John stared up at the stars in the clear night sky, searching for any constellations that he could identify. He had already pointed out all the ones he could see. He turned his head to the side and looked at the woman beside him in the grass. "I don't see any more," he conceded.
Kelly turned toward him and grinned in the darkness. "Then I guess that means I win. I get to choose a movie to go see next Friday." Kelly looked back to the sky. For a while it had been their habit to make a competition out of almost everything. They usually made bets but it was small things like deciding the next date. "I think we actually named all the ones that are out right now."
"I think you're right, or we need to pay more attention to astronomy." John sat up and leaned over on one arm so he was partially over Kelly. "Congratulations on winning." He placed his other hand in the ground on her other side and leaned down. Their lips touched for only a second but it still sent a warmth through John's body.
"I swear you will come up with any excuse to get a kiss," Kelly teased. Her hands moved up his chest to his shoulders.
"Are you complaining?" John asked. Kelly shook her head and John smirked. "Didn't think so." He scooted closer to her in the grass so he didn't have to hold himself up. He leaned over and their lips touched again. He deepened the kiss, and Kelly's arms moved around his neck. John's hand had just moved under Kelly's shirt when a beeping sound cut through the night air. John muttered a curse and sat up. He hit the alarm on his watch and sighed. "We need to head home or we'll end up late."
Kelly sighed and John knew she was annoyed by his curfew. Unlike John she didn't have a time that she had to be home by. John stood up and held a hand out for her and she took it. He helped her up and they walked across the field, back to the parking lot, and John's car. They got in and John drove her home. When they stopped in front of her house she didn't move. John heard her curse and her shoulders slumped.
John reached over and took her hand in his. "Is everything okay?" She'd never done this when taking her home.
"Kathleen isn't in town this week so I can't stay with her tonight." Kelly looked toward her house and sighed. John watched her for a second and then shifted his car into drive and pulled away from the home. Kelly looked at him surprised as he drove away from her house. "What are you doing?"
"Something that's going to get me in trouble," John answered. "We have a spare room that you can stay in tonight." John focused on the road as he made his way to his house.
"Thank you, John. I don't...thank you." Kelly reached over and her hand settled on his. "This means a lot to me. I don't want to go home as long as he's there."
"I know maybe at some point you'll tell me who he is but until then the least I can do it provide you a place to stay." John pulled onto his street. He stopped in his driveway and they got out of the car.
"Will you really get in trouble?" Kelly asked. "I don't want to be trouble for you or your family." Kelly took his hand again, whether out of habit or something else he wasn't sure. He wasn't about to complain about it.
John led her up the stone path to his front door. "They'll be mad but I can reason with my dad and everything will be fine." John squeezed her hand lightly. He felt a bit nervous, not only because his parents would be mad but this was also the first time that Kelly would be seeing his house. He led her into the house and stopped inside the door as soon as he saw his father. John turned to Kelly. "Just stay right here."
John moved over to his father and they moved into the other room. "What do you think you're doing, son? You know you aren't allowed to bring women home." John frowned at his father. He wasn't sure why the man was so determined to keep him from doing anything physical with a woman. "You know these rules so why is she here?"
"Because there's some reason she doesn't want to go home. I don't know what it is, I didn't push it, but I didn't want her to go home if she didn't want to. We have a spare room that she can stay in." John hoped his father would understand. "I swear I have no impure intentions toward her."
His father considered the situation. "If I catch you two doing anything inappropriate you'll be sleeping outside." John nodded, agreeing to it. "Very well, get her settled."
"Thank you, sir." John left the room and returned to Kelly. She was standing where he'd left her but now his younger sister was staring at her. "Ana, leave her be." The two-year-old child looked toward him and stretched her arms out. John sighed and lifted her up, holding her in one arm. "Sorry about her."
"It's fine. Nice to finally see what your sister looks like." Kelly smiled at the little girl but Anastasia looked away from her. "So what's the verdict?"
"My father says you can stay the night." John led her down the hallway and to the spare bathroom. He opened it up and led her in. "When does Kathleen get back into town."
"It will be a few days but he'll be gone in a couple days." Kelly moved over to the bed and sat down. "Thank you again, John."
John moved over to her and leaned down. He gave her a quick kiss and stood up. "Anything for you, Bunny." Kelly smiled at the nickname. "Goodnight." He moved out of the room and down the hallway. He put Anastasia into bed and then moved to his own room. John changed out of his clothing and put on a pair of pajama pants. Usually he would have been fine sleeping in just his underwear but it felt awkward to do with Kelly in his house. Even if she wasn't in his room it felt like rushing things and he was more comfortable with a bit more clothing.
He lay in his bed considering if it would be improper for him to pleasure himself to the thought of Kelly when she was in his house. He was still contemplating the dilemma when there was a knock at his bedroom door. "Yes?"
The door opened and John was surprised to see Kelly standing in the doorway. "Can I come in?" John hesitated for a moment and finally nodded. Kelly moved into the room and shut the door behind her. John panicked for a moment. This was the scenario he'd been considering running in his head and it was happening. He was acutely aware that if his father walked in John would be sleeping in the yard but he didn't really care. Kelly moved over and sat down on his bed near him. "I wanted to thank you again for letting me stay here."
