“I love you Nicholle.”
“I love you too, Bruno.” I let out a sigh. “I’m definitely gonna sleep good tonight.”
“If I let you sleep.” he smiled.
“Stop.” I said and smacked his chest lightly.
“Um, do you have a bathtub?” I asked.
“I don’t think I can get my arm wet yet.”
“Oh alright, I should probably get in the shower too, before everyone gets here. I’ll show you where the bathroom is.” he grabbed my hand and led me to the bathroom. His bathroom was big. Nice mirror, gold faucet and dials, a big walk in steam shower. He turned on the faucet in the tub and added bubble soap.
“You have…bubble soap?” I asked smiling.
“I like bubbles.” he said smiling.
“Instead of me wasting more water with taking a shower…how bout I join you in the tub?”
“Okay.” I said quietly.
“I feel weird.” I said hesitant to get in the tub.
“Why?” he chuckled.
“Because I’m about to get naked in front of you.” I said embarrassed.
“To make it easier, I’ll wait in the hallway.” he kissed my forehead and left.
“You don’t have to.” I said but he was already gone. I took off my clothes and got in the tub, he must have heard the water moving, because he walked in. he took his clothes off and got in.
“You didn’t have to do that.” I said.
“It’s okay, you didn’t hurt my feelings.” he scooted over to me, he found my stomach underwater and began rubbing it, it felt amazing.
“Do you have a stomach fetish?” I asked looking at him. He started laughing. He laughed so hard he started loosing his breath.
“Oh my god!” he laughed. “No, why would you say that?”
“You’re always rubbing my stomach.”
“Because you have a little bambino in there!”
“Right.” I smiled. I tried to wash my body as best I could with one hand.
“Let me help you.” he said and grabbed my loofa. He rubbed it on my back and shoulders. He rubbed my body a little more before we rinsed off.
“Bro you in the bath tub?” Ryan laughed walking in the bathroom.
“Damn don’t you knock? You just walk up in MY house?” I asked wrapping a towel around my body.
“Dude, get the fuck out!” Bruno yelled.
“SORRY!” Ryan said and ran out. I started laughing. I walked out and found him downstairs.
“Seriously though, you just walk right in?”
“Well, he never has girls over here, I didn’t think I would need to.”
“You know I was though.”
“Didn’t expect anything to be happening.” I was still laughing.
“I’m so sorry though!” He said when Bruno walked downstairs in shorts.
“Why are you laughing?” Bruno asked me.
“It will never happen again!”
“Dude chill! You act like you’ve never seen me naked before, and you barely saw anything.”
“You saw her naked before?” Bruno asked.
“Babe it was forever ago! My mom used to bath us together. And we were together, remember.” he calmed down a little.
“I’m gonna go get dressed.” Bruno kissed me once. I smiled and walked away. Half way up the steps I turned my head, I felt his eyes on me, he was starring at me. He smiled, knowing he was caught, I giggled and kept walking. I put on my zebra bikini and a pair of jean shorts on. I looked in the mirror, if it wasn’t for this baby belly, it’d be okay. I put my hands on my stomach and tried to suck it in, it didn’t work.
“Aww, look at that baby belly.” Bruno said smiling. ”HUGE.”
“No matter how much I suck in, it doesn’t go away.” I said giving up.
“DUH! There’s someone in there! Why are you trying to get rid of it?”
“I want to wear a bikini and go swimming, but I don’t look that attractive with this, and plus I’m meeting new people, they don’t know about the baby, let alone me.”
“We can tell them tonight. You look beautiful!”
“Ugh, there’s one thing that is gonna make tonight suck for me.”
“I can’t really party, no drinking for me.”
“Oh boo hoo.”
“Shut up, if I cant drink you shouldn’t drink either! You shouldn’t do anything I can’t.”
“You know I would…but I don’t even think that kid is mine, man! I was framed!”
“But you do look amazing.” I smiled.
“Are you sure I shouldn’t change?”
“No, you look fine.” he said hugging me from behind. We looked at ourselves in the mirror.
“We’re a family, Bruno.”
“And I love it.” he smiled. He kissed my stomach and we went down stairs.
“Where’s the peeper?” I asked smiling.
“HEY.” Ryan said from somewhere. I can’t see him, but I hear him. I tried to follow the noises. I ended up in the kitchen.
“Oh my god! This is my dream kitchen!” Marble counter tops, flat stove with no burners, huge stainless steel fridge, lights in the ceiling, an island in the middle with a double sided sink, in one of the walls was an oven on top of another oven, and even a bar.
“How do you have an amazing kitchen like this, and you can’t cook a simple pancake?” I asked.
“I don’t do a lot of major cooking.”
“What do you cook?”
“Mrs. Grass blue box of soup.” he smiled.
