Dr. Terri Childs has been dating my brother for the past three months, the exact time I have been diligently touring the country with my band. I know it’s a strange way to start a story but I think you’ll understand better once I take it from the beginning and go from there. My name is Jaime Shepherd and I am a musician.
I’m twenty seven years old and I have been in the music business since even before I can remember myself. This story, however, is as much about my success as it is about my brother. As I have said before, for the past three months I have been busy with a tight schedule of almost daily shows throughout the country. My band and I love nothing more than touring with our music.
here is something about creating music and presenting it to the fans for the first time that simply makes my heart stop then immediately beat faster as though I have just jumped from the highest building into an endless abyss. I’m the lead singer of the band, as well as rhythm guitarist and I happen to write most of our songs. I’m self sufficient, what can I say? Back to the story though. As I have been making my way from place to place I managed to get in a few calls to the family, checking in and making sure all was well while I was away. Can’t ever stop worrying…that’s what you get when you’re the oldest. How surprised do you think I was when I first heard that my little brother, who is not that little actually, barely twenty five, has found himself a girlfriend…and a doctor, no less. I was thrilled for him and for my parents, who were beginning to worry about his flaky countenance and attitude toward dating and women in general. During each conversation I managed to pull a bit of information about the new girl but was constantly faced with a wall of silence. What could one do? I was happy and wanting to meet her but that was all. I had practically forgotten about the entire deal by the time I was on the flight back home for the holidays.
As I rested my head against the soft headrest of the seat, images from past shows popped into my mind, putting a large smile onto my sleepy face. The flight over and done with, I knew I had some business to take care of before being able to go home. During these long times away I missed my family but I knew it was a sacrifice I was delighted to make. It was a dream come true and I had given my all to become who I am today. As I reached my place of business, my cell phone decided to ring, making my entire backpack vibrate with impatience. I pulled the phone and checked to see who was calling. Smiling, I picked it up, “Hey mom.”
“Hey baby. Where are you?”
“I’m at the office, I’ll be home in about half an hour. I have some things to take care of and I have to pick up my car.”
“Okay, but don’t be late. You know your brother is bringing his girlfriend home for lunch.”
Smiling as I handed my assistant the piece of paper she had given me to sign, I said, “Oh right, she’s coming today. Don’t worry, mom, I’ll be there on time.”
When the call ended, I hurried through a bit more paperwork with the assistance of my assistant and left the office. The parking lot in which my car had been staying for the past three months was nearby so I decided to walk the few blocks. Enjoying the fresh air and slight wind blowing softly at my face, I inhaled deeply. A few minutes later I had reached the parking lot. I turned the corner and went to the booth situated in the middle of the entrance. “Hello.” I greeted the person inside the booth. The young man turned his face up to glare at the intrusion but as he noticed me, a smile suddenly graced his lips. “Miss Shepherd, welcome back.”
“Thanks Tony, it’s good to be back. How is my baby?”
Everybody knew how much I cherished my beautiful, sleek black Porsche Boxster. It was practically the very first thing I bought with my first pay check from the music business. Well, not exactly the very first…my entire family received a car…each to his own tastes and likes.
Tony smiled and said, “Oh, she’s perfect. I even washed her up for you yesterday.”
I grinned, thinking what a smart boy that Tony was…he knew I was going to give him a serious tip after his kind treatment. “Do you have the keys?”
“Well of course, ma’am.” He stepped out of the booth, keys in hand and walked me to my car. I felt my heart quicken for a second before my eyes captured the shiny chrome. Just like the first time when I saw her in the store window. Call me childish, but it was still a thrill to know that I own the car of my dreams. Anyhow, back to the story. Tony handed me the keys and opened the door for me. I thanked him and climbed inside. I love the smell of leather and the car smelled like it was brand new. Well, considering I had bought it only several months ago and driven it even less, it was fairly new. I smiled at Tony in thanks and appreciation and fumbled for my wallet. Taking out a hundred dollar bill, I handed it to Tony who took it greedily and more than happily. Putting the keys in the ignition, I thrilled at the sound of the roaring motor and pulled the door close. Waving to Tony, I put the car in first gear and rolled out of the driveway smoothly. The car ran like a dream as I shifted from one gear to the other. The streets were practically empty at that hour considering the fact that it was holiday time and everyone was probably at home or someplace else with their family. I glanced at my watch briefly during a longer wait at a stop light and frowned in surprise. I was already late and I was even more surprised that my phone hadn’t rung. As if my thoughts had been read, the phone started ringing and vibrating in my pocket. Holding the wheel with one hand, I answered with the other, “Yeah?”
