"The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart" - Maya Angelou;

Until Forever’s Gone

Until Forever’s Gone

Selena’s POV

Chapter Thirty Seven

“Dylan?”

My brother – dressed in his camouflage uniform – smiled brightly as he extended his arms out. “Well come on, lil sis,” he greeted. “Don’t leave me hanging.”

My mind that had been racing with thoughts of Justin quickly vanished as I ran towards him. He swiftly caught me as I jumped into his arms and wrapped my own around his neck. Since he was at least a foot taller than me, he was able to lift me off the ground easily as my head buried into his shoulder. I could already feel the tears coming. I tried to keep them at bay knowing that he’d tease me but when he finally did release his grip on me, I could feel them rolling down my cheeks.

“When did you get here?” I asked as I tried to wipe them away.  There really wasn’t any reason to since more were bound to come.

“This morning,” he answered as he slipped his arm around my shoulder and brought me to his side. “Don’t you cry on me now.”

I chuckled gently, “I can’t help it,” I said. “It’s been what, four months now?”

“Four months, three days, and,” he checked his watch around his wrist. “Eleven hours.”

That caused me to hug him again. He let out a small grunt at my tight embrace. I squeezed him once more before releasing him. “I missed you too, sis,” he smiled. “But I’m getting some weird looks from your husband.”

My heartbeat quickened and I glanced over to the opening where Justin leaned against the hinge. He seemed surprised to be noticed and quickly stood up straight. I turned my head upwards and gave my brother the best innocent smile I could muster. “So he caught you up, huh?” I asked and both my brother and father nodded.

I didn’t dare take another glimpse at Justin knowing that I’d have to deal with my many thoughts again. My head had a mind of it’s own when it came to that boy and it worried me a little. “I’m not sure how to react,” Dylan said. “I mean my little sister would never do something like that.”

I groaned, tipping my head back. “You sound like Ryker.”

 “I always liked that kid,” he grinned before fixating his gaze forward. “And you better be one hell of a fake husband to my sister cause she deserves that.”

I couldn’t fight the urge not to glance at him and as soon as I did, his eyes met mine and I swallowed hard. He rubbed the back of his neck and looked like he was struggling to smile. “I know.”

Wanting to move the attention away from him, I leaned my head on my brother’s shoulder. “We should do something,” I suggested. “Oh! There’s a new rib place not far from here.”

He shook his head, “I would love to go but I’m pretty exhausted,” he answered. “How about you wake me up in a few hours and I’m all yours.”

I smiled and nodded, “It’s a date.”

He quickly kissed the top of my head before heading towards Justin. He stopped and held out his hand to which Justin shook. “It’s nice to meet you, Justin.”

“You too, Dylan,” he replied and I could see my father smiling at the exchange. “I’ve heard a lot about you.”

My brother looked over his shoulder at me, “Well I’ve heard absolutely nothing about you,” he said before patting his shoulder. “But don’t worry – we’ll have time for that.”

He was out of sight when my dad spoke up, “He’s sleeping in your room,” he informed me as he grabbed an apple and took a bite. “I said you wouldn’t mind considering you haven’t been home lately.” He looked between the two of us and I couldn’t hide the blush. Damn it.

“Dad-”

He put a hand up with a small smile, “Don’t worry, I trust you both.”

I could notice the surprise in Justin’s eyes at his words. He quickly said goodbye and made his way out the door for his shift leaving an uncomfortable silence between Justin and I. I distanced myself some more by heading to the sink and occupying myself with the dishes inside.

“You hungry?” I asked not lifting my sight from the crystal I was washing.

When there was no response I was about to turn when I felt his hot breath close to my neck and my heartbeat quickened. “About before…” his voice was slightly above a whisper.

“It was nothing,” I dismissed with a wave of my hand. He pushed his chest against my back and I almost let the glass slip out of my hands. “Justin, what are you doing?”

“Nothing,” he replied huskily in my ear. Justin’s voice was always alluring but the raspy tone it held at the moment brought a shiver down my spine. “Look at me.”

“I need to finish this.”  

“Look at me, Selena,” he repeated a bit more sternly and I took a profound breath before turning in his arms that were outstretched and touching the counter on either side of me. His intense gaze wasn’t helping my racing heart. “I shouldn’t have done that before.”

