Hey everyone, thanks for all the comments, I love them and appreciate them all. That being said, I'm not sure where I want Distractions to go (and my muse went on vacation) but I came up with this while watching some college football games. I hope you enjoy!
Galynn sat in a warm booth in the university coffee shop and stared up at the flat screen in front of her. Celt fever was taking over, and them clinching their division was enough cause to make everyone party -- football fans and nonbelievers alike. She watched with a raised eyebrow as Sports Center continued to run the highlights from last week's game. People she had heard of but never personally met were being interviewed by the analysts and asking all the "hard hitting questions". Galynn rolled her eyes, turned back to her textbook and tried to tune out the TV.
Try as she might, she couldn't tune Alceo Russell's voice out. She fought the urge to stare up at the television like every other warm-blooded female in the place but she was stronger than that. She hated herself for melting at the sound of his gravely voice and deep hearty laughter. She never met the guy and would probably die if she did, but she just couldn't help but imagine what it would be like to have him laughing at something she said. Or smile at her just because he was happy to see her.
But that was wishful thinking. She was ordinary. Five foot seven, nondescript dark brown hair and glasses. No, there would be no reason for Alceo Russell to be smiling at her unless he was laughing at her. She didn't consider herself skinny by any means, but she didn't think she was overtly obese. Well proportioned -- that's what she liked to say. She may be heavy, but she thought she looked nothing like the girls that were always fawning over him. Not to mention she was black and he was white. Did that really matter? Not to her, but she'd never seen him with anyone other than skinny white girls. Hey, to each his own.
Sure, she'd seen him around, hadn't everyone? His face was plastered on everything, and often she wondered if it was just some cruel joke the universe was playing on her. This is what you want, but you can't have it, nah-nah-nah nah nah.
She resolved herself to just fantasize about being his friend -- thinking about being anything more was just too far fetched for Galynn's little brain to process. In the middle of boring lectures, she would catch herself daydreaming about what it would be like to have inside jokes with him and share a milkshake. It was crazy. She didn't consider herself obsessed, just in lust with a guy that she could never have. Heck, half of the female student body wanted the guy in one-way or another.
Sighing to herself, she packed up her books and computer. With Sports Center running updates on the school football team and the status of all their players every ten seconds, there was no way Galynn would be able to concentrate. She stood, cleared off her table and headed for the library. at least there it would be quiet.
The more Galynn started walking, the more she hated her decision to leave the warmth of the coffee shop. The blistering air was whipping against her face and stinging her hands. She left her dorm early in the afternoon and it had still been rather warm out. Now that the sun was setting the temperature had dropped considerably and she was not prepared. Curly brown hair whipped about her face and she fought to keep a hold of all her possessions in the wind.
Maybe I should just go home. She thought but then groaned at the prospect. She forgot she had driven to the coffee shop that day. Again, she had been so preoccupied thinking about Alceo, she didn't even remember she didn't walk there like she usually did.
I have seriously have got to get a grip.
Angry with herself for thinking about a guy that didn't know she was on the planet, she turned on her heel to head back towards the coffee shop. The entire way cursing the heavens for the cold weather and her stupidity for forgetting she drove herself. Who the hell forgets they drove someplace? To her credit, it was small campus, but still.
Having finally made it back to her car in one piece, Galynn set her things on the hood of her car and searched for her keys. Her memory was going lately. Not only did she forget that she took her car out today, but now she forgot where she put the damn keys.
"Aha!" She squealed just as the wind picked up. She pulled her keys from deep in her bag, grabbed her things and slid the key into the keyhole. She noted to herself that she needed to invest in a car remote. This opening doors with the key was getting old. Galynn turned the key expecting to see the lock pop but nothing happened. She took a deep breath and tried again.
"Please baby, I'm sorry for thinking that I would replace the key with a remote, just please open up for mommy," she pleaded with the car. Her eight-year-old Honda was very temperamental and it liked to be sweetly coaxed into doing what it should.