“Where are you? We’re all here already.” Said my mom’s angry voice.
“I’m sorry, mom. I didn’t notice it was so late. I’m on my way. I’ll be there in about ten minutes.”
Hanging up, I concentrated on maneuvering the car down the streets toward my parents’ house. Entering the enclosed driveway, I pulled the car to a stop behind my parents’ car and shut off the engine. Looking in the backseat, I smiled. It was littered with beautifully wrapped presents. Not only were the holidays coming up, having come back from a long tour I was struck by an uncontrollable urge to spend; on my family, no less. Stepping out of the car, I straightened my shirt and pulled my leather jacket tighter around me. Piling the gifts in my arms, I looked in the side mirror once more to make sure everything was in place and headed for the front door. Knocking softly, the door was immediately opened and I was engulfed in a big, warm hug from my mom. The presents, luckily, survived the onslaught, allowing for a one-armed squeeze and a smile. Pulling away, I gave her a peck on the cheek and entered the house. “Hey everybody.” I greeted the people waiting in the living room. My dad was standing next to the beautifully set table, smiling in welcome while my brother sat on the couch next to his girlfriend. Jack was wearing a long sleeved white shirt with blue stripes and a pair of blue, low hung jeans. He was sitting sprawled on the couch as he waved hello. “Sorry I’m late, I had some stuff to finish at the office.” I placed the presents on the couch, took my jacket off and went to introduce myself to our guest since my brother seemed a little reluctant on making the introductions. As I gazed upon the girlfriend, an instant smile lit up my face. She was one of the sweetest looking girls I have ever had the pleasure of gazing at. She was blonde with big blue eyes, tiny in stature as I soon found out and pretty as heck. Rolling my surprised tongue back in my mouth, I greeted charmingly, “Hi, I’m Jaime.”
She smiled as well, showing a mouth full of perfect white teeth and shook my hand warmly, “Hello. I’ve heard a lot about you. I’m Terri.”
I flashed her one of my famous lopsided grins, “I’m sorry to say that I can’t say the same about you.” I noticed my brother blushing a bit from the corner of my eye. His darker complexion usually prevented my detecting a blush, but this time it was quite prominent.
“Anyhow, I’ve picked up some things for you guys while I was on tour…” I said, changing the subject smoothly. Handing the presents out, my heart swelled when I heard the appreciative sounds.
Since I had barely heard anything about the beautiful stranger, I had had some trouble finding a gift. But, as I’ve learned from the family, you can’t miss when you go expensive.
With everybody overjoyed and grateful, my mom implored with a slight tinge of reprimand, “Let’s eat, the food is getting cold.”
I smiled shyly and went to the table to find my place. Sitting with my dad to my right, Terri to my left and my brother to my front, I was surrounded. My mom, whose place was next to my dad’s, brought the food onto the table. Charming and helpful as ever, I offered to help, but was refused and admonished to sit quietly in my place. Frowning indignantly I sat back down and blushed slightly at the soft chuckle I heard from my left.
As we started eating, all embarrassment faded and we began conversing and the getting to know each other process. “I can’t believe I’m actually sitting here with you and your family, I’m a big fan of your music.” Said Terri shyly.
I smiled crookedly and said, “Thanks. I’m glad you enjoy my music. Next time we perform around here, I would be happy if you’d join the family.”
Terri beamed, “Thank you, I would love that.”
“So, you’re a doctor. That’s amazing, beautiful and smart.” I said, oozing charm. I winced slightly as my brother kicked me in the shin underneath the table. I glared at him and turned back to the beautiful doctor at my side, who was turning a pretty pink shade right in front of my eyes.
“Thank you.” Answered Terri.
“Where do you work?”
“I work at County.”
“Really? That’s really close by. You look too young to have been working for too long…”
“Well, I’m a resident, I haven’t been there for long, but I like it.”
