A/N - If you read this chapter yesterday (11/23/05)… you might want to re-read. I changed a few things to make things a little more clear. Thanks for your patience.
Today quite possibly had been the best day of Letty's entire life: her cast had been removed, the team gave her a sweet car and threw her an awesome party, and then Dominic Toretto kissed her. Letty would like nothing more than to convince herself that it was a fluke, nothing more than feeling something in an intense moment. This theory worked, until she broke them apart, only for him to pull her closer. One punch, and a swarm of Dom crazy girls later, she sat barricaded in the bathroom, pressed against the door while Dom pounded against the other side.
"Letty! You can't stay in there forever."
Letty didn't say anything, but got up to brush her teeth. What was going on? Dom was her older brother, why was he acting weird all of a sudden?
"Letty, please open the door."
Letty spat into the sink, then rinsed, not sure what else to do.
"Come on, Letty, please just talk to me."
Sitting on the edge of the tub, she silently wished the Toretto's had a window in the bathroom.
"Le-tty." He sang her name, drawing out every syllable. "Letty…please.. say something." He almost sounded desperate. "I don't think anyone has ever punched me after I kissed them before. I'm going to have a huge bruise, for weeks. I almost regret ever teaching you how to fight, but the thought of you punching every guy who kisses you keeps me sane." Pausing, he laughed. "Speaking of insane, you should have seen the looks of some of the girls from school after you ran off. That's why I didn't catch you right away, they rushed at me, if you had stayed maybe you could have decked a couple of them too."
Letty smiled and shifted.
He went silent for a minute, Letty almost thought he might have left, but she hadn't heard the heavy thunk of his boots.
"Let, please open the door. You're missing your party."
Letty stood, folded her arms and walked in a small circle.
"Letty, I promise I'll leave you alone, I just don't want you to have to spend the night in the bathroom."
Opening the door, she found him with his hands braced on either side of the door jam.
"Letty." He breathed.
"I figured sooner or later you might try to kick in the door."
"I thought about it."
"and yet you're still alive.."
"Gotta fit the reputation."
"I don't think your reputation includes the word 'cute.'"
"No, it usually has a lot to do with Dominic Toretto."
"Is that such a bad thing?"
The floor suddenly seemed a lot more interesting that facing Dom. To Letty's relief, she didn't have to answer him.
"Dommie! I have been looking everywhere for you! I heard something about you and that grungy bitch and.. oh."
"I think you know Letty." Dom didn't turn to look or move from his position of staring at Letty.
"We've met. Dom I think we should go."
"You go, I'm not leaving."
"Fine, then I'll stay here with you. Let's go dance, I'm friends with the DJ, I can get a good song."
"No, I'm here for Letty."
With a huff, she stalked off.
"You could have gone with her. I don't care." Letty remarked quietly.
"I don't want to go with her, Letty. I want you."
Letty remained quiet, not sure what to say. "That's a pretty nasty bruise." She noticed, deep purple rings were forming around Dom's right eye.
"I'm a good teacher, what can I say."
"oh shit, and you have graduation coming up."
"I'll live, we just won't tell them that you punched me for kissing you. What I don't understand is why you ran… you don't run from anything."
Letty shifted uncomfortably, but didn't say anything.
"Have you really, never thought about it?"
"No Dom. Unlike the rest of the student body, I don't spend every waking moment fawning over you."
"Way to blow my ego, Letty."
She smiled, and shifted.
"So you've never thought about me, like that.. at all."
"Not really." She shifted, not liking where this was going. "You're my older brother."
"I'm more than your older brother. You should see that."
"You taught me how to fight, and how to drive. You watch over me at school, rescue me from poverty and destitution. You built me a car, good grief! Why on earth would I ever think you would teach me how to kiss, too? Mostly I thought that you and V classified me as a pest, the other little sister you never asked for."
"I don't think of you as my little sister."
Dom grinned at her, she definitely wasn't scared of him.
"So what do you want me to do? Back off? Go back to being your older brother?"
"You'd do that?"
"I wouldn't be happy about it."
"I don't see how it's possible anyway."
"Do you maybe, want to try it out? See if it works?"
"You and me?"
"That was the idea."
"Have you seen Dom?"
"Nah man, don't worry about it V, he's probably off with some girl from school."
"It's Letty's party, why would he skip out like that?"
"I don't know. Pass me a beer, Jesse."
"I don't think he'd do that to Letty. He's been pretty close to her lately."
"That could be them outside."
"There.. they're dancing."
"Maybe she'll keep him from whoring around with every girl in school."
"At least we'll have a wider selection now."
"Yeah, but she leaves for Mexico soon."
Three teenage guys pressed against the living room window, suddenly turned to face Mia.
"What are you talking about?"
"You don't remember? She's going to Mexico to spend the summer with her parents, part of her fifteenth birthday thing. She leaves in two weeks."