Aila and Noah-Chapter 3

"I kissed him, it was an accident." I explained through the phone after I got home from the pool club.

"What, you just tripped and fell on his lips?" Tye retorted wryly, followed by his chuckles.

"Yes!" I exclaimed, throwing a hand up for emphasis, even though he couldn't see me.

Tye laughed harder. "Can't believe that actually happened."

"Yeah, hilarious…" I said sourly. Okay, it is pretty funny, but I will never admit to that.

"Is this guy a nerd or something?"

I flipped my brown hair out of my face. "No, he's hot." I grabbed Hayden's sweatshirt, which I forgot to give back, and brought it up to my nose. It smelt like chlorine and some kind of yummy spice.

"Speaking of hot, guess which unbelievably sexy guys are coming down to Connecticut in two weeks?"

I couldn't help but roll my eyes. "Since when are you one for advanced planning?"

"You know its mom's idea."

I smiled. Tye's mom is this hip, funny, strong-willed woman who has a secret addiction to trashy romances. "I'll put it on my calendar."

"Before you know it, we'll be there, seeing just how much trouble we could get you into."

"Wait, your mom's coming too?" Sweeeeet. Mrs. Walters made the best cookies ever.

"No," He drew out, "Me and Jason!" I just remembered how he said, 'sexy guys' before…

"Long-time crush Jason!?" My palms were sweaty just thinking about him.

"Yeah. That's why we're coming down in two weeks; he has a break from football practice then."

Of course the guy I like had to be out of bounds, what kind of high-school girl would I be if he wasn't? Oh, not to mention that part where we are good friends. That's the main problem with me and guys. I don't have many girl friends, and all the boys wouldn't look at me as more than a friend because I watch football games, chow down on Buffalo wings, and act completely silly. I'm not a full tomboy but I have my moments… But it's not like I don't want a boyfriend, 'cause I do! One time, I tried to act flirty and everything, but the boys just laughed and two hours later Tye was trying to separate me from my tub of ice cream. That day, I realized that the place I put myself into, is mighty hard to get out of. So, I gave up and accepted my role as the girl who is one of the guys.

I gazed at my reflection in the mirror across from me. Not that they would notice me even if I wasn't their good friend. I have big, brown-black eyes, a too-small nose, non-existent lips, which have only touched one guy's lips before…not to mention my very short stature.

Oh, and I bet you're wondering just who I have kissed? It was none other than Tye himself! And please, don't start getting suspicions of: he is going to profess his love to me one day, or, deep deep down I have romantic feelings for him. It's not gonna happen. We kissed when we were five, okay! Tye and I were on the playground. I looked over and saw these teenagers kissing against a tree and studied them in awe. I got Tye to look too and after the couple had finished and were walking away I said, "Wanna try?" So, turtle slow, we lean in and the second our lips connect, we spring up and run in opposite directions screaming, "Ew! Yuck! Cooties!" Adorable, right?

"Can't wait, cutie pie." I murmured.

"Don't I know it, sweet pea." He replied before saying he had to go.

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My sunglasses were packed, tankini nicely folded, iPod in my short's pocket…I was ready for the pool club. And Hayden…

"Mom, I'm ready!" I called down the hall.

"Okay!" She yelled back.

I walk towards the garage and find a mini roadblock in my way.

"Cee!" Noah screamed, jumping up and down in excitement.

"Are you coming to the pool, too?"

He nodded, blue eyes serious. "Mommy said I can come and swim in the little pool. She saids you have to watch me, and help me put on my floaties."

"We're gonna have a lot of fun, Noe."

"Yeah!" He pumped one little fist in the air.

"Alright, kids, in the car." My mom said as she was running a brush through her brown hair, the same dark color as my brother.

Noah ran ahead of me, chanting, "Pool, pool, pool!"

I was also chanting something in my head. However, mine went around the lines of: Hayden, Hayden, Hayden…

"Have fun, you two!" My mom said through the car window.

"We will." I affirmed, holding Noah's hand.

"Cira, make sure you watch him." She said firmly, in full mother-mode now.

"Of course."

Noah and I waved as she drove away.

"Okay, kiddo, let's go find a place to set our bags."

"'Kay." Noah jumped in place as we signed in, and jumped along the sidewalk as we walked to the pool, and jumped some more as I stood looking for Hayden.

"Noah, chill for a second, I'm trying to find a friend." It was distracting because since he had hold of my hand, I was jostled along with him.

His up and down motions stopped, thankfully. I shielded my eyes, trying to see if there was a tall, blonde haired guy listening to music.

"Guess we beat him here." I muttered to myself, tugging my brother toward a lounge chair.

After I sunscreened both him and myself, I led him toward the kiddie pool. He doesn't need his floaties for this one. Those are only if I want to go in the deep end and he has to come with me.

I sat at the edge while he entered the water. Even though there was a lifeguard, I still wanted him I my sight, just in case he needed me. Being Mr. Friendly, he immediately swam over to a girl around his age. How adorable she was, with her white-blonde hair and floral bathing suit.

I watched like the proud sister as Noah started playing with her. I have no idea what they were doing, but it was cute, whatever it was.