“That’s good.” And before I could continue my chat with the lovely doctor, my brother decided to barge in and ask one of his unimportant, out of place questions.
“How was the tour?” Ok, so it wasn’t exactly out of place but it was unimportant at that specific moment in time. It wasn’t like I was doing anything to his girlfriend, I was just inquiring and getting to know the woman he’s been dating, as any good older sister should do, even if she did embarrass her brother along the way. I turned my gaze to my brother and smiled, “Just fine, thanks. How has work been?” Jack studied four years of physical therapy and had already gone through a year of practice. He was now working at a clinic a few blocks from the hospital where Terri worked. I figured that was how they had met, having a common patient. My brother is a good guy with a good heart but he has a way of ruining it by opening his big mouth and spewing some really nasty things when mad or just annoyed. He was also a very diligent and dedicated worker as he had gone through much trouble in getting accepted to the clinic he was working for. Perhaps too dedicated at times.
“Work has been fine as well. When do you get back to working?”
I smiled, “I just got back. Are you so eager to see me back at work already?” My mom shot me a look that said we should cut it out before she’d kick us both, so I stopped…for the moment. Turning my attention back to the pretty little blonde, I asked, “How did you two meet?”
“A patient of mine needed physical therapy and I sent him over as it turned out, to your brother. Jack later came by to check out on him when he came to a check up and we met and started talking, and that’s it.”
“Wow, way to go, bro.” I smiled at Jack, who kicked my shin yet again. This time I couldn’t stop the small yelp from escaping, but I made sure I got him back good. My mom got up abruptly and told us to help her clear the dishes and bring the dessert onto the table. I could see Terri smothering a slow smile. I smiled as well and gladly got up to help my mom.
Lunch was soon over and I realized I still had some work to do at my own apartment and if I wanted to finish it in time for me to catch up on my sleep, I should be going. I went over to my mom and hugged her, thanking her for the wonderful meal; mom always did know how to prepare a perfect, holiday feast. I hugged my dad goodbye and then went to my brother, whom I punched lightly on the shoulder. He grunted and that was the way we said goodbye to each other. I then stopped in front of Terri and said, “It was a pleasure to meet you. Anytime you’d like to talk or hear us sing, you’re more than welcome to call me.” I gave her my cell phone number and left the house.
The next day came before I had a chance to get rid of my jetlag and I rose tiredly from my bed when a few rays of sunshine hit me square in the face. I crawled toward the bathroom and took care of business, grabbed a bagel from my counter, which was probably three months old and went out the door. I had a meeting with my manager and assistant about the organization of my schedule and then I was free for the rest of the day. Climbing into my car I drove over to the office, smiling in surprise at actually finding my manager there at such an abhorred hour and on time, no less. “How was your homecoming, Jaime?” He asked, sipping from the dark brew in his hand slowly and methodically.
“Just fine. Yours?”
He grunted. He reminded me a lot of my brother at that particular moment. “So, what does my schedule look like for the next month?” He started going over the schedule; things I approved he marked with a ‘V’, things I didn’t, he made a note to speak with the respective person and notify them of the changes. My schedule done and decided, I was finally free for the rest of the day. It had been quite a while since the last time I had had a day off and I was nearly clueless as to what I should do with myself. I looked at my watch and saw it was just about time for lunch so I decided to go out on a limb. Terri’s clinic was a couple of blocks from my office and I wondered if she would like to have lunch with me. I wanted to get to know her better and what better way? Now I know what you must be thinking; me, alone with a beautiful, young doctor, who also happens to be my brother’s girlfriend. I have never stolen any of my brother’s girlfriends and I wasn’t intent on doing so now. Besides, they were all quite bad looking or had at least one character flaw. But I’m again digressing.
I got out of the building and went to take my car on the short drive over to County. I parked the car and got out, walking toward the entrance. When I entered the hospital, the strong smell of antiseptic struck me full force. I walked to the nurses’ station and smiled charmingly at the nurse on call. “Hello. Can you tell me where I can find Dr. Terri Childs?”
The nurse looked at me wide-eyed and pointed down the hall. I thanked her and as I was about to turn and walk where she had pointed, I ran into someone. “I’m sorry…” As I looked at the person whom I was holding in my arms, preventing an imminent fall, I smiled in recognition, “Hi Terri.”
