Valentine’s Day Reunion part 4

Did you read part 3 first?


He heard Sienna talk to Tim in the kitchen then she was back, carrying a small bottle which he guessed contained that flavoured milk they were talking about. He was surprised when she sat down on the couch next to him, her lower leg pressing along his thigh as she presented him with the bottle with a flourish that made him smile.

“I present to you, the world’s most delicious flavoured milk in the history of flavoured milks,” she said with a smile that made him want to wrap his arms around her and kiss the daylights out of her.

He stopped himself, just, and instead took the offered drink.

“Oh God,” Tim said as he walked back into the lounge carrying three cans of Coke. “Please don’t make sex noises like she does when she drinks that stuff, I beg you.” Continue reading

Valentine’s Day Reunion part 3

Please make sure you’ve read part 1 and part 2 or this won’t make much sense…


“What the fuck was that about?” Tim asked as soon as the front door slammed shut. “I know it’s been a while but I really thought she’d been happy to see you.”

Mike shrugged. If Sienna had chosen to not tell her brother about what had happened five years ago, it was her decision, not his, so he’d keep his mouth shut.

Fuck, she looked good.

She’d looked good when she was twenty one, especially the night of her party, in that little black lacy dress with the plunging neckline but she looked even better now. Curves in all the right places, jeans hugging her figure, making his fingers itch to touch her. Continue reading

Valentine’s Day reunion part 2

In case you missed Part 1… Here is the link.

Their eyes met and she saw the moment he recognised her. Her cheeks were burning and she wished the floor would open and swallow her.

“Sis, you remember Mike, don’t ya?” Tim said with a grin that told her he knew she did, before he pulled her with him into the lounge. She had no choice but to follow.

“Of course I do,” she bit out as they stopped in front of Mike.
“Hi.” He was smiling. Oh god, he was smiling.
“Hi,” she replied, trying not to smile back but his gorgeous smile was infectious.

She removed Tim’s arm from around her, making sure to dig her nails in nice and deep to ensure he was aware of her displeasure. Tim winced but said nothing about it.

“How are you? Don’t think I’ve seen you since…” she pretended to think, as if she didn’t know exactly when the last time she’d seen him was. Or what had happened that night.

“Your 21st,” he finished for her and she nodded, digging her nails into the heels of her palms to prevent herself from screaming, or maybe bursting into tears, she really couldn’t tell at this point.

Tim miraculously caught on the tension emanating from his sister and jumped in.
“I went to the supermarket after work to get beer for tonight and I bumped into this guy. Didn’t even know he was back in town! He said he had no plans tonight so I kinda talked him into joining us.”

“I’m sorry, what?” Sienna has pretty much missed everything her brother had just said except the last part about Mike joining them for the evening. She’s been too busy drinking in the man in front of her.

He looked the same as when she’d last seen him 5 years ago but, hotter. Way hotter. His arms were bigger, but not in that over-the-top bulging-muscles way some men seemed to favour; one of them completely covered in tattoos and Sienna couldn’t help wondering if he had any more tattoos hiding under that tight T-shirt of his. She’d noted the way his dark jeans framed his butt when she’d walked into the room earlier and the view from the front was just as drool-worthy.

She knew she had to stop staring before the boys noticed that she’d turned into the heart-eyes emoji so she turned to her brother and looked at him expectantly.
“I said, I invited Mike to join us tonight so we can catch up,” Tim repeated.
“How could I say no to Mrs Wong’s pork dumplings?” Mike joked.

Sienna smiled and the trio agreed that Mrs Wong’s dumplings were unrivaled. Talking about the stupid dumplings for the second time in half an hour made Sienna very hungry but the prospect of spending a few hours sitting at the same table as the man who had unknowingly broken her heart into tiny little pieces was more than she could stomach. Even for the best dumplings in the country.

“It’s been lovely to see you again,” she started, faking a smile. “But I just remembered I forgot to do something very important for work tomorrow so I’m going to leave you boys to your catch up and go home.” Lying through her teeth but hey, a girl needed to do what a girl needed to do.

“It’s Valentine’s Day,” Tim said.
“Yes, thank you, Tim, I’m aware of that,” Sienna replied, not looking at her brother, or Mike for that matter, instead looking inside her handbag for her keys.

“You don’t do work on Valentine’s Day. We have Chinese and watch Anchorman and drink beer and have junk food.”
“Not this year.” Sienna had her keys in her hand.
“But it’s tradition!” Tim exclaimed.

“I can go,” Mike offered. “I wouldn’t want to intrude.” At least one of the males in the room was aware the mood had changed and Sienna looked at him, her smile small but genuine this time.
“No, that’s ok, I’m sure you two have a lot to catch up on. Don’t worry about it. I’m not very hungry anyway.” More lies.
“If you’re sure,” Mike said and Sienna nodded.

Mike took a step towards her and before Sienna had a chance to escape, he’d put his arms around her in a tight hug. Her face against the strong wall of his chest, she closed her eyes and inhaled the scent of him.

I can do this… Just for a minute or two. Oh God, he smells so good. He feels so good.

She managed to prevent the soft moan from escaping her throat just in time but she could not stop her arms from wrapping around his middle.

I wish… No. He’s not mine. Never mine. Can’t do this.

She pushed away gently, breaking the hug and looking at the ink on his arm to give herself countenance, before looking at Tim.

“You guys have fun.” She walked out of the lounge then, turning to quickly glance at Mike who was standing by her brother, his eyes on her, as she made the turn down the hallway. She forced herself to walk all the way back to her car when she wanted to run instead and had made it halfway home when the tears started.

