Jethro… Nilas voice dragged me back from thoughts and tiredness. My vision wavered, dancing with figments of hallucinations from lack of sleep and stress overload. The hallucinations werent anything major, just the odd flutter of a curtain looking like a blackbird or a ripple of sunshine resembling a bumblebee or butterfly.
Sydney puts down the toilet seat cover and invites me to sit. He wanted to know why you study so much, why youre so serious, do you go anywhere for fun besides the library.Shuffling past her into the tiny room, I plop down on the toilet, emit an indignant hmph, and cross my arms as she drones on.
I know, right? And heres the crazy part: he was hinting about asking me out again, which I found super bizarre cause he didnt seem to give a crap about anything I was saying.Would you have said yes if hed asked?Sydneys face contorts with an Are you nuts look before shifting her focus into the mirror. Um, yeah. I mean, Im not stupid. Its Oz freaking Osborne. Hes so freaking hot. I swear, I wanted to pet him. Oh my gawd, James, his tattoos got me so turned on—I could have climbed into his lap. My panties are so wet right now.
Right, I deadpan. Hot.My roommate pulls out a cotton ball, gets it wet, and begins taking off her mascara. She turns to me with one eye open. What is with you? Youre acting strange.
But I am—I totally am.
He asked for your number, Sydney says offhandedly before running the water and bending to splash it on her face. Honestly, I was surprised he didnt already have it, the way you two carry on.I repaid the favour, massaging his tense shoulders, his rigid spine, the knots in his lower back. I sluiced water over his bruises and cuts, willing the warmth to knit him back to whole.
My broken arm nullified any pressure I mightve granted with my fingers, but I refused to let it hang uselessly by my side.I forced every inch of me—parts unhurt and parts in pain—to heal him, love him, bring him back into the light.
Tugging his hair, I pulled his lips from mine.His eyes narrowed but he didnt speak.