“Hey!” She said in delight. “What are you doing here? I hope there’s nothing wrong…” She quickly asked in concern.
I reassured her hurriedly and asked her if she wanted to join me for lunch since I knew she had to eat and since I was having the first day off since ever and before I could rumble on, she laid a soft, manicured hand on my arm and stopped me. “I would love to, but I have two more patients to check before I can leave, ok?”
A slow smile spread over my lips and I nodded, “Perfect.”
Before too long, Terri joined me at the door and we left the hospital together. I led her to my car and she gasped in wonder, “That is one beautiful car.”
I smiled with pride, just as if it were the very product of my loins (close, my wallet). I went over to her side and opened the car door for her. Waiting for her to get in, I shut the door and ran over to the driver’s side. During the ride over to the restaurant we were both mostly quiet, just exchanging pleasantries and information. “Do you like Italian?” I asked.
She nodded vigorously and said, “I love Italian.”
Smiling, I said, “Good. I know this great restaurant, not far from here.”
A few minutes later we stopped in front of the restaurant and I handed the keys to my precious car to the valet, who was familiar to me. “Hey Danny, be careful, you hear?”
Danny smiled and nodded enthusiastically, “Of course, Miss Shepherd.”
I went ahead and held open the door of the restaurant for my companion. We entered and were immediately seated in a private, far off section of the restaurant, enshrouded by plants and privacy. I pulled Terri’s chair out and sat down. Old habits are hard to kill. Terri smiled and I sat in front of her. “You are so charming, I wish you could teach your brother some of these manners.” She said teasingly, but I knew there was truth to her words.
We had a very pleasant conversation and an even pleasanter meal, which ended with a short argument over the bill. “I can’t let you pay for me…”Said Terri, indignantly.
“Terri, please, I invited you, you’re insulting me…you don’t want to do that, do you?” I asked with a slight cock of the eyebrow.
Terri sighed deeply as she knew she had lost. “Alright, but next time is on me.”
I smiled in relief and joy at the prospect of there being a next time. I really had a wonderful time and Terri was stimulating company. Not in that way, you perverts.
I drove her back to the hospital and dropped her off as close to the entrance as possible without actually being an ambulance. She thanked me for lunch and I again told her to feel free to call whenever she needed or wanted anything. She gave me her phone number as well and we parted ways. As I found out later, her friends at the hospital ribbed her and teased her, asking about me. They had recognized me but were too stunned to say anything in front of me.
One day rolled into another and work kept me busy pretty much most of the time, but I always found the time to talk with Terri, either on the phone, over lunch or anywhere for that matter. We grew closer as we saw each other more frequently, since every time I was at the office, I would call her up and ask her to lunch. To this day, she keeps nagging me about letting her pay for a meal. I still haven’t caved.
My brother and her had been dating for four months, pushing on five and it wasn’t looking particularly good. Terri would complain to me about the fact that he was never there, about the fact that they would almost never go out anymore and that it was getting harder and harder for her to feel anything for him. His work was taking up all their time and he never found the time to spend with her. She was a doctor and she always did her best to maneuver through her patients in order to be able to see him, but he would either cancel at the last minute or not show up at all. I was more than pissed at my brother for treating this wonderful woman so flippantly, especially since I was already wondering how she could have gone out with him in the first place. I tried to talk some sense into him but nothing worked.
One evening, I was at my parents’ house, hanging around after a long day of recording and I was too tired to go to my own apartment and be alone. My bother, it seemed, was feeling the exact same way because when I got to the house, he was already there. It was around 9:00pm when Jack’s cell phone rang. He went to pick it up and from the one-sided conversation I gathered it had to be Terri. My brother started raising his voice suddenly, sounding upset until he hung up. He came into my parents’ bedroom and sat down. My mom asked him what had happened and he told us that Terri called and she was upset because one of her patients had just died. I’m not sure if she actually requested him to come over or just hinted at it, but he immediately told her he was too tried to drive over and that he’d see her tomorrow. Unable to hold my anger inside any longer, I snapped at him and asked, “What is wrong with you? Your girlfriend calls you all upset, asks you to come over and be with her and you tell her you’re too tired?! She shouldn’t even have asked you to come, you should have gotten into your car the minute you heard her upset voice.”
