I laid on our old sofa with my head on Laura's lap as dad spoke. It was way to early In the morning to be out of bed and I was suffering from jet lag.
"So, I've got to go and talk to my new Boss about my position at work, so I want you guys to start sorting stuff out. Alex, I've left some money on the counter, can you go to the hardware store down the road and get some paint for everyone's rooms? Laura, you can start unpacking some of the stuff for the living room and kitchen. Theo, can you put the wardrobes back together as you know what to do with them? Cheers guys." He said quickly before rushing out the front door.
"Asshole." I muttered and Theo laughed. "Too early." I said as Laura played with my hair.
"Yeah, he leaves us with the hard work." Laura moaned and I nodded sleepily.
"Okay come on, up! If not, you two won't do anything and it will be me with all the hard work!" Theo shouted as me and Laura grudgingly got up and trapsed upstairs.
"Asshole." Laura muttered. I turned round smiling brightly and ruffled her hair.
"I've taught you well!" I said and bounded up the stairs.
She rolled her eyes.
It took me ages to actually find a towel and my clothes, and to work out how to use the shower. But after a while, I was back downstairs, ready to go. Well, I was a little less enthusiastic than that implies.
"What colours do you guys want?" I asked sleepily as I picked up the money. It's weird having dollars and not pounds.
"Whatever." Theo called from the living room. "Just don't get me a pansy colour."
"I'll have magnolia and like, mint blue." Laura said while dragging a box through to the kitchen.
"Right." I said as put my shoes on and grabbed my I-pod. "See you guys later!" I called but didn't wait for a reply.
I walked out of our driveway and looked down each side of our road. Shit, I had no idea where the hardware shop was. I just set of walking in one direction, trying to memorise were I was going. It was typical, because I was oldest; it was me who had to go out, even though it was more likely me who'd get lost.
I just listened to my music as I walked down the roads and eventually, I don't know how I did it, I found the hardware store. Go me!
I walked in and went straight to the paint section, trying to figure which ones were cheapest when I felt someone's hand on my back.
I screamed and I think I jumped about 5 feet in the air. I pulled my earphones out and turned to see Embry behind me, laughing really hard.
I groaned and shoved him in embarrassment.
"Stop laughing! You scared me! You shouldn't jump up on people." I pouted and Embry stopped laughing and smiled weirdly at me.
"I called you like four times! You shouldn't of had these on." He said as he flicked one of my earphones. I blushed and paused my I-pod.
"Oh yeah. I kind o' forgot." I mumbled. He smiled even brighter.
"What are you doing here then?" He asked and I gulped. He was so unbelievably adorable; he made my stomach feel all funny. Urg! I sound like a little girl who has her first crush. I've only known him one day and he's making me feel all weird.
I motioned the paint in front of me. "Paint." I said slowly and it was he who blushed now. I laughed.
"Obviously." He said and laughed.
"Obviously." I repeated, it was a tad bit stupid when I was standing there, staring at it.
I wrinkled my nose. "Erm, I'm kind of stuck though. Is this okay price's for paint? They're not ripping me off, yeah? 'Cause I don't know what the exchange rate is at the moment." I asked and rubbed my neck. He smiled at me again. Jesus, he smiles so freaking much!
"Erm, down here, this is the cheapest ones." He said and grabbed my hand and pulled me to down the aisle towards some other tubs.
"Ahh, thanks." I said and he smiled down at me, not letting go of my hand. He's probably just really touchy feely with everyone, even though it's a bit full on as I only met him today.
I pulled away reluctantly to grab some of the magnolia paint. It felt really natural to touch him. Everything felt really natural with Embry, I talked to him like I would my friends, I usually go all weird with strangers. "What you doing here anyway?" I asked.
"Oh - just getting some stuff." He said and patted his bulging pocket, I laughed.
"Here I was thinking you were just happy to see me." I said and smiled at him cheekily and he stared at me with his jaw open. I laughed even harder and he chuckled.
I know I probably sound like an absolute fool, but it was really to good to miss.
"Alexandra! I thought you were so innocent!" He scolded and gave me a stern look with his hands on his hips as I pulled a second tub down. I laughed again; he looked like such a girl.
"Oh hush." I went to grab some mint blue but stopped and let my arm fall back to my side.
"What's the matter?" He asked quickly and put his hand on my lower back. I turned to him, trying to ignore the feeling on my back. It felt like everywhere he touched was burning and electricity sparks were going of. It felt really nice though.
