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The Best Friend's Contract By athrhteera Characters: 15004

Updated: 2019-01-28 12:04


Aidan

I walk down the stairs to find my mother and father laughing to the jokes they make, instantly causing me to turn around; looking for Kenna but there's no sign of her presence. My eyes landed on my brother, who's busy talking to Ava—listening to her explanation about dolls.

''Where's Kenna?'' My mother appears beside me.

''She's outside, '' Mia replies as she walks past both of us, her phone in her hand without even sparing a second glance—making me nod my head, glancing at my mother again.

''Call her in. Dinner's ready, '' Mother responds, patting onto my shoulder before disappearing into the kitchen.

It's no doubt that the word 'dinner' coming from her mouth sounds a little strange. It's probably because we haven't had the chance to even have dinner together ever since I left high school but then again, even before university, Alain was never around at home. He was always focusing on university without even taking his time to go head home. . . I never blame him.

Maybe. . . just maybe, it's because mother has cooked dinner for us. It feels like history is repeating itself—it has been years since I remember her cooking dinner for the whole family. It has also been awhile since I've eaten any of her nicely cooked dish.

There's some sort of homey vibe coming from this house, giving me a chance to relive them all over again without feeling left out. For some reason, I kind of enjoy the whole family loving environment than how we always are. It's not just Alain and I who are always busy with work but father is rarely even home to spend some nice quality time.

As for mother, she's out making herself busy with her friends and her new boutique. Even after only a couple of months, the sales are rising up like crazy—not giving her any time to sit down and rest.

Well, as for Mia. . . she's being Mia. Always worrying about university or her courses. Even though she has about two years and a half until graduation but she is already worrying about her future career but father told her not to worry because there's always a place for her at?Empire.

I head outside through the front door, seeing Kenna standing near the trees. Her eyes are closed as she takes a deep breath—somehow trying to clear her mind as she enjoys the view. I take my time to eye her from behind. . . slowly and not wanting to leave a single detail out.

What happened earlier in the bedroom, that was bizarre. Kenna has never reacted that way before whenever she sees me shirtless and I didn't expect myself to react that way either. I was slightly embarrassed by how she looked at me because I felt exposed; when it was just standing shirtless in front of her.

I noticed how her cheeks were turning red and her eyes were trying hard not to meet mine, it was hard not to notice. Then, how she played with her fingers, wanting to find another sort of distraction; it was driving me insane. Everything she does. . . it's making me feel like she's partly wanting me to feel something.

Which is not too odd for me because I've always been the one to notice everything about her. From the way her hairstyle changes or how she wears different colours of clothing and even by the way she responds differently through texts—too much little details for me to notice and I can't even stop noticing even if I want to.

''There you are, '' I say, faking a surprised look even though I've been standing at the same spot for the past few minutes without her noticing.

Kenna turns to look at me with wide blue eyes, leaving me to take a few steps towards her. She has her arms crossed around her body due to the wind blowing onto her bare skin; it's not that she's wearing something appealing because she's just standing there with a grey sweatpants and maroon shirt but apparently, her shirt's a bit too thin.

''Uh. . . I was just heading inside.'' She replies, tucking a strand of hair behind her ear.

Nervous?gesture. I thought in my head before nodding, not trying to make it seem obvious that I've been standing long enough to know she wasn't heading inside.

''Dinner's ready. We should head inside, '' I continue to speak. ''Mother cooked?our?favourite food. . . baked chicken and mashed potatoes. So, don't tell me your stomach didn't grumble when I told you.'' My lips curve up into a smile as soon as I hear her chuckle.

''I'm starving, '' She mutters with a small smile.

As soon as we're close enough, I wrap my arm around her shoulder before pulli

ah, '' She replies.

I clear my throat, ''We'll be heading upstairs. We're both exhausted, '' I say, receiving mother and father's attention as they turn to look at us—seeing me standing up before pulling onto Kenna's hand, slowly lifting her up.

''See you two in the morning, '' Mother smiles.

Kenna and I walk out of the living room as we both head upstairs without sparing a second glance downstairs, straight towards our bedroom—more likely my old bedroom or spare bedroom whenever I head back to Dallas.

''You can take the bed, '' I say as soon as I see her standing in the middle of the room, looking confused.

''I thought we talked about this?'' She questions, which causes me to turn and see her raised eyebrow. ''I mean. . . our sleeping places. We talked about it on our wedding night, ''

I continue to hold onto the blanket, ''We didn't?exactly?talk about it because you did steal my spot on the bed but I get your point. You mean, we've been through the phase of not sleeping separately?'' I ask.

''You know what I mean, Aidan. We've both slept together. . . and I don't think this time would be any different, '' She replies, playing with her fingers—leaving me to notice every single detail of her movement without saying another word.

''You want us both on the bed?'' I ask, my voice suddenly deep and low.

Her blue eyes meet mine but neither of us bother to move or lessen the distance between us, only letting our gazes remain the same. Somehow, that question meant something more than just sleeping on the bed because neither of us wanted to get a bad posture or any back pain but it's as if. . . we couldn't stay away from one another.

The sudden trance was interrupted as she immediately walks towards the bed, her lips curving up into a smile. ''Yeah. . . I want us?both?to be on this bed. So that, we can?both?sleep soundly without either of us complaining having trouble sleeping.'' She replies.

Then, she pats onto the spot beside her, ''So. . . would you come to sleep on the bed with me?'' She asks, her eyes focusing into mine.

''I wouldn't want it any other way, '' I reply before walking towards the bed and immediately climb into the covers, earning a chuckle from her as she sees the excitement coming from me. I lay my head on the bed and she follows afterwards which causes me to turn sideways, facing her before wrapping my arms around her body.

''You're not going to suffocate me back, right?'' She chuckles.

''No, I'm just going to make sure that you're still here when I wake up.'' I mutter as a reply, closing my eyes as I feel her breath hitting the side of my neck—before snuggling closer, leaving me with a smile on my face.

It doesn't take me long to fall asleep. It's also a surprise to fall asleep this quick because I would always have some problem sleeping. . . my mind would wonder and wander about the complicated things in life but now. . . right now, right here, my mind is clear.

My body is at ease.

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