Best Friends, Chapter 3
I posted Chapter 1 and 2 in the last two weeks. Each week, I’m going to try to post another chapter of my short stories. These stories were fun to write, so I want to share these amazing characters to my readers.
Here are the links to Chapter 1 and 2, so please read first before continuing. Chapter1
The day consisted of hiking the trails of the nearby lake park and a picnic. Everybody seemed to enjoy themselves-even Ryan. Kat couldn’t help but notice how Jenna kept migrating close to Ryan every chance she got. She wasn’t sure if she was the only one who noticed and what Jenna’s boyfriend thought about her flirting. Apparently, Ryan seemed to enjoy the attention from her.
Kat’s attention shifted to Jeff and his new girl. She was disgusted with how clingy Angel truly was toward Jeff. She held his arm and acted like a damsel in distress as she hiked. Jeff was more than willing to be her knight in shining armor, as he steadied and guided her through the narrow trails. For the life of her, Kat couldn’t understand why guys were attracted to such pathetic women.
Besides the annoying people around her, including Ryan, she enjoyed the warm breeze and the fresh country scent. She lived in downtown Chicago, so this tranquility was definitely a nice change. Kat was determined to stay to herself and allow nature do its magic on her. It wasn’t until she heard Jenna scream and grab onto Ryan’s arm that she knew she had enough. Kat was well aware that Jenna had pretended to lose her balance to have Ryan’s arms around her to steady her. It was the oldest trick in the book.
Kat deliberately walked to Ryan and said, “Babe, come here. Let’s take pictures by this spot.” She grabbed his hand and dragged him away from the crowd.
“Hey, Kat, this is fun, isn’t it?” Ryan asked, smiling innocently.
She rolled her eyes and when she knew they were away from earshot, she said, “Jenna is all over you. I know you can see that.”
Ryan smiled and shrugged his shoulders. “She’s a looker, Kat. I’m enjoying the attention.”
“Clearly!” Kat hissed. “We’re supposed to be in love, remember? I mean, you went through this elaborate story of serenading me—which by the way, I was not prepared for—and now, you’re giving me no attention.”
“Oh, are you jealous, darling? Maybe you miss me?” Ryan teased, watching her squirm from frustration.
“You’re impossible. Look, we had a deal, okay? Don’t mess it up. Besides, I can tell that Jeff is jealous of you, and I keep catching him looking at me.” Kat smiled at the thought of Jeff still having feelings toward her.
“Who cares? He’s an ass.”
“Again, we had a deal. Just don’t screw it up. Please!”
“Fine, fine. I’ll behave. I promise.” Ryan grabbed her hand and led her back to the group, giving her tender kisses on top of her head along the way.
When they returned to the cabin that evening, Kat was exhausted. She immediately jumped into the shower, needing to wash the sweat off. Once in their room, she changed into a clean pair of shorts and tank. While she was freshening up, she heard Ryan laughing and mingling with everybody. She had no idea why that was bothering her. He was clearly being friendly with everyone, and it was obvious they all loved him. And why wouldn’t they? He was very charismatic and had the gift of winning everybody over, especially women.
When Kat heard the knock at the door, she assumed it was Ryan. “Come in,” she yelled.
To her surprise, Jeff walked in, closing the door behind him. “Hey, Katrina. I’m glad I got a moment alone with you.”
Kat was suddenly nervous, not used to having Jeff in such close proximity since their break up. “What do you want? I don’t think you should be here.”
“Why not? Two friends can’t catch up?”
“I’d hardly call us friends, Jeff. Besides, I’m sure your girl, Angel, would not like you to be in here.”
“What she doesn’t know can’t hurt her,” he replied, walking toward her.
Kat began taking steps back, needing the distance from him. She had no idea what he was doing here, and she wasn’t sure how she felt about it. “You need to leave, Jeff. I know Ryan wouldn’t like you being in here at all.”
“No, I wouldn’t.” Kat and Jeff swung their heads around to see Ryan standing in the doorway, his arms folded across his chest. “Is there anything you want with my girlfriend, Jeff?”