Galynn closed her eyes and said a quick prayer and tried again, slowly. When the key snapped in her hand, she wasn't exactly sure what had just happened. She started down at her hand holding the fat end of her key. She didn't have a spare on her so she stood for a minute trying to think of what to do without dissolving into tears. She had a biochemistry paper due the next day, no coat, a broken key and no car. Suddenly, the thought seemed funny to her. She let out a fit of giggles and dared to think, what else can happen? And what else could have happened except the sky opening up and freezing rain falling down on her. Certainly, tonight was not Galynn Pierce's night.
"Everyone. Some girl I don't know just sent me a text saying I could eat whip cream off her tits."
"What the fuck are you bored with?"
Alceo couldn't explain it to his best friend, they were just wired different and with the music so loud, he didn't feel like bothering. "I'm going out for some air, it's hot as fuck in here." The party was so packed with warm sweating bodies, it was impossible to tell it was only 20 degrees outside.
Will said nothing as another blonde sauntered up to the chair where he was sitting and brazenly plopped down on his lap. By the look on Will's face, he didn't mind. Will was his best friend but they couldn't have been more different. As his go to running back, they were always together on and off the field, but it was times like these, Alceo wondered what else, if anything they had in common.
As the only running back in the country with more than 2,500 rushing yards for the season already, everyone knew Will's name; including girls who didn't know what sport he played. But whereas Will loved the limelight Alceo tried to stay away from it.
As Alceo stepped out into the frigid winter air, he couldn't help but thinking that he wanted something different. They had won another football game and as usual another nameless girl was throwing herself at him. He used to eat this shit up, but not anymore. It was boring, and it was all becoming too easy.
He majored in biochemistry because it wasn't easy. He was the quarterback of the Division I Celts football team because it wasn't easy. Alceo liked a challenge, and lately he wasn't getting it. At 6 feet 6 inches tall, and built like a Division I player, it wasn't hard for him to find someone to warm the sheets, or even the couch or car or anywhere else he wanted them.
He even considered breaking things off with his long time fuck buddy. All she wanted was to be known as the girl that fucked the winning quarterback, all he wanted to do was bust a nut. The relationship, or lack thereof worked well for a time, but Alceo was bored.
He thought nothing as the sounds of the party began to fade into the background as he feet carried him further and further from the party being hosted in the football team's honor. The biting cold began to nip at his fingers as he realized he didn't bother to grab his coat in his haste to get away from the party.
He thought about going back to his place to get his running clothes. He loved to run; nothing but him and the sound of air rushing in and out of lungs, but decided against it. The sky was darkening impossibly quickly and it looked like it was about to rain.
Alceo kept up his pace as his feet carried him to the coffee shop on campus. Something warm would do him good. Shaking his shaggy hair from his eyes, he pulled his hood over his head and started to walk a little faster. He was only a about a half mile from the coffee shop when he felt the first drops of freezing rain clutching to his eyebrows.
He took the chance to pull his hand from his pocket and glanced at his watch. It was 11:48 and the coffee shop closed at 12. He could easily jog the distance, and the freezing rain helped him make up his mind. Carefully, but quickly Alceo picked up the pace. The feel of the freezing rain soaking into his hoodie helped him along. He said a silent prayer that he wouldn't get sick, knowing the he would catch hell from the coach and the team if he had to sit out a game.
The laughter died on Galynn's lips when her bag flipped from her hood and landed in a puddle of water. As if it wasn't enough for her bag to get wet, it toppled topside down, the contents of the bag now floating in the water. She couldn't move fast enough as she watched her laptop slide from the bag and into the murky water.
No, no, no! She cried. Her life was in that bag. Her computer, everything was gone. What was she supposed to do? Her paper was due tomorrow, and her notes were now floating in the water. Galynn watched the ink spread from the paper and her words bleed together as tears slid down her face. She wasn't one for feeling sorry for herself, but lately things seemed to go from bad to worse.
The emotions and the stress took over her body as she finally let out the anger and frustration she had been carrying for weeks. Her glasses fogged up and her hair matted against her face as she sank to the slick pavement.
Why me? Why? I don't get it. It's not fair.