John pulled the sheets down and offered her a place to sit beside him. "It's not a problem," John assured her. Kelly slid under the covers with him and although John knew it would look bad if his father came in he didn't care. To him it was important to know if he could lie comfortably in a bed with her. His last girlfriend had slept in his bed once when they'd taken a nap. He'd been hit in the face several times during just that short nap. He didn't have any such worries with Kelly. As soon as she lay down beside him she moved to fit perfectly against his side, head resting on his chest. He was sure she could hear his heart pounding as her skin touched his bare chest. "I'd do anything that would make my Bunny happy. I have some carrots in the kitchens if that would make you happier."
Kelly laughed at his comment and she moved her head so she could look up at him. "I had an actual reason for coming to see you." John panicked again, a bit afraid that she'd come for the original reason his mind supplied. He knew he'd have to turn her down but he knew it would be hard. Kelly sat up and placed a hand on John's chest. "I told Kathleen the first time I stayed at her house so I owe you an explanation as well." John was confused by the words. He wasn't sure what she was talking about. "If you want to know I'll tell you why I don't want to go home."
John was surprised by the offer, not really having expected her to even offer to tell him. "I'd like to know," he admitted.
Kelly lay back down on he's chest and she wrapped an arm around his waist. There was something different in the way she held him this time. Her hands seemed to cling to him tighter and she was curled up a bit more against his side. John wrapped his arms around her and hugged her tight to him, trying to reassure her, though of what he didn't know. "I don't want to go home because of my dad." John frowned, not understanding. His own father could be strict but he was overall fair and John wouldn't avid him, even if he was in trouble. "My dad doesn't come around all that often, or at least he doesn't stay. When I was young my mom would tell me that he was going away for work and that he was just going on a business trip. I don't remember when she stopped lying to me but maybe I just realized that he was just abandoning us." John listened silently, gently moving his hand over her back. "When I was in middle school I realized that after he'd leave things would become tight around the house. Turns out before he'd leave my mom would give him most of our money. It was around that time that I decided I wanted nothing to do with him. Whenever he'd come around I would walk to Kathleen's house and stay the night there. I just was tired of him abandoning me and taking so much from me while hurting me emotionally."
John hugged her a bit tighter as she curled up against him. He didn't know what to say, didn't know the right words. John just held her against him, trying to figure out anything he could stay.
They sat in silence until Kelly sat up. "I should go. We wouldn't want your dad to find us." Kelly lingered, her hand moving over his chest.
John put his hand on hers. "You could stay," he suggested. Maybe he was being irrational and maybe the feeling of her skin on his was messing with his head, all he knew was that he didn't want her to go. Kelly seemed uneasy and John squeezed her hand. "I just mean lay down with me for a while longer." Kelly lay down beside him again and settled into place. John wrapped his arms around her once more and held her against him.
John hasn't meant to but at some point he fell asleep. He only woke up when his mother woke him up. The look she gave him was disappointing but she seemed to relax when Kelly got out of the bed and was fully dressed. His mother still scolded them about what would happen if his father had caught them.
John got dressed and when he made his way to the kitchen for breakfast Kelly was already sitting and talking to Anastasia. John was a bit surprised as Anastasia tended to be a shy child and didn't easily adjust to new people. John moved over and placed a hand on Anastasia's head and she looked up at him. "Morning, Ana." He glanced over toward his parents to be sure they weren't looking his way before he leaned down and gave Kelly a quick kiss on her cheek. He moved over to Anastasia and lifted her up. She laughed, thinking it was all a game. John put her down in a seat on the seat on the other side of the table. Anastasia fussed when he tried to move away but he simply ignored her and took his seat beside Kelly.
His mother served them all eggs and bacon, taking a seat beside Anastasia. His father took a seat at the head of the table and John started to eat. "So, how did you sleep last night, Kelly?" John's father asked as he sipped at his coffee.
John froze, a bit worried if his father knew about Kelly staying in his room the night before. Maybe his mother had told his father and he was trying to get them to admit to what had happened. "It was good, a restful sleep," Kelly answered. "Thank you, again, for your generosity."
"Well you're important to John so our home is yours. You can stay here as long as you need to," his father offered.
"Thank you, that's very kind of you. I really just need somewhere for the weekend. It will be fine to go home in a few days." Kelly smiled softly and John was amazed at how she didn't seem to bat an eye at the possibility of his father knowing about the night before. His father turned his attention to the newspaper and the rest of the meal went by with only slight conversation. John was glad that none of them tried to ask Kelly questions, knowing that this was not the occasion. He hadn't brought her home to meet the family; he wasn't ready for that yet.
When breakfast ended Kelly went to her room and John set about his daily chores. He gathered up laundry from every bedroom stopping outside of the guest room. He knocked on the door and a few seconds later Kelly opened the door. "Laundry?"
"Well I don't have a change of clothing and is this really how you want to see my underwear for the first time?" Kelly smiled as John blushed.
"I would reply to that freely but I don't want my mother to hear my response. She might kick you out…or me." John smiled slightly and leaned in a bit. "Though just so you know it involves you showing your underwear to me now." Kelly raised an eyebrow and John simply continued to smile. "Want to go grocery shopping with me?"
Kelly seemed caught a bit off guard by the question. "Why?" John just shrugged in reply. He supposed he just wanted an excuse to get her out of the house but he also liked finding any reason to spend time with her. "Sure thing, if we get out of the house we can talk about whose bed we're going to sleep in tonight. I'll get my shoes on." Kelly shut the door and John was left standing in the hallway, unsure of if she was joking or not. He turned around and moved down the hallway toward the laundry room, trying not to focus on the idea of Kelly sleeping in his bed.