Too Good To Be True
Chapter 8: A Leap Forward
"Rick, it was horrible." Kayla told Rick, allowing a loud sigh to escape her lips. She had come home from work, slept for a few hours and finally ended up calling Rick and coming over to his house. Lori was out bowling with Carl.
"What do you mean?" Rick asked her. They were sitting outside again, because it was a very nice day out. It was also extremely hot inside the house. Rick stared at Kayla, awaiting her answer.
"The date. It was just... Bad." She said, tucking a piece of her hair behind her ear.
"Yeah. But how?" He asked, running a hand through his own hair, which was sticky with sweat.
"There was another girl. This bitch named Hannah. Apparently she was Shane's girlfriend in high school, and she still likes him. She was just bothering us the whole time. It was so annoying." Kayla said, rolling her eyes.
"Oh Hannah. I remember her." Rick rolled his eyes as well, which made Kayla laugh.
"Was she as bad as she is now?"
"Even worse. She had to come whenever Shane and I were going somewhere. I mean, she was his girlfriend, but did she really have to come to the sports bar to watch games with us? I mean, she knew nothing about sports at all and she kept asking 'is that good for us?' whenever something happened in the game. She didn't even know what team we were rooting for, even though we were all wearing jerseys!" Rick threw his head back and laughed. This made Kayla glad, she never saw him laugh so much.
"Eh, I'm not big into sports either. But that still sounds annoying."
"Yeah. Would you follow Shane everywhere?"
"No, he'd think that I was a freak."
Rick laughed. "How did he react to seeing Hannah again?"
"I don't know."
"What do you mean?" He asked, cocking a brow.
"Well, at first, he seemed happy to see her, but as he was taking me Homs he invited me to his house and he was all like 'it can be just us, no Hannah.' So I have no idea what he was thinking. Did he want to see her? Or was he pretending to like seeing her but he really wanted to be with me?"
Rick didn't talk for a few moments, unsure of what to tell her. He honestly had no idea. "Hmm... Maybe I should talk to him, and try to push it out of him." He finally said.
"Really? You would?" Kayla asked, tucking a piece of hair behind her ear.
"Yeah. He is my friend, after all. He'll pretty much tell me anything. Also, I just want to ask, he really invited you over to his place?"
"Yeah." Kayla looked around the room nervously. "You think that he wanted to..." She trailed off, but he knew what she meant.
"Probably." He answered honestly. He knew Shane well enough to know that he wouldn't invite a girl over his house without having sex on his brain. Would any guy really?
"Wow, already? We didn't even kiss yet!" Kayla said in shock.
Rick shrugged. "That's Shane for you. That's why his relationships never last, he always jumps into sex too quickly." He said, looking at Kayla's face.
"Do you think that we're not going to work out?" She asked, her eyes wide.
"Of course I do. I mean, he talks about you more than he ever did other girls. He seems to really like you. Just don't be alarmed if he tries to make a move. Just... Make sure you let him know that you're not ready if you're not ready."
"What if he tried to push me into it?"
"Then he doesn't like you too much." He saw Kayla's expression, which looked horrified, and decided to add something else. "He won't though."
Kayla smiled warmly at him. "Thanks." She said. Then she leaned over and put her head on his shoulder. It should have felt awkward, but it didn't. It felt right, not in the sense that she was attracted to him, but more of a best friends thing. She may have the tiniest bit of feelings for Rick, but she never thought of it that way. This was her best friend's husband, for god's sake. He probably didn't think of her as more than a friend, anyway. So why even think about it?
"Is this... Weird?" Kayla asked him quietly.
"No." He replied.
Kayla smiled. "What if Lori walked out here right now?"
Rick chuckled. "She would get the wrong idea."
"She would probably kick me out of here and not talk to me for a long, long time. I mean, why does she care about you having female friends anyway? We love in America."
Rick laughed. "We do, but it doesn't seem like it in this house. Lori always has something to complain about, whenever I do something. If I had a female friend, especially you, she would flip out and think that I was having an affair. Trust me, I'll i know her. She knows that we talk, but she only thinks we do so around her."
"She's so..." Kayla started.
"I don't know. I don't have the words. I don't get her sometimes. Even though she's my best friend, sometimes I don't know her at all. I know it sounds cliche, but that's just how I feel."
"I know exactly what you mean. She's my wife and I feel that way."
Kayla nodded in understanding. "How are you two doing? You know, if you don't mind me asking."
"I don't mind. We're doing okay." He said. Kayla could tell that he was lying.
"Really?" Kayla asked. She didn't want to poke and probe at him too much, but she wanted to know a little something so that she could help. But if he didn't want to tell, that would be okay. But it would hurt her a little, considering how close they were.
"No. I feel it's getting worse. Like we're drifting apart even more now. We can never talk about anything without it ending in an argument." He finally admitted.
Kayla lifted her head up. "You'll be okay."
