Months passed. Bruno and I were closer than ever, he was happy working, just like I knew he would be. He was putting his all into his work, into making music for other singers. He was starting to enjoy it, Phil came over a lot to work with Bruno…I was getting fond of him, he was becoming more of a brother too me. ‘Oh great, another brother’ I had way too many. Bruno’s band mates were all pretty awesome too…he had about 4 guys in his band. There was Phredley, he was one of the nicest guys I had ever met, and had these awesome dreadlocks, I envied him for it! Then there was Jamareo, he was a cutie…and very funny too, he also had one of the nicest smiles I had ever seen---apart from Bruno’s that is! And then there was Kenji, he was sweet and very well mannered. And last but not the least there was Eric, Bruno’s elder brother who had come down to LA with him, to help his career get started I loved Eric like a brother---yes another brother, God thinks I need a lot of protection…which is not fair at times! Nonetheless these crazy guys were all a part of my crazy family, and I don’t know what I would do without them!
One year later.
Bruno, had made his way into the music industry. He--- thanks to Phil, had met with the manager of Atlantic Records, they wanted to sign him but couldn’t do it right away. Bruno and Phil had met another guy named Ari, and together they had made a production company “The Smeezingtons”…I could never say the name without laughing, and were now writing and producing songs for other artists. It was his dream to sing and write songs for himself, but he did what he had to do…because one day it would all pay off. He was always writing songs; every time we went out he would see something and write a lyric, it was amazing. I adored that quality about him, he was full of so much talent. He had bought an apartment not to far from my house. He said he felt bad for staying at my house all the time, which I thought was pretty stupid. But nonetheless I respected his decision.
My 19th birthday was approaching soon, it was going to be different…I could feel it. My best friend Rihanna was over, we were looking at our schedules for our classes next semester. She was the greatest---I loved her to bits and pieces. She was a beauty queen, with her big dark eyes, and her big warm smile. She had long black wavy hair and tan skin. I admired her. She had always been there for me… if it wasn’t for her I don’t know how I’d be able to get over what Mark did. The thoughts of it even now sent shivers down my back, but that was the past and he was a father now to a little girl. He conveniently gotten one of my friends pregnant and then of course denied it. But we have DNA tests nowadays, so you can’t really hide things like that. ‘Why am I thinking about this? It’s the past, you have Bruno now.’ Ahh, the thought of Bruno never fails to bring a smile to my face.
“Why are you smiling to yourself?” Asked Rihanna, interrupting my beautiful thoughts about a beautiful man.
“Nothing Rii, I was just thinking.”
“About?” She raised her eyebrow at me.
“Well, that makes it so much clearer, I swear sometimes your answers drive me crazy.”
“That’s why I give ‘em to you….to drive you crazy!” I laughed.
“Yeah yeah whatever, anyways about your birthday…what exactly do you want to do?”
“I don’t know, it’s 2 weeks away…and my family isn’t even going to be here.”
“Isn’t that a good thing?”
“Well, yes --- and no. I mean I’ve never had a birthday without them…but Adam has to go on some stupid business trip, Ryan is gone on vacation with his girlfriend, and Matt and Lauren have to go down to Lauren’s parents house…and then there’s D, who’ll be leaving her 2 wonderful children with me to go on her 2nd honeymoon.” I wasn’t exactly thrilled about the idea, but when she had asked me I couldn’t refuse, and Aunt Bernie had gone back to Hawaii so she couldn’t possibly do it.
“Oh right, I remember you mentioning that. So when is everyone leaving?”
“Well Adams leaving in 3 days, Ryan left yesterday, Matt and Lauren are leaving next week, and I’m not too sure about D---she said she’s leaving by next Friday.” I started flipping through my book, I can’t believe it will be my second year in University…I was on my way to becoming a teacher something that I’ve always wanted to do.
“So, which means you’ll have the kids here on your birthday.” She didn’t sound so pleased.
“Yes madam! It’s not such a bad thing Maxy and Maya are cool.” They really were, I loved them to death!
“So, we’ll wait till everyone comes back…and then we’ll give you the best birthday ever.” Oh how I loved Rii, she was such a party animal!
“Thank you missy, don’t know what I’d do without ya.” I smiled at her.
“I know!...Anyways moving on! Anything happen between you and Bruno yet?” She winked at me and I knew exactly what she meant.
“Whatever do you mean?” I played dumb.
“Oh you know exactly what I mean, sometimes you 2 can’t even keep your hands off each other…I just can’t believe you 2 haven’t…well you know---done it” She looked up at me, curiosity filled in her eyes.
“You know, sometimes I think about that too.” And I really did. “I mean, I don’t know…there just hasn’t been the right time…I don’t know how to explain it.”
“Don’t worry, I get it…you want your first time to be special right?”