Part 3 this way

Valentine’s Day Reunion part 1

This is the start of something I wrote on Valentine’s Day. Then I started my course and haven’t really written anything since. But I’m feeling writey again and I wanted to share this bit with you. A teaser of sorts.

 

Sienna checked the time again, for the tenth time in about as many minutes – not that it would make Tim appear any faster– and sighed.

Her brother was always late, even on Valentine’s Day, and at the age of twenty-eight, it was very unlikely to change.

It had become their tradition that, if they were both single on Valentine’s Day or their birthdays, they would go out for dinner at Mr Wong’s Chinese Palace.

Tim wasn’t actually single but his lovely girlfriend Sasha was in Thailand on a work assignment for a travel magazine so he’d decided, with Sasha’s blessing, to take Sienna out for dinner.

Sienna had broken up with her boyfriend of 6 months a couple of months previously, after finding him with someone else. The fact that it’d been another man he’d been making out with on the bed had made it slightly less of a cliché.

Her heart hadn’t exactly been broken, the relationship was still new and she was always very careful to keep her feelings on lockdown, had been since…

No, no thinking about that tonight. Nope. No moping allowed.

She’d have a nice dinner with her brother, then they’d go back to her house to watch Anchorman 1 and 2 like they did every year, after which he’d head home and she’d crash into bed, satisfied the highly commercialised “holiday” was over.

One day she’d find someone who wasn’t her brother to watch Anchorman with on Valentine’s Day, she was vaguely confident of that, but in the meantime Tim would have to do.

If he ever showed up.

Her phone rang and she knew it would be Tim before she even looked at the caller ID.

“Yo!” her brother’s voice rang in her ears as she picked up the call.

“Where are you?”

“Sorry sis, something came up. I’m on my way, I swear!”

“Uh huh, heard that one before!”
“Ok so I just got home and I need to change before we head out but

Sienna rolled her eyes. On his way. Ha! If he’d just got home from work, he’d need a shower to wash off all the dust from the construction site and Tim didn’t know the meaning of ‘quick shower’.
“So not really on your way then.” Sienna said, unable to keep the derision out of her tone.

“Shut up. Like I said, something came up. Anyway, do you still want me to pick you up or do you want to meet at Mr Wong’s?”

“How about I come over to your house and we go from there?”
“Um… yeah… ok… I guess that could work. See you soon.”

Sienna could tell something was up from the way he’d hesitated when she’d offered to come to his house. The jerk better not be playing around behind Sasha’s back! Sienna liked Sasha, they’d become close friends over the past three years as she’d done wonders calming down Sienna’s crazy brother. Her job as a free-lance photographer took her away sometimes for weeks at a time but they worked around that.

She got off the couch and turned off the TV before putting her phone in her handbag. She turned the lights off in the kitchen and lounge, leaving only the soft glow of the lamp in the corner of the foyer. She dug her keys out of her handbag, locking the door behind her and got into her car. Tim lived about 15 mins away, he should be nearly done with his “quick” shower by the time she got there. She was about to back out of her driveway when her phone rang again.

“Hello?”

“Hey, you.” Sienna smiled when she heard the voice of her best friend and colleague, Ashley.

“Hi you. What’s up? Aren’t you having dinner with Corey tonight?”

“I am, but then I thought about you, all alone tonight of all nights and thought I’d ring to see if you wanted to join us.”
“Seriously? It’s Valentine’s Day, I’m not intruding on your date with your man! Besides, me and Tim are doing Mr Wong’s tonight.”
“No Sasha?” Ashley asked, well aware of the long-standing tradition between the brother and sister.
“She’s in Thailand for work, she emailed me saying she was jealous I’d get to have Mrs Wong’s famous pork dumplings tonight and demanded I eat her share as well as mine.”
Ashley laughed.
“Mrs Wong does make the best dumplings. Ok then, I’ll let you go and go back to my sexy man. He’s cooking me Pad Thai.”
“Oooh! Are you going to reward him in that special way like you did that time?” Sienna said with a chuckle.

“Shut up. I don’t know what you mean. I’m going now. Don’t get too drunk watching Ron Burgundy later!” Ashley said before they rang off.

Sienna was still smiling as she drove to her brother’s house, making a mental note to take a screencap of Paul Rudd to send to Ashley later. That girl looooooved Paul Rudd.

She parked outside Tim’s house and didn’t bother knocking on the front door before walking in. She had a key, but when Tim knew she was coming he left the door unlocked.

She could hear the shower going but there was music coming from the lounge so she headed that way, hoping Tim really was in the shower, not just trying to turn his bathroom into a steam room.

She stopped in her tracks when she reached the lounge. There was someone in the room, but it wasn’t Tim. The tall man with the short brown hair and deliciously wide shoulders currently looking through her brother’s DVD collection was not someone she’d thought she’d be seeing again, moreover he was someone she definitely was not prepared to see. Not tonight.

Not ever, really… Not after the last time. She kept her eyes on him – he hadn’t noticed her coming in yet – and took a step backwards, then another, getting ready to turn around and run all the way to the door, her car, home.

Come on, feet, move. Brain, stop staring at the pretty pretty man, need to go now before

She didn’t hear the footsteps until it was too late and Tim put his arm around her shoulders with aloud ‘There you are!’ that made Mike turn around. Their eyes met and she saw the moment he recognised her. Her cheeks were burning and she wished the floor would open and swallow her.

(click here for part 2)