everything was okay. It all
kind of spiraled from there,” Jake shrugs and I press my lips into a hard line.
texted you right when I woke up! How early did you call her?”
worried about you, Y/N. Nathan and Rian aren’t the only people that love you,”
he snaps at me and my heart softens a little bit. But I’m still pissed he’s
probably already kissed my baby sister.
you try and suck up to me now Mattias,” I snap back at him and he gives me a
shifty grin. “So that’s what all this is about?” I ask, mussing his hair much
to his annoyance.
really,” he says, shoving my hand away and attempting to smooth his black hair
back out again. “Just ready for a change.”
him a skeptical look but drop the topic as our coworkers slowly start filing
isn’t over,” I mumble to him, bringing my drink to my lips. “No matter how many
macchiatos you bring me.”
meeting goes as usual, someone gets yelled at but it’s not me or Jake so I don’t
really care. I give Jake a dirty look every chance I get and he’s always quick
to look away. Once everything is done and we gather our things, walking out the
your dirty looks reminded me,” Jake starts once we are out of earshot of the
others and in my office. “Rian mentioned you went out with William Nylander
last night?” He raises his eyebrows and flops down in one of the seats across
from my desk.
silently curse my sister for being a blabber mouth and fix Jake with a stare as
I take my own seat and pick of the stack of manuscripts waiting for me. Fanning
through them I reply. “Yeah, what about it?” I decide not to lie and I realize
with a pang that I have yet to text Will.
just surprises me because you went out with Nathan the other night and I think
he mentioned something about going to a play tonight,” Jake says slowly and I
smack my forehead with the stack of papers.
play!” I moan and squeeze my eyes closed. I had completely forgotten.
Jake says a bit awkwardly, which I find ironic that he considers that to be
awkward when I’m pretty certain he’s had his tongue down my little sister’s
and lean back in my chair, replacing the papers onto my desk and tilt my head
to look out the window.
know what I’m doing, Jake,” I whisper.
gathered that,” he nods and I look at him in surprise when he chuckles.
hesitates a moment, looking like he’s gathering his words first. “It’s just… so
unlike you I guess. You’re a person who needs to be organized and even since
high school you’ve always known what you wanted.” He shrugs and leans back as
well. “I just never saw you as someone who plays the field.”
not playing the field!” I retort and glare at him. “And you seem very
unconcerned that this involves your best friend and there’s a possibility that
things aren’t going to work out between him and me.”
shrugs again much to my annoyance. “I never have thought of you two as a couple,
you’re too similar I think,” he says slowly. “Besides, I wouldn’t really
consider him as my best friend as of late, I’ve hardly seen or talked to him
since the game. He’s so involved in everything at school and all of his
coworkers at the hospital he’s doing his practical at… I think of you as my
best friend more than Nate.”
my attention back out the window, letting Jake’s words sink in. I hadn’t
realized until now that Jake is right. Nathan never even mentioned Jake when we
were out the other day, all he really talked about what school and what his
future hopefully consisted of. I don’t even think we talked about my own work.
Glancing at Jake, I see his brow bunched together as he stares blankly at my
think that’s true, Jake,” I say gently. “I think of you as my best friend as
well, you’re the person I see the most to be completely honest. But Nathan is
still your friend, he just has other priorities right now. It’s like when you
and I were in our program, all we pretty much saw was each other. I don’t think
we left each other’s sides for sixteen weeks,” I smile at him and he hesitantly
reflects it back to me.
think about it too much, Jakey,” I reach forward and cover his hand with my
own. “Nathan will snap out of it. You still have your best friend.”
stares at our hands and slowly nods his head. I hadn’t realized how much this
affected him. A little bit of guilt flashes through me about yelling at him
going to the play tonight?” He asks after a few moments his sad expression
replaced with a smirk, though he doesn’t remove his hand from mine.
want to come? Rian would be down I’m sure,” I say, an idea already forming in
my head. It’s not a date if your little sister comes. Jake seems to know
exactly what I’m thinking and frowns at me.
you even into him?” He asks bluntly.
at him in silence, taking in his bronze skin and his even darker eyes. I can
see why Rian gets giddy every time I mention him. “I don’t know, Jake,” I
answer truthfully. “I really don’t. I had never thought about him in that way
until recently, and even now… it’s strange. But also kinda nice?” I scrunch my
nose, my mind in a million places at once.
you need time,” Jake says and I nod.
what about Will?”
cheeks heat and my heart skips a beat in my chest. My physical reaction is enough
for Jake to nod.
different reaction,” he muses.
I agree quietly. I squeeze his hand once more before wiggling the mouse to my
desktop to get the screen to wake up. “So you want a ticket for tonight?”
ma’am. Two please,” he winks at me and I scowl even though it was my idea.
your damn hands to yourself when I’m around,” I growl at him as he stands and
makes to leave my office. “I’m going to have nightmares for weeks now.”
gives me his goofy smile, the contrast of his white teeth again his brown skin
makes me envious and I hate that he used my favorite smile against me.