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  Stalkers, Secrets and Lies by Kirsty Moseley

  Copyright © 2011 Kirsty Moseley

  As freelance body guard, Ethan goes where he's sent, protects who he's told to and does his job perfectly. His latest assignment is to protect an 'Indie Rock Star' called Johnny Brent, who seems to have picked up a particularly nasty stalker. Johnny lives in the old town where Ethan grew up. He had moved away six years ago when his parents were killed and his uncle sent him to Military School, Ethan left behind the love of his life, Aaliyah who he hasn't had contact with since the day he moved. Now he's back in town, things might start to get a little bit more difficult for him, this may turn out to be his hardest assignment yet as Aaliyah has a secret, a big one that she doesn't want anyone to know.

  Prologue

  I ran faster chasing her, I needed to catch her, I could feel the excitement building as I closed the distance. She was laughing uncontrollably, I smiled as she looked over her shoulder grinning wildly at me. She was so beautiful and I loved her more than anything in the world, her chocolate brown hair was blowing out behind her as she ran. I pushed my legs faster, jeez that girl can run!

  "Lia, I'm gonna catch you, we both know it" I teased laughing.

  "No way slow coach not today" she called sounding breathless. She is so confident, bless her she thinks she's doing well she doesn't even realise I'm not running as fast as I can!

  She was almost to the bottom of the garden now, I grinned and pushed myself faster, closing the distance in about four long strides as I grabbed her waist and pulled her against me. "No!" she cried as she tried to look hurt, I laughed and wrapped my arms around her tighter. She slapped my chest playfully, "No fair, your legs are longer than mine! You cheated!" she whined.

  I smiled "Whatever Lia, pay up" I said proudly bending my knees so our faces were the same level.

  She groaned and turned her nose up, "Really? Why do you want that anyway?" she asked looking disgusted. Because I'm in love with you and I have been since the first time I saw you, because you are the most beautiful thing in the world, because want to marry you when we're old enough and have kids together.

  I swallowed my moan and rolled my eyes, "Because that was the deal, now pay up" I said trying to sound like I wasn't desperate.

  She sighed and leaned in pressing her lips to mine, my whole body tingled with the familiar sensation that happened every time her skin touched mine. Oh God I'm kissing her! My first kiss and it was to the girl of my dreams! Happiness exploded inside of me, it was overwhelming, I'd wanted to do this forever! Her lips were on mine for a couple of seconds before she pulled away and wiping her mouth on the back of her hand. "Ew Ethan gross! I'm not doing that again!" she said turning her nose up making me laugh.

  "Lia, it was a kiss, chill out, and besides you still owe me two more, that was the deal, if I caught you before you got to the fence I win three kisses" I said proudly.

  "Ew, can't I give you something else instead?" she pleaded, god why is kissing me so bad?

  I looked into her beautiful blue eyes and felt myself being drawn in, I had known this girl since the day she was born seven years ago but she still didn't see me as anything other than a friend, a brother even. I sighed "Lia, is kissing me really that bad?" I asked sadly, she hugged me tightly making everything seem better.

  "I just don't like kissing, I never will, it's yucky" she said turning her nose up.

  I smiled "Ok fine, I'll trade my two kisses for a hug, all night, I'm staying at yours tonight, I'll sneak in your room and sleep in your bed with you" I suggested, god I would love to hug her all night.

  She grimaced, "But you snore" she whined, I couldn't help but laugh.

  "So kiss me then" I said shrugging.

  She grimaced again, "Fine sleep in my room, but no snoring!" she said annoyed as she pushed me away and stormed off up the garden.

  I watched her walk off, she was going through a growth spurt at the moment so none of her trousers fitted her in the leg anymore, she had probably grown about two inches in the last two months.

  Aaliyah was seven years old, and she was just perfect in every way. She had silky brown hair that was right down to her bum and big light blue eyes that sparkled, she was missing a couple of teeth at the moment that made her whistle slightly when she talked and it was just adorable. I had been in love with her since the very first moment I saw her when her parents brought her home from the hospital and let me hold her when I was almost three years old. She was my earliest memory.

  I ran after her and grabbed her hand swinging them gently as we walked, "Not talking to me now?" I asked giving her the puppy dog face.

  She sighed "Yeah Ethan I'm talking to you, I'm talking to you right now dufuss!" she said annoyed making me laugh. She had a temper on her, she always like to get the last word and she was sarcastic as hell but it just made her all the more special to me.

  My Mom and Dad were best friends with Aaliyah's parents and had been for years. We had grown up together and she had no idea I was in love with her. One day I'd tell her but for now I was just happy being her friend, I mean jeez I was only ten what the hell were we going to do, get married now? "Want to get some ice cream?" she asked grinning and pulling me towards her house.

  "Nah, I'm cool enough" I said grinning at her.

  "Right, and who told you that? Your Momma?" she asked shoving me away gently.

  "You know I'm cool that's why you like to hang around with me" I said confidently, she shook her head laughing.

  "I don't like to hang around with you, your Mom and Dad like you to hang out here after school while they're at work" she said sticking her tongue at out me.

  I shrugged "Same difference" I said trying not to smile.

  "Whatever dufuss" she said running for the kitchen racing again.

  Chapter 1

  I checked the address again, 162 Park, yep definitely the right place. I looked up at the empty windows, shit this guy knew I was coming, I only spoke to him two hours ago! I banged on the door again making it shake in it's frame, I was really pissed now. I had a brief fleeting moment when I thought something was wrong, my protective instincts kicking in. I reached into the waistband of my jeans at the back wrapping my hand around the handle of my gun.

  I was just about to draw it when suddenly one of the top windows opened, "What the fuck do you want? Do you know what fucking time it is?" a seriously pissed looking guy asked leaning out of the window. He looked like he was suffering from a serious hangover, or just coming down on a particularly bad trip. Wow this is gonna be a long tour!

  "Are you Johnny? I'm Ethan Scott, we spoke on the phone" I said raising my eyebrows at him holding out my wallet to show him my agents badge. He slapped his forehead hard, ok this guy is definitely high! Fuck it I hate rock stars!

  "Right yeah, fuck it sorry I forgot you were coming, I'll be right down" he said slamming the window shut. I heard banging and crashing coming from upstairs, "Fuck it Ali, just go back to sleep!" I heard him shout. Great, groupies I'll have to chuck out when he's done with them!

  The footsteps, bangs and curses got louder as he got closer, finally he opened the door in a pair of jeans running his hand through his messy blonde hair, I had obviously just got him out of bed. He had tattoo's over almost every inch of his chest and arms of various things, none of them particularly tasteful.

  "Sorry dude, come on in" he said waving a hand for me to come in. I noticed he had black nail varnish on and the remnants of eyeliner that had smudged under one eye.

  "Thanks, sorry I woke you, you did say eleven right?" I asked looking at his bloodshot eyes, yep a smack head, great those are fun, not!

  "Yeah, eleven, sorry my girl stayed over, I kind of lost track of time