Can't Say Why I Love You

Chapter Thirty-One

"You're sure that he's going to be all right?" Katie asked the doctor in the ER.

"Yes, positive. He'll just be immobile for a few days, and he'll have some difficulty walking for the next few weeks, but he'll heal quickly."

Katie was so relieved that she hugged the doctor and kissed his cheek. "And Linz?"

"She'll also be fine."

Katie smiled and fell back onto the couch, not realizing that A.J. was there.

"What a relief, huh?" he said, smiling warmly.

Katie jumped, then laughed. "Sorry, I'm still really on edge after seeing Brett."

"That's understandable," A.J. replied.

Katie almost smiled but stopped herself at the last minute. "I just hope that he gets what he deserves," she sighed. "It's pretty much going to be our word against his in court."

A.J. shook his head. "No, there's some evidence." Katie looked questioningly at him. "Kevin's blood on the rug, Linz's blood in the bathroom, the alcohol in Brett's system right now...and also, we can afford a kick-ass lawyer."

"I guess," Katie agreed weakly, yawning.

"You look exhausted," A.J. commented. "Want me to move so you can lie down?"

Katie remembered just then that she was mad at him. "No," she said quickly, standing up and walking away.

A.J. sighed and leaned back on the couch as Brian sat down next to him. "How is it going with her?" he asked.

A.J. looked strangely at him. "You know about us?"

Brian nodded. "She came to talk to me before you got back together and Kevin walked in on you."

"What did you say to her?"

"I basically helped her realize that you're an okay guy who would be good to her," Brian replied.

A.J. smiled. "You did that for me?"

"I just told the truth," Brian said. Then he sighed. "But why did you have to go and fuck things up like that, Bone?"

"I didn't mean to, Rok!" A.J. protested. "I just love it so much when she smiles, and I wanted to make her smile...I didn't know that she would find out that I said that to other people, too. It wasn't the same with her, though."

"I know," Brian said, "but you still hurt her. She really does love you, J."

"And I love her too. I don't know how to make her see that. I try to talk to her, but she keeps pushing me away," A.J. said.

"Maybe it's more than just your words that she needs," Brian suggested.

A.J. frowned. "What do you mean?"

Brian clapped his friend on the shoulder. "Just think about it, man," he said as he got up and walked away after Katie.


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