Author: Sidonia Rose
Genre: New Adult
Date: April 4, 2014
Publisher: Self Published
Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.
Kyle Pierce used to know what she wanted. At the top of her list was the perfect boyfriend. She found him in Lance Makin her senior year in high school. She was the head cheerleader and he was the new star quarterback. Even going to separate colleges was no problem for them.
It was perfect until the weekend it all changed for Kyle. She has new priorities that include her own education, making new friends and most importantly NO DATING!
That is until Nicholas Richards moves into her world. He’s not taking no for an answer. He’s her friend and he wants her to date him.
Kyle isn’t going to date Nick. She doesn’t mind hanging out or running errands. She tells him and everyone else they are friends.
Can they really be just friends?
Love Shots by Sidonia Rose
Nick’s POV (point of view) at The Bucket before Kyle arrives.
I look around watching as the chairs at the tables fill in with people. I’m introduced to everyone as they arrive. I expect to know at least a few people but I haven’t seen anyone I know yet. There are pitchers of beer and margaritas being passed around. The subject of Kyle comes up. She’s the designated driver for our group tonight.
“I’m taking bets on Kyle showing up tonight, who’s in?” I hear a girl at the other end of the table say. I can’t help but listen up and watch as everyone starts laughing.
I don’t remember all of their names but everyone starts adding to the conversation. Her brother, Dean, is sitting across from me and he says, “She will probably just show up to drive us home. I’m in for twenty.”
Another girl is up next, “I’m in for twenty and I say she does pick up service only.” Everyone around her laughs, “She won’t come in the door.” A couple of the other girls are in too.
A few of the guys are in for ten and they are wagering she is a no-show too. I hear Jaz beside me, “I’m in for fifty and I say she’s here by eleven.”
Joey is across the table and he’s watching me as I listen. He calls out to me, “So Nick, what do you say? Are you in?”
I push back from the table shaking my head. There’s no way I’m betting on this girl. This won’t end well for me. “I’m not much of a gambler. Why wouldn’t she show up?”
I swear the noise of the bar disappears and no one at the table is saying a word. Everyone is just looking around like someone died. I try to laugh it off, “What? Did I say something wrong?”
Joey watches me as he continues with the wagering, “I have a hundred that says the girl is here by ten thirty!” Dean looks from Joey to me and back to Joey again. “What don’t I know?”
Joey leans in close to Dean and I can’t hear what he says. I’m sure it’s something about me because there is a murderous look on Dean’s face as he looks across the table at me. I take a drink of my beer and watch him. Everyone at the table seems to respect him. I may as well get this out there. I ask, “Is she trying to avoid an old boyfriend or something?”
Everyone ignores me looking in other directions. I know she isn’t dating anyone, I asked her that myself. The only response I get is from Dean, “That’s not something you should be worried about.”
What kind of answer is that? From the tone of his voice I get that he doesn’t like me asking about his sister.
Joey calls her because he thinks he’s going to win the bet. He passes his phone around and is telling people to invite her. I hear them all talking about her and she doesn’t come out often. The stakes are getting high on this bet. I’m the last to grab the phone and I ask her to come down too, of course her brother is watching me.
After I hang up the phone I head to the bar to get refills on our pitchers. Dean corners me thinking he can intimidate me. I allow it for now. He’s using his best authoritative voice when he says to me, “You should not have moved in until I had the chance to meet you first.”
I’m going to have to live in the same house as him, “I didn’t know that was part of the process. Kyle said I was good to move in. If we need to go over some things I can get together with you and her on that.”
Without missing a beat he responds, “I did your background check. You can afford your own place so why rent?”
I shrug not really wanting to answer that, “Being able to afford something doesn’t mean you should just buy it. I have a budget for the school year and it includes sharing an apartment. Last minute changes forced me to seek other housing.”
He steps in closer to me, “It better have nothing to do with my sister. So find other housing.”
I laugh at him now, “I’m not looking for somewhere else to live.”
I’m watching his face turn shades of red as he is seething, “I don’t want you in our house, what are you going to do about it?”
I hold my position not allowing him to control the conversation. “I’m going to unpack my stuff in my room. Then, on Thursday I’m going to cook dinner. In between I’m getting ready for school and working.” I pause and wait for him to say something. He doesn’t so I continue,” Other than that I plan to have a great time at school this year. As for your sister, she shouldn’t be showing some guy around an empty house.”
He looks shocked at my words. I have to admit I’m a bit shocked too. “How do you know her?”
I back up a step and run my hand through my hair. I don’t want to have this conversation with him. “Look, I’m sorry. She just shouldn’t show the house to strangers alone.”
He laughs at me, “She’s not someone you can just play around with. So I’m telling you, keep your distance from her. You don’t want me to have this conversation with you again.”
He walks away. I watch him wondering what he isn’t saying. It’s not long after I get back to the table before she arrives. She is at the other end of the table talking to one of the girls. She keeps looking at me and I can’t keep myself from smiling at her.
Sidonia Rose lives in suburban Maryland with her family. Sidonia has a long love affair with books. She started early by memorizing her Dr. Seuss books read to her, so she could read them to her parents instead. She is often found with a book in her hands or a couple of books so she can lend to a friend. You can often spot her by her toe shoes.
After a long career homeschooling she continued onward to pursue her love of books by writing her own books. Love Shots is her first novel released in 2014.