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Cockney:A Stepbrother Romance

By:Aubrey Irons

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"We just can't do this," she whispers quietly.

"I don't see why not."

She shoots me a look, "Seriously?" She shakes her head, "Oliver, I told you, it's not like I don't want us to be friends-"

"I don't."

She stumbles. "Excuse me?"

And right then, something inside snaps. It's like saying it cements all  the roaring, rambling thoughts I've had inside my head for the past  week; hell, since she stepped off that fucking plane. Whatever it is,  it's like a switch being flicked, and the rest of world drops away  except for her and me, standing in the raining London afternoon.

And I know right then, I'm not letting another fucking second tick by without doing something about this.

I grab her by the arm and drag her as she gasps around the corner to the  alley beside the restaurant. Instantly, I'm pushing her up against the  brick wall behind her, my eyes wild as my gaze burns fire right into her  eyes.

"I said I DON'T," I say gruffly, holding her by both her wrists against  the wall. "I don't want to be your friend, or your buddy, or your  fucking pal, Chloe."

And the second I say it, even I'm wondering what it means. What do I want to be with this girl?

But she throws that look right back at me; that fiery, defiant look  filled with heat and power, but also this sort of scared tenderness  behind it that just slays me. And just for a second - just for the  briefest second - her lip trembles just a hair, as if giving testament  to that scared girl behind this defiant mask of sass and attitude.

And it's my undoing.

My mouth crashes against hers, hard. I push my whole body against hers  as I grab her head in my hands and kiss her with everything I have;  everything single thing I've been holding back. I'm hungry for her as I  sear my lips to hers, heedless of whatever consequences this may bring.

And we're frozen, just like that, for a single moment in time; a single  second of just two people stopped in the flow of time. Just as we begin  to unfreeze - just as the world is about to keep on spinning under our  feet - I know she's about to push me away, or slap me, or yell, or all  three of the above, and that'll be the end of it. After that, I'll have  my final verdict, and I'll be done with this whole bloody thing.

Except, she doesn't push me away, and she doesn't slap me, or yell at me.

She fucking moans.

And it's like unleashing the animal inside of me.

I growl into her kiss as we open our lips, tongues sliding against the  other. Breaths come in halting gasps as we lose ourselves to each other.  I'm pressing her up hard against the wall, and she's rolling her hips  against me, bringing her fucking knee up to my waists and hooking her  leg around me as if to pull me even tighter against her. We break the  kiss, gasping as we pull back for a second, eyes darting around the  other's and our breathing coming ragged before we go crashing right back  into it.

I'm fucking lost in those lips; dropping out of all sense of time or  space or any other fucking issue in the world. Because nothing else  matters in that moment but those perfect, pouty lips pressed against my  own.

"Oliver," she gasps, pulling away for a second before pressing her lips back to mine, kissing me hungrily, "I- I-"

"I want you," I growl, bringing my mouth to her neck and biting the skin  there, hard. "I wanna bend you over right here, yank those jeans down  over that sweet ass, pull your panties to the side and bury my face in  your pussy."

She moans, her breath hitching and her hands clutching at my back as I  rasp the words into her ears. I can feel her hips undulate against me.

"And then I want to slide every single inch of my cock inside of you,  and fuck you like you need to be fucked," I hiss the words into her ear,  my hand coming up cup her breast through her shirt. I run my thumb  across a hard nipple I can feel right through the material. "And I'm not  gonna stop until I hear you screaming my name."

She groans and cranes her neck to bite at my ear as she pulls me hard against her.

"I want to know what your face looks like when you come, Chloe."

"Are you shitting me?!"

"Language, Chloe!" My mother frowns at me, and part of my brain is  trying to process what she's just said, but I'm still staring at the  tablet she's plopped down on kitchen table between us.

The tablet with the news webpage on it, and right there on the cover, a picture of him.

The boy from the exchange program five years ago when we were seniors in high school.

"Boy": yeah, right. Because the man smirking at the photographer in the  picture on the website is anything but a boy. He's bigger than he was  then, even as cut and muscled as he was back then. Bigger shoulders and a  broader chest stretching the tight v-neck t-shirt he's wearing in the  picture. That cocky, arrogant, and lopsided grin. And, what I know are  heart-stoppingly gorgeous dark brown eyes behind those sunglasses. He's  got more tattoos now too, more than he even had back then, when they  were all part of his bad-boy image.

The bad boy; the hot, dangerous, and gritty British hooligan covered  with tattoos and the mouthwatering accent that drew me in like a moth to  flame.

And there he is, on the front page of some British news article.


I jerk my eyes back up to my mom, and suddenly my thoughts jump tracks  entirely, back to the bomb she's just dropped on me. I squeeze my eyes  shut and shake my head before I open them back up and stare at her;  "Wait, you're not serious are you?"

"Chloe," She rolls her eyes; "Of course I'm serious."

"Mom, you're getting married? How the hell have I never known about this?!"

"Oh, lower your voice, Chloe!"

Mom shakes her head as she walks over to the refrigerator and pulls out a bottle of sauvignon blanc.

"Jesus, mom," I make a face, glancing at the clock on the wall. It's noon.

"Oh, relax, we're celebrating."

My brain is still shocked by the news, but my eyes also keep darting  down to the picture on the webpage. The article headline is something  about a new restaurant. That's right, he cooked or something. I glance  back at my mom sharply; "Mom, how am I just hearing about this?"

My mother takes a big gulp of her wine before she glares at me; "Well  it's not my fault that you managed to get kicked out of law school after  two weeks."

I roll my eyes; "Mom, I dropped out; there's a slight difference."

"And does that distinction put you any closer to being a lawyer?"

I groan, pinching the arch of my nose between my fingers; "No, mother. Which is exactly the reason I left."

Seriously, we've been through his three hundred times.

"Well maybe if you'd spent as much time in undergraduate thinking about  your career as you did working in those restaurants, you'd have been  more prepared."

I groan loudly and my mom shrugs and takes another sip of her wine.

"But hey, what do I know?"

"Mom!" I snap; "Can we back it up here? Who is this guy?"

"I'm not sure I like being interrogated like this, honey," she says  frostily, taking another quick sip from her glass. "And you're ‘just  hearing about it now' because I just got off the phone with him ten  minutes ago when he asked me."

I scrunch up my brow. "He asked you over the phone? Who the hell is this guy?"

She sips her wine, and then drops her eyes to the tablet sitting in front of us.

"Well, you remember that nice boy Oliver Beckett don't you? The one we  had stay at the house for that exchange program during your senior  year?"

Yes, mom, the boy who nearly took my virginity in the back seat of your mid-sized sedan.

"Yes," I snap.

My mom tsks and shakes her head; "You two don't talk, do you? Oh he was such a nice boy, Chloe."

No, he wasn't.

"No, mom, we haven't talked since back then."

"Oh, that's a shame."

Mom's being cagey. After ten years alone together, even having been away  most of the last four I can tell she's avoiding the subject at hand,  "Mom?"

"You know, his father is quite nice, too."

I frown.

"Quite nice, actually. And maybe you two haven't kept up, but Barney and I have stayed in touch since Oliver left."

"Um, OK?"

"A lot, honey," She says quietly.

I can start to feel a horrible sensation creeping up inside of me. Oh c'mon, there's no way-

"Mom where is this goi-"

"You might say we've been doing the long distance thing," Mom bites her lip and looks at me, "You know, dating."

The horrible sensation starts to turn into a roar inside of me, and  suddenly, my eyes are darting back to the table, and the cocky,  smirking, arrogant, panty-melting grin of Oliver fucking Beckett.