I knew she’d understand me. I smiled at her. “Yeah, exactly.”
Suddenly there was a knock at my door. I got up to open it, knowing exactly who it was.
“Hey Bruno.” I said, opening my door.
“Hey sweetheart, what are you doing?” He said looking over into my room
“We were just looking over some stuff, what are you doing here?”
“Just wanted to see if you guys wanted to come out. We’re all going out to eat.”
Before I could say anything, I heard Rihanna speak up. “Will Jamareo be there???” I knew she had a thing for him, I could tell from the moment she met him.
“Yes, he will…he was actually asking about you too” He winked at her, while I just giggled.
“Well, I guess we have to come then.” I said looking over at Rihanna.
We gathered up our stuff, and were out the door in minutes. We went to the restaurant and saw the guys already sitting there. Rihanna quickly went and sat beside Jamareo---oh this girl couldn’t be less obvious. But it turns out he wasn’t any less obvious with his interest either…my goodness these 2 could flirt. He ended up taking Rii with him when he left---oh good lord, she was so going to move faster then me. Bruno drove me home, we talked about randomness on the way back, he pulled up in front of my house, I was about to get out…but I heard him start to speak up.
“So…I hear you’re going to be alone at home next week?”
“Yes and no, I will have D’s children with me.” What was he getting at?
“Umm, if you like, I could you know come by and stay over?” I hope she doesn’t take this the wrong way.
“Aww, Bruno…I would love that.” YES!!! I was hoping he’d ask to stay, but I had to contain my excitement.
“Well, I’ll be here then.”
“I can’t wait! Sleepovers are fun!” Wow could I get any lamer, luckily he just smiled at me.
“Yes of course, but we may not end up getting any sleep.” Maybe it was time…
“We’ll see Bruno.” I knew exactly what he meant, and I’m not going to lie…I was getting scared.
One week later.
Everyone was gone. Max and Maya were a joy to be around, but these kids had so much energy and were never tired. I was waiting impatiently for Bruno to come over, he had called 15 minutes ago…saying he’d be here soon. It was 3:00pm, I had been alone with the kids for about 2 hours now and I was getting pretty tired.
Knock. Knock. Knock.
He was finally here, I rushed to open the door, and when I did…I saw his angelic face looking at me…smiling. He was so beautiful, I could never get tired of looking at him.
“Hey beautiful.” He kissed me, his kiss never failed to send shivers down my back, our millionth kiss would still feel like the first time.
“Hi.” I said pulling away, gosh it was so hard!
“What are you upto, where are the kids?”
“They’re watching a movie right now, I finally got them to stop running around.”
“Kids can be such a hassle.”
“Yeah, and umm I actually need you to do me a huge favor.” I said looking at him with pleading eyes.
“Yeah sure anything for you babe.”
I smiled, I loved it when he said babe. “I got a call from my dance studio, they need me to come in for a while…were having a recital soon, and they need help setting up and last minute practicing.”
“And you need me to take care of Max and Maya right?” He said smiling.
“I’m so sorry, I don’t want to dump this on you, I just got the call. If you can’t do it…I’ll just take them with me.” I was speaking too fast.
“Hey slow down there speedy gonzales. It’s cool, I’ll watch them for you!” He wanted to spend time with her, but he knew her dance was like his music and she was already doing so much for him…he needed to do something in return.
“You’re the best, I don’t know what I’d do without you.” I hugged him, he really was the best.
“I know, and you’d probably be a little loner girl without me.” He winked at me.
He never failed to make me laugh. “Well I better get going now, otherwise Ms. Garcia might just kill me through her mind.” I grabbed my bag and was out the door.
10:00pm. I looked at my watch, shocked that it took so long. I rushed home, as fast as I could, I wondered if they had eaten anything…or if Bruno had put the children to sleep. I hope they didn’t bother him too much. Oh God, I needed to stop thinking so much. Finally home. I parked my car and rushed inside, the lights were all off, I looked around downstairs and didn’t see them anywhere. I ran upstairs into Bruno’s bedroom, there I saw the most heart-warming sight ever. Bruno was passed out on his bed with Max on one arm and Maya on the other. He looked so cute, so peaceful. The kids obviously loved him; I picked up Max and took him to his room, then took Maya to hers. I went back to Bruno and put the blanket over him and kissed his cheek. I walked back to my room and took a shower, I put on my blue night dress and walked to the kitchen to make myself some tea, I poured it in the glass…and suddenly felt a pair of hands come around my waist.
“I missed you today.” His whisper send chills down my back, I still didn’t understand how he managed to always do that to me.
“I missed you too” I turned around to face him, he was smiling.
“I knew you would have.” Before I could say anything he kissed me. His kiss so gentle, so soft…yet there was so much love and passion in it. It was a feeling that could not be described, then suddenly he stopped and looked at me and smiled. “Kiara, I don’t know how much longer I can control myself around you.”
