"Are you sure?" Brandon said with a sad look on his face. He then took my hand and held it underneath the bar.
"I think so. I'm so sorry, Bran!"
"Don't be sorry, Jen. You're not the one who made the decision."
"It's just that I feel so bad about it. The craziness with Nick, trade rumors, and everything."
"Jen, I don't want you to worry about it. I want to be with you and nothing is going to change the way I feel about you."
"Really??" My face immediately lit up.
"Of course. I finally have my chance with you. Why would I want to ruin it?"
Is this the way Brandon really felt about me? We would be apart for awhile, but my internship would be over right before Christmas. Was I Pittsburgh bound? Without anymore hesitation I leaned in and kissed him. Then I could hear cheering and clapping while we kissing. Brandon and I then broke apart. We then realized half of the team was swarming us at the bar.
"FINALLY!" a drunk Chad LaRose yelled out.
"You're one lucky guy, Sutter!" Cam Ward said patting Brandon on the back.
"You're definitely right!"
The next couple hours were filled with lots of laughter and stories. We were a family here in Raleigh no matter what happens. It was almost closing time when Brandon and I decided to leave. Hand in hand we walked out together.
"So pretty boy is still with ya! Way to go, Jen." I looked over and saw Nick leaning up against his bike.
"Yes, he was here with me. What does it matter to you?"
"Brandon Sutter, the kid who is getting traded. You're just so smart."
"Leave her alone! Get back on your stupid little bike and go." Brandon said. We started walking towards his car. The rest of the team started coming out of the bar. Nick was still running his mouth. Brandon and I finally made it to the car. We could see that the guys were having a few choice words with Nick. I love those guys so much. Brandon turned up the music and before we knew it were were almost back to my house. We pulled into my driveway and Brandon put the car into park.
"Well, I had a really great time tonight. Thanks for coming with me, Jen."
"No problem, I had an awesome time as well."
"Whatever happens with the trade,"
"Shhh... No more talk about the what if's." I said as I gave him a kiss on the cheek.
" Come on, let's put on a movie and try not to think about it."
"Okay, that sounds a whole lot better." Brandon said as he cut off the engine. We walked up to the door and I unlocked it.
"Go ahead and make yourself comfortable. I'm going to get changed." I said handing him the remote.
I went into my bedroom and put on a pair of gym shorts and an old canes t-shirt. I went into the bathroom and washed off my makeup. I made my way back into the living room.
"Hey there beautiful."
"Oh stop it." I said laughing.
"What? It's the truth!" Brandon said pulling me onto the couch with him.
"Did you find something for us to watch?"
"Yep. Wedding Crashers."
"Sounds great to me."
Brandon wrapped his arms around me as the movie began. He was really sweet and kept rubbing my back. I was so glad he picked something funny to watch to keep the trade off our minds. Eventually the movie came to an end.
"Do you want to stay? It's pretty late and tomorrow is a Saturday."
"Would you like me to stay?" he said with a smile.
"If I didn't want you to stay, I wouldn't have asked." I said getting up from the couch.
"Well then I'll stay."
I put my hand forward and helped him get off. We walked into my bedroom. I climbed into bed getting under the covers. Brandon took off his jeans and climbed in.
"Goodnight, Jen." he said giving me a sweet gentle kiss. Brandon pulled me in towards him as he held me tight for the rest of the night.