A.J. nervously fiddled with the rose that he had gotten on the way to Katie's house as he lay on the bed in her room. It had been an hour since Kevin had taken Katie to his house, and there was still no sign of her. That couldn't be a good thing. He decided to call Kevin's house, in the hope that Katie might pick up the phone. A.J. quickly dialed Kevin's number from the cordless phone by Katie's bed. It rang twice before Kevin answered groggily. "Hello?"
"Kev? It's me, is Katie—"
"Fuck off!" Kevin interrupted.
A.J. heard a click, and then the dial tone. "Damn," he muttered. Oh well, he would just try her cell phone. He dialed that number. It rang five times, and then he got her voice mail, which meant that the phone was turned off. She only turns her phone off when she's asleep, A.J. remembered. What was going on? Had she forgotten about her promise to meet him there? No, she wouldn't forget something like that. Maybe Kevin was keeping her there still. But Kevin sounded like he was about to go to sleep, A.J. realized. He dialed Katie's cell phone number again, and this time left a message. "Hey, Katie, it's Bone. Listen, you didn't come back to your place and your phone's turned off, so I'm getting kinda worried. Call me back whenever, I'll be at your house. Love you. Bye." He hung up the phone and fell back onto the bed again, hoping that Katie would get the message soon. But he had a feeling in the pit of his stomach that something was wrong.
Katie moaned and opened her eyes to hear the sound of knocking on the door to Kevin's guest room. "Come in," she mumbled.
The door opened to reveal her older brother, holding a tray with breakfast food on it. "Morning, sweets," Kevin said cheerfully, walking into the room and setting the tray down on the table next to the bed. "I made you some breakfast. How are you feeling?"
Katie sighed heavily. "Like shit." She realized what she had said and looked nervously at Kevin. "I mean—"
"It's okay, Katie," Kevin said, shaking his head. "You have enough to worry about right now."
"Thanks a lot, Kevin," Katie replied dryly.
He grinned. "You know what I meant."
"I know, I know," Katie sighed. "I guess I'll go home after I eat."
"Are you sure? You know that you're welcome to stay here," Kevin reminded her.
"No, you've done enough, Kevy. And besides, I don't want to be getting in the way of you and Linz."
"Me and Linz?" Kevin repeated, not understanding at first. "Oh my G-d, I completely forgot that she's coming today! What time is it?!"
"Don't worry, you still have three hours," Katie reassured him, laughing.
Kevin breathed a sigh of relief. "Thank the lord for little sisters. What would I do without you, Katie?"
Katie's face turned serious. "A.J.'s the one you should be thanking," she muttered.
Kevin walked forward and sat on the edge of the bed. "Are you sure that you don't want to stay here for a few days?"
Katie nodded. "I need to get through this on my own," she explained softly.
"Okay," Kevin agreed. "Eat up, and I'll drive you