Kat watched the two men and was astonished by the difference between the two. As tall as Jeff was, Ryan still had an inch or two on him. Where Jeff liked to have his hair nicely groomed, Ryan preferred the messy look. Kat was used to seeing Ryan in jeans and t-shirt, where Jeff typically dressed up. After the hike, Jeff had changed back into his kakis and his polo shirt, while Ryan remained in his shorts and t-shirt. Ryan never was the one to particularly care about his looks, but Kat clearly remembered Jeff spending more time in front of a mirror than her.
Ryan continued to glare at Jeff. “Do you need anything, Jeff?”
“No harm done, man. Just checking on her. We were close at one point, if you remember.” Jeff chuckled under his breath.
“That was history. I want you out of our room, now.” Ryan stepped in and opened the door wider, gesturing him to exit.
Without causing a scene, Jeff strolled out, and Kat released a sigh of relief. She had no idea why she had been holding her breath.
Closing the door, Ryan turned to Kat. “Why did you let him in?”
She could tell he was annoyed when she noticed the familiar frown on his forehead. “I didn’t let him in. He walked in,” she answered.
“He shouldn’t be walking into our room like that. It’s completely disrespectful. He’s clearly trying to make his moves on you.”
“No, he wasn’t. Wait, do you think? Do you think he’s still interested in me?” Kat wasn’t sure if she should be happy or annoyed, especially since his girlfriend was downstairs.
“Stop. Just stop. Here’s how it’s going to be. You want me to play your devoted boyfriend? Fine, I agreed to it, but you better be playing the devoted girlfriend.” Ryan came closer to her and lifted her chin up to look at him. “Do you understand? I won’t be playing this game of yours if it’s just one sided.”
Kat had no idea why her heart was beating out of control as his ocean, blue eyes pierced into her. She had known Ryan her whole life for God’s sake. But, for some strange reason, this was not the same Ryan she had known all those years. This Ryan was a confident, prideful man, who was not going to allow anybody to make a fool of him.
Trying to duck past him, Kat was surprised when he braced her against the wall. “I didn’t get my answer.”
“Why are you doing this? I won’t make a fool of you, okay? It’s only two more days, and this charade will be over.” Kat shoved him away and ran out of their room. Not understanding her behavior, she sprinted straight to the bar and chugged a shot of the whisky.
Later in the night, as the men played pool, Jeff turned to Ryan and said, “I’m still surprised to see you and Katrina together, Ryan.”
“Why would you be surprised?” Ryan asked, as he took another gulp of his beer.
“I mean if you two were going to hook up, why wait all these years? Why wouldn’t you have hooked up prior to this?”
Ryan laughed while Kat held her breath. “What makes you so sure that we didn’t hook up through the years?”
Jeff almost choked on his beer, and Kat had to walk away to pour herself another drink. “Nah, I doubt that. I’m just surprised because, frankly, I thought you were gay all this time.”
This time, it was Kat’s turn to choke on her drink. The room became silent as everybody’s attention shifted to their conversation.
Ryan smirked and asked, “Why would you think that?”
“Well, Katrina is clearly hot. No man would wait all these years to finally make his move on such a hot girl.”
Ryan remained calm and collected as he finished his beer. “Well, that’s where you and I differ, Jeff. You see Kat as a hot girl. I see her as so much more.”
Kat closed her eyes, processing what Ryan had just said. She moved toward them and took his hand. Staring straight at Jeff, she said, “Ryan is nowhere near gay, Jeff. I should know.” Smiling seductively, she turned back to Ryan and softly kissed him, seducing him. She caught a hint of surprise in Ryan’s eyes when she finally pulled away.
“Well, that’s our cue. Time for us to go to bed,” Ryan announced and guided her to their room.
“Thank you, Ryan,” she said when alone in the room. “What you said and did downstairs…well, I appreciate it.”
“Anything to get that kiss from you, darling,” Ryan teased.