“No there’s either too much cereal and not enough room for milk, or too much milk and no room for cereal.”
“The dial is always wrong, it burns or isn’t done enough so I pop it down again then it’s really burnt!”
“Not even a PB & J?”
“The jelly always makes the bread soggy and the peanut butter rips through the bread.” I starred at him in disbelief.
“How the hell are you still alive?” he laughed. “No seriously, I’m surprised you can get dressed in the morning.”
“Well I sometimes have a stylist, pick everything out.” I starred at him, then at Ryan.
“Hey don’t look at me, I’m just cooking.” he had an arm full of raw food and walked away.
“Great, now looks like I have to raise two babies!” he laughed.
“Come outside.” I followed him through the hallway and outside. The green grass was nice and cut, the pool had crystal clear blue water, the sidewalks were grey stone, lounge chairs were scattered, he had two huge grills, and closed umbrellas sticking up out of the ground. My mouth dropped.
“This breeze!” I let my hair down and walked down the 4 steps that led to the walkway by a lounge chair. I took off my shorts and made sure the ties on the sides of my shorts were done and sat in the chair.
“I could lay like this forever! Hey do you think I need sunscreen?”
“Maybe, at least on your stomach.” he dug around in some bag that was already out here and walked over to me. He rubbed some on my stomach then insisted on doing my back and shoulders.
“How are you gonna swim with your arm.
“Crap I forgot, well I can at least go waist deep. Oh my god, I’m gonna have a tan line from my cast.” I laughed.
“All your worried about is your tan.”
“I’m gonna look pretty ridiculous with half of one of my arms whiter than the whole rest of my body.” I laughed. Bruno turned on the sound system and music started playing outside.
“Babe can you bring me my phone?”
“Here you go.” Bruno gave it to me. I called Loba and gave her my new address. Ryan and Bruno were cooking the food.
“How can you cook on a grill, but not in your house?”
“I don’t know.” he said flipping a burger.
“Either you got some creepers or someone’s here.” I said watching a few people walk up the drive. The girl was tan, long black wavy hair. She was carrying a plate. The guy was tall, tan, muscular and had his hair in a short, black, wavy ponytail.
“That’s Guisseppi and Roslyn.”
“No.” I smiled.
“Nick bitch!” Roslyn yelled when she saw me.
“Dude what the hell are you doing here?” she hugged me.
“Ryan invited us.”
“Hey stranger.” I said to Guisseppi.
“Hey Nicki.” he said quietly.
“Can we put the past in the past?” I asked.
“I’ll try.” he said smiling. I smiled and hugged him. Bruno cleared his throat.
“Roz, Seppi, this is Bruno. Bruno, Guisseppi and Roslyn. Ryan and I met them in Hawaii.”
“Dude, Bruno Mars is here.”
“Chill bro.” I said nudging her.
“Bro?” Bruno said.
“Sorry, being around them brings out the Surfer me.”
“Are you kidding?! She kills the waves!” Roslyn said.
“Cowabunga.” I said doing a shaka.
“God I missed you!” she said.
“I miss this me too. It’s been half way hidden for a few years.” I looked at Bruno nervously.
“Right on.” he said and went back to the grill. Roslyn dragged a chair next to me, took off her clothes, leaving on a bathing suit and laid next to me. The guys were at the grills laughing and drinking.
“So how you been?” I asked Roslyn.
“Hangin’ in there. I see you and Ryan are still strong, even with the babies on the way.” she smiled.
“What?” I asked.
“Oh it’s a secret? Alright.” she smiled. “I’m diggin’ that color of your cast by the way. Oh yeah, I made brownies.” she said picking up the plate from the ground. “Sorry bro you can’t have any.”
“C’mon! Can’t drink either!” I laughed.
“She can’t have chocolate?” Bruno asked.
“Dude, they’re way more than just brownies.” she winked and gave him the plate.
“You brought pot brownies to my house?”
“It’s a party.” she said sitting next to me. More people started showing up, a lot were our old friends from the island. I didn’t understand how they were all here, but I didn’t care, I was happy to see them. Bruno introduced me to all of his friends.
“Ryan?” I asked an hour later.
“Why does everyone think I’m pregnant with your child?”
“Oh, they think we’re still together.”
“I… I don’t want it to not be true.”
“I thought you moved on. You know, Caleb?” I didn’t let him respond, I walked away. I walked over to Bruno.
“I think it’s time for the announcement.” I told Bruno.
“Alright, you okay?”
“Yes, it just needs to be said, some people need to hear it.” I said looking at Ryan. He got mad and said okay. He got everyone’s attention and wrapped an arm around me. He made the announcement and everyone congratulated us. After that most of the girls wanted to talk to me and most of the guys with Bruno. The night went on, most of the people were drunk or getting there, some were hooked on brownies.