"Oh, what? Nothing, I just didn't really thing about it, I should have bought Laura or Theo, 'cause I'll have to come back twice." I said waving him of.
He shook his head. "I'll help. I can carry some stuff." He said determinedly as he picked up the two tubs in one hand and raised his eyebrows at me when I just shared at him in shock.
"What? I can barely carry one in each hand!" I said in exasperation and he just laughed me off. "Seriously, don't worry about it. You've probably got stuff to do." He pulled away as I went to take the tubs from him.
"Nope!" He said and danced away from me. I raised an eyebrow and put my hand out for the paint.
"Aw, don't look at me like that!" He said and pouted. I tilted my head to the side and raised my eyebrow up even further.
He groaned. "Stop it. I'm your paint carrier for the day whether you like it or not." He said smiled at me. I couldn't not smile back at him, there was just something about him that made it so hard to disagree.
"No, really you don't have to." I said while biting on my lip. I really actually don't want him to do it, I wasn't acting all stupid and girlie like you see in movies where they're all like 'you shouldn't have!' but you know they want them to.
"I want to." He said simply while smiling as he stepped towards me.
I sighed as I picked up the last three tubs. "Fine." I muttered and he smiled at me as we put the tubs on the counter and I paid. Paint is really expensive, by the way.
He picked up all five against my protests and in the end we compromised so I was carrying one, although it was the smallest one. Damn him.
"I still think you should let me carry more." I muttered as we walked out.
He sighed. "You're really stubborn aren't you?" He said and smirked at me when I smiled proudly at him and nodded.
"What way to your house?" He asked and my smile faded and I stopped short and looked around.
"Good question." I mumbled and ran a hand through my hair. Cock.
He chuckled next to me. "What road are you on?"
I frowned. He laughed. Idiot - he's not going to be left here stranded here to die because he can't remember where his own freaking house is!
"Okay, I know it's like two roads down from Joes, and my house is next to that massive tree? I have no clue if that helps or not because I don't actually know how to get to his from here." He laughed again. If he didn't have the most beautiful laugh ever I'd have gotten seriously annoyed.
"I do. Come on, it's this way." He said and started walking.
"Ah yes! I remember now." I said. I lied – It looked nothing like the way I came.
He laughed again, "I'm sure you did."
I shoved him, although he didn't even appear to feel it. "This is my first day here; I'm allowed to get lost." I pouted at him and he stopped laughing.
"Aw, I'm sorry Lexie." I just looked up at him wide eyes while still pouting like an idiot. He groaned. "You're killing me Lex! Stop with the pouting." I laughed madly and he stared at me weird.
"I'm such a retard." I mumbled and he looked at me, appalled.
"What? Wha- why would you even think that?" He said incredulously while he stopped walking. I rolled my eyes.
"Ew, your too nice. Keep walking! I don't know where I'm going." I ordered and he huffed but complied anyway.
Guess what I did next? What was that? Yes, correct! I tripped over something non-existent and fell flat on my face.
I'm such a dork.
I groaned as I rolled onto my back. I have no idea how I haven't broken my nose so far in my life. It's not like I'm really uncoordinated anyway, I just trip over all the time. And I mean all the time.
"Are you okay?" Embry asked and put the paint on the floor and bent over me, one hand on my shoulder and one on my face.
What was with him and his niceness? He really was too caring. I wish every guy were as sweet as him. But maybe less I-look-like-I-could-be-a-male-model type so that I would actually have a chance with him. Not that I'd probably have a chance with someone even if they got voted the worlds most unattractive male in the history of mankind. But anyway, you get what I mean. He's hot and really nice.
So during my ramble, I just stared dreamily at him. You understand what I mean about being a dork now, don't you?
"Lex?" He asked, his voice getting panicked. I shook my head to clear all the stupid thoughts away and tried to get up, but he was sort of holding my down.
"Yeah I'm fine." He sighed out of relief. I could of rolled my eyes; it was as if he thought I was going to die from falling over. It's not like I haven't had years of practice with it. "You kind of need to get of me so I can stand up though." I said while laughing and he just blinked at me.
And again. And again. I leaned my head forward questioningly as I raised my eyebrows. It was like he totally phased out on me. I do that all the time, but not usually when I'm bent over someone, pining them to the ground with my monster size hands. Not that I have monster size hands – he does.
"Oh! Right yeah." He finally said and stood back up, taking my arms with him so I was standing up as well.