"Cira?" A male's voice questioned from above me.

I tilted my head back and saw beautiful eyes (that I still don't know the exact color of), a sharp, aristocratic nose, and full, yet masculine lips. Hayden.

"Hiya." I greeted.

He gazed out toward the pool. "Hey."

"What brings you out here?" I asked.

Hayden took a seat next to me, awkwardly hanging his long legs out from the edge. "My sister…" His eyes narrowed. "Who seemed to have found a friend…"

I followed his line of sight and laughed. "He's harmless."

"Yeah, I bet…" I found it so sweet how Hayden is protective of his sister, even though she's so young.

"Trust me I know. That's my little brother."

He flushed. "I'm sorry... I didn't know you had a brother."

I smiled. "It's okay; you're just being the protective older brother."

He cracked a grin. "Yeah, pretty much."

"So what's her name?" I wondered, nodding toward his sister. Who, at the moment, was splashing my brother gleefully.

"Aila."

"I think Aila and Noah are going to be good friends."

"I agree."

"Noah!" I signaled for him to come over. "You want to invite your new friend to have some lunch with us?"

"Uh huh!" He swam back over to Aila and they conversed for a few seconds before he came back, Aila in tow.

Hayden spoke up, "Aila, how was the water?"

"Very nice!" Her voice was small and angelic sounding. And I couldn't stop the huge smile from gracing my face at the sight of Noah standing next to Aila. They looked like a hallmark card.

I stood up. "C'mon everyone, let's go eat."

Hayden walked with me, while Noah and Aila tagged behind.

We got to the snack shack, ordering four hotdogs and two plates of curly fries. When they were ready, Hayden and I carried the food to the picnic table we claimed.

"Yummy!" Aila cried, kneeling on the bench.

"Aila, sit right before you fall backwards." Hayden advised.

"'Kay." She complied, reaching for a hotdog.

I slid in next to Hayden because Aila and Noah decided to share a bench.

"So, what was life like back in..wherever you came from?" He asked.

I swallowed. "Um, Long Island…I miss it, especially the beaches. And my friends, of course."

He nodded and broke eye contact. "No boyfriends I guess…"

"Nope." I confirmed. "All the guys think of me as a friend, so it was kinda impossible."

"Oh."

"How 'bout you? Any crazy girlfriend lurking around?"

He smiled. "No."

I leaned closer to him, not noticing how his breathing faltered. "But you know what?"

He cocked his head to the side and said quietly, "What?"

"Noah and Aila might just like each other."

He cut his eyes across the table and glared at the two of them, who were sharing a plate of curly fries.

"As friends." He stated.

I just took another bite of my hotdog.

"Cira pick up your damn phone! Hurry the hell up-" Tye's voice came from my cell.

"Sorry," I said to Hayden, "Tye is a little weird…"

I flipped my phone open. "My one and only! What's up."

"I just want to inform you, that although I'm still coming with Jason in two weeks, this weekend I will be ringing you bell!"

I shrieked happily. "This is great! But why didn't you tell me this before?"

"Well, I had to go to this track banquet this Friday, and you know I will have the worst hangover the next day…"

"Duh." There is always some wild party after his track banquets.

"But," He drawled, "The banquet is cancelled, so I'm driving up to your house Saturday morning."

"That's so great!" I took a glimpse of Hayden and felt bad for leaving him out like this. "So, I gotta go right now, talk to you later?"

"Yup. See ya, pudding pop."

"Bye." I stashed my phone back in my pocket and refocused on the cute boy sitting next to me.

"Sorry about that."

"It's okay." He opened his mouth as if to say something else, but then clamped it shut.

"What?" I asked.

He watched Aila and Noah, who had travelled over to the playground. "Never mind."

"Please?" I pouted, making sure I had his attention, "Tell me…" I can't stand not knowing what he wanted to say.

I observed his eyes wander south of my face and had to stop a satisfied smile from overtaking my mouth.

"It's just…well….I thought you said you didn't have a boyfriend." He turned back to our siblings.

"I don't. Tye's my best friend." I thought back to our conversation, trying to figure out what had made him think that. "Oh, and pet names are just our thing…I dunno, we're odd." I laughed.

We spent the rest of the day either swimming or watching the little ones playing, still kind of in the awkward friendship stage.

When the lifeguards whistled for everyone to head out of the pool, we decided to go. Seriously, without the pool, there's basically nothing you could do at the pool club.

"Haydee…" Aila began, "Can Noah come home with me for a bit?" She looked up at him through cornflower blue eyes.

"It's fine with me, Haydee." I snickered.

He blushed. "I guess so."

"Yay!" Noah and Aila yelled, running ahead into the parking lot.

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After I called my mom to tell her what's going on, we got into Hayden's black SUV.

"Nice car." I commented, running my hands over the smooth leather.

"Thanks, it was a birthday present."

I vaguely heard Aila whispering to Noah all the cool things they could do once they arrived at her house.

"I'm going to warn you," Hayden said as we turned on to his (and my) street. "You might be bombarded with people, so stay close."

I peeked sideways at him to see if he was kidding.

He wasn't.

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