That wasn't enough for Rick. "I'm thinking about trying marriage counseling. Don't tell Lori this... But I've been looking at pamphlets for places."
Kayla widened her eyes at him. Like many times before, she was speechless.
"Do you think that it will help?" Rick asked.
"I guess... What are you going to tell Carl?"
"I don't know yet. I don't even know if we're going to do it yet."
Kayla reached up and placed her hand on his shoulder. "I'm sorry..." Was all that she could say.
"It's not your fault." He said, staring at the sky. "You shouldn't have to apologize. You don't need to."
"Well I..." Kayla started, but she was cut off by Rick's phone ringing.
"Hello." He said as soon as he answered. "Oh, hi sweetie. Yeah... Just hanging out... No... Yeah, that's fine. Ok. Love you." Rick hung up, a frown on his face.
"What's wrong?" Kayla asked.
"She's coming home in a few hours, but she didn't even say that she loved me." Tears were in his eyes. Kayla could sort of feel how hurt he was.
"Maybe she just forgot." Kayla said.
"She couldn't of. It's not like that when you're married to someone. 'I love you' is the first thing you think of to say. But you wouldn't know that, considering you've never been in love before like I have. Not trying to insult you or anything, but you really won't know how I feel until you're in love."
"I see. Listen..." Kayla said, trying to think of how to change the subject. "Should I call Shane?"
"If you want. It's really your choice."
"Alright." Kayla said. "Thanks once again Rick. I'm going to head home now." Kayla got up.
"Wait..." Rick said.
"What?" Kayla asked.
Rick opened his arms and Kayla smiled. She hugged him and left, feeling much better than she did before she came here.
Lori sipped her Pepsi slowly, watching Carl roll his bowling ball down the lane. She smiled as she watched her small son trying so hard to knock pins down. They had the bumpers on, so it was easier for him. He also had a really light ball.
But he rolled the ball down the lane so slowly, it barely had enough force to knock down one pin. But he was trying. It was his first time after all.
Lori felt pretty bad, because she had never taken him bowling before. He was already having a ton of fun doing it, and Lori loved to watch him.
"Watch this mom!" Carl instructed. Lori smiled at him and watched as he practically chucked the ball down the lane. It rolled and rolled, until it finally hit the pins. He hit 5 of them, and it seemed to make him very happy. It made Lori happy too.
"Good job, honey." Lori told her son, smiling at him.
Carl smiled back at her.
"Hey there beautiful." A man said to Lori from behind. Lori snapped her head around to look at him. He was a tall, skinny guy with dark hair and dark brown eyes.
"Do I know you?" Lori asked, narrowing her eyes at him.
"No, but you'd like to." He smiled at her.
"I'm sure that I would. Maybe my husband, who is a sheriff, would like to know you too."
The man's face went white. "Oh... Sorry, I didn't see the ring." He turned and walked away.
"Yeah right." Lori mumbled. She looked back over at her son and smiled. She was used to random guys hitting on her, like any girl. She didn't know what was wrong with guys, why they felt the need to hit on every girl that they met. She just didn't understand it.
Suddenly, her phone rang, causing her to jump a bit. Maybe it was Rick again. She didn't know what he would want, but whatever. For some reason, she didn't really want Rick calling her just yet. She knew it was terrible to think that, she had no idea why she was thinking that, but she was.
"Hello?" She said when she answered the phone.
"Hey." It was Kayla.
"I need to talk to you."
"I'm out bowling with Carl right now. Can it wait?"
"No..." Kayla said, and Lori could her shuffling noises in the background. "I'm coming to the bowling alley." She announced.
"Okay. I'll see ya."
Kayla arrived exactly twenty minutes later. Carl was burning through bowling games. He already finished three of them!
Kayla sat beside Lori. As soon as Carl saw Kayla, he ran up to her and have her a hug.
"Hey honey." Kayla said, holding the boy close for a second.
"Watch me bowl!" Carl said happily, running back over to his lane.
Kayla smiled at the child. "He's so adorable." She told Lori.
"He gets that from me." Lori said, and Kayla laughed. "So anyway... What did you come here to tell me?"
"I need advice." Kayla said simply.
"Again?" Lori asked.
Kayla nodded. Then she told Lori the whole thing about Shane.
"So you're wondering whether you should call him or not?" Lori asked.
"Yeah." Kayla answered.
"It's really up to you. I mean, I think you should. You know, see if he really was happy to see Hannah, or not. You can ask him."
"What if he doesn't even want to be with me?"
Lori laughed. "That's all he wants. That's why he invited you over."
Kayla shrugged. "Thanks." Then she stood up. "Let's get some bowling shoes Lori. We're gonna bowl with Carl." She grabbed her friend by the arm and dragged her over to the shoe counter. They each got a pair of shoes, and then they picked out a bowling ball and joined Carl in his lane.