“What do you mean?” I knew what he meant, but I wanted to hear it from him…I guess he already knew that because he smiled.
“I know you know…it’s getting harder and harder for me to not want to rip your clothes off.” Wow, he thought, I could have used a better choice of words. But she’s smiling, so she must understand me.
“Nice choice of words there Mr. Hernandez…but I know what you mean. It takes all the strength in me too not jump on you when you wear that cologne of yours…it’s just so attracting.” It really was, his smell was one of my biggest weaknesses.
He laughed. She never failed to amuse him. “Oh so it’s just the way I smell eh? Nothing else?”
“Well, there’s your smile…your damn dimples always have my stomach in a knot. When you ask me to do something, and smile…I can never say no.”
“You shouldn’t have told me that” He gave her a mischievous grin…”I could use that to my advantage.”
“You could, but you won’t.” I knew him too well.
She knows me too well. “Why do you know me so well?”
“I don’t know, how to answer that myself.”
Before I could say anything else, I felt his lips on mine…this time there was more aggression.
“You look so beautiful Kiki.” He was going crazy, he couldn’t wait any longer---he wouldn’t wait any longer. He wanted all of her, he needed all of her. He kissed her again, there was nothing gentle about this kiss…it was demanding. He thought back to his time with Max and Maya, they had made me realize something he had been too stupid to realize on his own. They had made me realize that he loved her. He loved everything about her---he had been in love with her since he was 3 years old. Every time he went out with a girl, it never felt right…even his first kiss, he never felt what he feels now. He was always trying to find her in other girls…but he never could. Now he knew why, they were never meant for him…they weren’t Kiara. His feelings were exploding inside of him like a volcano; he wasn’t going to stop now…not today.
She could feel his hands roaming her body, his lips on her neck. She wasn’t going to stop him, not today…there was no reason too. No one was that she needed to be afraid of, today it was just him and her. Bruno and Kiara.
He picked her up and carried her upstairs; his lips never left hers, he put her on his bed and took his shirt off. He went on top of her and continued to shower her with kisses.
She felt him removing the straps of her dress and kissing her shoulders. Her body was on fire…her heart racing as he slipped her dress off. She felt the warmth of his skin against hers…she was going to explode. He was sending her to a different world. This was all too much, and him being so slow and gentle wasn’t helping…she wanted him right now more than ever…and now this time her kisses were becoming more aggressive and more demanding.
He felt her body stiffen up and her kisses get more intense…he couldn’t help but smile. For a girl whose always in control, seeing her lose it like this it was quite the experience. He gave her what she wanted. His heart though was racing…and his head was spinning. He was in her world right now. His mind had only her in it. Her smell, her taste, her touch. It was all her. He felt her hands on his waist, he helped her pull his shorts down, and this time there was no time wasted. They had stripped each other down. Their kisses were now more demanding, and their need much stronger. This was something neither of them had felt before, something so beautiful yet so dangerous.
He could hear her moans, as he went inside her. There was too much happening at this moment. His head was still spinning, his heart still racing, his mind was blank and his pulse was out of control. He was losing his mind, he was losing himself, and he was drowning in her. He could hear her call out his name. This was all too much and it made him go crazy. He crushed his lips on hers again.
She could see nothing, her mind was blank. All she knew now was her heart, body and soul belonged to Bruno. She could feel his heart beat. It was just as fast as hers. She could hear herself whispering out his name. He was being so gentle with her, she knew it was hard. She could feel him controlling himself. Not wanting to hurt her. But at this moment, she did not care, she didn’t know how to tell him he would not hurt her. She was in his world, there was no way she could feel pain there.
And just like that, it was over. He kissed her gently, still on top of her with his eyes closed.
“I love you.” He finally said it.
There were tears running down her face now. “I love you too.”
He heard the soft whimper in her voice and opened his eyes. “Hey, hey why are you crying?” He thought this was supposed to be a happy moment. No tears.
“Because, I’m so happy…I’ve been in love with you for so long now…I was waiting for you to realize it…you don’t know how long I’ve waited to hear you say those 3 words to me. Now that you have, I feel like I’m on cloud 9. I love you Bruno, I love you so much it hurts to be away from you.” More tears. Great. I can’t even keep myself from crying at beautiful moments like this.