"Whoa. Cheers." I said and ruffled my hair up at the back before picking up the paint that I'd managed to fling down the path.
We took another left and Embry pointed to the side. I was too busy making sure I didn't fall over so I walked into him arm, it was lucky he didn't drop all that paint he was holding, god knows I would have.
He was really warm and it – Concentrate; he's speaking!
"This your house?" He asked and I looked up at it dumbfounded.
"Yeah…" I said and cocked my head to the side.
He looked at me with equal confusion. "What's the matter?"
"How did we get here so quick? It took me like three times longer to get there." I asked while walking towards the door.
He laughed as he followed my in. "I've lived here all my life, I know some short cuts." I ahh-ed and nodded as I walked through to the living room.
"Hey." Theo called smiling but scowled when he saw Embry. Uh-oh. Theo probably just doesn't like Embry because he's taller than him. Although, Theo is getting really massive. It's probably just 'cause of all the food he eats.
I smiled at him as I put my paint down on a finished cabinet and took the others from Embry and put them down as well.
"Thanks so much Embry." I said and he just smiled merrily at me.
Erg. Now the horrible, are you going to leave yet or do you want to stay for a while because I don't know and don't want to seem rude if I ask you so we just sort of stand there in an awkward silence because we don't really know what to say as I've only known you one day, sort of moment. Which is exactly why I didn't want him to carry my stuff home.
"Do you want me to help paint your room?" He asked bluntly. Whoa. That totally bypasses the horrible, are you going to leave yet or do- you get the point, it totally bypasses that moment.
"Oh, no. That's too much. You didn't need to have bought the paint here but you did, so you totally don't have to do that. Don't worry I don't like expect you to do anything or whatever because-."
But I couldn't finish my ramble because Embry stuck his hand over my mouth. Yes. Covering my whole face. Stupid massive hands. I just stared at him wide eyed.
"I want to Alex. Don't worry so much. Come on, let's get started." He said and I frowned. This is going to go wrong. I can so tell, something is going to go shitty.
I sighed and nodded, he then smiled brightly at me and dropped his hand from my mouth.
"Fine. Theo, these ones are yours and Laura's." I said and picked up my paint, but apparently Embry thought I was unable to do that so he took them of me as I stared at him accusingly.
"I'm your official paint carrier remember?" He said which encored another eye roll from me.
"How could I forget?" I murmured as I climbed the stairs.
I grabbed the rollers and some old sheets from the landing and led Embry into my room.
Embry jumped on my unmade bad and I stared at him questioningly as he smiled smugly.
"I've known you less than 24 hours and I'm already in your bed. I think that's my personal record." He said laughed. I tried to suppress my laughter as I laid the old sheets on the carpet so I didn't stain it.
"That's your only record, jackass." I said and his laughter- which resembled a cackle at the moment - echoed through my room.
"You're so mean to me." He said, and when I turned to look over my shoulder at him, he was pouting.
I refrained from rolling my eyes again.
"I'm just going to get changed." I said and grabbed an old t-shirt from my suitcase. He pouted even more and caught my wrist in his mammoth hands.
"You don't have to go anywhere to do that." He said and smiled seductively at me. I felt my heart flutter as I stared into his eyes.
"Idiot." I muttered as I tore my exceedingly unwilling eyes away from his.
I re-entered my room a little while later with my incredulously large t-shirt on and he's just laying on my bed with his head on my pillow, eyes closed, breathing heavy. What the hell? He cant honestly be asleep, I swear to god I was less than two minutes.
"Oi, wake up! Your not very good at this whole painting thing." I said as I poked him on the shoulder
His eyes opened slowly and he gazed at me for a bit as I frowned at him.
"What?" I said and he smiled wickedly at me.
"You look really sexy in that." He said, I then snorted.
"I let you carry my paint all the way back to my house, I then agree to let you paint my room, and this is how you repay me? By taking the piss? Bloody typical." I said as I picked up a plastic tray I'd gotten out this morning and started pouring some paint into it.
He was behind me so quick, it was unnatural. "What? Of course I wasn't taking the piss." He said sounding so flabbergasted. I couldn't not roll me eyes as I turned to him. Yeah right. He would have to be the only one person in the world to if he found my sexy. He would also have to have a mental illness.