Carl's lit up. "You guys are gonna bowl with me?"
"Yep." Kayla started a new game and put her and Lori's names in the computer.
They finished 3 games, Lori winning the first one, Kayla winning the second, and Carl winning the third because Kayla helped him out.
"That was so much fun." Kayla stated as soon as they were done. They took off their bowling shoes and picked up their bowling balls.
"I know." Lori pulled her friend in for a hug. After she let her go, it was Carl's turn.
"Thanks." Carl told Kayla.
"No problem, honey." Kayla answered, smiling at the little boy.
Kayla didn't even need to worry about whether to call Shane or not, because Shane ended up calling her. She laughed when her phone rang and she saw the caller ID.
"Hey." Shane said immediately after she answered.
"Hi." Kayla said.
"Listen, I'm really sorry about last night. I really didn't expect to see Hannah. I didn't even want to see her. I just... I didn't really want to tell her to go away, that would be pretty rude."
Kayla laughed. So he didn't want to see Hannah.
She smiled. "You should've. She was really annoying."
"I know. But I didn't wanna get hit in he face or somethin'."
"That would've been pleasant."
"Yeah... So..." Shane started.
"What?" Kayla asked.
"You want to... How does getting a pizza and watching a movie sound?"
Kayla thought for a moment. "My place or yours?" She asked after 40 seconds of silent thinking time.
"Mine. I'll pick you up." Shane said.
"Okay. See you then."
"See you then." Then he hung up. Kayla put her phone down and began to get ready. She didn't really need to get all dressed up, so she put on jeans and a T-Shirt.
She sat on the couch, waiting for Shane. She didn't why she agreed to this, maybe it was the fact that he seemed so sorry about Hannah and the bad date. Hopefully this time alone with him would go well.
"What movie do you want to watch?" Shane asked Kayla. They were sitting on his couch in front of the TV. Shane was scrolling through the movies on demand, trying to find one that was suitable.
Kayla shrugged, taking a bite of her pizza. The pizza was still hot, so the cheese was extremely gooey. "Whatever you want." She said as soon as she finished chewing.
"Fine." Shane said, putting in some action movie. Kayla liked action movies. She smiled and took another bite of pizza.
She put her piece of pizza down and rested her head on Shane's shoulder, like the other night at the movies. Shane looked down at her and smiled.
They watched the movie for a bit without talking, eating at ton of pizza. About halfway through her third piece, Kayla was done. She was full.
"Uhh..." She groaned.
"What's wrong?" Shane asked her.
"I'm fucking full." Kayla said, grabbing her stomach for added dramatic effect.
"Come on. 2 and a half pieces? You're a lightweight." Shane joked.
"No, I'm just a female." Kayla said.
They watched the remainder of the movie, talking occasionally. When it ended, Shabe didn't change the movie or put something else on. Instead, he leaned in and kissed Kayla. His lips were soft and warm. Kayla kisser him back, thinking that it was about time for her big kiss.
He kissed her again, and then another time. Each kiss was becoming more heated than the last, and Kayla sure as hell wasn't complaining about it.
Before she even knew what she was doing, Shane was pulling her shirt over her head. He threw it on the floor, a smile on his face. Kayla smirked and began to unbutton his shirt, tearing the last 3 buttons because she was taking too long. Her hands traced over his chest, spotting his tattoo.
"Lil bird?" She asked between kisses.
"Don't ask." He said, crushing his lips against hers to silence her. She didn't say another word.
His hands moved to the button of her jeans, pulling them off. He marveled at the sight of her in her underwear. She kissed him again and reached for the button of his jeans, pulling them down.
He reached for the hook of her bra, and she was pulling his boxers down. She removed her hands, realizing just what she was doing. She remembered Rick's words to her: "Make sure you let him know you're not ready if you're not ready."
She grabbed his hands and pulled him away. She hooked her bra and looked at him. He looked confused.
"Shane... I don't really want to do this." She said, pulling her shirt and jeans off of the floor and pulled them on.
Shane sighed. He seemed disappointed. He pulled his own clothes on. "It's fine. Sorry." He said.
"No, it's fine. It's just... I don't think I'm ready yet. Let's just stick to kissing for right now."
"Okay." He said.
"Can you take me home now?" She asked. She had quite enough excitement for one night.
Kayla lay on her bed, thinking about what she almost did. She had to admit, she did kind of want it, but she knew that it was much too early in their relationship. She didn't want to take it too fast, because then she and Shane would crash and burn. And she didn't really want that. Sure, Shane had problems, so didn't she, but she really liked him and didn't want anything to happen that would ruin them. This was her(she hated to admit it) serious relationship.
Lori had called Kayla, but she ignored it. She felt sort of bad, but she was much too tired to talk right now.
Ooooh, things got a little heated there. Almost too bad they didn't do it, right? lol! Hope you all enjoyed, thanks for reading!