Kat rolled her eyes, grabbed her toiletry, and hurried to the bathroom down the hall. She noticed Ryan had the same idea because he headed toward the second bathroom. Kat wondered if maybe she had drunk too much alcohol because she was feeling lightheaded and was having difficulty focusing.
By the time she got back, Ryan was already stretched out on the bed, his eyes closed. She immediately noticed that he had taken his shirt off and was wearing only his shorts to bed. It’s not like she hadn’t seen Ryan shirtless before, but for some reason, her insides were doing somersaults as he filled the full size bed. Blaming it on the alcohol, Kat forced herself to look away.
“You sleeping on the bed?” Kat asked, wondering how she would be able to sleep next to him with such close proximity.
“Where else would I sleep?” he asked, opening his eyes to look at her. “Nice pajamas by the way. Sexy.”
“What’s wrong with my PJ’s? They’re comfortable!” Kat looked down at her black and white, plaid pajamas. They were her favorite pair. Granted, the matching top and bottom were hideous to look at, but she didn’t wear them to feel sexy. Focusing back on the task at hand, she continued, “You can sleep on the floor. I’ll give you the comforter, and I even brought a sleeping bag.”
“I’m not sleeping on that hard, wooden floor. If you have a problem sharing this bed, you can sleep down there.”
“We can’t both fit on there,” she whined.
“We’d both be on top of one another. There’s no room, Ryan.”
“Again, I don’t have a problem with this. You figure out what you want to do. I’m crashing. Good night,” Ryan said, turning away from her.
Kat wondered what happened to the nice Ryan who had just defended her downstairs. She stared at the bed a few more minutes, contemplating what to do. Giving up, she crawled on the other side of the bed and squeezed in next to him. For several minutes, she remained stiff. Then, reminding herself that it was only Ryan, she closed her eyes and soon fell into a peaceful sleep.
That’s all for now, y’all! Chapter four will be posted next week.
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Loving You Hurts So Good Release and Teasers
My newest book comes out is tomorrow, February 11, 2016! Treat yourself to these unique collection of “forget me nots”–just in time for Valentine’s Day. 🙂
Once in a lifetime…
An unexpected encounter,
A powerful connection,
A love so intense, it hurts.
Forbidden and destined,
Two hearts come together,
Once and forever…
Travel this heartfelt journey as Jalpa Williby unravels the lives of troubled, yet heroic characters in these elegant, touching stories.
Trent is from the “other side of the tracks.” But, he’s Shanna’s knight in shining armor. Can their love survive against all odds?
Destined to meet again, Trent and Shanna have to face their demons from the past. Both need their closure…both need to finally let go… But, will they be able to?
Kelsey’s past haunts her. A mysterious stranger crosses her path. But will her be her savior? Or will he ultimately cause her tragic demise?
Best friends from childhood. Through the ups and downs. Through thick and thin. Kat begs Ryan to be her pretend boyfriend as a favor… their friendship is ultimately tested.
Touch of the Untouchables
Zak has only known one way of life: to stay inside the wall. A forbidden excursion goes wrong… An encounter with a dangerous enemy… Will he face the truth? Will he survive?
Jed and Sage were high school sweethearts. But life had other plans for them. Going their separate ways, he became a famous singer. She became a prestigious physician. A tragic accident left him paralyzed and turned his world upside down.
Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBPpqJdCGFo
Amazon/Kindle purchase link: http://www.amazon.com/Loving-You-Hurts-So-Good-ebook/dp/B01A9CDVF4
As always, thank you for your support and Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!
My Favorite Book Couples… Happy Valentine’s Day!
Chayse Pierce and Tessnia Sanoby from Chaysing Trilogy by Jalpa Williby: Yes, I admit, I may be a bit biased on this. But truly, I adore them. I mean, come on! He meets her when she was a young girl, and they go through so many adversities together. Both evolve through the series and so does their relationship… but their love never changes. And man, talk about that tortured love that just hurts your heart. I mean he’s her first everything… how can she possibly forget him? He’s always been her savior, her knight in the shining armor. But truly, it’s Tessnia that ends up saving him.