He wiped her face. “I’m sorry it took me so long to realize what I felt for you. I’m kinda slow you know.” He smiled. “But now that I know, I want to tell you what you mean to me.” He laid down beside her and took her face in his hands. “You’re my life Kiara, there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for you. You’re perfect in every way for me. When I had relationships in the past, they never worked out…you know why? Because those girls weren’t you…I would always found an excuse to not be with them. I know it sounds bad, and I know I must have hurt them, but it was unintentional…I wasn’t happy. You’re the only girl that truly makes me happy. Every time I see you my heart stops, when you kiss me I feel like I’m flying and right now, as you made love to me…I knew there would be no other girl that could make me feel the way you do.” He paused to wipe her face again. God this girl could cry. “Baby I love you, more then you’ll ever know…and I never ever want to be apart from you.”
“I love you too Bruno!” I put my face on his chest. “You don’t know how much you mean to me. I don’t think I can live without you.”
“You don’t have too darling, I will never leave your side.” He couldn’t live without her either, his heart belonged to her. There was no way he could survive without his heart. “So……you ready for round 2?”
I looked up at him, confused. “What?”
He smiled, how he loved her innocence, and with that he kissed her and made love to her again.
The next morning I woke up in his arms. Never have I felt so good. Seeing him sleeping like this brought back so many memories of when she was younger. It was hard to explain, and maybe a little hard to believe. But every moment she had spent with him was saved in her brain. The way he breathed while sleeping, the way he had this peaceful look on his face as he slept. He was the same as he was years ago when they first met. I smiled looking at him. Why is he so beautiful? There isn’t a thing about him I would change. He’s perfect, and with that thought I kissed him. Not wanting to wake him up. Too bad though he was already kissing back.
“Good Morning Beautiful.” He said, his voice sounding so heavenly.
“Good Morning Handsome.”
“What time is it?”
I looked at the clock hanging on the wall. “8:00am.” Suddenly I heard Maya cry. “Oh my God, the kids.” I suddenly got up and grabbed one of Bruno’s T-shirts and his shorts and put it on.
He looked up at her. “Wow, you look so much cuter in my clothes, then I do.” Oh, how he could just grab her and kiss her again right now.
“Thanks, and stop looking at me like that. We have children here.” I smiled at him. “I’ll be back, you go take a shower.”
I left to go check on Maya, she was such a grumpy kid in the morning, a lot like my sister.
“Hey baby, what’s wrong?”
“I hungry.” She whined. For a 2 year old, she was a little chatter box.
“What does baby want to eat?”
“Ceral.” She was finally starting smile, she was so cute…couldn’t even say Cereal properly.
“You want it? Well then you got it. Let’s go see if Maxy’s awake.”
We walked over to Max’s room, and he was already showered and dressed. It surprised me a little he was getting so big so fast, I could barely keep up with it. “Wow Max, all ready to go?”
“Yeah, mommy makes sure we’re showered early, and she said not to trouble you here so I thought I would get ready myself.” He smiled, he looked just like his father.
“You can never trouble me Max, come on let’s get Maya showered and dressed and then we can have breakfast alright?”
“Is Bruno still here.” He asked so quietly I could barely hear him.
“Yes he is. Why?”
“Can I go to his room while you get Maya ready…please?”
He was so cute, and so well mannered, my sister had the most amazing kids. “Yes you may, make sure he takes a shower ok…he’s not an angel like you.” I winked and he laughed.
“Okaaaay thanks Aunt Kiki.” He quickly ran past me to Bruno’s room, it was so cute how much he liked him.
“Come on Maya, let’s give you a bath.” I said, walking over to the washroom.
Max rushed into Bruno’s room excited to see him, when he got there he could hear Bruno singing in the washroom. He was so amazed by his voice and how he could play basically any instrument. He wanted to be just like him. He quietly sat on the bed and just listened to Bruno singing. Bruno came out of the shower wrapped in his towel.
“HEY BRUNO!” Max shouted excitedly.
Startled Bruno looked at Max and smiled. “Hey little buddy, what are you doing up so early?”
“I don’t know, my mom’s made it a habit to wake up early.”
“My mom tried to do that with me, didn’t really work…I loved my sleep.”
Max chuckled, Bruno was so cool. “You’re so cool! I like you, I want you to marry my Aunt Kiki, so we can be related!”
This time Bruno chuckled, this kid was so cute. Just last night he was going on about how he knew Bruno loved his Aunt, just like his daddy loved his mom. For a little guy he was pretty sharp. “Slow down there sailor, we don’t even know if your Aunt Kiki would want to marry me.”
“She does! Believe me, I hear her talking to my mom all the time, and most of the time…its about you.”
“Oh really?” Bruno couldn’t help but smile.
“Yes!! So, you gonna marry her??” His eyes were full of hope.
“Yeah, I think I might do something like that.”
“YAY!! I’m going to tell everyone!!! All my friends will be so jealous, no one has a cool uncle like you!!”
Oh man, could this kid get any cuter. “Now Max, you have to promise me you’ll keep this a secret from everyone until I ask her…Deal?”
Max thought for a moment, then finally agreed it was only fair. “Deal”