Chapter 3: Running into a Brick Wall


"No, sleep now" I groan unable to form a full sentence as I reach over to shut off my alarm. The clock reads 7 o'clock.

Do i really want to go for a run? I think to myself. Ugh, yeah you have to take the dog out anyway.

I go and change into my running clothes, then with Bran by my side I go out the back door. I inhale the salty ocean sent deeply as I stretch and tie my hair up. Stepping off the deck and into the sand next to the water, I begin my jog. About an hour later I am almost back to the house when I realize Bran isn't right next to me anymore.

"Bran, Let's Go!" I shout, looking over my shoulder into the tall grass behind me.

"Oof!" I let out being knocked to the ground feeling as though I have hit a brick wall, "what the...?!"

"Oh I am so sorry, I didn't see you there, are you okay?" I hear a deep voice ask.

"Yeah I'm fine," I say looking up. In front of my stands a tall guy with very broad shoulders and legs as thick as trees. Good Lord, I did run into a brick wall, I think to myself.

But on closer inspection I find myself gazing upon a very handsome face, almost boyish in appearance with curly dark brown hair, and my eyes connect with hazel ones. Being the obsessed Penguins fan I am, I immediately recognize him and inhale sharply.

"I'm really sorry I didn't see you there, I was kinda busy looking off into the ocean, are you sure you're okay?" he says with a worried gaze holding out a hand to help me up.

I quickly hide the look of recognition on my face. "Yeah, I'm fine. And I'm partly at fault, I wasn't looking where I was going either," I say grabbing his hand. He easily hoists me up as if I weigh nothing.

"Well I'm Sidney," he says as I brush the sand off of me, sticking out his hand for me to shake.

"Caitlin," I say with a smile taking his hand once again in a strong hand shake. (I hate the wimpy hand shakes, it just screams lack of self confidence to me.) I look him straight in the eye and find myself getting lost in them almost instantly. Suddenly I feel something cold and wet against my leg, bringing me back to reality. "And this is Bran," I say glancing at the puppy at my feet.

"Nice to meet you," Sidney grins, "You're one of the people that just came in yesterday, right?"

"Yeah, my friends and I are vacationing there for awhile."

"Well my friends and I are in the house next door. Maybe we can all hang out sometime?"he says cautiously as if dreading my response.

"Sure, that sounds like fun. We're here for the next 10 days so anytime you see us out or anything you can just come on over," I smile.

"Great, same goes," he says with a huge grin.

"Well alright, I'll let you go, you probably want to get jogging before it gets hotter than it already is."

"Yeah," his voice a little deeper than before, as his eyes travel the length of my already sweaty body before looking once more into my eyes making me melt. He takes a step closer to me, bringing him as close as when I ran into him. His hand comes up and tucks a stray piece of hair behind my ear. He looks to my lips and begins to close the distance. Suddenly Bran barks, and steps between the two of us pressing his body against Sidney's legs forcing him to step back or fall.

"Well I'll let you and your bodyguard go," He says with a chuckle, "I'll see you later?"

"Yeah definitely, come on Bran," I say my voice a little shaky. I force myself to walk to the house.

After closing the door behind me, I let out a heavy sigh. Great I'm starting to fall for a hockey star, and not just any star, Sidney Crosby. If Bran wouldn't have interfered things could have really heated up. Who the hell am I kidding? It was getting pretty hot.

You need to watch yourself girl, you could end up falling pretty hard.

Suddenly my stomach rumbles in protest, I haven't eaten yet today. I hurry to take a shower and get ready for the day, cause after all there are five other girls in the house. As I come out of the shower I find most of the girls have just gotten up.

"Mornin," I say in greeting with a smile on my face as I grab a box of cereal. The greetings in return are mostly a bunch of groans.

"Who are you? Your never perky in the morning, and don't give me that 'I went for a jog shit' because your usually still half asleep,"Jamie says.

"Well it's just this beautiful beach and the salty air."

"Bull shit, you met a guy didn't you?" Amber protests.

"What are you talking about? I went on a jog, not to a club," I say innocently

"Uh huh, so whats his name?"Brooke says not buying my story.

"Fine, his name is Sidney, he and his friends are in the house next to us," I say giving in.

However, I fail to include that it was Sidney Crosby and with my guess some of his team mates are in the house next to us. I also spare the detail that we almost kissed, but I was usually pretty reserved about that. "I told him he and his friends could come over whenever."

"Oh my God, they wouldn't come over now would they? Its only 9 o'clock and none of us are dressed!"Allie says with sudden alarm.

"I think he mentioned something about quarter after." I say pretending to ponder the fact.

"Oh my God, I need to get in the shower!" Brooke and Allie both say panicking.

Laughter rings out among the others who can better pick up on my sarcastic ways.

"I'm just kidding calm down. I don't know when they're coming, or if they're coming." I say trying to get over my laughter.

It's 11 o'clock and only Emma and I are ready for the day, the others are still in there Pj's watching TV. Suddenly there is a knock on the door.

June 29, 2008 at Sunday, June 29, 2008

5 Comments to "Chapter 3: Running into a Brick Wall"

Who's at the door i have to know!! i have a guess though!! :)


do u ever update?

It's coming. I've had a crazy work schedule for about a week, but i'm off for the next 2 days. Expect the next chapter to come by 2maro afternoon. Hopefully i'll get another chapter done by wednesday. Hang in there.

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