Page 53 of Breathe into Me

My alarm went off and I stretched my arm out to silence it before it woke Kane up. After rubbing the sleep from my eyes, I looked over to see Jessi sitting on her bed, rubbing lotion on her arms, staring at Kane and me.

“What?” I hissed in a hushed tone.

She shrugged. “Nothing. You two just look cozy. When did he sneak in here?” She nodded toward Kane.

I shrugged the best I could because Kane’s head was on my shoulder and his arm and leg were draped across my body. Any movement was difficult. “I don’t know. Just a few hours ago. He couldn’t sleep so he came over.” I then noticed that Jessi was actually up and ready before me. “Wow, how long have you been up?”

She got up from her bed and walked over to her desk where she kept all her jewelry. “Oh, not too long. When your alarm went off and you didn’t wake up to turn it off, it woke me up so I turned it off for you.” She smiled. “Plus you two looked so cute I didn’t want to disturb you.” She shrugged as she put on her earrings.

I finally glanced at the time on my alarm clock and saw that it was thirty minutes later than I normally woke up and I shot straight up in a panic. Kane grunted at my abruptness and then sat up himself.

“What is it? What’s wrong?” he asked, looking wildly around the room.

I threw the covers off my body and they ended up flying over Kane’s head. I glanced back and threw a sorry his way before grabbing some clothes from my closet and rushing to the bathroom to throw them on. I couldn’t be late for my first class. I hadn’t done all that studying for nothing.

When I came back out of the bathroom, Jessi was gone and Kane was still sitting on my bed, but he at least looked fully awake and ready to go.

“Sorry about waking you up like that. Jessi turned my alarm off and I have a huge test this morning so I can’t be late.” I said as I threw on some shoes. “I’m going to kill her!” I jerked my hair back in a ponytail. I really was going to lay into her when I saw her again. What was she thinking?!

“Kelsey, it’s okay. You still have plenty of time.” Kane said as he stood and stretched his arms above his head, his shirt riding up just enough for me to see the lower part of his toned stomach and I had to turn my head so that I wouldn’t get distracted enough to decide to just skip class and lock myself away in here with him for the rest of the day.

When I finally had my hair out of the way, I grabbed my bag from my desk and started cramming things in. I went to hoist it on my shoulder, but Kane took it from me at the last second. “I got it. Let’s get you to that test before you have an aneurysm.” He kissed my forehead and I swatted him on the arm, but I didn’t argue with him since he was kind of right.

While we were waiting for the elevators, Kane brought our interlaced hands to his mouth and kissed my knuckles. I smiled at him, then rested my head on his shoulder. I could get used to this.

“Well, look who it is,” a voice cooed from behind us, and I didn’t have to turn to know who it was. I remembered it perfectly from yesterday. Katie.

Kane sighed, then slowly turned to look at her. “Morning, Katie,” he said flatly.

I didn’t bother turning around for fear that I might claw her eyes out. Which was completely unlike me, but I didn’t like her thinking she had any sort of claim on Kane.

“Morning to you too. It’s been a while. How come you haven’t been around to see me, Kane?” I could hear the girly flirt in her voice and it was putting me on edge. I really wished these stupid elevators were faster, but then again, did I really want to be locked in an elevator with this girl? Things would probably get very ugly if I were locked in such close quarters with her.

Kane completely ignored her question and instead said, “Have you met my girlfriend, Kelsey?” I peeked up at him and he smiled down at me. Great now I was going to have to turn around and acknowledge this girl when I really didn’t want to, but to be polite I glanced over my shoulder and gave her a tight smile. “Hi,” I chirped.

Katie looked about as thrilled to be talking to me as I was to her. She crossed her arms over her chest and gave me a scowl before plastering a fake smile across her face and exclaiming, “Girlfriend?! I didn’t know you had a girlfriend!” She then paused and leaned in toward me. “You lucked out with this one, doll. He’s a real catch. Enjoy him.” She didn’t have to finish her sentence for me to know what she really meant. Enjoy him … while it lasts.

I bit the inside of my cheek and smiled, then turned back around because the elevator had finally arrived. Kane and I stepped on. When the doors started to close and Katie still had not stepped inside, Kane shot his hand out and stopped them. “Were you getting on?” he asked her.

“You know what? I forgot something in my room. I will catch the next one. You two have a nice day.” She gave us another fake smile. “Oh, and Kane, just because you have a girlfriend now doesn’t mean you have to go ignoring your friends. I’m sure Kelly wouldn’t mind sharing you from time to time,” she sneered.

“It’s Kelsey,” I said and knocked Kane’s hand down and watched the elevator doors close in her face. “Bitch,” I mumbled.

Kane laughed and I glared at him.

“What?! She was hitting on you! Right after you told her that I was your girlfriend! Who does that?!” I was almost shouting. I was feeling very territorial at the moment and I didn’t like the he was finding it amusing.

“You’re right. She’s a bitch,” he said as he wrapped his arms around my waist and leaned in for a kiss that I pulled away from.

“Why in the world would you even hold the elevator for her in the first place?” I questioned. If he hated her so much, wouldn’t he have just let the doors close on her like I had planned to do all along?

He gave me a puzzled look. “I don’t know, Kelsey. It’s just a habit I guess to hold the door or elevator door for someone. I wasn’t really thinking about who it was for.”

I knew I was being silly, but I couldn’t help it. That girl had me so annoyed right now and I was taking it out on Kane.

“You’re right,” I sighed. “I just don’t like her.”

“That makes two of us.” He winked and leaned in again to kiss me. This time I let him.

Kane and I had begun spending almost all our time together. He was either coming to stay with me at my dorm or I was going to his apartment. After that first night when we both found it hard to sleep, we decided that it was best if we just went ahead and stayed together. Seeing as how both of us would be useless if we went every day on only a couple hours of sleep.

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