"I need to warn her, or get him away from them, or… something!" I pleaded with the room.
"Listen Nai, we don't know what he's up to alright? The fuckin' snake could be doing anything to manipulate her cus' maybe he spotted you with her or he has some other weird reason for hanging around Red's twin but whatever it is can't be good" Cook tried to reason with me, "I'm not saying do nothing… I'm just saying be smart, don't go in all guns blazing."
"He has a point, he really does but I just can't help but want to head over there now and warn her about Carter. He's bad news, yes there was a time when we called him family but not now… Gina might be willing to forgive and Anthea would love nothing more than to have him back, but there is no doubt that he is not the same kid they once knew.
"I'm going tonight" I tell them.
"We know" Effy replied smirking "Cook and I will lay low in the area in case of any interference."
"You don't have to do that, I can take care of myself."
"We know that Naomikins" Cook smiles patting my shoulder "we just want to make it easier for you babe."
I sigh before agreeing. Arguing with them about it won't get me anywhere and I need some time alone to think about how to tell Emily. I mean I can't just go up to her and say 'hey I saw you at the supermarket and also my evil brother is the guy who's all over your sister' can I?
"I'm going to go upstairs for a bit, think about what I'm going to tell her" I tell them.
"It'll be alright Naomi" JJ says speaking up for the first time since the conversation about Carter started.
"Thanks Jay" I half-heartedly smile in his direction before heading up to my room.
"So have you decided what you're telling her yet?" Effy asked as we made our way to Emily's apartment.
"I have" I told her hoping she'd let it go, I don't need anyone else's comments making me second guess my decision.
"Okay" she nodded "as long as you believe what you're doing is the right thing then we're behind you 100%."
"I'm not entirely surprised by her support but it still means a lot, Effy's pretty intuitive, she wouldn't let me do something she thought was too stupid.
"Okay Naoms this is where Eff and I stop" Cook announces coming to a halt across the road from Emily's, "we'll patrol the area so all you have to worry about is her" he winked at me.
"Thanks guys, just shout if you need me" I tell them preparing to jump.
"We won't" they chorus making me roll my eyes./p
I step off the building, rebounding off of the middle of the road and propel myself onto the roof of Emily's apartment building landing as softly as possible. The last thing I want to do is scare her or alert anyone else to my presence.
I make my way to the edge of the roof, listening out for signs of anyone else inside her apartment. Once I'm confident enough that she's alone I quietly drop onto her balcony and knock on the glass door. I really hope she's alright with me dropping in on her like this.
It doesn't take long before I can see her approaching from the direction of her front door. She looks surprised when she sees me but the smile that spread across her face calms my nerves.
"Hey" she smiles sliding open the glass door, "I wasn't expecting to see you quite this soon."
"To be honest I didn't expect to either but something came up and I really need to talk to you" I explained, "could we go inside?"
"Yeah, of course" Emily stood aside to let me pass her before closing the door and following me to the couch, "Is something wrong?"
Damn, I didn't mean to make her worried, I just need to explain.
"Sort of" I started trying to gather my thoughts, "I realise that that isn't exactly a helpful answer but I'll explain."
"Okay, whenever you're ready" she took my hand on hers and gestured for me to sit beside her, keeping our hands linked.
"I saw you earlier today" good start Naoms, yep I just need to keep telling myself that, "at the supermarket with your sister…"
"Were you following me?" Emily asked, raising her eyebrow in question.
"Not at all" I managed a small laugh "we just needed some shopping… but the guy that was there, the one that hugged your sister…"
"You mean that creepy perv?" she tensed up "he isn't on the run for murder or something is he?"
"Not exactly…" she seemed to relax a little at that "he's my brother."
Diving straight in and blurting it out, way to stick to those plans you made.
"What? That guy is a superhero?"
"No. not anymore, the night I walked you home was actually the first night I'd seen him in well over a year. When I said he's my brother I mean that he was, not now, not after some of the things I've seen him do."
"Naomi" I mumbled "you can call me Naomi…"
The corner of her mouth twitched as her eyes lit up "that's a lovely name… Naomi" I don't think my name has ever sounded more beautiful before, "…what about this guy made you have to come tell me about him the same day?"
"He's done some really crappy things" I shook my head thinking about them "he's… let people die without so much as a glance, let his power go to his head… but most of all I think he's become deranged, he isn't the same kid I grew up with."
I could feel her squeeze my hand as a sign of support, as her fingers fit perfectly between my own I smiled and made up my mind on the one thing I hadn't been as sure about before I arrived. Now was as good a time as ever and I'd better do it before I somehow talk myself out of it. I slowly slipped my fingers from hers as I raised my hands to my hood pulling it down, my heart couldn't help but skip a little at the smile she was trying to hide while watching me. Once the hood was time I pulled off the black beanie I had on underneath allowing my platinum blonde hair to fall to my shoulders. Lastly I slid my right hand back into her grip before bringing my left up to my face, she must have felt me hesitate slightly as she held on to me tighter to show her support, and with that last piece of encouragement I pulled down the bandana leaving it around my neck.
Time seemed to stop around us as my heart beat as hard and fast as it ever had. This was the first time I'd ever let my identity be known to anyone outside of our family before. It was terrifying, like beyond terrifying and I've leapt off burning buildings before. I needn't have been so worried though when she raised her hand and placed it gently on my cheek, I sighed contently leaning into the warm touch.
"You're beautiful" I looked up at her words, deep brown eyes met my icy blue ones and I could tell she meant it.
The next few seconds are a blur because before I know it her mouth is on mine. I don't know who initiated the kiss, it was probably a mixture of both of us, but nothing on this earth could make me complain or want to stop. The kiss was soft and sweet, neither of us really wanting it to go any further just now, we parted with both of us smiling like idiots.
I sighed shaking my head lightly "as much as I'd love to continue this, we should probably talk."
The shorter girl groaned "I know, we probably should" she moved her body slightly back from mine as if to remove the temptation for either of us to lean back in, "so tell me what he's done."
"I mean where exactly do I begin" I let out a sour chuckle, "there's a long history to go through about Carter."
"Wait, what did you call him?"
"Carter, did he not tell you his name?"
"Not exactly" she shook her head in disbelief "he told us his name was Jonah, Jonah-"
"-Jerimiah" I finished.
"How did you know that?" she asked quizzically, obviously not having expected me to know his fake name.
"Because, that's my brothers name" he was posing as JJ, the question in my mind though was what for? Why use JJ? I mean if he'd wanted to use anyone's identity he could have picked Cook, they'd had more altercations than he and JJ had ever had.
"So he's pretending to be your other brother?"
"I'm afraid so, I just don't know why yet" I mused, something was definitely wrong with this picture but I couldn't figure it out on my own, no this called for more brain power, "I know it's a bit Sudden" I started, staring into those beautiful brown eyes I was becoming so fond of, "but would you like to meet my siblings?"