Loving You
Author: Lacey Raine

Chapter 8

 Xander stroked my cheek lightly with his fingertips. It was Saturday- we always met up on Saturday mornings. "Listen, baby," He said, his lips close to my ear. "I want you to meet Stevie and the others."

"What?" I said. "Have you told them about us?" I was actually impressed- and a little hurt. He would normally run something like that by me first.

"No," He confessed. "But wouldn't it be awesome if you could come round, even if was just as a mate? If we went into my room, we could be alone, so we could do... I dunno. This, maybe?" He pulled me into him and kissed me full on the lips, his tongue dancing with mine. I smiled.

"Sounds good to me," I replied, winding my arms around his neck.

I wanted to hold his hand as we walked to his place, but we couldn't, not in public. He stopped at the gate. I looked at the house- it was an ordinary-sized red-brick double fronted house with a garden at the front. It was pretty. "It's nice," I said, thoughtfully, smiling. He laughed.

"Glad you think so," He said. "I hate it."

"You do?" I asked, shocked. "Why?"

"Because, it's too... ordinary," He shrugged. "It's boring. I don't wanna live in a normal, everyday estate. I wanna live somewhere pretty. Exciting. Like the new flats on the other side of town."

"Oh, yeah, they're nice," I agreed, nodding. Xander smiled at me.

"C'mon," He said, giving my hand a quick squeeze. He opened the green-painted gate and walked up the path to the front door. I followed him through the blue front door. "I'm home!" He called. "And I brought a friend." A middle aged woman with greying brown hair, in a pale pink tee-shirt and baggy grey pants was in the doorway opposite where we were standing. I guessed she was Stevie, Xander's foster mother. "Hi," She said, smiling at me.

"Stevie this is Axel," He said, waving a hand at me. "Axel, Stevie."

"Axel? Great name," She smiled and stuck her hand out. I smiled and shook it. My name was one of the things Nicky picked for. It was nice when people liked it.

"Thanks," I said. "It's after Axl Rose. My mum's a massive Guns N' Roses fan."

"Oh? D'you like them, then?"

"They're alright," I shrugged. "I perfer alternative rock... you know, like Goo Goo Dolls and Lifehouse?"

"Ooh, our Xander's a Lifehouse fan," She said. Like I needed telling. Still, I smiled polietly and acted as though I didn't know. Xander grabbed my arm.

"C'mon, Axel. Let's go upstairs," He said, pulling me after him. "See you, Stevie."

"Bye," Stevie laughed as I tried to stumble after him.

Axel took me into his room and sat me down on his bed. "Sorry about her," He rolled his eyes. "She tends to go on a bit."

"It's okay. She's nice," I replied.

"Yeah she's great," He smiled fondly. "But, we didn't come up here to talk about her. We came up here to do this." He pulled me to him and kissed me on the lips, our tongues dancing.

Until we heard the door open.


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