I had never felt anything like this before. I’d only known Josh for a couple of days at the most, but now, with his lips pressed tightly against mine I knew I needed him. I knew I loved him and I knew that I would be with him for the rest of my life. He’s a cocky jerk but somewhere inside him there’s a wonderful guy. I know that. I can feel it in his kiss and I can see it in his eyes.

I pull myself out of his grasp just so I can look up at him. A smile forms on my mouth and he returns it. My body is on fire. Every part of me wants to be closer to him. It’s all I can do not to pull him back onto to me. I need him to be near me and I need to feel his touch. I stand on my tiptoes so my lips can reach his again. He leans away from my face leaving me feeling confused and rejected.

“Josh? What’s wrong?”

“Nothing Pheebs. I swear,” a grin forms on his face and all worry leaves my body, “I jut thought you wanted a shower that’s all. I don’t want to stop you.”

“You could always join me?,” I give him my best seductive smile, hoping it will work. Well I probably didn’t really need it. This was Josh after all and I know he wouldn’t turn me down. I really hoped he didn’t anyway. My body longed to be with his. It was a feeling that was completely new to me and I was ready to fully embrace it. I looked at his face and it looked like he was arguing with himself. He sighed and dropped his eyes so they were staring straight into mine. My knees went weak but I concentrated hard on standing up so he couldn’t see the effect he was having on me. I didn’t want him to see me weak.

“Pheebs. You know I would love to but I don’t want to muck this up. I think we should take things slow, do it right you know? Plus I don’t really want to leave Evan and Lexi alone in my flat. Considering what’s going on.” I was so happy in this moment I’d completely forgotten the hell I’d been through earlier. As much as it killed me I knew that Josh was right. About both points. Though my body was screaming at me to ignore what he just said, my mind told me to just get on with the shower. The faster I showered the sooner I could be with Josh again. I sighed.

“You’re right. I’ll see you in 15 minutes then,” I kissed him again.

“Take your time.”

When the door shut I let my clothes fall to the floor and turned on the water. Without Josh near me I was able to think about what happened today. As lucky as I felt for being able to escape I knew that wouldn’t be the last we saw of the hooded man. This thought sent shivers down my spine and I was instantly very aware of how alone I was. I know Josh, Evan and Lexi would never let anything happen to me but I also knew that the hooded man could do things to change that. I hadn’t seen it yet, but I suspected that he had got to Wynter. There was no other explanation for the  sudden change in him, Josh had explained to me briefly what was going on while we were walking to his flat. The thought that he had go to Wynter made another shiver make its way down my spine. I was beginning to really hate the fact that I was separated from the rest of the group. So I washed my hair and body as quickly as I could and hopped out of the shower.

Pulling on the clothes Josh had left for me I breathed in his smell that lingered on his t-shirt. That smell sent a different kind of shiver down my spine. I brushed my hair through once before opening the door. Even though it had only been a few minutes I was looking forward to being with Josh again. I felt safe with him.

When I walked to the living room I was expecting Josh, Evan and Lexi to be trying to figure out what was going on. Trying to find a way out of it. Instead what I found was Lexi sitting in the corner of the room in tears and Josh sitting on top of Evan about the punch him in the face.

“What the HELL IS GOING ON?”

The End

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