“I kept telling myself that I have to stay away from you because I’ll just end up hurting you. But I’m powerless. I can’t seem to stay away. Eventually, I find my way back to you again. Maybe I’m a selfish bastard.” –Chayse Pierce
“If you even think about touching her, I swear I’ll rip your heart out.” –Chayse Pierce
“I gave my heart to somebody a long time ago…when I was barely a man. And I never got it back.” –Chayse Pierce
“With the strength and power of my blood, I bond myself to you through eternity. You will always be mine, Tessnia.” –Chayse Pierce
“I’ll always be with you. I’ll always be protecting you. Even if you can’t see me, I’ll be there… watching over you.” –Chayse Pierce
“You’ve never walked away. And that day when you walked away from me, was the day you took my heart with you.”-Chayse Pierce
“My soul will always seek you out, in this life and beyond…for I will forever be yours.” –Chayse Pierce
Jamie Fraser and Claire from Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon : I mean need I say more? Virgin Jamie marries Claire to save her and then, the adventure starts. So many times, they both save one another… so many times, they would have died for another. Jamie stole my heart when I first read Outlander almost ten years ago… and I never forgot him. Oh and I’m loving the series on Starz about him. Sam Heughan is the perfect Jamie and Caitriona Balfe plays the perfect Claire.
“When the day shall come that we do part,” he said softly, and turned to look at me, “if my last words are not ‘I love you’-ye’ll ken it was because I didna have time.”-Jamie Fraser
“You are my courage, as I am your conscience,” he whispered. “You are my heart—and I your compassion. We are neither of us whole, alone. Do ye not know that, Sassenach?”-Jamie Fraser
“Claire,” he said quietly. “Tomorrow I will die. This child…is all that will be left of me–ever. I ask ye, Claire–I beg you–see it safe.” –Jamie Fraser
“Ye are Blood of my Blood, and Bone of my Bone,
I give ye my Body, that we Two might be One.
I give ye my Spirit, ’til our Life shall be Done.”-Jamie Fraser
Edward Cullen and Bella Swan from Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer:
“And so the lion fell in love with the lamb.” –Edward Cullen
“No measure of time with you would be long enough. But we’ll start with forever.” –Edward Cullen
“Look after my heart. I’ve left it with you.” –Edward Cullen
“If I could dream at all, it would be about you.” –Edward Cullen
Rose Hathaway and Dimitri Belikov from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead : So much happens between the two of them in this series. I loved badass Dimitri, and Rose was easily able to give him run for his money.
“I want you because… my heart needs you. I just want you, Roza. We belong together.” –Dimitri
“You’ve burned into my mind forever.” –Dimitri
“If I let myself love you, I won’t throw myself in front of her. I’ll throw myself in front of you.” –Dimitri
Jace Wayland and Clary Fray from Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare: Again, another forbidden love. Love these two… Ahh, and Jace is well… Jace.
“I love you, and I will love you after I die. And if there is life after that, I will love you then.”-Jace
“If it’s a lack of forbidden you’re worried about, you could still forbid me to do things…” –Jace
“As long as I can dream, I’ll dream of you.” –Jace
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta from The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins: Man, these two were just trying to survive… didn’t expect to fall in love in the process. Although I do believe that Peeta had loved her since he first saw her in grade school.
“You love me. Real or not real?” –Peeta
“I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now, and live in it forever.” –Peeta
“I just want to spend every possible moment of the rest of my life with you.” –Peeta
Noah and Allie from The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks: Probably one of the most romantic couples… love them, love them!
“If you’re a bird, I’m a bird.” –Noah
“It’s not over. It’s still not over.” –Noah
“I want you. I want all of you, forever. You and me, every day.” –Noah
“The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire and brings peace to our minds.” –Noah
Aragorn and Arwen from Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien: And Aragorn and Arwen’s love survives against all odds. Such a beautiful love story.
“I would rather share one life time with you… than face all of the ages of the world alone.” –Arwen
“It is mine to give to whom I will, as is my heart.” –Arwen
That’s my list in no particular order. To all you romantics out there, Happy Valentine’s Day!!!