"Are you OK?" the sound of another's voice scared Galynn out of her self loathing trance and the sight before her knocked her back on her butt.
"Fuck me!" flew out of her mouth as the ice water quickly soaked her pants and sloshed up the inside of her sweater. Quickly her hand went to her mouth, she wasn't sure if it was the cold water trickling down her back or the sight of Alceo Russell squatting before her that sent the obscenities flying, but she wanted to make sure nothing else unexpected came from her lips.
"Do you need some help?" Alceo said with a grin.
Galynn couldn't move. She knew it was insane to sit there and stare at the guy as he was offering her a helping hand, but her brain just couldn't process. It was as if the night had dimmed further and all she could focus on was the curve of his lips and the deepness of his eyes.
"Ah, can you get up?" He had the good grace to look like she hadn't noticed her ogling him and her face heated.
How could I ogle someone like him? And he caught me staring! Anger began to replace her shame. And that was better, anger was easier to deal with.
"I can get up, thanks," she mumbled as she tried to pick herself up. Things would have gone easier if her ass hadn't frozen to the pavement. Galynn struggled to right herself and only succeeded in placing her hand in a wrist deep pothole.
Great, just what I need. Alceo Russell watching the fatty who cant get up.
She didn't want to chance a look at his face, she was already eight shades of embarrassed.
"Here, let me help you." Before she could refuse she felt one hand on her forearm and the other at her elbow as he helped her stand.
"Thanks," Galynn finally managed to stammer. She was staring at her belongings in the puddle praying to god he would just leave. She wasn't sure what to say to the guy she'd been lusting after for the better part of two years. She had fantasized about this moment -- well not him catching her ass deep in freezing water crying her eyes out -- but about the first time they met.
She imagined it would be like something she saw in the movies. He was see her from across the room and instantly know she was the one for him. They would walk to each other, kiss and then... Well, she wasn't sure what. She couldn't decide if she would want to go on a walk with him or have him take her under the moonlight -- but either way, this scenario had never crossed her mind.
"Let me help you with this." Alceo bent down and began to gingerly lift her soaked papers and notebook from the puddle. He made a wincing sound as he lifted her laptop and water poured from its seams.
Galynn could help but focus on the hand that was touching her computer. She watched the muscles bunch and flex as he gripped her computer and lifted it from the puddle. His fingers looked lean and strong. She tried to keep her imagination from wondering what those fingers could do off the football field. Get a grip, she shouted to herself; thankful he couldn't hear the inner battle she was having with herself.
She remained tight lipped as she watched him gather her things. She supposed she should help, but she couldn't get her body to cooperate, plus she didn't want to look fat when she bent down.
"Looks like there's no saving this," he said as he looked up at her. Their eyes caught for the briefest second, and Galynn could have sworn she could have recounted every color his eyes held.
"Yea well, I'm a klutz. Thanks for helping me." There she went opening her mouth again, but this time, it wasn't so bad. I can do this; I can do this, she thought to herself over and over again.
Alceo's eyes seemed to register something and his gaze turned hard. "Where's your coat? Don't you know its raining and snowing right now?"
Slightly taken aback by his concern, Galynn swiped the hair from her face and pulled off her glasses to clean them. "I didn't think it would get this cold, and I didn't think I would be out this late." She didn't know why she had to explain to him, but she felt the need to.
"All right, well, you're almost completely soaked so lets get you in your car. Is this it?" He asked as he pointed to the little red box sitting next to them.
"OK, well open it up so I can put this stuff in there."
"You don't have to do that," Galynn said as she tried to take her belongings from him. Alceo was having none of it. He brushed off her hands and stood to his full height making Galynn gasp. I don't think I've ever seen anyone this tall before. She knew from his stats that he was six foot six, but she never imagined he would be so...big.
"Nonsense," he said as he moved toward the trunk. "Let me put this back here so it doesn't get your seats all wet."
"Really, you don't have to do anything, umm just leave it there." The wind picked up and Galynn started to shake.
"Honestly, stop being stubborn. What do you have dildos or some shit in here?" Alceo watched as Galynn's face heated. She was easy to flush, he liked that. "Just open it before we both freeze to death."
