THE NEXT DAY
We were all standing at the airport waiting for Ryan and his girlfriend to arrive, with each passing minute I could feel my heart beating faster. I stood beside Bruno, his hand in mine. Before going to the airport we had made a quick visit too the hospital, just to make sure I didn’t have any problems. The doctor had said Bruno did an excellent job bandaging my cuts but It was a good thing they brought me ‘cause I could have gotten an infection, and my bone in my leg was a little disabled due to the stab. He had re-bandaged my cuts and put a little cast on my leg, which had to be there for the next 2-3 weeks. Great, I thought no dancing. The doctor gave me crutches and we had left. Now standing at the airport had made me more nervous then I had ever been. Max and Maya were both on my side, they were excited to be in an airport, it fascinated them. I heard someone call my name, I instantly looked up and saw Ryan smiling from a mile away, he obviously didn’t notice my cast so I quickly hid behind Bruno.
“Baby, please…don’t be scared. I’m here for you I promise.”
“We’re all here.” Said Emily putting her hand on my shoulder.
“Thanks guys.” I said still hiding behind Bruno. Every step closer Ryan took made my heart race, I didn’t know what he’d say, what he’d do. He’s never going to let go alone anywhere again. I’ll be captivated in my own house. I looked from behind Bruno how much closer Ryan had gotten, and he was close…inches away. His expression had changed from a smile to a concerned look. He ran over to me with his girlfriend behind him. This was it.
“WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO YOU?” He yelled, scaring Max and Maya a little.
“I---uhh----it was” I began to cry, I didn’t know what I was going to say.
“I’ll explain when we get home.” I heard Bruno say.
“Alright then, lets go.” Ryan was unbelievably calm “Come on Rachael” He said to his girlfriend. “We’ll drop you on the way home.”
“No I’m coming with you” she said coming by my other side. “I want to know too.” She smiled at me, she was so pretty. I smiled back.
We got home. We walked inside in silence.
Bruno explained the whole situation, he even said he’d been staying with me since Danielle had left since he didn’t want me to be alone. Ryan didn’t look to happy when he told him, but I guess he respected his honesty ‘cause he didn’t say anything. After he was done explaining what had happen, Ryan stood up.
“I’m going to kill him.” He said.
“Ryan” I said also standing up “Please, don’t”
He looked over at me, with fury in his eyes. “Look what he did to you Ki, you think I’m letting him off the hook that easily. He was suppose to be MY friend.” He was so angry.
“Yes I know, but how could you have known he was such a jerk, he’s already in jail…I don’t want you to do something stupid and get yourself in trouble. He’s not worth it!” I said. Ryan didn’t say anything, he just came over and hugged me.
“Kiara, you know I love you…I can’t stand to see you like this. Look at your face-“ He paused and grabbed my chin to analyze. “You lip is bruised, you have cuts all over your face” He was getting teary eyed now. I couldn’t stand to see my brother like this, he was suppose to be the strong one.
“Ryan.” I heard Rachael speak up. “She alright now isn’t she? I think we owe this all to Bruno, he took such good care of her while we were gone. He saved her life.” I looked at her and smiled, she smiled back. It’s like she knew what was going on between Bruno and I.
Ryan walked up to Bruno and put his hand on his shoulder. “Even though I didn’t like that fact that you were here alone with my sister I’m glad you were here. Thank you. I owe you for saving my sisters life.” He smiled at Bruno.
“Ryan, don’t be so formal. Don’t worry I have sisters too! Four of them actually, and I know what goes through a brothers heart. I love Kiara, and I wouldn’t want anything to happen to her.”
I froze. Did he just tell my brother he loved me?
“Did you just say you love Kiara?” Ryan asked, just as shocked.
“Yes, I did.” Bruno said smiling. “I’ve been in love with her since I was 3 years old Ryan.”
Ryan stood there, remembering the day of his mother and fathers funeral. She was sitting on his lap that day crying into his chest. The one and only time did she stop was when Bruno came by with his mom, he remembered Bruno giving Kiara his little teddy bear, he remembered how they had spent those 2 weeks together, and how upset they were to be leaving each other at the airport. How could he be so stupid not to know how his own sister felt. He walked up to her and looked her in the eye. “Do you love him too?” He asked, his voice calm.
“Yes.” I said a little chocked. “Yes I do.” I looked down, I didn’t want him getting mad.
“Well, if you’re happy then I’m happy.” He smiled. I looked up at him and had the biggest smile on my face.
“You’re not mad?” I asked.
“Mad? Why would I be mad? My sister is re-united with her childhood love. I’m sorry I didn’t realize it earlier.”
I didn’t say anything, just hugged him. I guess I was over-thinking, why would he be mad…I was starting to feel better about telling him about marrying Bruno, but that would have to wait until everyone got back. My sister should be the first one to know anyways.
