A Kiss Before Lying(8)

By: M. SKYE



“Very funny,” Brittney sighed. “Hush up, I’m trying to tell you something, and I don’t know how you’re going to take it. I’m really nervous.”

Grabbing her hand, Draya stroked it and exhaled loudly. She knew they joked a lot, but she never wanted Brittney to feel like she couldn’t come to her. No matter what, she wanted Brittney to know she was in her corner; they would always be there for each other. “What’s up, sis? You know I’m just messing with you.”

“I know, and it’s not you. I’m just nervous in general.” Taking a deep breath, Brittney, leaned her head on Draya’s shoulder. “I’m pregnant, Dray. I don’t know how this happened, I take my birth control, but I just found out a few days ago. I haven’t told Austin yet. I think he will be happy, but I’m scared, Dray. I don’t know what kind of a mother I will be. I messed up, I went to my parents first and my dad made me feel like shit. He wants me to rush into marrying Austin to help him save face.”

Squeezing her tightly, Draya let out a joyous laugh and a big smile. “You’re going to be great, Britt! You’re so wonderful and Austin is going to be a great dad. You two deserve to have this baby and I can’t wait to be an auntie. I love you, Britt; don’t let your dad’s insecurities overshadow this. He’s the preacher, not you. He chose his path and you are your own person, babe.” Holding her best friend, trying to soothe her fears, Draya remembered, even with all the jealousy, that Brittney was a beautiful person that deserved the best. She had always been a blessing to her and in this next chapter of their lives, Draya hoped to be the one being there for Brittney, finally.

Running her hands through Brittney’s hair, Draya let the happy thoughts flood through her mind and closed her eyes. She was quiet for a while and when a thought dawned on her, she squeezed Brittney’s arm. “You told me first? I thought maybe you were quitting because you and Austin were getting married or something. Knowing about the baby, I get it, but you love what you do. You’re still early in the game; do you have to quit this soon?”

“I figured I should because I didn’t want to put my baby’s health in jeopardy. I just thought I should try to be a little cautious.” Listening to her, Draya knew she was afraid because her sister, Leah, had suffered through a miscarriage the year before. It was a difficult time for them, but they all got through it. It was only natural that Brittney would be a little nervous. Draya fully understood that.

“I get it, but what am I going to do now?” Smiling incredulously, Draya crossed her arms over her chest. “So this means I get nine months off? This works for me.”

“Not so fast,” Brittney interjected. “You are not getting any time off. You’re going to work, and I don’t want to hear a thing about it.”

“If you’re out then who...” Before the words could leave her mouth, Draya looked up to see the most gorgeous man she had ever seen in life, rounding the corner. He looked to be coming from the sauna and was dripping with sweat. Even with all this, he was still tantalizing. Wiping the sweat from his beautiful forehead with the towel draped around his neck, he looked up, and Draya took a deep breath. She had never been rattled by a man before, but this handsome stranger had her insides raging.

As she watched him crossing the room, he seemed to be completely oblivious to their presence. The way he moved through the room entranced her every thought, but he appeared to be in his own little world. Watching Brittney watch her, Draya found herself looking over his admirable qualities. He was tall, and although they were in a gym, he was fit beyond reason, and those eyes, those beautiful crystal blue eyes just spoke to her. Everything about him, from his creamy ivory skin, his rippling abs, and his golden blond hair, made her want to make a move to at least get his attention.

Standing frozen in her thoughts, she heard Brittney laugh and before she knew it, his head snapped up and his blue eyes seemed to look straight through her. Swallowing hard, Draya watched as he stood and made his way to them. Extending his hand, she took it and Brittney laughed again. “Draya, meet Liam.” Shaking his hand, Draya felt her pulse racing. Brittney told her he was impressive and she had brushed it off, but seeing him in the flesh was something different. His whole persona just oozed sex. “Draya, Liam is going to be your new trainer, you start tonight.”

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