My bad. I’m on ‘sort of’ vacation and I forgot what day of the week it is.
Today’s tickle comes somewhere around chapter 5 or 6, depending on what my subconscious decides.(Hey, we all know who’s running the show here, right?)Matt is John’s older-by-quite-a-bit half-brother. John is the guiltily-sneaking-into-the-house-after-being-out-all-night younger brother.
Matt was waiting for John when he got home.
“Do you know what time it is? Why didn’t you answer your phone?”
“Sorry, I had to turn it off in the ER and I forgot.” John hung his house keys on their hook in the entryway and slid past Matt, heading for the basement stairs.
“John, I’m not done talking to you!”
“Matt, I’m late and I have study group in less than an hour. You want to yell at me later, feel free. But not now, ok?” He turned to go when a tug at his collar stopped him.
“You get this in the ER?” The sarcasm in Matt’s tone stopped him and his stomach plummeted, remembering teeth gripping his skin as Phane’s voice purred in his ear. “I thought you knew better than that. I thought you were better than that.”
John turned around, knocking Matt’s hand away from his collar. “Matt, leave it alone. I’m a grown man and I can make my own decisions.”
Matt sighed and rubbed the back of his neck. “John, you’re a smart guy. You’re smarter than me and and Danny combined. Don’t throw it all away on a pretty face and money.” He gripped John’s shoulder tightly. “You’re my brother. I want what’s best for you. I’m just worried this will turn into another Martin.”
“He’s nothing like Martin.”
“He’s tramp with no morals. It’s just a different flavor of jerk…
Still pretty first-drafty, but is anyone getting the idea that John’s family are down-to-earth, responsible, never-break-a-rule kind of people?