Can't Say Why I Love You

Chapter Seven

"Kev, we have to go!" Katie shouted to her brother over the din of the crowd. It had been five minutes, and he was still searching for Linz.

"She said she'd be here" Kevin replied stubbornly.

"You can call her later!" Brian suggested, grabbing Kevin's arm as Katie grabbed the other.

Kevin's cousin and sister pulled him all the way out of the airport. When Katie let go of him, she thought that she saw tears in his eyes. "Kev..." she murmured, touching her brother's back softly.

"She said that she'd come, Katie," he whispered.

"She'll come, Kevin," Katie replied, wiping a tear away for him.

"Kevin, you have a surprise waiting for you in your bed," Mike told him when he got on the bus.

"What?" Kevin asked in confusion.

"Just go and check it."

Kevin raised an eyebrows as he walked down the aisle of the bus. His bunk was the only one with the curtain pulled tightly shut. As he approached, he heard faint giggling that sounded very familiar. He grinned and yanked the curtain aside to reveal his girlfriend. "Linz!" he exclaimed, moving forward and kissing her.

"Hey, Kev!" she replied through his eager kisses.

A little way down the hall, Katie made a face as she watched her older brother and Linz making out. She turned around, only to collide with A.J. "Aah!" she exclaimed, turning on her heel. "What the hell..." she murmured as she pushed passed Kevin and into the back area of the bus to sit on the couch.

"Kev," Linz mumbled as he climbed into the bunk bed with her, pulled the curtain shut, and lay on top of her. "Slow down."

He laughed. "You really think I'm going to do anything with my four best friends and my little sister out there?" he asked, wrapping his arms around her. "I just want to hold you, Linsey. I missed you."

Linz smiled and slid her arms around his neck. "I missed you too, Kev," she whispered, kissing his cheek. Then a sly smile spread across her lips.

"What are you thinking now, Linz Barnette?" Kevin asked.

"We have our own hotel room tonight, right, Kevvy?" she purred, tightening her arms around him. He winced and did not answer. "What's wrong?"

"You called me Kevvy," he said.


"Katie calls me that."

"Ohhh," Linz understood. "Well what can I call you then?" she asked, walking her fingers up his chest.

"The guys used to call me Pumpkin, but they don't anymore," he offered, grinning.

"Okay then, Pumpkin. But back to my original question. Do we have our own room tonight?" she persisted.

"Would I be in such a good mood right now if we didn't?" he returned.

"Good point." Linz kissed him again.


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