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The Best Friend's Contract By athrhteera Characters: 16883

Updated: 2019-01-28 12:03


Kenna

To say that I regret this decision on going to Dallas with Aidan is an understatement because apparently, I quite like it. We might be spending a week in Texas, enjoying our time as a family with his. . . family but we've been childhood friends.

Being friends for as long as twenty years is worth more. We used to spend so much time together when we were kids, teenagers and even in universities but unfortunately, after both of us had gone to our own paths in our careers, we lost the time to spend.

''There they are, '' Aidan says before pointing at familiar people in a group, making me turn and follow his gaze.

Diana and Mia are standing with smiles on their faces as they both wave towards our direction; gesturing for us to take our steps towards them. Both Aidan and I pull onto our luggage, side to side and heading straight as I take glances down the road.

To my surprise, Diana pulls me in for a hug which causes my eyes to widen in surprise but slowly raise my hands and pat onto her back. It's not a strange gesture but our relationship was quite different before. . . she was my best friend's mother but now she's also my mother-in-law.

If I ever compare my own mother-in-law and the ones in movies, I can't say they don't appear to be the same because she is by one. . . creeps me out, somehow. All of a sudden, I just have to make myself seem more?perfect?than I was before in order for her to like me; it's a quick feeling that comes naturally.

''We're so glad that you both made it, '' She says as we both break the hug and I slowly smile up at Aidan, who seemed to be looking at us. ''We can spend more time as a family together and you two can even consider this as your honeymoon. It brings back old memories to me whenever I'm here. . . and I hope it can bring you memories in the future, too.''

''Right. . . where's the rest?'' Aidan asks, looking around.

''They're all waiting for you at home, '' Mia replies. ''Ava was mostly excited when she heard that her Uncle Gabby will be spending more time with her this week, '' She adds.

''I can't wait to pinch her chubby cheeks, '' He replies with a soft chuckle as the four of us make our way towards a silver?Mercedes-Benz. Just as I'm about to lift my own luggage and put it in the trunk, he has already lifted it up for me; instantly leaving me to eye his face, seeing that it was a natural gesture for him instead of giving me an actual meaning.

His brown eyes meet mine, ''What's in there, anyway? It seems like you're planning to stay here for the whole month instead of a week, '' He says, closing the trunk.

After rolling my eyes, I instantly make my way towards the backseat but to only find Mia and Diana sitting at the back—talking about a few things on social media as Mia scrolls down on her phone, leaving me to sit at the front while Aidan's the one who has to drive.

My eyes wander towards the amount of people walking towards the airport and away to the available cabs, not bothered by the sound of Aidan's voice beside me—probably telling me something important.

All of a sudden, the smell of his cologne hits me as he leans towards me but to only realise that he's currently putting my seat belt on; making me stare down at his brown locks. Then, he leans back, our faces are inches apart as he glances down at my lips. ''Safety first, love.'' He grins, sparing a couple of seconds to glance back at a smiling Diana.

''I could've done it on my own, '' I respond, quietly.

''You could've if you actually paid attention to what I said earlier instead of zoning out, '' He says as he presses onto the gas pedal before driving down the road. ''What has been on your mind lately, Kenna? You've been in deep thoughts since morning, '' He adds, slowly.

''Just about work. Nothing too serious, '' I answer, uncomfortably shifting in my seat; knowing that his mother and sister are at the back probably eavesdropping to our conversation but then again, they're too busy talking about some popular celebrity embarrassing herself in public. ''It's just that. . . it feels different to be away from all the patients, ''

''You mean from all the needles and smell of medicines? That has got to be refreshing.'' He chuckles, lightly as I join him—actually agreeing to him, somehow.

Truth be told, I wouldn't be here in Dallas with him if Ben didn't decide to cover up my shifts for the week because out of the blue. . . he decided to do it which is pretty surprising. I've been covering his shifts for the past few months because apparently, he likes to take a few days off or probably even a week.

Ben is one of my colleagues. He's a nice guy apart from someone who likes to take advantage of my workaholic trait—he knows how much I am married to my work, so he would always ask me to cover up for him; taking extra shifts, including night shifts even when I'm free to go home for the day.

So. . . when I told Aidan about going to Dallas with him, it was because Ben said he would cover my shifts. He literally pressured

ards the bed, running my hand on the sheet; trying to make myself more comfortable.

I lay my body on the bed, closing my eyes as I let out a breath—liking the comfort. It feels extremely relaxing to have all of my makeup removed and hair washed because everything feels so much better without having to worry getting anything ruined. It doesn't even take me long to fall asleep, slowly ignoring the birds chirping outside.

My eyes blink slowly as I see a familiar figure standing near the walk-in closet as he takes his shirt off, making me blink again, trying to get a clearer view instead of a blurry one. Then, I come to realise that it's Aidan, all along. His back is currently facing me, leaving me to eye his broad shoulders and toned back as he drops his shirt onto the ground.

Just as he's about to take his jeans off, I immediately sit up straight before clearing my throat, receiving his attention; seeing him looking a little bit surprised as he drops both of his hands to the side, turning around to look at me and showing off his perfectly toned abs.

''You're awake, '' He mutters.

I try my hard to?only?look at his eyes, ''When did you get home? Mia said you went out, '' I reply, tucking a strand of hair behind my ear as I feel my cheeks heating up at the sight.

''I just got home. You were still sleeping and I didn't want to wake you up, '' He says, our eyes are looking at nowhere but at each other—knowing that this moment can't get any awkward but it has and it's disturbing.

Why does it feel awkward? I've seen him shirtless before, countless times. It shouldn't feel any different than now but all of a sudden, every single detail about him is noticeable. Even by the way he stands or how his hair is in different directions, messily. . . the details I can't simply look away and act unbothered.

''Right. . . I was just taking a nap, '' I look down at my hands.

''Mmm, I was going to take a shower.'' He replies, slowly as he rubs the back of his neck, leaving me to eye down at his abs.

I instantly chuckle before standing up, ''Don't make me stop you. I'll just head downstairs, '' I continue to speak as I walk towards the door, not wanting to stay in the room and knowing he's in the bathroom, taking a shower while I imagine the unnecessary details which is definitely something I would want to avoid.

''I'll see you downstairs, '' His lips curve up into a small smile as I quickly step out of the room, not wanting to keep on staring at his body.

To my surprise, I bump into Harley in the hallway, seeing her eyes widening at the sight of me. ''Wow. . . are you alright, Kenna? You seem a little bit flushed, '' She says as she eyes my face and into my eyes, trying to see if there's anything wrong.

''I'm perfect. Absolutely perfect, '' I grin, immediately walking down the stairs and straight towards the front door—stepping out of the house and taking a deep breath, eyes instantly meeting the sunset.

My body starts to ease at the amount of oxygen I'm inhaling before pulling my hair towards the back with my hand; pushing them away from my face. This shouldn't be the way I react when I see Aidan shirtless, there shouldn't be any reaction, at all. . . like how it used to be but why does it feel as if my heart is going to thump out of my chest?

Maybe, I should start worrying about my health.

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