Forbid Me(10)

By: M. Robinson

She screamed and jumped a few times throughout the movie, completely mortified every time it happened. When the movie was over Lucas offered to take Half-Pint home, Austin left saying he was meeting up with a girl, and Dylan and Aubrey left shortly after, too. I stayed on the couch channel surfing with a nervous Lily sitting beside me.

“Why are you so jittery?” I asked, looking at her.

She bit her lip before whispering, “I have to go to the bathroom.”

I chuckled, “So go to the bathroom.”

She bit her lip again. “I’m scared,” she said loud enough for me to hear.


She immediately turned toward me at the sound of her name, like she needed to hear me say it.

“It’s fake. It’s not real. It’s just a movie.”

She nodded and looked back at the TV. A few minutes later she still hadn’t gotten up. The house was dark, the only light coming off the television screen. I stood up.

“Where are you going?” she questioned, trying to hide the panic in her voice.

“To the kitchen. I’ll be right back. Do you want anything?”

“No,” she replied uneasily.

I walked over to the light switch and turned on all the lights in the living room. I also turned on every light on my way to the kitchen. I grabbed a bottle of water and made my way to the bathroom, even though I didn’t have to go. I made sure to turn on every light that led to it as well as the bathroom itself. I made my way back to the couch, not saying one word to her, taking off my ball cap, and lying back down in the same position I was in for the last few hours.

Not thinking twice about what I had just done.

I tried to hide the surge of emotions that I felt for him at that moment. I knew he turned on every light for me. He didn’t have to admit it or say it. He did it because he loved me. I left before he could see it written all over my face, grabbing his ball cap from the coffee table and placing it on my head. On my way to the bathroom, I made sure to check all around me once I was out of his sight. I also left the bathroom door open just in case. I left all the lights on when I went back to the couch, and it didn’t take long for Jacob to get up pretending once again that he was going to the kitchen in order to turn them all back off.

We sat in comfortable silence until Lucas came back home, followed by my parents shortly after him. Everyone was getting ready to turn in, and I dreaded the fact that I had to sleep by myself. I was mentally kicking myself for watching that stupid movie.

Why would I watch a movie where the scary dude could get you while you were sleeping?

Lucas was about to shut off the TV and I started to internally panic.

Maybe I could sleep outside his door and they wouldn’t notice?

“Lucas,” Jacob said out of nowhere, making us both look at him.

“Let’s sleep out here tonight. It’s fucking hot in your room.”

He shrugged. “I don’t care.”

I bolted off the couch before he changed his mind.

“I’ll get the blankets.”

I made each of us our own little beds. Lucas on the love seat, Jacob on the sofa, and me on the armchair since I was the smallest. Lucas passed out a little while later as my eyes started shutting with exhaustion. I heard the TV click off and shortly after Jacob said, “Night, Kid.”

I smiled into my blanket half asleep, with his ball cap still on top of my head, knowing he slept in the living room…

For. Me.

“Ain’t karma a bitch?” I announced, catching Jacob off guard as he stared at the now empty parking space that I assumed his car was parked in. “I guess you didn’t get the memo about downtown being tow happy, huh?” I mocked, pulling out my car keys from my purse.

He took a deep breath, his deep penetrating stare moving from me back to the empty space. He was pissed, which only provoked me to continue to mess with him. If he thought I was the naïve girl he left three years ago then he had another thing coming.

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