Can't Say Why I Love You

Chapter Eight

"Kevin!" Katie called as she pounded on his door that night. "Kevin!"

He opened the door, pulling on his clothes. "What do you want?" he asked impatiently.

Katie tried to look past him into the room, but he blocked her view. "I was just coming to say goodnight, but if you're going to be that way about it..."

"Sorry, sorry." He hugged her quickly. "Goodnight." He shut the door and went back over to the bed.

"Took you long enough," Linz remarked as Kevin pulled her on top of him and started to kiss her again.

"Well, I love you, too, big bro," Katie muttered to the closed door out in the hall. She turned and started to walk down the hall towards her room. She stiffened when she saw A.J. coming towards her. "Evening, A.J."

"Evening, Katie," he returned.

Katie looked around and saw that no one else was nearby. As he passed her, she gave him a smack on the butt and then retired into her room, leaving him staring after her with his mouth open.

About a minute after Katie got into her room, the phone rang. She picked it up. "Hello?"

"What was that for?" A.J. asked immediately.

She could just picture the sly grin that she knew was on his face right now. "What are you talking about?" she returned innocently.

He laughed. "Don't worry, I liked it. Maybe you can do it more tomorrow night," he joked.

"You know I will, Bone," Katie laughed.

"Damn it, Howie's getting out of the shower," A.J. lamented.

"So much for phone sex."

He chuckled. "'Night, Katie."

"'Night, A.J."

* * *

The next morning when Linz woke up, she felt Kevin's arms around her and his slow, even breathing on the back of her neck. She smiled and pulled his arms tighter around her waist. He woke up too, feeling her movement against his body.

"Morning, Linz," he murmured.

"Morning, baby," she said. She immediately regretted saying it, since they had only been going out for three months and she didn't know how serious he was about her... "I mean..."

He smiled warmly and ran a hand through her red hair. "You can call me anything you want to," he reassured her softly.

"Except Kevy," she added, smiling playfully.

"Except Kevy," he agreed. He kissed her forehead.

She rested her head against his chest, and he pulled her closer.

"I love you," he whispered into her hair.

Linz frowned and pulled away. "Wh-What did you say?" she asked.

"Um...nothing?" he suggested, grinning weakly.

"You said I love you, didn't you?" she said.

"Maybe..." Kevin replied, turning his head away from her. "I'm sorry, I didn't mean to, I just..." He turned back and looked into Linz's green eyes.

"Why would you even say it? You already got me in bed with you," she said softly.

"No, that's not it all. It's true. I'm falling in love with you, Linz," he repeated. "And I'm sorry if that scares you. It scares me too. But I've got it bad for you, baby," he concluded with a smile that she couldn't help but return. "If you don't want me to—"

"No, no," Linz cut him off. "Say it again," she whispered, "and look at me this time."

"I love you, Linz," he replied dutifully, looking imploringly into her eyes.

She frowned for a moment, trying to interpret his expression, and then smiled. "You really mean it," she realized happily.

"Of course I mean it."

"I love you too, Kev," she said, and she couldn't help but notice that his eyes were glazed over with tears. "Are you crying?"

He shrugged and grinned guiltily. "Y-Yeah...I do that a lot...if—"

"That's so cute," Linz interrupted, wrapping her arms around his neck and kissing him.

He intensified the kiss and was going to go further when the phone rang. Time to get up. "Damn it," he muttered after he answered the wake up call.

"It's okay, Kevin, we still have tonight, right?"

"I don't have my own room tonight," he groaned.

"So come to my place," Linz offered slyly.

"I never thought of that," he admitted, getting out of bed and pulling Linz with him.


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