23. Oh Sweet Baby Brother

Christopher Anderson


I couldn't take the grin off my face - really I couldn't. What had just happened was new to me. After breaking up with my ex-girlfriend, I had wondered when and where I would meet the next girl to cross my life. But I'd never expected it to be on an airplane and that the first kiss would be in a lounge. This feeling was different too; I was falling really bad for her.

"Hey. What are you thinking?"

I felt Alex's hand on my arm and I turned my head, smiling. I must've blanked out for a moment but wow, even looking at her made my cheeks burn up. It was like I was experiencing my first crush all over again.

"Nothing of too much importance," I said, still smiling like a freak.

Geez Chris, get ahold of yourself!

Just as I saw her leaning forwards I heard someone clear their throat behind me. With a sigh, I slumped back against my chair and looked up at my brother who had that same stupid grin plastered across his face. This time, I didn't have rings of fire in my eyes; instead, I was slightly exhausted. How many times more was he going to walk in on the perfect moment?

"Hi Chris. There's something urgent I need to talk to you about." Directing his eyes to Alex, he grinned at her and said, "You mind if I borrow your man for a moment? I promise I'll bring him back."

Alex went slightly red at this but nodded, a smile lingering on her lips. The next thing I know, Noah had brought me back to that same old lounge. Ah, the sweet memories.

"You really can't keep yourself off that poor girls lips can you?" Noah asked, eyebrow raised. "Going in for the prize whenever I come to talk to you. She's probably suffocating inside."

I glared at him and had the urge to knock his lights out but violence wasn't the answer to this problem [murder was, but I can do that once we reach back home].

"What's your problem?" I barked.

"Oh my dear brother," he gasped dramatically, taking hold of my shoulders. "I am currently standing upon the fine line between life and death. And my existence lies in your hands!"

"Huh. Funny. I'd already considered you dead but keep going."

"I just don't know how to do it! She's hot and I'm...I'm..."

"Not?" I asked, helping him to finish the sentence while trying to maintain a straight face simultaneously. He sighed heavily then let go of his grip on me.

"Chris, you have got to help me."

Hmm so is this the part where I ditch my little brother and let him fend for himself or where I help him get yet another chick of his dreams? Ah well...might as well do a big brother's job.

"First of all, do you mind showing me the girl?"

Taking hold of my wrist, he dragged me back outside the lounge and then pointed to some chick seated on the other side of the plane.

"That's her."

We both peeped like maniacs from around the corner and a few passengers gave us these strange looks but I tried to ignore them to save the honor of my baby brother. She looked...nice, defenitely not as eye-catching as Alex but still quite okay for my brother. But everyone has their tastes right? Before I knew it, he yanked me back just as the girl's gaze shifted in our direction.

"Wow, she almost caught us!" He said, panting.

I rolled my eyes at his dramatic ways and took him back to the lounge.

"Okay then, this is what you do. Step One: Try to get her comfortable. Crack a few jokes that are actually humorous and not completely stupid. I believe that'll be too difficult for you so I sugges-"

"No I can do that. I'm not that dumb," he said, staring at me intensely.

Huh. Go figure.

"Step Two: after you've made sure that she's not looking at you like you're the biggest dork in the world anymore; try and get to know her better. Her general hobbies, likes and dislikes and all there is about her during the limited time we have left on this flight."

Damn, I sounded like some assasin but oh well, my brother was desperate.

"Step Three: once you guys have had a few good laughs, start flirting with her and see where it takes you. It worked with me."

"If it worked with you, it's defenitely not going to work with me. You're the complete opposite," he muttered.

"As in the fact that I'm hot and sexy and you're not and a loser?"

The look that crossed Noah's face couldn't be described as murderous, it was beyond that. I had to get myself out of here before he killed me in-flight.

"Well that's all I can say at the moment, Noah. Besides, Alex awaits."

"Of course. Alex awaits. Alex is all that matters. Alex is your dream girl. Just go away! Shoo! Shoo!" My brother chased me out the lounge and I couldn't help but chuckle to myself. Poor baby. Doesn't know what he's getting himself to. I looked over at his girl and her eyes met mine. I smiled at her and she smiled back. She seemd like a good match for him. And all jokes aside, I really did hope everything for him went well. My eyes flickered to the empty seat in front of me and I found Alex smiling at me.

"What took you so long?"

I grinned at her. "Just being a good brother."

The End

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