My brother’s angry gaze turned to me, his eyes blazing, “Who the hell asked you?! I’m too tired and I’m not going anywhere. You’re welcome to go yourself if you’re so worried. I’m surprised she hasn’t called you instead, you’ve been seeing each other so much the past couple of weeks that it seems like you’re the one dating her!”
“Well that’s because her boyfriend is an asshole who can’t get his head out of his ass and work and never has time to see her! She’s a doctor, for God’s sake and she can find time!”
“Is that what she keeps telling you, huh? That my job is not as important as hers, so I can find the time whenever I want, to go and see her? Well, fuck you both.” He got up and left the room, slamming the door to his old room so hard that the walls rattled. I ground my teeth so hard I could feel my jaw beginning to ache. I turned to my mother and said, “I’m going to go see if she’s ok, if he’s not going to go.” My mother simply nodded and I left.
I pulled in front of the hospital less than ten minutes later and jogged towards the entrance. The corridors were brightly lit though it was pitch dark outside. Heading for the nurses’ station, I was faced with the smile of a now familiar nurse. She greeted and pointed me towards the doctors’ lounge. The lounge was empty except for Terri’s tightly curled up figure sitting on the couch. She wore her lab coat and the stethoscope was still hanging over her shoulders, but I could see them shaking. As I stepped closer, I cleared my throat, not wanting to startle her. She raised her head and I felt a twinge of pain in my chest as I saw the tear streaked face. She smiled shakily and rose to her feet. Without uttering a single word, she threw herself into my arms. I held her close to my chest, rocking her gently and whispering soft nothings into her red tipped ear. I pulled her closer and moved us to the sofa, cradling her in my arms. “It’s ok, sweetie. It’s going to be ok.” I kept whispering as she slowly quieted down. I caressed her hair gently, reveling at the silky feeling of her blonde strands running through my fingers. Tucking a strand of hair behind her ear, I raised her chin with two fingers, “Are you ok?”
She tried another smile, this one much better than the first and nodded. I nodded in assent and pulled her back into my warm embrace. After several more minutes like that I felt her yawn against me and I smiled tenderly. “You’re tired, let me drive you home.”
She nodded and we got to our feet. With a soft kiss on the crown of her head, I helped her organize her things and took her home. I led her into her apartment and helped her undress. Again, get your minds out of the gutter, the girl is suffering here.
Tucking her safely into bed, I prepared to leave but her soft voice stopped me in my tracks. “Jaime, could you please stay with me?”
I walked back to the side of her bed and asked, “Are you sure?”
She nodded sleepily. I smiled and ruffled her hair lightly. “Alright. I’ll be right there in the living room, on the sofa, ok? If you need anything, just call me.”
The night passed uneventfully, but from that moment on we had gotten even closer than before. If she was barely seeing Jack before, she was hardly ever seeing him now. We were both juggling our hectic jobs in order to be able to meet and go out, or we’d just sit and talk for hours about anything and everything. It was the best time of my life, I had never enjoyed someone’s company as much as I had enjoyed Terri’s. She was intelligent, beautiful, sweet and kind and each day I found out new and better things about her. She was practically too good to be true. But she was, and she was my brother’s girlfriend.
One evening we decided to go to a karaoke bar. Terri had never been to one and she was dying to try it out. For a change, my brother had managed to make himself available and we went out, all three of us. We got to the bar, found seats and ordered some drinks. My brother was actually starting to join in on the conversation and it was turning out as a pleasant night after all. A few people stopped at our table to ask me for an autograph, which for some reason annoyed my brother, but then things quieted down as the karaoke host got up on stage. All kinds of people took turns singing and it was hilarious. Most were very bad singers but very charming and entertaining. Finally, we managed to persuade Terri to go up on stage and sing. She decided to sing Donna Summer’s “She Works Hard for Her Money” and had done a pretty good job of it. After she got down, exhilarated by her performance, she decided I just had to sing something. When the audience noticed who it was she was trying to pull on stage, it began chanting my name in support and out of embarrassment mixed in with delight, I decided what the heck. I got on stage and as I stood looking closely at Terri, glancing at the rest of the audience from time to time, I sang a song called “Moments” by Westlife.