He was so close his warm breath was blowing against my face and his chest was rising and falling against mine. I looked into his eyes and he looked back at me, his eyes questioning me. I'd be absolutely stunned if he couldn't actually hear my heartbeat - it was pumping so ridiculously loud.
I sighed and side stepped away from him towards my wall and picked up a roller.
"Oh I better-." He said and I turned to look at him just as he was taking his top of. Holy shit. I forgot how unbelievably muscular Embry was. This actually can't be happening. I have a shirtless drop-dead gorgeous buff guy in my room. I don't care whatever happens next here in La Push - the move from England was undoubtedly worth it. I stared – ok, drooled – at the way his tanned body moved as he flung his top onto my bed. "I don't want to get paint on it." He explained, his voice was really husky and sexy. He must have noticed me gaping – Fine, fine! Drooling – at him because he smiled dazzlingly at me.
"Don't let me stop you from taking your trousers of too, god forbid you get paint on them as well." I said. Oh shit! I said that out loud. Fuck. I really didn't mean to say that out loud. I think I must have blushed so hard I looked like I'd run a 32-mile marathon non-stop and my stomach twisted so much I thought I would have been sick. I can't believe I just said that. I'm such a fucking idiot. Crap! I can't even begin to explain how stupid I feel. Why can I never control what comes out of my mouth?
Both of our eyes widened, and I turned round and I started to vigorously roll the paint onto my wall.
He stepped forward so the front of his body was pushing up against the back of mine and my breath caught.
"I'd love nothing more than to get naked with you." He whispered into my ear and a shiver went down my spine. He pushed further into me as he slowly leant over me to get a roller. I tried to ignored him, continuing with painting the walls but my heart was pumping at a mad speed again. He started to paint next to me and I tried to ignore the heat radiating off of his body.
"So, you didn't like these green walls then?" He asked cheerily pointing to a sector of the wall I hadn't reached yet as if none of that happened. I stared at him in confusion for a minute before gaining control again.
I shook my head. "All you can see out of my window is green. Not that I care; I love the woods. I just don't want too much green, you know?" I asked and turned my head back to him, he smiled at me understandingly.
"I like the woods too." He said, I just nodded. What the hell do you say to that?
"You found out what moving here has to do with your brother yet then?" He asked smiling at me cheekily.
I huffed. "Not unless it's because the food here is cheap, then no. And he's getting massive." I paused as I thought about it. "Just like you and your friends actually." I stared at him with my eyebrow raised and my face kind of scrunched up. Not my greatest of looks but still, there was something going on.
His eyes widened but he recovered quickly and laughed. "I don't think that's a big enough reason to move to another country about though, just because your brother eats more." I laughed back. I wasn't completely incompetent, I knew that my brother is growing up and would eat more, but still, not every boy turned into a mini-wrestler like the guys here seem to be doing. And Theo all of a sudden starts to get really muscled too? Theo's always been the really skinny sort.
Embry quickly distracted me and we spent the rest of the day just talking and joking as we painted my room. It mainly consisted of Embry asking me millions of questions, but I had fun. I was so easy to talk to Embry, even if I did keep saying really stupid stuff.
"Whoa! Done." I declared as I ditched my roller on the plastic tray and I opened my window to help dry out the walls.
"I am knackered." Embry said as he jumped down on my bed.
"Same." I said as I flung myself down on my bed next to him. "It's so cold now." I said as another gust of wind blew through my window.
"Here." Embry said as he pulled me towards him. "I'm as a warm as a bloody radiator." He really is! I put my hand on his upper arm and leaned into him as he circled my waist with his arms and entwined his legs in mine.
I know this is for heat purposes and all that but, whoa! Full on or what? I've never actually felt like this for anyone so close to meeting them. It sounded so stupid, but it really did feel like I've known him my whole life. I'm turning into such a sap…
Although I don't think either of us was planning on it, we both fell asleep pretty damn quickly. I've never fallen asleep so quickly before, but as I buried my face into Embry's neck, it was just so warm and comforting…
AN: Okay guys, I'm trying to make her as less of a Sue as I can. Please tell me if she starts to get like that. Apart from if it's in Embrys POV, because it's supposed to be like that. Sorry my updates are taking a while, but I can't write chronologically, so I've got about 8 different chapters on the go, because if I get an idea, if i don't write it straight away, I'll forget or won't end up liking it, so bare with me guys.
Am surprised at the good response this is getting. Is anyone getting headaches like from the last fic I wrote? :L Thanks to everyone who added this to their Favourite of Alert list.
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