Clive hit a nerve. Why did he have to talk about Holden that way?
"You don't even know him." Syreeta went to make more microwave popcorn.
"And, you obviously do." Clive was right behind her.
"He's..he's my best friend's step-brother." She swelled a frown as if Clive were the one being impossible. Of course, he was holding their kitten. She could tell he really missed the little thing. She never knew a guy could be such a cat person.
Still, if given a chance with a one on one with Holden, she might not be in the kitchen right now, but in her room with him on her bed. Oh, the possibilities excited her and scared her at the same moment.
"And, you have a thing for him?" Clive would not let this go.
"Well, how do I know... you aren't sleeping with Caitlin and that friend of hers!" She snapped. Never in her wildest dreams would she even think to bring up a threesome.
Clive held in a laugh.
"Are you serious?" He cracked a smile as if that was the funniest idea he'd ever heard. "As if." He shook his head.
Syreeta hugged herself, not sure if they were playing truth or dare at the moment. How could she even consider starting anything with Clive?
He handed over the kitten and got the popcorn bag out of the microwave and filled up the bowl.
The kitten calmed her.
"We made out once." She felt the need to be honest. Holden felt like a big deal at the time, but now she knew it was just crazy. It must have been winter cabin fever.
Clive only nodded as if he would not judge.
They went back to the couch and he focused on the Dumb and Dumber movie. She looked at him out of the corner of the eye. She wondered if she'd messed it up with him, too. She really wasn't sure why she cared. Did he even care? Was she suppose to feel this way?
Of course, Chloe crawled up in her lap, all snuggled. And to her surprise Clive put his arm around her as if it were suppose to be this way. The two of them.
"When I get my paycheck, I'm gonna take you to the movies." He smiled. "But you'd have to drive, cause I don't have a driver's license."
Syreeta only sighed. Actually, she did like doing the driving. She wasn't sure she trusted anyone else.