“If I die tonight,
I go with no regrets.
If it’s in your arms,
I know that I was blessed.
And if your eyes
Are the last thing that I see
Then I know the beauty
Heaven holds for me.
But if I make it through,
If I live to see the day,
If I’m with you,
I know just what to say,
Truth be told
Girl, you take my breath away,
Every minute, every hour, every day.”
As the song came to its end, the audience erupted in cheers and whistles and I couldn’t help but notice Terri wiping away at her cheek. I hurried over to her, thinking I had somehow offended her, but was quickly reassured when I was engulfed in a warm hug. I could feel Jack sending daggers into my back but in that moment in time, I didn’t care about anything, only that feeling mattered…that warm, crazy feeling that was wreaking havoc on my insides. I clutched her tighter when she whispered in my ear, “No one has ever sung to me. So beautiful…” I reluctantly released her and we sat down. The evening didn’t continue as it had before. Silence prevailed and less than an hour later we were dropping Terri off at her home. During the rest of the ride the silence was maintained and when I reached his apartment, he got out of the car and slammed the door shut, leaving me in the darkness. I bit my lip, pushed the car in gear and screeched out of the driveway. I didn’t feel I had done anything wrong, so I had no reason to feel shame or guilt. I wanted to tell Terri how beautiful and special she was because I knew that Jack never told her and wasn’t planning on telling her and I just wanted to make it a memorable night for her. With these thoughts in mind, I drove toward my house. It was too late for me to pull to a complete stop when I saw the car rushing toward me at full speed. The roads were slick from freshly fallen snow and the car skidded on the wet surface. A moment later, everything went dark. My entire body was in pain so I knew that I couldn’t be dead but it was almost worse. I tried to take a deep breath but it was hard and painful. I have no idea how much time elapsed since that moment in time, but when I woke up I was in the hospital. Around me my family was gathered and caressing my head softly was Terri. I groaned when I tried to open my mouth to speak. Everything hurt so badly. “Shh…You’re ok now, rest.” Whispered Terri.
I closed my eyes again and drifted into a fitful sleep. Guilt was still gnawing at me about last night, or was it two nights ago…My memory was in shambles and my body didn’t seem to be faring much better.
As I’ve later found out, I wasn’t in a bad as shape as I had thought and feared. Nothing was broken except for a couple of ribs, which had made my breathing into a painful experience but otherwise, I was fine and free to go. They bandaged my ribs and took care of the multiple bruises and I was released home the next day. Everybody was very supportive and sweet and I began to wonder…more like fear. What weren’t they telling me?
Suddenly I remembered…”What happened to my baby?!” I gasped in pain.
My mother grimaced and shook her head.
“Oh God…” That was when I shed my first tear. Nothing had hurt as that blow. My baby was totaled but I had insurance so it wouldn’t be long until they sent me a replacement. But still…it was my baby…
Anyhow, Terri came to visit and things seemed to be getting back to normal because my brother was ignoring me again and my family was treating me as before, all niceties long gone.
I had gotten back to my feet and as soon as possible got back to work and to seeing my favorite doctor in the whole wide world. Terri was more affectionate and touchy than ever and who was I to complain?
Coming back from a restaurant one evening, we were strolling back to her apartment and when we stopped at her door, I heard the words that I will forever bear with me, “Do you want to come in?”
It’s not that I have never been in her apartment before, but never in this context. I nodded mutely and she smiled in understanding. Letting us into her apartment, I gulped as she turned on the lights. “Do you want anything to drink? Make yourself at home.” She yelled from the kitchen.
“No thanks, I’m good.” I took my jacket off and went to sit on the sofa I had once slept on. Terri came back with two glasses of wine and sat down next to me. I was about to say that I didn’t want anything to drink when my mouth and throat got all parched. I took the glass of wine and drank freely. “I thought you’d like that.” She said and caressed my black hair softly. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I’ve never been in this situation before. God knows I have, too many times to count, but never with my brother’s girlfriend! At the thought, I put the glass down and was about to get up when Terri took my face into her hands and pulled me closer. Unable to move a muscle even if I had wanted to, I quickly surrendered to the feel of soft, warm lips upon my own. She kissed me gently and I kissed her back, just moving my lips slowly and sweetly over hers. When the heavenly kiss ended, I took a deep breath and jumped to my feet. “I can’t do this…I’m sorry.”