We spent the rest of the day just talking about how Ryan’s trip went, and he gave me some gifts had he had bought for me! Phil and Emily had left after dinner. Ryan went to go drop Rachael home, it was just me and Bruno now. With Max and Maya gone to bed, this was the last time we would be alone like this. He was sitting on the couch next to me, with his arms around me.
“I’m going to miss this…I’m going to miss waking up and seeing your face.” He said kissing my cheek.
“I know, I’m going to miss it too.”
“Why can’t we just get married right now, and then you can be with me forever?” He smiled and I just laughed.
“You know that’s not possible.”
“I know, but I can’t stand being away from you.” He nuzzled his nose in my neck. I loved it when he did that, it made my heart stop and then start racing again. “I love you” He breathed in my neck and kissed it softly. It was such a simple thing, but it had me on cloud 9, I felt like I was flying. I still didn’t know how he made me feel like that.
“I love you too.” I whispered. He brought his face back up to mine and kissed me. His kiss was ever so gentle. He put his fingers in my hair and brought me closer, as if it was possible to be any closer. He pulled away.
“I don’t know how I’m going to stay away from you” He said looking sad.
“You’ll live honey” I said smiling, he was so cute. I myself didn’t know how I was going to stay without him myself. He rested his head on my shoulder.
“I don’t wanna go back to the apartment tonight, not until you’re feeling better.” He said closing his eyes.
“Nice excuse you found there too stay back love.”
He smiled, his eyes still closed. “I know.” We heard the door open, and Ryan come in. Bruno quickly got up and sat respectfully next to me. “Hey Ryan” He said.
“Hey guys, I’m gonna hit the bed now. So tired, and still have jetleg” He said yawning. “Bruno, you staying here?” He asked, surprising me.
“Probably will. I can’t stay without Max, kids got me attached to him now.” Bruno said smiling
Ryan laughed. “Okay then, see ya in the morning.” He went upstairs.
“It’s really surprising to see how cool Ryan is with his.” I said still a little shocked.
“You think too much! Why would he even care? Look how long we've known each other!”
“Hmmm” I said resting my head on his chest, my eyes were starting to close…I was drifting off to sleep.
“Are you sleeping?” He looked down at her, he couldn’t help but smile when he saw her already sleeping on his chest. He could have kept her there all night, but knew it wouldn’t be good for her…with all those injuries. He gently picked her and took her to her warm bed, there he layed her down and sat down next to her stroking her hair! "One day, you and I will be married...and then nothing in the world will be ever to tear us apart" He whispered and kissed her forehead. He didn't want to leave, being with her always made him happy, but with Ryan being back...he didn't want to give him a bad impression so he slowly walked out giving her one last glance smiling at the thought of one day...they will be married and together...forever.
"WHAT THE HELL!" Yelled out Matt "We go away for a while, and come back to this" He said pointing to my broken leg. Everyone was back...and they all were shocked and furious...especially Matt.
"Matt, please calm down" Said Lauren, walking up next to him.
"How do you expect me to calm down" He said brushing her off and walking towards me, he sat on the floor in front me. "Look at me" He said quietly.
I lifted my head, tears rolling down my cheeks "I'm sorry"
His angry face suddenly became upset "Why are you saying Sorry? You didn't do this...it's not your fault"
"I'm sorry I couldn't take better care of my self." I said starting to cry again, I put my arms around my brother and sobbed into his chest.
He stroked her hair. "It's not you're fault, i'm sorry for yelling...but you have to understand I can't stand seeing you like this. Look at you..." He said pulling me in front of him and glancing at my not-so-bruised face. "Look at you, you're beautiful face...theres faint scratches and bruises on it." He gently touched a scratch on my face.
"It's okay Matt...it doesn't even hurt that much anymore." I said wiping my tears away. "And things could have been a whole lot worse, if Bruno didn't show up." I said looking at Bruno, he just smiled at me, and I smiled back. Matt looked at both of us.
"You like him don't you?" He said asking me bluntly.
I built up every ounce of courage I had in my body. "No" I said looking over at Bruno, who seemed a little shocked. "No Matt...I don't like him" I paused looking around the room, at everyone's face...I know I said I wanted to tell Danielle first...and wanted her to back me up, but I just couldn't hold it in any longer...I just had to say it. Maybe because I was excited, maybe because I wanted it to happen soon, or maybe I was being dumb and rushing into things. Whatever the case was...I was going to just come right out and say it. So here I go...I look over at Max and smile, I get up and walk slowly and carefully beside Bruno and hold his hand. "I love him" I finally said looking over at Bruno smiling...no body moved, or even said anything. "Not only that" I continued. "We're getting married" It wasn't a question, it was a fact. A statement" I observed everyones reactions...confused, shocked.