“It’s fine-”

“No, it isn’t,” he said. “We’re just becoming really good friends and I got wrapped up in the moment and I’m sorry.” I wasn’t sure how to react to that. He was acting like it was all his fault and it seemed like he was feeling deep regret, the thought made my stomach drop so I merely shook my head with a timid smile.

“We both did,” I concluded. “Let’s pretend it never even happened.” As if that was really possible.

He nodded, “Deal.”

-

“It was pretty intense,” Dylan announced making me, Justin, and my dad burst out laughing at his explanation of the movie he had gotten overly into. Instead of going to the Rib shack we had decided to just stay home and go tomorrow since he was still getting settled.

“You’ve been in the army for a year now and that was intense?” I questioned with a shake of my head.

Dylan pointed a finger towards me, “Listen, you,” he teased before he was interrupted with a loud ringing from Justin’s phone.

He rolled his eyes, “I’m sorry,” he quickly apologized before getting up and heading out of the room. I watched him go with a frown knowing exactly who it was. “Is he okay?” my brother asked causing me to turn my attention back to him.

“Yeah, he’s fine,” I said. He looked back at the direction he walked off to before returning to his story. Even though I tried to listen my mind kept going back to Justin. He had been gone for at least five minutes now and my apprehension was not diminishing. “I’ll be one second,” I excused myself by getting up and rushing over to the kitchen where I spotted him pacing back and forth with his phone pressed to his ear. He hadn’t noticed me yet and the sight reminded me of the time I found him roaming his room at Demi’s parent’s beach house in San Diego.

“Okay, fine,” he sighed. “But I’m not asking her.” There was a pause. “Because, dad….no, goodbye.” He hung up with a huff and turned on his heel when he finally spotted me he almost jumped.

“What did he want?” I couldn’t help but wonder out loud.

He shook his head, slipping his phone into his jean pockets. “It’s just about the dinner.”

I bit onto my bottom lip before inquiring, “He wants me to come now?”

He stared at me with a hesitant look, “Jace asked for you to come,” my eyebrows raised at the request. “I really don’t know but don’t worry; I told them you were busy.”

“I’ll come.”

“No, you really don’t-”

I stopped him, taking a step forward and resting the palm of my hand onto his chest. I was surprised to feel the rapid heart beating, when I looked up from his torso, he had his lips slightly parted and an expected look etched across his face, “It’s what friends do.”

This post is set up on a queue because I finished it late last night. I’m not sure if I’ll answer any comments/questions during the week or I’ll wait till I get back. I just wanted to say that I’m so grateful for all of you who read and take the time to come to my ask with suggestions and sweet comments. I love the support, thank you so much!

Anonymous:
how many pages do you have done???? eeee this story is soooo good it places half of jelena fanfic readers on edge

3 so far and thankyou!

Anonymous:
Plz post even if its late :(

tonight or tomorrow!

Anonymous:
gah i hope you do indeed post today!!! high hopes! sorry if my english is bad

your english is fine, love!

Anonymous:
when dont you is the real question

so sweet :)

Anonymous:
eeeeepppppp im seriously dying and praying you post tonight that snip literally placed me on edge!!! i neeeeeed to know what happennnnnsssss i hope its part of a smut scene ;)

….hmm

Anonymous:
OH MY GOD THAT QUOTE WAS SO HOT I HOPE ITS PART OF ANOTHER SEXY SCENE BETWEEN SELENA AND JUSTIN ifhdjkvbkjbowbvlwnvlw

i hope i can please you!

Anonymous:
oooo can you post a quote from the next chapter!!!!

sure!!

“Nothing,” he replied huskily in my ear. Justin’s voice was always alluring but the raspy tone it held at the moment brought a shiver down my spine. “Look at me.”

Anonymous:
you won't use my idea about the picture? :( I was really expecting you to

i thought your idea was super cute but i already wrote there were only 2 pictures and the photo album was kind of a last minute thing to add in for a ‘cute’ moment :)

Anonymous:
so are you going to be posting tonight????? aldjvjdlvlds

i have a lot to do tonight but i’m going to try and finish the chapter and if i finish it late, i’ll set it up on a queue for it to post tomorrow!

SH