Terri got up as well and stopped me with her hand on my forearm. “Jaime, I broke up with Jack a few days ago.”
I blinked dumbly at her for a few seconds until what she had said registered, “What?”
“I broke up with him. He hadn’t been my boyfriend for a long while now, we barely saw each other, we never dated, we never even talked. My co-workers used to laugh at me that I speak more about you than I do about him. It’s true, I did. But that’s because I’ve grown to know you so well and to care so much about you. I can’t say the same about your brother. When I heard you were involved in an accident and I was called quickly to the hospital I thought my heart was going to burst into a million pieces. You have a way in which you make me feel things I had never felt before and I know this might be selfish but I would like to see where this takes us…that is, if you’d like to try as well.”
I had never seen a more vulnerable look in anyone’s eyes than that look in Terri’s eyes at that specific moment. Wrapping my arms around her slim waist, I pulled her closer and smiled, “I would love to find out what the future holds for us, but I don’t know if I can do this to my brother.”
“Jaime, I told him what I wanted and he said he had already known. That he’s known a long time ago. He wasn’t surprised at the break up and he was all for it. I think he found someone for himself as well.”
“Well then, that’s a different thing altogether.” I smiled devilishly and leaned down to capture her sweet lips in a repeat performance.
Pulling her toward where I knew her bedroom was located, we took each other’s clothes off on the way, leaving a trail behind. Her legs soon bumped against the mattress of her bed and I laid her down gently. Her beauty was ravishing and I could barely keep my hands away from her. I kissed her lips in a soft, sensual kiss, then moved to her ear and nibbled my way down to her throat. I was pleasantly surprised to find that her neck held many ticklish and tender points that made her emit an assortment of sexy sounds. Moving lower still I gazed upon her lovely breasts before I lowered my head to taste her hardening buds. I took one and then the other into my mouth, sucking slowly, relishing the feeling of fingers digging into my scalp in pleasure. Moans of excitement resounded in the bedroom as I moved lower to kiss and lick my way down her abdomen. Parting her silky thighs, I made room for my broad shoulders in between her legs. Lapping at the soft skin of her inner thigh I delighted in the sounds of her gasps and low moans. I decided not to make her wait any longer and dived in with gusto.
I lapped from top to bottom, gathering her sweet fluids on my tongue and then rolling them onto her protruding clit. She was so hard, it was hard to miss and I took the very tip between my lips and sucked. My tongue was playing with her opening and then my lips would go back up to her clit, alternating between long, deep strokes and strong suction. Her hands pulled at my hair and as she arched her back off the bed and made a loud mewing sound, I knew I had succeeded. I pulled her closer and kissed my way up her body, Reaching her lips, I let her have a taste of herself on my tongue and as she was busy concentrating on the probing kiss, I thrust two fingers deep inside. She gasped loudly into the kiss and arched away from my lips. Capturing her lips in a sensual kiss again, I continued my pounding in steady thrusts, reaching deep inside her writhing body. She was trying to pull away from the kiss again, trying to get a breath in, but I didn’t want to let her go. I continued holding her in a firm kiss and thrusting harder and deeper all the time. Her nails scratched a path down my sweaty back as she clutched my fingers in her powerful spasms. Feeling the contractions recede, I pulled away from her lips, keeping my fingers still deeply embedded. She took deep gulps of air into her starved lungs. Eyes closed, mouth gaping open in release, she made the most beautiful picture nature could have created. Our love making continued deep into the night, until we finally fell exhausted into slumber.
Our relationship blossomed and kept improving with time. My brother finally forgave me and went back to treating me as a brother should, insulting and demeaning. Our careers flourished; Terri was made chief resident and I was finally going to go on a world tour. Our dreams seemed to have come true. It seemed almost too good to be true. But it was and this time there was nothing in the way.
A year has gone by and it’s the holiday season again. As we sit on the plane, waiting for take off, I look at her sleeping face and smile. It’s been one heck of a year and I can’t help but count my blessings. Even though it’s been kind of a rocky ride, I’ve come to realize it’s the very best life has to offer. What did I do to deserve such an angel by my side? Oh yeah, I kept a brother.