Galynn looked at Alceo Russell standing at the back of her car demanding she open the trunk. There was something sexy in the way that the dark locks of hair had escaped his hoodie and were now slick against his forehead. His cheeks were pink with cold, as his hoodie started to mold to his body from the rain, his green eyes watching her expectantly.
"Umm, I cant," Galynn said into her feet. If this wasn't the most embarrassing thing of all time, she didn't know what other experience could possibly qualify.
"What do you mean?"
Galynn held up the broken end of her car key. "What the hell is that?"
"It's the key to my car. It broke in the lock when I tried to open the door." Her head snapped up as she heard him chuckle. "Its not funny!" she exclaimed.
"It's a little funny."
"No it isn't," she said defensively. "Just give me my stuff back, and I will go to the café and call campus police." Right then she noted that her cell phone had also dropped into the puddle and she hoped the people at the coffee shop would let her use their phone.
"Well darling, I hate to break it to you, but its past 12 and the café is closed. As for the campus police, you and I both know they are students walking around with flashlights. They cant do shit."
Galynn's face paled. "What am I supposed to do?" She had asked the question more to herself than the him, but he responded anyway.
"How far is your apartment?"
"I live in Building 81C."
"Shit, that's far."
"Yea, I'm aware," she said sarcastically.
"Do you have any place you can go?"
"Its fine, I can just walk home."
She could feel Alceo's eyes on her, but she wouldn't meet them. The last thing she wanted him to think was that she was pathetic. Snatching her things from his arms, she clutched them to her chest and prepared to stomp away.
"Can you jog?" The words halted Galynn.
"What do you mean can I jog? What the hell is that supposed to mean?" So I'm not as secure about my body as I pretend to be, so sue me, Galynn thought to herself. "I'm not that fat."
"I just meant, I know you are wet, I mean soaked and I was just wondering if you weren't too cold to jog. My place isn't a long ways from here, but we should probably go."
"We?" Galynn asked incredulously, her heart hammering in her throat.
"I can't just leave you here. What if you freeze to death? I'm not going to be responsible for that." Alceo snatched her things from her arms and started off at a slow place toward his dorm room.
"Wait! You're not responsible for me! I'm responsible for myself and I can take care of myself!"
"Yep, and you've done a marvelous job thus far," he shouted back over his shoulder.
Galynn didn't really see any other alternative. Begrudgingly she started off after him. I hope to god he doesn't live far. I'm not sure how long I can keep this up.
Alceo wouldn't normally have stopped to help someone in the freezing rain when all he wanted was a cup of coffee, but he could hear her sobs carrying in the wind. He certainly didn't think he'd ever invite the girl back to his place but there was something about her. Something so innocent and vulnerable.
When he happened upon her, she looked so ordinary. He smiled to himself when she finally met his gaze and realized who he was. She sat staring for a full forty five seconds before she could speak. He had that affect on a lot of girls, but for some reason with her, he was happy he could rouse her interests.
He wasn't expecting her eyes to be so wide or the swell of her breasts to catch his attention. She had been standing there glaring at him when he told her follow him, she didn't notice the rain had soaked her sweater and he could pick out her prominent nipples poking through her shirt.
The water that had soaked though her clothes made her pants cling to her body. Jesus, he hadn't seen a girl with real curves in so long, he forgot how much he loved them. Alceo had suggested they jog for a reason -- he wanted to keep out in front of her so he couldn't get caught ogling her body.
He could hear her footsteps behind him and she slowed a touch not wanting her to pass out. He wanted to ask her is she was OK, but judging by the way he asked if she could jog, he didn't think that would be met well.
Galynn was trying her best to keep her breathing even as she jogged behind him. Good god he's got a marvelous ass. Twice she almost feel because she wasn't watching where she was going, she was watching his buns shift in his jeans.
She was really going to Alceo Russell's dorm room! Of course, it would be naive to think she was the first girl to enter the territory, but she was excited nonetheless. Now, she wasn't sure if the panting was from the running or from excitement.