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Posted on Fri Jan 17th, 2014 @ 10:36pm by Unawakened Jana Rotherbridge

Date: February 18th, 2010
Time: 7:00
Location: Jana’s bedroom, Darling Estate, Dallas, Texas

"He what?" Gabe sat up from where he lay on his sister's bed, staring at her. "Could you repeat that, please?"

Jana blushed a bit. She hadn't really thought that would come out in front of Gabe. When he’d walked in to her room tonight, she’d had no intention of telling him about Simon, or what he’d said. But she really didn't have any inner voice when it came to her brothers. Less so with Gabe. "Can you... just forget I said that?" At his look, so much like their dad's it hurt, she said, "He propositioned me, okay?"

Gabe sighed. "Jana... Really? What did you say?"

"What do you think I said?" she replied, turning around, pushing her long hair behind her. "I said ‘no’."

Gabe leaned back on his arms. "Why would he even come near you? Shouldn't he be afraid you might rip his… thing off if he does?" He looked as if he were fighting embarrassment.

Jana sat in her desk chair. "I don't know, he said he wasn't looking for a relationship, just sex."

Her brother snorted. "Well, you shouldn't rip it off, then. You might take his brain, too, and then what use will he be to anybody?" He was a little red.

Jana giggled. "Maybe. He seemed pretty smart, though. He did it when nobody would hear him.”

Gabe smirked. “He probably doesn’t want to start rumors. You ask him if he likes it… rough?” He shook his head. “Not that I’d want to know, if he did…”

Jana smirked back. “I should have,” she replied. “But no. I was too shocked.”

“Don’t blame you.” He paused. “What are you going to do if he comes around again.”

Jana shrugged. He’d have opportunity. She didn’t have any friends, aside from her brothers. So she was often alone. “I don’t know. Say ‘no’ again? He’s hot though,” she murmured, playing with her hair.

Gabe nudged her foot. “Hey, none of that. Don’t let him make you into a booty call.”

Jana nudged his foot back. “It sounded like he’d be my booty call,” she corrected.

Gabe shook his head. “No, that’s what he wants you to think. If it’s your choice, you can’t blame him later if things go pear-shaped. Hot or not, it’s a bad idea. Even if he’s genuine about everything.”

Jana looked up at him. “What do you mean?” she asked, tapping his foot with hers.

Gabe sighed. “You get attached, Jana. Even if it’s physical, you’ll get emotionally involved. It’s what you do.”

“Because I’m a girl?” she asked mockingly.

“No. Well, yeah, obviously, but because you’re you, too. It’s why you fell apart after the accident.”

Jana’s face closed down. “You did, too,” she reminded him, “and Cole.”

“Not like you,” he countered. “You stopped functioning. And I get that part of that was because you felt like you weren’t there when it happened. You fell asleep--”

She hit his knee. “No armchair psychology. I know it wasn’t my fault.”

“In your head,” he told her. “But that’s not even the point. It’s your heart, Jana. You’re always too ready to let people in, which is why you work so hard to keep people out now. You let this guy in, even physically, the relationship or whatever it is will destroy you.”

Jana sniffed. “You don’t know anything. I can keep it separate.”

“You aren’t doing it,” Gabe told her, putting his hand on her leg. “It’ll end badly. Especially since you’re a virgin.”

Jana slapped at his hand. “Wha- How would you know about that?”

Gabe snorted. “I’m your brother. And I know you better than anyone. You were shy around guys in Cali, and here in Texas you stay away from them. How are you not a virgin?”

Jana sighed through her nose. “That’s just embarrassing. You’re not supposed to know me that well.”

Gabe tipped up her chin. “Back to the topic. Don’t even think about taking him up on his offer. He’s just being charming. You don’t need charming.”

Jana gave him a look. “And what do I need, o wise one?”

“Love,” he said, smiling at her. “What we all need.” He leaned back again. “Though I could go for something like that after my dry spell.” He cleared this throat. “Not that you need to know about that..”

Jana grinned. “I don’t know. If he’s bi, maybe I could hook you up.”

Gabe was still a little red. “Shut up,” he said, smiling.

 

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